High Point “Style Spots”


I am back after a very productive and enjoyable trip to North Carolina.  The final days of my trip were spent at the semi-annual High Point Furniture Market.  I have been going to this market since 1988 (too many times to count).  I am always amazed each season by the creative, new introductions.

Several years ago the market center starting selecting interior designer “style spotters” to pick their favorite market finds and trends.  I am not one of those “elite” but I pick my own recurrent trends I see as I travel by foot the unbelievable many miles of market.  (I rack up a lot of steps :).

There are so many things I want to share but will only include the following three categories for this post.

Licensed fabrics (category 1) by well known designers are products the designer and the furniture/fabric companies partner together to create a “designer line”.  It is really big right now!  Here are three market introductions.


This is a display as you enter the Suites of Market Square building.  I love the juxtaposed chairs on top of the Kravet lettering introducing their partnered fabric by well know fashion designer Kate Spade.  The fabrics on these chairs represent just few of her new Kravet fabrics.


The above picture shows a new fabric line for Duralee Fabrics and Fine Furnishings by designer John Robshaw.  After traveling and studying in the exotic countries of Indonesia he has created a real “Moroccan” feel to his new fabrics.  You may also find his name on many bedding and accessory lines.


This is a furniture group at C.R. Laine, a North Carolina upholstery manufacturer.  This season they once again partnered with interior designer Tobi Fairley to introduce new seating using Duralee fabrics.  This is an exciting collaboration for the designer, furniture and fabric companies.  Each bring their reputation and name to help market this new line.

Lighter wood finishes (category 2) where shown in several showrooms.


Stacked chest shown by Noir.


Staggered chest by CFD.


Live edge tables have been available for many markets but this is a lighter finish combined to incorporate the natural look with a light touch by Taracea.

Industrial hardware (category 3) was much more prominent this season. Many furniture lines incorporated barn door style hardware.high_point_barn_door_hardware_small_wine_chest_homeaccenys

Barn door adapted hardware on a small wine chest with a lighter finish.


Barn door hardware with a moroccan twist on a rustic sideboard.


Oversized industrial hardware on a server.


Love the placement of this heavy hardware side by side on drawers creating the appearance of a large piece of hardware.

No matter what your personal style I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my market style spots!  More to come later!

It is good to be getting back to the blog posts and more of my daily routine.

BTW: Just had a visit by my friend, Brenda Blackburn Morrison from the Baltimore area.  She is an avid exerciser and just about killed me.  With walked, swam and did aerobics as well a some lounging in the sun!  Thanks, Brenda for a great visit!

Until next week…keep creating you lifestyle!


Mary Sherwood Life Styles





  1. Mary says:

    Thanks, KariAnne. Glad you enjoyed reading the post. Thanks for following us. Mary

  2. What a fun post! I love the visit to market and the trends.

    Thanks for the glimpse into your world.


  3. Mary says:

    Ned, glad I got a chance to say hello. Miss our conversations. Thanks for reading our blog. Helps to keep us in touch!

  4. Mary says:

    Yes, Tracey I do think this will be a style that moves quickly. The barn door trend has been around for a number of years. This was the first time I saw so many furniture lines including this hardware. My philosophy is to follow what you personally like and can live with over time not necessarily a new trend. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Mary says:

    Glad I wasn’t in Scottsdale so you couldn’t make me try that hike!

  6. Brenda says:

    I did not kill you! My hike yesterday would have. I barely made it to the top.

  7. Tracey says:

    Do you think the barn door craze will burn itself out anytime soon? I’m seeing all over the place, but it just seems so perishable.

  8. Ned Rhame says:

    Mary, it was great to see you – even briefly – at the market. Glad you had a successful trip. Enjoyed you observations as we barely got out of our booth & ‘neighborhood’.

    Enjoy your emails !

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