Remember last year when I was asked by Brizo to design a kitchen showcasing Brizo’s new Artesso faucet? Well, Brizo’s Artesso Kitchen Collection has just won the coveted Red Dot Product Design award for 2015. With nearly 5,000 entries from 56 countries this year, the internationally-respected Red Dot Awards are one of the most important design industry accolades. I’m so elated for Brizo!
“This esteemed recognition from Red Dot confirms the Brizo brand’s commitment to living fashion through high-quality, world-class products,” said Sarah Schlifke, Brizo product marketing manager. “Inspired by early 20th century metal works, the Artesso collection inspires designers and builders alike with its industrial yet refined form which offers a chic and functional focal point for the counter space.”
I’m still in awe that I was asked to be a partner with Brizo to celebrate this collection. Here’s the kitchen I designed:
Here is my design in real life after the talented Brizo production team built the kitchen on a set so that it could be photographed for marketing purposes:
When you go onto the Brizo website and you search for the Artesso collection, you will see a photo from my design! I’m so proud:)
“The Artesso collection was inspired by everything from factories and forged metal to farming tools and inventions of the time,” said Seth Fritz, Brizo product lead industrial designer. “We wanted this design to work in a contemporary kitchen or a traditional kitchen, living as a statement piece in both environments.”
Both of our designs illustrate the versatility of the Artesso Kitchen Collection.
I’m currently building a new home. There is absolutely no question that my new kitchen faucet will be the Brizo Artesso faucet (I currently have the Talo which I love but how can I resist the Artesso?) My only decision to make is, do I go for the new beauty debuting this month?
April 6, 2015 2 Comments
It’s that time of year again to see what is happening in High Point April 2015! The excitement and energy is everywhere, thanks to the High Point Market Authority who is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market. It was created in 2001 to represent all Market constituents, including exhibitors, building owners and retailers. The Market Authority promotes the Market and runs the event every April and October.
Aside from inspiration, finding new resources and sourcing for our clients, there are numerous educational events and social activities. Here are just a few:
Explore the meaning of “Gracious Design” with Southern Living Senior Homes Editor Zoe Gowen and a panel of acclaimed designers whose signature styles define graciousness and hospitality. Panelists include Barry Dixon, Meg Braff, Angie Hranowsky, and Paige Sumblin Schnell. Breakfast buffet opens at 8:00 am and presentation starts promptly at 9:00 am. Open to all market-goers. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10th.
Want to make the most of your time at Market? Make this informative event your first appointment. In just a half hour, we’ll tell you what you need to know to navigate High Point like a pro. A short video will show you the basics of the comprehensive free transportation system, how to find your way around the Market area, and where to go when you need assistance. Plus, a member of the Market Authority staff will be on hand to answer any specific questions you may have. No time to attend? View the video at www.highpointmarket.org.
Design Panel & Booksigning with Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer
Join Antonia van der Meer, Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Living and an exclusive panel of top designers, as they discuss the roots of happiness described in Antonia’s new book “Beach House Happy” – Balance, Surprise, Tradition, Color, Generosity, Nature – and how to incorporate these elements into the home. Design Panel with Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer Booksigning of Antonia’s new book, Beach House Happy, to follow.
After all of that learning and shopping, you need to unwind and there are plenty of cocktails and parties!
Happy Hour at The Antique & Design Center
Whiskey Tastings compliments of Troy & Sons Distillers in the Boiler Room Bar and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres & Live Music throughout the Antique & Design Center on Ground & Mezzanine of Historic Market Square, including everything from Bluegrass to Latin Jazz to French Favorites on Accordion to accompany your Happy Hour shopping.
Meet Tobi Fairley
Celebrate the inaugural launch of the new Tobi Fairley collection for Soicher Marin. Tobi Has a signature look that is fresh and simple, combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result. Since establishing her design firm more than 15 years ago, Tobi’s award-winning projects have spanned the nation with designs that have been featured on television, in major shelter publications, and online. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks to be served.
Sneak peak via Editor at Large
Also, stay tuned for Tobi’s new collection with CR Laine.
One of our favorite events is “Stars under the Stars”. Previous markets included KC and the Sunshine Band, Billy Ocean, Little River Band, The Temptations, JoDee Messina, The Beach Boys and Rick Springfield. This April Taylor Dayne and Christopher Cross will take the stage.
They set up a huge tent in front of Showplace and everybody relaxes and has so much fun!!
