FastFrame of LoDo's showroom houses more than 2,000 frame samples. Wood and metal boarders wait to enclose artwork, photographs, and 3-D items, from sports jerseys to musical instruments to Abe Lincoln's stovepipe-hat polish. The showroom also houses thousands of matte samples—including fabric, suede, and genuine leather.
All these options are on display to help customers find the exact frame and matte combination they want. But FastFrame of LoDo's professionals also recognize that not everyone can make a final decision without seeing what the finished product will look like. So they rely on Frame Vue, a computer program that snaps a photo of the client's artwork and then shows what it will look like with different frame and matte combinations.
Services like this earned FastFrame of LoDo the title of Best Custom Framing by the Denver A-List in 2010, 2011, and 2012. And people like Jarrod Perrott earned it 5280 magazine's Top of the Town award for customer service. The magazine's editors said: "The finished products FastFrame of LoDo puts out are spectacular—and, as a bonus, after picking up your wall-hanging, Perrott will send you a handwritten thank-you note (a wonderful, thoughtful touch). ..."
Tansi's 6,500-square-foot boutique beckons to passersby with a showroom unfurling with a variety of home accouterments and women's apparel plucked from fashion's frontlines. Grant living rooms the gift of light with one of the globally inspired lamps hailing from the John-Richard collection ($129+) or accommodate standing houseguests with hand-carved, wood-wrought chairs by Maitland-Smith ($1,200+). Complimentary one-hour consultations deploy expert designers to clients' homes, houseboats or converted meat lockers, where keen eyes help construct room layouts to suit homesteaders' tastes and needs. Chic women's apparel by Katherine Barclay and Focus 2000 avail themselves to feminine silhouettes ($54+), and a vast selection of purses ($72+) and jewelry ($48+) occupy arms more pleasantly than a diamond-studded cobra.
Ready to battle intrusive light from the sun or an inconsiderate neighbor's supped-up space shuttle, the window experts at Discount Window Focus arrive at homes armed with an array of elegant blinds from brand names such as Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Graber, and Kirsch. During a free in-home consultation, the blind visionaries take measurements and pair home decor to the most ideal window furnishings, suggesting sleek shutters, wood blinds, solar shades, or honeycomb blinds. The techs then return in approximately three weeks to install the horizontal or vertical window coverings that keep sunny living spaces cool and finally allow homeowners to invite vampiric houseguests over for lunch.
The trained design consultants and installers at Blind Brothers are constantly changing their storefront's location—one day it is in Boulder and the next day it is in Fort Collins. That's because all of their work is conducted inside their customers' homes. They arrive for complimentary consultations where they jot down measurements and showcase their selection of energy-efficient window treatments from manufacturers such as Insolroll and Kathy Ireland Home by Alta. Their prized possessions include privacy sheers, honeycomb shades, wood blinds, and shutters that are all backed by a lifetime guarantee. This fusion of professionalism and products has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and an honorary Master of Windows from Harvard University.
Furniture Row Shopping Centers host four home-apparel stores in a single convenient location. The quartet of specialty stores—Sofa Mart, Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions, and Denver Mattress Co.—is designed to accommodate every room in the house. Espresso leaning shelves ($88) are fully caffeinated yet provide remarkably steady support for books, picture frames, and knickknacks. Soothe summer nights with a Perfect Harmony Isocool mattress pad ($69–$109) atop a new mattress set ($219+); top it off with an attractive brocade duvet set ($44–$68). A new lamp set ($148+) atop an end table ($118+) is a great way to encourage sofas to use more light when they read.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.