We like to recommend a material called ‘phase change’ in mattress toppers and sheets. It’s a material that cools you down if you get hot. If you stay in a cooler temperature range, you achieve more comfortable, deeper states of sleep for longer periods of time.
— Pat McCurren, president/CEO, Mattress Direct
Lanterns are one of the most versatile accessories. They can be used anywhere in your home from the dining room table to a covered porch to your mantle. A lantern is the best place to showcase layers of decor and accessories that allow warmth to make its way into your interior design.
— Jeanie Hood, owner, Three French Hens
Using the right products to clean your floors not only impacts the visual quality of your floors but also their warranties. Wood and laminate floors are prone to streak or to build up a film on the finish with the wrong products. Carpets should be cleaned professionally every 18 months to maintain the manufacturer warranty.
— Patty Beseda, business manager, Beseda Flooring
We’re seeing a lot of gray and lightly stained surfaces lately …whiter and brighter kitchens have become a recent trend. People come in and purchase the stains and paints as well as the actual cabinets and doors. In-home estimates can help people see how those lighter colors will look in their homes.
— Kevin Sulin, owner, Mid-America Cabinet Refacing
Remember: The disappointment of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of cheap price is forgotten. There’s value in working with professionals who can create functional room designs, take precise measurements and install quality products.
— Duenke Cabinet Co.
Looking for fall or Christmas decorations? Try creating a custom home decor package with decor and flowers, like the White Glitter Poinsettia above, that bring cheer and unique style to any space.
— Fahr’s Greenhouse
Backyard playsets shoud be as safe as they are fun. When used in playsets, Pacific Cedar solid beams resist warping and cracking, and are naturally resistant to pest infestations, fungus and decay – helping to promote safe, fun play for decades.
— Bergfeld Recreation
Some jobs are best left to the pros – tree care is definitely one of them. If you notice that your tree’s limbs are dead, dry and hollow, the branches may be diseased. A professional can assess the condition of the tree and recommend the best course of action.
— Gill’s Tree Service
It’s more important than ever that you know what you’re buying in terms of product construction. Not all stainless steel is created equal. In fact, 304 grade stainless steel is ideal, die-cast aluminum is ideal. They’re elevated products that can elevate your barbecue – and they’re durable pieces of equipment that are going to last a long time.
— Frank Schmer, owner, St. Louis Home Fires
Fall is Mother Nature’s last big color parade before winter sends us back indoors. To get the most color out of your landscape give your plants, trees and shrubs a boost with a dose of fertilizer. Enhance the colors, strengthen growth for hardiness and encourage root development. It’s like giving your landscape vitamins.
— Passiglia’s Nursery
Build and tell your story through your home decor. Look for those hard-to-find pieces or elements to either build on or to complete a room. Customers often state they are looking to create and tell a unique story, and that often means mixing and matching different style elements.
— Doug Strobeck, co-owner, Encore Consignment Gallery
When remodeling your bath, consider installing Onyx walls and shower bases. Beautiful, durable and easy to clean, Onyx comes in a large selection of colors. Add a hand-held shower, accessibility features such as seats and grab bars [available in many styles] and frameless shower doors to create a space that will age gracefully alongside you.
— Chuck Motycka, owner, Tile & Bath Service, Inc.
When regular vacuuming is neglected, soil particles become embedded in the carpet fibers. This damage is the main reason carpets age prematurely. To avoid damage, try using vacuums and other equipment with the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval.
— All Surface Flooring
Today’s shades come with a variety of features, including those that provide variable light control, insulate rooms, lower energy bills and protect from damaging UV rays. Most even have the ability to sync with personal assistant devices.
— Victor Shade Company
When searching for fine linens, add a cloudlike duvet to your bedding story. Then, add a timeless matelasse coverlet and shams to create depth and texture. It’s luxury you can see and feel.
— Amelia’s Fine Linens
High-quality products are the first components of an outstanding renovation. The second is having the experience and equipment to install them properly.
— Allen Roofing & Siding