Bare walls have plenty of advantages: ample surface area for finger painting, an absence of disapproving Churchill posters, and no mirrors reminding you that your hair is on fire. Fill rooms' middles with furnishings so you can keep walls clear with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get $150 toward home furniture and accessories at Warehouse Showrooms in Alexandria. Warehouse Showrooms stocks extreme-quality, American-made furniture lovingly handcrafted from the most solid of woods. The ever-changing inventory proffers a thundering herd of floor-dwelling furniturebeests, such as the oaken Mission sofa server table ($139), cherry Mission quilt rack ($239), and solid Pennsylvania oak bookcase designed to house the heaviest of scholarly volumes or shiny rock collections ($279). Many products are offered in a variety of finishes or woods, ideal for matching a specific living room décor.
When assembling their collection of living-room, dining-room, and bedroom furniture, the curators of Warehouse Showrooms turn to independent local factories and Amish craftsmen. They stock their sprawling store with quality pieces made from sustainably lumbered American wood, including solid cherry, oak, and pine. Many of their furnishings can be customized to suit clients' tastes, with various options for wood, finish, and hardware.