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TRADITIONAL HOME & JUNIOR LEAGUE HIGH POINT SHOWHOUSE SNEAK PEEK

From High Point to the World!

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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.

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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.”

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Before – Upstairs Bedroom

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.

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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.

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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.

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Indian inspired prints and embroidery with cut velvet animal print from Clarence House will cover custom designed pieces in the space.

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I am excited to be working with Bernhardt Furniture who is graciously loaning several pieces for the interior.

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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…

Libby Langdon

Kara Cox

Leslie Moore

Christi Barbor

Lisa Mende

Traci Zeller

Jack Fhillips

Parker Kennedy

Lisa Sherry

Aida Saul

Holly Phillips

Margaret Fisher

Laura Covington

Mickey Sharpe

Lorraine Hayes

John Paullin

Jennifer Hutton

Eric Ross

Michelle Workman

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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.

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HIGH POINT TREND: MAXIMALISM

More is more, less is a bore. – Robert Venturi

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For all of the maximalists out there, High Point Fall Market was heaven!  Bold, colorful, attention grabbing pieces took center stage signaling a lovely return for a more optimistic outlook for the future of design.

Having pulled out of the great recession, consumers seem to be enjoying a return to “more is more” and “big is better”. Almost a celebration, it is perhaps the desire to distance ourselves from the last ten years of financial woes. We are seeing displays of maximalism everywhere—jewelry, watches, fashion. Even homes are returning to their larger proportions with square footage trends back to all time highs. Such displays of wealth are making a comeback, and this fall Century pays homage to this moment with a lobby full of bold patterns, rich textures and jewel tone finishes. Indeed a sensory playground, it is amazing how much punch can be packed into one room!-Century Furniture

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Century Furniture set the tone with their private elevator upholstered in Schumacher’s bold Chiang Mai print. Their showroom sparkled with a mixture of glamorous finishes such as brass, lacquered surfaces and lucite. Updating a traditional form with a modern flair, their high-backed chair (also upholstered in Chiang Mai) on lucite legs was the first piece seen in the entry continuing the theme from the elevator.

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559_303_691695_fm12_mediumA stunning dining with a malachite top and lucite and brass base takes on many different personalities with customization options. It is equally as stunning in an oxbood red top with a black lacquer base.

i3_44_1046_0314_mediumDesign icon Windsor Smith designed this beautiful tete-a-tete which is almost 6 feet in diameter.  It is a perfect sculptural object for any room or grand hall. Here it is shown in a subdued grey with cream legs but can be customized in any finish or fabric for maximum impact.

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Rugs are often thought of as art for the floor. This silk /wool abstract rug from Marc Phillips certainly makes a statement. The collection is a tribute to action painting and characterized by being both naughty and smart, the same combination the artist Jurgen Dahlmanns likes in people.

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I have used this image in a previous post, but these colorful patchwork hide rugs from Madisons were absolutely DIVINE and I cannot wait to use them in a future project.

chestKindel’s brilliant blue lacquered Westbury dressing chest is from the Dorothy Draper Collection. Originally designed by the design icon in 1939, it still feels chic and modern today. The chest is punctuated with beautiful brass detailing highlighting the curves of the legs and hardware.

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Brass continued to be a dominant trend in many collections.  Bernhardt employed jewelry like detailing in several pieces from this bookcase to cabinetry hardware.

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Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Bernhardt

The cerulean blue leather and brass chairs had a 70s/ Halston-esque vibe that is both dazzling and sophisticated.

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Introduced at last market, the bold brass bed only comes in a king so the scale and proportion of the bed are spot on.

tableIn another brilliant designer/ manufacturer collaboration, Jamie Drake created gorgeous pieces for Theodore Alexander that reflect his eye for unique and exuberant detail. His eclectic juxtaposition of materials is seen in this cocktail table composed of lustrous brass orbs and a gorgeous veined stone top.

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The Petite Kelly Brass Cocktail Table from Taylor Burke Home looked like an Op Art painting with its Mirth Studio tiles used as the top. The London Tufted Ottoman in hot pink velvet in the background is equally as bold.

