An expansive collection of eclectic and original sofas ($999–$3,499), artwork ($49–$699), and home accents ($3–$300) occupies the 8,000-square-foot City Life Home Furnishings showroom. Most of the bedding, such as the Thicket, Chinoiserie, and Hedgerow collections, incorporate nature-inspired designs against a stark, white background. An assortment of citrus-colored, geographically named Jonathan Adler candles whimper hoping to gain shoppers' attention and the clocks, which vary from the stark and spindly antenna clock to the retro brass sunburst model, can keep both American and British time. Staffers emphasize individualized customer service, supporting the assertion that home décor should be reflective of function, personal style, and functional personal style.
Orange County Mattress ferries dreamers to restful repose with an ample selection of top bedding brands. Weary heads bodies can bask atop a queen-size Simmons Beautyrest Kentish pillow-top set with coil springs for extra support ($749). Allergen- and dust-mite resistant Tempur-Pedic ClassicBed sets ($2,599/california king) mold to the body's exact shape and absorb disturbances produced by bedfellows' dreams of break-dancing fame. Commune with Orange County Mattress's knowledgeable sleep consultants to find the perfect slumber pallet, which, although this Groupon cannot be used toward delivery costs, can be delivered in time for an extra-long bedtime story the same day.
After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor pieces, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the company pays artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack ($18), which allows schoolchildren to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with ducks on their backs. Socially conscious scribes can take home a handcrafted kancu leaf and bamboo journal from APIKRI (Indonesia, $14), and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16).
Housed in a cozy 1920s home, Dragonfly Shops & Gardens stocks an eclectic variety of works created by local artisans and hosts DIY classes for all ages. In the beading basics class ($30 plus materials, which start at $2), beaders band together for two hours on Tuesday mornings to complete projects ranging from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and ultra-feminine beer helmets. A beginner's mosaic tiling class ($55 plus $20 for materials) teaches creatives of all levels of skill and glee in smashing tiles to compose one-of-a-kind picture frames, trays, and stepping stones. Or delve into the dirt with a class on growing edible flowers and greens ($10 plus $5 for materials). Attendees can sip fresh coffee or cool lemonade.