Trends in wood furniture at Spring High Point Market

Picking up from where I left off on my trend report from High Point Spring market, trend number three is all about the wood. Whether you call it pickled, cerused or “charred” I spotted it all over High Point Spring Market.

Vanguard furniture

Vanguard furniture

The majority of what I spotted was the color of drift wood and many manufactures featured it in their new introductions.

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Wood in a more natural state was also spotted but the grain was still the focal point of the piece.

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This orange hued table below had a fun discovery.

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I can’t say I was really digging the look. All I could think of were those 1980’s pickled kitchen cabinets that turned a weird shade of pinky beige. Nope, I wasn’t embracing the look at all UNTIL…I walked into E.J. Victor and saw the new furniture line from designer Kelly Wearstler. It was love at first sight.

Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Wearstler’s furniture embraced a term that I had heard about a year ago but hadn’t seen, called “charred wood”. I don’t know the process but it looks as if the wood was bleached and then treated so that the grain turns black and has a charred or burnt look.

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Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

Wearstler used this same charred wood look on this side table made of what appeared to be stone but must have been some kind of porcelain.

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Kelly Weartler for E.J. Victor

Even the fabric on the chair looks like it was charred next to an even more exaggerated take on the trend.

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Kelly Wearstler for E.J.Victor

I’m not sure if this new look for wood is going to turn into a fad (gone in a year or two) rather than a trend (around for approximately 8-10 years) but keep your eyes open for exposed wood grain and charred wood sightings.

Would love to hear what you think my friends. Love it? Love it not?

Also, if you missed trend number one and two just click on the links below to catch up.

Color Trends at High Point

Organics at High Point.

Trends from High PointMarket: Organics

Time for trend number two of the six trends I spotted at Spring High Point Market. If you missed my first trend post on color you can read it here. The next trend is ORGANICS. It seems the manufactures and designers have a soft spot for science class and the natural world because even more so than last year, the huge majority of show rooms had organic references, if not the real thing in their line.

The Ocean. Okay, this one obviously speaks to me having majored in Marine Zoology in college. Never before have I seen the ocean world get so much love in interior design. Shells are still popular, not only displayed as a collection but used to adorn mirrors and furniture as well.

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detail of Curry and Co. console with shells

This sea anemone sculpture by artist Tara Lynn was incredible, and just happened to be chosen by Market Style Spotter Lori Glider as one of her favorite items.

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Wouldn’t these jellyfish pendants be fun hanging over an island at a beach house?

Jellyfish pendants Curry and Company

Jellyfish pendants Curry and Company

I also loved this hand painted carp console from Modern History.

Carp console from Modern History

Carp console from Modern History

Raw Wood still had a very strong showing at Market and as much as I love this large slab I could see myself hitting my shin on it one too many times (or worse).

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Petrified wood was huge this year. I spotted small side tables in so many of the show rooms (note*petrified wood is pricey!)

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Branches and stick shapes were imitated even if the material used was concrete like in this set from Curry and Company.

Curry and Company

Curry and Company

Rocks and Gems. I know gems are trending in fashion as well and I have been seeing them on shoes and sandals for this Spring. I don’t know where the shoe designers are going with this but I can’t help but think of that Paul Simon song with the line, “she wears diamonds on the soles of her shoes”.

Kelly Wearstler used beautiful gems and in great quantity for her new collection that debuted at E.J. Victor.

Kelly Wearstler gem studded coffee table

Kelly Wearstler gem studded coffee table

These brass and rock crystal scones were one of my favorites from her collection.

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wall sconces by Kelly Wearstler

Rocks used in lighting is very exciting to me. I love the unlikeliness of using such an unexpected material like Onyx for a hanging pendant.

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This agate light spotted at Codarus was a more affordable option.

SAMSUNG CSCFeathers are also trending and I spotted them used in art work, lighting and as a general shape. One of my favorite finds was this wall of gold feathers.

SAMSUNG CSCFlorals. I can’t end without mentioning the biggest trend in organics and that is the return of large scale florals. Flowers were everywhere at market but most notable were the big beautiful floral fabrics that adorned so many of the furniture pieces.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

I love this embroidery detail on the back of this new dining chair from Ambella Home

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Large scale floral artwork was also popular at market and a great option if you are looking for less of a commitment but still want to follow the trend.

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So my friends, dig out your shells and rock collections, go bring in some branches from the back yard and get in step with this hot trend from Market.

Which one is your favorite?

Color trends High Point Market Spring 2015

Last week was my second time attending High Point Market. If you are a designer and have never been, I can’t recommend it enough. It is such an exciting and inspiration trip. I saw so many beautiful show rooms and new products. I have gone through all my photos and I have identified six major trends.

1. Color 2. Organics 3. Exposed wood grain 4. Metallics 5. Geometrics 6. Texture

I will be highlighting all six of these trends with lot’s of photos over the next few weeks. I will start with color since that is what I know everyone loves to hear about.

Color: Blue still seems to be hugely popular this Spring. I noticed less turquoise than last Spring but plenty of deep saturated Mediterranean blues. Navy was also highly represented.

Hickory Chair Show Room

Hickory Chair Show Room

Several show rooms used deep saturated blue on an accent wall. (note: accent walls were very prevalent at Market)

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Tobi Fairlet collection for C.R.Laine

Check out the blue and white fabric on these new chairs from Tobi Fairley for C.R.Laine. This animal print fabric must have been the top selling fabric this Spring. It was featured in at least half a dozen showrooms used on everything from sofas to chairs to beds.

