High Point Market is a marathon and a sprint all at the same time…There is so much to see and so much ground to cover. It helps to be surrounded by a lovely group of creative minds that were part of the team for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour organized by High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference. The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We had a ball getting to know one another, sharing favorite design sources, and experiencing market from everyone’s different perspectives.
When a favorite fashionista client introduced me to the line Shine by Sho a few years ago, I was instantly smitten. The lines of the furniture paired with fashion forward detailing in hardware, finishes and fringe were unlike any other line I had ever seen. Creator Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz describes her client as a “cultural carnivore…obsessed with art, architecture and fashion who knows how to flawlessly combine urbane jewels, sumptuous finishes, and a dash of vogueish thrills to create visual ambrosia.” Who would not want to be defined as such?!? I anxiously await wait will come with each new collection. Not only is Susan insanely talented and uber creative, she is also effervescent and the kind of of gal pal you would like to travel the world with in search of the next inspiration for her globally inspired brand. Thank you IHFC Interhall for organizing our visit!
Check out her take on trends from last year’s Maison et Objet and see how they have manifested in upcoming posts on High Point Market trends…
Following her wildly successful couture lifestyle brand Shine By Sho, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz is thrilled to announce the launch of Sho Modern. Inspired by travel and globally sourced material, Sho Modern fuses Shine by Sho’s avant-garde luxury with pret-a- porter accessibility. Through the use of luxe natural woods, stones, pounded metals, and opulent leather, Sho Modern delivers a globally inpsired and sourced lifestyle brand. Focused on innovation and luxury, Sho Modern is for the design and quality savvy client looking for an instant aesthetic upgrade. “Sho Modern is designed to push fashion forward living into our everyday.”
SHOWROOM VIGNETTES AT IHFC INTERHALL
THE FUEL CHAIR
A TOUCH OF POLISH AND A WHOLE LOT OF 1980’S MAXIMALISM FUELS OUR PASSION FOR THIS FASHION FORWARD PERCH. WHILE THE VIEW FROM THE TOP IS STUNNING, WE’D RATHER CHECK OUT THIS FIRESTARTER’S REAR ASSETS.
THE SHAG BENCH
OUR SHAG BENCH IS ALL ABOUT OVER THE TOP MAXIMALISM WITH TOTALLY DECADENT CREAM SHEARLING, BUT HAS THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF RESTRAINED MINIMALISM COMING FROM TARNISHED GOLD PIPE. THE QUESTION WON’T BE ‘SHALL WE SHAG NOW OR LATER?’ BUT WHERE TO START?
THE EDGE PENDANT
THEY SAY THAT NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, BUT THIS LITTLE TART IS GOLDEN. THE HAMMERED BRASS DOME GLISTENS WHILE THE TIERED LEATHER FRINGE LETS LIGHT DANCE THROUGH ITS SKIRT CREATING A VIBRANT AND FLIRTY FEMME FATAL. HANG OUR VERGE PENDANT ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO UP THE STYLE ANTE.
THE BRINK TABLE LAMP
A TALL SQUARE MARBLE BASE, ELONGATED NECK AND BRASS DOME CREATE A SOPHISTICATEDLY SIMPLE SILHOUETTE; FRINGE LEATHER UPS THE FLIRTY FACTOR. LIGHT DANCES OFF THE HAMMERED BRASS AND PEAKS THROUGH THE FRINGE SKIRTING. ADD THE BRINK TO CREATE A LITTLE EXTRA VAMPY SPARKLE.
THE HORN TABLE LAMP
WANT A HINT OF MYTHICAL GLAMOUR? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS LEGENDARY CREATURE. CRAFTED FROM SCULPTED BRASS AND MARBLE, OUR HORN LAMP WILL HAVE YOU PRANCING WITH JOY AND WONDERING WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG TO FIND IT.
THE PIPE TABLE LAMP
A SERIES OF OFFSET BRASS/NICKEL PIPES ARISE FROM A MARBLE BASE SPEWING LIGHT IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN OUR PIPE TABLE LAMP. UP THE INDUSTRIAL SIZZLE FACTOR WITH A FEW OF OUR PIPE LAMPS ON EITHER SIDE OF A BED.THE POUND FLOOR LAMP
THE POUND FLOOR LAMP IS LIKE A GIANT DIAMOND RING: IT MAKES A SPARKLY STATEMENT. THE HAMMERED BRASS/NICKEL REFRACTS LIGHT IN EVERY DIRECTION, CREATING AN EYE-CATCHING GLOW. PLUG ONE OF OUR POUND FLOOR LAMPS INTO A SUBDUED SITTING ROOM FOR AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT OR INTO AN OVER-THE-TOP SALON TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MAXIMALISM. WE EVEN SAY PUT IT ON A TABLE FOR AN OVERSCALED TABLE LAMP STATEMENT.
