LifeStyles’ showrooms brim with upscale light fixtures and accessories that send style and faux sunlight streaming throughout abodes. Single pendants ($44.95 for a 9-in. pendant, $139 for a 20-in. pendant) with nine interchangeable lampshades add festive colors and patterns to rooms, and tortoiseshell sconces ($89.95 each) illuminate dark spaces or permanent couch forts. Patrons can brighten a dim dining room with a five-bulb walnut chandelier ($119) or julienne a piñata with the blades of a lighted ceiling fan ($64.95+). An array of outdoor fixtures ($4.29+) resist weather damage, and an assortment of knobs and drawer pulls ($1.69+) in pewter, bronze, or nickel finishes give furnishings refined style.
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.
Paper might be two-dimensional, but the gifts from Paper Concierge are anything but flat. They pop with vibrant colors, photographs, and fonts that spell out personalized messages, lending flair to paper goods such as notepads and stationery. Customers can create invitations and announcements for almost any special occasion, from baby births to weddings.
But the staff doesn't stop at paper?they also create customized household items in more than 15 categories. Monogrammed tablet and phone cases protect valuable devices, whereas luggage tags marked with initials save travelers from having to take every bag home until they find the right one. Other goods include cutting boards, mousepads, and towels, all of which customers can design online.
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.
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.