Another great event sponsored by the High Point Market Authority is the Style Spotters Program. What exactly is a style spotter? Style spotters are trend setters that see ahead of the curve in home fashion trends. They will navigate the show and capture images of their favorite products. They will then pin those photos to Pinterest boards and will list the exhibitor’s name and showroom number. They present the exhibitor with a sign that highlights the Style Spotter’s name with a QR code and URL for the Pinterest board.
Our 2015 Style Spotters Look Forward to Spring Market
Home fashion experts offer their first take on the styles of spring, 2015
As we head into the waning weeks of winter, our attention turns to the arrival of spring. For many of us, the new season means a welcome turn toward warmer weather, and for all of us, spring brings new fashions, styles, and trends – and they’ll all be waiting for us at Spring Market. To get in the right frame of mind for the event of the new season, we asked our 2015 Style Spotters to tell us what they’ll be looking for when they arrive in High Point on April 18. So sit back, relax, forget the lower temps and shorter days – let’s start thinking spring!
Arianne Bellizaire, Inspired to Style
As an interior decorator and blogger (but more importantly a lover of good design), I love spaces with bright, bold colors and interesting pattern combinations. I’m expecting to see lots of both at this Market, but I’ve noticed a growing trend toward more subtle spaces done in black, white and gold color palettes. It’ll be interesting to see how this trend is represented at Market.
To me, High Point Market is a bit like Disney World! There’s so much to see and never enough time, so I’ve learned that having a plan for who and what you want to see is the best way to maximize your time.
“Having a plan … is the best way to maximize your time.”
– Arianne Bellizaire, Inspired to Style
Who’s on my “must-see” list this Spring? Well, I’m looking forward to visiting Emporium Home, Bungalow 5 and Noir Trading Inc. to see their trend-forward accessories and case goods. I’ll drop into Vanguard Furniture Co. Inc., Hickory Chair and Wesley Hall Inc. to see their beautifully designed upholstery pieces. I’ll head into CR Laine Furniture to get a sneak peek at Tobi Fairley’s newly unveiled upholstery collection, and Thibaut Fine Furniture to see how they’ve incorporated gorgeous fabrics and wall-covering options into their showroom vignettes. Currey & Company Inc. and Visual Comfort & Co. can always be counted on for over-the-top lighting elements, and finally, I’ll visit the Antique & Design Center at Market Square to see an impressive array of one-of-a-kind antiques.
Kati Curtis, Kati Curtis Design
I’m inspired by my travels, and those inspirations are reflected in my design work. While hiking in Mexico, I saw beautiful, repetitive patterns in the Mayan ruins. In India, the vibrant colors captivated me; in Indonesia, the craftsmanship that went into the hand-carved exotic woods spoke to me, and in Israel, the gold leaf and precious stone inlays compelled me to seek more. So at Market, I’ll be excited to see how designers and manufacturers are incorporating these influences in products today.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more navy and green.”
– Kati Curtis, Kati Curtis Design
Global and tribal elements, as they appear in motifs, colors and patterns, are of real interest to me. Seeing what’s new – particularly inspired by the American Southwest, Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia and India – is something I’m really looking forward to at Spring High Point Market.
What else is important to me? Colors that are deep, rich and clean, but also influenced by today’s fashion. So in 2015 I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more navy and green (favorites of mine), from what I have in my wardrobe to what I use in my designs.
I’m always on the hunt for new products … beautiful pieces with extra storage are an ongoing obsession. Inlaid pieces are exciting to me right now, and that probably has a lot to do with India, which, in so many ways, always seems to hold my attention.
Details are of particular importance: a leather strap on the back of a chair, a turned leg – these elements of craftsmanship are interesting to me, so I’ll be looking to find gorgeous handmade intricacies in the smallest details, as well as the largest.
Beth Dotolo, RID, ASID, NCIDQ, Pulp Design Studios
High Point Market has become an incredibly important event for my interior design firm, Pulp Design Studios. When my partner, Carolina Gentry, and I began attending years ago we quickly realized that Market was a one-stop-shop that provided us with not only unlimited design inspiration and a first look at new trends, but also unparalleled networking opportunities and vendor exposure, which we’ve been able to utilize to grow our business. This year, I’m incredibly honored to be participating in a larger capacity as a Style Spotter.
“Perhaps the thing I look forward to most is being able to have a tangible experience of these amazing new products and trends.”
