The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
With a wide selection of furniture and home décor, W. Home Furnishings Store helps turn houses into homes, giving nest builders the tools to construct contemporary and comfortable cribs. Domicile designers peruse major brands, such as Candice Olson for Norwalk and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plus luxury bedding from Bella Notte and Ecomfort, updating dated dwellings by choosing from a wide selection of chairs, sofas, bedding (starting at $250), lamps (starting at $125), drapery ($45–$95), and more. Use today's deal to renovate residences, ridding rooms of loud plaid couches and lamps that know too much about what you did last summer
Olinde's helps dress up domiciles with a broad array of furnishings fit for any style or purpose. Beautify your boudoir with a stylish cedar chest, or opt for a set of bunk beds to keep sandmen from always knowing your exact whereabouts. The Hillsdale Lake View bar stool ($99.99) adapts the body pedestals popularized by taverns while removing the threat of a pink-elephant stampede. Televisions (available at the Baton Rouge location only) let their owners pair America's favorite contact sport––sitting––with its favorite spectator sport, watching spectator sports.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.