Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, dining-room furniture from top designers, including Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Artists-to-be needn't have a Guggenheim Fellowship to enter the cozy doors of Third Coast. Walking in, most experience a rush of creativity at the sight of exposed-clay figurines, bare dinnerware, and a fully clothed staff. Once a piece-to-be-masterpieced has been selected—be it a plate, vase, coffee mug, martini glass, piggy bank, Buddha, or bust of Elvis—decorators can begin applying base coats to their evolving ceramic canvas. Those who suffer from painter's block can consult Third Coast's bountiful idea books, stencils, and stamps, or resolve it the old-fashioned way by pacing the studio floor with a corncob pipe. All the finished pieces are then set aside to be glazed and fired later by the studio staff. Your objet d'art will be ready for pickup in a week. Each brushwielder will be assessed a modest $6 studio fee along with the price of whichever starting piece they select ($6–$40 depending on size).
AB HOME Interiors is the culmination of 12 years of experience in the field of interiors, and a passion for all things art and design. After six years of working for some of the best design firms on the west coast, Amanda opened AB HOME Interiors in the fall of 2004. Amanda believes that your home should reflect your person
Jerry’s stocks its brightly colored creative haven with premium and hard-to-find materials for artists in virtually every medium. Enjoy all of turpentine’s paint-thinning properties without risking an unpleasant nostril mugging with Weber odorless Turpenoid ($23.99/gallon), or give drab standardized tests a much-needed splash of color with a set of 12 Prismacolor colored pencils ($11.88). Winton oil paints (starting at $3.13 for 37 ml) turn blank canvasses into color-dappled eye magnets, while 11”x14” Canson Biggie sketch pads ($6.15) and Strathmore 400 series 9”x12” drawing pads ($3.58) serve as convenient alternatives to doodling on the faces of fellow commuters.
Spruce equips fashionistas with fresh furnishings and graceful garments in a sleek boutique filled with elegantly designed goods. Invite incandescence into dim corners with Spruce's mixture candles, personalized flame keepers that add a luminous touch to romantic dinners, upscale séances, or nights of illuminated manuscripting ($7.50). Fashion finders discover accessory success with Spruce's everyday jewelry (starting at $10) or engage in some trendy archaeology with chic vintage baubles (starting at $50).