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.
Shopkeepers at Gallery of Antiques and Collectibles arrange sparkling necklaces, bracelets, and earrings under the glow of hundreds of Lampe Berger and Tiffany lamps. All the shop’s Tiffany lamps have been reconditioned, restoring the illumination below their signature mosaic shades. Fragranced Lampe Berger lamps—invented in 1898 to remove odors and fill rooms with delicate aromas—still give off sweet scents when filled with oils sold at the shop. The shop’s handmade Fenton art-glass beads add color and charm to necklace chains or ostentatious jump ropes. Throughout the shop, antique tables and chests hold paintings, delicate vases, scarves, shoes, and other accessories.
The staff at Barnett's has been conserving the artwork of others with custom-made frames since 1951. Using molding that ranges in intricacy from plain black borders to the gold-leaf-trimmed arabesques of a Louis XIII–style frame, framers cut enclosures to fit paintings, family treasures, valuable artwork, jerseys, and flags. Then they choose from an inventory of acid-free mats and conservation glass to sandwich art into its hermetic new home. Owner Drew Derrick-Bisbee's traditional art training, meanwhile, helps him when he’s restoring damaged frames and art, undoing destruction caused by water, fire, or a gaggle of teething babies. Barnett's showroom is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more than 25 years, the experienced art and design consultants at Framing Establishment and Fairfax Gallery have been guiding customers as they select from a collection of more than 5,000 frames. Hand-carved, leafed, and metal picture huggers come customized to fit any image or memento, all of which the gallery picks up, delivers, and installs for free throughout the continental United States. Customers can give cherished images the treatment they deserve with custom mouldings from a variety of manufacturers, plus trimmings such as gold and wooden frames, mat accents, and foam-core backings.
Visiting customers can peruse the store’s gallery of local and Florida artists, gorging eyes on a feast of contemporary and traditional landscapes, still-life works, and sculptures. Artists can also be commissioned to craft custom artwork, helping gussy up a drab wall or take the place of a broken windshield.
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