Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Rather than constantly reinvent one space for each of his photography sessions, Daniel Butler frames high-school seniors, brides, families, pets, and children at one of his four studios. Along with his indoor workspace?where he hosts Easter specials with live bunnies and ducklings?Daniel owns three outdoor studios: a private lakefront area, a portrait park, and a portrait garden. Subjects can lounge in front of the water, relax in the gazebo, or strike poses in front of a rustic truck. Daniel shares the digital images with his clients, at which point they choose which images to print and preserve. Additionally, Daniel ensures each shot's longevity by framing pictures in his gallery, as well as restoring images with more advanced techniques than coloring in faded parts with a crayon.
Dozens of mattress choices from brands that include Serta, Sealy Posturepedic, Four Seasons, Symbol, Tempur-Pedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, and Fashion Bed Group fill the Mattress Savvy showroom. Mattress Savvy understands it can be a bit overwhelming to choose one, so it recommends that you take a quick online survey about your sleep habits and needs, and a staffer will then contact you to make suggestions. These can range from whether the mattress should have a spring or gel core to what sort of mattress topper or memory-foam pillow can best support you. Besides mattresses, the shop also sells beds that range in style from traditional to modern and include head and foot boards, wrought-iron beds, sleigh beds, sheet protectors, and canopy beds.
Real Life Studios specializes in snapping youngsters and conducts its sessions with an eye toward spontaneity to bring out each kiddo's true character. The studio’s funky, colorful backdrops and mini-trampoline can help give a lively vibe to a portrait, and the well-stocked costume and prop closet helps children express individuality and explore life as a key grip. Or memorialize a toddler's inaugural public pronunciation of "cheese" by opting for outdoor shots, which take place in a beautiful nearby park. After the one-hour photo frenzy, choose an image for a beautiful 5"x7" print, an ideal size for framing or shellacking on to oatmeal boxes.
Shattered glass broken across a sidewalk is often the last witness to an act of destruction. But for Jenni Kirby, the founder of Tile One On Mosaics, these pieces of glass are the building blocks of mosaic art. She uses colorful chunks and chips of tile, stone, or glass to transform mundane, everyday surfaces. A simple table pops with the kaleidoscopic texture of marbles or shells. A fireplace is more than just a place to dispose of unpaid parking tickets when it’s framed with intricate, geometric patterns laid with coarse rocks or bottle caps.
A working mosaic artist herself, she has taught at the University of Richmond, among other institutions. In the decade since she co-founded the Crossroads Art Center, the 20,000-square-foot space has showcased work from emerging and established Mid-Atlantic artists. Ranked as one of the top independent galleries in Richmond by Style Weekly magazine, the venue hosts special exhibitions and displays pieces from more than 225 artists. Showcases are coupled with classes for students aged 5 through adult, and span painting, drawing, and jewelry-making along with less-common crafts such as calligraphy, shell art, and house carving.