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For more than 60 years, Carpet One Floor & Home has been enhancing underfoot environments with a comprehensive selection of carpets, hardwood flooring, and other floor coverings. Conceal a foundation’s bald spot with a plush floor toupee—such as Millcraft’s Star Island line of carpets, featuring a sculptured, kaleidoscopic look with cut and loop pile to elevate the atmosphere of any living room, office, or human-sized chessboard ($2.50/ sq. ft. with 5-year stain and wear warranty; $1.05+/ sq. ft. for installation).

811 Plaza Dr
Carroll,
IA
US

The Composition of Dust: Of Mites and Mars

When the cleaners are finished, you?ll be able to breathe easier. Increase your satisfaction with a look at one thing they?ve banished: dust.

Whether you're resting in a mountain cabin, traveling through a city, or being vented out an airlock into outer space, dust is all around you. Microscopic particles?usually a combination of soil, pollen, skin cells, and minerals?can pile up quickly indoors. The problem is exacerbated by tiny creatures called dust mites, which gather in groups of up to 500 per gram of dust to devour flakes of human skin while multiplying in number, excreting waste, and probably chittering away. No matter where you are on Earth, a mote of dust is presently traveling straight toward your eye, thanks to the persistent creation of dust in almost any climate humans inhabit.

Even beyond our planet, dust is ubiquitous: astronomers face the universe's untidiness every time they peer through a telescope and find formations of cosmic dust, which absorb the visible light around them. Although it comes from exploding stars rather than flaky humans, space dust isn't so different from the domestic variety: a 2007 paper published in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science explored the similarities between the formation of dust bunnies under beds and the coagulation of space dust into planets.

205 NE Trilein Dr #205
Ankeny,
IA
US

Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes.

Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University.

Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.

521 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

In Stuart Alexander's perfect world, every garden is a wonderland. Blades of grass form an undisturbed carpet of green, flowers burst with intense color and fragrant smells, and trees provide shady havens for weary travelers. Now, after spending years as an event planner and designer, Stuart works his artistry outside as part of 5th Room Landscapes. Working with seasoned landscapers and garden experts, Stuart's team oversees all facets of domestic plant life, from designing and installing gardens to maintaining creations throughout all seasons yet to come. Their spaces are as usable as they are beautiful, encouraging homeowners to spend more time barbecuing in the summer, leaf-peeping in the autumn, and protecting the yard from territorial hockey players in the winter.

100 Indiana Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Clean It offers a growing variety of cleaning services, including home cleaning, power washing, and gutter cleaning. Bonded and insured technicians clean each home from head to toe, making sure that windows, kitchens, gutters, and garage floors all sparkle. Technicians wipe both interiors and exteriors of window panes with home-safe cleaning products until they are free of dirt and streaks. Climbing their ladders higher, the technicians can also clean out gutters to remove clogs caused by leaves, mud, and stray bowling balls. When focusing on the interiors of homes, the crews clean kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms?wiping down counters and vacuuming floors during one-time deep-cleanings or regularly scheduled visits to keep homes ready for visitors.

400 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US

Born of one woman's idea to create a store that is completely kid-centric and appeals to children, Simply for Giggles is a cheerful, welcoming place that’s filled to the brim with necessities for being young and bearing young. The stock crosses all categories and includes—but is not limited to—furniture, toys, books, bedding, strollers, diaper bags, bath supplies, and slings for wearing a baby or letting a friendly Yeti wear a baby. The Hedgehog Family hanging mobile ($29.99) gives children an alternative to counting sheep; the Snuggle Buddy Lambie ($23.99) gives them a sheep to snuggle; and Sandra Boynton's Bath Time book ($6.95) gives them information about bathing sheep. Simply for Giggles carries Little Twig organic baby-pampering products, as well as JuJuBe diaper gear.

400 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US