Shopping Belle Meade 2011

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Shopping Belle Meade

Belle Meade, long a mecca for those seeking the finer things in life, holds lots of small antique shops, beautiful furnishings stores, fine art, and top-notch framing companies.

From the 440 loop, take Exit 1 to merge onto US-70S W/West End Ave. After passing St. Thomas Hospital you’ll find  Belle Meade Framers on the right, nestled within a Publix shopping center.

With thousands of moulding, matting and fabric samples at their fingertips, “we play with the art, get a feel for the customer’s style or direction and give ideas and suggestions about what to do. We know that framing can either make or break the artwork, and we take our jobs seriously,” says Kevin Dransfield, owner.

Continue south on Harding Road and turn right onto White Bridge Road to find the Picture Frame Warehouse tucked in behind Dalt’s on the right. Offering a variety of standard-size ready-made frames and over 1,500 different custom mouldings including modern, rustic, antique and traditional—this frame shop also stocks unique photo frames, beveled mirrors and quality oil paintings in several different sizes.

Less than a mile further on White Bridge Road brings you to Artifacts, a showroom full of unique and beautiful treasures including antique garden and architectural elements, antique light fixtures, and custom iron furniture services. If repurposing antique objects is your thing, don’t pass this up.

Lumen Lamps, a couple of blocks further north, features every style you can imagine in a table lamp—oriental-inspired, artistic glass, sculptural, and those made from repurposed objects, such as one made from a portion of an antique radiator.

Off the beaten path, Fabu can be reached by traveling .3 miles on White Bridge Road. Turn right onto Charlotte Ave. About a mile down Charlotte, just before 48th Ave., Fabu, a fabulous boutique filled with super-cool home decor, adult and children’s clothing, gifts, and jewelry, is on the left. It’s an eclectic mix of home, gift, and jewelry items, specializing in the repurposed, sustainable, and recycled.

On the way to Fabu, about .4 miles back down Charlotte, lies Thistle Farms, a non-profit business supporting the Magdalene project, a two-year residential community for female survivors of prostitution, violence and abuse. Thistle Farms stocks a number of hand-made body-care products produced by those in the Magdalene Project. Purchasing these products will make you feel good about supporting this 10-year-old project.

Return to White Bridge Road and turn right, as White Bridge Road becomes Briley Parkway. Stay on Briley Parkway and then take Exit 26B to Centennial Blvd. Stay on Centennial Blvd. until it turns north, but travel straight on Cockrill Bend Blvd. for less than two blocks, and you’ll find Garden Park Antiques on the left. You’ll find tables made from salvaged Argentinian balconies and coffee tables constructed from cast iron air return grilles. Keith Merry and his team work miracles here, as do the staff at the companion location, Herndon & Merry, which specializes in hand-forged metal work.

Back on Briley, return to White Bridge Road to find Sprintz furniture on the right. From it’s early 10,000 square foot showroom, the Belle Meade store has expanded to 110,000 square feet and now features Henredon, Thomasville, Lexington, Pennsylvania House, Baker, and Century lines, drawing people to shop from across the country.

In the Paddock Place Shopping Center, The Beveled Edge continues to offer the quality custom framing on which it was founded in 1983, but also offers unusual gifts and home accessories.

Why travel to New York, L.A. or Paris when 2 danes has an amazing selection of contemporary and designer furniture and accessories. You’ll find dining, bedroom, and living room furnishings as well as candles and holders, kitchen wares, vases, decorative pillows, art, designer area rugs, and more.

Return to White Bridge Road’s intersection with West End Ave. and turn right as it becomes Harding Road/Harding Pike. About 2.3 miles south on the right you’ll find the A-1 Appliance showroom. This showroom features a variety of high quality appliances, color palettes, design, and cabinetry, as well as the latest trends in kitchens and laundry room appliances.

On Harding Road turn south (here it becomes Hwy. 100). About 0.8 miles on the right lies a unique cluster of antique and home decor stores, as well as an art gallery, Stanford Fine Art. One of the premier fine art dealers in the Southeast, Stanford Fine Art specializes in investment quality19th and 20th century American and European Paintings.

Nearby, The Little Antique Shop houses a broad range of French, English, Italian, and other continental furnishings in four rooms comprising 2,300 square feet of space. Finds might range from a Byzantine-styled center table to a Chinoiserie petit commode.

