Pigtown Design: Reports from on High

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"Looks like body parts are going to be big this year." - Meg Fielding

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The Baltimore blogger heads to America’s premier furniture show at High Point.

High Point is just amazing! Massive. Huge. Maze-like. I’ve only seen a very small percentage of it on my first day, and realize that there’s no way that I will ever see everything, so I am going to have to pick and choose what’s a priority for me to check out.

High Point – Day 1

We went to a fun party today at Halo, which had a British theme, right down to beef Wellington hors d’oeuvres, and Wine Gums.Lots of fun things in their showroom,including this fun strand of pennants… made from coffee cups.

After that, we headed over to Bunny Williams’ BeeLine Collection at Wesley Hall. SO much pretty!Great mirrors,beautiful prints,

and patterns,stunning details,

and much more.All so much fun! 

High Point – Day 2

Day two at High Point was a little less daunting than Day 1. I took the shuttle around the town so I could get the lay of the land and understand the scope of the town and the market. I would have walked through town, but it was FREEZING! Someone told me that it was one of the chilliest days this year in High Point. Brrrr.I attended a couple of seminars today, mostly on marketing via Pinterest and social media. It was all fascinating, and part of the reason I am down here in High Point.I had a chance to walk through some of the showrooms and saw the gamut of items from large to small, from bright to subdued.Hmmm. Looks like body parts are going to be big this year. Ok?

After a couple of years of greys, colour seems to be back in vogue.

Bright colours.

Pops of orange.And orangesor clementines.

Everyone’s at the Market this year…

including lots of blogging friends, including Tartan ScotMaison 21Architect DesignMrs. Blandings, and many more.

High Point – Day 3

High Point: Day 3

It’s been a long and rewarding three days, and I want to publicly thank Cheminne Taylor-Smith, who is the VP of Marketing for the High Point Market for inviting me to High Point, and to Kim Shaver and everyone at Hooker Furniture for sponsoring me.

In addition to seeing miles and acres of gorgeous furniture, I also attended some seminars on Pinterest, trends for Spring 2013 and more. I will share some of the things I learned with you, but now it’s time to head to bed and have a good night’s sleep, with my pup right beside me.

High Point – Part 4

One of the things about High Point is that it is just so massive, you  hardly know where to begin. It wasn’t until the third day that I really got a handle on where some of the showrooms I wanted to see where located. And in reading the reports from other bloggers, I am realizing that there are a lot of places that I would have loved, but never found.

On my third day, I headed over to the Market Square, a restored mill that was where two of my long-time favourites were located. Thibaut, who has made wallpapers and textiles, now has a line of furniture, which was all wonderful. It’s all made in the US, including the feathers and down.I noticed a mini-trend of cut velvets on a matte fabric, which gives an incredible depth and shape to the colours. You can see it on this chair,and on this sofa.I loved that Thibaut’s furniture was very well-sized – perfect for a small house like mine!

The other showroom I visited was perennial favourite:I’ve been a Lilly Pulitzer fan for ages, and have a lot of their fabrics. I just finished a pillow in their fun “Tail Lights” fabric earlier this evening.I know that Lilly isn’t for everyone, and I certainly like it in small doses, and not on all of my clothes, but I do love their patterns and colours.Most of all, I love the names they give their prints. The Tail Lights is dragons with street lights on their tails. Racy Lacy is a Queen Anne’s Lace print, Dirty Shirley is a play on the drink, Shirley Temple.Many of the Lilly prints have the name “Lilly” somewhere in the pattern and it’s always fun to see where you find it.The colours that Lilly uses are so bright and cheerful and make me happy!I loved these subdued chairs that they’d placed on the breezeway between two buildings. The detail is great, especially the closely spaced nail head trim.There’s still a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

Meg reports that she has over 700 shots from her three days at High Point!  Watch this space or go to Pigtown Design for more pictures of the trends at High Point and other interior design musings.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.


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