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL. SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL. SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.
THE BANG BUFFET
YOU DON’T NEED TO PLUG THIS PIECE IN TO MAKE IT GLOW – IT SHIMMERS ALL BY ITSELF. OUR BANG BUFFET CABINET IS CRAFTED USING POUNDED METAL CREATING AN ALMOST ETHERAL GLOW. PUT IT IN A DINING ROOM OR LIVING ROOM TO HIDE ALL THE THINGS YOU’D RATHER FORGET.
THE BOWIE ETAGERE
CAN SOMETHING BE CUTTING EDGE AND YET TIMELESS? WE THINK THE BOWIE ETAGERE IS JUST THAT. THE TARNISHED METAL ADDS A LIBERAL SPLASH OF SIZZLE, WHILE THE SLEEK SILHOUETTE IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC. USE IT TO STORE TOWELS IN A PALM BEACH POOL HOUSE, TO DISPLAY TRINKETS IN A WILLIAMSBURG LOFT, OR AS A MINI-MEDIA CENTER IN A SOHO STUDIO – THE TRANSFORMATIONS ARE ENDLESS.
THE STUD MIRROR
WE WANT THIS STUD IN EVERY ROOM. HORSE HAIR AND LEATHER COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MASCULINE FRAME AROUND A LARGE OVAL MIRROR. THIS DAPPER STUD WORKS JUST AS WELL IN A LOUCHE DOWNTOWN LA LOFT AS IT DOES IN A SLICK MODERNIST MANHATTAN HIGH-RISE.
Enjoy this behind the scenes video when Shine by Sho partnered with Lori Margolis Interiors to install Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home..
I was delighted to participate in my first High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour this fall. In addition to getting in depth tours at a variety of showrooms, it was also wonderful to experience market through the lens of so many talented design friends. As usual, I returned home with no voice and blistered feet, but full of new sources for clients and inspiration for future projects. One of the many highlights was a visit to the iconic Thayer Coggin showroom. After back to back meetings, it can be a challenge to keep the attention of a group of designers…As soon as we entered the doors, we knew we were in for a special treat.
I am excited to be joining this lovely group of ladies, High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We will be visiting each sponsor for an up-close look at the exhibitors’ company, showroom and products during a 45 minute presentation and tours. We will then feature and discuss our inspiring finds on our individual blogs and social media accounts. I could not think of a more fun and creative group to take in the inspiration of market.
“We are very excited about our selected bloggers, and were encouraged by the sponsorship commitments made by the High Point Market exhibitors in recognition of the trade influence and consumer reach that the assembled corps of bloggers and social media influencers represent,” commented Adam Japko, founder and CEO of Esteem Media. “I anticipate we’ll have top-notch coverage from our blogger team, with great insight into the highlights and trends they’ll discover in the sponsoring showrooms.”
The tour will kick off on Sunday, October 23, and conclude on Monday, October 24. Additional information on the Design Bloggers Tour can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/design-blogger-tour. During and after Market, follow the tour on social media by following the #designbloggerstour hashtag.
One of the most highly anticipated launches at High Point Furniture Market was the Florence Broadhurst Collection for Selamat Designs. Best known for her whirlwind personality and extraordinary creativity, Florence was constantly reinventing herself. She spent the roaring 20s singing her way throughout the Far East, served as headmistress in a Shanghai finishing school, became “Madame Pellier,” French couturier to London’s elite during the 1930s, and moved back to her homeland of Australia as an aristocrat, buisnesswoman, society maven and painter.
At the age of 60, she launched her bespoke internationally renowned wallpaper business. Her archive containing over 300 designs consists of stylized flowers, textured graphics, dramatic abstracts, overscaled patterns and metallic inks. Her experimentation with layering pattern and color helped her designs to remain relevant through the years. Her biography says that “Florence Boradhurst is to Austrailia what Missioni is to Italy, Marremeko is to Scandanavia, and Liberty is to London.”