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Kristin Drohan new collection

Besides the popularity of blue, the big buzz around market and on Instagram was all about “Blush”. Designer Suzanne Kasler debuted her new collection for Hickory Chair in Blush and it was a huge hit.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

I just love this round drum shade pendant. It’s so fresh and unexpected, even more so since it is above a very traditional brown dining table.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Blush which is really just another name for light pink was also trending in art work.

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This large scale photo of pink flowers from Dunes and Duchess was even chosen by one of “High Points Style Spotters”.

Dunes and Duchess

Dunes and Duchess

After seeing the above image I was inspired to take a couple of my own flower photos from a pink arrangement at the Thibaut showroom. What do you think? Should I super size one and frame it for my own house?

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I saw a lot more Red this Spring than last especially for furniture and accessories.

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I still remember the striking red room Alexa Hampton did for Spring 2014 for Hickory Chair and this year she chose to use red once again.

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Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Now that I have showed you Blue, Blush and Red, as all trending, I am going to end with this: If I had to choose one color that was undeniably the number one color this Spring at High Point it would be Gold.

Mr. Brown High Point

Mr. Brown High Point

That my friends is an entire blog post coming up soon under the trend Metallics. Wait until you see all the Gold!!

Sooo….which color are you most excited about?

 

 

Friday’s Photo: Trending colors at High Point

I am just back from Market at High Point, NC after spending 5 non-stop days touring dozens and dozens of show rooms. I have SO many things to share and I hope you followed me on Instagram because I posted lot’s of photos. I will be writing a full follow up next week but I wanted to share this image today.

Yellow and coral at E.J. Victor

Yellow and Red at E.J. Victor

Move over blue (which DOMINATED at market) because there are some new colors making an appearance. Both yellow and red, which we really haven’t seen much of lately for interiors, were spotted at several of the show rooms. This room at E.J. Victor fully embraced them both. I think it is such a happy and cheerful room.

How about you? Are you ready for a color change or still sticking with blue?

Have a good weekend and check back next week for my trend report.

Friday’s Photo: Off to High Point Market I go

Friday morning at 6am I leave for High Point NC to attend “Market”. I am so excited but also somewhat stressed because if I get everything done I need to do before I leave I will have pulled off a small miracle. I am finishing up floor plans for two new clients, following up with several different vendors to make sure deposits have been received and items are on schedule to ship. There is also the matter of packing and I need to get a manicure and pick up clothes from the dry cleaner. Yikes!

Once I arrive in High Point things don’t slow down one bit as I will be going from early morning till late at night for the next five days. It’s difficult to describe exactly what the Market experience is like but imagine 180 buildings, some as large as this one in the photo below and maybe you get an idea of how large Market is. Talk about visual overload! Good thing the bar carts all roll out at 4pm because by then I am in full zombie mode.

CD Building High Point NC

CD Building High Point NC

Besides visiting as many showrooms as time allows there are parties galore, seminars to attend and designer friends from far and wide to catch up with. I will be sharing lots of photos so that you can see all the hot new products, colors and trends as soon as I see them. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as that is where I will be doing most of the sharing. If you don’t already follow me you can do so HERE.

Also, if you would like to read my article from last April’s visit that I wrote for Merrimack Valley Home Magazine just click HERE.

 

 

NYC Spring 2015 window displays

Every time I visit New York City I have the same thought, “Why don’t I do this more often?” New York City is only a little more than three hours from Boston but the truth is, I rarely go. I can come up with lot’s of excuses why; hotels are expensive, I don’t know anyone there and I can never find a good time to take time off work.

While attending the Architectural Digest Home Show a couple of weeks ago I once again was reminded of how inspirational the city is and how I really need to make an effort to travel there more often. Even just walking the streets while checking out the windows is a visual delight. Look at these terrific windows I spotted while walking the famous 5th avenue.

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Prada

One thing I noticed as trending in almost every window was the use of faceless all white mannequins. One reason may be because color continues to be big this Spring and what better way to showcase those colorful clothes than against a clean white background.

Bergdorfs had an interesting theme for their Spring windows as each window vignette highlighted a different sense. The one below is taste. Not totally clear on the message but those are big white cakes above the models heads. The dress on the right with the pompoms is not something I could wear in a million years but the one on the left I love.

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This second window vignette for smell is more clear as that is a big nose encased in that Lucite box. The message is further driven home with all those flowers in the background. I love the two skirts in this window as well.

This last one for hearing is even more literal with a huge ear floating front and center. I usually get annoyed by the street reflections in the window but actually loved the reflection here.

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The rich saturated blue background grabbed my attention in Fendi’s window. It’s hard to tell the scale but that bag is about 10 feet tall and fills the entire window.

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Leave it to Ralph Lauren to keep his mannequins classic and beautiful. This was another window where I thought the street reflections added interest to my photo. It’s almost as if the mannequin is making a ghost like appearance by stepping right out of the wall of the building.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

For those of you that watch Downton Abbey, this window had a fun discovery. If you have seen the opening “commercial” for the series it shows Ralph Lauren painting a water color of a jeweled necklace on a model. It then shows an actual model wearing that same necklace down the runway. Here is the  necklace on the mannequin in the window.

This last window is Dolce and Cabbana. I know they have had some very bad press lately by making some really dumb comments that don’t even make sense. I did however enjoy their window because I interpret it as “Winter” waiting for “Spring” to come to life.

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I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of the New York City Spring 2015 window displays. I have made a commitment to myself to get to NYC more often and as Wayne Dyer says, “excuses be gone”!!!….Anyone want to join me?

 

 

Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now is Vetro Vero and I was thrilled to see them at the show.

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

These three glass pitchers are just incredible don’t you think? You can see more of their beautiful work HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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