From the smooth edges of a granite countertop to the sparkling first step of a marble stairway, Scrivanich Natural Stone’s gleaming handiwork harnesses the functionality and beauty of stone. Since 1985, the team has been laying down precisely cut slabs of durable rock that fend off heat, stains, and countertop scratches incurred from dicing sand into smaller pieces of sand. With or without project measurements in hand, customers can venture to the Woodinville or Bellingham showroom to peruse a vast selection of stone whose many patterns and colors match and enhance home decor.
Seattle Design Solutions' draperies, shades, and blinds define the mood of an interior space by modulating natural-light exposure and defending privacy. Make an appointment for a free in-home consultation, and interior designers will present eyes with 10 different varieties of window coverings, including full-coverage India Silk vignette roman shades by Hunter Douglas ($435) and translucent SheerWeave 5000 roller shades ($227) that let in sunlight but leave little of the outside landscape to the imagination, interfering with a resident's ability to pretend they're living on Mars. Create dramatic shadows with 2-inch slats of rustic Graber wood blinds ($140) or modern metal blinds ($97) to aid and abet fantasies of living in a 1930s noir film. (All prices are based on a 36"x48" window.)
Brookstone has thousands of practical, ingenious gadgets and games that make everyday life better. Their Big Blue live speaker uses Bluetooth to stream music or phone calls live from a smartphone, while a pocket-sized projector can be pulled out to show off the latest trip photos or funny video. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Pacific Place Brookstone outlet, where mini flying drones and augmented reality games are the norm – and guests can try everything out before they buy. That means sampling the classic massage chairs, checking the functionality of the wireless key finder by losing your keys in the overstocked shelves or just playing around with the latest obscure gizmo to kill a few minutes. You may not leave with something that you couldn’t have lived without, but anything you buy is sure to be fun, ingenious or downright silly.
Under the omnipresent gaze of a video-camera recording system, StoragePartners' variously sized units safeguard belongings. With 21 locations across Washington and Oregon, including a brand-new space in Everett, safe, unassailable modules keep treasures from crowding domestic floor space across the Pacific Northwest. Electronic gates guard the entrance to the facility, which houses a covered loading dock, elevators, and onsite box trucks for convenient unloading and transporting. Rows of storage units range from 5’x5’ spaces fit for small furniture to 10’x30’ rooms that can contain a van, boat, or a hot parade float, and a hefty cylinder-lock system makes sure everything stays put. Packaging and supplies are available onsite for purchase, and customers can tap into the free WiFi system during their visits.
Ever since the cardboard box was invented in 2003, Express has been putting it to good use with its residential and commercial relocation services. How good? The company has already earned numerous accolades, including Evening magazine’s nod for Best Movers in 2008. The company’s licensed and certified professional movers also offer eco-friendly rentable boxes, which are more a more sensible eco-friendly moving solution than using one suitcase and making multiple, multiple, multiple trips. They can simplify moving with helpful supplements such as furniture wrap, pads, and carpet runners. Express Movers Inc. also conveniently offers heated and secure locker units ideal for protecting oversize furniture from the elements.
At BLEND, principal designer Felicia Farrar draws on her interior architecture expertise and her knowledge of design retail to create stunning indoor spaces. Farrar can consult with clients on issues such as finding the ideal paints or furniture for an existing space, or sign on for a "big picture plan" to rework larger areas.