Saturday, October 29, 2011

High Point's Top Ten

I am just now catching my breath after returning from High Point's Furniture Market this past week. Each year I wonder if I will find anything new and exciting. And without fail, I come back inspired and eager for our new products to arrive.  This year, I was specifically thrilled to find several new sources for lighting, rugs, and home accessories. Although most of my photo's are still in the editing stage,  I managed to choose my top ten favorites.  Enjoy.

1. Van Collier's Greek Key Ottoman shown here covered in cow hide. Base available in black, white or custom colors. 

  2. Marble Top Extension Table. What a great conversation piece! You can push it together to compact it into a coffee table or extend it out such that stands as a linear bench.  So functional, so unique, and so sophisticated.  (Each piece spins, as well. Perfectly playful!)

3. Beeline's new Piece Table. Each piece can stand alone or together. We saw a variety of piece tables in different show rooms. I love the classic clean lines of this one.  (This concept is great for homes that need to shift from functional to fancy, depending on if the kids are in bed.)

4. New "Murano-like" Chandelier at an amazing price point of $999. Normally these run around $2500 or higher. I ordered one for our floor, and it should be arriving any day.  Can't wait!

5. Chevron Over Dyed Rugs & Ikat Rugs. Last year the patchwork and solid over dyed rugs made their debut. This year, it is the chevron over dyed. Available in any color. See swatches below.


Following the Ikat fabrics from last year, the Ikat rugs debuted this year. I love the multiple blue shades and cream in the rug above.

6. Unusual Art Pieces. I am always looking for art work that can make a room. I love this contemporary piece. I bought it as well as its mate and will hang it in our store above an antique dresser. Or...just maybe... it will end up in my home. 

7. Johnathan Adler made its first appearance at High Point this year. I was thrilled to see the collection, as I have always loved his style. The products and price points are reasonable, and I decided to pick up the line for Eatman's as a dealer. This means we will have the line for you to see in person and purchase at the same price as online or in an Adler store.

8. Gilded Mirror. I am always looking for good mirrors. This seems like a basic mirror that would be easy to find, but it is not. The finish is perfection, and it can go either traditional or contemporary. Very versatile, I see it in a bathroom, a bedroom or a foyer.  Very elegant.

9. Mary MacDonald Table Lamps.   This was one of my favorite finds this year. Available in peach, cream, and soft pale pink. I love the pink and, of course, purchased it for the showroom. It will be a few months before it arrives, but I will be sure to let you know when it gets here. 

10. John Rosselli's New Chandelier. Absolutely love it, and it will be heading our way sometime early next year.

Stay tuned for more photos to come. As merchandise arrives, we will post on Facebook and Twitter.  

My next blog will be on the debut of the Van Collier Collection at High Point this year. I am so proud and excited for my dear friends, Beth and Chris Collier. Their talent is amazing and I can't wait to see the growth of their business over the next several years.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Big Girl Room

Style and Substance by Margaret Russell
My little girl is growing up. At 51/2, she is already showing signs of amazing creativity.  As I watch her grow, I try not to squelch her creative spirit, even when our tastes do not fall in line with one another.  With eyes trying not to scrutinize, I even allow her to dress the way she likes (within reason). It has taken me time to actually appreciate her choices, and now I see them, through her joyful eyes, as an expression of her beautiful imagination.

This life-as-a-parent lesson has served as a gentle guide as we make decisions for her Big Girl Room as part of a small home makeover.  As I have reviewed magazines and design books for ideas, I have been greatly inspired and 'nudged' by this sense of independence, of a girl's need to be creative, and ultimately of that special place in the heart of a girl to be GIRL.

We should all embrace this spirit as we create our homes and our spaces.  Enjoy.

Domino, The Book of Decorating
I marked this picture for several reasons. Our little attic renovation has small nooks in which I envision the bed to fit. I love the use of the three-light sconce over the bed. It is perfect when you do not have a lot of space for tables and lamps.  I also like the bright pops of color in the walls, curtains, and on  headboard.
Domino, The Book of Decorating
I love this picture - partly because it reminds me of an old farmhouse bedroom, and partly because I love the excitement in the eyes of this little girl. The use of wallpaper on the ceiling plays to our imaginations, and the clothes line holding miniature bears speaks volumes to the joys of childhood.
From  Style and Substance
This room is definitely more 'tween. The use of vintage pieces and bright colors gives the room vitality while still keeping it interesting and grounded.  The bed is definitely something this young girl could take with her through life.
From Style and Substance
This London bedroom of Jimmy Choo's granddaughter was decorated by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. I have used this photo in an earlier blog but wanted to share it again. This bedroom could go from child's room to guest room in a matter of minutes. I love the rug hanging on the wall behind the day bed, as well as the beautiful blue glass lamps.

From Style and Substance
Another sconce! This time a 4-light vintage sconce by Jean Royere. I must like this look. I hope my daughter does too. Note the the fashion sketches by Bill Blass to the right of the bed. I do plan to take some of my daughter's sketches, matte and frame them and hang in her new room.

Because I have decided to allow my 5 year old to help decorate her new room, I am pretty sure it will have a style all its own.  And though it may not have the glamorous components of those featured above, it will be beautiful nonetheless.  I can't wait to show it to you.