For more than two decades, the licensed techs at J & T Wow-Wash On Wheels have beautified storefronts and homes with well-aimed jets of hot, high-pressure water. Rather than abandoning a building after it gets dirty or simply burning it down, homeowners can employ these staffers to restore their house to a sparkling freshness with laser-like streams of H2O that blast away mildew and soot from façades, roofs, and patios. Thoroughly cleaning the siding and shingles not only boosts a property's aesthetic appeal, but also can potentially lower energy bills and prevent the need for future repairs. In addition to bathing windows, concrete, and walls, the techs can brighten up buildings with expert paint jobs and reduce indoor pollution with duct and chimney cleaning.
The selection of rustic knickknacks and furniture at My Backyard by Tassajara Nursery gives homes and gardens an off-the-beaten-path look. The shop—a sister store of Tassajara Nursery—lines its shelves with a countrified hodgepodge of items, including one-of-a-kind birdhouses, fountains in a range of sizes, and impressive pottery pieces. Assorted lanterns and wreaths imbue gardens with pastoral warmth, and hand-painted dressers and imported Peruvian furniture bring country comforts indoors. Friendly staff members greet visitors with a helpful hand and an eye for decorating that has been passed down from an ancient Cyclops clan of interior designers.
From the warm glow of their craft-filled atelier, Stella Luna's enlightened illuminators fan the fires of artistic potential with their mosaic-candle-making sessions. With the help of a seasoned wickspert, would-be light shapers start by choosing from more than 30 shapes and 40 scents, creating an ebullient blueprint for their fledgling flame holder before piecing together each wax-based mosaic masterpiece (starting at $16 per candle).
Carpet One Floor & Home cossets chambers with a variety of ground garments including carpet, wood, laminate, vinyl, and ceramic tile. At Carpet One's show room, an attentive sales staff will guide customers through a SelectAFloor shopping system, to show them hundreds of flooring colors, styles, brands, and mouth feels. Hardwoods ($1.99–$15.39/sq. ft.) from brands such as American Expressions and Invincible can enrobe entryways in warm earth tones and glossy finishes, and vinyl, tile, or laminate flooring can cover foot highways with durable, low-maintenance surfaces. Meanwhile, Evans Black, Millcraft, and Tigressá carpets ($0.89–$9.08/sq. ft.) arrive at their new homes and promise that they will not attack window treatments.