As we have discussed in our past couple of posts, meeting with the fabulous design bloggers is one of our favorite parts about High Point Market! We have shared market coverage from our friends at All the Best and Apartment Therapy, and this week, we wanted to share a recent post from the blog Quintessence. Enjoy!
High Point Picks | Drexel Heritage Delivers
Drexel Heritage wants you to tell your story at home your way. And to help, they focus on offering customization options at every level. As my sponsor at High Point, Drexel hosted me and several other bloggers for a morning at their showroom. We were delighted to have the very knowledgeable Denise Alala, Vice President of Upholstery lead part of our tour. She explained how this season Drexel introduced many new fabrics to their stable of over 800 selections. From graphic blues
to animal patterns, bold prints, textured smalls
and colorful leathers,
there is a wide variety to choose from. They also added more smaller scaled, apartment friendly frames to their Options program, where customers can mix and match arm style, seat and back options, skirt and trim styles as well as wood finishes. And the woods, all executed here in the states, are now available in more finishes and paint colors. I liked the new vintage alpine, for example, on this casual occasional chair
And see how different the same Indulgence Display cabinet looks in two custom colors. And because all the work is done right here in the States, even custom items take merely weeks to complete.
Denise’s talents also extend to styling, which lent a lived-in look throughout the enormous space
The Viage collection, “inspired by the idea of what you might find in a European artist’s studio,” was the new introduction at market. It features “layered moldings, intricate joinery, hand-accented veneer patterns, metal star details and simple turnings on posts, mixing elements from European antiques with modern components, like glass and metal,” such as one of my favorite pieces from the line, the Postcards Desk.
The Expedition Console and Mirror of Discovery are both updated classic and versatile pieces from the collection that could migrate from room to room.
Drexel’s case goods feature thoughtful details as can be seen in their Vintage Originals collection. I always appreciate handsome hardware and the drawer pulls on the Haberdashery Chest
and the Sazerac bar/secretary
are details that definitely make a difference. In wandering through the showroom, I thought I would share a few other picks that I think show the versatile and flexible nature of what Drexel Heritage offers. The Voussoir Pedestal Dining Table is a modern classic that could work not only as a dining table but also as an entry table in a larger home. The clean lines and metal du jour would mix with any number of complementary styles
From the Celladora collection, this case hall chest and Larkspur mirror are pieces perfectly suited for locations from the mountains to beach. And the new case goods options finishes extend to this collection so they could be reimagined in any number of collectible colors.
And lastly, several designer friends mentioned the upholstered console as a favorite and it is easy to see why. In a totally chic shape, this infinitely useful and stylish piece is available in a plethora of prints or solids to accent any decor.
With pretty piping and a fitted glass top, this console could work in literally any room of the house or apartment.
A huge thanks to Lisa Hanley, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations of parent company Furniture Brands for the generous sponsorship and welcoming hospitality. Drexel does deliver on so many levels!
One of the reasons we love High Point Market so much is because we get to meet with all of our favorite design bloggers! Our friends at Apartment Therapy were kind enough to stop by our showroom and share some of their favorite new Drexel Heritage trends. From pops of pink to menswear inspired pieces to creative leather detailing, Apartment Therapy covered all of the new Drexel style stories on their blog, which we have shared with you below. Enjoy!
The Drexel showroom was one of our first stops at High Point and the whole team wanted in on the tour! In addition to our guide, Lisa, being absolutely 100% entertaining, there are plenty of good design ideas getting served up by the creative team behind this brand. Here are a few of the style stories that were apparent in their collections for this season:
Hot Pink Details
Global Patterns in Blue and White
Creative Leather Detailing
From music to fashion to food, classic southern staples are getting a whole new look, blending old traditions with modern and elegant details. Restaurants like Georgia Brown’s in Washington, D.C. and Gravy in New York City have welcomed this idea of the “New South,” reinventing classic southern dishes with fresh ingredients and a contemporary spin.
We, too, have embraced the New South and have used its inspiration to create something completely new for Drexel Heritage. Unlike any collection we have ever designed before, we’re excited to introduce Vintage Originals.
What is Vintage Originals? It’s your grandfather’s antique end table and your new floral armchair coming together to create the perfect reading nook. It’s the traditional chest custom finished with a bright paint, mixing traditional form and modern color to create the interesting juxtaposition of old world elegance and new world style.
It’s the perfect marriage of yesterday and today. Vintage Originals takes traditional forms and modernizes its details to create the perfect mixture of old and new in its designs. Pieces like the Vintage Originals china cabinet and secretary (which doubles as a bar) give you the freedom to mix your grandmother’s class with your sass to create your own interpretation of what it means to live in the New South.
While the Vintage Originals dining table features a traditional rectangular tabletop accented with modern square legs for the ideal balance of classic chic.
So, are you up for the challenge? We’d love to hear how you are redefining your traditions to create a fresh new look in your home!
From new colors to trends to styles, we’ve seen a lot of great ideas and designs in the furniture world of late. One of our favorite features this season? Drexel Heritage’s stylish new dining options with custom features that allow you to create rooms perfectly suited to your family’s needs.
Our new Gourmet Dining collection is all about customization. Choose between different bases, tabletops, chairs and finishes to create a table setting where countless family memories and traditions can be made. Select a stone tabletop for a more modern look or choose a glass tabletop and intricate pedestal to create a comfortable room for entertaining.
Next up: the finish. Our new glazed cordovan stain exudes elegance and strikes the right balance between rich masculine color and sophisticated feminine appeal. Going for a more casual dining experience? Our Aged Dove Grey finish lends rustic country manner charm.
