Inspiration in the Studio

Highlights from High Point Furniture Market!

We’re finally beginning to recover from spring market in High Point. It’s always a whirlwind experience filled with rep meeting, new products, design trends, and of course lots of celebration. Today, Martha is featured in the Home section of Raleigh’s News and Observer spotting the latest trends. Check out the full article here.

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We can’t wait to incorporate some of our favorite finds into new projects soon (very soon).

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We absolutely loved the quality and brilliant colors in this new upholstery collection.

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The new introductions from Thibaut are always a must-see! Let’s just say that the wall of flowers was an Instagram favorite of designers at market (including us)!

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These were some amazing game tables…the perfect combination of quality and fun!

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And, of course, lots of inspiration and new introductions from our consistently favorite furniture manufacturers (many of which are in our own home state). We’re so fortunate to live in North Carolina….it is the true furniture capital of the world!

Highlights from High Point!

It’s that time of year again! We just returned from several fabulous days at the High Point Furniture Market. It only happens twice each year and it’s our time to touch and feel and sit and learn. It’s an entire town filled with eye candy and inspiration (oh, and just a little rain)!

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What trends did we notice throughout the Spring 2014 showrooms?  Check them out….

Upholstered Beds

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Bar Carts

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Statement Cocktail Tables

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Soft and Subtle Plaids

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Creative Consoles

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Gorgeous Gold

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Pops of Orange

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Precious Pink (dare I say mauve?)

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Can’t wait to get back in the studio and work with our favorite finds. There’s so many photos and lists and samples and ideas…oh my!

Southern Studio in Vegas! Design and Construction Week!

What a week!  Martha and I traveled to Las Vegas and enjoyed a few days of design inspiration. This year, the NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) combined efforts with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for what is now known as Design and Construction Week!  Let’s just say that it was a feast for the eyes….and we’re happy to share our highlights!

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The possibilities in cabinetry today are endless and we were excited to see the creativity flowing from some of our favorite lines.  Open shelving, glass details, functional storage, painted finishes in a variety of colors (Martha loved the yellow island), and designs for specialty spaces are the trends we noticed.

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The new pumice finish (a beautiful warm gray stain) from Dynasty Cabinetry was a favorite find! It’s available in several wood species….love it.

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We always make sure to focus on function before we begin the aesthetics of any design. Well, the functional options we now have in bathroom cabinetry should make everyone happy!  Check out the fabulous new cabinetry and storage options from the new Jacquard Collection by Kohler (I promise the configuration options, finish selections, and attention to detail are unbelievable….even electric outlets on roll-out shelves)!  We were really excited to see the new “medicine cabinet” by Decora too (notice the slide-out feature).

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Countertops continue to evolve with beautiful new finishes. We loved the Ocean finish from Silestone! Caesarstone had some unique countertops options too.  The embossed texture of the Motivo Collection has endless possibilities! The Concetto Collection was amazing….imagine the character of semi-precious stones blended into a luxury stone surface (beware, it does come with a price tag but it would be worth the splurge to make a serious design statement).

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We loved the variety of ways we found LED lighting being used. Check out the glass countertop lit with LED.  And the beautiful glow created in the back of these wine cubbies!

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Our favorite sinks were a “sustainable blend of natural materials” (think jute and concrete) to make the perfect lightweight concrete vessels for the kitchen and bath. The NativeStone Collection by Native Trails was amazing.

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We were thrilled with the natural textures of the new introductions by Daltile.

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All types of hardware (door hardware, cabinet hardware, bath hardware) become the jewelry of every house. We can’t wait to use the many new options from Emtek. The crystal is seriously stunning!

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We were so impressed by the many architectural grill options available. The creative ideas were flowing on how we could incorporate these unique details into kitchens, wall screens, outdoor spaces, and kids rooms….lots of brainstorming happening!

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We also enjoyed the many new options in building materials….especially windows and doors. My favorite are the sliding and stackable doors like these from NanaWall and Kolbe. With outdoor living so popular in our culture, these doors join our indoor living spaces with the outdoors beautifully (but, once again, a definite splurge)!

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With so much cultured stone being used in construction now, there are many possibilities.  We noticed a definite shift to the cleaner lines and smaller profiles of rough-cut stacked stone.

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We spent a bit of time exploring the over-the-top design of the many casinos….travel is always a great source of inspiration! We especially want to thank a few of the fantastic people who helped make the trip extra special….our Delta and Brizo Faucet rep (Brizo is one of my all-time favorite faucet lines) and the team at Houzz (this site is amazing for anyone building or remodeling and we were so thankful to spend time with them).

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As the saying goes, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!” We hope that this does not hold true for our experience….we can’t wait to bring our favorite finds back to our clients!

 

Favorite Finds! Furniture Market in High Point 2013.

It’s that time of year again…spring furniture market in High Point!  The excitement is contagious and the eye candy doesn’t stop!  Check out some of our favorite finds!

Beautiful fabric combinations at Lee Industries.

Color. Color. Color.

Fun linens at Eastern Accents.

Colorful tables at Lucy Smith.

Outdoor pillows in bold color at Elaine Smith.

Great corkscrew island fixture at Currey & Co.

Crystal birds sparkle on chandelier by Arteriors.

Soft, beautiful vinyl that looks better than leather at Hickory Chair. And a great tufting detail too.

Functional and fabulous cocktail ottman and upholstery detailing at Century Furniture.

A very special thanks to all of our reps who support us in our designs every day. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

 

High Point Market Finds...Focus on Comfort!

We just returned from a fabulous trip to Furniture Market in High Point! So many showrooms to visit. So many ideas for inspiration. So many textures and colors. Of the many fabulous finds, the common thread that caught our attention was the focus on comfort!

The manufacturers we work with spend a lot of time designing furnishings that are functional and comfortable!  Martha found an extra large lounge chair in Century Furniture that would be just perfect for any recreation room!

We have been adding chaise lounges to sofas a lot lately, but this double chaise from Lee Industries is the perfect spot for relaxing.

And for more sophisticated comfort and fun, check out these double chaise lounges from Century.

We’re back in the studio tomorrow!  It’s time to create….gotta love new inspiration.

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