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Au Naturale at High Point Furniture Market

As British designer Alexander McQueen once said, “There is no better designer than nature.”  This was more than obvious at the Highpoint Market this year. Au naturale decor was everywhere. After all, what is is more comforting than bringing the beauty, colors and textures of the outdoors in?

These petrified wood and shell nesting tables from Bernhardt caught my attention immediately.



Agate Crystals were everywhere!


I prefer them as an organic accessory like this:


This is agate gone sexy at Couture Lamps:


Leaning towards nature made for gorgeous merchandising in several showrooms.

Like these air plants suspended in glass terrariums at Rowe:


Or this simple collection at Studio A/Global Views:



Combinations of iron, wood and metal was a theme we saw repeated over and over. Who can deny the texture, interest and shapes these materials lend to the aesthetic of a space?


And let’s not forget the versatility of natural stone as shown in this table from Gabby Home.


And then there’s wood. Solid, beautiful, REAL wood – no veneers, no mdf, no factory produced fake stuff. Scrumptious.

If you missed our blog about the furniture produced by Style N Living, read it HERE.


 So there you have it as confirmed by the trend setters at the Highpoint Market. Bring the outdoors in. All the time. It will never go out of style.


October 30, 2014   No Comments

Is Brass Back in Style?

Yes, brass is back!!  Not just here and there, but everywhere.  This is not the “tacky” shiny brass of the 80s and 90s, this is brass with class.  It is more muted, weathered and burnished.  Here are just a few photos of some of our favorite showrooms where brass exploded!!

The Bernhardt showroom really wowed us this market.  Their room settings and offerings were phenomenal.

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We just HAD to enjoy some cocktails at their party to celebrate their 125th anniversary (I know, 125 years!!)

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Not only was furniture adorned with brass so were accessories, lamps and chandeliers.

Arteriors, a leader in luxury lighting and accessories was also in the game.

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A lamp and accessory line new to this market called  Couture Lamps and Home Furnishings is off to a great start! - I love the agate and how the gold was incorporated inside the shade.

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Currey and Compan‘s brass chandeliers were a hit and a highlight for many of us.

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Visual Comfort‘s new Kelly Wearstler lighting had many heads turning along with their stunning brass lamps.

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Even just a touch of gold at the bottom of this lamp designed by Alexa Hampton adds style and class.

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Like I said, it was everywhere, even in artwork!!  One of my favorites by Natural Curiosities is 72″ x 72″ piece of art incorporating 300 hand painted feathers gathered into a unified form.

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I can’t wait to use these coastal pieces from Wendover Art in a beach house (hint, hint…..)

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And lastly, Worlds Away showcased a mix of pieces and literally their entire space had the Midas touch!

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Stay tuned for an article all about brass making a comeback in the Sunday, November 9th issue of the Atlanta Journal Constitution where we talk about using this Currey and Company “ringmaster” chandelier in a client’s dining room and some tips on how to incorporate brass into your home!



October 29, 2014   1 Comment

The High Heels of High Point Market 2015!

While attending the High Point Market, there is a lot more to see than just furniture.   Designers, retailers and manufacturers from all over the country (and internationally) gather here, so there is a multitude of styles all in one place.  This year I focused on the daring ladies who wear high heels to walk just a portion of the the 11.5 million square feet of show space.

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Check out these beauties worn by Mary McDonald, the award winning Los Angeles based designer and star of TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators“.  She was rocking them at the Madcap Cottage Cocktail Party! It was the place to be seen.

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How fun are these sparkly heels with the sexy stockings?   These are modeled here by Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors  in Chicago and one of the five personalities that make up the popular Material Girls blog.  (She was also at the Madcap Cottage party)

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I was told by Meredith Morrison of Eastern Accents, one of our favorite luxury bedding lines,  that these Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita” Booties  were “very comfortable”.  I guess when you’re “young”, everything is comfortable :)

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I caught one of my stylish friends, interior designer Holly Phillips of The English Room sporting these wedges.  Holly is known for her sense of style and can always be found wearing something unique and fabulous (check out her blog HERE).   Notice in the background, the sensible boots worn by Krista Nye Schwartz of Cloth and Kind.  We had a great time at the Wesley Hall showroom which looked fabulous with partners Design Legacy and Dunes and Duchess.

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Speaking of stylish………Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design never disappoints in the shoe department.  Lisa writes the popular blog Lisa Mende Design and is very generous in sharing her design inspiration, tips and resources!

