Little Sweets provides the unnocturnal with mattresses, cozy pillows, and friendship-strengthening bunk beds from brands such as Serta, Walker Edison, and Donco Kids. Mattress protectors ($39–$99) guard against natural wear and tear and sleep-mixed martial arts, and Sertapedic Ruby Lane twin-size mattresses ($99) comfortably cradle '50s sitcom couples on opposite sides of the room where they belong. Pillows ($99–$139) come in multiple sizes and styles, making it easy to add a layer of comfort to a bare bedroom or a crumbling Y2K shelter.
Fourth and White Oak beautifies houses and complements curves with a curated catalogue of furniture, home décor, and women’s apparel from designers such as Monoreno, Bluebird and Larry Levine. With the first option, juniors and misses can float away on the breeze in a flowy flutter top ($27+), lassoing a nearby fire hydrant with a pair of stretch leggings when they’re ready to touch down again ($20+). Alternatively, choose the second option to browse ready-made and customizable furniture from Bramble, Stein World, and other brands. An animal-print stool—decorated with choice of zebra or giraffe—brings African safaris indoors ($149.99), or the painted butterflies on a green and yellow side table ($109.99) cheerfully hold coasters, coffee mugs, and old copies of Paper Clip Fancier magazine on their multi-hued backs.
The old west is alive and well in World Imports' spacious storeroom, where rustic leather rocking chairs rub aged wooden elbows with embroidered fabric sofas and intricately carved cupboards. Even their modern living-room and office furnishings retain an antique, southwestern aesthetic, including elegant roll-top desks and aged-wood entertainment centers capable of supporting both flat-screen TVs and vaudevillian barroom brawls. The constantly updated stock carries pieces for every room in the house, showcasing everything from stone-topped kitchen islands and rough-hewn bedroom sets to reclining leather love seats and dining-room sets made from handcrafted wood.
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.
One of the country’s largest independent paint dealers, Spectrum Paint furnishes contractors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners with a vast variety of paints, stains, and specialty wall coatings from respected brands. A gallon of pastel PPG Pittsburgh Paints WallHide Ceramic ($24.28) decks nursery walls in stain-resistant hues, and 1-inch FrogTape ($7.97) protects windowsills with the music of hundreds of croaking amphibians. A wistful 2.5-inch AllPro Mako poly/nylon paintbrush ($7.97) dreams of the day it will dip its bristles into the nearby PPG Pittsburgh Paints sample quarts ($6.79). The absorbent AllPro 3/4-inch Gold Pro roller cover ($5.69) ensures the even, universal application of paint to walls, cabinets, or reprints of the Mona Lisa. The shop's staff provides excellent service, aiding customers in product selection and answering questions.
Outfitting dashing domiciles in unique, globally scavenged accoutrements, Red Chateau's elegant french doors open to admit style-conscious homeowners into its decorating passageways. Red Chateau globetrots to markets across North America and Europe, handpicking rare and unique furnishings ranging in price from $25 to $6,000. Fawn over sprays of colorful floral arrangements or vintage, decorative chandeliers that help set the mood for clandestine dinner parties and swashbuckling sock hops. Shoppers will struggle to resist the urge to run toes through boldly-pattern rugs or bury olfactory sensors in the jars of richly-scented Tyler Candles that line Red Chateau’s shelves in neat rows. In showcasing everything from decadent upholstery and custom fabrics, to animal-print lamp shades and crystal-studded accents, Red Chateau seamlessly melds the kind of elegance and exoticism matched only by a velvet rope party at the pachyderm house.