The Design Blog

Kim Gable

Design Ideas for the Perfect “Man Cave”. Just what is needed for the perfect guy hang out you might ask?

Food & Drinkgranite or quartz countertops give durability to any bar area-no worries about spills or messes.

Comfortyou’ll sink your feet into this shag carpet from Kane. Made of stain resistant, colorfast Eurolon that will resist the signs of wear & tear.

PrivacyGraber’s blinds & shades make watching the big game better as they cut down the glare from the windows on the big screen.

Entertainmentimagine practicing your golf swing using your very own putting green. Try installing this artificial turf for those days you can’t be out on the course.

What would be the perfect “Man Cave” from a woman’s point of view?

Easy to cleanporcelain, glass, & ceramic tiles are available in so many masculine styles & choices, Spices up the space but easy to keep clean.

Keep in the noiselaminate is not just for the floor anymore. Try installing it on the walls for a great textured look that also cuts down on the noise made during the great & not great plays.

Come visit Indoor City’s extensive showroom and let one of our talented designers help you put together the perfect retreat for your favorite man. Football season will be here before you know it.

Man Cave Design Ideas

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Corinne Gilbert

Congo and Canary Hand Loomed Rugs and Carpet

I’d like to showcase two of the newest additions to the Antrim line from Stanton, Congo and Canary. What beautiful woven wool carpet patterns they’ve created in a lovely color palette!

Antrim Canary

Canary is a mini chevron pattern available in 7 different colors that all incorporate a neutral base of either ivory or white. There’s a lovely color called Cord, which is like a clean straw hue combined with a soft ivory. The Wave combination features a powder blue and white while the Ink variation is a crisp navy and white. Also available in Dove, Metal, and Earth the Canary style is perfect for any room in your home that needs a little floor lift!

 

Antrim Congo

Congo is the sister style to Canary. It is available in the same color palette as Canary but is a traditional herringbone pattern with a five inch stripe. This could be a dynamic stair and hallway runner or a stunning area rug in anyone’s home. It feels both fresh and traditional offering the perfect answer for anyone looking for that transitional element.

 

Accommodating and Luxurious

Both of these styles come in 15 foot widths so creating an area rug or installing in a wall to wall carpet application in most rooms will not require a seam. The dense 100% wool guarantees years of luxurious durability in addition to being both non-allergenic, air purifying and naturally flame retardant.

Stop in and look at both of these lovely new styles from Antrim along with several new offerings from Stanton, Karastan, Kane, Tuftex and many others.

What’s new from Antrim?

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Indoor City

When the topic of granite or quartz comes up in conversation, most people are talking about countertops! These types of natural and man-made solid surfaces have been used on countertops for years and have become “must-haves” in many kitchens today. Traditionally, a countertop is paired with a complimentary tile backsplash. Here in Lancaster, we find that the classic subway tile backsplash wins out in many kitchens. It’s clean, classic and compliments any style of kitchen or countertop.

Granite or Quartz Backsplash Considerations

If you’re looking for something outside the box, you might want to consider a granite, marble or quartz backsplash! When doing so, here are 5 things to consider before pulling the trigger:

“Hawaiian Leathered” Granite Countertop & Backsplash
  1. Thickness

    Granite, marble and quartz is traditionally 1-1/4” (3CM) thick. Keep this thickness in mind when deciding whether or not to use this as a backsplash. It will affect nearby trim, cabinetry trim, outlets and more. Being aware of this thickness will help you plan for (and achieve) the best final result in your kitchen!

  2. Installation

    Unlike a tile backsplash which could be attempted by an ambitious DIYer*, a granite and/or quartz backsplash will need to be fabricated and installed by a professional. Indoor City has state-of-the-art fabrication machinery to give you a precise fit when it comes to a solid surface backsplash.

  3. Seam

    Your backsplash MAY have a seam. Just like your countertops, there are variables in a solid surface backsplash that may create the need for a seam. No worries! Even though seams aren’t invisible, they are usually discrete and won’t distract from the beauty of your backsplash. If you are concerned about seams, the templater will be able to tell you where a seam needs to be placed prior to install so there are no surprises.

