With more than fifteen years of design industry experience, owner Rick Baye has cultivated a captivating collection of fine silk, linen, mohair, and velvet fabrics. Designer Fabric stocks threads similar to those made by name brands including Robert Allen, Scalamandre, Donghia, and Brunschwig. Fabric runs from $6–$40 per yard, with higher prices for specialty selections. Peruse a bevy of small samples for modest-sized projects ($2+) or prep for marathon windsock-sewing sessions with several hundred yards of choice cotton threads. Importing elegant wares from France, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium, Designer Fabric also offers twice-yearly access to luxurious bed linens from Florence, Italy, including duvets, complete bed sets, and Egyptian-cotton Vespa covers.
Specializes in traditional water gilding and oil gilding for custom frames and furniture as well as restoration of gold and silver leaf gilded antiques. Workshop instruction offered throughout the year. The projects that come through the studio are quite varied and exciting & I meet many wonderful people who come to study.
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
Tucked inside an art deco building within Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, the economically-sized Seattle Asian Art Museum showcases cultural artifacts from China, Japan, Korea and India. From silk screens to sculpture, scrolls to woodwork, the museum nods at history at every turn. It also includes a children’s room that lets little ones learn by doing and creating. Outside, Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture lines a decorative pool within Volunteer Park, making for a wonderful photo vantage point that includes Seattle’s Space Needle in the background. Through the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, the museum even offers a Saturday lecture series on visual and literary arts topics. Bargain-hunters take note: The museum is free to all visitors the first Thursday of each month.
Harold’s Fine Lighting has kept bedtime monsters at bay since 1957, stocking an expansive show room with a variety of lighting fixtures from top brands, as well as unique furnishings in a variety of finishes and styles. Glitz up domiciles with a traditional mini chandelier ($147.38) or shed some light in a room’s dark recesses by switching on a table lamp ($374.88). By adding a hanging Acquisitions island light, chefs can brighten kitchens ($249.88), and hostesses welcome nighttime visitors with a warmly glowing porch thanks to a Segovia exterior sconce ($47.38). Beneath a brass-burnished Contractor ceiling fan ($57.38), homeowners can stay cool while virtually flipping through Harold’s Fine Lighting’s catalog online.
With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.