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Highlights from High Point Market

By October 30, 2017 January 20th, 2019 2 Comments
Jamie Merida, Claire Bell, and Bradshaw Orrell, interior designers featured in the Chelsea House showroom at Fall 2017 High Point Market.

Whew! I’m back in the shop and working on design projects this week, but I’m still riding high from an amazing experience at High Point Market! I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite moments from the show, as well as design trends and home furnishings and décor products that caught my eye. Enjoy!

My First Showroom

Featuring the Tidewater Collection for Chelsea House

By far the most exciting thing about Fall 2017 High Point Market was that I had my very own space within the Chelsea House showroom to feature the Tidewater Collection! I had complete freedom to design the space to show off my product line. I went with a sophisticated, gold-toned color palette as the backdrop for the collection. Wallpaper from Anna French really set the tone for the space and helped draw people in.

Having my own space in the showroom meant I spent nine days at Market instead of the usual five. It was exhausting but exhilarating! It felt absolutely incredible to welcome people in and see them react so favorably to the collection. The response was truly phenomenal. We were published in the trade magazines and also connected with editors from most of the major shelter magazines. Southern Home will be running photos of the showroom in January, which we can’t wait to see!

During the show, the best-sellers from my collection were the Hampton Candle Sconce in gold and the Pagoda Mirrors. These are new items that will be added to our online shop soon.

In total, we launched 25 new products at High Point Market, all of which will be available for purchase on our website in the near future. One of my personal favorites is the Wye Heights Table. It’s classic blue and white, which I always love. It also incorporates a Chinoiserie pattern that perfectly captures my “traditional made modern” style.

Fun times at High Point Market!

One of the things I always look forward to most at High Point Market is catching up with friends from the industry. This year was no exception. In fact, Chelsea House threw a fabulous party for me and two other designers who were part of their showroom – Claire Bell and Bradshaw Orrell. Around 300 people attended, and we had the best time!

It was also great fun seeing celebrity designer Thom Filicia, who stopped by the showroom and posed for a pic!

Buying at High Point Market

Trend Spotting & One-of-a-Kind Finds

One of my favorite High Point activities is shopping for the store! I like to arrive early to scope out antiques and one-of-a-kind finds that our customers love. It keeps the store fresh and inspires new design ideas.

These rustic pieces were some of the first things that caught my eye. We don’t carry a lot of rustic items in the store, but it’s important to have a few pieces like this to bring character to a space and balance more modern designs.

These balloon molds stopped me in my tracks. Aren’t they beautiful?? Balloons were made by dipping the molds in latex, then turning them upside down to dry. Mounted on the wall, the molds become a truly unique, structural work of art.

I’m obsessed with the above pictured vintage moderne mirrored chest on a brass base, circa 1950. It is so elegant and timeless.

I was also smitten by this campaign furniture collection from Stanley Furniture. The brass detail is just so lovely. And as you can see, Asian influences and Chinoiserie are still a huge interior design trend.

The William Yeoward collection at the Jonathan Charles showroom was wonderful. I ordered the large mirror in the photo below (left), which is a reproduction of an 18th century piece.

The vases flanking the round William Yeoward mirror (center) are from Chelsea House.

The accordion pleat / reeded detailing in this William Yeoward console (right) was part of a huge trend that was all over High Point Market. Reeded, fluted, and pleated detailing were EVERYWHERE! It was interesting to see it incorporated into so many different materials and types of pieces.

The dentil molding on this Lucite coffee table by Ambella Home created a similar pleated effect, which I thought was particularly well done.

This console and end table also featured the reeded furniture trend. And how lovely are those pulls? I just love when extra attention is given to choosing the perfect hardware. It’s like jewelry for furniture!

This darling little decorative box (right) shows how the pleated detailing and Chinoiserie trends can work beautifully together.

These German hammered metal consoles were absolutely stunning. They offer an updated take on Art Deco and are certainly eye-catching!

Finally, I spotted these compact mid-century modern chairs that have a great form and were super comfortable. They’re hip and perfect for smaller spaces.

I could go on and on about High Point, but I’ll make myself stop here. It was truly an unforgettable week that exceeded every hope and expectation I had. I’m so grateful to Chelsea House for the opportunity to be such a prominent part of their showroom. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience!

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