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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 23, 2014 No Comments
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
Joann at Lee Industries
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
We were honored to be selected by Blair Farris, founder of Peachy The Magazine, to curate items for the Color Wheel feature in the October/November 2014 Issue.
This monthly online magazine features topics on lifestyle, interior design, fashion, art, gardens, architecture, health and food.
I met Blair at The Southern C Summit in Charleston this past May while sipping drinks at High Wire Distilling Company . Blair is a Charlotte, North Carolina based landscape designer for both commercial and residential properties. Check out her website HERE!
Her passion for all things beautiful was inherited from her Grandmother for who the magazine is named. I have to be honest in saying that I wasn’t sure I would be a fan of an online magazine, but clearly this one is so user friendly and very easy to read. I love how it makes the page turning sounds :) Click Peachy The Magazine to read the October/November issue. Also included in the Color Wheel Feature are Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living on “Noble Navy” and Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design on “Enchanting Emerald”.
Many people are intimidated by this purple hue but don’t let the color scare you, look at these beautiful rooms:
Stay tuned for the installation of this room we recently designed using a subtle purple…
Have a great weekend!
October 17, 2014 5 Comments
When Joann and I were at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center last week for Discover ADAC, another highlight of our time there was hearing the designer Jeffrey Alan Marks (you might know him as one of the designers on Bravo’s hit show Million Dollar Decorators) speak about his new fabric line, JAM Approved, for Kravet.
Not only is JAM extremely easy on the eyes, I love that he is laid back and humble despite being one of the top designers in the U.S. (Side note: He runs his design firm with just 6 people and insists that the office close at 4pm every day so that he and his staff can enjoy their California lifestyle and take time to surf, paddle board, hike, etc.)
Any designer that markets his/her fabrics with their yellow lab is a friend of mine. Crack me up that his dog crosses his feet like my Macy does.
I will admit that when we receive a new designer licensed collection from a fabric company I rarely love ALL the fabrics in the collection. I can honestly say that every single pattern in JAM’s first collection for Kravet is one that I would put in a client’s home. They are fantastic.
His collection is inspired by his life growing up in California and the fondness for the water and being outdoors that comes with that life.
One of my favorite patterns is Waterpolo inspired by a water polo net laid out in the pool (JAM played the sport in college).
Another of my favorites is an embroidered linen called Over Under Slate.
Jeffrey said that many of his clients don’t like birds (huh??) so he created Branches with an elusion of birds (aka leaves) because he loves birds despite his clients tastes.
This pattern called Cilia in the Cyan color is a heavier weave suitable for upholstery inspired by water bubbles.
Cords in color grass is SO pretty in person. It is another embroidered linen that I will most definitely be using for window panels in a project soon.
Here are more of JAM’s new fabrics on his surfboards and on his Converse sneakers. Gotta love it.
If you’d like to see more of JAM’s collection for Kravet, click HERE. If you’d like to order any fabrics from this new collection, just give us a shout at email@example.com.
October 12, 2014 No Comments
How did we end up on HGTV? We were approached by Departure Films out of New York City last year to work on the interior design for a pilot production of an HGTV show being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Of course Kelly and I were up for the challenge and anxious to do something out of our comfort zone.
The show called “Move in or Cash Out” features a full kitchen renovation and complete home makeover. It follows a young couple as they find a dated and undervalued home and, with the help of the hosts, brothers Michael and Charles Holmes, transform it into the home of their dreams. After completing the renovation, the couple must decide if they’d like to move into their newly renovated home or sell it and use the profit to move up the property ladder.
We first started by replacing all the flooring on the main and lower floor with a gorgeous driftwood laminate from Lumber Liquidators and painting the walls Sherwin Williams SW7022 – Alpaca.
Check out the before and afters!
THE FAMILY ROOM: Adding sheet rock to the paneling, a bright paint color, some light furniture and some pops of color totally gave this room a current look.
THE LIVING ROOM: This room needed some serious TLC. Notice the dated parquet wood flooring and the massive ceiling with no interest. Some beautiful bright furnishings and a new ceiling really gave this room the look it needed!
THE KITCHEN: This was an extensive renovation and, in my opinion, provided the biggest bang for the buck. You hear it time and again that a kitchen renovation yields the best return on your investment. In this particular case, there was no doubt. Here are a few of the highlights:
1. Updated cabinets to the ceiling
2. Canned lighting
3. Stainless steel appliances
4. Hanging pendants over the sink
5. Glass subway tile backsplash
6. Stainless range hood
6. Brizo faucet
To see the rest of the home and find out if the couple moves in or cashes out, you will have to watch or TIVO the show being aired on HGTV Saturday 10/11/14 at 2pm.
Needless to say it takes a village to make these transformations so we could not do this without the help of so many. In no particular order, we would like to thank the following:
Departure Films - for giving us the opportunity to participate in this project
Charles and Michael Holmes of List-4-Less Realty for doing a stellar job as hosts!
Andrew Grein for being a great production manager and teaching us the “ropes”
Jonathon Pawlowksi, production assistant, for doing the “grunt” work with a smile on his face
Caren Danneman of Danneman Designs, LLC for the kitchen layout design
Stephen Weatherby of Weatherby Renovations and his team for doing an exceptional job on the renovations
Design Logistics for the receipt and delivery of all furniture and accessories
Ballard Designs for providing many of the furnishings and artwork
Floor and Decor for the glass tile backsplash
Granite from Global Granite
Lamps Plus for overhead fixtures, floor lamp and kitchen pendants
Lumber Liquidators for the flooring on the main and lower levels
ProSource of Marietta for the upstairs bath flooring
Insidesign for the handsome leather wing chairs in the living room
Stuart Lawrence for the living room decorative pillows
Chris Ray of Hangman Installations and Bruce Marko for the drapery installation, assembly of items and picture hanging
Sue Cruickshank of SJC Window Designs for custom draperies
Our loyal helpers, Amy Dempsey and Lauren Colson
Joan Borawski for her original art paintings in the family room
Teresa and Steve Penley for the original artwork in the living room, dining room and master bath
Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess for the unique and elegant orange candelabra
Brizo for the dazzling kitchen faucet
To say this was a truly fascinating experience would be an understatement. We learned a lot about an industry we knew very little about and met some great people. In the end, after viewing the show and not knowing how it would eventually turn out, we are pretty proud of the outcome.
We hope you take the time to watch it this weekend or tape if for future viewing. I think you’ll really like it!
October 9, 2014 10 Comments