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How long have you worked at Indoor City?
It will be 1 year on November 7th!
How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
My personal design aesthetic could best be described as Traditional Glam with an eclectic twist. . 


What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City?
My favorite project that I worked on was a kitchen remodel. My client came to me, totally ready to revamp her kitchen. Together we worked through all of the necessary details, ultimately, bringing her dream kitchen to a reality. We chose a soft, off-white color called Creamy White from Sherwin Williams for her perimeter cabinets. For her island, we selected Province Blue from Benjamin Moore to add interest and create a focal point. For the backsplash, we selected an organic looking, white subway tile and incorporated a coordinating arabesque tile, picture framed above the cook top. We chose a warm wood-look luxury vinyl tile for her flooring and a quartz material, called marabella white, for her countertops.




What made you want to be a designer?
Growing up as a kid, my parents were always very passionate about taking us on vacations that

would give us some sort of educational insight. Many of our trips involved touring the past Presidents’ homesteads or historical sites, which not only gave me some great exposure to Early-American architecture, but ultimately sparked my interest for design. One summer specifically, we

went to Newport Rhode Island where we toured The Breakers Mansion, one of the Vanderbilt Family’s many homes. (The Vanderbilt’s were a prominent American family, who during the turn of the century were largely influential in establishing America’s shipping and railroad industry) Experiencing this particular Vanderbilt Mansion,

designed in the Italian renaissance style, was definitely what made me know that I wanted to be a designer, and more specifically an interior designer. This 70-room mansion clad with all types of lavish materials, everywhere from platinum leaf to exotic marble, truly made me fall in love with the idea of creating spaces that could be inspiring.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 
I recently started teaching myself how to play the ukulele.


Describe your perfect pizza.
I believe that all pizzas are created equal, however my perfect pizza would have a gluten free crust and lots of cheese!


Designer Spotlight: Emily Fella

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Emily Fella


Aaah, autumn, what a sweet relief from the summer heat and humidity. Crisp temperatures and the earlier arrival of evening send us scurrying indoors to enjoy the pleasure and comforts of our homes.

If your home could use a little more comfort, now is the perfect time to realize that dream of installing cozy carpets over beautiful wood floors. Or how about indulging in a rejuvenated bathroom to enjoy hot showers and baths to soothe your mind and body. Or perhaps a bright and shining kitchen upgrade is on your wish list. Imagine having hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies with the children around a new island or maybe wine and cheese with a few friends. A welcoming environment enhances the joy we share with one another as we gather daily and the upcoming holiday season.






Stop by our beautiful showroom and let one of our talented designers help you achieve the style you envision for your home. We’ll help you plan your space, assist you during the selection process, and coordinate the installation between you and our gifted tradesmen and women. We can help you transform your home into the warm, beautiful haven you and yours will enjoy for years to come!

Fall is Here

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Shannon Smith

I was sitting in Copper Cup Coffee (a local Lancaster coffee shop) feeling totally relaxed and happy when it hit me… this place makes me feel good! But why!?

Copper Cup Coffee (inspiration)


I stopped for a minute and thought, “what is it about this place (other than their delicious coffee)!?” I realized a few things: I loved the natural elements: light wood tones, lush green plants, concrete, soft paint colors and bright natural light. Since I can’t necessarily turn your home into THIS coffee shop, I’ve put together a design pallet inspired by the aesthetic of my new favorite place.

A – Shaker-style cabinet in Natural Maple

B – Caesarstone “Sleek Concrete” quartz countertop

C – AKDO 2X8 “Arctic White” clear glass tile

D – MSI Kenzi series Mixana hexagon

E – DuChateau Vernal Collection “Lugano” European Oak engineered hardwood


Maybe this exact design pallet isn’t for you, but my point of this post is to encourage you to pull inspiration for your home from your favorite places and other beautiful areas around you. Inspiration can be found everywhere!

Design Inspiration Can Be Found All Around You

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Kristen Lambert

If you’re looking to update any area of your home and aren’t sure where to start, look no further—gray just became the new beige.

Let’s face it, gray is the color of today, but making an entire living space in shades of gray doesn’t sound too exciting. Surprisingly, gray will go with any other color you choose, so there is no need to fear living in a colorless world.

