Local Artists

Handmade, original and one-of-a-kind

Nicole Baldridge

Nicole likes to say that she’s an accountant by trade and a calligrapher by God’s blessing. Certainly, this trained eye for detail informs her hand lettering practice today. Nicole’s canvas of choice often has a history—wooden, distressed, antique—and she adds to each item’s story with beautifully crafted words of inspiration and encouragement.

Karen Matthews

From an early age, Karen has participated in some form of stitching, even for her own doll clothes. Hand sewing and embroidery were 2 of her early passions. In the 1990’s she began using a machine for monogramming and started a part time embroidery business in early 2001, going full time in 2005. Her family laughs that if it’s not moving at their house it will soon have a monogram on it!

Bill Bradford

A trained carpenter, Bill creates beautiful furniture and home décor out of reclaimed wood. His artistic eye is supported by a career in home repair and inspired by the 10 years+ he lived in South America with his family.

John Mark Sharpe

John Mark grew up exploring flea markets and craft shows, where he gained an appreciation for folk art and the nuances of home décor. An aesthetics prodigy, John Mark built a successful business in his teens, developing and designing handmade wreaths. These skills have evolved into a knack for transforming reclaimed furniture into distinctive focal pieces.

Christy Paganoni

Christy, founder of Freckled Cotton, is a graphic designer and photographer who loves paper goods, hand lettering, Pinterest, anything with a monogram and capturing children’s expressions of pure joy with her camera. She graduated from University of Memphis (Go, Tigers!) and now lives right here in Arlington with her husband and sons.

Jeanette Davis

Specializing in textured acrylic, Jeanette is best loved for her paintings of the Hernando de Soto bridge and other iconic and essentially Southern scenes. Cotton, a farm landscape, the coastline—her work doesn’t just present a setting; it creates a feeling.

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Local art is the cornerstone of our shop, and we are always interested in meeting Memphis-area makers.