Sorry it's been so long! Got way too caught up in a work situation, the holidays, a family emergency & the death of my beloved dog-Libby. It's been a tough few months, however, we're now up & ready to get this party...er, year, started!!
So....let's talk High Point Spring Market!! First off, here's the audio from the 1st in a series on the market from my DeAnna On Design podcast.
Polart-outrageous cool new line of color & furniture!!! Imagine classic & barouque furniture reworked w/a BLAST of color. It reminded me of an Andy Warhol painting come to life. LOVED it!!
Scents & Feel-think cool, crisp linens in washed colors...towels that double as table runners, wash cloths that act as napkins...I know...who'd a thought. I first loved the feel & texture & quality of the linens, & really enjoyed the new perspective & double duty of how to use the product.
VITA-1 of my fave finds! While I'm including this in the NEW category...it's one I've used in a past project of a home I rehabbed. I used a lower end version of the lamp pictured at the top of this post. Their new styles include the CLAVE (metal) & a gorgeous feather pendant that comes in 3 sizes...think ultra luxe. Definite worth a look-see.
Sugarboo Designs- Down home, handcrafted art decor, calendars & accessories. From word art & block print, to pillows, driftwood hearts (!) & quotations. Perfect for almost any room (especially office, kitchen, hallways & laundry rooms), affordable & almost any design decor.
Trowbridge Gallery- Not only did I get to have brunch w/designer & former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star, Thom Fillicia, I also got introduced to his line of art as well as a wonderful new vendor of high end art & accessories. From black & white to vintage, landscape to nature photography...almost anything can be found here. VERY impressed with offerings!
Couef- Despite the name making me giggle a bit (those of you who know French might get where I'm coming from), the name of this out-of-the-box thinking furniture company is an acronym for Chair, Ottoman, Upholstered, End Table & Function.....not a bodily function! This line has 3 price points to fit almost any budget AND, this is my favorite, offers "secret" tables that you can slide out for added room and/or place to put your drink, book or laptop! Seriously cool design on display here!
Joybird Furniture- So you want a truly custom piece of furniture? LOVE mid-century modern? Then this is your furniture line! Good price point for a custom piece of furniture, great color & fabric selections. Wonderful option to create it if you can't find just what you want!
Phillips Collection- This 30yr old company derives its designs from global travel, mixing media & organic form. Each piece is truly a work of art & sure to be a conversation starter in whatever room you place it in. My fave is the tables that are in the shape of stones. Cool
Oggetti- This line may not be for everyone, but if you love metal, math, love design & unique shapes...THIS is the line for you! It looks like you're sitting on a piece of geometry...seriously, the engineer or math geek in your family will love this line.
UMA Enterprises- It would not be complete w/out some outdoor furniture! From umbrellas &simple chaise loungers, to curved sectionals complete w/their own shade...this furniture will have you not wanting to go back inside!
Sustainable Vendors & Furniture Designers...
WISH Designs- Not only do I share a name w/the designer/owner (deanna), but a love of re-using everyday or scarded items & creating something new & beautiful. From reclaimed leather made into rugs being made into custom sizes using velcro (!) to lights & chandiliers made from twig, branches & cleared brush.
Kristin Drohan Collection- This is a higher-end line of sustainable furniture from designer Kristin Drohan. Nice lines, made in Hickory NC
Malouf- It doesn't get better than Malouf!!! Spectacular bedding in bamboo, tencel & flannel....fabulous selection of pillows...ahhhhhhhh....Malouf will literally help create the bed of your dreams!!
Sugarbone Goods- Straight from the swamps of Louisiana!! Reclaimed Pecky Cyprus is made into gorgeous furniture, despite the fungus caused pores, using a unique process of permanently filling the holes to add stability & reinforce the wood to create chairs, stools, desks & tables. Very cool, funky & unique!! And made here in the US.
Rustbelt Reclamation- Yes, I've said the best for last....This out-of-the-box company based in Cleveland OH takes reclaimed materials from factories & foundries & creates spectacular accent pieces & furniture w/a specialty in bars. According to 1 of the designers I spoke with, they started designing/installing for hospitality/bars & now are moving into scalable products for residential. I guarantee you'll never look at a pipe or casing in the same way again once you view what creative bunch can do.
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I'd also like to end with a brief tribute to my dog, Libby. This little, grubby, naughty dog was above all else a fighter. Surviving being paralyzed 2x & a cancer surgery which ended w/the removal of an orange-sized tumor & 1/3 of her liver, she stayed strong & a fighter. Her tail always wagged, she was stealth whenever CHEESE was mentioned appearing out of nowhere & loved going for walks w/her brother Ossie, even if it was only to be carried to & from a grassy area at the park to the car. Her little body finally gave out on 1/17 & it was time to take her on 1 last car ride after a visit to her beloved park. Our vet, Dr Susan...a true angel...made sure she was comfortable & even made sure that the treat Libby refused was tucked in next to her "just in case she got hungry on her trip to heaven". Ossie & I miss Libby every day...especially when a furry woodland creature wanders into the yard...but know that she is now pain-free & chasing squirrels w/abandon. RIP Libby.