Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead found themselves in a design dilemma regarding the messy home of a wealthy client. She wanted to sell her house, but no one would buy the building in its current state. Instead of passing on the case, the duo visited the home and constructed a battle plan during a 10-hour consultation. Within the week, they'd completely repainted and replaced most of her furniture, readying her for a Saturday open house, and by Sunday, she'd received multiple offers from potential buyers. By Monday, the house was sold. As graphic-design majors and interior-design enthusiasts, Steve and Lee have used their talents in many such situations, under short time limits and with exceptional challenges, to refurbish a range of spaces—even helping famed baker Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes choose furnishings for his lobby at Charm City Cakes.
At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, the duo fills their space with an ever-changing roster of upholstery, dining sets, bed sets, and colorful crystal-infused wallpaper. Modern furnishings such as egg chairs and aquamarine crushed-velvet benches share a mutual territory with traditional pieces such as a red cabinet with a marble top and the actual couple who posed for American Gothic. In addition to showpieces, samplings of glass panels, blinds, and other window treatments ooze inspiration for potential clients coming up with their own projects. Anyone on a tight deadline can also count on the design duo for same-day delivery, be it for full showroom sets or unique recycled artwork and furniture.
Since 1919, the knowledgeable staff at Wilson Lighting and Interiors have illuminated thousands of lamps, fixtures, and lighting accessories for customers. Set a shabby-chic parlor aglow with a distressed lamp base ($53), perhaps topping it with a classic hand-stitched Canterbury lampshade ($74). Nightlights ($11.50) comfort nocturnal pets and boogeymen banished to dark closets. Beacons for all purposes await dusky corners in the comprehensive bulb department, including three-way bulbs ($3.60) and full-spectrum bulbs ($17) that form a perfect spotlight for the prima-donna hand of the after-dinner puppet show.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($49.75), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($39.50). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($38). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Vieta whip-stitch saddle bag ($49), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
Stebbins Anderson houses a full-service Ace hardware store and a full range of Benjamin Moore paints, serving as a mecca of home-repair essentials. Customers can take advantage of services such as screen repair and key cutting or peruse thousands of items that are priced under $25, ranging from electrical supplies and plumbing goods to gardening tools and mystery-bookcase-hinge grease. The expansive assortment of hardware goodies such as Mail Wraps mailbox covers ($18.99), Ace premium enamel ($3.49), and Benjamin Moore color samples ($3.99 each) saves amateur home-repair gurus from wasting precious rehab time by driving around to multiple hardware stores. A knowledgeable staff equips domestic whizzes for just about any home-repair challenge. Make over the kitchen with brightly colored walls and new décor, install a new deck rail to banish looting baboon colonies for good, rid bedrooms of cold drafts with new attic insulation, or score cleaning supplies to scrub away bathtub grime and multiplication tables scribbled on kitchen walls in hot sauce.