Occasionally, an Italian exporter will ask the owner of Poggi Bonsi why she named her business after Poggibonsi, a small town in Tuscany. The answer is simple: it's fun to say. It may be even more fun to peruse the shop's shelves, which hold handpicked items from artisans across the pond. The woman who owns the shop seeks out suppliers who practice crafts the same way her ancestors did. This explains Poggi Bonsi's extensive stock of Italian ceramics and French linens. They supplement this timeless selection with modern appliances, kitchen gadgets, and bakeware.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
For nearly a half century, David Reed Weatherford Antiques & Interiors has nurtured nostalgia with an epoch's worth of elegant and enduring 18th and 19th century antiques. Within a 4,000-square foot historic Capital Hill home overlooking Puget Sound, heirloom hunters wander into another era, akin to stumbling into a KISS reunion concert. Elevate dinner tables to shrine status with a whimsical navy blue and cream glazed Victorian style pottery jug ($175), or opt for scintillating ceramics such as the pastel hued, flower-festooned Chinese ceramic box, ideal for imbuing rooms with an otherworldly aura and sheltering displaced genies ($385). The metallurgical arts, meanwhile, feature two ambiance fortifying cloisonné vases ornately adorned with delicate floral flourishes and idyllic landscapes ($450 each).