Best of High Point Market, Fall 2014

 Best of High Point Market

If you read my High Point Market Trend Recap, you can tell that there are a lot of new trends to watch out for in the home furnishings and accessories market. However, today’s post brings you the Best of High Point Market – some of my favorite product sightings.  Some items were included in my Style Spotter picks and some were not, because either they were chosen by another Style Spotter before I got to it, or I had already chosen another product in the same showroom (we were only allowed to spot one item in each showroom).  Those who know me, know that I have an infinite love of color, texture, and small details, and these picks certainly reflect that.  So here goes – my Best of  High Point Market, Fall 2014:

SkLO Studio via Cozy Stylish Chic

SkLO Studio

SkLO Studio introduced a variety of hand blown Czech glass that look great on their own but even better when grouped with several colors and sizes. Colored glass vases that seem to be stacked one on top of another are actually fused together.  I have been watching this line and have noticed that  they are getting quite good at merging lighting with their hand-blown colored glass, and the results are truly unique.

Don't Fret Pendant from Taylor Burke Home via Cozy Stylish Chic

Don’t Fret Pendant from Taylor Burke Home

Taylor Burke Home‘s “Don’t Fret” pendant had to be one of my favorite picks at market, and had I been allowed to style spot more than one item per vendor,  this pendant would have definitely been at the top of my list.

The Petite Kelly Table- Taylor Burke Home/Mirth Studio collaboration via Cozy Stylish Chic

The Petit Kelly Table- Taylor Burke Home/Mirth Studio collaboration

The Petite Kelly Table, a collaboration between Taylor Burke Home and Mirth Studio was a no brainier. The satin brass base is paired with  wood patterned tiles from Mirth Studio. For those of you who are not familiar with Mirth Studio tiles, they are digitally printed engineered wood tiles that use a technique in which an original  hand painting is photographed at high-res then digitally printed onto engineered wood tile and coated with several layers of polyurethane finish. Super durable, extremely good looking, and can be easily mistaken for hand-painted if you don’t know the difference.  Mirth Studio wood tiles come in a variety of colors and patterns, so the possibilities are endless.

Fulham Channel Upholstered Table by Hickory Chair via Cozy Stylish Chic

Fulham Channel Upholstered Table by Hickory Chair via Cozy Stylish Chic

The Fulham Channel Upholstered Table was my Style Spotter pick from the Hickory Chair showroom. The table is also available plain, without the tufted upholstery, but there was something about this combination that really caught my eye. A tray on top is all that is needed for drinks, and storage below is available for books and miscellaneous items.

Peter Jacob for Wesley Hall via Cozy Stylish Chic

Peter Jacob for Wesley Hall

Peter Jacob’s collection of upholstered seating for Wesley Hall looked fresh and new.  The”social sofa”, style spotted by Michelle Workman, features a rich, emerald green leather and the unique shape makes the “social sofa” the perfect piece to float in a room where there is a lot of entertaining.

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair via Cozy Stylish Chic

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Alexa Hampton’s  faux snakeskin armchair with red grosgrain piping for Hickory Chair is a great all- around chair with a modern edge  that even the most traditional client can relate to.  I believe that this is the same faux snake used in the Fulham Channel Upholstered Table (also from Hickory Chair) but here it is shown in a totally different setting.  The contrast pomegranate red grosgrain piping is the perfect complement.

Jonathan Charles via Cozy Stylish Chic

Jonathan Charles

According to the rep at Jonathan Charles, the piece you see above started out as a custom design for a client that was put into the line and has become one of their most well-received items at market.  What is interesting about this piece is that the design looks like it is a breakfront china cabinet that has been placed upside down and the scale and proportion adjusted.  Unlike the traditional breakfront, this piece can be placed in a smaller room without being visually overbearing, as it takes up far less volume.  This is also one of those perfect pieces that can be incorporated into almost any style space.

Stanley Furniture via Cozy Stylish Chic

Stanley Furniture via Cozy Stylish Chic

Stanley Furniture‘s Alexander  Telephone Table from the Crestaire Collection,  has a pretty demi-lune shape which allows all four legs to be seen when viewed from the front. A light strategically placed underneath illuminates items on the shelves below.

