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A Rusted Development: The Inventorialist

Editor’s Note: This shop has since moved to 715 Dorman St. Always check the nomadic Inventorialist’s website for its most up-to-date location.

“Curated” has become an overused term for any tasteful boutique when the word should be reserved for the likes of The Inventorialist, a pop-up shop recently retooled as a new-generation antiques store open Thursday through Sunday. Here, owner Kristofer Bowman arranges oddities into quirky-beautiful vignettes. One wall displays antlers, track-and-field medals, horse-mane shooflys, a Chinese Checkers board, and an 1840s Audubon Society print. On a desk, a paper in a 1960s Dutch Royalite typewriter ($60) reads, “The ‘S’ sticks, but that is totally repairable.” Bowman, a 36-year-old art-history major, makes creating decor with old objects look easy, but few people have his eye. One trick: Space things out. For instance, he lays wooden spoons with color-dipped handles on a shelf instead of bunching them in a jar. You could gravitate toward the familiar, like cafeteria trays ($8 each), prints from Bowman’s artist friends, or hip greeting cards that wrap around a wine bottle (“Drink your antioxidants”). Your home might not qualify as “curated,” but “how cool” is well within reach. 646 Massachusetts Ave., 317-513-7802,

Photo by Tony Valainis

This article appeared in the July 2013 issue.

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.