The Light House's sizable show room brims with creative lighting designs and home décor, earning two nominations for Best Lighting Showroom in 2004 and 2007. Luminous lighting creations, such as the driftwood-finished candelabra chandelier ($349.99), bathes spaces in a glittering wash of elegance, and the bamboo-shade table lamp ($57.60) adds touches of tropical naturalism usually reserved for beach houses and Gilligan-governed islands to side tables or nightstands. The clean white ceiling fan ($73.90), meanwhile, sends cooling winds gushing through living interiors. The assemblage of outdoor lamps renders the stars an unnecessary frivolity, from the rustic copper gas lantern ($532.23) to the looming museum-black lamp ($138). A bounty of home accents, such as the multicolored ceramic mirror ($89), ensures inhabitants will have something aesthetically pleasing to gaze at should the reflections in the TV screen prove lackluster and clichéd.
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.
At The Living Desert, a dedicated conservation team tends to plants and animals populating more than 1,800 acres of desert—1,000 of which remain in their natural, undisturbed state. In addition to protecting the Colorado Desert's native population of birds, wolves, reptiles, and minotaurs, The Living Desert houses bighorn sheep, cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, and parrots from arid regions throughout the globe. Through annual contributions, members of the nonprofit organization help preserve the Colorado Desert and bolster the population of endangered desert species. Members also gain unlimited access to the park, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events, such as the annual member-cheetah race.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
My Little Flower Shop
My Little Flower Shop arranges bountiful bouquets of roses, lilies, daisies, and other flora into elegant, modern, or zany designs to celebrate any conceivable occasion. The shop began after Gregory Goodman, born into an Ohio-based flower empire, met former military serviceman Alan Kelly, awakening his passion and talent for floral design.
In addition to predetermined arrangements that send congratulations, celebrate birthdays, and mark anniversaries, the petal artists custom-design bloom bundles for personal achievements, such as going a whole year without cutting a flower. The shop also fills weddings with aromatic centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and altar arrangements. Patrons can add a flashy flair to gifts with mylar-balloon bundles or install lasting flora with potted plants from azaleas to zen fern gardens and other non-maneating vegetation.