The design consultants at Henson's Lighting stock their showroom with fixtures that illuminate a home both inside and out. Cast warm glows into dim corners of the room with the help of a double-glassed wall sconce ($93.06), or grant modesty to three unclothed bulbs with a mini chandelier's ($90.99) amber glass shades. The decorative, boxy casing around an outdoor sconce ($110.92) also adds a touch of class to late-night games of Pin the Tail on the Garage.
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.
For more than two decades, skilled textile technicians at Rugs by Suggs have cleansed carpets and mattresses of allergens and grime using eco-friendly methods. An extensive carpet-cleaning process safely banishes deep-ground grime from indoor walkways, combining preconditioning and disinfectant with steam cleaning and optional Scotchgard protectant. Each rug-scrubbing?s pH-balancing solutions and biodegradable chemicals effectively clean fibrous surfaces and prevent unnecessary environmental damage. Since human beings spend one third of their lives sleeping and another third building mattress forts, Rugs by Suggs's mattress-cleaning package thoroughly purifies cushions with a six-step process that removes accumulated dust mites and bacteria.
The licensed technicians of Zachary Carpet Care have spent 13 years honing their handyman skills, ridding carpets and upholstery of stubborn stains and sweeping air ducts clean of debris. They extend their expertise to a variety of home-improvement services, including carpet stretching, floor installation, and water-damage restoration. The technicians take an eco-friendly approach to their practice, eschewing harmful chemicals in favor of natural and nontoxic products. After finishing up jobs, they provide their clients with tips for maintaining clean-and-healthy carpets and floors.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Compiling the crew that leads Mesquite Aviation are owner Chip Harding and certified flight instructors Josh Sallee and Michael Bellm. Chip, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, underwent training with both Josh and Michael and loved it so much that he was driven to buy the flight school and place the pair of instructors at its helm. Located at Mesquite Metro Airport, which is comfortably outside the congested Dallas airspace, the experienced team continually add to their more than 3,000 hours of flight instruction. With a clean, well-kept fleet of Cessna 172s at their beck and call, they help future pilots achieve private pilot licensure and certification. They also offer tours for those seeking an aerial view of the Dallas area or attempting to find where they parked their car.