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.
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.
Filled with traditional and contemporary furniture styles for most rooms in your heavily fortified compound, Gallery Furniture’s expansive storerooms contain an affordable selection of sofas, beds, desks, and tables. Outfit your living room with a cubist end table ($149.99) and dark-wood accent chair ($199.99), or gussy up your dining room with cushioned bar stools ($99.99 per stool), ideal for holding friends during your annual competitive chili-eating contests. Other items include a natural-wood colored kitchen set ($299.99), slumber-aiding pieces for your bedroom, and a bunkbed for the twin alligators you've been passing off as your children.
Finger Furniture, which has been family owned and operated for the past 50 years, has a 100,000-square-foot showroom holding a wide selection of home furnishings and décor. Let the expert staff inform you of potential items, such as the 2'x3' Rizzy Rugs Jute rug ($10), which adds grace and style to hardwoods marred by fingernail scratches, and accent pillows ($29/ea), which can be used for sleeping or lying really still and pretend-sleeping. A Stein World folded-ribbon table lamp ($139) sets the mood for dreaming atop a Provence headboard and footboard from Largo ($200). Finger Furniture also carries Urban Leather for custom-designed sofas and chairs. While browsing the furniture selection, stop by the Houston Sports Museum, an on-site haven for sports memorabilia.