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
The “Mayfair Crossing” collection reflects Florence’s love of nature reinterpreted with a lively color combination.
The palette of “Shanghai Nights” is saturated with jade teals, greys, and metallics. The Art Deco influences are seen in the mirrored finishes, exotic birds and fretwork.
The “Sydney Mod” collection is inspired by the Brutalist and Cubist movements with 1970s styling. Black, white and gold enhamce the sculptural and graphic shapes.
Participating in the Traditional Home / Junior League of High Point Showhouse in April was one of the most gratifying experiences I have had in my career. I The creativity and camaraderie of the design community blew me away and seeing it in print brings back a flood of fond memories! We have all been anxiously awaiting the October issue to share all of our hard work for a wonderful cause…benefiting the Junior League’s community programming for High Point. Thank you to all of the gracious editors at Traditional Home, the countless volunteers from the Junior League and the amazing sponsors that brought our visions to life! Click here to read the full story and see the complete portfolio of images.
The final stop on the second floor is Cathy Austin’s beautiful daughter’s bedroom. Blessed with great bones—note the 10 1/2-foot ceilings and swoonworthy windows—the space is impeccably tailored from head to toe. Shaped valances mimic the Moroccan scalloping on the patterned headboard.
Circa Lighting’s brass orb chandelier and the pillows’ chopstick monogram reiterate the room’s Eastern influence. Overhead, Pratt & Lambert’s pale-pink paint in high-gloss finish complements the vintage Murano glass lamp on the bedside table. A tufted-velvet bench with Lucite legs and an antique English settee updated in sumptuous animal print round out the dazzling sanctuary.
There’s a lot to love in these beautiful showhouse bedrooms…click on the image below for a video tour of the spaces.
I envisioned my “imaginary” client as the sophisticated daughter of the family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamourous room that still reflects her Southern roots. A portrait by favorite artist, Kate Long Stevenson, (from Hidell Brooks Gallery) became my muse for the project. I had her in mind whenever I was making decisions for the space. The portrait and the large vintage abstract provided the color palette that inspired the design scheme. The room is a blend of unique pieces from High Point based craftsmen along with a collection from her travels around the world. A Moroccan inspired headboard, Murano glass lamps, original modern art, bespoke linens, dressmaker detailed drapery, and glamorous materials such as shagreen, agate, brass, and velvet add to the feminine mystique of the space. I indulged myself with an “imaginary” trip around the world for inspiration for the space…from the palaces of Morocco and India to the Murano glass factories and sunsets on the Nayarit Riviera.
Every market, I am always anxious to see what Bernhardt Furniture is introducing. Their showroom is always one of the best in terms of decor, styling, and creatively showing their new lines each season. I have especially loved their most recent collections that epitomize “Modern Glamour.” Their artisans take traditional forms and enhance them with luxurious finishes and jewelry-like details giving them a more contemporary feel.
In all of the new introductions, especially the Criteria Collection, each item is designed to be a showpiece. Lighter finishes such as pearly white and dove gray allow the character of the wood to shine through. Exotic surfaces including mother of pearl, silver leaf, mirror polished metal, lizard and embossed reptile leather add a unique and luxurious element to the collection. Inspired by jewelry, cabinetry hardware in intricate forms such as geometric pierced pulls and knobs inset with embossed leather adds a perfect finishing touch. “The furniture we bring into our homes can be a form of self- expression,” says Heather Eidenmiller, director of brand development. “These inventive surfaces play with visual perception. We think they will help people to express themselves with a new kind of power, drama, and simplicity.”
In addition to these finishes, Bernhardt has also introduced pattern including inlays, laser-cuts, and frame motifs in casegoods and occasional furniture, along with patterned upholstery items. “Pattern creates energy in a purposeful object that can also be read as something decorative,” says Heather Eidenmiller. “As these pieces are intriguing, but not overtly trendy, we think people will find them to be powerful, fresh, and timeless.”
The entire Criteria Collection is sophisticated and sleek, showing influences of Sheraton furniture especially in the table bases and chair legs. The pieces can easily mix with various styles to create a modern and luxurious interior. I have included some of my favorite pieces below followed by some other pieces that I define as “Modern Glamour” from Bernhardt’s other lines. All of the new introductions will be available this fall.
CRITERIA COCKTAIL TABLE . Elegant pattern. Translucent, low-sheen, Pale Ivory finish on quartered ash. Mirror-polished stainless steel inlines. The astroid inline pattern is repeated in the lower shelf shape. Solid brass nickel-plated ferrule.
