Since they founded Lighting Concepts more than 24 years ago, owners Jimmy and Nancy Adcock have prided themselves on the diversity of their lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, home accents, and furnishings. In their 6,500-square-foot show room, ornate, multitiered crystal chandeliers sparkle alongside streamlined, geometric contemporary fixtures, and golden rays splay from wall lights, outdoor fixtures, and table lamps. Green fixtures designed for compact fluorescents and LED bulbs cheer Mother Earth and keep electric bills low, and colorful art glass and tiffanies stand ready to be repurposed as formal disco balls. Elsewhere, in a dedicated ceiling-fan and outdoor-lantern room, more than 140 fans—including 14 outdoor fans—spin lazily from high ceilings.Today, the Adcocks stay up-to-date on the latest styles and trends with biyearly trips to the International Lighting Show in Dallas. In addition, they participate in Lighting One, a cooperative of independent show rooms that grants customers access to exclusive products. They ensure that they always have experienced designers on hand to help customers compose the perfect lighting scheme, and outfit their site with a lighting search tool to help customers meet their needs online.
Stocking lauded furniture brands, including Lloyd Flanders and Brown Jordan, the adept designers at Blackjack Gardens help chic-seeking customers find couches, chairs, and trimmings to outfit their roofless retreats. Among the extensive collection are simple and stylish sling seats such as the Crimson Casual Bayside chair ($159). The shop's array of accessories, including Vietri Aladdin outdoor silverware ($20–$99) and planters, primp patios. Deck dwellers will also find myriad ways to spruce up dining digs with seat-soothing cushions and Treasure Garden outdoor umbrellas, which offer protection from the harsh sun and privacy from the eavesdropping moon.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs, sofas such as the Victory chocolate sectional ($699), and beds including the Keytown panel bed ($499 queen) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
If a little something to brighten your day is in order, then a stop by Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery might do the trick. Come spend some time in our plant- and flower-filled courtyard and chat with Charlie about your favorite gardening topic!
Run by master picturemaker Jennifer Harwell, a self-taught painter popular for her angel series, jenniferharwellart's weekly classes help sprouting artists' talents grow and blossom. In a laid-back, relaxed setting, students unleash their furor artisticus upon a 16"x20" canvas while the swaddling wraps of a smock-frock protect their soft innards. Usually the gallery provides wine and snacks in addition to all the necessary artistic supplies. Students get to keep their magnum opus once their paint guns stop smoking.