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:
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.
Beautiful- Like a jewel. Abalone inlaid top from Regina Andrews.
This was one of many animal skin inspired pieces. This gator table with the lacquered base was snappy and fun.
A fun assortment from Gabby. I totally love the linen top with nail heads.
A sweet quatrefoil number from Gabby.
Linen tufted from Gabby
A metal pouf! I ADORE this unexpected find from Regina Andrew
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.
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!
Notice the board.
My dear friend and fellow designer, Lori Mulligan and I visited Visual Comfort the next day…
We spied some gorgeous sconces:
And a great little chandy:
And I can’t forget this dog lamp from Regina Andrews:
Onto the Arteriors brunch where I fell in love with purple again:
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!).
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?
Lori and I in the back of the rickshaw….holding on tightly!
And finally…a note to all from the back of Ben’s shirt:
Namaste my friends!
Hope your week is awesome.