Metro Furniture Show's founders started their now multimillion-dollar operation by selling mattresses out of their garage-turned-storefront. Today, they take on big-name furniture companies while staying true to their startup roots, outfitting homes with a wide range of furnishings that they sell for less than traditional retailers sell them.
Visitors the Metro Furniture Show find pieces suitable for all rooms of the home, from sleek leather sofa sets from Fossil and Soho to herds of pillow-top mattresses ideal for cushioning falls in the unlicensed amusement park in the backyard. Metro Furniture Show also outfits homes with appliances and electronics.
Father-and-son team Robert and Fred Lee worked as homebuilders for years before going into business selling lights in 1965, so they knew how quickly something impressive could rise from a humble foundation. Sure enough, Lee Lighting, their small family company, grew to include a vast online retail shop and one of the largest lighting dealers in Texas. They've even purchased Savoy, a company that designs fixtures to bring cheer to dining rooms and make rooms full of ventriloquist dummies less terrifying.
Lee Lighting stocks shelves with a diverse selection of indoor lamps from brands including ELK Lighting, Quoizel, and Hudson Valley. Staffers certified by the American Lighting Association move beneath the dazzling crystal sprays and faux candles of chandeliers. They suggest outdoor lighting to transform backyards into regal terraces. They also stay abreast of lighting trends to help patrons select lights that will stay in style.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.