The blinds are woven all of renewable bamboo, rattan, reed, grass, jute and other natural, recyclable fibers, and air-dried to save energy. Graber said blind headrails are made of sustainable woods and the plastic components contain up to 10 percent pre-consumer recycled materials. The blinds, about $7.50 per square foot, come in 54 weaves, colors and textures with color-coordinated privacy liners. The ecology extends to packaging: Graber said the cardboard and tube, pads and bubblewrap are all 100 percent recyclable. See a list of Minnesota dealers and retailers at www.graberblinds.com. KIM YEAGERNotes
Dwelling Designs, the modernist furniture and accessories retailer at 50th and France, said it has relocated to 618 Washington Av. N. in Minneapolis. Proprietor Ammar Steven Alshash said that in addition to the storefront, the space includes three furnished lofts to showcase the retailer's furnishings and design services.
Susan Wittine, new manager of the Minneapolis Design Within Reach studio, said the retailer has launched a bridal registry service, with items shipping directly to the home. Calico Corners said its fabric stores -- including its Edina location at 7101 France Av. S. -- are carrying its new Calico Home line of accessories that includes furniture, lamps, throws, pillows, rugs and other accents. Prices range from $9 for a metallic votive candleholder, to $175 for a bronze sculpture of an English pointer, to $500 for a mini-bar cabinet. The line ranges from rugs in cotton ($30 for a 2- by 3-footer) to wool or wool/silk blends for more than $1,000.
Room & Board said it will open a new store in Atlanta in spring 2009, its first store in the Southeast.
The recently expanded Designer Marketplace has added several services, including flat fees for delivery and design services. They include a $150 delivery fee regardless of how many pieces are being delivered, and a $300 per-room fee; for that a designer will help select a piece or pieces and help arrange furniture with the customer's existing pieces. Additionally, the retailer said it is offering free merchandise storage for home buyers with closing date issues, and interest-free financing depending on the amount of purchase. The store, at 160 Glenwood Av. N. in Minneapolis, has also expanded its hours to 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, a partner in Studio 2030 of Minneapolis, as been named to the 2009 board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers. La-Z-Boy said it is now offering a soy-based foam cushion option on some of its sofas, recliners and chairs.