Window Covering Maintenance

Window coverings are an important part of any home. Do you know how to take care of this design investment?

  • Water, solvents or abrasive cleaners should not be used on wood blinds or shutters.
  • The best way to remove dust or debris from hard to reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings is by using a hair dryer on a cool setting or compressed air purchased from an office supply store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments.  Power washing is not.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, the slats can be wiped with anti-static dryer sheets.
  • It is best to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters with a soft damp cloth.

Design a Room With Style

54691_00702When it comes time to decorate your new space, you can hire an interior designer, work with a MODA Floors & Interiors project consultant and/or get personally inspired to create a beautiful room on your own.

Here are some design tips to help you get started.

  • Consider the function of the room when pulling it together.
  • Match your furniture to the overall scale of the space.
  • GFLSD102_GFLSD101_Solids_Black_White_PERMASTONE_RSCreate a theme and vibe for the feeling of the room.
  • Design a creative color pallet and follow it through.
  • Make your room unique with interesting pieces.
  • Utilize light to create aesthetic warmth and color.
  • Don’t forget the many options available for flooring and window treatments.

Sources: HunterDouglas, Shaw Floors, Tarkett

New Tool Helps Answer Design Challenges


HARDWOOD - Revere Maple 935 Midnight RideAt MODA Floors & Interiors, we understand no one likes unexpected surprises. With so many choices available in flooring and window coverings, it might seem difficult to narrow down the colors, styles and materials that will make your project come to life.

“I will know it when I see it.” No need to wait any longer. Our new (and evolving) Room Visualization Tool helps answer your design challenges.

We will help you author a style that is uniquely yours.

Using a fun interactive quiz, a project consultant will personally work with you to identify your style. Is it Urban Chic, Seaside Simplicity or something else? Using preloaded photos from a wide variety of MODA vendors, we’ll show you on a widescreen monitor how the materials and colors you choose will look in a room scene similar to what you’re planning at home.

Want to get even more specific? Give us your photos to upload into the Room Visualization Tool. Please allow a 24-hour turnaround.

Now relax and get started. We’re here to help!


MODA Floors & Interiors Celebrates 10 Successful Years


Left to right: Larry Ellison, Lisa Franks, Theresa Minkoff, Dave Wimbiscus, Rebecca Raffield, Rob Ahrens, Janice Howell, Dean Howell, Jerry Parks, Tasha Elrod, Pete Lutz, Jill Cobb, Jeff Hawkins, Haley Morgan and Jessica Kreunen.

MODA Floors & Interiors, a flooring and window coverings resource and Atlanta’s first Shaw Design Center, recently celebrated its 10th year in business. The company has showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and at Town Brookhaven.

“MODA” is the Italian word for fashion. Owners Dean and Janice Howell selected the company name to reflect cutting-edge style and European flair.

Started initially as a three-person home-based business, MODA Floors & Interiors currently employs 15 people and partners with 10 installation crews to complete approximately 1,300 projects each year. The diversified client base includes residential remodelers, custom home builders, designers, insurance contractors, and consumers. The company also does light commercial jobs.

“We quickly realized that working from home wasn’t an ideal situation,” said Dean Howell. So the couple rented a small space off Windy Hill Road before moving three years later to a 5,000-square-foot facility on Collier Road. MODA opened its current 20,000-square-foot showroom on Chattahoochee Avenue three years ago. The Town Brookhaven location opened this month.

“The franchiser went out of business during our fifth year in business,” Howell said. “While it was unfortunate for the franchiser, it was one of the best things that could have happened for us because we were able to go independent and create the MODA brand.”

The typical MODA client’s core needs have remained the same over the last 10 years. According to Howell, they still want a beautiful end product and an engaging experience with a high level of customer service throughout the process.

What has changed most during his time in business has been the explosion of digital media / tools that give clients and the MODA staff multiple ways to exchange information and communicate, he said.

What’s the biggest business lesson he has learned over the years? “Externally. it’s all about customer satisfaction and ‘always doing the right thing’ in terms of treating our customers. Ensuring our customers’ total satisfaction is the one thing that will sustain our business over the long haul. Internally, we focus on developing our team members and business processes. We still come to work every day thinking about how to do it better,” Howell said.


MODA Floors & Interiors Opens at Town Brookhaven

(Left to right) Haley Morgan, Jeff Hawkins and Jill Cobb.

(Left to right) Haley Morgan, Jeff Hawkins and Jill Cobb.

MODA Floors & Interiors, located in Atlanta’s West Midtown Design District, has opened a 5100-square-foot retail-focused store in Town Brookhaven. MODA sells materials and provides installation services for hardwoods, tile and stone, carpet, luxury vinyl, laminate, area rugs and window coverings.

MODA Floors & Interiors’ second store is located in a shopping center in the Brookhaven area, providing easier access for the retail market. As a Shaw Design Center, the new showroom includes the latest media technology to enhance the shopping and buying experience. Design consultants are available at both locations to help consumers make design decisions for their homes.

The Town Brookhaven store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.