OCT 22nd

Another Million Dollar Decorator Run In, A Flirty Rickshaw Driver, Barry Dixon Cares And Some Pretty Stuff From Market.

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I only have time to post once this week folks…so grab a cup of joe since you are in for a long one!

High Point Furniture Market is ovah!  It’s always a whirlwind, it’s always inspiring and it’s fun–most of the time.

For interior designers and those who love the home furnishing industry, it’s the big show and not to be missed.

Every manufacturer is turned out in their Sunday best hoping to be noticed by the style makers and buyers.

For some newbie vendors, it is their chance to become one of the “it brands” and I always wish them well because it takes a lot of money, a lot of energy and a lot of risk to start up a company in this fickle industry.

We managed to pack a lot into a couple of days and here’s a snapshot:

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Million Dollar Decorator Jeffrey Alan Marks

 

I ran into Jeffrey Alan Marks from Million Dollar Decorators at the Surya Showroom while admiring the new flat weaves (that make up the awesome gown in the first picture).  Luckily, the show returns in November on Bravo…It’s been too long since we enjoyed the antics of Jeffrey, Mary, Kathryn, Martyn and Nathan!

Some of you might remember the party last year at Hickory Chair where I managed to creepily pet Mary McDonald’s fur  vest and stalk Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the span of 6 minutes.  If you need a laugh today check it the party blog.

Onto some cutie tables.

I think side tables can be a bear to find and here are some new ones that caught my eye.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Regina Andrews table

Beautiful- Like a jewel.  Abalone inlaid top from Regina Andrews.

 

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This was one of many animal skin inspired pieces.  This gator table with the lacquered base was snappy and fun.

 

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A fun assortment from Gabby.  I totally love the linen top with nail heads.

 

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A sweet quatrefoil number from Gabby.

 

Interesting benches/cubes:

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Linen tufted from Gabby

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A metal pouf!  I ADORE this unexpected find from Regina Andrew

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Metal “tufted” cube from Regina Andrew

 

At the end of the day there was some goofing around in the Hickory Chair Showroom with the Copeland brothers.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Hickory Chair

Nathan, my excellent rep testing chairs for me in the showroom.  (Love the Charles Hassock peeking out under the “bar”).

And his brother Kent- stylishly “answering” the phone in some lost and found sunglasses.  Fantastic.

I have to hand it to these guys…running hundreds of folks through the showroom and answering tons of the same questions over and over again for a week all the while being pleasant and excited about the new product- it can’t be easy.  I’m pretty sure their dogs are barking (feet hurt) at the end of the day!

Amy Vermillion Interiors Hickory Chair

Amy Vermillion Interiors Hickory Chair

Notice the board.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Hickory Chair

My dear friend and fellow designer, Lori Mulligan and I visited Visual Comfort the next day…

Amy Vermillion Interiors Hickory Chair

We spied some gorgeous sconces:

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

 

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

 

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

 

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

 

And a great little chandy:

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

And I can’t forget this dog lamp from Regina Andrews:

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Onto the Arteriors brunch where I fell in love with purple again:

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Visual Comfort

 

Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Arteriors

 

And solved the world’s design problems with the iconic Barry Dixon who has a new collection for Arteriors…(that I didn’t photograph because I was too busy chasing down more of the cucumber wrapped something somethings that were amaze- sorry!).

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Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC Barry Dixon for Arteriors

 

And lastly…what would this post be without a funny flirty rickshaw driver named Ben?

Ben is a courtesy driver who pedals tired Market Goers around the metropolis of High Point, NC and he gave me his number the first day so I could call him whenever I needed a ride.  Ben was hilarious and successfully chauffered Lori and I around.  I loved Ben since he told me that driving me around was like driving a potato chip in his rickshaw.  I was that light and airy.  Or maybe greasy and salty?

Here is Ben as we are “losing” to another rickshaw that passed us by.  They said they were in a hurry (uh huh) so we ceded our position to them.   Ben was gracious, but I could tell that this wasn’t something that goes over lightly in the rickshaw world.  And come to think of it…if they were in such a hurry, how about hailing a cab instead of a cart?

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Lori and I in the back of the rickshaw….holding on tightly!

 

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And finally…a note to all from the back of Ben’s shirt:

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Namaste my friends!

Hope your week is awesome.

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10 Responses to Another Million Dollar Decorator Run In, A Flirty Rickshaw Driver, Barry Dixon Cares And Some Pretty Stuff From Market.

  1. Phyllis says:

    Love your finds – thanks for sharing!
    All best,
    Phyllis

  2. Sherry Hart says:

    Looks like you saw it all. One of these days I will get to Market! Thanks for showing me what I missed:)

  3. Geoffrey says:

    Looks like High Point is even more creative — and luxe-oriented — than ever. Since I am a big fan of offbeat lighting I found those especially great. And your sign is truly “Awesome” for sure.

  4. Andrea h says:

    Love this post! You always find beautiful and interesting pieces. Also so glad to hear Million Dollar Decorators is coming back! I was just thinking about that show the other day.

  5. Lisa Mende says:

    Hey Amy,
    Looks like we were on the same path sista, too bad we couldn’t be on it together. Only exception, I didn’t get a rickshaw ride, i was busy burining up the sidewalk with my market fast walk!! Kent showed me around the showroom in Hickory Chair, he is so handsome isn’t he! This is a truly funny pic of him!!!

    • Amy says:

      Hi Lisa!
      I think we missed each other by a smidge!
      Maybe next Market we can be on the same path at the same time!