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Add safety to your home when you upgrade to cordless lift on select
Graber window treatments.

September 1 – October 31, 2016

Safety is their top priority

Graber is working constantly to improve processes, maximize benefits, and above all, ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Everyone wants window treatments that are as safe as they are beautiful. With the Best for Kids-certified cordless options, enjoy peace of mind alongside exquisite design.

Graber has added specific features to their exceptional window treatments, to protect consumers from potentially serious accidents. Tension pulleys, tie-down devices, tassel ends, and their cordless and motorized lift options offer ultimate safety.

 Read more about the safety features and their recommendations for cord safety.

 

Graber Free Cordless Lift

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If you are looking to make a statement with hardwood flooring, be sure to not miss the exotic hardwood options here at Indoor City!

Look at the beauty of this Pecan hardwood floor:

 

What does ‘exotic’ hardwood mean?

Exotic hardwoods are species that are found around the world, usually coming from the more tropical areas. Some of the more common exotic species are Brazilian Walnut, Brazilian Cherry, Amendoim, and Tigerwood. Exotic hardwoods are harder and denser than domestic wood. However, it’s important to remember that hardness is not the only factor when considering a durable floor.

| Brazilian Cherry

 

| Tigerwood

 

| Amendoim

 

| Brazilian Walnut

 

*All hardwood colors will change with exposure to light over time, whether you install domestic or exotic species. The exotic hardwoods, especially Brazilian Cherry, seem to change in a more rapid and drastic way. So be sure to consider how much sunlight your home gets in the rooms you are considering for hardwood floors.

Exotic Hardwood Floors

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Are you looking to update your current bath, on a budget?

For this project spotlight, the homeowners brought some modern touches to their bathroom without doing a full overhaul. You can too with these easy steps:

1. Update your flooring to a low maintenance, easy-to-clean LVT floor.

 

2. Replace your existing counters with a sparkly new quartz counter.

 

3. Add a modern mosaic around your existing tub and shower units.

 

Additionally, you can choose to update the faucets and lights, and paint your vanity a cool shade of grey like this homeowner did!

New towels and a fresh coat of paint on the walls will also do wonders!

Bathroom on a Budget

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This unique, 3-panel door gives these homeowners a great view to their back deck and wooded backyard, and it USED to also give them headaches when the afternoon sun was shining in blindingly and harming their hardwood floors. This gave us the opportunity to do a beautiful custom treatment.

With such a great view to the outdoors, these avid bird watchers normally want nothing covering these doors, so they wanted something that would be easy to operate and low profile so when they wanted the shades up they were practically hidden. The combination of roller shades and a wood cornice did the job nicely.

 

Up-close, you can see the soft woven texture of the roller shades, which ties in nicely with the soft green wall color and view of the outdoors. By matching the color of the new wood cornice to their existing white casing and doors, the cornice blends in like it was a part of the room all along! The keystone on the wood cornice is not only decorative, but also necessary for such a wide span.

 

Shown in this photo, you’ll see the only thing visible when the shades are up is the continuous-cord-loop operating lift systems for the center and left panel. This corded-loop system makes roller shades easy to operate on long windows, where it’s hard to reach, so they are perfect for the 2 fixed-panels of this door!

 

 

Custom 3-Panel Shade Treatment

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Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?? Or at least a white kitchen?? You’re not alone!

Benjamin Moore named “Simply White” it’s Color of the Year for 2016.

A great way to add white to your home, is with your countertops. Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and Quartz are all available in light color options.

BRIGHT. CLEAN. CRISP.

The color white is the most versatile and brightest of neutrals. It appeals to  modernists and traditionalists for its ability to make rooms appear lighter and livelier. No matter the decorating style, we notice the popularity of white countertops is growing. If you love the look of white countertops, there are plenty of options to choose from, but don’t choose on just looks alone. It’s important to also consider how you use the space, when looking at the many different natural and manufactured options.

“I think a kitchen should be nice and airy, and white countertops really accentuate that look.”