  4. Cost

    A solid surface backsplash is most likely going to be more expensive! Granite, marble or quartz is definitely more expensive to supply and install (per square foot) than most backsplash tiles. But keep in mind – a solid surface backsplash will give you a beautiful, unique & custom look! It could kick your kitchen remodel up a few notches. Keep this option in mind when creating your new home or remodeling budget.

  5. Admiration

    Finally, you’ll probably end up being the envy of all of your friends. I know, I know. This can sometimes be such a pain. With a quartz or granite backsplash, you may just achieve that “Houzz worthy” kitchen that most people just drool over when searching for design ideas on their iPad. We think you can handle this though 😉

Zodiac “Calacatta Natura” quartz countertop & backsplash

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about planning for a solid surface backsplash, what do you think? Is it something you’d ever consider? Don’t get us wrong. We still LOVE our tile backsplashes. However, granite, marble or quartz is just another option we love having in the mix!

*Disclaimer: We love the DIYers that come to buy tile from us; however, if you’re looking for a professional installation, check out the services we offer!

 

 

More Than Just a Countertop

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Emily Fella

As a designer nothing is more exciting than a new trend in design materials. In the world of tile, some of the most recent popular design trends have included gray tones and wood looks. Although, I am a huge fan of both of these looks, nothing excites me more than when something new and different makes a statement in the design industry. A product that just recently hit our showroom floor (no pun intended) is the Noga Cement Tile line from Garden State Tile.

Handmade Cement Tiles were largely popular in the 19th century and are since making a comeback. These bold looking tiles are not only hand-made but are created using sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, just as they were back in the 19th century. These particular cement tiles are made with white and gray cements, quartz, marble dust and various other pigments. The tiles are not fired or glazed but are pressed and then placed in a water bath and left to cure for 28 days in a mist room. During the 28 day curing process, the tiles are continuously misted with water to aid in making them more durable. The Noga Cement tile line incorporates original and historically accurate designs, as well as exclusive, modern motifs. These tiles are available in 8×8 sizes (with 5/8” thickness), and in a variety of solid and patterned colors to be used in commercial or residential flooring. These tiles are also suitable to be used in wall and backsplash applications.

For those of you that know me as a designer, you know that I am a sucker for black and white color palettes. One of my favorite designs in this particular tile line is the Abigale Tile. I think this tile would be a lovely selection for use in a bathroom or laundry room/mudroom area. Coupled with white cabinetry, gold hardware and perhaps a marble look quartz countertop material, a room sporting this tile would make quite the sophisticated statement.  Being that these cement tiles are 8”x8” they would probably look best used in a small to mid-sized room application. The scale of a tile is extremely important when considering what room it should be used in. For those individuals who are looking to add color and interest to a small or mid-sized room, these tiles would be an excellent option to consider. Check out all of the available designs and colors at: http://gstile.com/manufacturer/nogacementtiles/.

Cement Tiles, The Next Big Thing

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Megan Zaun

With mother’s day right around the corner, its time to start thinking about what she would really want on her special day. What about a nice relaxing spa day? What makes a spa package the perfect gift. it’s a time for your mom to unwind and completely de-stress in a beautiful, calming atmosphere. The biggest component of these soothing atmosphere’s are the finishes being used so why not treat your mother everyday by making her bathroom into luxurious tranquility.

Tommy Bahama Zig Zag Mosaic Bati Orient Mosaic Stone Lunata Bay Herringbone

First step is using tranquil spa-like colors such as light blues, greens and aquas on a base of white. A perfect way to achieve some beautiful color in a bathroom is with various textures of tile. Glass tiles in a mix of cool tones with a marble like texture can be the perfect accent for a shower wall or tub surround. A perfect example of this is this Tommy Bahama by Lunada Bay tile in a zig zag pattern. These Bati Orient pebbles in a white stone can make the perfect shower floor for that exotic feel. A wood-look porcelian tile floor can achieve that warm, relaxing sauna feel. The King Wood series from B&F ceramics not only gives you that look but gives you extra interest with it’s Hexagon design in a multi tone hue. To add some extra heat to a porcelain tile floor, a Schluter ditra heat system can be installed prior to tile installation and with a digital touch screen and timer, mornings are a breeze. Now that your tile is figured out, it’s time to move on to the vanity tops!

