High Point Market: Fall Edition

Posted on October 18, 2016 | 0 comments

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OCTOBER 22 – 26, 2016

This week we’re off to North Carolina again for High Point Market: Fall Edition!  We’ll be scoping out the latest styles and bringing the best items back to our store showrooms. 

Ahead of our departure, we’d like to review and share with you some continuing trends, as well as others that are on the rise.  But first, how about a little history on the market itself?


In March of 1909, the first official “Southern Furniture Market” was held in the small town of High Point, NC.  As popularity and attendance increased each year onwards, an exposition building was constructed.  Containing almost 250K square feet of showroom space, and costing nearly $1 million, its doors opened in 1921.  Regular shows would now be held in January and July of each year. 

In 1950, further expansion was required, and the 10-story Wrenn Wing was attached (a $1 milllion addition).  In the years that followed, “in-between” market events emerged during the months of April and October.  These ultimately became better attended, starting in the 1960’s.  The January and July shows were finally discontinued in 1982. 

Also that year, an additional showroom complex debuted, called “Market Square” -- and offered even more available showroom space for vendors and manufacturers.  It is this event that solidified High Point as a major furniture exhibition center.

 High Point Exposition Center

Showplace Exposition Building in High Point, NC.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


Let’s get into a few of the hot trends and forecasted styles for this years’ market, shall we?

Geometric designs seem to be finding their way into everything!  Crossing-over into Classic Elegance, Mid-Century Boho, and the nation of Neutral -- the obsession with shapes is real!  Fascination is probably a better word for it, as they inject both an organic energy and visual mantra-like balance to the homescape.  Patterns repeat themselves, right?  We must say this is a beloved and versatile trend we hope continues.

 Boho Ottomans

Bohemian-Inspired Leather Ottomans w/ Geometric Stitching $300 

greek key green rug

Greek-Key Patterned Woven Rug (multiple colors available) $68

Canary Yellow Tray

Canary Yellow Lacquered Tray w/ Mother of Pearl Inlays $65

Mixed Metals

Copper, Bronze, Stainless or Aluminum.  Hammered, brushed, polished or oxidized.   Whatever combo you want to put together and throw out there -- people can’t get enough of the metallic bling!  So much so, that they are forgoing traditional standards and going counter-intuitive by pairing these alongside soft organics (i.e. woven textiles) and natural or weathered finishes such as driftwood.  It actually reminds us of the past -- in a way.  In their most basic consortium, one might imagine the inside of a cabin in the rustic 1700’s -- with dull metal  pans & shiny spoons hanging from a large, grainy wooden mantle surrounding an open cooking hearth.  Not to take you back to the dark ages -- just a little perspective and humble nod to our ancestors’ old means of living!  Much evolution has taken place since then, and it is of course evident in the lighter and more refined contemporary pairings we are seeing at the present time.

Silver Textile Pillow

Silver Textile Pillow Large $279

Driftwood Table

Driftwood Table $2100

 Undeniably, in whichever form or fashion metals are presented, they command attention  -- at the very least, a quick glance -- due to the curiosity their reflective qualities incite. 


Deep Greens

Green on apparel indoors replaces the absence of green leaves outdoors during wintertime.  And while we’re getting “deep” here, the implementation of this specific color is actually in response to a very subliminal calling… or, pardon the pun -- pining.  Outdoors-loving folks knowingly – or perhaps unknowingly – are drawn to this color and should be conscious about filling the void in some capacity when it’s not being fulfilled by nature.   We also believe this shade emanates a resilient energy – a reminder that while life may be in a state of dormancy, hibernation, or “long winter’s nap”, it is merely reserving its strength and waiting to burst back onto the scene once the frost has thawed.

green ginger jar

Green Ginger Jar $240

[Check out our review of the Seasonal 2016 Pantone colors, including shade of emerald green called Lush Meadows.]

DON’T SUFFER FROM THOSE WINTERTIME BLUES?  Well, lucky you!!!  In that case, we’ll save our “talk-you-down-from-the-ledge” speech and get right into the fluffier stuff!  Perhaps with a lighter-hearted mentality comes a love for softer, less-saturated tones.  We are seeing a carry-over of several of the popular neutrals from earlier this year, such as champagne rosé (muted pink) in particular.  Also, faded blues -- which echo “blue skies of optimism” – and shades of golden hay, adding rays of sunshine to the palette.  And now we’re feeling all warm, content and ready to ride out the cool confluences of winter.

Soft Neutral Colors

Soft-colored Pillows Assorted $125-250 


Old Havana

A perfect transitional style for those lovers of green we were speaking of only moments ago.  Oh, Havana – you are that and so much more!   Coastal influences are easily brought into the scheme as well, including royal blue (and white too!).  How about asymmetrical designs, and those famous warm grays for rounding out this versatile and fun Copacabana party? 

Old Havana Style HPM

Photo courtesy of High Point Market

Authentic, rich and comfortable is what this lifestyle is about.  Drawing inspiration from Cuba’s infamous agricultural resource, the tobacco leaf – we lounge on sun-tanned brown leather surfaces and graciously maintain our utilitarian gold-leafed furniture.  Everything shows some sign of age, but conveys a class and confidence reassured all the more by this.


 Anyways, we have high expectations for everything to be unveiled at the show.  We hope we have given you something to look forward to as well. 

We’ll make announcements as all of the new shipment arrives, so make sure to subscribe to our preferred email list, and also follow us on all social media channels.  See you when we get back!


