Archive for April, 2012

Insider Finds from High Point Furniture Market

Twice a year High Point Furniture Market opens its showrooms to throngs of buyers, designers and architects from around the world to view the latest furnishings and accessories.  This week is one of the two weeks.  I spent the first weekend at the showrooms and there are some really wonderful new products and, as can be expected, some not so wonderful.  As a designer, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of furniture frogs before you can find a few princes.

Oomph Palm Beach Demi Lune Image:

Some new pieces I love are from Oomph.  They have the best lacquer tables that are available in 16 colors with 9 different table top materials.  They are also produced in the US (in Connecticut) and won’t break the bank!

Currey Newsprint Table Lamp


The High Point Furniture show is not just about furniture but also features accessories and lighting. Currey and Company Lighting was another winner for my trip. The lamp above is actually made from recycled newsprint. Nice to see a continued dedication by manufacturers to do right by the environment.


This fun, magenta chandelier needs just the right whimsical space, and it might not necessarily be where you expect. Don’t think this wouldn’t be amazing hanging as a pair over a kitchen dining island!

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This is a fun storage trunk that would be terrific as a beach house storage piece and conversation starter.

kotari Trunk, Currey


Natural Light has a fabulous program for mixing and matching lamp bases, colors, shades, and finials.  They start with the base of which there are 12 style choices and then you choose from 35 colors.  It is a fabulous!

The High Point Furniture Market really does provide some great interior design inspiration and lots of exercise since there are 10 million sq. ft. of showroom spaces, 2000 exhibitors, and 180 buildings to work your way through.  Approximately 80,000 people attend each market!

As it’s only open to designers, architects, and retailers, I always make sure to attend each fall and spring so that our design firm is up to date and well-versed on what is out there to best suit each of our clients.



Favorite Online Sources for Home Accessories

Shopping for home accessories online, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few of our favorite online resources for home accessories:

One Kings lane is one of the best home accessory websites. Sorted by different types of home accessories, you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for. Remember our article about outdoor accessories? You can find the perfect outdoor accessories to liven up your backyard living space at One Kings Lane. Try this turquoise vintage flower pot:

Bright, vintage flower pot


The site gives you an excellent selection, including a section dedicated to vintage and market finds. Also explore a generous sale section. Below are pair of faux bamboo Chippendale armchairs 50% off!

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Armchairs


The website is consistently updated with featured sale categories that end after a certain time. You’re always promised a new shopping experience! A current feature is A Pop of Color, it ends 4/19 so hurry to catch pillows and throws the the one below!

Chevron Pillow, Blue, Frog Hill Designs    



For a more home décor selection visit Horchow is another favorite online resource. Fixtures and furniture are also available at this site, but a section is dedicated to décor. 

Jonathan Adler Plates

Horchow provides a upscale, home accessories. Above you see a sample, some plates by Jonathan Adler. 

Another helpful online resource for home accessories is Joss & Main. Like One Kings Lane, Joss & Main has featured categories or designers. A mirror by Howard Elliot doned the Sagittarius Mirror is shown below.

Howard Elliot Mirror, Joss


Another favorite, with more utilitarian accessories, is Frontgate. Take the no-sweat drink bucket, perfect for any party and any surface!

Frontgate Optima Ice Bucket


Do you have any favorite websites for home accessories?

White Bathroom Interior Design

The most important aspect of a bathroom is that it is clean, and what color says clean better than white? We already talked about white being a great color for kitchens, but white is the perfect color for any bathroom design as well! 

The Minimalist White bathroom

Minimalist White Bathroom


White is a logical color for this no-fuss design scheme. White is simple, straight forward, and neat. Just look at the clean-lined, minimalist bathroom above. The stright lines and simplicity of the design stand out when they’re complimented by the white walls and countertop. Even the rather simple bouquet of flowers adorning the top of the counter pops in the monochromatic simplicity. This design is very sharp and clean. 

White Marble Bathroom

White Marble Bathroom




For a more elegant white bathroom, pair white with marble. The picture to the left shows an antique white bathroom. Paired with marble, white can fit into any traditional design. Tall cielings and small fixtures compliment the white and marble. This bathroom has an older feeling while still maintaining the clean aesthetic that compliments white!







Off White Bathroom

Romantic Off-White BathroomImage:

A white bathroom doesn’t necessarily have to be stark white to have the same qualifiers. Take the off-white bathroom above. It is still clean and light, but the off-white color makes it a more warm and welcoming bathroom. The chandeliers and ethereal rug transform the white bathroom into a romantic, feminine bathroom.

The Space Opening Element of White

Bright, White Bathroom Image:

 The magic of white is its property as a space multiplier. The picture to above is an example of white opening a space. White reflects light, so a bathroom with mirrors (and maybe windows) will instantly be opened up. Bathrooms can often be small too, so the light, open quality of white is particularly appealing. The bathroom above is all white: white walls, white cabinets, white floors, white fixtures, but even a majority white space will have a similar open effect. 

Transform Outdoor Space with Yard Ornaments

How do you create elegant outdoor living areas with an expansive yard and not much landscape? This is a problem for many residence, especially when creating outdoor living areas in Virginia. One solution: yard and garden ornaments. 

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, sheep yard ornamentsImage:

The Phillips Collection is a great way to jazz up your expansive backyard! Whether you’re looking for a realistic, animal sculpture or a basin fountain the Phillips Collection has a variety of garden ornaments to meet your needs. Our very own Andrea Gibson of Gibson Design Group has two of the above sheep in her backyard! The fun yard ornaments break up a sparce backyard. Other items include a variety of sculptures: buddha sculptures, vase sculptures, spherical sculptures; and furniture and touches for your outdoor design. 

Phillips Collection Sculpture


Garden Park Antiques

Antique Chimney Pot


If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind garden antique to define your outdoor space, Keith Merry’s Garden Park Antiques in Nashville, TN is where you should look. Antique Furniture, antique lighting, antique ironwork, antique sculptures, antique architectural pieces, etc. can be found at Garden Park Antiques. Beautiful terracotta flower pots, iron railings, and miscellaneous items make up the ever-changing inventory at Garden Park Antiques. If you’re fortunate enough to live in or around this area, visit the Garden Park Antique showroom for all your Nashville, TN yard ornament needs! If not, you can also get the unique pieces shipped to you on their website. 

Garden Park Antique, Antique cast-iron Garden urn