The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
For almost 20 years, Bedding Mart has been laying mattresses, pillows, frames, and other dozing surfaces underneath its sleepy clients. These skilled somnambulence-preventers provide a mattress collection that includes Serta and Simmons Beautyrest, which join other dream-cultivating brands in rounding out their plushy provisions. Accessories such as a Comfort Select memory-foam pillow (up to $99.95) absorb recollections more effectively than the un-porous surfaces of amnesia anvils. A helpful staff is always on hand to help customers select the right items, such as a Simmons Beautyrest extra-firm-full size mattress ($388.99), Englander plush mattresses ($128.99+), memory-foam mattresses ($398.99+), or bed frames ($49.95—$69.95), which help provide a stable home for courteous under-bed monsters.
Harnessing more than 24 years of border-building experience, Artistic Edge constructs custom frames on-site from myriad object-encasing supplies. Celebrate an offspring's emergence from the academic cocoon by encasing his or her diploma in a quality frame, or protect your office's overtime schedule from passive-aggressive spitballs by placing it behind glass. With a selection ranging from sleek and minimal to a baroque explosion of swirls, the accomplished framers at Artistic Edge will help patrons choose the perfect frame and ensure that it's lovingly assembled from materials of the highest quality (basic custom framing, $100+). Artist Edge offers on-site parking, allowing easy pick-up of large-format Yoda posters.
A locally owned and operated business, Cantrell boasts a wide selection of high-quality wood, leather, and upholstered furniture from lines such as Jessica Charles and Sam Moore. Stately bedroom sets by Largo provide elegant concert halls for dream symphonies, and Hammary dining room sets with high-backed chairs add dramatic style to any supervillain dinner party. Cantrell's trained consultants are always nearby to help you wrangle a candidate from the store's majestic herd of roaming sofas, and its upholstery experts can create custom options in case Cantrell doesn't carry an exact replica of Captain Kirk's command chair. You can also give your home a sexy foreign accent with an assortment of home decoration pieces such as candelabras, tabletop statues, vases, an elaborately patterned red pillow ($99), and shaggy area rugs ($59).