What can we say. We are still on a high from going to this spring’s 2016 High Point Market. It was definitely the highlight of the year for us at Designer Custom Source and our operations manager, Adam Parker. There was an assortment of beauty that can only be described as pure designer eye candy! I have never seen so many gorgeous and amazing home decorating pieces all in one place. Whether it was visiting the infamous star and designer of HGTV’S Fixer Upper Joanna Gaines showroom at Magnolia Home or relaxing on the elegant and modern outdoor furnishings of Janus et Cie where we took a load off and chatted with other design enthusiasts. The sights and sounds were definitely high volume but all in all, we covered a lot of ground in the two days we were there.
Walking through the Suites at Market Square was where are adventure first began. This cool and artsy building has levels of incredible innovating furnishings, lighting and soft goods. As we strolled along trying not to trip and fall over each other as we gazed at every jaw dropping show piece, the place was pulsing with freshness and classic traditional finds with new modern twist on home decor!
We did come with a mission and a well planned itinerary thanks to our DCS Developement Director/Buyer Melinda Merijanian. First stop, visit our friends at Robert Allen fabrics where they conveniently have a permanent showroom in the Suites at Market Square. With walls of beautiful indoor fabric and amazing upholstered furnishings dressed in New Robert [email protected] Madcap Cottage throughout the space, we were pleasantly surprised to be able to view some of the upcoming fabrics for fall 2016. Of course we stopped by the coffee bar to get a caffeine fix and quick snack before heading out to visit with our friend Todd at Al Fresco fabrics.
Adam, Melinda and I were greeted by president and designer of Al Fresco fabrics Todd Nifong to explore what’s new in his world of fabrics. Al Fresco fabrics are artful and sophisticated outdoor fabrics with a soft hand that lends itself well to indoor furnishings. Known for beautiful nautical themed fabrics in amazing dreamy colorways, we fell in love with even more of these exceptional textiles leaving us excited to get these fabulous works of art, up and live on the site ASAP!
Adam Parker finally joined us after not so great luck with his car rental the day before. Thankfully he did get to be a part of HPMKT and led us to a great food truck find where we had delicious eats and very interesting views. People watching is always entertaining.
Antique & Design Center was where we fell in LOVE with so many exquisite antiques from all over the world! This was where we spent a lot of time looking with wonderment at all the charming finds as well as attended a great educational event the day before called “Home Decor Design Trends – A Year Ahead.” This seminar gave us a glimpse into future trends in fashion and home design, which I’ll provide for you on another post – so stay tuned!
Vintage fabrics over a hundred years old were also sold as a cash and carry option. Yes! We sorta took advantage of this opportunity, right Melinda?
The day before Melinda and I had the pleasure of being a part of a live interview with designer Thom Felicia. It was very educational, entertaining and comical. What a down to earth guy! The next day we saw Thom handing out beer and being a social butterfly at Eastern Accents. Hmm… I’m still not sure why we didn’t go in to say hello. Oh well, just a little star struck I guess.
Then we took the trolley over to our next stop – International Home Furnishings Center where we said goodbye to Adam and headed off to Magnolia Home showroom where we had hoped to see Johanna Gaines in person. Unfortunately she wasn’t there but we did love her style of old vintage lace and ruffled trims on bedding mixed with soft velvet’s and light tan leathers on furnishings. We were not allowed to take any photos inside but I did manage to sneak one in from outside the showroom. 🙂
Showplace building was last on our list to conquer. By now our feet were killing us but we had to trudge on – Surya awaits!
Upon entering we saw the most adorable display from Rowe Furniture. Simple drawings of people, animals and accessories painted on white upholstered furnishings. So cool!
Surya was on the top floor of this massive building. We took the escalator up to be greeted by the color and bright pattern of accent rugs, poufs and pillows. It was like tasting a handful of rainbow colored skittles. Bold prints, crewel and rich color was everywhere.
After two long days of running around we did take some time to rest and have some hors d’oeuvres over at Four Hands Furnishings where they were having a little party. We gobbled up some great food and headed back to our Airbnb for a long nights sleep.
The next day we headed home. We were tired and a little sore but it was worth the adventure and seeing beauty at every corner. Until next time!