One in, one out. This must be Curious Heart Emporium's policy for managing inventory. Colorful, handcrafted lawn sculptures seem to spill out from the yellow-and-green cottage, whose interior shelves are packed to capacity with artisan gifts and novelty pieces from across North America and Europe. Kathy Corley hand selects everything that guests see in her shop, including jewelry, greeting cards, and sarcastic wall art. Corley, who left her career in the film industry as an art director, likens the shop's character to "Willy Wonka's on steroids." When shopping around, Corley often gravitates toward items that remind her of her family members. For example, tin toys remind her of her father, and flamingo-inspired pieces represent her sister, who spent her third year of life standing on one foot. Corley also enjoys handcrafted and designer Christmas ornaments and trees, and dedicates an entire room in the store to them during the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, her partially enclosed patio and lawn feature garden décor, including metal folk-art roosters and solar-powered paper lanterns.
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 mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories and gift items from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.
Specializing in all types of custom framing—including shadowboxing, canvas stretching, and museum standard—The Beveled Edge has been providing customers with picture-pairing frames and quality service since 1983. A creative and experienced staff provides personalized attention to each and every project while offering the latest in custom frame-moulding options and helping customers navigate 4,400 square feet of impressive inventory. Customers can choose to frame everything from vacation photos to life-changing grilled-cheese sandwiches with selections such as silver baby panel frames ($100–$150), single-mat 18x24 black frames ($100–$150), and poster-size frames ($100–$150). Additionally, tabletop photo frames ($35–$110) offer an affordable option, while custom French memo boards (approximately $1,000) and finished-corner corrugated-tin frames (approximately $500) will beautify even a bullet-riddled Jolly Roger. The Beveled Edge's team of magical-elf framers will work all through the night to make it happen as quickly as possible.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, creativity, and conservation-quality materials, the framing experts at Picture Frame Warehouse protect the integrity of portraits and paintings with acid-free mats and UV-blocking glass. In addition to ready-made frames, the shop stocks more than 1,500 custom mouldings, with designs to complement any diploma or certificate of lunar land ownership. Most framing jobs are completed within one week, allowing patrons just enough time to peruse the store’s entire collection of photo frames and oil paintings.
As one of Nashville’s largest independently owned flower shops, Rebel Hill staffs a cabal of skilled, award-winning florists and Na’avi tribe members who whip up innovative floral arrangements and vibrant, distinctive plants for every birthday, wedding, or toe-clipping anniversary. Flowers imported from Holland and South America, as well as gift items imported from Europe, make for much more creative gifts than the usual pet rocks and rock-hauling pet donkeys. An African violet basket ($29.95–$49.95), blue and pink bubble bowl ($49.95), and a Creekside Trail ($59.95–$124.95) tapestry all add a dash of pizzazz to any interior without coating the area in a fine layer of allspice.