Yes, High Point Furniture Market has come and gone again. Almost 3 weeks ago already/only….but the right time to revisit what the Market experience was for me…..one that has evolved over the 12 years I’ve been making my way to High Point twice/year for the “next 6 days that count”
Market is always always a jam packed, exhausting, yet exhilarating, time. To be in the midst of so much creativity, inspiration, design… all mixed in with the adrenaline produced when good business is being done…well, it’s a recipe for an incredible experience.
As always we enjoyed seeing those that came to visit at our permanent Showroom @ 741 West Ward, with highlight being our Sunday Lunch n Learn with Deb Barrett. Thank you to Deb, who left her flock of VIP Inside Design Tour Participants (what a GREAT group of folks she and Jackie Von Tobel had under their care for this inaugural tour) to come and give us an info packed World Tour on Trends.
It was also great to meet new/reconnect with old, customers and friends from our satellite space in the Antique and Design Center….AND if I can, a shout out to the gals that run the show at the Antique and Design Center. What a class act! I can’t effuse enough with regards to the “experience” of being an exhibitor there…..the icing on the cake being the wandering minstrels that stroll by each afternoon. Had a little fun with a customer harmonizing to You are My Sunshine as the musician of the hour strummed away on his banjo. I believe it was recorded! I took to calling what they provided as a “concierge” Market experience. They don’t miss a beat and are attentive to the end…Love you ladies. And love what you provide and do for your Antique and Design exhibitors and shoppers alike. Bravo!
My Chinese Antiques accented beautifully the Chesterfield Sofa line I represent…or vice versa if you wish. And porcelain pieces and glass cut mirrors from C & S Acosta topped it all off…that, and some peacock feathers.🙂 Have been selling my antiques wholesale for 15 years, but this was the FIRST market presenting wholesale pricing to the line of, made in the UK, Chesterfield Sofas, by Distinctive Chesterfields, and what a great reception we had! If you didn’t get to visit the showroom, you can check out pix here.
In addition to all the wonderful people we were able to introduce our collection to, it was great to be interviewed for an article on antiques/repurposed products that will be published in the New Homes & Ideas magazine in the summer/fall. Thanks to dear customer/friend Linda Zoffer of Del Zio Designs for making that happen.
The High Point Junior League did a showhouse, which coincided with Market. Happy to have been able to attend the grand opening gala with a bevy of my friends to take in this amazing project and to support those talented Designers that I know and love that worked so hard to make this a showcase showhouse….Libby Langdon, Kara Cox, Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller and Madcap Cottage….just the ones I personally know but they ALL really outdid themselves and I am sure all are excited for all the money that they helped raise for the Junior League. My Showhouse photo album here.
Kelly Wearstler’s discussion with the Trim Queen for the WITHIT Sunday breakfast was yet another highlight of Market….as was seeing my friend, the Trim Queen herself, present a CEU course on , of course, Trim, at the Robert Allen Showroom. Accolades to a wonderful presentation Jana!
Soooo many product launches by amazing interior designers/many whom I know. Couldn’t get to them all/afraid to list out for fear of who I would miss. Simply wow, wow and wow.
Similarly it wasn’t in the cards for me to visit, and take pix to # and instagram, as many of my fellow business owners/exhibitors that I consider as friends as I would’ve liked. Was nice to check in with the folks at Van Collier, John Strauss, Legends of Asia, Touchwood UK, Dunes and Duchess, New Growth Designs, Taylor Burke, Cotton and Quill and Red Egg….but so many more that I was unable to get to. A smattering of photos here.
For those that are familiar with Market, the shopping/selling part of the day ends only to be picked up by the multitude of parties that are hosted by the various showrooms. And for me it didn’t end there, for, as at the end of it all I retreated to house full of the coolest housemates, yes we were all friends before we became housemates, a girl could ask for. You women, each of you, inspire, encourage, uplift and love so freely and contribute greatly to my sense of well being…which can be rocky at times in the midst of it all, and are an integral part of my Market Experience.
So we bid farewell to High Point Market Spring 2015 and hello to the many doors that opened during Market…. leading us all to further growth of our selves and our respective businesses. Yup, full plate. Onward.