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If you saw Liz’s decorating trends post you know that she and I recently spent several (blissful!) days taking in all that’s new and notable in furniture, accessories, lighting, fabrics and more in High Point, NC at the world’s largest furniture industry trade show — or as I like to refer to it: Disney for Designers.

While I certainly enjoy checking out the trendiest fabrics and finishes, the highlight of each Market visit for me is spending a few hours strolling thru the Market’s Antique & Design Center. Here, 60+ premiere antique dealers showcase centuries-old European rarities, architectural salvage, mid-century pieces and funky vintage finds.

Antiques have always been a go-to for interior designers but with each passing Market, the collected-over-time look is being realistically reproduced by more and more manufacturers. Although most of the items I point out below are available to-the-trade-only, meaning you have to go through an interior designer or dealer to buy them (sorry!), they’re just a few of the trending antique styles that caught my eye. So, the good news is, if you love antiques, like I do, they’re super hot in the design world right now — whatever type of vintage items you prefer, display them proudly!

Vive la France: French-inspired antiques have been the design world’s darling for quite a while and they’re not ready to raise the white flag yet. I spied all the Louis (13-16) plus several Empire and Rococo gems at Market. Below is a reproduction Louis 16 (or XVI, if you prefer, AKA the same Louis who lost his head alongside Marie Antoinette) gilt settee from Eloquence. They’ve done a fantastic job replicating the handcarved details, even subtly distressing the gilt finish so this new piece looks as if it might have been found at Versailles:
antique french furniture from Eloquence

Aged to Perfection: Weathered finishes are also nothing new and I spied plenty of legitimately timeworn finishes, like the salvaged wooden pediment on the left at Design Legacy alongside new pieces, like the bistro chairs and zinc-topped table at Dovetail, that have been distressed to look like they’ve spent decades outdoors:
antiqued furniture at high point market

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Comfy sofas that look good are not exactly hard to find. There are so many furniture makers that really get that what we want when we plop down at the end of the day is a couch that not only feels good, but looks good, too. However, if you add a couple of key constraints about price and size, the field of options becomes considerably narrowed. When Kayla requested that I help her in her search for an apartment-sized sofa that worked well with a mid-century modern look, but was conventional enough to live with every day, AND cost under $700, I knew I had a tough assignment.

So for everyone who is in the camp of needing something small but really good looking, I present to you the following affordable and handsome options:
apartment sized sofas

The Chloe sofa on the left is from Macy’s and is currently on sale for $599. The sales at Macy’s come and go but the good news is they always come back around. Over the past several years, they’ve upped their furniture game and partnered with a bunch of great designers to put out some really refined looking pieces. On the right is a new classic from IKEA – the Kivik sofa. It’s actually one of the larger sofas on my list at 89″, but its proportion is right for not overwhelming a smaller space. Plus, it’s a perfect movie-watching couch.
apartment sized sofas

I’ve learned from designer Brian Patrick Flynn to always check Overstock.com when looking for pretty much anything. Chances are they’ll have something really close to what you want for a really good deal. That definitely holds true for this Signature Design sofa on the left at $679. Ditch the pillows that come with it and add some with a bright mid-century pattern and you’re all set. The loveseat on the right from West Elm is one of my all-time favorites. In fact if I had a need for another couch myself, I’d pick this Everett Upholstered Loveseat.
apartment sized sofas
An option I hadn’t considered for apartments before — but one that makes total sense now that I think of it — is a daybed. The one on the left is also from West Elm and has great mid-century modern lines. It would double as an excellent guest bed for company. Those of us who live in apartments often lament the lack of guest accommodations and this could be just the answer. It’s on sale right now, too, for $639. Last but not least is the Courtney Sofa from Target. Granted, it comes in at a fairly tiny 60″, but if you’re looking for something that’s an upgrade from a college-era futon, this is a pretty good bet. And at $499, the price is pretty hard to beat.