– Beth Dotolo, Pulp Design Studios
For Spring Market, I am looking forward to seeing even more amazing new products and capturing the latest home fashion trends. I am excited to see the interior industry’s take on the highly debated 2015 color of the year, Marsala, with hopefully more interior friendly shades in blush and rose. I expect copper, brass, and gold to still be strong. I’m predicting a global product influence, with a modern take. And, I am also looking to see fearless and large scale patterns that will make an impact, yet still be livable.
Perhaps the thing I look forward to most is being able to have a tangible experience of these amazing new products and trends. Come April, you’ll find me sitting in and running my hands over just about everything.
When it comes to Style Spotting this Spring, I’ll be looking for products that have qualities that align with the values my partner and I have embodied for Pulp Design Studios’ design and business approach: Purpose, Quality, Individuality, Creativity, Humor, and Adaptability. Wrap all those qualities into a stylish product, and consider it “Spotted!”
Lori Gilder, Interior Makeovers Inc.
It truly is a thrill being a part of the 2015 Style Spotters team. This will be my third trip to Market and while I’m looking forward to the treasure trove of sources I find in venues like Market Square and Interhall, this year I’m also excited to scour the outlying showrooms and Antiques and Design Center for those one of a kind finds!
“I’m hoping to see more mid century modern influences … with a twist.”
– Lori Gilder, Interior Makeovers Inc.
With a passion for designing kitchens and baths, I’ll be on the hunt for unique products and materials, current color and fabric trends, rare vintage finds, architectural design elements, innovative lighting and fabulous furnishings, all of which will speak to my kitchen obsessed clients. It’s all about finding those special gems that become the crowning jewel in the kitchen of their dreams.
I’m naturally drawn to crisp clean design elements and the architectural integrity of a space. I’m hoping to see more mid century modern influences … with a twist. I’m also a huge fan of mixing metals and while I adore the brass trend, I do expect to see more rose gold and copper details integrated into casegoods, seating and lighting.
With 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space, High Point Market is a driving force in the creative process. Staying ahead of industry trends and developing relationships with product designers and vendors helps us create those unique environments that our clients expect.
Patti Johnson, IDS, DSID, Patti Johnson Interiors
In addition to the fantastic color and inspiring designs that designers get so excited to see at Spring Market, I will be hunting the unique customizable upholstery, custom case good pieces and one of a kind items that really make a home personal for my clients. Lead times are also very important to both my business and to my clients.
“I’m always ‘Style-spotting’ to find great new resources.”
– Patti Johnson, Patti Johnson Interiors
Designing from a standpoint of a “Well Designed Life,” to borrow a popular phrase, more and more people are now working from home and/or have very long commutes. Thus their homes must be a haven for well-being throughout while co-existing with integrated home offices. Sourcing creative solutions on that front, I also love to throw in a wild card or two while maintaining a core principle of Cohesive Design. This means that every furnishing, fixture, finish, lighting or object ultimately “makes sense” in the overall design of the space. My clients like quality and comfort, and I can easily achieve this by using some of my wonderful classic go-to brands such as American Leather, Bernhardt and John Strauss Furniture. Still, I’m always “Style-spotting” to find great new resources so that nothing is ever repeated or becomes stale in my designs.
Last but not least are the wonderful educational and social activities available to every attendee at High Point Market. I encourage everyone to find time to attend a session. Of course I love seeing all the fab friends I’ve made via social media while visiting the beautiful showrooms – and I’m really excited to be a 2015 Style Spotter!
Courtney Lake, Monogram Décor
What I am looking for as a High Point Market Style Spotter is innovation and creativity with a modern touch. My eye is always drawn to pieces that have a bit of “quirk” to them. An interesting application of veneer or a fun drawer detail are all signs that the manufacturer was not just thinking about practicality. Whether it’s the hinges on a case good or the stitching on the seams of a sofa, these are the type of things that get my blood pumping.
“Expect to find me digging for the hidden gems.”
– Courtney Lake, Monogram Décor
I want to see what the ladies of Taylor Burke have in store for Market. I met them at their first Market and was immediately impressed by their product and the agility to which it could be morphed to fit a client’s needs.
I will also be searching out what new things are coming from California-based company SkLO. I had the pleasure of working with them on a model home and was smitten with their innovative approach to glass. I love finding art and accessories that are not only beautiful but have a purpose.
