For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
The retail progeny of Interior Illusions, whose furnishings and decor have been seen in the Los Angeles Times, Esquire House, and celebrity homes, iSquared outfits shoppers with contemporary and quirky designs. Fashionable beds blend modern foundations with vintage flourishes, and an assortment of lounge chairs seamlessly combines elements such as white oak, graphite, and stainless steel into eye-catching urban recliners. iSquared's table lamps sport mod bases and unconventional angles, proving that light bulbs can be cutting edge and that lampshades look good on things other than siblings' heads.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Stu and Jayne Zehngut have skillfully framed and displayed paintings, posters, and artwork at L.A. Art Exchange since 1987. Inside the 4,000-square-foot gallery and showroom, a team of educated artists and designers fits archival and acid-free materials over photos and memorabilia, using UV plexiglas and foam core. In addition to custom framing, the gallery’s services include shadowboxes, display cases, and computerized mat designs made with a Wizard 9000 mat cutter. On request, the machine cuts precise, swirling designs into mats and writes messages in pen on the surface whenever it starts to develop consciousness.
With festive specimens starting at 2 feet and stretching skyward to more than 10 feet, the Christmas tree lot at A1 Christmas Trees holds an array of evergreen offerings destined to liven up home interiors. Holiday hunters can peruse and pick from the rows of Douglas Firs, admired for their dense, bushy shape; Grand Firs, dark green and soft to the touch; and ever-popular Noble Firs, soft blue-green and grown only in the Pacific Northwest. When not showing visitors around their tree farm, the professional merry-makers also adorn homes with holiday lighting installations, removing the hassle and danger of climbing up on the roof and lassoing fluorescent reindeer.
As Karie Bible strides across Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the hem of her mourning gown absorbs dew from the gravesites of Douglas Fairbanks and Jayne Mansfield. She tours the cemetery for a living, leading groups to crypts and monuments that mark the remains of deceased celebrities. Whether recounting the legacy of actress Marion Davies or kneeling at the spike of grass that marks Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's final resting place, she immerses tour-goers in Hollywood history. Each tour lasts about two hours and sheds light on cherished stars, as well as lesser-known entertainers and community members.