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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

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

Bajacu Bohemian featured on Rock My Wedding

Rock My Wedding blog image by Brilliant Studios

Image by Brilliant via Rock My Wedding

Thrilled to have our Bohemian shoot featured on Rock My Wedding! Love that site, and their UK team who knows how to bring on the pretty party!! Please pay their beautiful blog a visit and be sure to check out our feature Beach Bohemia!
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All images by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce of www.brilliant.tc

The “Bajacu Bohemian” styled shoot, as the name suggests, was very much inspired by the incredible venue.  The elevated oceanside villa, and its designer, world famous architect Marco Aldaco, have been featured in many substantial books and such noteworthy publications as Architectural DigestBajacu literally “rising sun” in the native Caribbean Taino tongue, is apparent from the moment one sets eyes on the burnt orange exterior, set far above the surrounds on one of the highest perches on the island of Providenciales.  The view, especially from the crescent shaped infinity pool which wraps around the giant central palapa, is made that much more spectacular by the 11 surrounding acres of lush tropical gardens thick with frangipani, jasmine, and countless coconut trees.  Antique furnishings from Africa, Indonesia, and Asia create a warm ambiance.  The global influences in the art, decor, and details give guests a taste of the world and so we wanted to incorporate that free spirited love of travel and all things rich in color into our concept.
Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Station

Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Station

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Bajacu Bohemian Ceremony, infinity pool to ocean views

Bajacu lush gardens

Bajacu lush gardens

Bajacu Bohemian canopied Daybed

Bajacu Bohemian canopied Daybed

Bajacu bride with amazing ocean views

Bajacu bride with amazing ocean views

Our color scheme was richly saturated; pomegranate, watermelon, tangerine, golden yellow, and the infamous Bajacu burnt orange (and just about everything in between).  Dozens of dark metal Moroccan and glass lanterns in various shapes and sizes dotted the walkway to the sea and clustered around the ceremony site for a dramatic, exotic feel.  Bright gypsy inspired patchwork flag strands were hung to flap and flutter against the pure blue sky.   A kaleidoscope of patterned pillows made the canopied daybed extra plush and inviting as a newlywed nook.  Bright yellow fan corals and citrus slices adorned the fountains and footbaths.
Bajacu Bohemian color scheme

Bajacu Bohemian color scheme

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Bajacu Bohemian Daybed Newlywed Nook

Bajacu Bohemian bright blooms and sea fans

Bajacu Bohemian bright blooms and sea fans

Bajacu Bohemian bride and groom in front of water wall fountain

Local florist extraordinaire Environmental Arts Pomegranate Proteas and and lime cymbidium orchids were the focal flowers of the bouquet and decor.  Tangerine, peach, and fuscia carnations were used to create Indian inspired floral garlands which were draped in long strands. The grooms lime green and fuscia centered cymbidium orchid boutonniere popped against his midnight blue blazer.  A festive crown of colorful carnations and bright blue and purple orchid blooms was the perfect head to toe touch for our boho bride.  Single stems of all of the above and local lantana, which both looks and smells as sweet as candy, were centered in brightly colored glass vases for the tablescape.
Bajacu Bohemian gypsy style Ceremony

Bajacu Bohemian gypsy style Ceremony

Bajacu Bohemian Pineapple and Protea tablescape

Bajacu Bohemian Pineapple and Protea tablescape

Bajacu Bohemian Bride with floral crown at footbath

Bajacu Bohemian Bride with floral crown at footbath

Bajacu Bohemian Indian inspired flower strands

Bajacu Bohemian Indian inspired flower strands

Bajacu Bohemian driftwood “skull” with Environmental Arts floral crown

Our Turkish tea station, an antique chest draped in many patterned peregrine fabrics and florals, made a vibrant welcome for our boho wedding.  Gold detailed Morroccan teacups, antique silver, bronze, and gold teapots, and blooms galore surrounded our mouthwatering cake by Diane Guess.  Loose wild rosettes in a watercolor wash down the three tiers mimicked the many shades of the “Bajacu” rising sun.
Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Trunk

Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Trunk

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Watercolor Wash Sunset Cake by Cakes to Di For

Our gorgeous watercolor wash paper goods were provided by Artcadia
Bajacu Bohemian pineapple and protea tablescape

