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.
Thirty-eight years ago, while working as a decorator for Sears department store in Fort Worth, Pat Reese met Noah Bazer. Bazer was a master upholsterer who crafted custom slipcovers for stores around town. She asked him to teach her his trade, and he took her on as a student. After four years, she was skilled enough to become his business partner. They worked together as Bazer & Reese for years, and their reputation for high-quality slipcovers spread throughout Texas. In 1990, after Bazer lost his wife of many years, he left the company and moved to Florida.
Today, Reese leads a team of artisans in crafting slipcovers and draperies of the same high quality that Bazer was known for. Customers can peruse a wide variety of fabrics, including eco-friendly green fabrics made from hemp, organic cotton, and other sustainably sourced fibers. The artisans then craft the fabrics into coverings for sofas, chairs, and other furniture. They also create draperies and custom upholstery.
Pam Summers and Raymond Rains share an unusual combination of gallery, glass and clay studios and home on 2.5 acres over looking beautiful pastures. The gallery features the contemporary work of Pam Summers colorful wheel thrown pottery and Raymond's contemporary glass.
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.
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.