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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:


Cyan Collection

Cyan Collection



Orient Express Furniture

Orient Express Furniture

Phillips Collection

Phillips Collection

Studio A

Studio A



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


Below Studio A Global Views.

Studio A Global Views

Harbour Island

Harbour Island

Last May I found myself in Harbour Island for work, what a dream come true!  On this colorful Caribbean island all the houses look like postcard covers.  Just look at the harbor below!

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The sand blushes pink, can it get any cuter?

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I have been studying Caribbean architecture since setting foot in the Turks and Caicos eleven years ago so this was a bit of a mecca trip for me.  Picket fences framing coastal cottages in every direction.

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Golf buggies are the preferred transport method of residents and guests alike, much more practical to zip along the narrow streets and admire the views.

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Even Harbour Islands haunted house looks like something out of a fairy tale.  Reminds me of one of my favorite flicks Paradiso Perduto, or Ca d’Zan, the decaying but gorgeous Venetian  manor house featured in the 1998 Great Expectations.

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This image below is one of my favorites, I feel it captures the light and bright nature of this quiet little island.

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Island Life & Times I-Pad Magazine

The Caribbean's only I-Pad Magazine

The Caribbean’s only I-Pad Magazine

Anyone who has ever had a substantial conversation with Andy Mann recognizes that this is a guy who has a real passion for the Turks and Caicos Islands and is a virtual idea factory when it comes to owning and operating his business.  So when he hinted at “something big” in the works last year I pressed for more info and he divulged his latest “brilliant” brainchild.  I nearly couldn’t believe my ears; an interactive cutting edge I-Pad magazine filled with jaw dropping images and video footage illustrating an insider’s guide to the Turks and Caicos.  Amazing and ambitious idea indeed. . . . so ambitious I thought at the time that I wasn’t quite convinced it could or would come to fruition.
Image from Island Life and Times facebook page

Image from Island Life and Times facebook page

I attended the launch party in October and could not have been more impressed; the photography, the stories, the insight, the interactive navigation.  This is one cool, contemporary read.  I am extremely proud of Andy and his entire team, I spent that evening feeling very fortunate to work alongside these fine folks regularly. 
Image from Island Life and Times facebook page

Image from Island Life and Times facebook page

If you have an I-Pad and you haven’t seen any of the four issues as of yet, you are missing out!  Read about it here, download it here, did I mention all this awesomeness is absolutely FREE?!  Go!!

Guest post on My Sea Story

I am guest posting on My Sea Story today so please head on over there to read a little about what I love about Turks and Caicos.  Joana’s blog is lovely, if you have yet to be introduced, here is a little splash.  Joana (isn’t she adorable!) writes a wealth of information on travel, for example this charming post on Valladolid, Mexico.
 Of all these amazing places she has visited, she has clearly fallen head over heals for Turks and Caicos; the food, the beaches, the diving, the ins and outs of island life.   I am so not a foodie and often visit her blog for great restaurant tips like a few new food spots in provo, and
So go get your feet wet over at myseastory, you are sure to find something you fancy!