Culling from a lengthy list of quality vendors, Absolute Fabrics and Home dolls up area domiciles with furniture, accents, and home décor. Tables can guard their precious finishes by strewing a set of six recycled coasters ($22) that pave a path around the shapely Juliska pewter-finish bowl ($38). Surround memories in artful design with picture frames adorned with turquoise flowers ($24), ringed with stripes ($22.50), or hewn from silver and bone ($48). Potted silk hydrangeas ($38) proffer perennial interior foliage, and an elegant Kim Seybert coral votive holder ($48), crafted out of gilded beads, cradles delicate flames in oceanic arms that evoke peaceful tide pools and clown-fish hotels.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
At Home adorns humans and their domiciles with an elegant spread of beach-inspired accents. Mounted wall art and snapshot-hungry picture frames cling to the boutique’s creamy walls ($18–$80), bracketing caches of artisanal gifts ($10+) and reclaimed-wood furnishings. Delicate hand-painted sea creatures frolic across glazed platters and stemware ($30–$100), and clusters of Archipelago bodycare products coddle and moisturize sun-kissed land-dwellers ($20+). Fragrant rainbows of Trapp candles peer out of a-framed boxes, mustering their forces for up to fifty hours of ambrosial incineration ($25). Crown a favorite hostess or visiting auditor with wreathes of eclectic jewelry ($20–$200) or rifle through treasure troves of baby apparel for giggle-inducing gifts. After a rousing browse, shoppers can throw on sartorial cover-ups ($30) and strut six blocks to the sandy catwalk.
Cottage by the Sea beautifies abodes with cottage-style furniture and beachy accessories. Seafaring shoppers can infuse their homes with ocean accents such as seashell-framed mirrors and coral prints without having to barter with miserly mermen.
Pottery Works is stocked with a staggering collection of more than 500 unpainted pieces awaiting brush-wielding hands to enliven them with vibrant glazes and paints. Amid the purple walls of the open, expansive studio, adult-and-child duos select uncolored trinkets from the shelves and then, like an artist in ancient Rome, re-envision the featureless pieces with bold colors, luminous golds, and missing arms. Equipped with stencils, stamps, and brushes, kid-parent teams artfully accent plates, tiles, or their clothing with color combinations cultivated from more than 75 glazes.
Louise Kittrel started Circle K Furniture in 1982, selling pine furniture out of her husband’s feed store. Over the years, the family has upgraded spaces but retained country charm inside its furniture-filled oasis for design-thirsty floor-plan fanatics. Inside its 60,000-square-foot showroom, customers can find a variety of room-changing furniture, including brands such as Paula Deen, Better Homes and Gardens, and Marshfield. Sofas (starting at $499) and their mattress-containing sleeper-sofa brethren (from $599) cradle surfing houseguests, and a complete set—including a queen-sized bed, chest, and nightstand (from $1,271, does not include mattress)—can accommodate long-term guests. An attentive staff is also on hand to help self-decorators create their ideal country kitchen, modern living room, or lava-free lounge.