Sam Flax South outfits artists and designers with supplies and furniture from top industry brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase to produce masterpieces on any scale. Easels grip canvases as painters blanket them in polychromatic oils and acrylics, just as drafting tables, rulers, and protractors help architects draft the blueprint for the first home built entirely of discarded totem poles. Guests can leaf through paper products and readymade gifts including delicate cards, journals, and calendars. Treasured prints also find displayable homes in Sam Flax’s custom-framing department, where artisans design hangable enclosures that accentuate a picture with a contrasting mat color or an oversize neon arrow that points directly to the image. The in-house framing center applies acid-free matting and seals art in airtight materials to preserve pieces.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.
Styling home furnishings for more than three decades, O'Kelley's experienced textile techs help customers reshape personal spaces with decorative fabrics, leather, and diverse dwelling accessories. Signature furniture reupholstery gives a living space material moxie; custom-crafted throw pillows may evoke regal elegance with luxurious patterns, tassels, piping, and embroidered scenes of people drinking tea out of expensive shoes (18" to 24", $32–$46 each); and unadorned pillow forms ($16–$25 for polyester, $35–$48 for down) can be covered with fabric found at O'Kelley's. Outside the house, chair cushions can be spruced up with outdoor fabrics ($28–$58 per yard), and indoor dwellers can be shrouded in 45- to 55-square-foot leather hides ($8–$15 per square foot).
The Furniture Bank collects furnishings from area donors and stores them in a fully secured storage house, from which the items can be delivered to households in need. Through its Furniture Distribution Program, the organization provides on average 14 pieces of furniture to each of its client families, including a bed for each family member, a sofa, and items such as dressers, bookshelves, and coffee tables. Every year, it distributes furniture to more than 3,000 people, more than 1,700 of whom are children. But despite the generosity of the Furniture Bank's donors, the need for children's bedding often outnumbers donations, as most donated beds are full- or queen-sized. The Furniture Bank purchases twin mattresses to fill the void, ensuring each child who needs a bed receives one.
American Factory Direct Furniture’s Comeaux family elucidates the principles of style and value through a host of furnishings for every household room. Pieces from designers such as Hooker, Samuel Lawrence, and others migrate about the floor, reeling in eyes with a 60-day price guarantee. The Wisteria chairside end table by Ashley sports inlays of maple and cherry veneer over solid hardwood ($148.88), and Hillsdale Furniture's Dennery counter stools swivel from side to side, dazzling onlookers with their cherry and black finishes ($148.88). In the corner, a Lane Furniture rocker recliner ($398.88) and Lane Furniture leather stationary sofa ($898.88) quietly plot beneficent takeovers of living rooms. Dreaming of the day it will embrace a plasma television with its carved moldings, a towering Fairmont Designs wall unit ($1,498.88) proudly displays a plethora of cabinets and drawers in which to stash Blu-ray players, accessories, and the lost scrolls of ancient Alexandria.
Suite Spot's collection of decorative home goodies makes it easy for patrons to inject sophistication, vibrant color, and function into their living spaces. Enliven bathroom towel racks with soothing MOR body butter ($16) or microcotton luxury towels, with more than 25 hue options and sets including one bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, and absorbent top hat for dapper hair-drying ($80 per set). Beds glow like burning bamboo when dressed in Bamboo luxury sheets and quilted coverlets ($115–$475), and designer Rosenholm-Delft pillows provide decorative shields against torpedoed teddy bears ($165 each). Suite Spot also offers basic and custom monogram services ($10+) to help domicile denizens discern which towels are his, hers, and their tax agent's.