Remember that blog post a while back where I announced that I was heading to High Point Market as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour? I just returned from market and am thrilled to share with you everything that I experienced. I decided that the easiest way to do this was to take you on a day-by-day, showroom-by-showroom journey in the order that I experienced it so you can get the full behind the scenes look of what it's like to be a Design Blogger. Thank you for coming along with me on the journey!
STOP 1: JAIPUR LIVING
Jaipur Living was a fantastic first stop on the tour. In the front of their showroom they had one of their actual looms that they have in India set up as you walk into the showroom. It felt very experiential as they shared about the community of hand-weavers that they employ in India. All of their area rugs are quality and beautiful.
Living is San Diego where we use our outdoor spaces as an extension of our indoors, their selection of indoor/outdoor rugs really caught my eye! The colors were magnificent and the patterns to die for. I am considering using some of them for under dining tables for easy maintenance.
STOP 2: NORWALK FURNITURE & CRYPTON
Caroline Hipple, President of Norwalk Furniture is always a gracious host. She offered us mimosas as we toured the showroom. Norwalk Furniture offers an incredible line of upholstery and case goods very customizable for any design project. While there, we met with a Crypton representative who demonstrated the stain repelling power of their fabrics. Great for any upholstery project but especially if you love white sofas and live with kids and pets!
STOP 3: HUNTINGTON HOUSE
Next, we boarded a shuttle over to Huntington House. This was my first introduction to this brand and their furniture was absolutely gorgeous. They had a great selection of upholstery and really beautiful motion pieces! I’m always looking for swivel and reclining pieces that also look stylish and Huntington House has them in spades.
STOP 4: HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING GROUP
Hudson Valley was another new company to me on the tour, which is exactly why I wanted the experience of being on this tour! Talk about shiny objects! It was so hard to concentrate in this showroom because everything was gorgeous! I especially loved the collaboration between Hudson Valley Lighting and Martyn Lawrence Bullard - such a stylish collection!
STOP 5: LLOYD FLANDERS
I feel like a broken record but Lloyd Flanders was a new introduction to me. As a San Diego Designer, I want to get to know all of the great outdoor furnishing vendors and Lloyd Flanders fit the bill.
Their selections were so gorgeous, I would put them indoors!
STOP 6: JAMES BY JIMMY DELAURENTIS
What a sight for sore eyes! Y’all know I love me some color and JAMES by Jimmy Delaurentis brings it! This was such a unique showroom space. I loved the lines of his furniture and the way he mixed his colors. As a dog lover, he paid extra attention to dog beds which I think is brilliant! My fave moment came as I was ‘tush testing’ one of the chairs, he literally lept into my lap!
STOP 7: DOME DECO
Dome Deco is a Belgium brand and this was their first time showing at High Point Market. They specialize in both residential and commercial design and their furnishings are built around lifestyles and moods.
Dome Deco isn't selling products, they're selling an image and identity. Cosmopolitan Living and Warm Contemporary Style are the images that they identify with. Contrast is very evident in everything they do such as dark & light, feminine & masculine and urban & rural.
STOP 8: BLUEPRINT COLLECTION
This was a quick stop on our tour. Blueprint Collection is a collective of interior designers that got together to create this brand. Their showroom was so light and refreshing. Their furnishings are modern, elegant and feminine with their pastel velvet chairs and light lacquered furniture with brass detailing.
STOP 9: FOUR HANDS
Four Hands is always a fan favorite. Their showroom is huge and they offerings are vast. This season what was new and now was the focus on sculptural modern pieces, auburn woods, angles and lines. The “Rule Of 3’s” was most prevalent in this showroom - meaning 3 different materials in on piece of furniture. And I never thought I’d say this but Travertine is making a big comeback in table tops and bookshelves. In general the color schemes were much warmer this fall.
Greens, Clays, Navy and Warm Pinks were everywhere!
What a whirlwind of a day! I toured so many wonderful showrooms and met so many great people. Stay tuned for Day 2 of the tour in the next blog post!