Inspiration in the Studio

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?” ┬áIt’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!

High Point Highlights: Charming Chairs!

We’re always searching for the perfect combination of comfort and style in seating! While in High Point, there was a lot of touching and feeling….like Goldilocks trying to find the perfect chair! These are a few that we thought were just right!

Pearson adds casual sophistication to dining chairs….


The exposed wood detail of this chair is fabulous. I can only imagine how handsome it would be in a slubby textured upholstery.


We loved the clean lines and geometric print on this piece by Hickory Chair.


This classic design from Hickory Chair becomes extraordinary with a woven metallic silver leather seat! Different, unusual, creative….love it!


Lorts introduced a new line of upholstered pieces that caught our attention.


This oversized chair from Lorts has beautiful exposed wood detail.


The ultimate in casual comfort….the slipcovered dining chair from Lee.


I love the gray leather and clean lines in this handsome pair from Lee.


The last is my favorite chair photo for two reasons; (1) because I absolutely adore the style, comfort, tufting, and combination of fabrics on this pair from Lee and (2) because our awesome new design assistant, Kaitlin, is testing it out (we’ll share a more formal introduction soon).


Always searching for the perfect pieces….will the search ever end?