In the eight years since the start of Local Furniture Outlet, the cherished baby business of Mr. Aaron Masterson has grown up fast?from a 2,000-square-foot metal warehouse to four locations and more than 80,000 combined square feet of furniture. But the success didn't go to Aaron?s head. The proud father still traverses showrooms in casual flip-flops, enforcing a no-competition policy so that loyal staff members don?t feel pressured to make a quota. The stripped-down showrooms allow for lower price tags on direct-from-manufacturer brands such as Ashley, Simmons, and Crown Mark. Patrons are invited to peruse dining-room, living-room, and bedroom sets?or ?kick the tires,? as Aaron puts it?without the pushy-push of larger retailers, who may use turkey legs to reward team members for sales.
The Ukraine, 1914. Sam Braslau, the son of a miller, has saved enough money to immigrate to America. When he arrives, he peddles clothing from a horse-drawn buggy to earn the money to send for his brothers. In 1925, the brothers open the first Braslau’s—a dry-goods store. In 1927, the brothers expand their scope, adding furniture to their inventory. With this decision, they ensure that their name would stay on the lips of design-minded homeowners for the rest of their lives and beyond.
Today, Braslau's Fine Home Furnishings has evolved into a 70,000-square-foot furniture showroom, where Blake Breslau continues to hone his family’s accumulated knowledge and experience in the furniture industry. Inside, customers browse desks, chairs, sofas, and dinettes from brands such as Ashley Furniture, Broyhill, Klaussner Home Furnishings, and LaCrosse. In the sleep center, mattresses from Sealy, Simmons, and Tempur-Pedic promise the perfect night’s sleep, or the perfect testing ground for amateur trampoline routines.
Lilli Design LLC is an interior design firm based in Dallas, Texas, and was founded in 2008.
Katie Reynolds is a licensed and registered interior designer with a bachelor's degree in interior design. Over the years Katie developed a passion for designing residential spaces.
Model Home Furniture—begun in 1995 as a supplier of furnishings for picture-perfect model homes—later expanded to making the same photogenic furniture fill the public's lived-in lairs. Shepherds corral new and gently used items into the spacious show room, ranging from queen-size beds to dressers with drawers big enough to contain a siege of rapidly growing chia pets. With sets crafted for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas, Model Home Furniture's designs can furnish one room or match an entire home's décor, eliminating the need to paint everything solid black or teach every cuckoo clock to sing in four-part harmony.
HGTV and House Hunters- featured interior designer James Charles and his team create custom design plans to guide do-it-yourself redecorating projects. Clients submit room measurements and photographs, then pick a color palette and choose from a list of styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to DMV-office chic. Within five weeks, Charles and his crew will send out colorful presentation boards depicting a custom full-room makeover. Armed with an included shopping list, customers can purchase paint, furniture, and other materials as needed, and can decorate at their own pace, arranging items according to detailed schematic diagrams or the couch’s horoscope.
Customers can also refer to an online guide for help solving design dilemmas such as where to place a crib or how to modify decor to accommodate a rambunctious chia pet.
At PersonalizationMall's bustling headquarters in Burr Ridge, Illinois, skilled technicians and graphic designers render customer-submitted family photos and children's names onto coffee mugs, photo frames, and T-shirts. Gift-making artisans sandblast anniversary dates into glass chalices, while textile experts embroider his-and-hers towels and baby blankets. Family names are emblazoned across more than 5000 different products, such as garden stones, golf balls, and handsome gift boxes. Shipping times as short as one day allow for the immediate gifting of presents that convey messages such as ?happy birthday? or ?forgive me for falling asleep in your rose bush?. Customers can preview their customized design before purchasing to help fashion the ideal gift or individualized party favor.