PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Ortho Mattress has supported sleepers' backs with sturdy coils for more than 50 years, crafting Ortho LFC, Ortho Dr. Preferred and Summerhill & Bischop–brand mattresses in its Los Angeles factory before shipping them direct to customers. An Ortho Dr. Preferred Conform eurotop ($949.99–$1,499.99) cossets slumbering limbs in a 3-inch layer of contouring memory foam undergirded by supportive coils, while a 4.5-inch Ortho LFC smooth top ($199.99–$299.99) is slim enough to tuck into a trundle bed or rollaway. Both models come paired with a box-spring mate so that they'll always have a partner in Yahtzee. Besides in-house brands, Ortho Mattresses' showrooms stock Simmons Beautyrest and Sealy Posturepedic sleep sponges.
If you’re looking for a sleek and versatile skirt with decades of history, you might try on a pencil skirt. Read on to learn more about this hip-hugging garment.
Ever wear an H-line skirt? If that sounds not just unfamiliar but hard to envision, try bending the two vertical lines of the H together at the top. Now play that in reverse and you get, in a gesture, the genesis of the H-line skirt, better known as the pencil skirt.
For this terminology we have to thank the alphabet-obsessed French designer Christian Dior, who, after first popularizing the A-line and then the H-line in the mid-1950s, went on to develop a “Y-line” silhouette. Whereas the A-line accentuates the tiny waist and full hips of an hourglass figure, the pencil skirt stays narrow from top to bottom to hug whatever kind of curves a woman has—if any. This newly slimmed-down look (an extension of earlier pencil-type skirts of the ‘30s and ‘40s) was also dubbed the “French bean” or the “flat look” in the press.
The pencil skirt tends to stop at or just below the knee, with a vent in its back seam to allow for greater mobility. This wasn’t a concern for one of the garment’s early predecessors. The fad of the 1910s known as the hobble skirt took the shape of the pencil skirt and kept going down to the ankles—where an extremely narrow hem required tiny steps and even caused reports of traffic congestion as women supposedly had to be helped across the street. This was a far cry from the images the pencil skirt would come to evoke: the favored choice of sultry Hitchcock blondes and, today, a staple of professional women’s closets everywhere.
Before joining forces, Jennifer Goldstein-Fritz and Alba Gonzalez-Nylander spent years pursuing their individual passions for video, honing their craft separately at renowned companies including FOX, E!, and CBS. Eager to venture out on their own, the two women joined their talents in 2010, co-founding AJ Media Services with the goal of combining their knowledge, with services that include bringing major-media quality techniques to home movies. In the years since filming their first promo, Jennifer and Alba have worked tirelessly to create polished, unique moving pictures via a host of services, from video production to duplication and transfer services. To create immersive digital experiences, AJ’s virtual tours throw viewers into smooth, 360-degree views of spaces, from the dining room of a recently opened restaurant to a new home’s finished basement and its organ-playing phantom.
At Woodcraft of Nashville, a staff of experienced carpenters, cabinetmakers, engineers, and craftsfolk help customers infuse a rustic, handmade charm into their living spaces with a vast array of wood; hand and power tools; finishes; and manuals. An extensive schedule of classes teach curious do-it-yourselfers how to construct a dovetail joint, build everyday household objects, or work a table saw, and an arsenal of hardware keeps workshops stocked with band saws, lathes, sanders, and electric carvers.
Olivia Olive Oil scours the world for artisanal olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet foods, then imports them to a chic location where guests can mingle at private tastings or take home bottles of gourmet condiments. Though humans have enjoyed olive oil for centuries because of its rich, complex flavors, health-conscious chefs also praise it for its potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, cutting risk of heart disease, and promoting invisibility. Guests at Olivia's tasting parties eagerly sample a variety of oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, learning about the pressing process and bonding with friends over cheese, bread, and drinks. The shelves call out to customers with bottles of fine oils and vinegars from around the world, such as a grassy organic oil from Spain, a white-truffle-infused olive oil from Alba, Italy, or a traditional balsamic aged for 18 years in oaken barrels. An arsenal of appliances and accessories helps clients properly enjoy their newfound culinary treasures, with items such as olive-wood serving spoons, hand-blown glass-drop bottles, and handy cork spouts.