Don & Fiona

Dwelling & Design 


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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

Posted on May 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

(Annnd we're back!  In continuation of the blog detailing our recent trip to Spring 2016 Highpoint Market, we present you with the second half, including more highlights, insights and pretty pictures... hope you enjoy!)

We see a continuance of oriental inspiration from The Far East and Middle East (think India and Persia); characteristic combinations of angles and curves that convey a spirituality and mindfulness of the different earthly elements (land, water, wind & fire) and how – rather than clashing -- they instead work together, in harmonious dance and balance. We even caught glimpses of freshly refined Eastern-Industrial fusions that engaged our curiosity. After bearing witness to these new trends we must say that we’re revved-up and ready to create some of our own pairings and vignettes utilizing similar themes.


 And then there are always occasions where it’s good & wise to KISS. Keep it simple stupid, right?? An array of “primitive” goods & décor were available and on display, reminding us that one shouldn’t always strive to reinvent the wheel. Simple, large and useful glass bottles, great for filling a specific space or need (garlic and chili pepper-infused EVOO, anyone?) though visually not imposing due to actual clarity of the object. So the glass is full and empty, get it?? (Sorry, but we enjoy pointing out the irony in things sometimes.)

So, on second-thought, how ‘bout we spare all of the over-elaboration (K.I.S.S., remember!), while we take a couple deep breaths, and give you a list of the cool “primitive” items we noticed at market (…breathe…):

  • Alternative-colored natural woods resembling lumber from ancient, reclaimed bog oaks
  • Thick wood-slab cutting boards and butcher blocks
  • Solid, simply-shaped stone seating (think Flintstones) for both indoor & outdoor applications
  • Heavy, imperfect metal hardware

We think these items pair VERY well with gray paint-palettes, other metals (such as appliances), and industrial-themed environments. That is all. Moving on…




We enjoy abstract art quite a bit and found a nice showing of lively large-scale pieces at market this year. Triptychs are still in the fold, adding interest and versatility in choosing how the works can be displayed. Additionally, they produce a shadow-box type of effect that gives a much more contemporary look and presence, as opposed to your standard gold-framed artwork.

Art-deco made its’ requisite appearance with forever-classy themes of black & white, geometric patterns and architectural details. Oh, and we can’t forget something else we found most humorous (and we might as well end on this note) – ANIMAL PORTRAITS!!!


We hope you enjoyed reading some of the observations from our trip. We truly had a blast exploring the market and getting new ideas & inspiration. If you find yourself irresistibly excited about any of these things, or daydreaming about new ways to update or transform the style of your home, we would love to help make your visions come true!

For more pictures from our trip, check out our Pinterest page, here.





P.S. Please enjoy more random photos below:


Mindie, Rick Brownlee and Fiona.

Rainbow scooters.

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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

Posted on May 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

So Don, Fiona & Mindie made it back safe & sound from their trip to North Carolina and the Spring 2016 High Point Market. They gleaned quite a bit of inspiration from this year’s offerings and selected an abundance of new items to feature in-store as well as incorporate in upcoming design projects.  We have so much we want to show & tell you about, that we're breaking the blog into two parts!  One this week, and the next in a couple days.  Without further ado, here are our observations and what got us most excited at market.



Much spontaneity and fluidity in the new patterns & motifs, including themes of “watercolor” (as-in the painting method)-- whether it be expressed if the form of abstractions, or as specific earthly elements like coral and garden greenery. As usual, nature continues to be a strong, if not the strongest, influence when it comes to new designs. In addition, we picked-up on a complimentary “bleeding ink” expressive style that translated very well to home décor items such as draperies, pillows and place settings.

We insist on having a great variety of flavors to choose from in the realm of fabrics, so we also fell in love with simple, colorful symmetrical designs and anything with "pop-art" influence, because fun is a critical ingredient in our endeavors, and life in general!



Attention! Florals have made their way to the lighting department in a big way this year. Instead of your typical bulbs above the bathroom sink, how about plugging-in something a little out-of-the-ordinary with these beautifully-designed elements, providing some artistic whimsy to an otherwise predictable situation? You are sure to receive plenty of “I want those!” compliments from your guests when they step aside to freshen themselves up and take a gander at these fantastic bathroom components.

Also, think outside-of-the-box, or perhaps hasten back to Old World times with very attractive passageway lighting for either indoor or outdoor scenarios. See picture below.



Skirts… sexy patterns and contrasting-colored skirts! What a fun way to dress-up your upholstered furniture. This can actually be bold or subtle, providing a delicate compliment of color or a unique pop of personality to the pieces themselves, which then carries over and assists with the color scheme for the rest of the room. We like denim blue paired with navy patterns and also think it’s pretty smart to take neutral in a different direction, like khaki w/ hot pink or lime green!


Some interesting Rustic-contemporary designs were unveiled, often coalescing in an “industrial middle ground”, and other times bypassing it completely. With these latter pieces, it appears the designers are consciously utilizing older, rough-hewn materials in applications that have typically been regarded as clashing or faux-pas in more modern or contemporary installations. Perhaps it’s this generation’s way of recognizing and paying respects to artisans of the pre-electric past and reimagining or repurposing these elements as they see fit. Depending on the success of this brave and unusual collaboration, they could certainly prove that old dogs can learn new tricks.

Check out more pictures of the Spring Show on our Pinterest page:


And look for Part #2 of our blog in the coming days!  Thanks for "following us around"... we hope you are enjoying our designers' inside glimpse thus far!



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