Megan Zaun, designer at Indoor City

Granite

Granite is a natural stone that’s formed by the crystallization of molten rock. Each piece is unique and can vary slightly from slab-to-slab in color and pattern. Granite is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, some speckled and some veiny. However, a pure white color does not exist in granite. Thanks to nature, Granite is highly resistant to scratching, fading, and staining. Daily activities pose no problem to granite countertops. Indoor City professionally applies sealer to your tops upon installation. This sealer creates a barrier which eliminates moisture penetration, prevents staining and blocks bacteria growth. The frequency of re-sealing depends, but applying the sealer is as simple as wiping it on and wiping it off.

 

 

Marble

Another natural stone to consider is marble. Marble offers classic, timeless beauty and a bright white color not available in granite. Nature creates beautiful, unique veining that can be subtle or make a statement. Marble countertops are great for working with pastry, since it is naturally cool and doesn’t conduct heat very well. One of the major challenges to white natural stone, specifically marble, is avoiding stains from certain fruits, red wine, and acidic foods. Marble is high-maintenance even if sealed regularly, and is more susceptible to staining, scratching and etching.

 

“A great way to add drama to a space is with contrast. A white counter on dark cabinetry can add instant appeal to any contemporary or traditional space.”

Amanda Voloshin, designer at Indoor City

Quartz

Quickly becoming one of the most popular countertop choices, quartz is appealing for many reasons. Quartz is an engineered material that’s undergone a manufacturing process where they mix approximately 95% crushed natural quartz with 5% polymer resin. Homeowners like it for its durable, low-maintenance, and stone-like visuals, but these engineered countertops also offer a wide variety of colors that aren’t found naturally- like bright whites. There are a wide range of patterns from solid, marbled, and speckled, some even have bits of recycled glass and reflective pieces. Quartz countertops do not ever need sealed, and they have antimicrobial properties built-in, so they are a great choice for any hardworking kitchen or bathroom.

I’m Dreaming of White Countertops

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Window shades can be decorative, functional, or both. Shades are intended to diffuse the light entering the room. Graber is leading the industry with the softest fabrics available today. They have a variety of shade styles such as cellular, natural woven, pleated, roller and solar.

Cellular Shades

Graber CrystalPleat® Cellular Shades are a stylish way to boost the energy efficiency of your home. Offering excellent sound absorption, cellular shades also reduce noise in rooms with hard flooring, or help lessen noise caused by street traffic. If you don’t have newer windows with low-E coating, you’ll want to add a window treatment that helps reduce harmful UV rays that fade furniture and flooring. Graber offers cellular shades with soft spun-laced fabrics that block 97% of UV rays in room darkening, light filtering, and blackout qualities. These different light filtering qualities are what allows you to diffuse the light and add privacy to your preference. We like to suggest cellular shades in bedrooms and bathrooms where privacy is a must.

Natural Woven Shades

Graber Tradewinds® Natural Shades are constructed from organic, renewable resources, including bamboo, jute, and grasses. Optional Liners can be added to give more privacy and light control. The beauty of these natural products is that there can be lots of variation and overtime the product will patina naturally. Natural Shades work great in kitchens and living areas because they bring a soft and casual feeling of the outdoors to the space.

 

 

Pleated Shades

Graber Pleated Shades add depth and structure to traditional shades through evenly spaced, crisp folds of fabric. They are available in many stunning textiles, from sheer and light-filtering to opaque. Tailor these shades to your preference for privacy and light control. Graber just added dozens of new colors and fabrics, new cell sizes, and more options for customization! We recommend these shades to anyone looking for an economical and stylish window shade because they can add personality to any room.

 

 

Roller Shades

Graber LightWeaves® Roller Shades are an easy-to-operate window shade that can easily match any type of décor. You’ll be adding a sophisticated flair when you choose from the designer fabrics which are offered in a multitude of hues, patterns, and textures. Fabrics are offered in sheer, light filtering, room darkening, and blackout fabrics so that you can determine the amount of light entering your space. In addition to hue and pattern, you can also choose to embellish these treatments with extra finishing touches like a scalloped trim and beaded or gimp trim. We like to suggest roller shades in kitchens because of their practicality and superior style.

