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In April we made the journey to interior design ‘mecca’ TO High Point Market in North Carolina to get our annual design batteries recharged.  With more than 2000 exhibitors and 11 million square feet of show space this event was overwhelming, uber-stimulating, both refreshing and exhausting, but the very best thing we can do for ourselves and our design business.  Seeing the manufacturers latest creative efforts which include lots of new patterns, art, sophisticated lighting and edgy furniture designs fuels our inspiration and gives us the opportunity to network with like-minded folks.

We noticed FIVE trends at this spring’s Market:


Gold is everywhere and not just reserved for lighting! Whenever we suggest brass in a project, we tread lightly because so many homeowners just finished the process of changing out their polished brass hardware and door knobs for stainless or brushed nickel. But times change so quickly and it’s time to go bold with gold! We saw a lot of gold nail heads being used on everything from furnishings, accessories and carpets!


Lucite has been ‘the rage’ for quite some time now but many custom furniture designs are finally catching up. Acrylic leg options ranked high among new custom furniture options on sofas and benches. We saw the continued appearance of lucite occasional chairs and case goods … lucite isn’t going anywhere for a while. Glass and mirrored furnishings are also still huge!

wood and organic elements

We love the organic tables and decor at The Phillips Collection and saw cues from nature all over High Point Market this year.

Gold Leaf Design Group

The Phillip Collection


Neutrals are forever, but this spring, the colors were popping! Colors on trend were blush, vivid pink, and blue. We even saw quite a bit of yellow in furnishings and in decor; a color that has often caused polarized reactions, yellow is getting some positive attention this year.

CR Laine


This bold look has made its way to walls, paneling, cabinetry and case goods this year. This amazing kitchen by Lisa Mende at the Junior League Showhouse sports black cabinetry and a blue and black and lime green theme. Black is back!