The renovation specialists at Elegance Cabinets help clients create their ideal kitchens. They start by providing samples–either at the showroom or inside the customer's home–that will help clients determine their desired cabinet style and configuration. After an aesthetic has been chosen, specialists inspect and measure every square inch of the existing kitchen, charting the space and noting how many units will be needed and how many secret tunnels have to be sealed. Next, they head to the drawing board where they'll draft up an installation plan. Once that's complete, the client will receive a detailed blueprint of the space along with a 3D mock-up that provides a preview of what the room will look like in the coming weeks. Finally, they'll install dream kitchens and haul away the old and busted cabinets that have now become obsolete.
Only fair-trade, shade-grown organic coffee is roasted in-house at High Grounds, where a brand-new roaster transforms beans into liquid treats using dark magic. Percolate each morning with a two-shot latte ($3.66), or buzz through the day with a regular drip coffee ($1.54). Adding to the aromatic drinks is the pungent scent of free high-speed WiFi, which permeates the air and creates the ideal atmosphere for studying or grabbing a latte before work. As a testament to its quality, High Grounds' house-roasted coffee can also be found out of house in retail outlets such as Whole Foods.
Formerly Electrolux, Aerus maintains the same standards it’s kept since 1924 in keeping area homes as clean as possible. Its air-purification services can help eliminate allergens and mold from interior air, and by using biodegradable products its techs can keep odors at bay while keeping air clean and free of chemicals.
Maryland China Co. has a long tradition of ordering fine china pieces from around the world: over a century long, in fact. Today, the staff maintains the shop's reputation by carefully vetting every item in the 1,250-piece collection, which comes from eight countries and four planets. Quality is paramount, so the shop demotes items to the seconds room for minute imperfections, such as slight color variation. A single piece of hand-painted china, such as a cup and saucer decorated with intricate loops and whorls, can take hours to complete. Full tea sets, then, celebrate the careful craftsmanship and leisurely traditions of the Old World.
Despite the large selection of hand-painted wares, undecorated white china and porcelain vases, pots, cups, and bowls dominate the shelves. Sometimes designed with ornate details, such as scalloped edges or antique-style handles, the items are otherwise blank slates for artists. Customers can purchase a small paint set with their china to transform it into a modern work of art with colorful chevrons or 2011 1040 forms.
Since 1861, The Somerville Showroom has bedecked kitchens and baths in stylish function fixtures from brands that include Kohler, Aqueous, and Yorktowne Cabinetry. A simple bath fixture upgrade such as the Kohler Flipside showerhead transforms a regular hosing into minutes of bliss with flip-activated water-massage settings ($95.30–$107), Aqueous bathroom faucets disperse hot, cold, and mysteriously carbonated water with chrome elegance ($111.07), and Kohler Wellworth water-conserving toilets take homes one step closer to green living ($223.40). For functionality and voguish wall dressings, Yorktown cabinetry bestows cherry-wood ornamentations throughout cooking quarters and fallout shelters still sporting '60s-era lead-lined pantries.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.