After selecting the perfect table, mix and meld fabrics, trims and finishes to create chairs that perfectly complement. Channel your inner designer and craft custom dining seating for your home. Make your table even more unique by mixing up seating options like picking two different, but coordinating, upholstery options to use for your chairs.
Food brings the whole family together, don’t you think? We’d love to hear your favorite family memory or tradition from around the kitchen table!
“Anchors aweigh” has a whole new meaning this summer with nautical-inspired trends taking over the runway and yacht club alike. We’re seeing everything from monkey knots to anchors to patriotic red, white and blue looks. We love this Ralph Lauren striped jacket with brass buttons, paired with trendy red cropped pants for a sophisticated approach to fashion.
Our designers at Drexel Heritage can’t get enough of this revived, bold look and are incorporating seaside trends into functional pieces for your home. The Selat Mirror is the perfect accessory for any room with its modern take on the elegant “rope look.”
The brass links on the Filigree Side Table compliment the dark wood finish for a complete and en vogue furniture piece.
The key to nautical décor is to keep it clean and simple, which is why we love the beautiful Daughtry Sofa. The white sofa with blue trim and tufting is just enough to add a pop of color without going overboard.
If you’re ready to jump right in to the nautical trend, try adding a splash of red to your bedroom with our Urban Contemporary Bed.
Can you “sea” how to incorporate the nautical trend into your home? We’d love to hear you design ideas!
Rejoice – it’s no longer just for doilies and tablecloths! Crochet is back in style, and this time around, its intricate detailing has a sophisticated and trendy vibe. Today, everyone from Chanel to Tory Burch to Ralph Lauren is integrating crotchet into their summer fashion lines, and we love it for its surprisingly elegant and beautifully simple feel, as seen here in Who What Wear’s fashion spread.
Drexel Heritage is leading the furniture world into this trend with our beautiful, contemporary Laurie Chair and coordinating crochet-inspired pillow. Available in a variety of stunning colors and patterns to suit your preference, our Laurie Chair pillow looks stunning in a deep, cool blue crochet-inspired upholstery or a soft, sweet pink. Choosing a crisp, white upholstery combines two of this season’s most versatile trends – crochet and the ever-elegant white.
If you’re ready to fully embrace this trend, try the Laurie Chair in a crochet-inspired upholstery, accented with a bright pillow instead.
The Laurie Chair wowed the crowds when it showcased at the High Point Market showroom, and we’re sure that when upholstered in the trendy and sophisticated crochet, it would be just as much of a statement piece in your home!
As you’ve seen from our previous blogs Tribal Time and Color Blocking, trends in fashion are often mirrored in design. From colors to patterns to the little details, the looks we see on the runway can easily be emulated in the household. The most recent trend we predict to make the crossover from fashion to furniture—the peplum.
A peplum is a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse or dress, but this flirty detail could easily be added to sofas, chairs, pillows or lampshades! Adding a peplum to any of these pieces instantly takes a silhouette from simple streamlined to fun and feminine.
Most of our Drexel Heritage sofas can be customized to add a skirt, so for all of our fashionistas out there, integrating the peplum into your home is simple and easy.
What do you think of this ruffle-y detail? Will you set the trend for the bringing the peplum into the home? We would love to hear how you are trimming your furniture and making your rooms fun and fabulous!
Drawing from influences all over the world, tribal patterns and exotic prints have made their way stateside, and we can’t stop talking about them — seriously! With designers like Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Emilio Pucci setting the tone, these vibrant patterns are definitely not for the faint of heart. And for those of you daring enough to try, tribal is also making its debut in the home.
For those of you who are new to this trend, remember that moderation is the key. In the living room, try incorporating our Clair Chair in a sassy animal print or toss some throw pillows in an ethnic print on your sofa. Carry tribal into the bedroom with one of our upholstered headboards and accent the rest of the room with just one or two colors from the fabric.
By sticking to a select number of colors and patterns, you can keep your tribal inspired designs fresh and funky – not overwhelming. So remember, keep it simple and keep it fun. Are you up to the challenge? We can’t wait to hear how you are infusing the tribal trend into your home!
If you’ve read parts two and three of our mini-series, then you know that Denise and Carl, our creative team, love love love color. But let’s not forget color’s best friend: pattern. We’d like to take a moment to report on the behavior of pattern (often misbehaving!) during Denise and Carl’s recent NYC creative junket
Florals: Denise returned from NYC with a charming bouquet for the design team, announcing the comeback of lady-like florals. You can already see this trend taking root at Drexel Heritage retailers — sometimes in tea-stained accent pillows, sometimes in a larger ground cloth. “I’m going to keep an eye on this,” said Denise, “It’s a great print market right now, and I predict the bolder florals will make their presence known as this trend evolves.”
Zigzags: Bright and bold. Big and small. Zigzags have crossed the line from the fashion world into the home furnishings world. From high-end fashion house Missoni to the hooray-everyday ready-to-wear collections at Target, “this trend has not begun to peak yet,” said Denise. “Think of zigzag as yesterday’s herringbone with a modern twist.”
Color blocking: Denise loves color blocking (remember our blog post Bastille My Heart?). “Fashion is so fluid,” she said, “and color blocking is starting to break down.” It’s going ombre, where a single color traverses from A to Z, in all its glorious incarnations, in a single, unified piece of fabric yardage. “It’s both subtle and arresting,” Denise explained. As an example, a pale lavender runs the gambit to grape. It’s both a fashion and home décor statement.
Are you starting to see a pattern with patterns? Let us know! Zig where you should zag (there are no rules), and let us know what inspires you.