With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Candle Warmers, Etc., imbues homes with sweet-smelling fragrance without the risk of fire or smoke damage by employing a patented line of candle-warming appliances and a spread of Jamie Clair wickless, hand-poured, scented candles. The electronic warming lantern employs a specially designed halogen bulb to melt candles evenly from the top down, unlike ordinary candle warmers, which melt candles into wax figures of flashlights. The resulting glow mimics the softly flickering light of a wicked candle and releases the candle's fragrance within minutes. Each 16-ounce hot-apple-pie candle infuses rooms with a bakery fresh scent that will remind customers of the wonderful days they spent living in an apple pie.
Minky Couture swaddles patrons in warm, velvety blankets hand-stitched from a plush combination of minky fabric and satin. Compile a custom coverlet from more than 12 solid and 48 patterned minky fabrics in prints ranging from green argyle to detailed grocery lists, each securely fastened with one of 27 silky border ruffles. A 30"x36" minky infant blanket ($40) turns a slumbering babe into an adorable burrito, and 13"x18" one- ($20) or two-fabric ($22) pillows cozily cradle necks. A 36"x50" minky travel blanket ($60) keeps torsos toasty on chilly airplane rides or in front of open hotel refrigerators. For additional charges, each machine-washable minky blanket can also be personalized with an embroidered name, message, or presidential biography.
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.