Owned by a friendly family of flora lovers, Olde Schaumburg Flowers creates memorable floral arrangements for special occasions and everyday expressions of gratitude. The shop flaunts its bloom-chopping chops for each florist-designed bouquet ($39.99+), drawing from two decades of experience, a collection of the season's most stunning specimens, and a supply of fresh flowers that arrive daily. Shoppers can treat birthday girls to pink Poetry corsages, made of heather and orchids ($25.99), or can convey sympathy with a Warm Embrace bouquet of white calla lilies and blushing roses ($94.99+). Snag an FTD Festival of Color vase ($59.99+) to announce new love more boldly than a pack of tuba-playing elephants.
Lighting living rooms for more than 30 years, Littman Bros. stocks stylish wares from more than 200 lighting, furniture, and home-accessory manufacturers, as well as fashionable, energy-saving options. Littman's luminous 10,000-square-foot showroom features an incandescent collection of bathroom, outdoor, under-cabinet, and wall-lighting fixtures, including Trans Globe flush-mount fixtures ($124.20) and rattan table lamps ($82.80). Homeowners can dress domiciles in a fetching and phantom-free Metropolitan chandelier ($1,592), or illuminate outdoor grub-digging sessions with an ornate Dolan wall lantern ($184).
Walter E. Smithe's huge showrooms contain more than 500 collections of high-quality designer furniture and home accessories, stocking brands including Drexel Heritage, Nourison, Hancock and Moore, and Bradington-Young. Fill a brass-trimmed vase ($119) with flowers, pencils, or wishes, or keep winter moisture stylishly contained in a hand-painted umbrella stand ($99). Walter E. Smithe's selection of four-legged pieces includes an Ontario end table ($299) and a Louise chair ($599). Most products come with impressive warranties, including a 10-year guarantee for every cushion on the comfy Kayla sofa ($1,749).
In 1908, Madison and State became the numerical zero-markers of Chicago’s new street system, making the corner where they intersected the new epicenter of city commerce. On nearby Wabash Avenue, the company jumped into the furniture game the same year, selling home furnishings built by skilled local craftsmen. More than 100 years later, the shop still buzzes with that original energy, connecting customers with the finest home furnishings from more than 50 manufacturers. The fourth-generation family business has migrated from the city center to five suburban locales, where showrooms display gleaming hardwood tables, towering entertainment centers, and elegant leather couches. Along with accent pieces and kid-centric design items, each Toms-Price location also offers special services such as furniture refinishing, reupholstering, and moving help. On-staff interior designers can also lend their eye to design projects, artfully arranging rooms and selecting the color schemes, fabrics, and wax doll heads that best bring out the inner you.