Gray is a neutral, and just like tan or beige, you can mix and match any of your favorite colors in order to find the perfect combination that will reflect your style and personality. If I still haven’t convinced you, take a look at some of the samples I pulled together of materials right here at Indoor City.

Gray & Red/Orange

Floor – GSTile Unicom Overall Velvet

Wall – Red Bay, Antique Red, Bravado Red

Counter – Wilsonart Anatolia, Caesarstone Haze

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen Marrakech Red



Gray & Yellow

Floor – Fabrica Kennedy Point

Wall – Naples yellow, Summit gray, First star, Dorian gray

Counter – Cambria Dovetail

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen-Indium

AKDO Lunar gray, Arctic white


Gray & Green

Floor – Mirage Sweet Memories Collection Treasure

Wall – Retreat

Counter – Calcatta

Accents – Marine Blend Beach House Collection Seashell



Gray & Blue

Floor – Mirage Flair Snowdrift

Wall – Let it Rain, Storm Cloud, Outerspace

Counter – Cambria Parys, MSI Meridian Gray

Accent – AKDO Basketweave Border Thassos Azul Celeste



Gray & Purple

Floor -Mirage Imagine Driftwood

Wall – Breathtaking, Soulful Blue, Mythical

Counter – MSI Fairy White

Accent – Glazzio Clouds Series Evening Fog



Gray & Natural

Floor – Mirage Natural Old Hickory

Wall – Light French Gray

Counter – Caesarstone Concrete, Cambria Summerhill

Accent- AKDO Thassos Straight Edge, GSTile Retro Mosaics Gray Glossy Hexagon

How to Liven Up Your Gray Color Palette

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Indoor City

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
In November, it will be 5 years that I’ve been with Indoor City.

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

My personal design aesthetic is very mid-century modern. I love clean lines, simple decor and bright pops of color. Plus – hair pin legs. I LOVE hair pin legs on furniture.

What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! But if I have to… I’d say one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on during my time at Indoor City would be a model home built by EG Stoltzfus. The colors were so bright and pretty and I was able to sneak in some creativity with materials and tile patterns. I love how it turned out!


What made you want to be a designer?

I have always been a creative person – thanks in huge part to my mom and my grandfather. My grandfather could make practically anything out of nothing. He was resourceful and eco-friendly before it was cool to be. He used to mix all of his leftover paints together to make a new color (usually a light taupey-brown once it was all said and done) just so that he wouldn’t waste any paint. Interior Design always felt like the perfect creative career for me and I enjoy how each day and each client bring a different element of design into my life. It keeps my job interesting and fun!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Fun fact: Besides Pennsylvania, I have lived in Washington state, Ohio, Maryland and I was born in New Mexico. My parents and younger brother (Tanner) still live in WA state, but my older brother (Kyle) and his wife (Larkin) live in Austin, TX. We are all spread out across the country so we enjoy “meeting up” in places for vacations and visits. This year we are vacationing as a family in Cozumel, Mexico! Two years ago we all met up in Kauai, Hawaii!

Describe your perfect pizza?

I looooove pizza. My perfect pizza is pretty simple – Margherita . It has to have fresh mozzarella though!

If you would like to work with Shannon or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Designer Spotlight: Shannon Smith

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Emily Fella

There is no doubt that gray color schemes have been a recent and popular trend in the world of interior design. I often get asked by my clients if gray is a color that I foresee going out of style. I often express that because it is a neutral, much like black and white, that it will always be a staple color for any design. However, that does not mean that you should be afraid to incorporate color within your neutral palette. As a designer, my job is to always be on the cusp of what is new and trending. A color that I have noticed becoming rather popular and may soon take the stage as the next hot trend is the color teal.

From a psychological stand point, teal is representative of soothing balance and calmness. Because teal is a combination of blue and green, both light wavelengths, our eyes require little to no adjusting which is perhaps why the color evokes feelings of tranquility.

