I love shopping for furniture. Whether it’s merely window-gazing or an expedition with a purpose, I love taking in all the latest styles, colors and textures. Which is why, when I got the chance to cover a David Bromstad-hosted soiree at Knoxville’s new Bliss Home, I jumped at it. David, HGTV’s first Design Star winner and host of Color Splash, proved to be a wonderfully gracious host. Spending more time with him (more about that in another post) was definitely the highlight of the evening for me. The fact that he came out to support a locally owned business made his presence all that much more impressive to all of us in attendance.
Whereas the original Bliss Home, on Market Square, is a quaint 1,800 square feet, the new store fills a spacious 13,000 square feet. And how is that space utilized? To showcase full-scale vignettes featuring “classic, contemporary” furniture, according to manager Jeff Heiskell, who also pulls double duty as one of the store’s designers. These vignettes artfully highlight streamlined dressers, modern tables, unique beds and comfy sofas, as well as lighting, rugs and upholstery available at Bliss. The store’s inventory fills a somewhat vacant niche in Knoxville by offering comfortable contemporary furniture and stylish home furnishings with a modern flair. From carved-wood owl statues to throws and pillows made of stuffed neckties to distinctive decorations and luxurious fabrics, Bliss has virtually every home decorating need covered.
Room and living-space vignettes are rounded out with the works of local artists, a practice store owners Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen started with their Market Square store. Jeff, who incorporates his artistic side as a musician into his interior design work for Bliss, emphasizes that the store not only offers complete home furnishings but is also very qualified in interior design: almost every store employee is competent in some capacity to assist with design projects.
As a contemporary and modern furniture aficionado, I found myself wishing I had a second home that needed furnishing, a sentiment the store’s owners share. Scott and Lisa believe so strongly in the quality of the products they offer, they occasionally buy items themselves. I for one certainly plan on making Bliss my first stop – just as soon as I find a nook in my house that needs furnishing or accessorizing. Because as this blog proves, sometimes design just happens.