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I hadn’t been to High Point in several years, and boy, was I ever glad I returned for the Spring 2015 furniture market in April! I spent a lot of time sourcing new suppliers of furniture, lighting and accessories for our projects, reviewing new product launches and revisiting old favourites. I also got a preview of design trends to come which you can read about in Design Destination | High Point. All of this was tremendously eye opening and motivating, but the thing that inspired me the most was viewing the meticulously designed showrooms. The furniture manufacturers pull out all the stops and spare no expense in order to make their product shine. They created vignettes that looked like photos in a magazine and I was overwhelmed by all the interior design eye candy. I throughly enjoyed seeing the unique ways they organized the furniture and pulled everything together. There were several vignettes that I would happily have moved right into! Here are a few of my favourite photos from the most spectacular showrooms.

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsThe Century Furniture showroom was immense. I adored this room they created with a global vibe. It reminded me of the movie Out of Africa and I pictured Meryl Streep and Robert Redford living there. I especially loved the length of this console table, the casual arrangement of art and accessories and how the chair could be pulled in so it could double as a writing surface. A brilliant idea for a long hallway or office!

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This wonderfully chic space also from the Century Furniture showroom was sophisticated and elegant. I really adored this bar cabinet with the textured doors and black legs and how they used it as the focal point. The art around it, stool in front and little chair with black and white leopard made my heart leap! Such a great layout and one I would not have thought of.

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The CR Laine showroom embraced colour. Bright cobalt, minty green and shell pink were all prominently featured. It was definitely the most colourful of all the stops on our trip! I was drawn to this feminine bedroom setup which fearlessly used blush tones on the headboard, bench, rug and accessories. I loved the use of a single hue punctuated with black and white. So often clients are nervous about selecting a shade other than a neutral for their upholstered headboards but it looks dynamite when you take the risk. I thought this arrangement was absolutely divine, and wanted to crawl right into that bed for the night!

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsOly Studio is set up in an interesting old building with amazing windows and a courtyard. It is so well edited and refined – a real slice of heaven. The white backdrop and fabric they employ showcase their unusual and whimsically shaped furniture. This little stool with antelope legs and the geometric brass etager caught my attention. I really appreciated how they stood out against pure and simple surroundings. Lately, Oly has been my go to source for interesting and slightly quirky statement pieces.

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsThis glamorous living room situation in the Hickory Chair exhibit had me at “hello”! The centre table with flowering branches separated the two spaces beautifully and could be used for dining or as a library table. I really enjoyed seeing the double glass and brass tables in front of the sofa instead of a cocktail table to break things up. I think I may have taken about a million photographs in this showroom because everywhere I turned there was another gorgeous piece of furniture or incredible detail. Pure design genius!

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsEquestrian motifs abounded at High Point this year and I thought that Palecek‘s use of it in conjunction with tribal detailing was fabulous. I loved the combination of graphic rug, neutral upholstery, animal print, rope, upholstery tacks, wicker and textured wood. Throw in some Hermes inspired stools and a horse head sculpture and you’re all set! I was intrigued by the mix and thought it paired beautifully together.

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsI stumbled upon this charming dining suite in Dovetail – a supplier I was not previously familiar with. They do a great job of modernizing shabby chic and country farmhouse into very livable, pretty pieces. I was struck with the simplicity of this dining table arrangement with the variety of glass vessels and casually arranged flowers. It was as though you had just returned from a stroll through a meadow and brought home a collection of wild flowers. Casual simplicity at it’s best!

Corea Sotropa Interior Design _ Highpoint_HighlightsOn my final day, I made a trip over to the Junior League of High Point Showhouse which I had heard about through Traditional Home Magazine. It was a treasure trove of design inspiration! Each room was individually designed by a noteworthy interior design firm and each room was such a pleasure to view! The bohemian artist’s retreat by L. Moore Designs   was such a delight, and I adored the gallery wall installation and tacking detail of the day bed. I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this spectacular showhouse. It was the icing on the cake!

My trip was so worthwhile and I am hoping to return again soon. In addition to sourcing out new products and increasing my knowledge of my favourite suppliers I took in so much design inspiration. I’d highly recommend a trip to High Point Furniture Market for any interior designer looking to add a little spark to their current repertoire of ideas.



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