Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Catherine and Scott McKearn leave no corner of the world unsearched in their quest to discover artisan furniture builders. The couple frequents faraway destinations in India, Indonesia, China, and Morocco to unearth beautiful solid-wood furniture to import directly to their three shops. In order to save their customers money, they buy pieces wholesale and ship them in 40-foot containers, bypassing both middlemen and price-gun-wielding pirates. Their furniture ranges in style from industrial to French country, and the eclectic selection rotates every few weeks to accommodate new shipments.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.
Every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hotel Furniture Liquidators opens its 6,500 square feet of labyrinthine warehouse space to the public so that you can treasure hunt through stacks of slightly preowned furniture. Keep fillet of snowman from going bad with a refrigerator and icemaker ($150) topped handsomely with a $15 lamp, or give relatives a floor-free slumber option by stocking a sturdy sleeper couch ($165). Bibliophiles can find the ruminating womb they long for in an upholstered chair and ottoman ($60), and washer/dryer combos go for $245 as long as customers agree not to bring about nuclear catastrophe by separating the two. Peaceful standing armies of credenzas, desks, end tables, start tables, and banquet linen add a cozy touch to any room. To get the jump on other buyers, scan some of Hotel Furniture Liquidators' current liquidation inventory beforehand.
Eclectic Home fills houses with singular, fun furniture, culled from around the world and previously featured on MTV Cribs. Prices and inventory change depending on the time of year and the moods of Zeus, but current selections include such gems as pillows by Trina Turk's 2011 collection ($98–$175). Patrons can light a gloomy room with an ornate lamp ($125–$350), available in enough shapes and colors to suit any theme, or keep abodes fresh with fragranced candles and room oil diffuses from Seda France and Voluspa ($20–$32). For more examples of decoration domination, Eclectic Home's website includes a lengthy portfolio, highlighting every bit of owner Penny Francis' handiwork. Eclectic Home also contributes cultural heritage to the nearby Oak Street Association, an organization whose mission is preserving the surrounding neighborhood's history and sense of humor.