Shortly after decorative painter Michael James graduated from high school, he crossed the Atlantic to head for Europe. While overseas, he learned from the old masters, studying art for one year and taking on projects that would inform his development as a professional, such as renovating a 19th century farmhouse and painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. In 1998, after returning to the States, he started his own company, rendering services such as interior painting, custom color, brick fireplace makeovers, and wood graining for homes and offices across the country. His efforts have landed him in a number of renowned media outlets: he’s worked on projects featured on Oprah, his fine art decorative tiles were featured in Bliss magazine, and he’s been named a winner at the Parade of Homes.
Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
River City Referrals assists homeowners and tool-tinkerers looking for the appropriate contractor for a home-improvement project. Clients describe their project to River City Referrals, who then search its database of trusted contractors to produce a skilled, qualified handyman. These jacks-of-all-trades assist in a multitude of services ranging from painting and landscaping to window installation. After that, rates vary by contractor and project, but past projects have included washing-machine repair (about $250), ceiling patch and medallion installation ($275), and a lighting repair ($125).
Fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on spring and summer fashions so you don't sport unflattering parka-shaped tan lines. Attract admiring looks with a lace back embroidered top ($48) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of leather, double-buckle flats ($24) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking one shoulder ruffle button dress ($88) will give you the power to turn the heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed. Fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous getups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.