The gentle clatter of past tea parties seems to drift from colorful china cups and saucers on tables worn smooth by years of loving care. At LuLu's Fine Home Furnishings & Consignments, Liz Bradley curates 6,000 square feet of vintage furniture and accessories like these. Her inspiration comes from her great-grandmother LuLu Devaney, who helped her to forge her own aesthetic outlook. The parade of lore-steeped vintage items that passes through the shop has included painted oriental screens, Victorian-era chaise lounges, and classic paintings. In addition to connecting her clients with their dream pieces of furniture and décor, Bradley offers her services as a design consultant to help to add a measure of quirk and easy grace to dining rooms or find a sofa heavy enough to put on a magic carpet that has been grounded. Patrons complement retail excursions with a trip to the popular in-store photo booth which is outfitted with its own collection of pose-worthy props.
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Hendersonville Produce stocks its aisles with fresh fruits and veggies delivered each day, grass-fed beef, and seasonal favorites sourced from local farmers and vendors, such as Southern Artisan Chocolate and Sweetwater Cheeses. Customers can fill a basket with vine-ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), juicy fillets ($12.99+/lb.), and gourmet cheeses ($6.99/lb.) to give homebrewed cuisine a fine-dining vintage. Mouths catch the fall spirit by sinking chompers into nutrient-rich squash ($1.99/lb.) and lit-candle-rich pumpkin ($2.99+). Hendersonville Produce also provides decorative seasonal items, including gourds and mums, as well as an arsenal of everyday essentials, such as half gallons of milk ($3.57), avocados ($1.99/each), jam ($3.99–$4.59), and solid-gold turnips. Shoppers can stop by to indulge in complimentary samples and refreshments on select days.
If geneticist and horticulturalist Gregor Mendel were still alive today, he would marvel at Rivergate Garden Center. Owner Jonathan Buck fills the nursery with plants from breeders such as the aptly named Proven Winners and the Conard-Pyle Co., which has been developing hybrid roses since 1897. From spring through the moment when the world's executive producers decide it's winter, the center is rampant with blossoming roses, lipstick-red weigela, and violet butterfly bushes engineered to expend energy continuously in colorful abandon. These plants also require less maintenance, as their stems resist frost and mildew and quit growing once they have reached a manageable, predetermined size.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($199) and use it to accent your next book-club meeting discussion of Lego Star Wars. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy, starting at $299.
At Furniture Wholesale Plus, teams of movers, salesfolk, and interior designers with years of professional experience help clients turn their homes into stunning showrooms full of high-end Ashley furniture. Shoppers sink into soothing memory-foam mattresses and pillows, spruce up dining areas with accents, rugs, and desks, or relax upon cushy reclining chairs and sofas.