When I was younger and still figuring stuff out, I worked at Starbucks. This was quite awhile back. To give you and idea, I worked at one of the only two Starbucks in all of Los Angeles & the company hadn't gone public yet. We're talking Ye Olden Days. Yester Year.
While I was at said, Starbucks, I vowed to make the best espresso drink in the history of coffee (insert clenched fists waving towards the heavens). I would go to other gourmet espresso bars and marvel at the shots being pulled & the crema. Depending on the type of beans (sometimes region, cost, quality), grind, machine & barista...espresso shots would taste differently. Even when I knew I may be limited by what I was working with and my barista "talents" I still loved marveling at others who did the same thing I did, but differently.
Being at High Point was a little like that. There were so many beautiful collections, vendors and artisans. Many familiar names & faces are bringing their wares to the marketplace....and one on the verge of you knowing who he is:
ROBERT PETRIL JR. has been in the furniture business for years. It's in his blood. Literally. His Dad was in the business and Robert is finding his own path.
He lives in China with his beautiful wife & kids and has worked behind the scenes for many recognizable names in the furniture business as a designer.
Well, it's time for him to start making a name for himself and bring his keen eye and sense of style to the world. You can read more about him and all he does on his blog:
CANDICE OLSON is HGTV's favorite designer with her big budget makeovers, amazing talent, gorgeous rooms and one of the best design shows out there, DIVINE DESIGN.
Her new collection with Norwalk Furniture is as classic and glamorous as she is. Check it out.
He was doing Trading Spaces and I was on Clean Sweep. Ty was already a star and I was a mere background player. We never met. He went on to even bigger stardom on ABC and all around the world. His new line is with HOWARD MILLER.
The Look: Traditional, Classic, Good Looking.
PAULA DEEN, who doesn't love her? Seriously. I eat the way she cooks! I know, save the healthy talk. I try to squeeze in a salad & an apple now and then. Well, Paula is going beyond the kitchen, though she's still at the FOOD NETWORK doing her thang y'all, with her new line of furniture from UNIVERSAL.
The Look: Warm, Inviting & Beautiful Lines.
THOMAS O'BRIEN is, if you didn't know this already from previous posts, my design geek moment. There are waaaay to many designers/decorators/architects to mention whom I appreciate and admire their work. Thomas O'Brien is the only one, for me, that always gets it right. As far as I'm concerned, the man has never had a design misstep. At least not from what I can tell. I am not going to bore you with my reasons as to why I am a fan, other than to say that he gets who he is and his style & designs are always true to that. His studio/store AERO is just pure beauty. I highly recommend you visit the web site. Look around at all the amazing images. Every details is perfection. His collection at TARGET is fantastic.
He was at High Point. I did not attend his event. Sometimes, you just want the image of those you admire to be just that...an image that has no basis in reality. Mr. O'Brien, I'd gladly buy you an espresso on the same day I purchase a scone for Ms. Kate Winslet.
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