Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Offering stylish, high-quality home furnishings and custom creations, Ethan Allen has been gussying up lackluster living spaces for more than 70 years. Saunter through the showroom or work with one of the interior-design pros to choose the right look for your abode. The Hyde loveseat, available in an array of fabrics ($1,699), is a comfy two-cushioner for dastardly duos or doctors with split personalities. Make an anachronistic statement by stacking a sleek, modern American Artisan SmartWall ($3,734) with 8-tracks and kinescope films, or downsize and try the Maison square accent table ($219). The accessories area is stocked with light-emitting devices, such as the contempo table lamp ($84), as well as worthy components for pillow-igloo projects. For hands-free shopping, free shipping is available for certain items and local delivery is available if you live within a 50-mile radius of the store.
Zimman's is a multifloored menagerie of fine silks, wovens, chenilles, jaquards, prints, sheers, velvets, mohairs, decorative textiles, and decorative trim. Residence-renovators can peruse a panoply of fabric styles ($1.99–$149.99 per yard) on their own, or Zimman's team of experienced design associates can help navigate row upon row of stylized, simple, and chromatically scintillating textiles from top designers. Dress antique doorstops in one of 26 varieties of Thai silk shantung ($29.95) or revamp a high-school-mascot costume in one of 140 tones of 100% silk Dupioni. A destination for design enthusiasts, set designers, and dressmakers, Zimman's will also work with clients to create custom-made fabrics. Their staff of designers will partner with mills around the world to weave wares based on a sample swatch, photo, or sock-puppet eyebrows.
Alan J. Gardner opened his Salem factory in 1933, winning over generations of loyal customers with custom-made and odd-sized mattresses in a wide range of styles. Massachusetts-made pallets support sleepers with hand tufted construction and fluffy cotton fillings catered specifically to each client's specifications. The company's direct manufacturer-to-customer supply chain erases the influence of bothersome middlemen or arrogant, cigar-chomping mattress barons. Sleepers select from a variety of comfy cushion styles, such as latex, plush top, tufted, or pocket coils, with options for all-natural materials such as Joma wool and layers of thick cotton-knit fabric.
For more than half a century, Mill Stores has dispensed an enormous array of high quality, ready-to-finish wood furniture and accents to enhance homestead comfort. As a factory-finished solid-oak rocker ($249.99) supports reclining spines, a three-step stool ($19.77), crafted from solid eastern white pine, aids customers in accessing difficult to reach shelves filled with stashes of candy and bacon fat. Stockpile bottles of grapey goodness in a solid wood Tuscany wine box ($39.99) or artfully arrange CDs and DVDs in the sliding separators of a solid pine rack ($23.99). A shingled-roof doghouse ($179.99) shelters canines in safe, cozy pine, and a cast-stone scroll birdbath ($49.88) cleanses neighboring loons and fallen airplane peanuts in its stylish cement surface. Shoppers unable to find their desired décor in stock can request customized designs, which Mill Stores crafts in two weeks or less.