Crestaire Collection by Stanley Furniture via a Cozy Stylish Chic

Crestaire Collection by Stanley Furniture

The Brooks Console Table is also from Stanley Furniture‘sCrestaire Collection.Fellow Style Spotter Mitzi Beach style spotted this same console but in a “capiz” finish, but above it is shown in an “argent” finish which resembles silver leaf.   Had Mitzi not style spotted this, I would have done so in a flash, because I love the reference to classical architecture.  The picture above was tweeted and retweeted time and time again and you can see exactly why.  I believe in my original Instagram post I mentioned that it reminded me of an Italian Renaissance portico.  For all you art history and architecture buffs, Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital in Florence, Italy to be exact.

Bace Block ottoman via Cozy Stylish Chic

Cube Blace Block, Estetik Decor

Estetik Decor‘s Cube Blace Block, caught my eye as I was making my way through the Suite at Market Square.  Unlike hair on hide, which has become quite commonplace as of late, the Cube Blace Block is also made of a long haired hide (a type of deer, if I’m not mistaken) that is matted down with a metallic copper laminate.  At a quick glance, it looks more like a plume of iridescent feathers than fur.  One thing for sure is that it is absolutely stunning and would bring life to any room.

Bernhardt via Cozy Stylish Chic

Bernhardt Interiors

Metalsmithing has been a trend that I saw from several manufacturers, but no one did it as well as Bernhardt Interiors and the oxidized brass door fronts of the Margot Buffet.  A rich artisanal finish that has a slightly blue cast when viewed at an angle, it is a great interpretation of rustic modern chic at its best.

Detail of oxidized brass finish by Bernhardt Interiors via Cozy Stylish Chic

Detail of oxidized brass finish by Bernhardt Interiors

 

CR Laine via Cozy Stylish Chic

CR Laine

CR Laine is known for their bold use of color and their impeccably styled vignettes that incorporate not only their own upholstered goods, but also lighting, art, wallcoverings, and case goods from their vendor partners.  The result is nothing short of stunning.  In this particular setting,  dark, charcoal grey walls are contrasted with kelly green, white, and a medley of bright pops of saturated color.

CR Laine via Cozy Stylish Chic

CR Laine

This traditional spool chair is upholstered in  a punchy polka-dotted white and green woven jacquard, which gives traditional a contemporary, preppy twist.

Upholstered and beaded headboard, Callisto Home via Cozy Stylish Chic

Upholstered and beaded headboard, Callisto Home

I’ve seen a lot of upholstered headboards with tufting and nailhead trim, but this is the first time I’ve seen such elaborate beading on a headboard.  Callisto Home uses a dusty rose woven ikat motif in which matte silver beading is applied to bring dimension to the ikat pattern.  An antique nailhead trim and piping along the edge adds even further detail and dimension.

Detail, Upholstered and beaded headboard, Callisto Home via Cozy Stylish Chic

Detail, Upholstered and beaded headboard, Callisto Home

 

Ming 2-Drawer Chest, Bungalow 5 via Cozy Stylish Chic

Ming 2-Drawer Chest, Bungalow 5

The Ming 2-Drawer Chest from Bungalow 5 sports a laminated textured slate blue grass cloth that can be incorporated into almost any style space.  There are few things I find that I like that will blend in with any style and in any room.  I often move things around as I get tired of how things are arranged in a space, (I hear that this is a common practice among designers, so don’t judge!) so what might be in my bedroom today may be in the living room tomorrow.  If I were a retailer, this would be one item that I would stock because it has such a wide appeal.

Vintage Porcelain Camel from HKFA 20th Century via Cozy Stylish Chic

Vintage Porcelain Camel from HKFA 20th Century

This vintage porcelain camel from my friend, Heather Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA came so close to coming home with me.  But reason got the best of me and I realized that it would be more prudent for me to pay for my kids’ private school tuition than to use those funds to bring home a porcelain camel.  But look at him – in perfect condition and beautiful as either a plant stand or an accent table – or even as a centerpiece on a large dining room table.  The possibilities are endless – but alas, I will never know as I didn’t bring him home with me.  But just because I didn’t take him home with me doesn’t mean he can’t be one of my favorite picks!

So that’s it -the Best of High Point Market.  If you’re a designer and you’ve never been, I strongly urge you to put High Point on the calendar for spring – April 18-23.  Make your hotel reservations soon, as accommodations book up quickly!

