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Spring High Point Market Trends

Hey there! I'm back (believe it or not) with a little recap from this spring's High Point Market.

I always look forward to heading to High Point Market.  It's an amazing place to find new product offerings, ideas and inspiration and not to mention mix and mingle with the best in design.
This year's market didn't disappoint.  There are always so many things to see and do that it can be pretty overwhelming.  I try to stay in the moment while I'm there and really take it all in, which sometimes means sacrificing the perfect photo for a follow-up blog post. šŸ˜œNevertheless, I've rounded up a few trends that caught my attention while I was there.

For starters, channel tufting was literally EVERYWHERE!  Channel tufting seems to be making a comeback for sure.  I'll admit, I've actually replaced the look a couple of times during reupholstery projects.  However, I may be developing a brand new appreciation for it.  

Century Furniture 

Four Hands
Ambella Home 

Four Hands 

Maggie Cruz Design 

I find it amazing how a new application of an old concept can become so modern almost instantly.  I have to give my upholsterer props for calling this one.  Last fall he suggested that I use it in my teen boy's room project and thankfully I listened.

Next, it seems I couldn't turn without seeing patterned sofas.  I think I always have my eyes peeled for upholstery project inspiration so this stood out for me.  For most of my clients, I typically recommend a neutral sofa, something that will work well for years to come.  In many cases, that tends to be a solid color fabric options.  Well...that may no longer be the case.  Check out these neutral patterned options.  

Century Furniture 

Wesley Hall
Wesley Hall (Crypton) 

Wesley Hall 

Wesley Hall 

CR Laine
The options here are limitless, but I love how the pattern adds another layer of visual texture without boxing you in with a bold color. 

Speaking of bold color, it was in abundance as well at this year's spring market.  As a self-professed color lover, I love seeing showrooms filled with vibrant colors.  

Bungalow 5

Get Lit LTD

Two Cast Coins 

Century Furniture 
Jill Seale 

CR Laine 
I hate to call color (in general) a trend but I suppose it can be.  I think I'll always use it where it's in or not. 

Last but not least, folks always ask about color trends.  The good news is blush appears to be here to stay and it looked as if lilac/lavender/plum was on the rise. 

Highland House

Highland House

I was super excited about this since I'm currently working on a ladies study that's going to be filled to the brim with this hue.  Yay!

Finally, what's a market without some time to hand with my design pals? 

Rae McConville 

Rasheeda Gray - Gray Space Interior Design  

Erika Ward- Erika Ward Interiors 

Marisa Wilson- Artful Interiors and Ruthie Staalsen - DecRenew Interiors 

Until next time...

"A Long Overdue Update: Project Binford"

I'm ashamed to admit (and pretty astonished) that it's actually been over a month since I last blogged.  That has to be the longest hiatus since launching in 2012! Let's just say operating your own business full-time is NO JOKE! It seems that blogging got pushed to the back burner a bit.  (Yet another good reason to follow me on social media too. I'm much better at keeping my followers updated there.☺)  Nevertheless, the good news is I've been super busy with client projects, among other things. 

I thought I'd pop in to give a little update on a large project I began earlier in the year.  I introduced you to it HERE.  It's been quite the world wind.  I'm one room away from completing this nine room project.  We've literally made our way through nearly the entire home.  I'll be scheduling a shoot in the next several weeks so let's consider this your peek under the tent (complete with crummy cell phone photos).  

We began with the sunroom and it's one of my favs.  I know it's my client's favorite. 

They had four comfy chairs they wanted to reuse and once again Baity's Custom Upholstery did a great job breathing new life into these old chairs.

We utilized a new local (and green) resource for the project, Revolution Fabrics.  You can read more about them and shop their new public website at www.revolutionfabrics.com.

The fabric is fade resistant, washable and super durable and made in NC!

After the sunroom we moved on to the guest bedroom in the basement.  The client had company arriving so we needed to make this space a priority.    

The paint color remained and we utilized the existing bedding as well.  The client had new carpet installed and wanted the dark option to hide stains as the basement is accessible to the outdoor entertaining area.  I think the result is a really nice guest suite for visitors. 

Next up was the family room.  It's my personal favorite. 

Lot's of changes went into this space, including restaining the floors, resurfacing the fireplace and painting out the cabinetry. 

Love how cozy this one feels. 

Following the great room, we moved on to a quick spruce up of guest bedroom upstairs.  This one was an add-on service so we just picked up a few things to finish off the space. The client already had furniture and bedding. 

Isn't it amazing what art and a few finishing touches can do!

Next it was time to tackle the formal living and dining rooms. 

The plan for the living room included utilizing the client's existing modern wing chairs, rug and drapery.  We took the elaborate silk drapes from her previous home and simplified them.  The addition of a new sofa, lighting, a cocktail table and art and viola!

The dining room is one of the few spaces that we completed from scratch.  I'll share more details about the sources at a later date but I think this one is dinner party ready!


Our last install was to address the basement lounge area and the kid's room. 

For the basement, we also resurfaced the fireplace and bar top and painted out the cabinetry. 

For the girl's room, she requested the hot pink walls and wanted lot of zebra accents.  I had my doubts. 

In the end it turned out pretty darn cute!

I'm heading back soon to complete the library and then hope to have it all professionally photographed.  This has been a beast of a project.  I've learned so much along the way and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity. 

Stay tuned for more on this one.  And come back next week, I'm pretty sure I'm back on the grid now.   ; ) 

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