So, this Market, expect to find me digging for the hidden gems that make me coo, clap and do a happy jig. And yes, I do dance when I get excited ….
Jonathan Legate, Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation
I love spring! It is a time of rebirth when everything is new and vibrant: it’s a breath of fresh air. Even the familiar has a sparkle – it has grown, evolved and become new again. Just like the season, Spring High Point Market is filled with the new and familiar shining in a fresh, bright light.
“Keeping a finger on the pulse of design is crucial.”
– Jonathan Legate, Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation
As a designer with a reputation for mixing the new with the familiar in both traditional and contemporary settings, keeping a finger on the pulse of design is crucial to my work. This year, personally and professionally, I am focusing on many things including:
Naturals / Organics
From the materials and processes used to manufacture items to pattern references in art and fabrics, items that reference and respect the earth they come from. Exotic marbles, driftwood, clay, semi precious stone and shell. Linen, cotton and wools, natural vegetable dyes, soothing colors. Sustainability.
Metallics / Luxury
From glass and brass to shimmering velvets and silks on luxurious upholstered furniture, reflective, lacquered finishes, semi precious and man made materials. Copper, bronze, bold brass, platinum, rose gold. Vibrant tones. Chic.
Tribal (this is really quite personal, inspired by a recent trip to South America)
From rugs to woven baskets and blankets to hand hammered bowls and found artifacts, inlaid tables and trays. Earthy tones with vibrant pops. Worldly.
Art and artifacts from the 19th to mid 20th centuries. 50’s, 60’s, 70’s fabulous lighting and furniture, strong lines that give way to sensuous curves. Scandinavian design, simple details against the fabulously ornate. Sophisticated.
Leslie Hendrix-Wood, Hadley Court
Gracious Living. Timeless Design. Family Traditions. Those have always been the guiding principles behind my life, my interior design work here in Midland, Texas, and the information I share with my blog’s readers on Hadley Court.
“I’ll .. be looking to spot … products … that represent the quality workmanship I value today.. which also have the style attributes I believe will represent tomorrow’s timeless designs.”
– Leslie Hendrix Wood, Hadley Court
As a 2015 Style Spotter, I’ll be looking at the beautiful new introductions from my go-to resources like Bernhardt Furniture, Jonathan Charles Furniture, Century Furniture and Gabby Decor. After that, I’ll also be looking to spot new products plus antique resources that represent the quality workmanship I value as an interior designer today, which also have the style attributes I believe will represent tomorrow’s timeless designs for America’s luxury furniture collectors and connoisseurs.
One other event we don’t want to miss is the Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse.
The 2015 Showhouse, a circa-1912 Tudor Revival home, will feature both local and national designers and will celebrate the theme “From High Point to the World.” Each designer will draw inspiration from the history of the Terry property and the furniture-rich history of High Point. The home’s transformation will create a modern, livable space in a historic home.
It will run from Saturday April 18 – Sunday April 26, 2015 and Friday May 1 – Sunday May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.
Read my friend Lisa Mende’s blog for a great story about the house!
Here are just of a few of the new introductions:
Bernhardt Furniture Criteria Side Chair
Margot Sofa by Gus Modern
Dunes and Duchess Lakehouse Lounging Bench – You choose the color and fabric!
Stay tuned for updates on our incredible finds, upcoming trends and all of our happenings in High Point!!
March 23, 2015 1 Comment
I’ve been dying to go to Scott’s Antique Market for several months and finally Joann and I made the time to go this Friday. We discovered some great finds as usual. Our main mission was to find unique and interesting table top and bookcase accessories for several jobs we are working on but of course we wandered quite a bit…..
I loved this hand painted buoy art from environmental artist Charles Scarborough. (Notice the 3-D element with 3 actual buoys hanging on the board).
These hand carved wood mushrooms from France were being sold by Misty Fowler of M. Fowler Antiques. They were so exquisite.
My daughter Riley wants a boho/gypsy look in her college apartment next year. I bought her a cool Kantha pillow from Nikki Robelen at String Theory Home.
To be honest, these weren’t comfortable, but ya gotta love the ingenuity (get it? It’s an iron tub cut in half).
Joann thought this fur handbag with horn handle was the ultimate accessory for our diva designer friend Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room.
We are designing a lot of models right now. These ready made drapes from Global-Weave were some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.