Bajacu Bohemian pineapple and protea tablescape

Bajacu Bohemian paper goods by Artcadia

The fabric flag strands were created using materials from the local thrift shop; skirts, shirts, and sundresses were cut into squares and alternated down the line with a few long strips to act as streamers in between.  Mother Nature made the unbelievable driftwood “skull” which I adorned with a vivid turquoise and gold necklace to give a desert chic feel to the ceremony.  A traditional gift of Caribbean welcome is the pineapple so the exotic fruit acted as table card stands.  A few pillow covers were made from the same thrift store fabrics as the flags for the canopied daybed.
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Bajacu Bohemian gypsy flag strands

We wanted our bride to convey a sense of mystery in her beauty look, smokey eyes and windswept hair. Ann Clift Northcote of Beauty and the Beach created our make-up looks and Geraldine Burtschi of Salon Maxime styled the hair.
Bajacu Bohemian Bride and Groom

Bajacu Bohemian Bride and Groom

Bajacu Bohemian bridal make-up by Beauty and the Beach, gowns by Luella’s Boutique

Our three gorgeous gowns were provided by Luella’s Boudoir. Each exhibited a different take on bohemian; the plunging neckline dramatic floor length beaded gown, the metallic beaded sheath, and the satin cap sleeve long dress with draped back detail. (Details from Rachel)  Our groom wore a midnight blue suit and crisp white dress shirt provided by Mr. Tux.  Accessories for a boho bride make all the difference!  The most elegant gown can be given an edgy twist with a little accessory finesse, which is exactly what we did with our three bridal looks.  The sophisticated Great Gatsby-esque gown was already dripping with detail so we wanted to keep the accessories minimal to let the dress do it’s own shining.  A bronze wrap around feather cuff bracelet, a long gold medalion necklace, and large but lightweight filigree drop earrings polished the look.  The intricate sheath gown with silver, gold, and bronze beading was paired with dangling filigree gold earrings, a necklace (chanelle details), and chunky gold, silver, and vintage bronze bangle bracelet.  Our sleek satin gown was paired with a pearl headdress (Rachel details) and oxidized silver necklace.  Our groom was accessorized with a woven red earth colored tribal scarf.  As one would expect with a gypsy inspired wedding, our bohemian bride and groom were barefoot!
Bajacu Bohemian great Gatsby-esque gown

Bajacu Bohemian great Gatsby-esque gown

Bohemian Bridal Beaded Sheath gown from Luella's Boutique

Bohemian Bridal Beaded Sheath gown from Luella’s Boutique

Bajacu Bohemian Satin Gown from Luella's Boutique

Bajacu Bohemian Satin Gown from Luella’s Boutique

m in navy suit from Mr Tux

m in navy suit from Mr Tux

When choosing a venue take note of all the little details you love, perhaps a pair of potted plants in antique urns or an amazing velvet fainting sofa.  With Bajacu there were so many details already part of the villa which were shifted around to add style to the overall look and feel; the Moroccan lanterns, the wooden leaning ladder for the ceremony, the glorious blue and white china for the tablescape just to name a few.  Inquire with the venue management about those details you love.  Can they be moved to your ceremony spot, can they grace your reception tables?  Geting creative with what is already available is a nice way add drama without a dramatic increase in budget.
Bohemian FWS
Chanelle and I had such fun with this concept, lots of laughs having to help one another up from the floor set tablescape due to our heavily pregnant bellies at the time. Big thanks to all the vendors who participated, you all made our punchy-colored-gypsy-vibe vision come true! Turks and Caicos really has the most vivid turquoise sea, come see for yourselves!

Kelly Isle Interior Decor Inspiration

Kelly Isle Kitchen inspiration, images via greigedesiretoinspirekvriver
I am working on a brand new build in Kelly Isle, a contemporary canal home which is a blank white canvas I hope to fill with a few dark details, lots of texture, and plenty of casual coastal white and nuetral tones.  The focal point of the kitchen will be a large central island with the subtle grey and walnut striation finish pictured bottom right.  Sleek bar stools will tie in with the state of the art sub-zero appliances and open shelving will host well designed necessities like these.
 Kelly Isle Living Room Inspirations above and below, images via desiretoinspire, coastalliving, daniellawitte, greige, birchandbird, designsponge, templeandwebster
 I am thinking along the lines of white slip covered sofas paired with ocean grey upholstered chairs and a large jute area rug for the main living room elements.  Natural woods tones and industrial style will play a part in the side tables, coffee table, art, and accessories.
Kelly Isle Upstairs inspirations, images via wherethesidewalkbegins, beachchicdesign, desiretoinspire, designsponge, pinterest, paloma81
The upper level contains the master bedroom, two baths, a nursery, and the office areas.  Nuetral linens, statement rugs, and key contemporary furnishings will continue the style from the main floor.