If you would like to be considered for one of the Style Spotter positions, an honor that I thoroughly enjoyed and would do over again in a heartbeat if I could, visit the High Point Style Spotters Page and the link for an application should be up shortly. As glamorous and fun as it looks, it requires quite a bit of hard work, so don’t apply unless you are willing to work hard and put forth the effort. Zack Taylor of Wesley Hall equated the Style Spotters to being High Point Market’s “Homecoming Court”.  I chuckled when I heard him tell a buyer, but I’ll take it!

Lastly, during market I struck up a conversation with Brian Foote of Epson America, and he interviewed me for “Blueprints”, Epson’s blog geared towards the architecture, real estate and interior design community.  We discussed High Point Market trends, design and business in general.  Catch a snippet of our interview HERE.

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High Point Market Trend Recap, Fall 2014

High Point Market Trend Recap, Fall 2014

Bernhardt Interiors at High Point Market Fall 2014 via Cozy Stylish Chic

Bernhardt Furniture

 

I returned from High Point Market late last night after six full days of non-stop action.  First and foremost of things to do was to fulfill my duties as one of the eight High Point Market Style Spotters for 2014.  As a Style Spotter, I did my best to navigate through the 11.5 million square feet of showroom space to find the freshest and most noteworthy finds.  I spoke on two panels, where I discussed my findings and presented both audiences with where I see color and trends going, and I also led a group of buyers and designers to a VIP tour of two of my favorite showrooms, Taracea and Christopher Guy.  Both a little bit off the beaten path because I find that people want to go where lots of showrooms are clustered together or they are intimidated to go to a stand alone showroom, but definitely worth the trip.

In addition to these official duties, I also managed to get some shopping in for clients and attend a few design and business seminars.  Oh, and can’t forget about the parties – there were tons and I tried my best to hit up as many as I could, but unless I really had a clone of myself, it was nearly impossible. My feet are tired and sore but I am happy to say that I am home and will be wearing running shoes for the next week! Enough of my chitter chatter – I know what you’re really here for, so here you go: [Read more...]

A Visit to the Kohler Design Center – Kohler, WI

Kohler

The Kohler Design Center

For three days last week I escaped the Southern California heat and experienced true fall – crisp temperatures ranging from 40-50 degrees, changing leaves and plenty of mums.  I was invited by Kohler Co. to their Wisconsin headquarters for their inaugural Kohler Bloggers Conference, where 21 Design, DIY and Lifestyle Bloggers gathered for 2.5 days.  During my time at Kohler, I experienced several facets of the Kohler “empire” which included  staying at Kohler’s own 5 Star and AAA 5-Diamond rated American Club Resort, spending an afternoon at the Kohler Waters Spa, and fine dining at several of their award winning restaurants.  Oh, and I can’t forget nibbling on  devouring the Kohler chocolates that were left in my room.

The Ground Floor at the Kohler Design Center

The Kohler Design Center, Kohler, WI

Kohler’s “Great Wall of China”

The first stop when we arrived was to the American Club – home for the next 2.5 days,  only to drop off our bags and head to the Kohler Design Center, where we nibbled on hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and food stations spread throughout the showroom.  Truth be told, there was not a whole lot of nibbling on my part, as I was in complete awe of everything around me and spent my time perusing every inch of the showroom.  The ground level showcased product by room and type, with the back wall a tribute to the product that made Kohler what it is today.  The “Great Wall of China” complete with full sized toilets, tubs, and sinks made of vitreous china are displayed along the back wall and are illuminated from behind. [Read more...]

The McKinley House Gets a Refresh with Adorne Light Switches

Adorne by legrand at the McKinley House in Venice, CA

The McKinley House

Last week I joined  Adorne by Legrand as they unveiled a complete retrofit of light switches  and outlets at the McKinley House in Venice, CA.  Those of you who are fans of the Showtime series “Californication” may recognize the home as the primary set for the show.  The home was designed by owner/architect David Hertz, FAIA and not only is it quite a structure to look at, but it also boasts the latest in environmental features, earning it the Sustainable Living Award by the Eco Home Network.  .  The home, built in two phases,  started in 1996 on a single lot and then completed in 2003 when the adjacent lot was purchased and the property extended. The property resembles a small compound and  is comprised of four smaller structures that are connected via natural light filled bridges.  These four structures open up to a central courtyard with a long lap pool and the indoor/outdoor spaces that blend into one another recall the modern Balinese style that I became so familiar with while I lived in Bali, off and on for 20 years during my last career.

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