October 31, 2014

What's up at High Point market

Day one at the market instills heart palpations. Cannot get enough visual stimulation, new ideas, and inspiration, High Point never disappoints.
This is the big furniture and accessory show held twice a year in North Carolina.....it's all here!

Love to see the mix of the new and the antique. To me a room without antiques is missing a bit of  soul.
So, let's take a look at my humble observations.
      The most popular colors? Yes, still gray and many many touches of orange
Still seeing raw wood, everywhere
Painted furniture with a vintage patina is strong
HOT HOT HOT is lacquer, anything. The perfect way to add a pop of color to a room
A heavy emphasis remains on spool chairs. Then again I see them as classics
Ever the look of lucite, but oh have the designs become more complex. Are these not to die for?
Mongolian sheep pillows still reign with an expanded color selection
I thought I would explode......Kelly Wearstler introduced a line of lighting with Visual Comfort. Being alone to admire her designs in the front center portion of the showroom, I suddenly nudged into someone as I was backing up.....Kelly herself. We apologized, she appeared shy and reserved, I appeared to be the village idiot . Suddenly a large entourage entered the space surrounding none other than Margaret Russell, editor of Architectural Digest. CLICK!
BTW, they are both very tiny. BTW Kelly's skirt is sheer lace with black knickers. 
(I know, I know, being very Midwest)
 Kellys introductions. These images are not the best, ever try to take photo's in a lighting gallery? Sheesh!

 I am smitten, these sconces cast a gorgeous glow and shadows
In another showroom I spied the first of many chandeliers with pale amber everything
Let's see if I can describe this gorgeous wall sconce; dark bronze wall disc that curves inwards, lined in hammered, shimmering brass illuminated by the bulb. Finally capped by an oval bronze "cover". The wall effect was ethereal.

So many of the new introductions are very geometric
The big emphasis of the market is O-R-G-A-N-I-C. 
RATTAN is hardly new but the new shapes are sinuous and very feminine
WOOD in it's origins.
YUM, these are individual panels mounted to create a stunning headboard. One of my clients is going with this look
LEATHER. Predominately in grays, braided and woven

SELENITE.......often seen as an accessory such as votives, fireplace "logs" or a tabletop accessory
Now this mineral/crystal is being shown in furniture. At $3,900.00 to the trade, I DID NOT ORDER
CORK, clever stools, frames and lamp bases
Then there is the antique market, gasp at the prices and the beauty. Loved the originality here, a very old concrete lions head crafted into a side table.

Something for everyone!

 Yesterday I walked through the charming streets of Sherborne England, could stare at the buildings all day, one being from 1065. It was drizzling and misty, perfect Mr. Darcy emerging from the field weather. As I write this I hear that it snowed in Illinois, I am outdoors in the garden.....unseasonably and delightfully warm!



  1. Debra I am loving how the latest in design goes from high gloss lacquer to the very raw and natural. It all works in the right mix and setting!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. The lucite stools are incredible - hope you bought some. And I see why you are smitten with the sconces - unique in a good way.

  3. Great highlights! I LOVE the lucite/brass barstool saw that pic somewhere else...its TDF! Looks like a great show, I also have a thing for lighting as I see you do..your England pictures are so dreamy!

  4. Thanks for that peek at the market. It's so nice to see detail shots of what's being shown there. I love the story of your brush with Kelly. That pretty much sounds like what I think I'd be thinking/doing if the same thing happened to me.

  5. Debra I just used those wall panels in a gallery wall situation. Love the idea of using them as a headbord . Why didn't I think of that??

  6. Debra,
    Your tour of High Point gave me a different perspective from some of the other tours, more items I might linger over if I had visited the show. The icing for me is the historical charm of Sherborne...this is where my heart lives. I agree, wholeheartedly, a room without an antique piece lacks soul. :-)
    Enjoy your travels my friend!

  7. So fun seeing high point thru your creative eyes!!!
    xo Kathysue

  8. Hey there, Debra! Are you back? Hope you had a fabulous trip!! I've never been to market. One day! Cool light fixtures. Thanks for the preview. xoxo

  9. Debra, you are a world traveller. Thanks for the photos from High Point - I would dearly love to go some day. Apparently I am leading entirely the wrong life...
    Loved seeing the Kelly Wearstler (sp?) collection and must admit I stared at her skirt a second until I realized (a) I am getting old and (b) I was her size when I was 15. She is too cool for school and Margaret Russell...amazing! You were in the right spot at the right time!!!


  10. Hi Debra, lovely post. The Tower of London poppies are quite a sight and a fitting way to remember such an important event in history. On a separate note is it possible to get in touch with you via email? Warm regards, Nathalie


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