NORTON SOFA AND CHAIR: Upholstered in dove grey texture with gentle padded track arm. Accents of lapis on a tossed petal shimmering pillow and damask pillow.
CRITERIA BAR: Pale Ivory finish. Constructed in ash solids and quartered ash veneers.Mirror-polished stainless steel inline.
CRITERIA DESK: Covered in Faux Lizard with jewelry inspired nickel pull and ferrules.
CRITERIA SIDE CHAIR: Heather Gray finish.
CRITERIA CONSOLE: Ash solids and quartered ash veneers. Heather Gray finish. Stainless steel metal inlay on top and drawer fronts. An elegant long and narrow profile.
CRITERIA ARM CHAIR: Lively shape feels retro and modern at the same time. Translucent, layered, pale Heather Gray finish. The astroid shape (neoclassic star-circle) backsplat, and arm, are curved for extra seating comfort. Shown in a multi-tone grey woven.
CRITERIA METAL BAR CART: Expresses a lot of creativity. Classic fretwork pattern, modern material. Nickel plated steel with a Radiant Nickel finish. Inset mirrored top and shelf. Casters.
CRITERIA SCREEN: Consisting of three upholstered folding panels with decorative nailhead trim in astroid pattern.
CRITERIA BUFFET: In ash solids and quartered ash veneers in Heather Gray finish. Stainless steel metal inlays on top and door fronts. Fancy face veneer pattern on door fronts. Drop pendant door hardware.
CRITERIA ENTERTAINMENT CONSOLE: Simple with an unexpected dazzle. Soft touch, low-sheen, pale Heather Gray finish on quartered ash. Mirror-polished stainless steel inlines and outlines. Solid brass nickel-plated pulls. Saber leg.
CHELSEA SOFA & OTTOMAN/ BERNHARDT UPHOLSTERY in winter white full grain leather. Track arm with buttonless tufting all over. Geometric velvet and flame stitched accent pillows.
DRISCOLL CHAIRS/ BERNHARDT UPHOLSTERY: The mini wings and nailhead outline on charcoal aniline leather add to the masculine detail on a reinterpreted slipper chair.
WINSTON CREDENZA/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A gorgeous reeded silhouette is covered by hand in a nickel silver alloy. The interior containing drawers and shelves is painted black.
ELKA CHAIR/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: One of the company’s best selling chairs, this sleek faux horn frame is covered in a hair on hide.
TRIMBELLE COCKTAIL TABLE/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A statement piece for any interior. White onyx stone top and case resting on a steel plinth base in an antique pewter finish.
BENNISON COCKTAIL OTTOMAN/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Soft + hard. Cool + warm. Corrugated cast metal slab leg with a bronzy finish. Plush upholstery with softened lines, shown in a high-texture smoky grey faux-mohair.
CABOT CHAIR/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A cast iron faux bois frame extends down the back to the legs of this sleek slipper chair.
KENSINGTON BED/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: The shining star of last year’s market, this bed embodies high style 70s chic. Highly polished plated brass in tightly-machined frame, posts, and canopy. Padded upholstered headboard with crisp buttonless tufting. Shown in a rich chocolate velvet.
BAYONNE BED/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Channeled upholstered headboard and footboard with nailhead trim between channels and around frame. Covered in a soft brown faux mohair.
EXETER COCKTAIL TABLE/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Square cocktail table covered in Faux Crocodile embossed leather
Bernhardt recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a year-long celebration honoring culture, heritage and a legacy of giving. This iconic brand has always been one of the industry’s most dynamic and stable furniture institutions. I was very grateful to have Bernhardt sponsor me for this past market and always look forward to seeing what they create next. Devoted to creativity and the artistry of furniture making, the new introductions each market are always highly anticipated. In addition to producing extraordinary collections, the company is still a family owned business with a strong commitment to people, relationships, and the welfare of the local community.
As an interior designer, I am often asked to create serene havens for my clients where they can relax and leave their daily stress behind. They request casual yet luxurious spaces that reflect their personalities where they can enjoy their family and friends. I was delighted to be sponsored for High Point Market this spring by Lexington Home Brands and see the debut of the Oyster Bay Collection that perfectly embodies this lifestyle.