 

Solar Shades

Graber LightWeaves® Solar Shades are a stylish, yet classic, shade option that will protect against glare and UV rays while maintaining the vista outside your window. This is great for homeowners who don’t want to lose the view out of their windows even when the shade is pulled down. Solar shades will help absorb the heat coming through the window, making them a great option if you have older windows. Available in a multitude of fabrics, they can turn a room into a statement or perfectly compliment traditional décor. In addition to fabric style, you can also choose the weight and opacity of the fabric according to how you would like to regulate the light. These window treatments are not good for rooms that need privacy.

Window Treatments: Shades

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Window blinds are comprised of horizontal slats whose angle may be altered to let in more or less light. Blinds can be basic, or they can be a statement piece. Graber offers a variety of blind styles to fit your needs in products such as fabric, wood, faux wood, and horizontal.

Fabric Blinds

Graber’s Sorenta Soft Horizontal Blinds are a new take on classic blinds. These blinds are made of lightweight fabric that is durable, whisper-quiet, and virtually maintenance-free. Fully open, Sorenta Blinds allow the sunshine to stream into your room. Tilted closed, they grant full privacy while bathing your space in diffused daylight. Forgiving, flexible slats bend with you, and then gently bounce back into position. Because they are moisture resistant, we recommend these fabric blinds in any room, even high-humidity rooms like kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.

 

Wood Blinds

Graber Traditions Wood Blinds add warmth and beauty to your living spaces. From rustic to ultramodern, wood can take on a variety of paint and stain colors, setting the tone for your living spaces and carrying an aesthetic theme from room to room. Wood blinds won’t create static charge, meaning that dust won’t be attracted to them. The beauty of wood blinds is their natural tendencies and slight color variation, and you should expect them to lighten over time from sunlight. Not recommended in a humid space, we think wood blinds are great accents for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

 

Faux Wood Blinds

Transform any room with Graber Faux Wood Blinds and Graber Traditions Composite Blinds. Faux wood blinds offer a sturdy, strong, and cost-effective way to decorate your home. They are an affordable alternative to wood, easy-to-clean, and engineered to withstand moisture. Traditions® Composite Blinds give you the look you want with the strength and resilience you need. Composite blinds combine the extraordinary look of wood with extra durability, making them a perfect addition to high humidity areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms. Where traditional wood blinds are not recommended, these perform beautifully.

 

Horizontal Blinds

Graber offers economical horizontal blinds that make a subtle statement. Aluminum blinds feature an anti-static finish that repels dust and resists scratches and stains while designer vinyl blinds offer extra-thick PVC slats for improved privacy, durability, and energy efficiency. Horizontal blinds come in varying slat sizes so you can create the look that perfectly fits the scale of your window. Larger slats provide a clearer view.

Window Treatments: Blinds

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Composite or Wood Shutters are available in a wide assortment of paints, stains, options, and upgrades. Graber Traditions® Composite Shutters bring the classic, refined look of shutters to rooms that require a particularly durable solution. Designed to not warp, fade, crack, or peel, these shutters are built to withstand the rigors of a busy household. Perfect for high-humidity areas, they are ideal in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Traditions® Wood Shutters can add warmth and beauty to your living spaces. Made from exceptional North American hardwoods, these shutters are an investment in style and quality. The result is a look of unsurpassed elegance and natural splendor. Not recommended in a humid space, wood shutters are great accents for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

If you’re feeling like shades or blinds will leave your windows feeling a little plain, you can easily make your windows feel more “finished” by layering with fabric treatments. Some fabric treatments are purely there for decoration only, because fabrics soften the architectural lines of windows, but they can also add insulation and other qualities to your windows.

 

Window Treatments: Shutters

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