All Fired Up has been helping folks unleash their creativity since 1985 with paint-your-own pottery services. They offer a wide selection of ceramic pieces waiting to be festooned in whatever design the artist sees fit. Children's pieces, which include banks and novelty boxes, promise fun and simple ways for kids to express themselves. Other pieces include plates, mugs, cookie jars, vases, and bowls that give painters a chance to work with a larger canvas. All Fired Up hosts parties where kids and adults can convene in the studio and spend an afternoon or evening painting their own pieces without having to worry about making a mess at home or being reprimanded by a restaurant manager.
Toque Blanche supplies home chefs with a selection of fine cookware for fashioning domestic delectations, earning it the best kitchenware title on the 2010 San Francisco Baylist. Cuisine artists can kit out kitchens with clay La Chamba pans, made of mica-infused black clay that absorbs and diffuses heat (starting at $19.95). Mandolin slicers from Kuhn-Rikon ($19.99) cut veggies into perfectly sliced 1/8-inch pieces and keeps fingers intact. Gadget collectors can evade metric-system mind games with a stainless-steel, seven-piece measuring-cup set from RSVP ($32.99), and opt for an ovenproof meat thermometer from CDN ($10.99) to monitor the fevers of fire spirits.
Martinkovic Milford consists of professional architects, including principal partners Justin Martinkovic and Brian Milford, dedicated to working directly with clients to craft one-of-a-kind projects tailored to customer desire. Members of this professional firm will come to your home, where they’ll contribute their keen gaze and plentiful knowledge base to interior design or home remodeling plans. During the home walkthrough, the architects will answer any questions and dole out practical advice on space planning, building codes, cost, and feasibility, as well as artistic views on interior design, color, and overall aesthetic vision. You’ll be left with a concrete plan for revamping your homestead, jumpstarting idle projects with a professional spark.
Books & Bookshelves has much more character than its no-nonsense name implies. For starters, they sell an entire collection of furniture, most of which is custom made. Clients can submit measurements, rough sketches, and even photos of similar pieces they like, which the carpenters use to build one-of-a-kind pieces such as bookcases. Projects can be left unfinished, like Beethoven's 10th chicken wing, or they can be finished with the client's choice of stain or paint.
To fill their newly built bookshelves, customers can shop a library of poetry books written and published by locals. Likewise, a diverse selection of paintings, photography, and even puzzles has all been crafted by area artisans. Shoppers can learn more about the writers and artists at Books & Bookshelves' special events, which have ranged from queer poetry readings to celebrations of W.H. Auden.
Although a mirror only reflects your façade, your home ought to reveal your true self. The designers at Heather Cleveland Design take this into account as they create interior designs that transform the four walls of a home into a comfortable refuge. After mapping your movements from room to room, they create a cohesive and efficient layout. Then they build upon this foundation by selecting color palettes, pieces of furniture, and decorations that reflect your personality.
When they aren't helping homeowners settle into their domiciles, they can help them move out—and potentially get a better price for their home—through staging. This strategic interior design technique highlights unique features with major design overhauls or subtle changes in lighting and decor. If necessary, the designers can recommend a few renovations, such as repainting with flattering colors, adding new flooring, or replacing a beaded curtain with an actual front door.
Maribel Salazar has always been told she's a natural organizer, designer, and humanitarian—and she couldn't agree more. She's also highly creative, equipped for a wide array of organization projects, ranging from interior decorating and event planning to large-scale estate organization. When not helping clients, Maribel volunteers with local charities.