“Given the immense pace of life for today’s professionals, it’s hardly a surprise that comfort and relaxation are at the top of the list when shopping for home furnishings. At the same time, these consumers want to showcase their success and personal style, while creating a fashionable space that serves as an invitation for entertaining. In designing Oyster Bay, we drew inspiration from the Hamptons, which embodies sophisticated living at its best, while retaining a casual vibe and comfortable relaxed demeanor.”- Phil Haney, President and CEO of Lexington Home Brands.
Two of my favorite pieces are shown above. The curvilinear lines of the Hempstead Mirror are accentuated with a small nailhead detail. The stencilled pattern on the Brookhaven Hall Chest makes it an ideal focal point for any space.
Lighter wood tones, natural textures, and a palette of ivory, taupe and grey are used throughout the collection to evoke a laid back sophisticated vibe. This “luxe transitional” style blends classic elements such as button tufting and turned legs with more contemporary features like burnished stainless steel tops and geometric metal bases. The Seaford Chair pictured above is an example of mixing a contemporary water hyacinth frame and a classicwing chair silhouette. The Deerwood Side Table adds an industrial feel to give the collection a bit of edge.
The new textiles include geometrics, stripes, menswear-inspired fabrics, and luxurious textures such as rich oyster grey leather. The fabrics along with the various furniture styles are equally at home at the shore or in the city. The geometric shapes of the Saddlebrook Cocktail and End Table provide a pleasing juxtaposition to the more traditional diamond-tufted Greenport Sofa.
Custom hardware in antique pewter pairs beautifully with the lightly distressed wood base and stainless steel top of the Hidden Lake Bistro Table. Merrick Swivel Stools combine rush seats with metal and wood. The versatility of the collection merges the best elements of luxe traditional and casual transitional.
Lexington Home Brands is a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and lifestyle marketing of upscale home furnishings. The Company’s award-winning product line of wood, upholstery and outdoor living designs encompass the industry’s most diverse range of styling, featuring recognized consumer brands like Lexington®, Tommy Bahama Home®, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living® and Sligh®.
With a history dating back to 1903, the company’s expansive product line includes wood and upholstered furniture across a wide range of styles. Residential products are distributed in the U.S. and internationally through a network of independent furniture retailers, interior designers and design firms, trade showrooms and select Internet retailers. The Company also produces home furnishings for contract, hospitality and commercial use. Headquartered in High Point, NC, the company has showrooms in High Point, New York, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Company is privately held by Sun Capital Partners, based in Boca Raton, FL.
During High Point Market, a shuttle runs frequently from the Lexington Reception Studio in downtown High Point at the corner of Commerce and Wrenn, directly across from the IHFC.
Bernhardt Furniture is one of the generous vendors that has helped me with my bedroom for the Traditional Home / Junior League High Point Showhouse opening this weekend during High Point Furniture Market. I fell in love with so many pieces introduced this past fall and knew I had to use them in my bedroom designed for my “imaginary” client, who is the sophisticated daughter of this family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamorous room that still reflects her Southern roots. Bernhardt’s Salon and Jet Set collections were perfect for this storyline and I am thrilled with how the room is coming together. If you are coming to High Point for market, please come by for a visit and see how all of the designers have worked their magic on this grand old High Point manse. Click here for tickets and hours.
Bernhardt recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a year-long celebration honoring culture, heritage and a legacy of giving. This iconic brand has always been one of the industry’s most dynamic and stable furniture institutions. Devoted to creativity and the artistry of furniture making, the new introductions each market are always highly anticipated. In addition to producing extraordinary collections, the company is still a family owned business with a strong commitment to people, relationships, and the welfare of the local community. Since the theme of the Showhouse is “From High Point to the World,” I could not think of a more appropriate brand to showcase in my room.
For the Showhouse, I styled the brass bookcase with a collection of design books, brass animals art and objects from the daughter’s travels abroad . The various shelf heights makes the piece incredibly versatile in any interior for display or for storage. The luxurious finish also adds a touch of glamour to the room.
The Salon Nightstand is the perfect scale for any bedroom. Here I have used two to flank a kingsize upholstered bed. The tabletop provides ample space for any size lamp along with other bedside necessities and the drawer is an added bonus. The square tapered legs, cross stretcher, and brass escutcheon add elegant detail.
Bernhardt let me take an exclusive “sneak peek” at some of the pieces being introduced at market this week. Over 100 new works of 21st century modern furniture will be exhibited. Each item is designed to be a showpiece with simplified classic forms and luxurious multidimensional surfaces and fabrics.
