"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.
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.
Curran's massive 30,000-square-foot cache stocks 6,500 bolts of interior design-quality fabrics, suede, leather, upholstery, and vinyl, as well as wholesale furniture and decorative trims. Tour the titanic treasure trove of textiles and scoop up a yard of breathable India cotton ($18.99 per yard) or a smashing swatch of Southampton herringbone ($42.99 per yard). Luxurious Dupioni 30 silk weave drapes sensitive skin in demur skirts ($15.99 per yard), and Chinese washed damask ($36.99 per yard) can quickly qualify as a stylish makeshift mosquito net for swamp-adjacent runway shows. Curran’s vast stores of fabric entice intrepid designers and DIY fashionistas alike with suave shark-skin patterns ($18.48 per yard), glorious Olympic suede ($18.49 per yard), and self-deprecatingly friendly New Zealand wool trim ($9.99 per yard) primed for at-home application.
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).
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces, such as an immaculately carved chest of drawers ($391), are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Pieces are always fully assembled, ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.