High Point trip: #MyRoweDesign


Last week I flew to High Point, North Carolina for a fun and exciting collaboration. For those not in the furniture biz, High Point is famous for being the home furnishings capital of the world. Twice a year, every possible furniture manufacturer you can think of exhibits their gorgeous goods at market. But this wasn’t during one of those times. About a month ago I got an invitation to participate as one of 3 brand ambassadors for Rowe Furniture in 2018. You might remember my first One Room Challenge — the white sectional covered in Crypton fabric? Yup – that was Rowe!

Anyway, It’ll formally kick off in April for market and each one of the ambassadors will have a vignette. I flew out to High Point to see the space in person, chat with the team there, and check out some of the fabric offerings.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for this. It’s absolutely a dream collaboration in so many ways. I LOVE getting the opportunity to design unabashedly.  It’s funny, I was so disappointed when the Annie Selke rug challenge thing didn’t pan out, but in retrospect, everything turned out for the better. This is such an honor and a fabulous opportunity — I can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with!

My space is just shy of 500 square feet, and I’ve designed it to be like a little pied-a-terre. It’ll feature dining, living, and bedroom scenes. And it’s going to be sooooo fun in true Pencil Shavings style. I don’t have anything to reveal just yet, but here’s a few sneak peeks as the Rowe showroom was getting ready in anticipation of the April market. It’s so interesting to be in HP in the in-between season. It was a ghost town!


Internet, you know how much I love a fancy hotel.  The Rowe team treated my sister and I to a lovely modern Southern dinner at the chic Proximity Hotel. We loved it so much we went back for breakfast before we flew out on Saturday.

But we also took some time to check out Furnitureland South after my meeting. It’s considered the world’s largest furniture store and it’s located right in High Point.  If you’re not a part of the furniture industry, it’s a great way to see much of what you’d also see at market – and it’s so enormous that you’ll also be completely exhausted – JUST LIKE YOU WOULD BE AT MARKET. #winning  Don’t forget to stop for snacks and hydrate as much as possible. I’m only partly kidding.

There was so much good eye candy –  and fun to check out some lines that we never get to see in OKC.

If you’re interested in seeing more behind the scenes at High Point Market, check out my archive on my previous trip there:


with love,

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