“Pattern creates energy in a purposeful object that can also be read as something decorative. As these pieces are intriguing, but not overtly trendy, we think people will find them to be powerful, fresh and timeless.”- Heather Eidenmiller, director of brand development
New surfaces include mother of pearl and true silver leaf, and wood finishes in layered, translucent pearly tones that change with the light of day / night and are designed to work with most any color palette choice. A number of accented upholstered seating pieces are covered in bold classic patterned wovens. All are designed for big visual impact in small amounts.
Next month, I am thrilled to be participating in the 2015 Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home and the Junior League of High Point. The “From High Point to the World” themed showhouse will host a grand opening party the evening of Friday, April 17, 2015, and open to public for tours beginning Saturday, April 18th. Tickets are available by clicking here.
“We’re thrilled to include the Junior League of High Point’s Designer Showhouse as part of the Traditional Home 2015 National Showhouse Tour,” says Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home. “The High Point Market is the heart of home furnishings industry and the opportunity to bring recognition to both talented designers and leading furniture companies only fuels our enthusiasm. Through the decades, the Terry family has been an integral and influential part of the city’s history. It’s appropriate to pay tribute to them by showcasing their beautiful Tudor Revival home. Collaborating with the Junior League to help raise funds to benefit their community programs is something the Terry family would have appreciated.”
Nancy and Randall B. Terry built the house circa-1912. It is likely one of the earliest homes in High Point’s Roland Park, as well as one of the first examples of the Tudor Revival movement in High Point. Randall B. Terry Jr., publisher of the High Point Enterprise newspaper, was the last of the Terry family to reside in the home. Sitting on a corner double lot with a pool and a sprawling back yard, the house boasts 15 rooms with many period details as well as a separate two-story carriage house.
Businessman, newspaper publisher, and philanthropist Randall B. Terry, Junior cherished the companionship of nine Golden Retreivers he named for figures in Greek Mythology-Achilles, Ajax, Apollo, Athena, Diana, Nike, Rumor, Venus and Zeus. At the time of his death in 2004, Mr. Terry agreed to have a caretaker live in his home with his 6 remaining dogs until the last one passed away. In the summer of 2014, the remaining dog Diana died. For those who did not know Mr. Terry well, he referred to the house as the “million dollar doghouse.”
I fell in love with the history of this house and envisioned it as being the epicenter of High Point shenanigans in its hey day. I was excited to showcase the local talent and work with so many design peers I admire. In many ways, the design community is just like High Point…a gracious small Southern town. Everyone knows everyone and enjoys their company from the sophisticated grand dames to the talented eccentric characters!
My bedroom is located on the front of the house with abundant natural light and elegant 10 1/2 foot ceilings. I envisioned my “imaginary” client as the sophisticated daughter of the Terry clan. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamorous room that still reflects her Southern roots.
This large vintage abstract painting provided the color palette that inspired the design scheme. The room is a blend of unique pieces from High Point based craftsmen along with a curated collection from her travels around the world. A Moroccan inspired headboard, Murano glass lamps, original modern art, bespoke linens, dressmaker detailed drapery, and glamourous materials such as shagreen, agate, brass, and velvet will add to the feminine mystique of the space.
A portrait by one of my favorite artists, Kate Long Stevenson, (from Hidell Brooks Gallery) became my muse for the project. I had her in mind whenever I was making decisions for the space. I begin with the artwork to ignite a spark of inspiration. In the same way a museum exhibition is created to enhance the colors of the paintings, I pull colors out of the art to design the scheme. My interiors tell the story of the character that inhabits the space. Aesthetically, I incorporate something modern along with something antique and include a mix of high and low elements that are reflective, sculptural, textured and natural.
Indian inspired prints and embroidery with cut velvet animal print from Clarence House will cover custom designed pieces in the space.
I am excited to be working with Bernhardt Furniture who is graciously loaning several pieces for the interior.
I indulged myself with an “imaginary” trip around the world for inspiration for the space…from the palaces of Morocco and India to the Murano glass factories and sunsets on the Nayarit Riviera.
For more updates, check out the Showhouse Showdown at Madcap Cottage who is interviewing all of the designers and the inspiration behind their spaces including…
The room is dedicated to our sweet beloved Isabelle (1999-2015) who is now frolicking with the other golden angels…Achilles, Ajax, Apollo, Athena, Diana, Nike, Rumor, Venus and Zeus.