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.
By Design Furniture offers to accent homes with sleekly styled chairs, sectionals, and shelves that marry European chic with classic American comfort. The modular Synergy bookcase ($98) is bathed in dark walnut and a modernistic fix for storing office supplies, shelving paperbacks, or displaying a glass bust of Ray Bradbury. Admire well-dressed reflections in the espresso-enclosed Pasadena mirror ($198), or entertain a date at the Duetto snack table ($118), featuring two stainless-steel arms holding round glass faceplates. Orbed Jensen chairs ($198) beam with retro-futurism, sheathed with plush microfibers harvested from green, black, orange, and red Mork farms.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
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.
Rooms To Go offers a large, constantly updated inventory of stylish furniture at stores nationwide. Many pieces and accessories rest in complete room-display scenarios, making it easier for bedroom embellishers, den adorners, and budding playwrights to make fine design decisions and coordinate their choices with existing furnishings at home or in off-Broadway shed theaters. Customers can even choose to purchase entire room sets as a package, saving time and stretching wallets. The Krista cocktail table features a cherry finish and graceful curves ($250). The West Bay Kyoto Stool ($95) can seat guests stylishly at household bars, or be paired with the warm brandy finish of the Inglewood Dining Table, equipped with a glass top and primavera veneers ($370).
"Wired and Fired is the best date [we] have ever been on," wrote Haley and Jeff, whose first meet-up went so swimmingly that they married less than two years later. Perhaps the duo bonded over their shared creativity: at the studio, blank white dishes, figurines, boxes, and banks await fresh coats of paint and glaze from brush holders. Artists also can stop by the Bling Bar to spangle their bisqueware with colorful gems poured from the bartender's shaker. Pieces emerge glossy and dishwasher-safe from the kiln about three days later.
Wired & Fired isn't just popular with the cupid-struck set—the kid-friendly environment is also a favorite hangout for families, especially when Family Night on Wednesdays offers discounts for tots. (Tuesdays are Ladies' Nights.) Children and adults alike can hold their birthday parties or private get-togethers at the studio, where they're invited to bring their own snacks, pizzas, and even 21-or-older beverages. Partiers can daub paint onto pottery or learn to fuse glass into jewelry, bowls, and vases. Those preparing a custom gift may call upon the talents of Wired & Fired's on-staff artists.