I'm back after a long week launching my furniture line at High Point market while trying to still be a buyer and shop my current accounts. The Kristin Drohan Collection made its debut and far exceeded my expectations.  We had great traffic through the showroom, wrote some orders and have many potential clients to follow up with.  It was exciting!  I already had one interior designer, Vicky Serany from Southern Studio Interior Design, cover it in her Favorite High Point Market Finds blog post.   Here are some pics of the show room. 

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Isn't the dog Triptych awesome.  My friend and artist, Storey Ellis Robins of SER Studio did those for the showroom.  It is available for sale if anyone is interested.  I had the Sydney lounge chair, Reed faux slip covered sofa (looks like a slip without the hassle of one), Anthony ottoman, Kathryn Barstools, Marie dining chair, the Charles head board.  The head board drew a lot of people into the showroom but I think the lounge chair received the most praise for style and comfort.  

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 The guy filming was from The Home website.  They do video posts of market finds. 

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I'll be officially launching the furniture website soon.  We still have some pieces to shoot this week and some tweaking to do to the website, but we are getting close. 

I was able to hit some of my favorite showrooms while at market and uncovered some interesting  decor info.  Linen, Hemp, limed and cerused wood, re purposed items, and the whole Parisian Flea market look, continues to be strong.   I saw this in several showrooms but Dovetail  seen below, seemed to be one of the best. I especially liked their lighting.  Check out the floor lamps and metal drum chandy over the dining table.
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I'm not so sure what I think about the next emerging trend I encountered.  Like it or not the  whole "lodge" look is getting some play.  Just before market, I received some new Robert Allen fabric books. One whole book contained southwest, lodgey, mountain themed fabrics.  Then I walked into the Hickory Chair showroom and saw this.

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What do you think?  It was such a departure for them.  I love the zebra print hair on hide, but since I don't have a mountain retreat, I just don't know about the rest.  Here are some other pics from their showroom. 

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Suzanne Kasler did some Pink, which I am really digging right now.  I chatted with her a bit and found out her daughter is a freshman at Miami University (my alma mater) and pledged my sorority, Delta Gamma.  I'd post a pic of us, but sadly,  it isn't that fab of either of us even though we really tried (we did a few takes).  I've blogged in the past about my affliction with taking bad photos, so it isn't any surprise this one isn't great either.  A year ago I posted a not so great photo of both of us at the Safavieh rug launch.  It was flipping hot and humid and we were both melting.  I just don't think we need another not so flattering photo floating around out there.  We'll try next fall, Suzanne.  Here is her Pink room inside the Hickory Chair showroom. 

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Thomas O'Brien launched his new collection for HC this market and this upholstered bookcase was my favorite piece.  I just loved it.  I gotta find a project for it.  It has flannel and velvet options for the fabric and I died over the Red flannel.  I want it sooo bad!

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I'll be honest, I didn't see a dominate new color trend.   The natural neutrals were still very strong and of course Global Views showed some true color.  The featured color in that showroom was the Pantone color of the year, Turquoise.

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Paired with a bit of Orange or Lime Green it was certainly bright. 

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The funniest moment at market came at the Howard Miller Ty Pennington party.   They had Ty doing a paint demo in the showroom while filming a promo. 

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Just to the left of this photo is a window that looks into the hall outside the showroom.  This is what was going on in the hall.

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The woman were freaking out over Ty.  It was a crack up.  I know he is great, but it was crazy with them screaming and yelling.  He was egging them on as you can see.  Good thing there was some glass there. 

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Thank goodness I didn't have to battle the women for this pic. 

So that is my Reader's Digest post of market.  What did you think? Like? Not like? (don't say my furniture). I'm joining Paula Grace for Timeless Tuesday, hop on over.


 

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