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If you read Beth’s trendspotting wrap-up or my earlier post on High Point Market’s hot color, then you’re well on your way to knowing what trends are headed to stores in the coming months.

Now, let’s talk about pattern, that often-overlooked design element that can take any room’s style from just so-so to oh-so-sophisticated. Like past markets, graphic, retro-inspired patterns were visible but no longer the new kids on the block. Instead, subtle, organic patterns that showcase each material’s natural beauty have the design world taking notice:

Pattern Trends From High Point Market

Clockwise From Top Left: Cowhide Rug and Sheepskin Bench: B. Pila / Croc-Patterned Capiz Shell Mirror: Worlds Away / Aragonite Stone Bowl: Tritter Feefer / Horn Table: Jamie Young

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Camille joked that I’m a magpie after I spent most of our trip to High Point Market taking pictures of shiny things and beautiful light fixtures. What can I say? I like the design bling! Plus, it’s hard not to be drawn to the glitter light and gilded finishes when they were all over the showrooms in High Point, N.C.

Lighting Trends

These are not your mother’s pendant lights. The humble shape had many a luxe upgrade by designers at High Point Market, following the overall trend away from the rustic look. Be it a meticulous lace-inspired shade design, geometric shapes or rosy gold finishes, hot new lighting designs are all about making a statement. Designers are even getting inventive with the materials they’re using for pending lights, such as Shiner International’s use of corrugated cardboard, as seen in the bottom right image below.

Though its roots go back to midcentury style and the Space Race days, the Sputnik chandelier is well-represented in modern design. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik satellite, the classic look of the fixture features a central globe supporting many arms, each with a single bulb at its end. While that design hasn’t gone out of style, designers are getting creative with their interpretations of the Sputnik. We saw fixtures with agate slices, quartz crystal lights, black and rose gold finishes and even arms inspired by coral.

Sputnik-Inspired Light Fixtures at High Point Market

Clockwise from upper left: Emporium Home / Emporium Home / Arteriors / Nuevo

Metallic Finishes

While trends are slowly veering away from rustic, nature-inspired decor is still popular. Well, sort of. Patterns and shapes inspired by nature were everywhere at High Point Market, but came with a metallic finish. Warm metallic finishes are especially hot, as you can see below:

Nature-Inspired Furniture Pieces With Metallic Finishes

Clockwise from upper left: Global Views / Dwell Studio / vanCollier / Tommy Mitchell Co.

Metallic finishes have even made their way over to the taxidermy accents that have been hot the past few years. And maybe metallic skulls don’t exactly fall into the taxidermy category per se, but I can tell you they were EVERYWHERE. Next big thing, people!

Metallic Taxidermy

Clockwise from upper left: Phillips Collection / Grace and Blake / Noir Furniture

What do you think of all this design bling? Tell us in the comments below.

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Twice yearly, in the spring and fall, a few (lucky!) HGTV.com editors visit our design mecca, High Point Market, to get a sneak peek of coming furniture, accessory, lighting and fabric trends long before they make it to stores. One of my favorite trendspotting categories is color and believe me, unlike the greige/neutral palette that was big a few years ago, right now — color is king!

Everywhere we looked there were saturated shades of orange, pink, yellow, green, purple — you name it. But there’s definitely one color that has clearly cast a spell over both designers and manufacturers — BLUE! And not just one shade of this happy hue; every variation from turquoise to cobalt was front and center in most showrooms.

One reason for blue’s prime position is its chameleon-like quality; this oh-so-versatile color pairs beautifully with all other hues, but looks especially crisp when partnered with other cool shades:

High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014 Blue and Green Clockwise from left: Tobi Fairley for CR Laine / Arteriors / Global Views / Legend of Asia

Keeping it cool is design-diva-turned-furniture-designer Tobi Fairley. Tobi partnered with CR Laine to create her just-launched line that perfectly pairs the luxe, traditional look that made CR Laine a designers’ go-to with Tobi’s playful and always on-trend approach to mixing patterns and colors.

Tobi Fairley for CR Laine living room

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Hello from High Point, N.C.! Camille and I have spent the past few days at the biannual High Point Market, the largest furniture show in the world. Furniture and home decor buyers and interior designers travel from around the world to see manufacturers’ latest lines and hottest styles, bringing about 75,000 people to town.

High Point Market is like a giant peek into the future of home design. What we’re seeing in the exhibits here will start appearing in stores over the next few months, and the new styles and trends here represent the direction of home decor for the next couple of years.

What really strikes me from visiting the largest and most celebrated manufacturers is seeing a move toward a more luxe look that’s quite the contrast to the rustic industrial style that has been so hot for the past few years. Sofas and chairs are covered in plush, highly tailored fabrics. Tables are made with richly grained and colored woods or elegant stone (or both). Brass and gold finishes are all over light fixtures and accents. And color — bold and bright colors are everywhere!

But ultimately the craftsmanship from the maker movement that’s been a driving force behind the rustic trends is still at the heart of everything we see. As Caroline Grant of Dekar Design put it in a speaker panel about up-and-coming trends, the farm-to-table concept that currently is rooted in the food industry is making its way into the design community. “There’s always a story behind this furniture,” Grant says.

