For three hours on a Friday or Saturday morning, master dotter of visual is and crosser of aesthetic ts Judith Spychalski will instruct you and four to nine other students in the ways of Venetian-style lime plastering; she will also teach how to apply crackle finishes and the potential uses of glazing and paint. The 10-people-per-class limit ensures personalized tips and attention for each aspiring decorator. Ideal for hardened do-it-yourselfers, this class can help you start on the path to crafting your home to your individual taste, glamorizing walls, ceilings, woodwork, cabinets, and the dog. For examples of the type of garnishes you'll be taught in these lavish lessons, check out the academy's project gallery.
BedMart furnishes restful sleep with an arsenal of slumber-inducing mattress sets. The solid support of King Koil’s Arlington model ($779.95–$1,199.95) relieves bodies of the aches accrued from overworking pressure points and napping in ball pits, and Serta’s Perfect Sleeper Arborwood ($979.95–$1,399.95) a memory-foam mattress that cradles snoozers with detachable arms. Three comfort options for Five Star Mattress’s Stanwyck ($479.95–$799.95) can accommodate sleepers of all persuasions, from the hibernation-ready extra firm to the fluffy pillow top.
Bull Mountain owner Jack Hansen has stayed true to a simple principle in his 45 years in the HVAC industry—make things as easy as possible on the customer. In fact, he often attempts to talk customers through simple fixes of their heating or cooling problems over the phone before sending out a technician. Since Hansen understands that homeowners may not always keep detailed records of their home-maintenance histories, he directs his staff to perform a diagnostic program with more than a dozen points during every service call. But Jack sees the bigger picture, too. To reduce energy costs and help the environment, he has aligned himself with Energy Star, a government program designed to promote energy-efficient practices and prevent local utility companies from turning off the stars.
At Adorned Aesthetics, even the most familiar of skincare treatments, the facial, contains some surprises; the center's roster of nine different facials includes three services specifically designed for men as well as a Just Like Heaven exfoliation and massage treatment that lasts a full two hours. Two other services make use of some rare materials: the 24 kt. gold facial uses a gold serum and mask to reverse oxidation damage, and the Diamond Exfolight facial removes dead skin using the diamond-soled shoes that inspired Paul Simon to become a cobbler. When serums fall short, clients turn to the Bio-Roller, an FDA-approved micro-needle rolling system that treats wrinkles and acne without inflicting the downtime associated with surgery.
The spa can offer all of these treatments thanks to the expertise of Melanie Hamilton and Kathryn Hoffman, who are professionally certified and trained by Obagi Pharmaceutical Skin Care. This company also provides a few of the specialized products that they use during treatments on a variety of skin issues. Melanie and Kathryn, who are also trained in the formal modalities of the Valmont skincare line from Switzerland, stay sharp by attending classes, seminars, and conventions in the industry.
Owner Michael Roloff pairs his decades of construction experience with business partner Nathalie Pillsbury’s engineering and design prowess to execute stylish building projects with a careful attention to aesthetic detail. Building teams regularly synchronize and coordinate scheduling with architects and suppliers and foster long-term relationships with trusted subcontractors to complete such projects as tiled bathrooms and cherry-wood kitchen cabinets. Past masterpieces from Roloff’s handiwork include architecturally consistent garage and porch expansions and an Old World–style wine cellar with a hidden door that opens when you say “oenophilia” correctly five times fast. In addition to renovating existing spaces and repairing leaky sinks, drafty windows, and sticking doors, the talented crew at Roloff Construction wills into existence tasteful modern additions to sunrooms.
The Dirty Works team blitzes big, small, and reoccurring projects with multi-sided expertise while helping homeowners cross off line after line on their "To-Do" lists. The business, promising to be timely and professional no matter what the job, updates interior spaces to be safer and more organized, whether its staffers are repairing drywall, removing junk, or simply handling general repairs. That same know-how extends outdoors, as well, when Dirty Works is called upon to pressure-wash exterior surfaces or scoop gunk out of gutters. After parties, they're available for major cleanups, and around the holidays, they string lights from roofs and sweep any stray white whiskers out of chimneys.