An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. Pick up a Cubit ottoman in mocha, and then use it to accent your book club's discussion of Lego Star Wars. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of tables includes the Anton pub table, which comes with four modern barstools, and the 24-inch Carlyle swivel bar stools ($88.99), which provide rotating vantage points for libation lovers. Matrix accent chairs basking in the glow of Mable antique gold lamps ($78.99) charm empty corners with their modern faux-leather finishes. Sleep-supporting Allendale sofas made from genuine leather ($998.99) and Key Town queen poster canopy beds ($798.99) help insomniacs to catch some z’s without bobbing in alphabet soup.
After retiring from competitive professional cycling, Scott Keller and Will Geurts decided to share the joys of the worldview from atop a bike with the next generation of cyclists. The pair conducts anywhere from two-hour to five-day forays into Sedona’s airy wilderness, providing expert coaching to riders throughout the desert journey through towering red-rock formations under a never-ending sky. Their solid advice and encouragement keep pedals moving and the scenery rolling past as they imbue others with the passion that led them to spend a lifetime with the sport and replace the lower half of their bodies with bicycle frames.
The plush sofas and oak wardrobes lure prospective homeowners into Furniture Affair’s 28,000-square-foot showroom, where they are further wooed with brand names such as Somerton, Stanley, Woodard Patio, and Lane. Each week, new armchairs, beds, and sideboards arrive at the showroom, ready to transform every room in a house or large sandcastle. The store’s professionals offer complimentary in-store design advice, aiding customers as they pick out lamps and wine racks or discussing fabric selection, lighting, and layout. During a profile by News Channel 3, Lisa Haffner explored how the designers’ expertise transformed a bachelor pad into a welcoming enclave with a mohair sofa, computer armoire, and original art.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Today’s Patio carries a vast assortment of outdoor furniture, accessories, patio umbrellas, and seasonal items to properly festoon yards and porches. Cover-needy customers can shade themselves with a 9’ sesame market umbrella ($199), or swathe sun drenched seats with a 54” round table & chairs cover ($77.99), providing loving protection from the elements and clever covering from nearsighted thieving yetis. Utilizing gears, motors, and dozens of electronic sundials, the double faced hanging wall clock ($189) helps homeowners stay abreast of the time and ensures avian youth homes never miss a worm loaf Thursday meal again.