It happens twice a year and is one of the furniture industry’s biggest events – High Point Market. We had a great Fall Market this year and were fortunate enough to visit with some of our favorite design bloggers, like Ronda Carman from All the Best! Keep reading below for Ronda’s recent blog post about her first visit to the Drexel Heritage showroom at High Point Market!
Tomorrow I leave for High Point Market in North Carolina. It’s one of the biggest events in the industry and I have yet to attend (making this trip even more exciting). This past February I met the lovely Lisa Hanly, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Furniture Brands (including:Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Maitland-Smith, Pearson, Henredon, Broyhill, Hickory, La Barge, Lane Furniture and Lane Venture), who kindly invited me to come and witness High Point for myself.
The theme for this market is ‘Fashion Focus’ and I am eager to see what’s in store–especially after Lisa sent me these fabulous sketches of Drexel Heritage’s new Viage Collection. In the same vein, I really want to see the two Thomasville tables (below) in person! I will try to post as best as I can while at market, but feel free to follow me on Instagram (AllTheBestBlog) from great photos or Twitter @allthebestblog
Additionally, Rizzoli is hosting it’s 2nd annual ‘Superstar Book Signing’ on Monday, Oct. 15, at 4pm in the Market Square Courtyard. Authors include Charlotte Moss, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Susanna Salk, Florence de Dampierre, and James Lowell Strickland. The first 75 attendees will receive an exclusive sneak-peek of my book Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living.
We’ve featured the Vintage Originals collection in our blogs previously, but we haven’t focused on one of this collection’s most interesting details yet – the hardware! Here’s a sneak peak at Vintage Originals and its fashionable hardware, which will be available later this fall.
Inspired by vintage costume jewelry, these pieces of hardware create a custom look and always make a statement. Just like the perfect accessory can enhance any outfit, hardware can do the same for classic cabinets, dressers and drawers. Add a big, chunky statement piece of jewelry like this vintage necklace from Rogue Vintage to make a regular blouse or shirt go from blah to wow.
The same applies to hardware! The Haberdashery Chest’s key-in-a-lock knobs give a modern twist to a classic piece and add a polished contrast to the leather-finished drawers.
With a costume jewelry vibe, the star-shaped knobs on the Vintage Originals Secretary strike the perfect note between trendy and traditional.
Be on the lookout for the Vintage Originals collection coming to Drexel Heritage stores later this fall!
Spending this past weekend on a North Carolina beach for the Fourth of July sent me floating back into my coastal living day dreams. I love the soothing sound of the waves meeting the shore, the glistening water and the pure merriment of kids building sand castles. Perhaps most of all, I love gathering ideas for how I will decorate my future beach house.
A bit sunburned and back in the air conditioning after looking at homes on the market in the neighborhood where I’m visiting, I found this great beach house decorating slide show on the Country Living website. In total contrast to what I typically think of as beach décor (lots of colors… think Seaside, FL), many of these photos show earth tones that create calm, serene rooms. As much as I like color and pattern, this also appeals to me because it makes me feel the same way being at the beach feels.
Have you ever noticed that trends in shoes seem to match trends in interior design? Or is it just me? Seems like when everyone is decorating with neutral colors and creating calm and relaxing environments, the shoes become very classic and almost understated. Basic black. Nude. Winter white. And now as I’m seeing almost every magazine cover feature color and how to use bright colors, I know that my closet has a Skittles assortment of heels.
If you are following my line of thinking here, you will agree that it is no coincidence that I have wound up with shoes with flowers on them at the same time that florals are making a comeback in home decorating! If you have also gone flower power crazy, you might enjoy some other blooming beauties that have caught my eye….
Country Living, May issue, page 29… love, love, love this chest that has been upholstered with swatches of floral Indian bedding.
Veranda, May/June issue, page 112 – page 117… yes, six gorgeous pages on mixing flowers with indigenous art. Breathtaking!
One of the terrific things about our Drexel Heritage designers is that they can always tell you how to do a little or how to do a lot of something you like. You might agree that floral wallpaper is divine, but you might have some trepidation about papering your bedroom with it. If that’s the case, bedding is a safer bet. Floral accessories are a snap. Photos, paintings, throw pillows or simply gather up a bunch of blooms from the backyard, arrange them in an old glass bottle and voila! You have a centerpiece.
I love seeing paisley prints popping up everywhere recently and when I do I can’t help but think, “That’s so 80’s.” As it turns out, paisley is so 80’s… 1880’s that is, when paisley designs used in textiles were called Welsh Pears. Don’t you just love it when some little tidbit of history seems really interesting? Also, American Traditionalists especially quilt makers, refer to the droplet shaped motif as Persian Pickles. How fun! Had we known that last week, we could have talked about honeycomb prints and paisley patterns together in our post on delicious fabrics.
When I was at market and looking at all of the new Drexel Heritage upholstery options, I seemed to gravitate towards the paisley designs. (Seriously, is there anything more fun than looking at fabrics?) One of the Drexel Heritage designers noticed that I was pulling aside all the paisley samples, and we started talking. She told me that historically, paisley fabrics have sold well because both women and men like them. Think about it. Women tend to like floral and many times men do not. Paisley is not a floral…simply a classic pattern that many men like. At the same time, it is pretty enough to serve as a floral substitute in most situations.
From fashion to rock and roll, paisley has definitely been associated with some iconic names and brands over the years. I would love to have this timeless Christian Dior suit from 1967, incidentally the same year John Lennon had a Rolls Royce painted in a paisley motif. While I’m at it, I might buy this pink paisley Fender Telecaster that’s a reproduction from the original made in 1970. Why no, I don’t play guitar, but it would look great hanging on the wall or propped in the corner of my living room!
And let’s not forget about Prince… excuse me, I mean the artist formerly known as Prince who in the mid-80s paid homage to paisley’s rock and roll history by forming the recording label Paisley Park Records in conjunction with Paisley Park Studios and recorded the song Paisley Park. I wonder if he considered naming it Persian Pickles Park.