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Laura Kirar’s new collection for Baker Furniture was inspired by her travels as well as her evolving art and design. She is known as a designer with the soul of an artist. The modern channel low backed Helena sectional blends beautifully with a grouping of her Jade Accent Tables.

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Even the accessories took on a more is more flavor. Sklo Studio debuted their join and mantle vessels. The join vessels are composed of two separate cylinders fused together while hot.  The color combinations are complimentary and the palette bright. The mantle vessels are organic spherical shapes with overlapping triple color schemes of two opaque colors cupping a third transparent color void. They are then given a thick outer layer of clear crystal making them appear to float.

Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here.

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HIGH POINT TREND: RHAPSODY IN RED

“A room without red is like a lady without lipstick”-Diana Vreeland

I confess I am a self professed design geek. I love learning about how trends are formed, the influence of fashion on design, and how designers observe what they see, igniting their creative spark and translating that into their creations. Red was a dominant color this year and I was fascinated to see how this color progresses from the spring market to the fall in a more intense shade.

“What began in spring as a softer coral color trend has emerged this fall as a full on red revolution. From the runway of Dolce and Gabbano to the surge of tartan and plaids at J. Crew, red is everywhere. Power and passion, energy and emotion-red has always been present in home decor. Those who love it go bold, lacquering walls in its intensity, while the more timid among us splash accents around the room.  However you use it, red is sexy and dramatic and that is why we love this red revolution.” – Century Furniture

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At Hickory Chair, Alexa Hampton’s bold use of red highlighted her passion for geometry and contrast in her pieces. Her Kina console becomes a statement piece when lacquered in red and detailed in gilt. Even more impressive is that Alexa created all of her own artwork again for this market after rave reviews in the spring. The graphic backdrop lends a modern sensibility to the space.

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This setting illustrates how a little red can go a long way used in the lampshades, drawer and door fronts on the Drake Cabinet and the chair upholstery.

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In the vignette above, the Eva armchair is punctuated with a red trim detail and the Austin bench defines glamour with its black base and red leather tufted top. The geometric print on the sofa prevents the space from being too serious. Alexa’s paintings of classical motifs lined the walls.

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The lines of Century Furniture’s lacquered Dressing Chest provide a beautiful silhouette for any room.

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Image via Instagram from Parker Kennedy Living

The Isabella side chair, a favorite Chinoiserie silhouette, becomes even more chic in its polished red finish.

red2The Metro Luxe cocktail table above in a cranberry finish provides a rich dose of color. The Bridegehampton desk below with its fluted edges seen in same finish is a sophisticated and modern with its brass detailing.

 

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Chelsea Editions recreated some of their most popular pieces in  a wide range of lacquer finishes a few markets ago.  The clean lined designs are perfectly suited to the 21st century’s uncluttered contemporary settings.

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The Antique and Design Center at High Point is a treasure trove of vintage pieces and works of art from over 60 different dealers.  This set of 4 mid-century slipper chairs with gilt legs were in mint condition and would have been perfect for a groovy lounge in an urbane city apartment or modern setting.

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This overscaled globe diptych in cranberry and gold leaf was created by Los Angeles based Zoe Bios Creative. Their have created an “Art Entoure” that celebrates the vitality, elegance and infinite variety of their environment rooted in creativity, global connectedness and artful living.

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The gorgeous hide rugs from Madisons in intricate dyed patterns and patched together are another way to provide this burst of red for your floor.

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Have you fallen under the magical rhapsody of red? Read more about the power of red in design by clicking here and here.

Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here…Please check back this week for more High Point Highlights on trends, accessories and furnishings.

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HIGH POINT HIGHLIGHTS: LIGHTING

11,500,000 square feet of exhibition space, 2000 vendors representing 100 countries, and 180 buildings in 4 days…

See what caught my eye at High Point Market.

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Lighting is like the jewelry of the room.  Without proper pieces that sparkle and shine, the room does not feel complete. In the same way a fine painting or antique can elevate everything else in the room, exquisite lighting can do the same. Each of these finds is a work of art based on craftsmanship and the inspiration behind each piece.

