The shortage of a good espresso is a bit of a challenge.
Challenge be damned because the HIGH POINT Furniture Market
was worth it.
Plus, it is the home of Krispy Kreme and OH, yes...I did partake.
This was my first time to this Market. I know. Believe you me, I have wanted to go for years and I just haven't made time for it. Some people call me a workaholic. I call it being happy. It was totally worth it, though I did feel a few tinges of guilt for not being back at "the farm."
First of all, let's talk about all the wonderful people I met. SO MANY and not enough room to mention them all. Everyone from people that run the market, reporters, vendors, buyers, distributors to the people giving out free Ben & Jerry's (I had Chocolate Therapy) were incredibly friendly. This is one of the reasons I love to travel--I get the opportunity to meet the people that are passionate about design face to face, from the professionals to the DIYers.
It's a huge thrill for me.
I saw so much good stuff that I don't think I can recount all of it. It's safe to say, you're going to be seeing a lot of choices in all areas of design & decor.
The one theme that I kept seeing time and time again: COLOR
No fear of color. I love that. They key was using it sparingly and pairing it with classics and neutrals. It can give your room a bright, happy feel. I highly recommend it.
Above images from MITCHELL GOLD+BOB WILLIAMS.
Look out for all their new stuff, including their new bedding.
One of THE BEST uses of color along with beautiful styling, incredible attention to detail and an enviable understanding of "theme" was the MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS showroom.
First of all, the showroom building is gorgeous. It's like the perfect loft building that is "the right" backdrop for their collection. When I left, I wanted to just move into the building. I could have, since they had displayed their brand new bedding collection on all their beautiful beds. The whole trip through their space was filled with "goose-bump moments" for me.
Not a false note.
Both Mitchell & Bob were there greeting all their guests in their usual hospitable manor. Their staff were incredibly knowledgeable and a BIG shout out to Eloise for being so gracious and showing us around.
Thank you Mitchell, Bob & Eloise.
We can't talk about furniture & design in the 21st Century without bringing up the sustainable and green concept. It's not just a fad but more about lifestyle.
The president of the SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS COUNCIL, Jeff Hiller, was incredibly passionate about what they do and shared his enthusiasm. Their website can be very informative and helpful if you're looking for a place to start and make sense of all the info out there.
Above images from LEATHERCRAFT.
David, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing over at LEATHERCRAFT, not only really knows his product...he KNOWS the furniture industry and has a huge love for it and it's craftspeople. Their commitment to excellence and to their client is evident in everything they do. Some wonderful stuff and brilliant craftsmanship. This is the way furniture used to be made. Heirloom pieces.
A VERY BIG "shout out" to:
For making my experience & visit there so smooth and making sure everything was 'just right" for my speaking engagement.
To LESLIE & CHELSEY (2 HGTV Decorating Editors) that came to hear my speech and I had the pleasure of meeting. They write the HGTV Design Blog, DESIGN HAPPENS, and you can see all their entries from the High Point market along with a few VLOGS (including yours truly). They have a real passion for design and decor. Check them out and tell them I said, "Hi."
Last, but certainly not least, TOM ERDMAN. He and all his peeps back at the ranch, are responsible for getting the angelo:HOME line to market and I am forever grateful for their commitment to the process.
That's it for now. I know I'm forgetting & missing a bunch of details, but I am still recovering from the whirlwind of the event and waiting for the Airline to find my luggage. At least I have an espresso machine in my home. All is right with the world.
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