Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
For more than 38 years, Light 'n Leisure "The Purple Buildings" has brightened abodes with high-quality, stylish lighting fixtures and home accents. Customers perusing one of three showrooms can gape at a plethora of fixtures, from interior enhancers such as the duchess antique nickel sconce ($80) to outdoor darkness repellers such as a nautical textured black wall mount ($69.99). Other fixtures, including ceiling lights, lamps, and wall lights, are also available to help send monsters into hiding and stem the tide of toe-stubbing epidemics. An array of home accents such as candle holders, decorative boxes, and vases is available for outfitting newly illuminated rooms with an eye-friendly wardrobe, and an in-store bonanza of clearance items augments the selection of domicile dressings.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
For decades, Koopman has been synonymous with old-fashioned elbow grease. From the hard work Peter Koopman put into founding his business in 1939 to the projects carried out by the store's customers, Koopman Lumber & Hardware embodies the dedication it takes to make a great home. The family-run franchise stockpiles lumber, tools, and premium paints to carry out any home remodeling project. The staff members also possess a rich well of knowledge that they freely share with clients, whether they're recommending a color of paint to make a living room brighter or the best tools for a DIY project.
Shopgreencleaning.com's ecologically ethical products empower the conscientious to cleanse living spaces without risk to children, pets, or the environment. The Joy of Green Cleaning illuminates the process of creating personalized cleaning compounds ($15.95) with more than 70 pages of sanitizing cookery suggestions and sustainable celebratory dances. Soak up kitchen messes with durable and absorbent Skoy cloths ($7.80), which can be used multiple times and biodegrade easily. Clingy grease releases its sticky grip on stone counters, tile backsplashes, and linoleum puppies under the ministrations of the Grab Green all-purpose surface cleaner ($4.99). Shopgreencleaning.com's stock grants solace to scrupulous laundry machines with products such as the Grab Green 3-in-1 laundry detergent ($7.99), which uses an ecologically formulated soap scented with hints of lavender and vanilla to cause confusion between freshly washed socks and bags of tea.