The professional consultants at Compass Furniture for Kids have been steering bewildered patrons through a labyrinth of contemporary and traditional styles, finishes, and fabrics for nearly 35 years. Their kids-only outpost ensures that youthful nests avoid emptiness by filling them with furnishings from top brands, including NE Kids, Ashley, Serta, and Young America. The large showroom, which covers more than 12,000 square feet of the world, helps decorators envision the final floor plan, displaying entire sets arranged as if they were already in the home. If morning brings your kids the frustration of having to wrestle an onslaught of rebellious springs give up on bedding altogether and pledge allegiance to a sofa ($299+). Tables start at $79 and come in a variety of styles, including bedside bureaus that are great for supporting knickknacks or dream journals filled with advice for taming wild dreams.
Eclectic Home fills houses with singular, fun furniture, culled from around the world and previously featured on MTV Cribs. Prices and inventory change depending on the time of year and the moods of Zeus, but current selections include such gems as pillows by Trina Turk's 2011 collection ($98–$175). Patrons can light a gloomy room with an ornate lamp ($125–$350), available in enough shapes and colors to suit any theme, or keep abodes fresh with fragranced candles and room oil diffuses from Seda France and Voluspa ($20–$32). For more examples of decoration domination, Eclectic Home's website includes a lengthy portfolio, highlighting every bit of owner Penny Francis' handiwork. Eclectic Home also contributes cultural heritage to the nearby Oak Street Association, an organization whose mission is preserving the surrounding neighborhood's history and sense of humor.
Catherine and Scott McKearn leave no corner of the world unsearched in their quest to discover artisan furniture builders. The couple frequents faraway destinations in India, Indonesia, China, and Morocco to unearth beautiful solid-wood furniture to import directly to their three shops. In order to save their customers money, they buy pieces wholesale and ship them in 40-foot containers, bypassing both middlemen and price-gun-wielding pirates. Their furniture ranges in style from industrial to French country, and the eclectic selection rotates every few weeks to accommodate new shipments.