The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Pearland Furniture’s collection of domestic outfittings from brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Howard Miller can imbue any living room, bedroom, or bedroom with a sense of homey tranquility and dignified panache. Slip into royal slumber atop a majestic queen-size mattress set ($749) from Pearland's mattress collection, or dream of overthrowing your closet's court jester with a plush, comfy pillow ($79). Elegant lamps ($189–$249) and other domestic accessories can complement an artful Broyhill sofa-and-loveseat set ($2,699) or shed light on a new table and set of four chairs ($447). The venerable emporium’s friendly sales staff readily answers questions, and its in-house decorator can help customers coordinate fabrics, furniture styles, and choral arrangements of wall-mounted singing fish.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Stained Glass Learning Center's sand-melting experts demystify the art of custom glasswork during their array of classes, during which participants learn how to assemble their own glimmering kaleidoscopic masterpieces. The shop's beginners' classes enlighten glass-manipulating newbies with stained-glass basics, preparing them for the more challenging novice workshop, where they can embark on guided projects of their choosing.
In addition to stained-glass classes, the experts always host fused-glass sessions that sizzle with glass-heating tips and kids' mosaic classes that safely introduce children to glass art. Stained Glass Learning Center's schedule of class times varies based on location and Nostradamus's predictions.