After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
Porcelanosa’s journey from mom-and-pop design firm to world leader in kitchen and bathware began in 1970 on the Mediterranean coast of Castellon, Spain. Today, the company’s founding family oversees more than 400 showrooms in 70 different countries, exporting the latest in European home design to the rest of the world. Its minimalist, modern designs play on clean lines and muted colors, incorporating elegant accents such natural stone bathtubs or rectified porcelain tile, which mimics the Carrara marble used to build the Pantheon, sculpt Michelangelo's David, and construct the world's first paperweight. Its engineered hardwood flooring draws eyes to smooth planks of white oak in a spectrum of stains, vying for attention against tiled mosaics made of stone, ceramic, or brick.
In addition to turning kitchens and bathrooms into walk-in works of art, Porcelanosa adheres to its founding principles of care for the environment and reducing ecological impact throughout its production chain, using water recycling and gas-burning technologies at its plants to reduce its carbon footprint.
When beginning her own cleaning service, the founder of Greenforce Clean Team wanted to do more than simply tidy up living rooms. Cleaning her client's homes had to go hand-in-hand with keeping the environment healthy, both inside the house and out. This standard of eco-responsibility influences every aspect of the team's methods, including their exclusive use of biodegradable, nontoxic products and the purchase of carbon credits to offset their gas usage. Their dedication to eco-friendly cleaning has gained Greenforce the praise of the San Francisco edition of Daily Candy, numerous corporate clients, and squirrels that leave thank-you notes carved in acorns.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
With more than 30 years in the furniture industry, Jonathan Kaye's staff expertly curates the best brand-name furnishings, bedding, and décor for infants and children. Specializing in furniture built from ash, birch, maple, and pine, the shop presents parents with a variety of all-natural sitting, storing, and sleeping fixtures to match with existing décor or the species of tree native to their nurseries. Beyond hard goods, Jonathan Kaye outfits shoppers with blankets and clothing woven from natural sources such as organic cotton and bamboo.
Nomad Rugs specializes in fine, hand knotted, naturally dyed oriental rugs. We collaborate directly with the best producers and weavers of new oriental rugs. This allows us to offer unique rugs not found elsewhere. We are committed to eco and social responsibility. Our goal is to offer outstanding rugs of high integrity.
By organizing group discounts and vetting installers, One Block Off the Grid smoothes the solar-power installation process for homeowners looking to go green. Future sunshine stealers can log on to join forces with prospective solar buyers in their area, and a free online estimator helps clients predict costs. Armies of advisers—who can stay impartial because they aren’t paid on commission—can help homeowners decide whether to go solar now or wait until we can harness the power of the moon.
Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware facilitates home-improvement projects and everyday repairs with an array of wares and a staff of knowledgeable handypeople. Embattled emperors can secure their castles by installing sturdy door locks ($9.99+), impede enemy avian messengers’ flight paths with window screens ($8.99+), or create a dry moat of venus flytraps with garden tools ($3.99+). New showerheads ($9.99+) can improve bathing enjoyment and relax vocal cords for water-accompanied arias, and smoke alarms ($8.99+) prevent disaster when dining-room campfires get too rowdy. With more than 50,000 items also available for special order, Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware can equip utility belts with all the supplies needed to tighten up a squeaky home or install a toilet in the living room.
Martinkovic Milford consists of professional architects, including principal partners Justin Martinkovic and Brian Milford, dedicated to working directly with clients to craft one-of-a-kind projects tailored to customer desire. Members of this professional firm will come to your home, where they’ll contribute their keen gaze and plentiful knowledge base to interior design or home remodeling plans. During the home walkthrough, the architects will answer any questions and dole out practical advice on space planning, building codes, cost, and feasibility, as well as artistic views on interior design, color, and overall aesthetic vision. You’ll be left with a concrete plan for revamping your homestead, jumpstarting idle projects with a professional spark.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Bae opens its doors on a bazaar setting of international decorations and house wares. The influence of the city itself works its way into hand-selected crafts, many of which are designed and constructed by local artists. A tremendous stock of game-changing accents that are well suited to a variety of tastes can give any home a winsome makeover. While today's deal is only good for in-store purchases, the online shop provides curious customers with a look into what populates the live shop's shelves and tables. A wealth of eye-catching knick-knacks is available for less than $45, such as elegant and punctual small black sand hourglasses ($24.95) and natural basswood cheeseboards to lend a forester's touch to elegant cheddar carving ($22).
Tasteful gourmets load up on offbeat wares from Pot + Pantry's charming collection of new and vintage kitchen knick-knacks. The store's stock changes frequently, as necessitated by its items' often one-of-a-kind nature. Current finds include a handy stainless steel cake server, complete with a slider for ejecting stubborn slices ($12). Javaheads can sip brimming cups of bean-juice in a midcentury Franciscan Discovery modern coffee-cup set ($20), and then sweeten their joe with a corresponding pinch from a tiny teak scoop ($5). The vintage Dansk fondue pot ($46) confines cheesy concoctions so guests can get their fill. For chic chefs looking for something more stylish than their "Kevin Bacon for President 1988" barbeque apron, Pot + Pantry offers a vibrant and vintage half apron ($19) and pink-gingham oven mitt ($12).
O'Reilly Tile Design (LIC # 868512) specializes in custom tile installation using environmentally-friendly products for home, restaurants, as well as, community and commercial buildings. Established in 2005, we have worked with many clients to bring their dreams to life.
Rare Device is, simply, good stuff for you, your home and your kids. The storefront is a place to promote designers, artists and artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects and collaborations.
Rock & Rose Landscapes is an eco-friendly landscape design, installation, and maintenance firm that plants beds with climatically adapted foliage and feeds natural lawns and meadows with organic fertilizers. During a landscaping consultation, Rock & Rose's professional lawn pamperers will discuss specific, site-appropriate plans to reimagine boring backyards and weed-throttled gardens as well-manicured Edens. Ninety minutes is usually enough time to cover all aspects of a project—such as overall design, budget, and maintenance—and definitely enough time to cover the cultural significance of red-capped garden gnomes. While not included in today's deal, Rock & Rose also offers garden installations and on-going maintenance for clients who opt to implement proposed landscaping plans.