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Spring 2015 High Point Market Highlights

Four Hands Furniture

Four Hands Furniture

Last April I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina for the spring High Point Market.  As this was my second time at market, and intended for a single project, it was much easier to navigate.  Unless you have been, it is quite difficult to grasp the fact that there are 180 buildings, 11.5 MILLION square feet of showroom space filled with amazing furniture finds!  We ticked off our to visit list quite efficiently and managed to discover a few new vendors. .One day I hope to go for the full week and not rush about ever mindful of the ticking clock!   Here are a few highlights pictured below:

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Cyan Collection

Cyan Collection

Gabby

Gabby

Orient Express Furniture

Orient Express Furniture

Phillips Collection

Phillips Collection

Studio A

Studio A

Teracea

Teracea

Turks and Caicos Gourmet Safari 2014

gourmet safari event at the Shore Club

gourmet safari event at the Shore Club

Last fall I met with Karen Whitt about styling for the 2014 Turks and Caicos Gourmet Safari.  I was expecting this November event to be held somewhere special on property at the beautiful Regent Palms Resort  The previous year I had heard rave reviews from guests describing the elaborate set-up at the spa.  Imagine my shock when informed there was to be a surprise in store for, not only the guests, but the entire staff, in that they planned to host this elegant evening at a construction site!   We planned a site visit to the Shore Club to evaluate. I arrived in my work boots and dutifully put on the assigned hardhat before entering.  As I cautiously stepped over rubble and rebar,  I  must have thought of every negative imaginable.  How on earth would guests in gowns and stilettos manage it, let alone enjoy it?  As I was collecting my arguments against the idea, Karen continued to sell it.   Referencing the safari style and the element of surprise, steadying herself amongst the concrete and construction chaos in her typical work dress of heels and high fashion.  Once we climbed a few flights of stairs and soaked in the gorgeous view I began to see why the Hartling groups wishes were to hold the event here.

Shore Club fireworks for the Gourmet Safari

Shore Club fireworks for the Gourmet Safari

As the photos above can attest, it did turn out to be a magical night!  Kudos to the Hartling group and Karen who took the risk in doing something unexpected and insisted on a unique experience for their guests.  It may be the first and last time I have to climb scaffolding all day to decorate but it was well worth it!  We all are anxious to see the Shore Club project completed. I look forward to seeing this exquisite render below turned into reality and the wait is soon over!

Shore Club render

High Point Market

high point market fall 2014

Last October I had my first High Point Market experience, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world.  Wow, what a whirlwind; a feast for the eyes and a trek for the soles!  To summarize:

Current Demographics

  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

American Leather

It was amazing, it was highly productive, it was inspirational, and it was overwhelming!  Here are a few highlights from my favorite showrooms.  Above American Leather, below Asian Loft

Asian Loft Barloga Studios

Above Barloga Studios, below Brownstone

Brownstone Currey & Co

Above Currey & Co, below Four Hands

Four Hands Natuzzi

Above Natuzzi, below ROWE

Rowe Surya

Above Surya, below Teracea

Teracea 2 Teracea Visual Comfort Lighting

Above Visual Comfort Lighting, below Benson-Cobb Studio

Benson-Cobb Century

Above Century, below Noir

Noir

Below Studio A Global Views.

Studio A Global Views

Saving Grace

In July I had the great pleasure of styling for a brand new build nestled into Leewards exclusive little neighborhood bay.  What a location!  We watched this home take shape block by block over the last year and knowing COAST architects were behind the design, we knew it would be sure to impress.  Sure enough, feast your eyes on these gorgeous images by Steve Passmore.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

I loved the dark rich wood floors featured throughout the house as well as the window and door detailing.  The textured fabric chandelier added a cozy glow to the Master Bedroom.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

The Master Bath was one of the most spectacular rooms of the house.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Imagine sinking into this grand bathtub and looking out to this view.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Because of the well conceived orientation of the home the views are a prominent feature throughout the house.  Everywhere one turned that famous Turks and Caicos turquoise beckoned.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

How could one work with this enticing sight!  The lovely owner, a Caribbean loving Canadian, must have had the same thought as she designated this room to be multi-purpose; art studio, massage room, study, whatever the nature of the day demands.

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

The foyer is a great introduction to the house, the rich wood floors meet your feet and contemporary, earthy furnishings greet just beyond the door.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

The kitchen is so spacious it begs to be the center of family and friends gathering place.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Dining options abound, no wonder the countertop acts as a giant cutting board!
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

The living room conceals it’s flat screen television as a reflective mirror.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

I adored these distressed vintage looking letters, much more so knowing that they represent the first letters of each of the owners childrens names.  Quite the monogram but the SEA that lies just beyond this house . . .
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

quite spectacular.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

The location, the house, the pool, the beach makes for one completely stunning package so it’s no wonder a buyer fell in love with this house instantly, snatching it off the market in record time.
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Luckily I had the chance to style for one amazing wedding here on October 27th, I’ll share those images soon!
Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures

Image by Steve Passmore Provo Pictures