Certified home stager Jan Barnes knows how to change a person's perspective. When she meets with a client preparing to sell a house, one of the first things she does is ask them to step into the shoes of someone investing in a home. Then a walk through of the interior and exterior brings out the important questions that will make the most difference: What furniture would a buyer want to see? Which color palette? How should it all be arranged? Asking those questions is what helps her achieve results for the client: in her experience, her company's designs have seen homes sell for up to 10% more money and in half the time as comparable non-staged homes.
When bringing a staging design to life, Jan's team often rents furniture and decor accents, making things easier for current owners who may have already moved or whose furniture doesn't match the new layout. Beyond staging, Jan and her team are also interior designers, helping families make their own homes more livable and rekindling the way they felt when they first moved in or microwaved their first burrito there.
Kelley Frame and Fine Art Galleries nestles magnum opuses of all sizes inside high-quality frames assembled in-shop by skilled craftsmen. Diploma-framing packages ($59.95) protect and artfully display hard-earned clown college degrees by securing the certificate into a black frame, stabilizing it with an acid-free paper mat, and protecting its privacy with one-way glass. Posters, portraits, or photographs with sizes going up to 30"x40" ($49.95–$99.95) find comfortable homes behind glass in a 1 1/4" frame, available in a choice of finishes, including black, mocha walnut, mahogany, clear pine, and invisible oak. Spiff up blank walls with framed military medals, wedding pictures, collectibles, or team jerseys. Special conservation and preservation services, meanwhile, assist connoisseurs looking to shield precious pieces from the dangers of acid, light, or superpower-inducing gamma rays.
At more than 1,000 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.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Ride Man Ride's chauffeurs understand that sliding into the backseat of a Jaguar XJ Super V8 for a ride to a business meeting or a night on the town ups the ante on sophistication. That's why they don three-piece suits that echo the luxury car's sleek façade as they slip behind the wheel, prepared to ferry clients around town in the amenity-stacked vehicle. Passengers can decompress in the car’s heated seats and recline to their back's content, or leverage the privacy screen to watch monster-truck-rally marathons on the backseat DVD player without offending the driver. For the digital passenger, laptop tables securely support personal computers to facilitate connection to the car's WiFi or broadcast their own soundtrack through the cabin. A bottle of Fiji water and dual-zone climate control helps passengers to reach the perfect levels of comfort or acclimate their body temperatures to perfectly match those of high kings.
At Abbott Paint, dwellers seeking to bedeck humble abodes can choose from an array of colorfying products, such as paints, varnishes, stains, and carpet. Buyers can revel in environmentally-friendly options with one-on-one assistance from the shop's experienced, helpful staff. Brighten pale walls with one of several liquid pigments, including Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($47.99 per gallon) or the Abbott Private Label ($31.99 per gal.). Terrestrial patrons can celebrate Earth Day by using California Elements' zero VOC low-odor flat paint ($48.49 per gal.).