A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending High Point Market for the Design Bloggers Fall Tour! I went with 9 other fabulous designers and bloggers, and had the opportunity to visit over a dozen incredible showrooms during our two day tour. Each showroom had something different to offer, and I loved learning more about some of my favorite vendors. I have some fun posts coming up on trends that I saw for the new year, as well as some of my favorite items in each of the showrooms, but I wanted to give you a recap of the spots we toured and their offerings.
Our first showroom of the tour did not disappoint. Bernhardt was filled with stunning neutral and staple pieces, and erred on the side of traditional with an updated twist (a favorite of mine!) Everything felt comfortable and elegant- you are sure to find something for everyone in their current Neo-classical collection.
Eichholtz is a new-to-me Dutch vendor who specializes in ready-to-order edgy pieces and lighting. Almost the entire collection is in-stock and ready to ship- a rarity in the to-the-trade world! I loved some of their lighting options, as well as all of the metallic pieces (and that marble table- it’s faux!)
The Sho Modern showroom was SHO FUN (see what I did there?)- we were treated to the Shine By Sho collection, which is packed full of incredible statement pieces that push the envelope on edgy design. Each piece incorporates something seen in the fashion world, and is so forward-thinking that I feel like other spaces will quickly follow suit. Their thoughts behind the entire collection is so cohesive- you can see the statement fringe on everything from lighting, to credenzas, to mirrors. Such a fun space with incredible pieces.
Duralee is a go-to for me for fabrics, so it was nice to see some furniture pieces in their showroom. This collection has a mid-century twist, and the showroom had a giant back-lit Slim Aarons piece that completed the space. My favorite offerings were their incredibly priced velvet selection- isn’t this pink sofa gorgeous?
Lee Industries is a staple in my designer playbook- they make versatile pieces in an array of finishes, and the showroom was so fun to visit (imagine four floors of amazing pieces like this citron chair). But we were treated to a special presentation by CRYPTON FABRICS that had me swooning. Crypton is another new-to-me brand that will definitely be at the top of my list from here on out- you definitely need to familiarize yourself with the company if you haven’t already! They have developed a special chemically made and patented durable fabric that resists spills. They set up a “slumber party” for us- complete with these goodies- and proceeded to pour an entire Coke on a sofa, only to wipe it up with no stain and no wet spot.
Castello offers luxurious, hand-made outdoor pieces that are built in North and South America. Each piece is hand-crafted and will be ready in 4 weeks- incredible! The pieces had clean lines, and we were able to meet the owner, who shared his passion for well-made pieces- a great addition to the outdoor furniture industry.
At Ameriwood, we were able to see pieces set up in a way that showed us the behind the scenes from conception to creation to delivery. Each piece is ready to assemble, and is sold at accessible vendors like Wayfair and Wal-Mart. It was really interesting to see the design process behind each collection (seen above), and how inexpensive furniture can be well-made and attractive.
Katy Skelton’s showroom was a real treat for me- I loved every single piece she had to offer. Skelton is a recent SCAD alum, and every piece in her current collection oozes with thought and personal touches. She makes incredible lighting and statement pieces- I particularly loved her selection of benches. She is adorable and her personality really shines through in her designs.
Owned by Michelle Workman, Pyar & Co. is filled with incredible baubles and trimmings. The pillows and trim tape she had on display were so beautiful, it almost felt like you were shopping for couture dresses. I loved her tapes and trims so much- a great way to add a little elegance to a linen or cotton fabric drapery panel or bolster!
Joanie’s designs were a bright spot to end our first day at High Point. Her fearless use of color is incorporated through a few statement pieces that are sure to brighten up any space. She even designed two of her own wallpapers, which complement her bold furniture pieces beautifully.
Not only is Thayer Coggin’s showroom based in High Point, their factory is as well. Thayer Coggin was the legendary furniture maker who famously hired Milo Baughman in the 50s, and is still the only manufacturer with the rights from the Baughman family to make and produce his original designs and pieces. We were able to tour the factory where each piece is made, and were able to see how the craftsmanship and work ethic hasn’t changed over the decades. It’s incredible to see the pieces that are still just as a fresh and new as they were when they were created- such a treat.
Century Furniture is one of my favorite showrooms here at the DC Design Center, so I loved seeing their massive space at High Point. They have beautiful case goods as well as upholstery pieces- everything was so chic and edgy (another favorite design style of mine). The rooms were neutral with pops of deliberately placed bold pieces, and their outdoor selection is fantastic as well. Century has been owned by the same family for three generations, and still pushes the boundaries on what is fresh and new in the design world.
At Universal Furniture, we were treated to a walk-through of their new Modern Collection, which was filled with classic lines and clean looks. Each piece was made with a specific purpose in mind, and the showroom was filled with staple pieces that look good paired with similarly styled pieces as well as pieces that could stand alone in a room. How great is that leather chair?
Huntington House is one of my favorite North Carolina vendors because they make great case goods and even better upholstered pieces. A lot of their offerings can be covered in Crypton Fabric- a major plus! Each piece is hand crafted in North Carolina, and can be customized like the sofa with the contrast welting above. Not only does Huntington House think about style, but they truly consider the comfort of their clients as well- we all fell in love with some beautifully designed reclining chairs (YES, really!)
Theodore Alexander offers a large number of pieces that can be completely customized in several different colors- a great place to find staples that fit your style or look. We also got to tour the Althorp Collection, created by Earl Charles Spencer (as in, Princess Diana Spencer- he’s her brother!). The entire collection is modeled after incredible pieces found at Althorp, their family’s home for almost 500 years. We even got to meet the Earl himself- a real treat to hear about his childhood and his thoughts behind the super traditional collection!
Wesley Hall is another vendor that is completely made in North Carolina- and I promise you will find something that you love in their collections. Everything is so fun and bright and chic! They are not afraid to use color, and incorporate traditional elements with up-to-date pieces and modern touches. I was particularly taken with their leather offerings- did you know that it takes two hides to create a leather chair, and five to create a leather sofa?
Ambella Home was our last stop of the tour, and it did not disappoint. We were able to meet the current owner, and he took us through the collections and told us the story behind every piece. Each item has been meticulously designed- you can see the thought that went into each piece. They also have updated their look and feel towards more of a forward-thinking design clientele, and it shows in the bold pieces like the striped table above. I loved the neutral offerings, but was blown away by their bold choices!
Thank you so much to Esteem Media and the team who put this tour together for us! Here is the whole crew, lounging at Lee Industries:
You can follow along with the whole crew as we recap our visit to High Point Market here:
Stay tuned for more posts about trends for the new year and my favorite pieces!