428 W. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-299-3536; open Thursday–Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Open since November 2012, Aesthetics Home is a hidden secret tucked away on Commercial Street. The store sells a variety of home furnishings and accessories, all arranged just as it would be in your very own house. It all looks so great, in fact, that many customers enjoy visiting the store just to relax. “We’ll have people come in and say, ‘Oh, it just feels so good in here,’” says Debbie Walker, who owns the store with her husband, Kenneth.
The inventory ranges from small accessories to large pieces of furniture, with everything from candles, dishes and lamps to sofas, beds and dining tables for sale. “Really, we have anything that you would need to make a house pretty,” Walker says. “I really focus very much on pretty. I don’t want to just sell people furniture. I want to sell a lifestyle.”
Debbie Walker, who owns Aesthetics Home with her husband, Kenneth, says the store sells both new and refurbished furnishings.
Walker was always rearranging the furniture in her room when she was a little girl. As she grew older, she expanded this hobby, often rearranging the furniture in many rooms of her mother’s house. “Setting up furniture has really always been an interest of mine,” Walker says. Today, she’s constantly changing up the inventory on display at Aesthetics Home, rearranging after getting in new items or changing things up when items sell.
THE STUFF FOR SALE
Aesthetics Home sells a variety of both new and refurbished furniture. “We make some furniture and refurbish some furniture ourselves, and we buy some at estate sales, auctions and flea markets,” Walker says. “We also have a local craftsman who builds a line of furniture made from reclaimed wood and sells it in the store.” And this craftsman’s style can also be spotted in south Springfield—he made the dining tables at the new Aviary Creperie and Patisserie in Farmers Park. “The wood he uses comes from old barns and buildings,” Walker says. “It’s usually pine and oak. The line is one of our biggest sellers.”
As for the style of furniture available, you’ll find everything from farmhouse modern to more traditional pieces. “It’s really very eclectic,” Walker says. “That would be the best way to describe it.”
Whether you’re looking for a new piece for your home or you’re just in the mood to explore, Aesthetics Home is definitely worth the trip to Commercial Street.
And if you don’t find that new sofa or kitchen table on this trip, try back in a few weeks—the inventory changes regularly, which is one of the greatest things about this store.
1. Reclaimed barn door, $625, 2. Mark Cross equestrian artwork, $525, 3. Silver-plate lamp, $65, 4. Coral, $22.95, 5. Antique book, $12, 6. Garden table, $199,7. Upcycled French settee, $295, 8. Throw pillows, $20 each