Five generations of potters meticulously maintain AW Pottery Atlanta's colossal cache of pottery and garden ornaments, flaunting local artisans’ handmade wares alongside hundreds of elegant ceramics imported from China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. They curate an extensive roster of urns, pots, and vases in styles that range from rustic and antique-like to contemporary and colorful. Many pieces are high-heat-fired, imbuing them with enough strength to withstand the elements in outdoor gardens or indoor wind tunnels, and a smattering of ornaments forged from bamboo and metal complement these ceramic, granite, and porcelain accouterments. A partner of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, AW Pottery Atlanta donates part of its monthly profits in order to support awareness and research efforts.
Underpriced Furniture’s sleep-inducing mattresses reacquaint buyers with the undersides of their eyelids as soon as their bodies touch the pillow-like surface of a Spirit Sleep mattress. Two inches of memory foam top the firm foam base of an Embrace mattress, forming a comforting layer that entices tired minds to sleep by softly whispering songs from Jethro Tull's Christmas album. Green-tea-infused memory foam eliminates the chemical odors commonly associated with foam mattresses, and Silver Science technology annihilates bacterial growth and wandering dust mites. Napping platforms are available in twin, full, queen, or king sizes. Customers can call the store to reserve a preferred size, which can be delivered to homes within 25 miles of the retail store for $49. Mattress movers can also remove previous beds at no extra charge, though the spirits of old mattresses may continue to slide forlornly across floors in the dead of night.
By Design Furniture offers to accent homes with sleekly styled chairs, sectionals, and shelves that marry European chic with classic American comfort. The modular Synergy bookcase ($98) is bathed in dark walnut and a modernistic fix for storing office supplies, shelving paperbacks, or displaying a glass bust of Ray Bradbury. Admire well-dressed reflections in the espresso-enclosed Pasadena mirror ($198), or entertain a date at the Duetto snack table ($118), featuring two stainless-steel arms holding round glass faceplates. Orbed Jensen chairs ($198) beam with retro-futurism, sheathed with plush microfibers harvested from green, black, orange, and red Mork farms.
Kathy Antar opened The Sewing Studio planning to provide sewing services for design professionals and event producers, but was soon flooded with phone calls and emails from people who simply wanted to know how to use their sewing machines. To meet that need, The Sewing Studio began to offer a selection of beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing classes. During each 2.5-hour session, students learn how to thread machines, wind the bobbin, and practice various stitches using their own machines. In addition to classes, Kathy custom-designs furniture upholstery, bedding, and window coverings and supplies expert design-consultation services, which can transform a client's dream design into a tactile reality.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.