Designer Tobi Fairley Next to a Display of Her Soicher Marin Artwork Line

Designer Tobi Fairley with her mother, Beverly Wells

The most impressive pieces we saw were handcrafted. Many pieces are customizable for a one-of-a-kind look. Materials are consciously sourced. Imperfections are embraced. And we got to meet the designers behind many pieces and hear their stories about how their designs came to be.

We’ll be sharing more over the next few days about the specific trends we’re seeing, but in the mean time check out out our #hgtvhpmkt page on Instagram for a look into our favorite items.

What design element or trend do you want to see more of? What trend are you ready to bring into your home? Tell us in the comments below.

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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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If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.

Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled
Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy.  This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.

Agate Decor From Spring 2014 High Point Market
Deep Blue
From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.

Indigo and Navy Blue at High Point Market Spring 2014

Vibrant Orange
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.

Orange Color Trend at High Point Spring 2014 Furniture Market
Shades of Purple
Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.

Radiant Orchid at High Point Market Spring 2014

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Liz and I went to High Point Market this weekend to spot the hottest trends in home design. Some trends have made a comeback — like gold furniture — while others, like mid-century modern furniture, are still holding strong. We saw many new ones, including leather furniture, lounge chairs and clever storage solutions, but three trends really stood out.

Bar Carts

Spring Trend: Bar CartClockwise: Baker Furniture; Four Hands; Sauder Furniture; Leslie W. Moore Designs

It’s all about entertaining these days — especially with summer days ahead. What better and easier way to serve drinks than a bar cart? From extravagant wood carts to retro-style, glass-topped ones, there was a cart to fit every person’s design style and budget.

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Since I’m fresh from the uber-inspiring showrooms at High Point Furniture Market, I thought I’d bring you a taste of the up-and-coming colors I spotted there in lieu of your regularly-scheduled Tuesday Huesday (Just call today’s “Wednesday Huesday.”)

Unexpected pops of color were everywhere at this market, from painted bookcase backs to pops of green inside gold pendants. I saw plenty of Pantone’s color of the year, emerald, along with many bright orange accent pieces and purple furnishings. But the color combo I kept seeing again and again? A true blue (think: cobalt) with a bright spring green and a touch of gold, seen here (clockwise from top left) at the Taylor Burke Home, J Douglas and HGTV HOME showrooms.

Blue and Green Color Palettes and High Point Furniture Market

What do you think of this on-trend color combination?

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This was my first venture to High Point Furniture Market and I was truly in design Heaven. (It’s like Disney World for design nerds!) With more than 2,000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of new product introductions to try to see in four days, I was wide-eyed and soaking up as much design as I could with my coffee in hand. My goal for the week was to focus on texture trends from showroom to showroom, and that certainly wasn’t hard to find. As soon as I entered InterHall, the “main” hall at Market, rope started popping up everywhere, and I noticed it most often on light fixtures. Other natural materials like burlap, grasscloth, linen, bamboo, sisal, jute and rattan were also seen, but surprisingly, these materials don’t come off coastal or rustic. Most often, these organic textures were mixed with metals, minerals or metallics for a glamorous, modern look that appears well-matched yet unexpected.

Read on to see other texture trends I spotted around High Point Market, then find out how you can incorporate them into your home.

ROPE:

High Point Market Rope TrendAlec Chandelier, Metal and Rope/Noir :: Glass Lantern With Rope/Arteriors Home :: Coastal-Inspired Wall Art/Design Legacy :: Square Chandelier/Steven Shell

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“Balance is always the key when it comes to design. Luckily, a lot of the natural elements I saw at High Point avoided being too ‘literal’ with their designs. There was a lot of mixing woods with metal, glass and leathers to keep it current. I would suggest the same for your interior; don’t go overboard with the new trend, but mix them in with your current pieces in order to add in the texture and natural elements in your own space.” — Britany Simon, Britany Simon Design, Design Star Season 7 Contestant

“Of course, you can envision a rope chandelier or a driftwood centerpiece in a country cottage or seaside home and they look amazing. But often those products manage to make even the most glamorous space a bit more relaxed, casual and fun. It’s less perfect and more modest which makes the space that much more chic! No one wants matchy-matchy; everyone wants interesting and perhaps a bit eclectic. The contrast, which is easy to achieve by adding humble textures to a luxurious interior, is almost more exciting than using an earthy material in a place where you would expect it.” — Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs, High Point 2012 Style Spotter

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Everyone has been asking, “What did you like best from High Point Market?” I’ve been fumbling for an answer to that question since Wednesday. But as of today, I fumble no more! I have spent this Saturday afternoon going through our pictures from last week and have taken stock of what really inspired me. I’m excited to share my top 8 finds, so let’s just jump right in!

1. Look at this sofa!

Worn Leather Sofa

Deep Leather Sofa

Yes, it’s as comfortable as it looks (I tried it out for all of you). This deep leather sofa from Regina Andrew makes you want to see how many people can comfortably sit on it. I would guess at least 10. It is massive, and I want it!

