High Point Market April 2019

Every April and October, the furniture and design industry descends on little High Point, NC for the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show. I overheard an attendee refer to High Point Market as “Disneyland for Designers”. It’s difficult to navigate High Point without a map and comfortable shoes, so in that regard, the description fits. And for design lovers, it really is a Disneyland of inspiration, ideas and possibilities. This April, Christine and I (and Christine’s mom Patty) made the rounds to all our favorite showrooms to pick out some really awesome pieces to be arriving soon. Below are some notes from our trip.

The transportation Terminal at the IHFC building

The transportation Terminal at the IHFC building

On the Hunt for Art

One of the main things we were looking for this market was art. One of my favorite design tricks when it comes to filling up empty walls is collection groupings. Gallery Walls are all the rage right now, but it’s pretty cool when things other than photos or paintings are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing grid. Examples of our favorite High Point inspirations for this idea follow.

Textile Art

Another idea for art is framed textiles. We loved what some of the rug showrooms were doing with their vintage and one of a kind pieces.

The Gallery Wall

We’re still huge fans of gallery walls. What better way to showcase your personality and interests than a wall covered in iconic or family photos? We did a big order of some iconic photos that we can’t wait to come in!

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Then there’s these…

And finally, these ideas for art that we just might have to copy…

Two words… . LURV IT!!

Two words… . LURV IT!!

When the artist becomes art.

When the artist becomes art.

If those were dark chocolate peanut M & M’s, it would definitely be an emergency.

If those were dark chocolate peanut M & M’s, it would definitely be an emergency.

The one that got away…

Every market, there’s always something that I can’t get my mind off of - the piece that I wanted so badly it haunts me. This is that piece - a carved tent stake from Morocco that has been repurposed into a bench. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be because my rental was so full, there was no place to put it. But y’all, I still think about it every day. ;-)

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Lisa McHugh