A Harvard Square fixture for more than 50 years, Dickson Brothers equips crafty carpenters and handy homeowners with home-improvement supplies to help execute DIY restorations. Create family-room frescoes with California and Pratt & Lambert paints ($36.99/gallon), using tidy tools such as brooms ($5.69), irons ($17.99), and vacuums ($69.99) as inspiration. Illuminate lavish living spaces with lava lamps ($17.99) while brand-new teakettles ($20.99) warm up human interiors.
From a single Newbury Street storefront that first opened its doors in 1939, the Johnson Paint Company equips artists and renovators with a full spectrum of painting products and supplies to complete creative and residential projects. Customers browse paints, exterior stains, and eco-friendly products as friendly staff advise them on the best tools for their projects so that first-time clowns will apply the appropriate paint to their faces instead of just primer. Brighten rooms with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($48.99/gallon) or Benjamin Moore Aura ($63.99/gallon) and disguise wallpaper with a colorful new identity behind Farrow & Ball ($85/gallon) and Donald Kaufman ($110/gallon) pigment. Johnson Paint Company specializes in hard-to-find items such as dutch kalsomine, powdered pigments, and aniline dyes, saving customers from hand-grinding ochres and iron oxides in private workshops.
For more than half a century, Mill Stores has dispensed an enormous array of high quality, ready-to-finish wood furniture and accents to enhance homestead comfort. As a factory-finished solid-oak rocker ($249.99) supports reclining spines, a three-step stool ($19.77), crafted from solid eastern white pine, aids customers in accessing difficult to reach shelves filled with stashes of candy and bacon fat. Stockpile bottles of grapey goodness in a solid wood Tuscany wine box ($39.99) or artfully arrange CDs and DVDs in the sliding separators of a solid pine rack ($23.99). A shingled-roof doghouse ($179.99) shelters canines in safe, cozy pine, and a cast-stone scroll birdbath ($49.88) cleanses neighboring loons and fallen airplane peanuts in its stylish cement surface. Shoppers unable to find their desired décor in stock can request customized designs, which Mill Stores crafts in two weeks or less.
Heritage Florist blossoms with dew-fresh, handcrafted flower arrangements in eye-catching designs created by green-thumbed growers with more than 50 years of floral experience. Pick up a Daisy Cheer bouquet ($35) to perk up a lonely table, or arrive at a host's house bearing the Yellow and Lavender Delight arrangement ($48) bursting with roses, asters, daisies, and dish-washing gnomes. The Brighten Your Day bouquet cheers up bloom lovers with red, yellow, and purple chrysanthemum and alstroemeria buds ($45), and vases filled with a dozen hot-pink roses ($55) help express intent to potential suitors. Neglected corners of parlors and living rooms transform into hospitable forests when decorated with the Dish Garden with Pinks live arrangement ($50), a wicker basket packed with such typical garden sights as ivy and neighborhood kids' baseballs.
Named for owner Paul Russo’s two dogs, Eddie and Finnegan, eddigan’s stocks upscale used furniture, antiques, and modern décor to fill empty rooms. Green thumbs can cultivate prize-winning couch potatoes on a modern leather recliner and matching ottoman ($125), while paranoid patrons can scour vintage paisley sofas and matching throw pillows for secret hieroglyphs and camouflaged CIA transmitters ($600). Decorate spaces by perusing eddigan’s supply of delicate glassware and pottery ($100–$500), still-life paintings, blown-glass bowls, and work by local artisans. A refuge for rescued cockatiels, eddigan’s is filled with the cheerful chatter of caged zebra finches, orange weavers, and society finches, which are all cloistered in an aviary, where they spend each night plotting new ways to take over Poughkeepsie.