2. Neon Caesar

Caesar Bust

Caesar Bust

Come on! You know you want a bright yellow bust of Caesar in your living room! No? Well, it may not be for everyone, but I adore this thing from Phillips Collection. I think Augustus would approve, too.

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Fall ushers in more than cooler temperatures and falling leaves. It also kicks off a busy time in the design community. You’ll likely want to include (at least) one of these events on your to-attend list:

Design by William Sofield

National Design Week runs October 9th through 17th in New York City, including the big awards bash on the 14th. But don’t fret if you don’t live in NYC. A wide-range of events are produced across the country, in association with National Design Week. Visit their website to see what’s going on in Boise, Idaho. Missoula, Montana. Even Little Rock, Arkansas.

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On this day in 1955, Disneyland opened to the public. The California amusement park was unlike anything America had ever seen. It was a longtime dream of the renowned film producer, businessman and innovator. Walt Disney’s influence on art, culture, entertainment, business and beyond continues. Licensing of classic Disney characters and new favorites is big business, but with Walt Disney Signature, the company is reaching a new audience: adults who appreciate sophistication, inspired by the imagination and artistry of Walt Disney. Walt was known for elegant style and attention to detail in all facets of his life, perhaps especially at home. That’s what these collections are all about.

Launching in 2006, Walt Disney Signature ventured into the home entertainment and outdoor market this spring. Chelsey and I saw the pieces and met some of WDS team at High Point Furniture Market. We might as well have been in Neverland; we were hooked.

If only I had a garden patio:

Griffith Collection

The Walt Disney Signature Griffith line by Veneman Collections was named after the Griffith Park carousel where Walt Disney spent time with his family and where he dreamed about creating a large-scale attraction — a place where children and adults could play together. The pattern on the upholstered cushions is inspired by Eyvind Earl’s fantastical illustrations from Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty

On June 17, 1955, Walt invited the press to Disneyland for an invitation-only preview. It was the place to be. Welcoming the crowd, he said, “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Thank you.”

Thank you, Mr. Disney. The inspiration and the magic continue as Walt Disney, the company, spreads its wings and stretches its imagination even further. I’m a fan. Do you like Disney’s newest creation?

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There are plenty of festive things to look forward to on July 4th, but one of the best is the colors. Red, white and blue what a great palette to be immersed in this weekend! I’ve spent some time this week revisiting the goodies Chelsey and I captured on film during High Point Furniture Market in the spring. Here, in honor of Independence Day, are some highlights in red, white and blue.

The Natural Curiosities showroom was a feast for the eyes. Owner/antiquarian Christopher Wilcox stands beyond the archway.

The Natural Curiosities showroom was a feast for the eyes. Owner Christopher Wilcox, who stands beyond the archway, is also an antiquarian and is preserving art and history at the benefit of interior design and much more.

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Last summer, Justin and I were fortunate to have purchased a home that was once inhabited by an avid gardener. This spring, we delighted in the colors bursting all around our yard. Bless you, gardening angel. What a gift to wake up on Holy Saturday to find purple and white irises abloom! Especially when you didn’t even know they were there. 

Sweet-smelling irises shooting up, seemingly, out of nowhere.

A few days later, Chelsey and I were excited to hear what Michael Payne would say to a packed room of interior designers and furniture industry insiders at High Point Market.

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From the designer/the writer himself.

If you haven’t seen Angelo’s blog, it’s one of the best. Colorful, classic, cool.

The line, which will include around 30 pieces, ranges from $249 to $759. On his blog, he gives the lowdown on the inspiration behind the design, how he made it so affordable and a few sneak peek shots of the line.

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You didn’t think we’d leave High Point without giving you a peek at Candice Olson’s new pieces, did you? We stopped by Norwalk Furniture’s showroom yesterday and were greeted by her incredible new color scheme of truffles and ice. Candice’s combinations of serene blues, grey-browns and bright whites create a relaxing, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

The Ollie Sectional is the newest piece of her popular Ollie collection. With it’s sleek style and versatility in fabric, arm and leg choices, it’s the perfect addition to any family room.

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My favorite new pieces is the Calvin chair. One of the things Candice does best is taking a classic style and adding her own unique touch to it. The Calvin chair is a tribute to the timeless wingback, but the deep pitch and exaggerated curves bring an updated, sexy vibe to the design.

We have an exclusive interview with Norwalk experts coming soon. Just wait until you see the Calvin chair in white leather!

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One of the most exciting new lines we’ve checked out at High Point Furniture Market is the Paula Deen Home Collection. Paula, who as I’m sure you know, is one of our favorite Food Network stars and in addition to her show, cookbooks and other ventures, she is now adding furniture design to her list.

We met The Bag Lady herself and got the chance to hear firsthand about the her leap from food to home furnishings. She shared with us how from the start of her business, she wanted to make quality food and sell it for a fair price and now Universal Furniture has done just that with her furnishings line. You’re going to love it!

One of Paula’s favorite pieces in the new collection is The Bag Lady’s Cabinet, which features two framed glass doors and eight ample drawers that mimic 16 narrow map drawers.

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