A grandfather/grandson team has been coming to Scott’s for 17 years. I love this simple little chair in an easy linen. I’m going to buy several to put in the corners of bedrooms in the models we are designing. At $375 each I can’t go wrong!
Of of my favorite vendors at Scott’s is Larry Smith (you can reach him at email@example.com). With only one working hand, he masterfully creates one of a kind architectural bird houses that are scale models of historic buildings throughout America.
This one is of the Gilbert Stuart Home in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. Amazing!
I was sad my daughter Riley wasn’t with me because she loves to create jewelry with unique beads, buddhas, horns etc. She would have been in heaven.
I thought these vintage spools from a cotton mill from my friend Kemp Hickey would look interesting in a big bookcase I’ve got to fill up with accessories.
Lastly because I always have a chair fetish when I go to Scott’s, I leave you with this darling pair of antique chairs. I just want to put them in a corner and stare at their petite beauty. Sigh… too many chairs in my home already.
Scott’s is one of the largest antique markets in the U.S. We are lucky to have it here in Atlanta the second weekend of every month. It’s definitely worth coming into town for the weekend!
March 15, 2015 No Comments
While in Vegas on Modenus Blogtour last month, Joann and I spent a special evening touring The New American Home sponsored in part by Mohawk Industries. The New American Home is built to showcase the latest cutting-edge building technology, products and materials available in new home construction.
This was one of those homes where I had to just stand in one spot and silently take it all in. Sigh….. if only……
Every room (literally) opened to the outdoors. You could step out onto this courtyard from the family room and kitchen. Complete with large screen tv, fire pit, comfortable seating and mini pools – it was so peaceful.
The flooring throughout was exquisite – a mix of Mohawk and Karastan rugs with Walker Zanger tile. I think people forget that they can very easily have a rug bound to a very specific size in a carpet pattern that they love. So many times we walk into clients homes and the area rug is way too small. Take a clue from these photos and customize your rugs!
The layering of textures and colors was gorgeous in this contemporary home on a hill overlooking the lights of Las Vegas.
The team at Mohawk did an amazing job illustrating the technology behind Karastan SmartStrand Forever Clean advanced carpet fibers. A SmartStrand carpet sample was submerged in a massive glass of red wine, pulled out and blotted with a white towel. The entire room of design bloggers gasped at how easily the red wine damage was removed.
March 2, 2015 1 Comment
photo image Fabricut
We were there with 20 other interior design bloggers who were attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta to celebrate the new fabric and trim collection. We received the new fabrics and trims just a few weeks ago and have already incorporated this collection in about 4 projects!
Vern’s inspiration comes from his world travels and background in architecture. We were shocked to find out that he double majored in Chemistry and Economics at the University of Virginia, was about to attend medical school and then changed his mind and went to Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and got a masters in management and architecture.
Vern and his partner Craig were extremely gracious hosts!
They spent a lot of time walking us through their home and it was heartwarming to see how personal it was. As you walk in the front door, straight ahead is this beautiful picture of Vern’s mother.
Behind this is a magnificent staircase…
As you go up the stairs you are greeted with this wall of framed family photographs.
Along with the many personal photos throughout the house, the vast collection of art is exceptional. This piece called The Raft of the Medusa from Pictures of Chocolate is by Vik Muniz, one of Vern’s favorites artists who does photographic representations of work using ordinary objects such as sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage to create bold, deceiving imagery.
As we went from room to room, the fabrics and trims in the new collection are used throughout. One of my favorites below is an asian, global/ethnic print shown in blue and is also available in black, grey, haze, orange and red. It was in the children’s family room/playroom along with an adorable, actual photo of their 4 dogs. Craig owns Wagalot, a service that includes doggie daycare, boarding, grooming, training, dog wash and special events.
Meeting their children was also a highlight of the evening. They were waiting to greet all of us at the front door when we arrived.
I couldn’t help taking a selfie with each of them!
After our tour and the kids went to bed (they were so well behaved), we sat down for a decadent meal and interesting conversation.
Here are a few more of my favorites from the collection:
photo image Fabricut
The tapes and trims are easy to work with and are so reasonably priced. The fabrics are whimsical, yet practical.
Above photo images Fabricut
There really aren’t words to describe this experience and the hospitality we received. Vern and Craig not only opened their home to us but their hearts as well.
A special thank you to Rebecca Creal, Trend Managing Director and Vice President of Sales and Jen Yeung, Marketing Specialist for Trend.
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March 1, 2015 No Comments