Here is a pictorial journal of the trends we saw recently during our Fall trip to High Point Furniture Market. What trends are you seeing?
1. Lounge furniture
2. Horns/antlers/animal heads
3. Gold, brass, bronze
6. Greek Key details
8. Citrus Tones
images: Taken all by DLL
Our clients recently relocated from Italy to a home located in North Raleigh’s Bedford community. It took six months for a hole in the ground to become a 3 story home , fully furnished and accessorized for an active family of four. A six hour time change and our client’s location an ocean away brought Judy and me (Brittany) the opportunity to use technology like Sykpe and Basecamp, an online project management site, to communicate and present design concepts to our clients.From selecting fixtures and finishes, to furniture presentation and procurement, to move-in, our client’s gave us full creative license to design every detail of their new home in the United States. The client’s international roots give the home a distinctive aesthetic, with a European sensibility and we’re excited to share with you the project photos!
Photo above: the Dining Room with aqua leather chairs, a sisal rug, and metallic silver wallpaper is a study of textures- both casual and formal. Below: sun pours into the guest suite that accomodates family members who come to stay frequently.
Photo above: The eat in kitchen area with walls painted in Glidden’s Onionskin Tan. Below: The Media Room- with it’s blackout roller shades serves as a hangout space for the two teenage boys who live in the home.
Above: The swivel chairs upholstered in a Rock & Roll black patent leather sit in the music room for all of the family to become musical. Below: A teen boy’s bedroom
Check out some furnishings and fabrics used in the project and the final outcome of a teen boy’s bedroom, the Master Suite, and the patio (one of my favorite spaces) !
Our Market blog series is coming to an end - we’ve had a blast sharing our thoughts and we hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful eye candy. For these final trends we focused on the warm grays and the mixed compositions -we just couldn’t leave them out.
Isn’t this bed to die for?! I love it.
The Bolier & Co. showroom was so lush – the repetition with the draperies and lights made an incredible statement.
Leave it to Swaim to show us some stunning and unique furniture pieces. The table (above) is so cool with the metal base and wood top.
Didn’t get enough? Head over to our Facebook page and we’ll post all the Market pictures for you to look though at your leisure. We hope you enjoyed the recap!
On to trend #4 - Every showroom we went into had the coolest chairs with new shapes and details. Above, the bottom right photograph, shows our rep Kristin holding an original picture of a chair that was re-introduced this year as a part of Hickory Chair’s new line called 1911 collection. This collection commerates 100 years of excellence in the furniture design business. How neat!
Brittany and Lauren trying out some of Lee Industries chairs for comfort.
I love the shape of this yellow chair below. Don’t you?
We are all about a good recliner – below American Leather showed three different sizes of one recliner. One for baby bear, one for mamma bear and one for pappa bear.
Tomorrow we will finish the High Point trends with the continuation of warm grays and also show you the mixed media compositions we found, so stay tuned!
Everywhere we turned there were pops of color at High Point Furniture Market. Here are a few of the highlights – blues, green, coral yellow, and orange. There is more colors to come on Thursday as we showcase all the different chair shapes.
Don’t you just love the Osborne & Littleflocked silhouette wallpaper?
This red ottoman from Lee Industries is popular among the DLL staff – because the ottoman is actually fabricated in a one-of-a-kind rug!
Yellow is so cheerful!
We were especially drawn to the peacock blue featured in the vignette at Hickory Chair.
Sometimes elegance can be found in a reflection, which is why we chose mirrors for our second trend this season at High Point Furniture Market. We saw so many shapes and sizes mounted on the wall or casually leaning on the floor – mirrors can totally change an entire space.
So come back tomorrow as we take you through a color adventure for trend #3.
A few weeks ago, ABC aired a week-long special that really caught my attention. Their Made in America series visited the home of a family in Texas, looking for US-made products, and they found almost none! In the living room, a glass vase was the only item that passed the test. The family agreed to let ABC remove anything that didn’t comply, with the understanding that they would replace it with American-made goods. I watched as the show host made phone calls for 2 hours, looking for a sofa made here! She eventually got in touch with Lee Industries, one of our favorite companies, who were glad to help and furnished the home with the furniture below. (Photo from abc.com) The coffee table is from Harden Furniture, another line we love. I was shocked at how hard it was to locate American-made products in the market today and felt compelled to show you that there are so many great furniture lines who manufacture their products here. Not only in the US, but in North Carolina!
Every piece that leaves Lee Industries’ Conover, NC factory features a tag, signed by each person who worked on it.
Hickory Chair, Hickory White, and Lillian August are several other companies whose products are made in the state we call home. The photos below are from our tour of Hickory Chair in Hickory, NC.
I grew up in Shelby, NC which is just a 45-minute drive from Hickory, where all three of those companies products are made. My family lives maybe an hour from Lee Industries in Conover, NC, and while we were touring the factory I met multiple employees who lived in Shelby and even one who knows my grandparents. It feels good to support the local economy by working with so many furniture companies within the state.
