Since 1976, the environmentally conscious staff at The Futon Shop has stocked futons, furniture, and frames built from chemical-free cotton, natural latex, and hybrid soy foam, among other virtuous ingredients. Cushy mattresses, vibrantly shaded futon covers, and platform beds preserve the earth’s bounty as effectively as they accommodate human bodies and under-the-bed monsters. Homeowners can also illuminate domiciles with eco-friendly Eangee lamps, which have a carbon footprint of nearly zero and are manufactured by workers who earn a living wage. Even little ones can enjoy the environmentalist furnishings by napping on an organic crib mattress nestled in a bunny white baby crib.
After emigrating from their native Russia, Ella and Dmitriy Aks began selling fine European furnishings out of their home. Before long, the two had worked their way toward their dream: opening Furnitalia, an Italian-furniture store all their own. After careful research, the couple connected with Excelsior Designs, a New York–based furniture importer with six product-specific factories throughout Italy. Ella—an experienced interior designer—admired the graceful, timeless qualities of Excelsior’s pieces, while Dmitriy—a master of engineering—was captivated by their exquisite craftsmanship and ability to form structurally-sound couch forts. Throughout Furnitalia’s show room, sleek, leather sofas and armchairs show off streamlined curves and simple, yet elegant structure that meshes with home-décor accents such as plush rugs and minimalist lamps.
At Casa Bella Galleria, Rhoda Santamaria and her business and life partner, Shane Curry, bustle about the spacious showroom. They're busy helping clients design and decorate their living rooms, offices, bedrooms, and kitchens with housewares from brands such as Moroni Leather, Ashley, Pulaski, and Sam Moore. The ever-changing lineup of décor and furniture spans a wide range of styles—stately leather couches and exquisite porcelain vases represent a classic look, and streamlined sectionals and glass tables add a futuristic, post-modern, post-post-ironically-retro touch. Throughout the showroom, professionally coordinated living, dining, and bedroom sets give visitors handy design ideas, while rugs, mattresses, lighting, and artwork accentuate and enhance bedframes, bare walls, and brand-new furniture sets.
California Backyard's five stores help homeowners turn outdoor spaces into full-fledged living areas with a variety of products, including barbecue grills, patio furniture, and hot tubs. California Backyard also provides its patrons with access to a team of service technicians skilled in the installation and repair of many of its products. Come the holidays, each store dedicates space to a Christmas trim-a-home center, where patrons can stock up on décor and pamphlets on healthy eating for Santa.
One Stop Furniture has two locations, each with a 10,000-square-foot showroom. That's a total of 20,000 square-feet brimming with quality tables, chairs, china cabinets, dressers, mirrors, sectionals, and kids' furniture. Add to that brand names like Williams, Ashley, and Coaster and it's a sure bet you'll find everything you need for your dining room, kitchen, war room, or bedroom. Additionally, One Stop also carries mattresses from brands like Sealy and Simmons, and offers free mattress delivery, setup, and removal.
Artistic Edge celebrates art in all its forms with a selection of more than 1,000 custom frame options as well as creative classes. During two-hour art classes for preteen Picassos, held Saturdays at 10 a.m., veteran elementary-school art teacher Linda Howell leads students ages 6–11 through a different project each week. The sessions, which include materials, may cover a range of traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or swaddling skyscrapers in orange fabric.