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So, if you’re having a dilemma and can’t decide what heels to wear, do what Stacy Senior Allan of Thibaut Design does.  She brings an assortment of shoe heights to the showroom and changes them as needed!!


all photographs taken by Kandrac & Kole

October 27, 2014   2 Comments

High Point Spotlight: Style N Living

Joann and I are always on the hunt for a new manufacturer to work with.  We design for our clients not for ourselves and this requires a vast arsenal of resources.  We were happy to meet Gopi Suthar, and be able to spotlight his new company Style N Living. This was their first High Point Market.


Style N Living is based in California and Atlanta but their product is manufactured in India.  Gopi was most proud of the fact that every piece made by Style N Living is hand crafted in solid wood such as Mango and Sheesham. Ninety percent of their wood is harvested in India while the Oak comes from Europe. They also create with reclaimed teak, sal, cheed and other hardwoods restored from railroad ties, old ships and buildings. They do not use any veneers, MDF or plywood in any of their products.

Joann and I were totally in love with all of the woods and finishes (there are 14 finishes to choose from). Style N Living uses anywhere from 3-9 finishing steps on their woods giving their products a huge variety of appeal.



The team of designers at Style N Living do a great job of mixing wood, iron and architectural style.



We are always in need of small drink tables. I love these!



You can tell when you slide doors and open cabinets that the hardware and inner workings are high quality.  Experiencing all of these things first hand is definitely a benefit of visiting the Highpoint Market.


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Style N Living sells to retailers and designers. Most items are in stock. If you are a designer needing more information, you can contact Gopi at info@stylenliving.com.


October 23, 2014   No Comments

High Point Market Authority – A GREAT resource

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months.  Joann and I have been to Highpoint at least 12 times and every year our business is enriched with new knowledge and resources. Although the action is still in full swing, Joann and I have just returned home. I can honestly say that this was the best High Point Market I have attended. The energy and electric commotion created by great products, refreshed showrooms, valuable educational opportunities and well attended social events made for a memorable week. 


A few fun facts about Highpoint:
180 Buildings
11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
75,000 Attendees Each Market
More Than 2000 Exhibitors
100+ Countries Represented
Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

According to my iPhone, we walked an average of 11, 452 steps per day.  The leg cramps and sore feet were well worth it!

It’s amazing what the Highpoint team puts together.  The event schedule – both social and educational – is impressive! We always make time between our endless showroom visits to take advantage of the agenda.

The first event we attended was “The Next Wave of Designers” – a panel discussion with three up-and-coming designers recently recognized by House Beautiful as the next wave of designers: Jon Call, featured in March 2012, Patrick Mele, featured in February 2014, and Sara Gilbane Sullivan, featured in November 2010. They discussed how the recognition from House Beautiful changed their businesses and lives and what they are working on now. It was casual, funny and inspiring!


It’s always great to see our colleagues on stage sharing their knowledge and experiences.  The commoderie we share with designers across the country has enriched our business and our love of the industry exponentially.


The educational agenda was REALLY impressive this year. Here’s a link to all the events: http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/all/2014-10-18.

Let’s also not forget the FUN social calendar the Highpoint Team puts together.  After a long day in the showrooms, we were more than happy to wind down!

A big shout out to Bernhardt, Gabby, Wesley Hall, CR Laine, Stanley, Mad Cap Cottage and Currey for entertaining us in the evenings.

Little River Band was the featured band this year.


And there’s always friends to catch up with!


Our friends Bethanne Matari and Cecil Adams at Currey & Co.


Meeting up with our buddy Lisa Mende at C.R. Laine.

Each year we make an itinerary for ourselves of what we want to accomplish each day – we visited dozens and dozens of showrooms to see what’s new to the marketplace.

The showrooms were impressive as always.


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There were lots of new relationships to be forged and new accounts to be opened. Finding new manufacturers to work with is always our favorite part of highpoint.


Mirth Studio in Charleston, SC


Hand blown glass lighting from SKlo in California.


A new venture by our designer friend Johanna Dobbs – Couture Lamps. A beautiful collection!

We also had to check to see what’s new with our favorite manufacturers – love the mid century modern look of the new Brooks Console at Stanley Furniture.



Gabby Home was one of our favorite showrooms.

And of course – priority #1 – to sit in as many chairs and sofas as possible and make lots of notes! Most of our clients never personally sit in the furniture we specify for  their homes before they purchase it so it’s up to us to sell with confidence!


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As you can see, we are designers that take FULL advantage of all that the Highpoint Furniture Market has to offer.

Congratulations to the Highpoint Market Authority team for a job well done!

We’ve got lots more to share about our favorite find and trends this market, so stay tuned!


October 22, 2014   No Comments