Tom and Ryoko Nadeau founded Nadeau in 1991 with a goal of providing customers with quality home furniture and a wealth of product knowledge. The business quickly evolved into something larger: The duo now has 19 retail stores and a team of buyers who travel the world in search of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of solid-wood furniture. Nadeau has earned mentions from numerous media outlets—including the Washington Post, CBS Chicago, and Charleston Home magazine—for its unique selection, which includes a cache of more than 6,000 pieces ranging from rare side tables and chairs to dining sets. Pieces are never mass-produced, allowing customers to bring the flavor of different cultures into their homes or provide an adopted tree with a new friend.
Basset Furniture's skilled design consultants helps revamp bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and offices with decorating tips, custom fabrics, and wares from a showroom of home furnishings. Flower stems can bask inside the antique silver case with glass ($114) or use the antique silver pitcher vase ($104) to begin a double life as lemonade. Residents can rest tired noggins on the snazzy pattern of the St. Gilles dec pillow ($69) and illuminate book pages or TV instruction manuals with the Raleigh floor lamp ($399). Patrons can amble across the 100% wool Grandeur persian rug ($269) or admire the chiseled calf muscles of the Ventura round dining table ($619).
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Pottery Works is stocked with a staggering collection of more than 500 unpainted pieces awaiting brush-wielding hands to enliven them with vibrant glazes and paints. Amid the purple walls of the open, expansive studio, adult-and-child duos select uncolored trinkets from the shelves and then, like an artist in ancient Rome, re-envision the featureless pieces with bold colors, luminous golds, and missing arms. Equipped with stencils, stamps, and brushes, kid-parent teams artfully accent plates, tiles, or their clothing with color combinations cultivated from more than 75 glazes.
Louise Kittrel started Circle K Furniture in 1982, selling pine furniture out of her husband’s feed store. Over the years, the family has upgraded spaces but retained country charm inside its furniture-filled oasis for design-thirsty floor-plan fanatics. Inside its 60,000-square-foot showroom, customers can find a variety of room-changing furniture, including brands such as Paula Deen, Better Homes and Gardens, and Marshfield. Sofas (starting at $499) and their mattress-containing sleeper-sofa brethren (from $599) cradle surfing houseguests, and a complete set—including a queen-sized bed, chest, and nightstand (from $1,271, does not include mattress)—can accommodate long-term guests. An attentive staff is also on hand to help self-decorators create their ideal country kitchen, modern living room, or lava-free lounge.
Cottage by the Sea beautifies abodes with cottage-style furniture and beachy accessories. Seafaring shoppers can infuse their homes with ocean accents such as seashell-framed mirrors and coral prints without having to barter with miserly mermen.