W.J. Andriot’s modernization masters stock shelves with everything needed to turn retro homes into cutting-edge castles and the helpful information to fill heads with the how-to. Enliven rooms with Benjamin Moore Ben Eggshell ($35.99/gal.) in current colors. Do-it-yourselfers can refresh decks with a coat of Duckback Superdeck ($38.99/gal.), or resuscitate wood siding with Sikkens SRD ($39.99/gal.). Meanwhile, circus families can practice tap routines on eye-pleasing hardwood (starting at $2.99/ft.), or catch baby’s first backflip on soft carpets (starting at $1.22/ft). W.J. Andriot’s also offers reprieve from the sun’s cloying advances with 2-inch faux-wood mini blinds ($65 for 36”x72”) or a set of plantation shutters ($24/sq. ft.).
The rich soil of Walnut Grove Farm—tilled throughout more than 150 years and four generations—sprouts with flowers, shrubs, and trees sold in an eponymous onsite nursery. Arched greenhouses plant their pillars in the grounds' northwest corner, where they shelter shrubs such as boxwoods and holly, annuals such as petunias, mums, and pansies, and more than 80 fragrant perennials. Mulches chipped from hardwoods and cypress join peat moss and compost to blanket exposed roots, and a Gardener's General Store stocks country essentials ranging from grass seed to locally laid eggs. Walnut Grove's green-thumbed experts also emerge beyond the nursery walls to beautify lawns with landscape designs and routine maintenance such as edging, weed control, and flamingo herding.
Stoess Manor fills hearts and hearths with a substantial selection of furniture, flooring, fabrics, and homey accessories. Cushion domestic treading with Shaw carpet (from $0.69 per sq. ft.), opt for sleeker footing with Mohawk Scotchguard hardwood flooring ($3.99 per sq. ft.), or replicate history's decisive checkers matches with tiles from Shaw and Mohawk (from $0.99 per sq. ft.). Customers can also use this Groupon towards an ever-expanding array of furniture from brands such as Hickory White, Taylor King, Artistica, and Emerson. Ditch a deadbeat dining room set for a Standard solid-wood table with four chairs and a steady job ($399), or count fashionable sheep from the chic comfort of a Standard queen leather bed ($399).
Louisville Furniture Company has spent years streamlining the process by which most people shop for and purchase furniture. The result of this refinement is a warehouse that has learned how to cut costs by staying open 7 days a week and acquiring its vast selection of furniture from such brands as Flexsteel, Broyhill Southern Motion and Hickorycraft directly from the factories. Patrons peruse the aisles among matching sets of furniture that tie together living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Entertainment cabinets house televisions or diminutive court jesters, and individual lamps and barstools add finishing touches.
Casual Living refurbishes the urbanized outdoors into open-air living space with a wide variety of aluminum, steel, and wicker patio furniture. Customers can match any outdoor aesthetic without having to drag the living-room set outside by perusing Casual Living's all-weather furnishings in more than 50 different styles and myriad materials, including fabric, metal, and more. Patios pop with pizzazz or relish in relaxation with a rainbow of market-style outdoor umbrellas ($159.95) or a 13-foot Pawleys Island rope hammock ($149.95). A wood-burning fire pit equips outdoor spaces with a kitchen, heat source, and marshmallow torture device ($229.95). Casual Living occasionally ventures indoors with a collection of brass fireplace screens and sets, counter stools from Pastel (sale price $149.95), and gas-fireplace installations.
The fresh scent of flowering plants, modest-sized trees, and hardwood mulch wafts about the greenhouse of Maple Crossing Nursery. Water droplets mist the leaves and petals of take-home flora—shrubs, bushes, and perennials—selected for their ability to flourish in the humid climate of Kentucky and southern Indiana. An arsenal of gardening and landscaping tools arm walk-in green thumbs for tasks such as trimming up boxwoods, mulching flower beds, and digging moats around doghouses.