Trained fine artist Angelika Mehrens of Murals Just for Kids brightens baby stores, day-care centers, malls, schools, and homes with whimsical, custom, hand-painted murals of seascapes, safaris, beloved storybook characters, softly lit skies, fairy-tale castles, and sports themes. During a phone consultation with Angelika, kids and grownups discuss their vision for the mural, imagining ways to populate fanciful landscapes with adorable creatures or how to paint doors to create the illusion of additional closet space.
Making a home feel just the way you want it to can be all about how the light is placed, the color of the walls, or the type of furniture you choose. The Warehouse of Home Decor helps with the latter, with a show room full of pieces that suit an array of interior schemes for every room of the house. Bedroom sets come in modern, boxy shapes or more classic versions with intricate wood carvings or tufted-leather headboards. Dining-room tables seemingly made for every size room come in a choice of materials, including wood, glass, and marble. But custom work is also one of the warehouse's fortes, including artwork framing that matches any home's style.
Prestige Décor's ornamentarians ring in the season by adorning in-store trees with sparkling winter baubles. Raised lines of gold glitter outline scarlet poinsettia petals sprouting naturally from beads planted inside a teardrop-shaped branch-dangler ($13.99). Three lit tapers placed in a glittering gold candleholder shaped to look like pinecones ($19.99) illuminate a burnished magenta ornament ($9.99) fastened to pine needles. Glittered crosshatching creates spangled texture on an oversize amber acorn that wears a cap of yellow seed beads ($11.99) and confuses squirrels hiding in the indoor tree.
Every person has their own idea of the perfect mattress. Some like to shop by brand, others by the comfort level. Often, size is their most important factor, or its ability to dissuade monkeys from jumping atop it. With this in mind, each associate at Mattress Connection takes these variables into account when pairing customers with new mattress from top brands, such as Sealy Posturepedic and Simmons, in sizes that range from twin to king. They also help customers sleep more comfortably with memory foam pillows, which remember their spinal alignment and where dreams left off the night before.