We have just returned from the Spring High Point Market with lots of inspiration and fresh ideas! It is great to have such a phenomenal resource just a short drive from us. Twice a year, we spend as much time as possible perusing the showrooms and exhibits at the market. Though it can be exhausting, it is necessary for our business as we test the comfort of new furniture introductions, explore new fabrics and textures, and purchase lots of fun accessories and antiques for the store.
As always, we started by visiting our favorite North Carolina manufacturers including Hickory White, Miles Talbott, Hickory Chair, and Stanford. These companies have become staples in our store and we are never disappointed with the quality and craftsmanship they offer. We then visit our wonderful accessory and lighting vendors like Currey and Company, Visual Comfort, and Global Views. Others including Bella Notte, Eastern Accents, Traditions, Peacock Alley, and Sferra offer soft and luxurious bedding and textiles.
Natural elements can always be found in many forms at the market. White-washed and natural wood tones have become more prevalent than darker wood finishes. Live edge tables are still very much in vogue. Many vendors have found a way to marry traditional and contemporary styles by combining wood with other materials such as metal and acrylic. Light fixtures inspired by nature glistened with oyster shells and sea glass, while colored coral sculptures accented tables and shelves. Seagrass and jute textures found their way into most every showroom in the form of rugs, lamps, and accent furniture.
In addition to textures, colors inspired by nature could be seen at every turn. Washed hues of delft blue, soft greens, cream, and rose were used to create soft and casual looks. Floral and botantical prints softened straight edges and metallic finishes. Although gray still seems to be the neutral color of choice, many shades of beige and taupe lurked beneath bright pops of red, teal, emerald, and magenta. Abstract artwork along with bird print fabrics and horse sculptures adorned many of the showrooms, bringing in more colors and elements of nature.
As we begin to gravitate outdoors to interact with nature, let us not forget the indoors. Mother’s Day and graduations are right around the corner and it’s time to take a good look at your surroundings and see if your house could benefit from a new nature-inspired accent or two. Visit our website or design center for inspiration and ideas.
Happy Mother’s Day & God Bless,