I am back from High Point y'all! I took over 3000 photos in five days, so buckle up for all of the highlights at this year's fall show!
What I'm Seeing for 2024 Decor
Lots of curves...and they're bringing sexy back...front, side and from every angle. Get used to words like fluted, channeled, and scalloped.
What I Saw and LOVED
Lots of color. Everyone is talking about reds, rusts, and oranges coming back. Meanwhile, what did I take in? Gorgeousness in green for days and I am here for it. One of my favorite showrooms went all in and painted their entire showroom interior in green and it was delicious. Scroll through the slideshow below or double click to enlarge each photo.
There were still loads of rattan, rope, and wicker everywhere - I even saw a couple of peacock chairs. If you know what those are, you're my era and I appreciate you. Also spotted in the Wesley Hall showroom... a disco ball. I know. Some things never go out of style.
Fabulous new fabrics including more eco friendly, sustainable fabrics were big too - one of my favorite vendors has introduced a new line of fabrics made from recycled plastic found in our oceans. Lots of leather too and not just on chairs...look at the top of this leather console....
and leather wrapped pulls on a chest of drawers...
I always say "design is in the details" and look at this chair...notice the braided leather strap across the back cushion. #loves
Tambour is still big and I'm still a fan...especially when used in unexpected products like this bar. #makemineadouble
Burlwood is big as are variations in inlaid wood to create beautiful patterns. Yes please!
High Point is definitely magical for those of us who love interior design, architecture, furniture, antiques, fabrics, decor, you name it. High Point has it all - but it is not for the faint of heart, at least the way we do it. With over 11 million square feet of showroom, roughly 2,000 exhibitors throughout about 180 buildings and growing, there is absolutely no way to see everything, every vendor, or every showroom, in the space of one market show of five days. I've been going for nearly a decade now and I still haven't seen it all. But I'm gonna die trying ;)
I warn other designers who have never been, we roll from before sun up to sun down and then some. Here's a snap I took from the stairwell of the coolest hotel we stay in every trip...
We leave on the first shuttle before dawn and here's a snap of us leaving for the day...at night...
This market, I traveled with one of my favorite peeps from Houston and three sweet peeps from Miami on their first excursion to HP, and another from San Antonio. It was a blast for sure, but after five days at market, I personally am always more than ready to come home.
Did I mention there was a lot of color?
and pattern galore...
What Has Changed
Some showrooms were now appointment only. I only made a few because of traveling with others, making appointments on time can be tricky. We were able to make the few I made, but only after trekking over to showrooms off the beaten path for which we needed a separate shuttle with a separate reservation. Thankfully I'm a logistics queen and have the numbers programmed in my phone. That's a big tip for any designers reading this. Plan ahead and get more done in a day!
We got to see our friend Blair (the beautiful blonde with glasses perched on her head) sit on a fantastic panel about the use of antiques in design, which was a highlight of this trip for sure.
I must have run into at least a dozen or more designers that I know, love, and admire from all over the country. 98% of them are gracious and lovely. My favorite meeting this trip: Erica Powell of Urban Grace Designs. She sat next to me on the shuttle back to the Charlotte airport and I didn't want to fan girl her to the point where she thought I was a stalker, but I have to tell you that I started reading her blog many moons ago when she wrote it as a personal/design blog. She could not have been nicer or more down to earth (and fabulously dressed I might add...she graciously showed me the tags on both her carry on and her glasses because you KNOW I asked her about those! Remember the bashful go hungry y'all.
I have yet to digest everything I saw this year, but I'm excited to use a lot of the new collections and offerings in upcoming projects! If you saw anything you love and just have to have, reach out here and let's discuss how we could work together or if you have any questions on what you see here from High Point, you know where to find me!