"Funky" isn't a word typically associated with hardware stores, but that's exactly how Amy and David Doyle describe Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware. Upon opening the place in 1995, the pair envisioned a one-stop hardware and home-improvement haven that shook off the sawdust and embraced the unconventional in ways that didn't include slapping googly eyes on every two-by-four. That's why the San Antonio Express-News' $hopGirl can cite a unique selection of Curly Girl wall hangings, hooded towels, and Texas cookbooks beside traditional tools and housewares sourced from Ace Hardware. An epic spread of Benjamin Moore paints and Breville kitchen products create an ocular feast for fixer-uppers as handcrafted soaps and fragrant candles ignite olfactory senses. Seasoned staffers roam the aisles, touting talents that include knife sharpening, key cutting, and lamp repair in addition to several other services.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.
For the last 10 years, Andrus Fine Art Gallery’s friendly, insightful staff has helped homeowners bring style and color to their once bare walls. The wholesale art importer offers a wide selection of oil paintings, ready-made frames, and custom-framing services. The gallery leap-frogs the middle man to work directly with talented artists from around the world in order to offer well-brushed beauties at affordable prices. With thousands of paintings in stock, art lovers can choose from a variety of styles such as abstracts, Venetian, Parisian, Western, local art, famous reproductions, surrealism, and dried-macaroni sculpture (average prices start at $100 for an 8"x10", including frame). If custom framing is on your to-do list, Andrus can corral artwork up to 10 feet in length, using a variety of styles and finishes to deck any home's halls with four-sided wall furniture. Custom framing is priced per foot and depends on the size and style of molding selected.
Armoires & Accents spruces up dull spaces with its eclectic selection of home furnishings, steeped in exclusiveness and quality. Working with designers in India, Peru, and Mexico, Armoires & Accents directly imports its domicile attire, from accenting pillows, candles, and artwork to room-complementing tables and bedroom sets and wish-granting antiques. Pick up an elaborate iron candelabra ($290) for spooky, yet stylish poetry readings, or take a seat on a woven Ana Waterhyacinth chair ($178). The Indian Biedermeier side table ($280) provides a glamorous home for lamps, keys, and other traditional pocket contents, and the Abu urn ($159) makes a chic housewarming gift or statement piece.