The window dressers at Home Blinds of America dress up houses' eyes by installing blinds, shutters, and shades customized to match window size and room décor. Homeowners peruse the online inventory of window dressings in myriad forms, including premium wood blinds that filter sunlight in five shades of white or stains ranging from the warm brown of sugar maple to deep mahogany ($58.88+ for a 24”x64” set). At a lower price point, attractive faux-wood blinds ($35.48+ for a 24”x64” set) imitate timber better than a baby sheep imitates a loofah. Woven bamboo shades rise and fall in autumnal hues of red and gold ($52.13+ for a 24”x64” set), and solar shades outfit windows with environmentally friendly, GreenGuard-certified fabrics that let in varying amounts of light while filtering out heat or UV rays ($87.50+ for a 24”x64” set). Meanwhile, honeycomb shades ($59.64 for a 24”x64” set) insulate from heat and cold while also collecting enough honey to sweeten pancakes each morning.
Antique, collectible, and pristine new furniture stands proudly around the Consignment Furniture Gallery’s 10,000-square-foot showroom, a vast repository of pieces classic and modern, foreign and domestic. Therapedic and Eclipse mattresses welcome prospective sleepers, who sink into comfy surfaces as soft as the feathery beard of an elderly pelican. Decorative accessories such as a yellow ceramic vase ($38.50) brighten up bare rooms with colorful splashes. Adorn walls and still houseguests with artwork such as a framed architecture print ($95), or ornament bedrooms with a vintage painted blue chest ($250). A pair of large green swirl ceramic lamps ($325) cast soft lighting across living rooms, producing an aura of vintage style that impresses visitors and mystifies housepets.
The florists at Beltway Blossom Shop excel at combing through their wide array of floral arrangements and gifts and picking out the perfect selection to match any special occasion. On a given day, they might point prom-goers toward corsages and boutonnieres, show brides-to-be the available wedding bouquets and centerpieces, or help party planners find special birthday gift baskets and balloons. Customers searching out flowers to give a loved one "just because" will be delighted in the wide variety of flowers available, from traditional roses to tropical blooms.
Bejeweled with gem-like skewered grapes, the Delicious Fruit Design bouquet pops with a starburst of chocolate-drenched and undrenched strawberries rocketing past honeydew slices. Skillfully shaped cantaloupe daisies sport glistening pineapple petals, communicating love to significant others or appreciation to favorite limbo dancers. Alternatively, woo eyes and tongues with chocolate-drenched apple wedges, handsomely arranged in a gift-ready box. A dozen ripe strawberries hand-dipped in semisweet chocolate peek out of their package, tempting onlookers with finger-staining juiciness. Whether drizzled in chocolate or served au naturel, each bite remains free of preservatives and lower-back tattoos.
A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.