A brand new product that has all of the designers here at Indoor City eager to use, is the Lagoon Series, from AKDO’s Signature Glass line. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful shades of teal that I have ever seen. This product is currently available in field tile and mosaic formats including a 3×6, 3×12, a 1×4 herringbone, a 2×2, and a staggered listello. How fun would a tile like this be for a butler’s pantry backsplash? What a great way to add some color!

Rumored to hit the market this coming fall is a teal/blue hardwood floor from Anderson. Featured at the Shaw East-Coast 2017 Winter Market. I had the privilege to experience this product in person. We cannot wait to get our hands on this! This engineered hardwood, like most of Anderson’s products is beautifully manufactured and completely full of character with a 8.5”plank width and a pronounced white oak grain.

Another recently new product featuring the color teal is the Defined Beauty Carpet in the color Oasis from Shaw. Not only does this carpet feature a geometric pattern creating a bold statement for any room, but it also comes available with the Life Guard Nylon backing system. This backing system makes this carpet product pet and child friendly by preventing liquids from penetrating through the carpet backing.

Whether you are considering painted cabinetry for a kitchen or perhaps a new wall color to liven up your space, maybe you should consider incorporating a color from the teal family – start by checking out some of my favorite teal paint colors:

Benjamin Moore – Aegean Teal


Dunn Edwards – Nocturnal Sea


Sherwin Williams – Really Teal

If you want to talk more about color and how you can use it in your home, call any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom. We would be would be more than happy to assist!

Trending with Teal

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Indoor City

Although choosing your tile may be a difficult decision, another crucial decision is choosing the appropriate grout for your tile installation. There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right grout, such as color, durability/cleanability, grout joint size, type of tile and surface.

Most grout types come in a vast range of colors, making the coordination between grout color and tile color feasible. There are even grouts with a sparkle quality including products such as Laticrete, Spectralock, Dazzle, Bostik, Dimension and Custom Fusion Pro. These glittering grouts are perfect for a glass tile installation. In picking grout colors, another important factor to take into account is contrast. Often times adding a little contrast with your grout selection is a great way to spruce up your tile schematic. If you choose to use a white subway, perhaps consider using a light or dark gray grout to create some contrast and interest with the grout joints. If the tile you are working with is of natural stone, typically from a design stand point, picking a grout that blends with the stone and does not take away from its natural qualities is suggested.

When it comes to grout, there are two main types, sanded and unsanded. An unsanded grout is typically used when the grout joint is 1/8th of an inch or less. The use of an unsanded grout is suggested when the tile is made of a scratch susceptible material such as glass or a polished natural stone such as marble. A sanded grout is appropriate when you are working with a larger grout joint, larger than 1/8th of an inch. Typically grout joints this large are used in flooring applications.

An additional type of grout is an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout consists of an epoxy resin and a hardener. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to staining and chemicals and has a very high bonding strength, making it virtually maintenance free. Using an epoxy grout is pertinent in certain tile applications such as steam showers.

For help choosing the perfect grout for your tile project, any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom would be more than happy to assist!

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What You Need to Know About Grout

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Samantha Anastasio

Every year in June, members of the Interior Design world flock to Chicago for North America’s largest and most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors: NeoCon. More than 700 of the leading companies in the commercial interiors world launch thousands of new products into the market.

This year, one of our favorite commercial carpet and flooring providers, Shaw Contract, launched a ton of new products! Two of the product lines, “Active” and “Off the Grid,” are some of our favorite new releases of the year.


The “Active” collection utilizes graphic, linear patterns and bold, fluorescent colors in an effort to keep workplace occupants energized and alert. The main inspiration for the styles within the “Active” product line has been derived from the textures, shapes and patterns used in active wear. The design team focused on how those same techniques can be interpreted into flooring that can really activate a space.

This collection features four styles in a 12”x48” carpet tile and three brand new fluorescent colors.


The “Off the Grid” collection focuses on bringing nature into our built environments as workplace design trends show a shift towards needing more reflective, calm spaces. This collection features very textural and organic patterns and natural, calming colors. To gain inspiration for “Off the Grid,” the design team headed out into nature to observe organic patterns in things like spider webs and moss.

This collection features two broadloom styles and four styles in 12”x48” carpet tiles.

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In the Spotlight: Shaw Contract, Commercial Carpets

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