It’s easier to bond with a new home when its sofas are topped with comfy throw pillows or its walls are decorated with poignant artwork. The design consultants at Jugo Designs understand this important emotional connection potential buyers must feel with their future abodes, leveraging it to stage homes and help them to sell quickly.
Some home stagings are as simple as half-day reshufflings of the sellers’ existing furnishings, adding a few accessories and subtracting a few squatting grandparents here and there. Others require two days’ worth of decor overhaul. Once new owners scoop up homes, the like-new staging furniture—including custom-designed couches and upholstery—goes back to Jugo’s showroom, where customers can snag it for up to 60% off retail prices.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday at 10 a.m.
The staff at 1-800-4Blinds have been dressing homes with window treatments for the last 40 years. And although blinds are their bread-and-butter—both from Hunter Douglas and their own line—they also boast an impressive selection of shutters, shades, drapery, and even flooring, outfitting abodes from top to bottom. Their services include estimates, based on their products' lifespan, and installation for new window treatments and repairs for old windows that have had one too many cars driven through them.
At Past 2 Present Resale & Consignment, visitors can unearth forgotten treasures of gently used vintage clothing, antique houseware and home decor, and attractive furniture pieces for rooms throughout the home. An extensive selection of kitchen and coffee tables, nightstands and bedroom-drawer sets span a variety of tastes, eras, and styles, making for charming, rustic living-room setups or stylish furniture fort spaces. Knick-knacks and glassware fill cupboard shelves and mantlepieces with porcelain and glass finery, while clothing and accessories outfit shoppers of all ages with retro as well as modern styles.
A catnapper’s paradise awaits at Michigan Discount Mattress, where dozens of napping slabs await trial dozes. The mattress menagerie is populated with a variety of species, including beds woven from memory foam, natural latex, viscose, and soy-based natural foam. Though they range from soft, pillow-top styles to ultrafirm cement blocks, each mattress comes from a quality brand, such as Corsicana, Restonic, and Nature’s Sleep.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.