The friendly staff at Kem’s Bed and Bath cultivates a cozy storefront replete with homey bedding, gifts, and accessories. Its colorful bedspreads show off vibrant floral designs and classic geometric patterns. For smaller, detail-oriented fixes, the staffers guide customers to the store’s collection of iPad cases, candles, clocks, and wall art. They also outfit hosts with party trays and home fragrances, allowing game nights to smell like game nights in a flower.
Tobacco Leaf Boutique’s style mavens stuff the 2,300-square-foot showroom with an ever-rotating array of quality threads for female forms seeking fashion singularity. A limited selection of each style lessens the risk of two people wearing the same astronaut suit to space-station-opening galas. Exclusive dresses ($60+) and tops ($50+) from Johnny Was or Cartise drape feminine shoulders in both dressy folds and casually winking pleats. Otherwise, jump into a pair of jeans ($60–$175) from rivet artists Dish Jeans or Velvet Heart and dazzle friends with your unusual method for putting on pants. Necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry ($15–$150) add a glint of flickering gold to Tobacco Leaf’s chocolate crown molding, punctuated by occasional bursts of green-leafed foliage sprouting from untended display shoes.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
Since opening in 2000, Interior Innovations has grown from a tiny wallpaper store into a full-service interior design headquarters. In its 3,000-square-foot showroom, blinds and shutters by Kirsch, Texton, Graber, and TimberBlind hang on displays, daring the sun to poke through their well-placed slats. Elsewhere in the store, customers browse more than 1,000 sample books of fabric swatches from fabric and trim lines such as Fabricut, Trend, and Kasmir as they visualize future custom window treatments and bedding or upholstery. Paints by Benjamin Moore and Modern Masters and Interior Innovations combine with wallpapers from brands such as Thibaut, Seabrook, and Ronald Redding to make walls as vibrantly colored as Andy Warhol’s sock drawer. Customers add the finishing touches to rooms with custom-ordered bar stools and home accessories such as lamps and framed art.
Peppermint Garden's rustic and cozy storefront houses decorations for both abodes and bodies. Parallelogram picture frames protect precious memories ($9–$39) and signs make statements such as "Bless This Home," "Welcome," and "Beware of Platypus" ($15–$50). Accent windowsills with custom floral arrangements ($21–$325) or brighten sun-fearing corners with candles ($9–$31). "Life is Good" brand clothing drapes wearers in a fuzzy sense of goodwill ($10–$95), accented by STAXX jewelry, which combines the fun of Jenga with the elegance of Jenga played with gold bars ($7–$31). The seasonal stock ensures that every home can be appropriately swathed in the metaphorical spirit of Christmas or the actual spirits of Halloween.