High Point: Day 1

Today I’m giving you an inside peek into High Point Market, where tens of thousands of buyers and designers descend on the tiny cute town of High Point, North Carolina twice a year. As a part of the Design Bloggers’ Tour, we were taken to five or six showrooms each day to check out what was trending in the interior design community. I was really grateful for the opportunity to be chosen to participate in this group – exploring High Point was a goal of mine for the year, and this was a great way to get introduced.

Many of these brands I wasn’t previously aware of but there was definitely something for everybody at HPMKT. And the thrill of the hunt was what makes it so fun.


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Kenian makes beautiful high end rattan furniture. Based in Virginia, they design a variety of seating, bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture, and more. I really loved this showroom – there was so much color and Chinoiserie to soak up like the cobalt blue Chinese chippendale chairs above.

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These gorgeous pagoda mirrors come in several bright colors. Aren’t they spectacular? I think I need one.

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Vaughan-Basset invited us to explore their new Artisan Choices line, an entirely customizable selection of solid wood bedroom furniture made in the US. This stuff was solid – and while overall probably not my aesthetic, it was interesting to learn about the construction details they include. They’re proud of their American heritage, high quality, affordability, and US manufacturing process.

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The wood finishes were definitely an overall trend that we saw in almost every showroom. pencil shavings studio high point-7


Bernhardt was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. Their gracious and welcoming team took us on a dizzying tour of gorgeously styled vignettes.

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They had texture absolutely everywhere – from fur-covered chairs (so soft) to sea snakeskin-covered side tables. pencil shavings studio high point-10

Metallics are still going strong! Snap up all the gold you can get your hands on. pencil shavings studio high point-12

Navy was another big trend continuing in almost every showroom we saw.pencil shavings studio high point-13

Icy princess blue with ivory accents.

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Texture on casegoods was another trend. Whether it be grasscloth-covered tables or  hammered metals, I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot more of this going forward.pencil shavings studio high point-15

And I hope you love color – because red is BACK.pencil shavings studio high point-17


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After lunch, we were given a tour of the Hurtado showroom. Based in Spain where everything is handcrafted, this is a stunning high-end line of furniture with a decidedly contemporary spin. I envision these pieces in a sleek bachelor penthouse – the wood was so rich and glamorous.

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The attention to detail was what made this line so unique. Doesn’t it feel so 1930s glam?

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Last stop for the day was the colorful Ambella showroom. I could’ve bought every single piece; it was a rainbow of beautiful and stylish upholstery and case goods. Again – so much red, coral, and orange everywhere we turned. Check out the lucite legs on the Piece of Cake ottoman.

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Black was another color trend we saw consistently. Matte black walls, moody deep charcoal greys, and contrasted with white and pops of color.

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Velvet red upholstery. YUM.

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Ok, that does it for Day 1; I’ll have reports from Days 2 and 3 shortly!  What was your favorite thing here?

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