It's true that furniture usually tends to just sit around, but at Refab, it transforms?travels back in time, even. That's thanks to the design studio's skilled artisans, who treat age-mottled wood, stitch torn upholstery, and sand down scars (although they might well leave a couple "memory marks" to preserve a lived-in feel). They select only solid, American-made pieces to start with, so that their handiwork will endure through the decades in customers' homes. Some visitors to the studio aren't shoppers, however?they're there to learn the shop's secrets during furniture-restoration classes.
"My love of color," states artist Linda Schoff, "and the way it can evoke an emotion is what inspires me as an artist." With work featured on CBS's Person of Interest and NBC's Smash, Schoff's inspiration makes an impact. Beyond sharing her vividly hued, dynamic paintings at gallery showings and juried exhibitions, she also shares how she creates them. She teaches aspiring artists in individual lessons and group classes, both in person and via Skype. In her group classes, students can bring along a bottle of wine to fuel their creativity.