The craftsmen at Blueberry Meadows Interiors know a solid piece a furniture can be the difference between a house and a home. With that in mind, they've made it their mission to pair people with well-built, designer imports through a hassle-free process that cuts out the middleman and his dreaded scheming. From beds and chests to chairs and coffee tables, furnishings come in several timbers, stains, and paints, so guests can match new additions to the rest of their home decor.
When photographed just right, the bend of a wrought-iron beam or the curve of a stalk of wheat can look just like a letter of the alphabet. This creative observation captured the attention of photographer Crystal Copeland?a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography?who became inspired to seek out more outdoor features that could double as letters. With the help of her business-savvy husband, Lee, Copeland strung these letters into words and began selling them at an online store?Frame the Alphabet.
The site's interactive letter bank houses a vast collection of Crystal's photos, which can be used to spell out names and words. You may wish to work in visual thematics, crafting names entirely out of sports images for the family athlete or creating an ironic counterpoint to words such as nature with images of city signs, industrial faucets, and spinning cogs. The selected word is then encased within a brown or black 39.5"x15.5" frame made from real pinewood or printed onto a single, wooden gallery block, which comes ready to hang. The signature-board option further customizes the piece with a blank matte board and an 8"x10" space where you can insert a personal picture.
Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.
Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.
Picaboo's straightforward website makes it easy to emblazon cherished photographs upon the pages of a variety of customizable mementos. The program's 240 predesigned page layouts and thousands of themes allow customers to embellish images, while labeling them with quips and captions. Custom photo books chronicle milestones, vacations, and more. Their confluence of archival photo paper and professionally bound covers make them worthy of any customer's coffee table space. Customizable cards and calendars showcase a customer's chosen photographs and designs. Vibrant pictures materialize onto canvases and panels, or assemble into cheerful collage posters. The company's chipper support squad mans computers and phones seven days a week specifically to answer questions, address concerns, and exchange talking dog jokes.
Out of a small French apartment in the mid-1990s, Vistaprint began by supplying modest quantities of customizable business cards to small business owners. With proprietary technology and an online design experience, Vistaprint expanded and made personalized marketing materials affordable and accessible for everyone. Today, the company's arsenal of web-based design tools allows small business owners and consumers to create unique materials by adding personalized text, photos, and designs to thousands of templates for items ranging from calendars and mugs to T-shirts and holiday cards.
At Sleep Komfort, shoppers can peruse an expansive, ever-changing inventory of mattresses and furniture. Offering the full range of sleep-vessel sizes⎯from twins to kings to alien emperors⎯Sleep Komfort purveys such offerings as pillow tops from Sealy ($849) and King Koil ($749), as well as firm, spine-supporting tight tops from Eurotop ($549). A multifunctional back-wedge support system provides further backbone bolstering as well as a neck pillow and built-in massage ($249). Sleep Komfort's Memory Foam mattresses contour to the curves of sleepers' bodies and reminisce with their owners on command ($949). The store also offers upholstery, coffee and end tables, and dining sets.