Sitting Pretty's team of expert arrangers foster beautiful, eye-seducing interiors with scores of amiable advice and a talent for adapting rooms to fit clients' lifestyles. An informative hour of in-home consultation and design education can help bolster fading walls and spruce up chaotic decorating schemes while revealing that rooms full of mannequin heads do not enhance feng shui. Having honed their skills in commercial hotels and homes of all sizes and shapes, these professional designers are well versed in the world of dashing davenports and incredible credenzas. After a personalized session, prospective rearrangers will have a better understanding of how to make use of their space, open up their rooms, and encourage their children to produce post-modern fridge art.
In LA Furniture’s 20,000-square-foot warehouse is stuffed with home furnishings both trendy and traditional. Pick up a Giovanni table lamp ($129), which will add a flash of antique gold to drab dwellings while enabling you to send Morse-code messages out living-room windows. In-house interior designers can also advise homeowners on how to adorn side tables with three-piece African-motif statues ($149) and can point out upholstered bar stools ($169 each) that will add more seating to living spaces without resorting to beanbag chairs. In LA Furniture also crafts custom-made slipcovers ($825+) and helps clients re-upholster sofas, loveseats, and more to hide stains that cannot be removed with baking soda.
Handmade Galleries LA fills its 5,000 square feet with an ever-rotating supply of cards, home décor, clothing, and eclectic gifts from more than 100 artisans and craftspeople. The perfect stop on the way to a kid's birthday party or a playground inauguration speech, gift givers can choose from 15-inch-tall Cordy Roy animals ($24.95), available in such disparate species as horses, giraffes, and aardvarks.