Diane Sawyer shared that if every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S. made goods every year, it would create nearly 10,000 new jobs! Consider seeking American-made products, and if it seems impossible find furniture made here, give us a call, we’d be happy to help!
After Brittany and I toured Lee Industries’ manufacturing facilities, I was particularly impressed with their leather factory. They have so many unique hides! My husband and I have wanted to get a leather chair for a while now, so it didn’t take long for us to figure out exactly what we wanted.
My recipe for the perfect leather chair: A clean-lined chair frame with high arms perfect for reading + Brompton Cocoa leather (an Italian leather from English bull hides with the perfect treatment to look like an antique hand-rubbed leather) + a Black Walnut stain on the legs + their unique Cable Stitch detail in chocolate.
And here’s the finished product! We love the irregularities in the leather and the way the cable stitching runs up the arms. With the Haven cushion package, it’s so comfortable and we’ve truly enjoyed using it! (Pillow fabric - Schumacher’s Hot House Flowers print in the Verdance colorway)
Interior designers from all across the country and the extraordinary people who work at Lee Industries pose for a picture.
Not originally from North Carolina, I still marvel at the fact that beautiful furniture is made right here within the state of North Carolina. Touring the factory was like watching an intricate machine operate, we were able to see each process happening whether that was by hand or with a human operating a machine. Let’s begin with some of the highlights!
First, bolts of fabric arrive at the factory and are tagged to their respective furniture frame.
Next, the fabric is rolled out and inspected, prepared for cutting and sewing.
The patterns are then cut out of the fabric using a computer aided program. The strips you see on the table are being used to create a welt cord.
We closely observed the sewing department as they sew different pieces together.
Below:A top-stitch is created on leather.
Special details like a hidden zipper pocket and jumbo contrast top-stitching make each piece unique.
Lee Industries president Norman Coley (middle) observes a hardwood frame and nylon webbing.
Above: A master upholster begins tying down the metal springs with 8 way hand tied knots, a mark of good quality.
Below: An upholster finishes an ottoman with covered buttons.
Have you ever heard the phrase “spitting tacks?” This experienced upholster (above in green) holds his hammer to his mouth to show us a tried and true quick method.
Below: A gorgeous Chesterfield sofa.
Above: A covered welt cord will be applied to finish the edges on this pretty sofa with exposed wood.
After the factory tour Norman explained to us Lee Industries green practices, you can read all about their eco-friendly company culture here. We really enjoyed our experience at Lee Academy and feel great about all the knowledge we acquired while at the factory.
We had a fabulous trip to High Point last week for Furniture Market, and we’re excited to share our favorite trends! Below, our team gathers for a picture inside the Hickory Chair showroom.
Judy catches up with one of her close friends, Diane Gote from New Jersey, while (above) Hilaire poses for a picture with our dear friends, Nancy Gales and Nancy Bolen.
Our first stop on our High Point visit was Verellen, an eco-friendly company with a European flare. The light fixtures quickly grabbed our attention and the upholstery fabricated in shades of creams, charcoals, and browns. This is where we noted our first trend for Fall 2010:
Trend #1. Organic Industrial
Lauren and Judy enjoy the comfort of new pieces (above), while colorful cords accent the streamlined floor lamp below. What a unique idea!
Trend # 2: Unique Furniture Shapes
Trend # 3: Applied Details
Fashion and interior design always influence each other, and I believe that’s what we’re seeing here. Stop in J Crew or Banana Republic, and you will find appliques and embroidered details on their outfits. We spotted similar concepts on drapery panels and even lamp shades!
Trend # 4: Mature Graphics
Graphic patterns have been apart of a fabric trend we’ve seen over the last few years. But this market, they found their way on a different color palette that seemed more thoughtful and mature.
Trend # 5: Cream Finishes
Along with the organic neutrals, we saw warm and bright cream finishes that soften the pieces they are applied to. We loved Suzanne Kesler new collection for Hickory Chair with it’s French inspirations.
Every time we tour the Hickory Chair Showroom, we run into some of the industry’s renown interior designers, Suzanne Kesler (left) and Alexa Hampton, who was promoting her most recent book The Language of Interior Design (right).
Trend # 6: Linen, Linen Everywhere
In nearly every showroom, linen was featured on furniture and pillows. Five to ten years ago, chenilles were much more popular as upholstery fabrics, but the clean and fresh look of linen has now taken its place.
Above, Brittany and Judy in the Century Furniture Showroom at the end of the day.
Trend # 7: All Shades of Grays
As far as neutrals go, the taupe tans of the 90′s have been replaced with their fresh warm gray relatives.
Gray can be pared with rustic finishes and textures or with high gloss metals for either an industrial or polished look.
Natural Curiosities always has wonderful art and accessories to complete rooms. We were particularly struck by the moody horse pieces below.
We ended our day in the Centuryshowroom. Above, Hilaire tests a leather chair. Judy loved the unique lines of the McCrae casegoods in the Lee Industries showroom. Also in Lee, we loved the punches of color, including purple!