Inspiration in the Studio

Quality Furnishings Made in North Carolina!

We are often asked about quality of materials and construction techniques in furnishings. There’s something about fine craftsmanship that just leaves an impression.

Jon Wilson with the Fox Charlotte television station did a fabulous job documenting the manufacturing of fine furnishings in his piece Hickory Chair where furniture is still American Made! If you want a quick education on quality furniture, it’s well worth the 17 minutes of time.

Rich. Lush. Quality. Detail. Hickory Chair. Made in America. What more could you want?

Highlights from High Point (Part 2): Custom Finishes

As designers, it’s important that we work with vendors and manufacturers that value creativity as much as we do. The possibilities are endless and only limited by our imagination. At market in High Point, we found a couple of pieces from our favorite suppliers that are the perfect examples of how we can change and customize for a completely unique look.

The look of this chair by Lee Industries (proudly made in the USA) can be completely customized by changing the finishes and combining unique fabrics, leathers and contrasting welt.

Hickory Chair is a designer’s best friend, because they encourage customization! This ottoman is upholstered in a classic neutral with nailheads and rich stained base.

The same ottoman can take on a completely different look by changing the fabric and adding a weathered finish to the base.

And, it can even be made as a cocktail table by removing the upholstered top!

This chest from Lorts (one of our favorite furniture lines that just open a beautiful new showroom in High Point) is another timeless classic.

A beautiful detail and a little bling can be added with mirror details.

There are so many options for just one piece of furniture…it’s our job to make it the best it can be! We love our vendors that make it happen for us every day.

Highlights from High Point (Part 1): Color Trends

We’re just getting back after a long market week! We spent hours touring showrooms and finding inspiration in the new trends. For the next couple of days, we’ll try to capture a bit of what we found and how it helps the creative process.

Everyone always asks, “What are the new colors?”  It’s a tough question, because we try our best not to design for trends. We try to provide timeless designs that our clients will love for years. But, of course, we are always paying attention to the splashes of color and how they impact a design. In High Point, we found lots of color this spring and we definitely saw some trends:


Navy and yellow at Pearson.

Rich navy at Hickory Chair.

Navy and red at Century Furniture.


Always bright colors at Company C.

Orange used sparingly (but effectively) by Lorts.

Bold orange accessories from Global Views.


Raspberry pink accents at Pearson.

Preppy pink and green at Company C.

Sophisticated Pink at Hickory Chair.
The good news is that we saw lots of color at market! Over the past couple of years, the colors reflected the dismal economy with lots of grays and neutrals. It was thrilling to see the vibrant energy of rich colors and we can’t wait to incorporate them into our projects!

Bringing the Highlights from High Point back to the Studio!

October is always an exciting month in the design world! Part of that excitement is when the eyes of the industry are focused on High Point and the latest (and greatest) product introductions. Until you see it with your own eyes, it’s hard to explain how many thousands of square feet of showroom space is available to explore. We are constantly on the hunt for quality furnishings and accessories to incorporate into our projects. I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds….

(1) Love this fabulous banquette from Century Furniture. Banquettes are a fun and functional additional to a dining space.

(2) Century created this versatile alternative to the traditional sofa table.

(3) Century also introduced Bob Timberlake’s new furniture line. At the entrance to the showroom, I had to stop and take a photo of this pillow. I’m proud to say that we try our very best to source products that are “Made in the USA” (don’t get me started, let’s just say I think it’s important).

(4) This tufted ottoman from Lee Industries was an absolute favorite and has already made its way into one of our designs!

(5) I love the combination of materials and textures on this comfy chair by Lee Industries.

(6) Upholstered beds continue to be hot! They add great visual interest and can be incorporated into almost any space.

(7) Outdoor living has become just as important as our interior spaces. We now have so many options available for outdoor rugs and pillows like these…

(8) I had to include this new table by Hickory Chair. Growing up we had tables in our living room just like them!

(9) There are so many details to notice and one of my favorites were the many box edge pillows we found! What a great way to add custom detailing without expensive trims!

(10) And last, but certainly not least, the best piece of advice I found (and I think we should all follow it)!

We brought home so many creative and useful ideas….like a kid in a candy store!  It’s the inspiration we need to keep our work fresh and exciting!

Favorite Finds...from High Point Market!

It’s a little late, but that seems to be life these days! Twice each year (April and October), High Point becomes the place to be for all things design! The eyes of the furniture industry is focused on the High Point Market….top designers, gorgeous showrooms and new introductions from the best in the industry. This spring, market was filled with projects and appointments….fast and furious without a lot of leisurely browsing (and even less time for fun photos). October will be here before you know it, so it’s time to share a few favorite finds!

My favorite showroom display from the Suzanne Kasler Collection from Hickory Chair

As a designer, it’s important to work with manufacturer’s that are willing (and able) to customize furniture to meet the needs of a specific project.  This newly introduced bed by Hickory Chair is the perfect example; shown here in a twin size with a wood panel headboard.

And here with a full panel upholstered headboard with tufting. The same bed with a completely different look. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

I found a few very casual chairs from Lee Industries in a this burlap-looking upholstery. Simple, comfy and classic…and with a great swivel.

And, sometimes it’s just the little things that make me happy!  Like these simple placemats (again in burlap). I just love the reminder to mind your manners!

The best news of the market is that there was an excitement and energy that I haven’t seen in a long while. Could it be that the dreary days of the recession are over?  I believe so!  I’m already looking forward to October.