It’s time to rediscover French Heritage. A fashion forward, environmentally conscience, european influenced furniture atelier that everybody should know about. I was SO excited to be sponsored by French Heritage for the spring Highpoint Furniture Market. I have to admit that in my ten years of traveling to Highpoint, N.C., I shamefully missed this amazing showroom which is tucked away off the main drag on 1638 English Road.
We had the pleasure of a personal tour of the showroom by co-founder Henessy Wayser and Gary Edge, V.P. of Sales and Merchandising. Henessy pointed out to us that the goal of French Heritage is to create products that encourage “creative disruption” in a space. Passionate and emotional creativity at French Heritage leads to breaking the rules in the products they create. This approach really spoke to me because I couldn’t agree more that the best designs are born when people are not restricted by rules, categories and trends.
Take for example the Elliant bookcase in aged oak with a black finish. So handsome I just stood and stared.
Admittedly, I had a vision in my head that French Heritage only sold heavy, drippy French furniture that my grandmother would love. I stand corrected – French Heritage offers four categories of furniture that were all AMAZING.
Let’s drool over the Jacqueline chest in yellow lacquer with a zinc finish top (even the inside of the drawers are lacquered yellow – it’s all in the details my friends). This piece is part of the Avenue collection. The Avenue collection is made in Europe and is totally customizable with a CAD drawing provided within 72 hours (just think of the possibilities!). Each piece is bench made in Europe, hand finished with all hardware in sand cast brass.
Another favorite of mine is the Garden Party Table from the Maison collection. The Maison Collection is manufactured in Asia (mostly Indonesia) and is in stock in multiple finishes. So all you designers out there – if you can’t wait 16-18 weeks for a customized, original piece and need a lower price point, here’s another option for you. Each product is still hand finished with the same quality hardware.
New to the Maison collection is a table that I am ordering for myself. I’m so in love with the new Parquetry Dining Table.
Look at the artistry of this hand finished top.
Details like this hardware caught our eye every step of the way through the showroom.
The mechanism of this table was impressive – the table smoothly extended with one hand.
Another impressive note about French Heritage is that each of their wood pieces are forestry certified. French Heritage has partnered with Trees4Trees in Indonesia to help fund the replacement of wood consumed in the production of their products.
The Salon collection is French Heritage’s upholstery collection. Each piece is bench made in North Carolina of solid wood and 8-way hand tied construction. Special designer note: each frame is exclusive to French Heritage, imported from Asia but hand finished and upholstered in North Carolina. The hand finishing makes a HUGE difference in the appearance of each piece.
Of course we tested many and they were VERY comfortable!
While in Highpoint this market, we went to the opening Gala party of the Junior League of Highpoint Showhouse. Our friend Lisa Mende designed the kitchen and dining area. Lisa featured French Heritage’s Sornin Dining Table in her space. The table is from the Urban collection and had a mid century vibe that mixed well with the contemporary design.
Our friend Kara Cox of Kara Cox Interiors cleverly designed the small upstairs dressing room featuring a customized blue chair by French Heritage.
Photo courtesy of Kara Cox
Seeing the beautiful French Heritage products in the showhouse reminded me of Henessy’s mention of “creative disruption”. Inserting pieces like these into a design makes you stop and take notice when you walk into the space.
I will definitely keep you updated on French Heritage as we incorporate these beautiful products into our designs.
Thank you Henessy, Gary and the team at French Heritage for your wonderful hospitality! ox Kelly
April 27, 2015 2 Comments
Joann and I are off to the Highpoint Furniture Show in just a few hours but I wanted to share with you some of our favorite highlights from this years Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House. We were honored to have a sneak peek today with our other “press” colleagues. I tell you sincerely, that this was my favorite ASO Showhouse in many, many years. The design aesthetic throughout the home featured an extraordinary use of color, vintage finds, original art, stunning wallpaper and delectable textures.
I have to start with the front Study designed by our good friends Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living. As David explained to me the custom made, screen printed Fromental wall covering is “Willy Wonka yummy. You just want to lick it.” Indeed it is.
Thank you Lance for your stylizing talents and your bravery with color!
I spy an original piece of art by Kelly O’Neal of Design Legacy.
Let’s peak in from the gorgeous foyer designed by Loren Audrey Taylor & Carolyn Abrams Taylor.
The living room was sexy cool like the designer himself Michel Boyd.
Another favorite space of mine was the Breakfast Room & Den designed by our friend Vern Yip. Vern’s work is very dramatic but still relatable. Notice the light fixtures that are from his brand new collection available thru Stonegate Designs. All of the casegoods Vern used are from Frontgate. The fabrics Vern used are from his collection for Trend by Fabricut.
You can tell Vern is a perfectionist when it comes to the details!
I think every house should have a gallery somewhere – large or small. They add so much personality to a home. This one was designed by Kings Home Furnishings.
Designer Melanie Turner’s guest bedroom was beautiful using the homes original wallpaper.
The feminine bathroom and dressing room swathed in navy designed by Danielle Rollins & Bill Ingram was a luxurious, peaceful retreat (the music piped into the tub).
Our afternoon ended with a special celebration with friends hosted by Parker Kennedy Living at The Blue Ridge Grill. Thank you David and Lance for your hospitality and friendship.
Bravo to so many of our designer friends for doing such a tremendous job at this years ASO Show House!
I would love to post more but I have to go pack for Highpoint! The press event was only two hours long. Joann and I really need to go back and take in the beauty and details of this years Show House one more time. The house, Chateau Soleil, is located at 4701 Northside Drive in Atlanta and is open to the public from April 18- May 10, 2015.
Enjoy and Be Inspired!
April 16, 2015 No Comments
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