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High Point Review

The Fall High Point Market was a few weeks ago and boy do we have some fun things to share! High Point is the place we go to see the latest and greatest from our vendors. Here are some trends we noticed during market:

  • Mid-century modern is making a statement in a big way.
  • Metallics are holding steady in the mix of deep, rich colors. Think deep jewel tones mixed with brass and copper.
  • Large scale prints are all over the place, so are velvets!

Here are some fun pics from the trip (yes, a picture with Barclay Butera was a highlight!).

Trendspotting: Flat Weave Rugs

What issues have you encountered as you have pursued high quality interior design within your home? Most people have trouble with any number of the following:

1. Finding high quality furniture that fits.

2. Creating a consistent look.

3. Locating specific products that complete a room.

As you are probably already aware, selecting a rug for any given room is one of the most difficult tasks related to interior design (fits into number 3 above). Why? Because many rugs fit into very specific styles and color schemes. Rugs have immense power to draw a room together in the most perfect, pleasing way. Conversely, though, they have the power to create a disjointed, busy, and unfocused look. Investing in the right rug is a monumental task.

Flat Weave Rugs: The Latest Trend

In the design realm, flat weave rugs represent one of the latest, greatest trends out there. We continued to see it as a theme at High Point Market late this fall. What, exactly, are flat weave rugs? And perhaps more importantly, why are they continuing to gain popularity for use in the home?

1. Flat weave rugs, quite simply, are woven so that they lie flat. They do not provide any pile or depth. Rather, they simply cover floors. They are lightweight, easily move-able, and often contain a striking design with deep colors. They can be made using wool or a synthetic material.

2. Flat weave rugs are often more affordable than their more substantial counterparts. These rugs are highly favored by interior designers because of their affordability and often bright, large design elements.

3. Many higher quality flat weave rugs are reversible, giving home owners the ability to create a couple of different looks with ease. Colors on both sides are complementary, and designs are often reflective of one another.

When selecting a flat weave rug, it is essential to purchase a high quality, 100% wool rug. These rugs will be less likely to curl up on their four corners. Additionally, it is also important to purchase a high quality rug pad (preferably felt) if possible. These will protect the rug and the floor from any damage caused by heat or humidity, and also keep these lightweight rugs in place. For any additional questions regarding flat weave rugs, give us a call! We would love to help you find the perfect one to match your existing furniture and room layout.

Personalizing Furniture: A Theme at High Point Market

Themes in Interior Design

As we continue to pursue excellence in the area of interior design, we would like to share with you some of the themes we saw at the Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. We attended this amazing interior design show last month. Here are a few of the themes we noticed.

  • Mixing of colors and designing your own furniture. The personalization of furniture was a major theme for this year’s market. Selecting details, fabrics, etc. for pieces of furniture creates lots of options for making pieces your own. Providing homeowners with more choice and the ability to be sure their room design and furnishings will not be like their friend’s or neighbor’s was a common theme in showrooms and in discussions with home furnishings representatives. Consumers also now have the ability to select furniture fabric, arm styles, legs, back styles, tailoring, dimensions, and other features and benefits.
  • Desire for American-made and eco-friendly products. Many people seeking to purchase furniture and invest in interior design also seek out environmentally friendly materials and furniture and pieces made in the United States.

The High Point Market is made up of 11.5 million square feet in 180 buildings and draws some 75,000 exhibitors and buyers. I covered a lot of territory in five long days!

The benefits of American-made were clearly evident in my visit to the Kincaid Furniture facilities in Hudson and Taylorsville, N.C. Seeing the care and individual expertise used to make these case-goods and upholstered furniture was eye-opening. As two employees were setting up their machine for the next products to be made, I asked one how they measured for the different settings. “It comes from 24 years of experience,” he said, “with a proud smile on his face.” I was told that these craftsmen and women know their own tape measure intimately—they know exactly whether the precise measurement is on the line or to the left or right.

Buyers at the market were clearly interested in knowing what products were American made so they can definitively inform consumers. It was wonderful to see that some manufacturers have persisted and others are returning to our shores for production.

The High Point Market!

In October, we had  the unique opportunity of attending the Home Furnishings Market at High Point, North Carolina. As members of Decorating Den, one of the largest buyer groups from a single company attending the event, we received special showroom and furniture factory tours throughout the event. We got to tour the market before anyone else! Decorating Den is North America’s largest home furnishings and interior design franchise company. More than 90 franchise owners came together from all over the country, to take advantage of these special tours offered to us at the Home Furnishings Market.

Furniture at the Market

One of my favorite aspects of the market at High Point was furniture — we had the unique opportunity to discover trends in furniture manufacturing and design, as well as the ways in which pieces can be uniquely situated within various rooms. Typically, our design presentations are made in the customer’s home or office, so it is very educational for us to personally visit the showrooms of our suppliers. As a result of meeting personally with vendors and viewing their factories, we become more educated on aspects of products we offer.

 Highlights and Trends at the Market

I always love attending the market, as I get to connect with lots of other interior designers around the country. I had the opportunity to tour the showroom and asks questions of the vendors. Here are a few more of my personal highlights, along with the trends I observed:

  • I got to spend time with nationally known interior designer and TV celebrity Libby Langdon at the Braxton Culler showroom. (More on that soon!)
  • We toured the case-goods and upholstery furniture manufacturing facilities of Kincaid Furniture Company. It was eye opening to see how the furniture was made!
  • I saw lots of details and customization on many items. Home interiors express the lives of the people that live in the homes themselves — vendors are embracing this trend and incorporating it into their creations.
  • I noticed how many vendors are embracing bold color! These colors can be used as personal expressions within people’s homes.

I enjoyed my time at the market, and I would love to share my findings with you!

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109
239-431-5936
claudia@decoratingden.com

http://claudia.decoratingden.com

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