South across the parking lot, Pembroke Antiques is a warmly welcoming store featuring antique furniture, pottery, pillows, local art, lamps, and home decor items. This store specializes in quality English and French furniture that is sophisticated with a country feel and is a favorite among local interior designers. It’s a good place to find majolica pottery, garden items and silver. Some 40 years in one location says it all—they know their customers and their customers love them.

Literally right around the corner, Polk Place Antiques specializes in items from the American Federal period (1790-1840) and Southern furniture. The store also offers a selection of porcelains, coin silver, copper, pewter, brass, oil paintings, and custom made lamps.

Turn left out of the parking lot and go north on Highway 100 to the Westgate Shopping Center across from Harris Teeter. Here you’ll find a cluster of interior stores. Ro’s Oriental Rugs which is filled with beautiful antique and oriental rugs. Many of the shop’s oriental rugs and tapestries have enhanced Designer Showcase houses and Parade of Homes entries. Ro Buxbaum says, “An oriental rug, whether traditional or contemporary, whether worn or in good condition, adds so much to the overall effect of a room and enhances the furnishings.”

Practically next door is Nashville Furniture and Interiors, a locally owned home furnishings retailer, that specializes in handcrafted European-style furniture, lighting, art, botanicals, and accessories. This store is also the exclusive John-Richard dealer in Middle Tennessee and also carries Century, Belle Meade Signature, and Motioncraft collections. A full fabric resource room is available as a reference for custom upholstery and draperies.

Right next door is Ilex…for flowers, a unique floral boutique noted for their floral arrangements for special occasions, dinner parties, and weddings. Their space serves as a showcase for their creative work.

Also nearby is Beckwith Interiors Showroom, where Jamie Beckwith shares her signature style with fellow designers and discriminating retail shoppers. The luxury retail emporium houses specialty home décor from around the world, with mid-century furniture, antiques, textiles, and furnishings. Beckwith also has debuted a new architectural product line of wood wall and flooring tiles in an array of patterns, wood species, and finishes.

Turn right out of the parking lot and take a right on Page Road to discover Clearing House Consignment Interiors on the left. Here you’ll find affordable and unique home decor, artwork, and books. The shop’s inventory ranges from exquisite antique pieces handed down through families, to brand-new wedding gifts the bride will never use.

Back at Harding Pike, turn right and turn right again into the Belle Meade Galleria shopping center where you’ll find Stock Market Consignment, a resource for fine pre-loved furnishings. From antiques, to silver, fine china and contemporary art, you’re bound to find treasures at an affordable price.

Nearby, The Belle Meade Shoppes is an eclectic market of over 25 dealers featuring antiques, furnishings, art, and gifts for all tastes.

There are a number of home-related shops in the Belle Meade area including:

2 danes
73 White Bridge Road
615/ 352-6085

224 White Bridge Road
615/ 354-1267

A-1 Appliance
5410 Harding Road
615/ 352-5174

Beckwith Interiors
6025 Highway 100
615/ 356-5544

Belle Meade Framers
4322 Harding Road
615/ 298-5149

Belle Meade Shoppes, The
5133 Harding Pike # A
615/ 356-3313

Beveled Edge, The
73 Whitebridge Road
615/ 356-7784

Clearing House Consignment Interiors
108 Page Road
615/ 292-2332

4606 Charlotte Avenue
615/ 386-3884

Garden Park Antiques
7121 Cockrill Bend Blvd.
615/ 350-6655

Ilex…for flowers
6350 Highway 100
615/ 352-5550

Little Antique Shop
6608 Highway 100
615/ 352-5190

Lumen Lamps
280 White Bridge Road
615/ 356-9596

Nashville Furniture and Interiors
6035 Highway 100
615/ 712-7920

Pembroke Antiques
6610 Highway 100
615/ 353-0889

Picture Frame Warehouse
82 White Bridge Road
615/ 352-3203

Polk Place Antiques
6614 Highway 100
615/ 353-1324

Ro’s Oriental Rugs
6035 Highway 100
615/ 352-9055

325 White Bridge Road
615/ 350-1338

Stanford Fine Art
6608A Highway 100
615/ 352-5050

Stock Market Consignment
5133 Harding Road, Suite A
615/ 352-1717

Thistle Farms
5122 Charlotte Pike
615/ 428-4300

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