Okay, so I’ve digressed the last couples of posts. The last installment from High Point highlights will be covering the eco-friendly movement.  Over the past couple of years, the eco-friendly or green movement gets more and more play at each market.  This Spring was no exception.  In fact, not only did we see that trend increasing, but related to that was the increase of more traditional, vintage, and comfortable furnishings and accessories.  Items that were repurposed or used recycled materials were also popular.  There was a lot less glitz, glam, and Hollywood Regency.  My colleagues and I were on the contemporary furniture floor in the largest building called IHFC (International Home Furnishings Center), where they have most of the contemporary furniture showrooms and the whole floor was dead.  You can have 20-30 buyers in one showroom at a time and this entire floor was empty.  It was shocking.  In the past, the hallways would have dozens of people in them on this floor. So here is my theory on that.  With the economy in its current state, I think people are less likely to take a chance on something that feels like a trend and are sticking with classic timeless traditional purchases that feel safe.  I felt a more casual vibe too. I'm seeing it in the catalogs too.  Restoration Hardware has the new vintage trunks collection and Wisteria has a lot of linen "grain sack" upholstery.  So here are some pictures to illustrate.

 

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Petticoat Floor Lamp, Organic Uphostery and Fabrics

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Penshell Lamps and  Wood Console

 

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Swoon! You'll be seeing more of this fabric

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"Vintage" Trunks make great cocktail tables

So, what do you think of the look?

 

 

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