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When I get my home to myself for an extended period of time — no kids, no husband — I tend to go on the sort of cleaning and organizing binge that a normal working mom would think was…well, excessive. Instead of lazily reading books, or going out to brunch with girlfriends, I revel in the chance to fix my apartment knowing that no one but me will mess it up.

I was telling Briana that I could see the surface of my desk for the first time in ages and that led us to searching for a filing cabinet for her that would inspire her to file her piles of papers. She’s been looking for just the right at-home desk storage for a while and she indulged my current organizing mania by letting me window shop for her.

Here’s what I found in the way of cute, modern filing cabinets to fit her bill. The only downside? Now I want new office organizers, too:

Browsing for these filing cabinets got me thinking there are loads of high-function everyday objects with less-than-high style. What everyday item or household necessities do you wish you could find prettier versions of?

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I love this bed. That’s all there is to it. It’s whimsical and romantic with a hint of fairytale charm, and I just love it. Can you imagine waking up every morning enveloped in this enchanted forest? Add a good book and a ceiling full of stars, and I might never leave the bedroom.

forest canopy bed

What do you think? Are you as crazy about this forest canopy bed as I am?

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You may know her as a member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but did you know that Melissa Gorga has created a home collection with Joss & Main? Her Home Italian Style collection is available until Sept. 23, and according to Melissa, it “embodies a mix of the Italian style with a modern twist.”

melissa gorga

Melissa is no stranger to interior decorating, as she and her husband designed and decorated their large home together. And with her love for Italian design mixed with modern accents, she hopes her collection will give her fans a chance to imitate her style while bringing warmth and elegance to their own homes.

melissa gorga

What do you think? Would you incorporate these pieces into your home decor?

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Brass, walnut and glass, oh my! Just three simple ingredients and you have a modern coffee or side table that fits in with any decor. The sculptural Helix tables by Chris Hardy for Design Within Reach have an odd number of legs, so the gorgeous brass castings are easily seen from any angle. What do you think, would these classy tables work in your home?

side/coffee tables

Plus: Vern Yip’s Tips for Finding the Perfect Coffee or Side Table>>

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After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:

Log Slice Table
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.

Wooden Pencil Holder
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.

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My recent downsize has forced me to forfeit a home office area. Plus, I’m more of a laptop-on-the-sofa kind of person anyway, so it’s OK. But sometimes, I can’t help but daydream of a beautiful desk with an antique pharmacy lamp in the corner where I can read, write … or just stare blissfully. I first came across this vintage sewing machine table turned into a simple desk. Swoon! Apparently, you can make a desk out of just about anything, like …

Sewing Machine Tables

Upcycled Sewing Machine Deskvia Emmas DesignBlogg

Industrial Letters

Upcycled Letter Deskvia midbec wallpapers

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BRIANA: Dip-dyed pieces have been on our radar for a while, but Apartment Therapy just featured this chair from the 508 Restoration and Design Etsy store with the headline: “Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?” Thoughts? Is this a cool hybrid look or does it seem like someone ran out of paint in the middle of the job?

Do you like the half-painted furniture trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I say it rules. It’s a great alternative to painted patterns, plus I have done it myself, so that means I have to like it or risk being labeled a hypocrite.

LIZ: I love the look of natural wood paired with graphic paint designs. With its painted-on flava, this regular old dresser looks almost like a Saarinen table:

Do you like the half-painted furniture trend? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

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No matter where you live, throwing an outdoor party during summer is a must. If your outdoor space is falling a little short, now’s a good time to give it a mini makeover. A little goes a long way when entertaining guests, so HGTV HOME has partnered with HSN.com to bring you the HGTV HOME Outdoor Living only at HSN collection. From lighting to seating, the collection has just what you need to set the mood for your party. Ready to check out some of our favorites?

Shimmering Chandelier

It’s hard to believe this shimmering chandelier can live outdoors. Use it in an indoor room once your party is over.

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