Jimmie Judon, Jr., and Karen Brooks-Judon make a good team. Working together, the couple runs every aspect of Judon's Custom Painting. Because Jimmie holds a class K-34 contractor license, he's in charge of souping up homes with services that range from drywall repair to wallpaper installation. The company specializes in interior and exterior painting, covering walls in fresh coats of Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint. Clients may also solicit the company's pressure washing services to remove grime from a deck or the last Pringle from the bottom of the can.
The roots of Kerby’s Furniture stretch back to 1959, when Rex and Ruth Kerby founded the store to bring together bedroom and dining-room sets, mattresses, and other home essentials. Today, staffers dispense advice to shoppers in a showroom flush with beds, couches, and tables by brands such as Ashley, Broyhill, and Best Home Furnishings. Browsers can compare the cushiness of the Hanway chair, a foldout sleeper sofa dressed in subtle olive pinstripes, with the Joplin, a salmon swivel rocker with a reversible T-cushion seat. Youth bedroom sets come in mouth-watering finishes such as cream, espresso, and walnut, and mattresses by Simmons and Corsicana summon more z’s than a honeybee’s typewriter.
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.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
The knowledgeable staff at Today's Swim & Patio has been equipping backyard havens and poolside decks with a blend of stylish, comfortable, and durable outdoor furniture for more than 20 years. The dark cast aluminum of the Molise swivel club chair cradles bright cushions above its bendable base ($549), allowing people to turn naturally with conversation or comfortably imitate a weathervane, and the matching Molise sofa ($1,149) plushly invites an extended stay in exterior comfort. Prevent lovebirds from awkwardly trying to stand and snuggle by offering them a spot on the Albany love seat ($899), which makes for a more romantic respite when paired with the Albany ottoman ($299). Or trade in sweetheart-appropriate sitting for the sleek silhouette of the Albany spring club chair ($699), whose deep cushions encourage prolonged solo lounging and secure time capsule burial.
Furniture Plus began in 1983 as a tiny furniture shop in a rented house with an outdoor concrete slab for a show room, and has since grown into a 20,000-square-foot space, brimming with pieces from popular brands such as Ashley Furniture, Robert Michael, and aspenhome. Though it would have been easier to move the store into a shopping center, the owners chose to remain in their own facility in order to maintain a low overhead—and therefore, lower prices—on the same furniture carried by big-box stores and traveling furniture salesmen.