Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Back From High Point Market with the Trends!!!


I had such a blast at High Point Market this week!  There was so much to see and so many great people to connect and reconnect with !!  Over the next few days I will go into more detail about the people I was with, but for now I wanted share some of the major trends I noticed.


1. COLOR!! Yay!! Color is back!  Of course Tangerine Tango was prominently featured but more interesting was the pairing of both green and gray blue with it. I adored the gray blue upholstery with the Tangerine – It was more my style – a bit conservative but with a fresh and exciting pop of color.

Tobi Fairley Market Pillows

(Tobi Fairley Pinterest)
Although the Restoration Hardware look was still around, all the manufacturers were showing color.   Now don’t panic, if you have just committed to a neutral palette, new pillows are an inexpensive way to add some quick pops – but color is back, so in the next few months we will look at ways to re-introduce more color to your home.

(However, you will see most of my upholstery photos are grays, whites and beiges. I still prefer more neutral upholstery that can be refreshed with new pillows each season)

HP Lee blue gray nailheads

2.  Belgian Lines –  We still saw many upholstered pieces with Belgian lines. Think narrow arms, straight lines and one solid seat cushion. Lee Industries and Verellen had some beautiful and extremely comfortable examples.   I have actually been planning to write a post on “sofas with one solid seat cushion” for a while now – One seat cushion is my preferred configuration – I am so glad to see so many options. I love the sleek, almost modern lines.


3. Textured Fabrics and Velvets on Upholstery – In gray, beige and blue palettes. Lots of velvets, chenilles and textured linens.

HP Lee blegian line

I love all the nubby fabrics and the lush texture of velvet. Again we saw this in many of the larger upholstery showrooms.

HP lee nailhead trim best photo

4.  Nail Head Trim – I couldn’t believe how many pieces were sporting nail head detailing.

HP Lee Nail head trim close up 

It seems to be the chair and sofa jewelry of choice. Also notice the chair above is in velvet.


Another example of the nail head trim.

Hp Lee belgian lines tufting

5. Tufting – though not as prevalent, there was definitely a lot of tufted pieces – I love tufted upholstery – it is classic. Also notice the flange trim detail on the chairs above.


Tufting was shown at market in solid and in vibrant prints like these gorgeous pieces from the brand new furniture line just released by Thibaut. – I spent some time with the fabulous girls at Thibaut and have some spectacular photos share, but more about this fresh, new line in another post!

Anxious to see the photos from other bloggers, because there was so much that I didn’t see – just not enough time!! Check out Tobi Fairley’s Pinterest Boards and the other Market Style Spotters for more interesting items. 

I will back in few days profiling the Thibaut line and also my friend, the awesome designer, Linda Banks, with more exciting news!!

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  1. I haven't been to High Point "yet", hopefully in the future. I loved seeing what fun colors, styles and shapes all of our customers are going to be seeing this year. Thanks for sharing darling.
    hugs ~lynne~

  2. FABULOUS! Thanks for the heads up on what's happening in 'design' world. I favour a neutral palette myself, with sage greens and the occasional French pinks and reds as accents, however, I simply LOVE hearing about trends regardless - it's so refreshing. It often 'seeps' into the subconscious anyway, and before I know it, I'll be reaching for the bright orange and green cushions (which I LOVE by the way)without knowing why!
    Glad to see that nail head trim and tufting are still prominent - adore them both.

  3. It looks like I'm going to be saving lots of money this year! There isn't a single thing that appeals to me so far.

  4. thanks so much for taking us along. devouring the images!



  5. I really love the luxurious fabrics and trim, the tufting is gorgeous as well. I am so glad to see color!

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  6. Thank you for the update. It's always fun to observe how trends change and ultimately influence what, for most of us, little touches we add to our homes.

  7. Love all the nail heads. Wish I could go.

  8. Always to fun to see trend-watching up close and personal. Thanks for doing a post on your discoveries while at Market! I just did a post on the trend of adding color to a room without looking too trendy yesterday. I am soooooo glad to see more color!! Kathysue

  9. I hate the colors. They are the new gold and pea green of the 60's. They will be dated very quickly.

  10. That's my motto: mixing color with a neutral foundation. I'm all about white and am so happy when I mix in the colors. I cannot commit so I don't spend too much on my accessories.

  11. That tufting and nail head trim have my vote of approval!! Especially, since that is in my home now! :) I saw that wonderful "emerald" green on IKEA walls recently and so many people were commenting...there it is on those chests...gorgeous and I'm not a green person! franki

  12. Wonderful post. I love all these things...clean lines, velvet (& mohair), nailhead trim, tufting, and definitely some color!!! Classics always come back around.

  13. Excellent - all these colours have never left my home. Turquoise, Pea Greens, Orange, Hot Pink, beautiful Navy & White. The more clash and vintage the better. Can't wait to add more layers to my already overflowing collection of brightness!!!

  14. I like the patterns on the fabric. Really fits the room design!

  15. Welcome back girlfriend! I have missed you. I want to hear more about your adventure and all the fun people you met - exepect a call soon.

    ox, Mon

  16. Hey Gina~
    Thanks for the update! It's always fun to see what it new each year, and then to sit back and decide if any of it seems right for you or not. Looking forward to more posts about your adventure.

  17. I was SO glad to read your suggestions from what you saw as what to pair with Tangerine Tango. I've been telling my mom that I want to do a room in that color for weeks, but she maintains the only color to pair it with that wouldn't look too "halloween-y" is white and that would just be boring--I CAN'T WAIT to show her this post!


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