Trees-R-Us stocks its four Orange County retail locations with festive evergreen varieties such as Douglas, Grand, and Nordmann Firs—an annual tradition since 1981. The outfit sources its specimens from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a humane and happy home that lets the trees mature in dignity, build up their limb strength, and develop the willpower to not laugh when tickled by children. The company’s expert tree growers cut each batch as late in the season as possible before sending them out to each location, where they’re graded according to height and shape and then arranged for easy perusing.
Specializing in event and wedding décor, Creative Floral Designs' talented staff churns out a bevy of centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and boutonnieres as well as customized floral arrangements using fine-tuned gardening shears and imaginations. Cheer up drooping dining room tables with an invigorating arrangement bursting with bright pink roses and pink and white lilies ($80). An attractive assemblage of red roses ($80) can be passed out to prize-winning racehorses, purple dendrobium orchids ($80) peek out from behind greenery to whisper get wells and congratulations, and roses spiked with bamboo ($80) cry out in pain.
George Moore is the third-generation owner of a family business that opened more than 60 years ago. True to its original purpose, the shop still sells sewing machines, cabinets, vacuum cleaners, and ceiling fans, but now aims to acquire equipment that is eco-friendly and ultra-efficient.
Alongside its retail branch, Moore’s nurses the machines it sells back to health and leads crafting classes. Expert stitchers lead hands-on sessions in everything from quilting to correctly taking the measurements of a restless scarecrow.
An expansive collection of eclectic and original sofas ($999–$3,499), artwork ($49–$699), and home accents ($3–$300) occupies the 8,000-square-foot City Life Home Furnishings showroom. Most of the bedding, such as the Thicket, Chinoiserie, and Hedgerow collections, incorporate nature-inspired designs against a stark, white background. An assortment of citrus-colored, geographically named Jonathan Adler candles whimper hoping to gain shoppers' attention and the clocks, which vary from the stark and spindly antenna clock to the retro brass sunburst model, can keep both American and British time. Staffers emphasize individualized customer service, supporting the assertion that home décor should be reflective of function, personal style, and functional personal style.