The retail progeny of Interior Illusions, whose furnishings and decor have been seen in the Los Angeles Times, Esquire House, and celebrity homes, iSquared outfits shoppers with contemporary and quirky designs. Fashionable beds blend modern foundations with vintage flourishes, and an assortment of lounge chairs seamlessly combines elements such as white oak, graphite, and stainless steel into eye-catching urban recliners. iSquared's table lamps sport mod bases and unconventional angles, proving that light bulbs can be cutting edge and that lampshades look good on things other than siblings' heads.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
With festive specimens starting at 2 feet and stretching skyward to more than 10 feet, the Christmas tree lot at A1 Christmas Trees holds an array of evergreen offerings destined to liven up home interiors. Holiday hunters can peruse and pick from the rows of Douglas Firs, admired for their dense, bushy shape; Grand Firs, dark green and soft to the touch; and ever-popular Noble Firs, soft blue-green and grown only in the Pacific Northwest. When not showing visitors around their tree farm, the professional merry-makers also adorn homes with holiday lighting installations, removing the hassle and danger of climbing up on the roof and lassoing fluorescent reindeer.
Ortho Mattress has supported sleepers' backs with sturdy coils for more than 50 years, crafting Ortho LFC, Ortho Dr. Preferred and Summerhill & Bischop–brand mattresses in its Los Angeles factory before shipping them direct to customers. An Ortho Dr. Preferred Conform eurotop ($949.99–$1,499.99) cossets slumbering limbs in a 3-inch layer of contouring memory foam undergirded by supportive coils, while a 4.5-inch Ortho LFC smooth top ($199.99–$299.99) is slim enough to tuck into a trundle bed or rollaway. Both models come paired with a box-spring mate so that they'll always have a partner in Yahtzee. Besides in-house brands, Ortho Mattresses' showrooms stock Simmons Beautyrest and Sealy Posturepedic sleep sponges.
Housing a menagerie of home improvement implements and constructive constructables, Koontz Hardware's helpful handymen hawk repair-ready wares from this West Hollywood building bazaar. Restoration-minded repairmen and repairwomen can comb through the expansive recesses of Koontz's 100,000-piece inventory, replenishing depleted toolboxes with new essentials ranging from tape measures (starting at $8.99) and dish towels ($5.99), to paint brushes (starting at $1.99) and electrical outlet travel adaptors ($4.99–$8.99). Spruce up dinged desks and furniture with touch-up pens (starting at $4.99) or help keep loving cups loveable with a squirt of shinifying silver cleaners and polishes (starting at $4.99).
Specializing in rare and exotic plants, The Tropics delights fans of vegetation with a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor jungle overrun with the tentacles of unusual plants snaking around pots and up tree trunks. Thousands of one-of-a-kind members of the kingdom Plantae, including interior plants, sprout within the 40-year-old garden, such as towering kentia palms ($50+) and spindly rhapis palms ($50+). Other leafy residents include ruffled staghorn ferns ($50+) and manicured bonsai ($40+) trimmed to resemble a weatherworn tree or the shape of a perfect explosion. The Tropics’ well-respected plantscapers cultivate shrubbery for various notable clients, from Disney and Universal Studios to the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. The Tropics does not carry citrus, roses or other flowers, vines, or ground-cover plants.