Just a quick hi from October market in High Point, NC. I’m here with two of our decorating editors, Chelsey and Camille, and we had a great first day — crisp weather, friendly people and some of the most beautiful fabrics and furnishings I’ve seen this season. Before I turn in after 12 straight hours on the showroom floor, I wanted to share a little of what we saw.
Favorite new store: Carolina George. They’re a NY-based company specializing in furniture for small spaces. We loved their pendulum console table, lacquered in hot pink or preppy green.
Favorite old friend: DB Sources. We featured them on our site at spring market 2009 and were as charmed this year by their vibrant accessories as we were then. New this year: The romantic rose pendant light.
First take on trends: Maps, Ikat, animal prints. For colors: greige, pale blue, taupe…then plum, hot red and the return of true navy. For woods: weathered gray, taupe, caramel.
Tomorrow is the juried section at Market Square, BoBo Intriguing Objects and more gorgeous showrooms. Let me know if there’s something you want me to be on the lookout for, trend- or color-wise. I’m looking forward to reporting back…after a nap.
Color is deeply personal. We all have our favorites (mine is fuchsia) and those we despise (green just isn’t my hue).
Photo Credit: Domino Magazine
For some it’s all about beige, and then there are those of us who go wild and paint a whole room blue.
(Yes I am referring to that episode of HGTV Design Star).
Bring Color Home, Your Way
When I was a kid, we visited relatives in Kentucky. I remember the horses. But it was my recent travels to the Bluegrass State that introduced me to three delights appreciated in that commonwealth: hot browns, Kentucky lemonade (with Maker’s Mark) and M.A. Hadley clayware. In fact, I can think of no better way to enjoy hot browns and spiked lemonade than served on a Hadley plate and in a Hadley julep cup.
Fortunately, I can order a set directly from the Hadley Pottery Company. (Until now, this delightful stoneware was only available through a limited number of retailers.)
More On Hadley Blue
In September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious accessorizing possibilities! That choice took two meetings and lots of wrangling. Though by the end, it was obvious what the color should be.
For October, the choice was much easier. It was a color our team loved for September, which met all our rules except being available in stores. (Remember, our criteria for picking colors are: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and easy to find.)
October’s Hue, Unveiled
We enjoyed spending time with Emily Henderson, host of the show Secrets From a Stylist, at our design bloggers luncheon in Manhattan last week. (You can read about the 40 bloggers, including Design Happens contributors like Emily, who joined us at our New York offices here.) Before winning HGTV Design Star, Emily enjoyed a busy career as a photo-shoot stylist for top lifestyle and design publications. Now she’s even busier.
Read on to learn more about which designer has influenced Emily the most and what she finds impossible to pass up at flea markets.
Tonight the Saints head to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history, where they face the Colts, who took home the coveted rings not too long ago and are ready to do it again. Both teams have great stories, incredible quarterbacks (the spirited Drew Brees and the unflappable Peyton Manning) and of course, both wear distinctive team colors every week.
In honor of these two incredible teams, check out these stunning rooms that feature the teams’ palettes (without a piece of sports memorabilia in sight).
Via Living, etc.
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 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.
See more red, white and blue pics from High Point