In the Bag
Throw a little light on the subject with this cobalt blue leather beanbag desk lamp ($130) with aluminum shade. It’s one of dozens of unique lighting fixtures, not to mention lots of decorative and stained-glass objects, at Helios Art Glassworks, 3108 Belmont Blvd. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 297-5676.
You won’t have to fish for compliments when you use this stunning ceramic bowl ($950) to spruce up your spring decor. It’s one of hundreds of fine craft creations from around the country offered at American Artisan, 4231 Harding Road. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. 298-4691.
West Coast artist Kathleen Stephenson creates near-life-sized ceramic sculptures with such distinct personalities, you almost want to sit down and talk with them. Placed together, Stephenson’s lively figures also relate well to each other. This sculpture ($2,800) is called “Shy Hibiscus Girl Dreamer.” You’ll find her and several of her friends, along with a wealth of fine art furniture and original art, at Finer Things Gallery, 1898 Nolensville Road. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. 244-3003.
Disguise those bland plastic deck chairs with a washable cotton slipcover ($51.50), available in a variety of fresh floral prints. While you’re at it, toss in a few velvet accent pillows, like these peach and lemon ones ($39 each). You’ll find more fun stuff, from pepper mills to picture frames, at Great Stuff, 2216 Bandywood Drive. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 298-7400.
Plant this blooming beauty of a lamp ($339) in your home and it will never need watering or repotting. It’s one of hundreds of lamps and lighting fixtures, as well as art and home accessories, at Nashville Lights, 1817 21st Ave. S. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 383-5385.
Step on It
Brighten a bedroom or sunroom from the floor up with this cheery pot of geraniums that’s actually a durable wool rug ($71). There are lots of other rug styles, as well hundreds of decorative and functional items for the home, at Happiness Place, 2144 Bandywood Drive. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.;10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 383-1034.
Conquer fatigue by putting your feet up on this retro-looking ottoman ($75) covered in purple moiré. Or put it to work as a vanity seat in the bedroom. You’ll find it, along with other antiques and collectibles, at The Emporium, 2302 12th Ave. S. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 1-5 p.m. Sat. 385-0083.
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