The pink lamps above are by Louise Gaskill who creates one of kind lamps from vintage Murano glass.  The shape and color of each piece of glass determines the final silhouette of the lamp. Here, Louise’s imagination took light turning two pink fluted orbs into modern lamps with a slight Chinoiserie influence seen in the bamboo rings and asian inspired bases.

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The collaboration between Niermann Weeks and Visual Comfort produced this crystal and brass masterpiece.  The feather like arms capture and reflect the light beautifully.

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Sklo Studio began as the brainchild of an American artist and architect and a Czech glassblower to pursue a new vision of hand blown Bohemian crystal. Each market, I have been enchanted by their work that brings a modern aesthetic to a historic craft tradition. Each piece is unique in that the nature of the glass and the details of the process are revealed in each piece.

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The quartz point lamp from Times Two Design provides a wow factor for any room. The brass base and gilt lined shade make it even more glamorous. . Lauren Renfrow  elevates the natural beauty of elements from the earth to artisan levels using acrylic and other embellishments. Her company focuses on creating entirely handmade items that are limited edition and totally unique.

IMG_4134The highly anticipated lighting line from Kelly Wearstler at Visual Comfort attracted a huge crowd!  Lines formed outside the showroom for fans to catch a glimpse of Kelly and see her collection. Brass was her material of choice and each piece possessed a signature sculptural quality seen in many of her designs.

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The lovely ladies at Taylor Burke Home had many great market introductions including their first foray into lighting.  The 2 pendant styles can be customized in any color in a 36” and 20” diameter.  The pierced fretwork is an ingenious repeat of their logo.  Both styles have riveted nailheads defining the edges for a sleek look. These native Carolinians travel the world for their inspiration. All of their products are made in the USA and eco-friendly.

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The Natural Light Company debuted a collection of cast metal lamps of aluminum inspired by nature. Here, ginkgo leaves are interpreted larger in size and arranged so that each leaf is placed as though standing on the shoulders of lower leaves. The metallic finish adds a sophisticated touch to any space.

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Jewelry details were everywhere at this market from cabinetry hardware to this pendant from Arteriors that resembles a gold cuff bracelet.

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New Orleans native Michael Clément specializes in ceramic, hand crafted lamps and interior accessories. Each piece reflects his aesthetic of classical and traditional forms, and finishes that evoke the veneer of the city. This collection was inspired by the climate and culture New Orleans has in creating a patina of time. The collection features handmade lamps, hand sculpted and hand-thrown bowls enhanced with rich colors and distinctive finishes.

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These handfolded plexiglass pendants from Oggetti Luce appear as if they are ready to take flight. The light they emit and shadows they cast have a magical quality.  Hung together in various colors looked like an art installation.

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The colorful world of Dunes and Duchess is the brainchild of photographer Michael Partino and stylist/writer Stacey Kunstel. All pieces are handmade in the USA in a myriad of colors. Their collection of lighting and furniture is an extension of this delightful couple that are the perfect combination of creativity, authenticity, and whimsy.

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Design icon Celerie Kemble displayed her Brutalist 36” diameter gilt pendant holding court over one of her gorgeous vignettes at Henredon.

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The wall of sconces at Wesley Hall showed the countless customizations of the Robert Abbey Williamsburg Lightfoot Sconce. Here the 3 metal finishes (nickel, brass and bronze) are shown with various nailhead patterns and come in a variety of leather and fabric upholstered backplates.

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North Carolina based artist Tommy Mitchell incorporated his metal flowers into several new table lamps and sconces.  This was my favorite which is actually a stalk of brussel sprouts reincarnated in gilt metal.

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I always look forward to seeing the colorful creations of Ro Sham Beaux. Their customization abilities and variety of styles make it a designer’s dream for a lighting line. The carnelian red beads are a new introduction and definitely on trend with all of the other touches of red seen throughout High Point.

Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here…Please check back this week for more High Point Highlights on trends, accessories and furnishings.

For more of my design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter  and subscribe to Bespoke Banter….Thanks for reading!