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Top 25 Favorite Design Finds from High Point Market

Whew! Talk about an insane week in High Point! We returned from the market hardly a week ago, and we’re still recovering from three long days of nonstop browsing, talking, Instagramming (is that a verb?), workshopping, and browsing some more.

It was exhausting but AMAZING.

If you followed along with our Instagram Stories, I’d like to thank you for accompanying us on our  trip! ;)

If you didn’t see the stories, don’t worry. I’m including some of my favorite finds, although truth be told, it’s been nearly impossible to narrow them down. To keep my design love in check, I’m limiting my sharing to these categories...

  • Chairs

  • Lighting

  • Wall & table decor

  • Sofas

Alright, let’s take a look at some of these beauties!

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This is what heaven must look like.

The Best Chair Designs of High Point Market…

...in my humble opinion!

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I fell in love with not one, but TWO chairs with caning. Look how sophisticated and tasteful caning is. There’s no other word for it… it’s a timeless classic.

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Indoor or out, this chair is simply divine. Doesn’t it call out to you with promises of rest and relaxation? That’s a call I’ll happily answer.

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I came. I saw. I purchased!

Keep your eyes peeled for this beautiful bar stool in one of our upcoming design reveals.

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The backs of these chairs… creative, classy, coastal. Need I say more?

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Whoa! This stunning chair stole the show in its little corner of High Point Market. I can’t vouch for comfort, but it is undoubtedly fab!

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I love effortless details, like the grain in this burl wood. When natural materials have a character of their own, it can elevate the whole design. Yes, please.

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There is something about the back of this chair that leaves me speechless. Some beauty can’t be described in words. Just take a moment to admire this one for me, please.

When you’re done, let’s take a look at some upholstered chairs...

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This chair completely took me by surprise. When the seat fabric doesn’t match the chair fabric, I usually cringe… but this one I’m actually on board with! Elegantly done.

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This chair reminds me a bit of a French macaroon: delicate, layered, and oh so pretty.

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This stunner had my mind going crazy with design ideas. Picture this chair in a suave gentleman’s den, a home library, or let it star in a bright white living room. See? There’s no bad situation!

The Best Pendants, Lamp & Chandelier from High Point Market

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The subtly curving wood beads are beautiful on this lamp, but the whole scene is a work of art too. Textured neutrals are my jam.

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Here’s another piece that had my inner designer in a frenzy. You know I love lighting (blog post on this topic coming in the near future!) and you know I love lighting with tasteful wooden beads...

Enter, beautiful black beaded chandelier, and I think I’m in love.

Can you picture this in an all-white room?? Two words: Show. Stopper.

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In my IG Stories, I asked whether you liked this gold-framed pendant in white or black. Black won! I have to agree that it has a bit more character and charisma than the white. Nice choice. ;)

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You may have noticed a wood-inspired theme with most of these picks so far. This dome pendant is the last one, so enjoy it! I love how the design mixes a glamorous polished nickel with the wood’s casual feel. Fun but classy.

Creative Wall & Table Decor from High Point Market

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These beautiful galleries caught my eyes as soon as I passed them. Black and white + moody blues + touches of gold = right up my alley! You know me.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall… in which client’s home will you appear this fall? (You’ll find out!)

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This feathery plant is called pampas grass and was EVERYWHERE at High Point Market this fall. I love the whimsical touch it adds to a space.

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Another scene that words won’t do justice. Just observe. Everything about this is Yes.

A Few Fave Sofas from High Point Market

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I love it when the process of making the design becomes part of the design. The stitching on this chair is beautiful — as a design element on its own and as an ode to its craftsman!

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More trim details that I just love. There’s something about a dark trim on a light piece of furniture that looks so clean and classic. I saw quite a bit of this style at the market. Top notch.

Alright, that’s it for my finds from this year — thanks for journeying through these with me!

I know it’s difficult, but if you had to pick one, which is your favorite??

Before and After Beach House Part 3

Back to the beach... I know, I know Christmas is around the corner and winter is settling in but I'm still thinking beach:). 

So i thought I'd continue the tour of the Avalon house. 
If you missed the previous beach house posts you can go here and here.

