The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
The design consultants at Henson's Lighting stock their showroom with fixtures that illuminate a home both inside and out. Cast warm glows into dim corners of the room with the help of a double-glassed wall sconce ($93.06), or grant modesty to three unclothed bulbs with a mini chandelier's ($90.99) amber glass shades. The decorative, boxy casing around an outdoor sconce ($110.92) also adds a touch of class to late-night games of Pin the Tail on the Garage.
Bedroom Sleep Shops strives to pair each back with an appropriate snoozing vessel. The sweeping selection of brand-name mattresses ranges from the firm, supportive Sealy Morning Fog (king set $1,699, queen $1,299, full $1,249) to the cloud-soft Bloomsbury Signature (king set $1,999, queen $1,399, full $1,349). Sleepers can rest easy on an Enchanted Plush from Coriscana (king set $1,299, queen $999, full $949), or repose in black-tie luxury with a Douglas House set from Stearns and Foster (king set $2,299, queen $1,799, full $1,749). The burly bedsetters also offer extensive delivery services, dropping off and installing new mattresses as well as respectfully removing retired ones to a farm upstate.
With more than 40 years of experience, the mother-and-son team behind Cloudz Dream Boutique provide customers with expert advice on the mattresses in stock. Cloudz Dream Boutique’s stock of memory-foam mattresses from brands such as The Bed Boss are constructed from Visco elastic and renewable materials and certified toxin-free. The soft sleep surfaces make use of bamboo to dissipate up to 80% more heat than other foam mattresses to keep bodies cool at night and aloe vera to enhance the soft feel of mattress fabrics and to stave off dreams about sun poisoning. The boutique’s memory-foam mattresses—which provide a different kind of support than traditional mattresses—help distribute body weight evenly using the recovery time of the elastic foam materials, making for a peaceful night’s slumber.