Since 2001, the family-run operation at Macon/Robins Bed & Mattress has expanded across central Georgia, creating a fiefdom of show rooms built around the precepts of full service from delivery to setup and removal. An impressive display of mattresses and waterbeds from brands such as TempurPedic, NE Bedrooms, and Homelegance promise nights of deep, restful sleep, ranging in rigidity from the softness of a baby animal?s whisper to the firmness of a job interview handshake.
The blossom connoisseurs at family-owned Lawrence Mayer Florist proffer a plethora of fresh-cut flowers from all over the world for a variety of bud-appropriate occasions. Buyers can browse the European-style market setting for feisty floral arrangements, such as the Garden Parade, teeming with pops of yellow, red, and purple and rife with roses, alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and other flora ($42.95), or a bunch of sunny yellow tulips, corralled into a clear glass vase and cinched with a yellow bow ($34.95). The rose medley mixes Matsumoto asters and mini carnations with roses for a spirited bouquet of pink and white ($47.95).
Carol’s Linens showcases textile-based design ideas for every room in the house. Inspiration-seeking homeowners can take cues from 25 different bedroom design concepts, picking up bedding ($99–$3,500), curtains ($29.99–$699.99), and rugs ($39.99–$6,000) to soak up leaks in their new houseboats or wave majestically from their new house planes. Fourteen elaborate tabletop displays show off vibrant placemats ($8.99–$59.99), napkins ($6.99–$29.99), and napkin rings ($3.99–$39.99), and once drab living rooms get injections of light via lamps ($79.99–$499.99) and colorful framed artwork ($59.99–$599.99). Culling its wares from top-notch brands such as Wilkinson, Tag, and Soft Line, Carol's indoor accouterments also outfit bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kids' rooms.
Giggle Moon's pastel-hued slumber wonderland boasts bedroom furnishings for infants, children, and adolescents. Inside, style-minded interior experts dispense decorative advice—including color scheme selection and feng shui picture framing— to ensure your child sleeps well at night and wakes up to snazzy surroundings. Stack shelves with baby books ($40) and framed sonograms ($34) to bedeck bedrooms of big-brothers-to-be before sleepy eyed youngsters snuggle into soft new bedding ($100+), sending up a stream of Zs into bedroom skies. Secure your precious progeny in one of Giggle Moon's stylish cribs ($250+) or adorn snoozing chambers with a comfy glider ($460+), which can be custom upholstered with your choice of fabric, or wrapped in prosciutto to fend off vegetarian bogeymen.
The flower finaglers at Allison's Florist & Gifts tenderly organize an aromatic assortment of floral arrangements using fresh, seasonal flowers. Re-up spring's pollen-clad contract with 10 glossy tulips ($40), or stir stagnant air with a dozen romantic roses while reciting romantic lines from Timecop ($50). Wicker-basket gardens ($45) corral the lively antics of three to four small blooming or green plants, while scented selections can be supplemented with thoughtful additions such as a balloon ($4), a box of local chocolates ($1.95—$4.50) or a plush animal ($6.95+). Silk arrangements, which outlast the most vivacious fresh flowers, are also available ($45+). Allison's Florist does not work with Teleflora or FTD, so all arrangements are conceived and assembled in-house.