B&F Hexagon Tile Cambria Kelvingrove Quartz Cambria New Quay Quartz

Second step is using a low maintenance, day spa feeling countertop. Cambria’s Coastal & Waterstone series are the perfect way to tie all of your tile together with their mix of hues and bit of sparkle. The Kelvingrove pattern from Cambria adds a hint of aqua veining on a sandy taupe background, clear blue water and sand anyone? Cambria’s New Quay pattern from the Waterstone line has been a very popular one for Indoor City. With it’s subtle gray and greige tones, it’s a win win with all bathrooms and kitchen cabinets!

Any of the designers here at Indoor City would be more than happy to help you design a spa-like bathroom of your dreams! Come in today!

A Day Spa at Home

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Indoor City

How long have you worked at Indoor City? 3 years

 

What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City? A custom model home that I spent a lot of time working on last summer. I was able to really use my creativity and help design a pretty amazing house. Plus I got to collaborate with another designer and that is always a really fun process!

 

What made you want to be a designer? I have always been interested in art & design. In high school I took an interior design class and also an architectural drafting class. I loved both so I thought this field would be perfect!

 

Describe your perfect pizza: Gluten free, white pizza with garlic, ricotta, tomatoes, broccoli, red onions.

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Samantha Anastasio

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Samantha Anastasio

When designing this recently completed new model home in Mount Joy, Lancaster County PA, built by Dombach Builders, we wanted the style to be classic, yet modern enough to appeal to any potential buyer/customer. This two-story, end unit townhome has an open floor plan in the main living space, three full bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a bonus room (playroom/rec room/office) on the second floor. Keep reading to learn more about the flooring and countertops that Indoor City installed in this beautiful home.

KITCHEN DESIGN ELEMENTS

With white cabinets, granite countertops and a beautiful taupe tile backsplash, this new kitchen is an eye catcher as soon as you walk into the main living space.

Countertops: “Nevada” granite

Tile backsplash: Bellavita, H-Line 3”x6”, color: “Nautilus” paired with Jeffery Court, Chapter 11 Align, Herringbone Stix mosaic, color: “Suede (Grey Marble)” as an accent behind the range

FIREPLACE

This beautiful tiled fireplace will surely be the focal point of this living room.  The tile from the backsplash accent is repeated here to tie in the open living space.

Tile: Jeffery Court, Chapter 11 Align, Herringbone Stix mosaic, in “Suede (Grey Marble)”

HARDWOOD

The main living space in this home is covered in 3/8” hand-scraped, engineered hardwood flooring. The dark stain of the wood acts as a great contrast to the white cabinets and light paint color.

Hardwood: Chesapeake 3/8” X 5” Countryside Birch, color: Black Forest

MASTER BATHROOM DESIGN ELEMENTS

Every person who walks through this house loves the tile floor in the master bathroom! The color is the perfect neutral, and the size of the tile, set in a herringbone pattern give this bathroom a fun, but classic look.

Bathroom floor tile: Serenissima, Docklands 3”x14”, color: “Brown” (installed in a herringbone pattern)

VINYL

The other two bathrooms and the laundry room all showcase a beautiful tile-look vinyl. This modern, glass-cloth look works beautifully with the color scheme and style of this house!

Vinyl: IVC, Premiere, color: Dulcinea

We personally LOVE that master bathroom floor! What is your favorite feature in this home?

 

Designing a Model Home: Classic Appeal

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Indoor City

Christmas is only a few days away and we know what you’re thinking, why am I sitting here reading this blog instead of cleaning and prepping the rest of my house? We know, you have parties to plan for, family to host, and a house to decorate. It just so happens that we have a few tips on some last minute decorations. Reward yourself with a little break from all the holiday madness, take a deep breath, and find some inspiration from these little projects!

Throw broken pieces of your tree and some cranberries in a tall vase, add water, a floating candle, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful centerpiece.

 

Oranges and clementines can be very festive during the holidays. Add some to a bundle of pinecones and branches for a festive holiday table spread.

 

We love this holiday trend! Put some leftover ornaments in a crystal bowl, jar, or vase and you have some festive decorations to place around the house!

 

Place these at each table setting for some personalized Christmas décor! It doesn’t get any easier than ribbon, candy canes, and name cards!

 

 

Last Minute Christmas Decorations

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