Let's head upstairs to the family room/dining room. This is how the owners found the space.

Family Room/Dining Room Before


Below are the sofas we re-purposed here for this space.



Family Room/Dining Room Now

table lamps Regina Andrews
pillows Quadrille in kazak

swivel chairs by Lee Industries



Large abstract by Baltimore artist Janine McGuire


 Pillows Quadrille in kazak


light fixture Anthropologie
table custom



So how did we approach this space? First we repainted all of the dark paneling decorators white and added new cypress hardwood floors. We also removed the stone fireplace. This was not in the original plan due to budget constraints but we discovered it was unstable and unable to hold the TV so we removed the stone and added new dry wall. For a little pop we painted the interior of the fireplace box a bright blue. 

We kept my client's coffee table and just styled it. We also added new slip-covered sofas and linen swivel chairs from Lee industries. 

To add just the right amount of color and pattern, we added custom made Quadrille pillows with a bright blue contrast welt. The pillows you see on the swivel chairs I bought retail and added the perfect color trim to the plain white pillows. And we hung a large colorful abstract in between the sliders. 

The cool light fixture above the table is from Anthropologie and the dining table was custom made by the owner.

One last look.

Before

After






Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Beach House Before and After Part 1

I know it's fall and winter is upon us but I thought I would share a project I worked on this summer. It was a beach house built in the early 70's and I don't think much changed in this house until my clients and current owners purchased the home last year. 

So, a little background on this house-- the owners hired me for a temporary fix. Yep. Temporary.

Just to get it up and running and functional for a season or two because they weren't sure if they were going to sell it or tear it down and build new.  So as you can imagine it was a VERY tight budget knowing it may not be there next year.

And NO new kitchen, NO new bathrooms, NO new window treatments or major renovations of any kind were done and happy to say it turned out so pretty they may keep it longer than expected.

AND I think it's a great example of how you don't have to tear these old houses down just spruce them up a bit and they can be so charming! One more interesting fact is the owner grew up coming here as a boy. He knew the family and knew that the house was filled with love and special memories and he wanted to re-create that same feeling for his family.

Without further ado, I'll share the before pictures of the entry as my clients found it

Entry Before



Entry Now


The wall-to-wall carpet was removed. New cypress flooring was bleached to keep it from yellowing and then installed. The dark wood paneling was kept just painted decorators white  and all of the trim was painted super white by Benjamin Moore. The red console is from Host Interiors Ardmore, PA and is by Mitchell Gold  and Bob Williams. I love this console for tight spaces and trust me it's a great red.


 The owners weren't sure what to do with the iron railing but I wanted to keep it as is. I love the lines of this railing. They just don't make'em like this anymore.  Look how fresh and clean the space looks now.

At the end of the entry we had this BEFORE



AFTER



This was sort of an awkward space because to the left of this bench is the entrance to a bedroom. But we added a bench and a few custom pillows. 

In every project I  try to use fabrics and pieces that I've never seen/used before and that have personal meaning to my clients.  I usually get tired of seeing the same fabrics and furniture pieces used over again and I don't want my clients house to feel like a furniture showroom, RH or PB or whatever their favorite furniture/accessory store may be. It has less meaning and it would feel like they've seen this before... right? 

In addition, I always try to include something custom and original in every room to make it special and specific to each homeowner. So as an ode to the owner who is an avid fisherman and boater we added the red Manuel Canovas calypso pillow in red and the navy and white "flagish" looking pillow on the bench. Just enough (I hope) without being too "theme-y"

I also added a large mirror to open the hallway and reflect light from the new door the client added. You can also see the modern flush mount lighting we added in the reflection of this mirror. The new design of this space turned this dark entry into a light-filled fabulous space. 

The goal was to turn this 70's house into a clean, modern fresh space with clean lines yet keeping it a bit traditional in line with the client's taste. 

Stay tuned each week as I share the before and after's of this fun, yet budget-minded beach abode!

oh and if you want more mind-blowing before and afters on the web check out Calling it Home's One Room Challenge here. This is where talented designers transform one room in six weeks. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo