Monday, December 11, 2017

Southern Style Now 2017 Kitchen Before & After - Lisa Mende Design





So you have seen the after of this kitchen I designed for the Southern Style Now ShowHouse in Savannah but wondering what it looked like when I took on the project?
Feast your eyes on the before.....

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Create The Perfect Market Plan At High Point Market!


Today, I'm sharing a not so secret weapon for tackling High Point Market.  However, if you are not using this app you must download it and start using it NOW!  It is called the "My Market" app and was designed by High Point Market to help attendees organize their market trip.  Down the app from the app store and create an account to sync your list across iPhone, ipad, and highpointmarket.org.   Save your favorite events & exhibitors in your MyMarket schedule to keep your visit organized.  

Click here to keep reading and find out why this app is so great!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

What to Do At High Point Market October 2017 ~ Lisa Mende Design



Welcome to High Point Market Week!   Bi-Annually, High Point opens its doors to the Interior Design Industry and introduces us to the latest and greatest in Home Decor!  If you work in the interior design or home decor industry, this is an event you don't want to miss!  Since 2013, I have written a pre-market guide to what to do and see at High Point.  I continue to write my guide because new attendee's come each market.  I have been attending High Point Market for many years, so many so in fact, that I had to say how long because it would date me.  Let's just say I have been coming for a long time and have seen the growth and transitions the market has gone through for several decades.  High Point Market is bigger and better than ever!  Here are my recommendations for how to best prepare for High Point Market!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Katy Skelton for Charleston Forge





High Point Market is upon us folks!  I always get so excited to see new collections from my favorite resources.  One resource that I have enjoyed over the years is Charleston Forge
Charleston Forge is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where true artisans live and create beautiful furniture with great pride.  Every piece of Charleston Forge "has a sense of hand".  They take pride in making each piece "one piece at a time".  There is no high-speed production line at Charleston Forge.  Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean they are slow or take forever to deliver.  I have been quite pleased with their production time for custom pieces for clients.  If you don't know this company and are heading to High Point, put it on your calendar!  If you are a consumer and see something on their website you like, let me know and I can order it for you.  Better yet, if you are having trouble finding something for your home or client, why not let them create a custom piece for you?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Please Vote for Lisa Mende Design in Modenus DesignHounds Top 100 Influencers








If you would be so kind, I would appreciate your vote!!!  Only take a couple of minutes to pop over to the voting page and vote for me by clicking "like" under my name!

Here's the quick link for voting:   Click Here 

You can Vote Daily Til Oct 10th!!!


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Great Items Available From Hampton Showhouse!


It is always so sad when a showhouse closes and I have to dismantle the room but as the saying goes, "All Good things must come to an end".  And so it goes, it is time to uninstall my Hampton Designer Showhouse project.  If anyone is in need of great items for your porch, sunroom or basically any room in the house, I have some great buys on these items!  See below for prices! Email me at lisa@lisamende.com if you would like more info or would like to purchase.  The first person who says they want to purchase and pays within 24 hrs will win the item.  If you are local and can pick up the items will be available for pick up this Thursday.  What doesn't sell will be coming back to Charlotte on Friday.  So "Speak Now or forever, hold your peace".




photos by Marco Ricca Studios

Show house Items for Sale on Linden Outdoor Porch

If you are in the Hamptons and want to go by let me know! If you aren't in the Hamptons and need the items shipped we can check shipping quotes but this has to be done asap as these items need to be gone by this coming Friday, Sept 8th

1 Palm Beach Regency White Gampel Stoll Palm mirror - 38" w x 60"H -  $ 1995.00

1 Palm Beach Regency Gampel Stoll Elephant Console - 30.5 in.Hx60.25 in.Wx15.75 in.D $3500 

2 Wooden white pedestals 15"L x 15"W x 48"H $900 pair
2  Blue Alabaster Louise Gaskill Lamps 48"H  - $3800 pair
1 Bunny Williams white Diana Bust - 20"H X 9 3/8"W X 7"D  $75
4   18 x 18 Perrenials Happy Plaid Pillows in Coral with Down Inserts - 
4   18 x 18 Schumacher "Citrus Garden" Pattern Pillows with down inserts - 
4    Perrenial Outdoor Drapery Panels - 120" long -  
1 Chic Stays Book - $60
1 The Finer Things Book -  $40
1 Slim Aarons Book - $55
1 Palm book 32.00
1 Natural Curosities Book $200
1 Beaches Book by Gary Malin - $25
1 Brass Elephant bottle opener -  $20
1 piece of red coral $30
1 piece of white coral $40


Let me know if you see anything in the photos that you would like to purchase!  The items will be available for pick up until Friday morning, Sept 8th.  If you need an items shipped we can get you a quote. Email Lisa@lisamende.com for details



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Editor At Large "Southampton Designer Showhouse 2017"


             
Thank You Editor at Large for including Lisa Mende Design in your coverage of the Southampton Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine!  The house built by Paramount Builders is open until Sept 4th.  If you haven't been make sure you go before the house closes!  

Click the link above to watch the coverage by Editor at Large's own, Fabulous Tori Mellott!  

Tori Mellott interviews Jill Waage, Alexa Hampton, Lisa Mende, Rajni Alex, Rayman Boozer, Jennifer Mabley, Austin Handler, Matthew Frederick, Michael Del Piero, Eddie Ross, Jean Liu, Catherine Davin, Richard Cerrone and Beth McDonough.

Click Here for information on the showhouse!


A Special Thank You to Woodard Furniture for Sponsoring Lisa Mende Design!   Woodard Furniture is top quality outdoor furniture.  I love their custom options they offer designers.  Their team is a dream to work with too!

  Click here and visit the Woodard Website to see this amazing line!  


Thank You To Room Partners who provided products for my room at the Southampton Designer Showhouse 2017:

Ballard Designs
Bunny Williams Home
Dash and Albert by Annie Selke
Louise Gaskill Lighting
NDI
Perennials Fabrics
Replacements, INC

A special Thank You also to Traditional Home Magazine for sponsoring the house and allowing me to participate!  

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Shhhhh....Listen Up! I Have Insider Info About High Point Market Insider's Tour! Never Been? Want To Go?




Have You Ever Wanted to Attend High Point Market or Haven't Been to High Point in the Past four or more years due to Circumstances?  Listen Up...


If you have never been to High Point Market and want to come and experience a Design Bloggers Insider's Tour, concierge level reservations, and treatment while there I might be able to hook you up as an insider!  Don't register on the High Point Website but instead click the link below! 

 As a 20+ year veteran of High Point Market, I'm here to tell you this is the way to come to market!  Experienced market attendees like myself will be there to guide you around market!  
Click Here to Keep Reading and Find Out How & Why You Should Come to High Point!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Miles Redd For Ballard Designs



One of my favorite designers and AD100 constant, Miles Redd, has collaborated with Ballard Designs, to create a new line of furniture, accessories, and lighting which will launch in August!  If you are like me and can't wait til the official launch then pop over to the pre-launch sneak peek and take a gander here!

 I honestly like every piece in the line, but this post includes my favorites which I predict will be best sellers.   Miles Redd and Ballard Designs hit a major " home run" with this collection!  Make sure to tee up your purchases prior to the sale opening because I predict a quick sell out of the first inventory released.  You don't want to be on the back order list while watching others posting their Miles Redd/Ballard items in situ on instagram.  


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lisa Mende Design is Proud to Present The 'Linden House Outdoor Dining Porch" at The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017



Hamptons Designer Showhouse
78 and 82 Rosko Lane Southampton, New York
July 23, 2017 - Sept 4, 2017
Open Monday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
Benefits Southampton Hospital

I am so honored to have been asked by Woodard Furniture and Traditional Home Magazine to design an outdoor porch at the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Southampton, NY.   When I was asked to create a porch, I decided I wanted it to be a dining porch which would combine the casualness of the North Carolina coast with the chic high style of the Hamptons.  As with all my projects, the initial design consideration was function and flow.  Once I had my beautiful Woodard furniture chosen, the next step was to address the aesthetic design of the porch.  That is where I really have fun but before I talk about that, let's address the items I chose from Woodard Furniture.  Are you familiar with Woodard?

Woodard is so great because they offer custom options that we designers love. I chose the Bay shore wicker dining chairs with cushions in sea salt and the Glade Isle dining table but I chose to use a custom hammered top in Aztec Bronze.  To finish the space I added a pair of Van Dyke side chairs but opted to remove the large back cushion and replaced with a lumbar pillow from Woodard so the handsome mid-century back is revealed.  Last but certainly not least, I chose to include a Woodard tea cart in a white lacquer which I set up as a bar cart.   
The only hard surface in the space to consider was the fireplace which is a peach colored brick, so the jumping off point of the color scheme began with choosing colors that would work back with the brick.  Everything else was white which I chose to keep, so the porch felt light and fresh.  I honestly wanted to paint the ceiling aqua but then it would need to be repainted after the showhouse closed so I decided to keep it white but if I had been designing a porch that would remain I would definitely have painted the porch ceiling aqua or haint blue.  It is the southern thing to do, right?  Old wives tales maintain the porch ceilings in the south were painted blue for two conflicting reasons.  One tale is they were painted blue to ward off evil spirits but honestly people are as superstitious today so that doesn't hold credit.   The other tale was the blue paint was done to ward off mosquitos, which could be more likely since paint back then was made from lye and once lick resulted in death.  Today, it is more likely we paint our ceilings blue as homage to our southern past and also because blue feels like the sky and expands the ceiling to feel more expansive.  I paint ceilings blue because I like adding accent colors.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Windsor Smith for Century Furniture at High Point April Market 2017


Design icon, Windsor Smith introduced her new collection at Century Furniture during High Point Market April 2017.
The "Alchemy" Collection by Windsor Smith was well received and celebrated during April High Point MarketHigh Point Market in April!  The collection includes 70 easy-to-mix classics which are versatile enough to use in every room in the home.  The collection includes everything from upholstery, case goods to wall decor.  
The collection was named "Alchemy" - which she defined as "Seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination" 
 Windsor explained her approach as the following in her own words, “My goal is to provide effortless combinations of shapes and materials culled from sources far and wide to forge a new, tightly edited whole. Every detail feels bespoke, precisely chosen for modern living, and engaging over time for generations to come.”
Let's take a look at some of my favorites from the collection:


Point in case.  The lady is a pro.  She pays as much detail to the front of the chair as she does the back of the chair so I'm showing this chic chair from the back. Take note of the "jewelry" for the back of the chair with a nod to the equestrian world.


The "Daybreak sofa" was equally stunning and dramatic at 110" in length.
The perfect sofa to add drama and great seating to your room.  It reminded me
of something you would see in an old Hollywood movie.  


Again, details are part of what sets Windsor's design sensibilities apart from the part.  Notice the cuff detail on the leg of this side table.  



 This gorgeous bed was so inviting.  By the time I saw the collection, my initial response was to climb in bed and pull the covers over my head but honestly, the collection was so stunning it captivated my interest and intrigued me to move forward and see what was around the corner.  



Across from the bed was this Hollywood worthy viewing corner complete with the most comfy and plush swivel chairs, bar stools and table for the ultimate media room experience.
My friend, Robert Leleux of Southern Style Now and I enjoyed a break in these comfy chairs and dreamed about having a room like this in our own homes.


Yes, you are seeing correctly!  this is the most stunning mirrored top dining table 
I have ever seen!  The floor is also from a collection Windsor Smith designed featuring weathered wood and various finished woods in a geometric pattern.

 The Meridian settee is a four-sided sofa which answers the designer's question to what to do when you need a pair of sofas in a room but wants something more unique and interesting than just a pair of sofas!  It can be used in a foyer, large dressing room or larger living space.  Modern yet classic in design, this is the perfect neoclassical piece with carved wood and gold left detailing. 



The "Twilight sofa" is another piece with " Old Hollywood" appeal.  It perfectly sums up what I would describe as a "fainting couch".  It's flirty and fun with its curvaceous seat and button back.  Great to use in an angled corner of a bedroom, dressing room or flanking a fireplace to soften the geometry of a square room.  



Bam!  Another winner!  I don't know which I like more, the Shield, framless mirror or the handsome desk.  One is feminine the other is masculine which adds the perfect tension to
a master bedroom in mybook.


A new dining table and chairs were another wonderful part of the collection.  I also loved how Windsor styled the rooms.  The simplicity of the grass in the round trays was the perfect centerpiece for the table.  Proof that sometimes there are things better as centerpieces than flowers.  


Other people have done cloverleaf ottomans but never have I seen them with cute little brass legs and grouped in a pair.  


Doesn't this vignette feel like the set of a great movie?  The oversized shield mirror is the pefect focal point in this room. 


Cool, chic and simple.  Three words to describe the feel of this ever so sophisticated guy's room!  I won't say boy's room because I think my 19 year old would love it as much as anyone.



How chic is this barstool? I'll take a pair and while you are at it please throw in the table for good measure, right?



 The Clara tete a tete from her original collection with Century is a Windsor iconic piece in my book.  It is what I remember loving from one of the foyers that first caught my attention and took me down a rabbit hole admiring Windsor's portfolio years ago.


Windsor's kept to her signature grey color throughout the collection but kept things interesting with textures such as fur and leather. 


I'll admit I had to lie down and experience the chaise which I found to be very comfortable.  When I first saw it, I didn't think that it would be but I was proven wrong.  



What a sexy, strong and artful silhouette this chair adds to a room.  Again, this chair was as comfortable as it was great looking. 


Don't we all want a corner sofa?  Dont' we all want to put Windsor Smith's new collection for Century in our projects?  I know I am dying too!  

"So many pieces, so little time" is the cry from most designers!  Windsor Smith hit a homerun in my opinion with this collection!  I cannot wait to see these pieces in upcoming features in magazines by designers.  Her collection is worthy of the best!

Make sure you visit the Century Website to see more here!  


This post was sponsored by Esteem Media Design Blog Tour for High Point Market.

Make sure to check out more of the Design Blog Tours participate's post here


The bloggers selected for this tour include:
 
– Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
– Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
– Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
– Lisa Mende, www.lisamendedesign.blogspot.com- Nora Murphy, www.noramurphycountryhouse.com
– Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
– Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
– Ruthie Staalsen, www.decrenew.com
– Laura Umansky, www.laurauinteriordesign.com/connect/blog
– Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com
Thank you to Our Sponsors participating in the tour include:
 
– Artefama Furniture, www.artefamafurniture.com
– Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com
– Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com
– Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com
– Eastern Accents/Pandora’s Manor, www.easternaccents.com, www.pandorasmanor.com
– IMC – Interhall, www.imchighpointmarket.com/interhall
– Nathan Anthony Furniture, www.nafurniture.com
– Rachel Ashwell, www.shabbychic.com
– The MT Company, www.themtcompany.com
– Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com
– Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com
- Emporuim Home www.emporiumhome.com
-Bunny Williams Home www.bunnywilliamshome.com
-Huntington House www.huntingtonhouse.com
-JoyBird www.joybird.com



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Interhall Shopping - Bunny Williams Home New Collection at Spring High Point Market 2017


I love to peruse the aisles of Interhall when I hit High Point Market.  It seems there are always so many exciting vendors down the halls of this venue in High Point.  This year did not disappoint!  So many to see and many new ones to add to my offerings to clients.  I was so excited to see new people and reacquaint with old friends who I have bought from for years. Bunny Williams Home was showing in Interhall this market and was one of the first showrooms I visited.  

Bunny Williams Home did not disappoint this High Point Market.  I was so happy to see her collection being shown again after a hiatus from High Point Market for a few years.  
Bunny is one of my favorite designers because her projects are always so beautiful yet livable so it is nice to have the option of incorporating some of the furniture she has designed into my own projects.  My favorite piece in the collection was this plaster bas relief garden art. It will be showing up in a project of mine very soon!  This piece was inspired by a bas relief mural originally hand-carved in a little village outside of Semarang which Bunny owned.  This piece is available in interior grade plaster or exterior grade plaster that can be used outdoors.  I also love the large scale coffee table with built-in tray which would be perfect for serving drinks, or as a resting place for interesting objects or books.  The tray is removable which allows for multi-functional use.  The ottoman shown here is in signature Bunny blue and features details like button tufted upholstery, hand-carved turned wooden feet and French nailhead trim.



This bed was another favorite from the new collection.  Bunny's beautiful craftsmanship is evident in this beautifully designed bed with Greek key ironwork.  I love the high quality of the materials and beautifully executed finishes she chooses for her products.   Bunny uses some of her own furniture as inspiration for her collection and rounds out the collection with original designs that she feels are needed in today's home but she can't find in the marketplace for her own clients.   Her designs are classic and timeless yet creative.


There were so many beautiful new pieces that don't look new like the Arabella mirror shown above.  Hand carved wood with a flowing whimsical feel which mimics draped fabric on a wall would be beautiful in a foyer, dining room, bedroom or basically any room in the house.  The gold gilt finish adds glamour.  I think it would be lovely in a powder room or above a vanity in a dressing room. 


The Parker Sofa shown here in deep blue velvet makes you feel like royalty when you sit on it and it should since it was originally designed for British Royalty!  It was inspired by an antique Knole-style sofa Bunny had in her apartment for many years.  Bunny updated the design with exposed wood finials at the top corners with a matching tie-back connecting the drop-down side arms and back.  My favorite detail about this sofa is the decorative nailhead trim which is designed in a geometric pattern around the base of the sofa. 

So those are a few of my favorites from the latest collection of Bunny Williams Home.
  Make sure to visit her website here to see more!


Exquisite designs and unparalleled high quality are what define Bunny Williams Home.


I will be posting more about what I found in Interhall this market so stay tuned for me!

This post was sponsored by Esteem Media.  I was a participate for the Esteem Media Design Bloggers Tour for High Point April 2017 market!

Make sure you check out the post from my fellow Design Bloggers Tour participates!


The bloggers selected for this tour include:
– Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
– Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
– Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
– Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
– Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
– Ruthie Staalsen, www.decrenew.com
– Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com

Here is a Hug Shout out to the Sponsors participating in the tour:


– Artefama Furniture, www.artefamafurniture.com
– Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com
– Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com
– Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com
– Eastern Accents/Pandora’s Manor, www.easternaccents.com, www.pandorasmanor.com
– IMC – Interhall, www.imchighpointmarket.com/interhall
– Nathan Anthony Furniture, www.nafurniture.com
– Rachel Ashwell, www.shabbychic.com
– The MT Company, www.themtcompany.com
– Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com
– Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com
--Bunny Williams Home www.bunnywilliamshome.com
--JoyBird www.joybird.com
--Huntington House www.huntingtonhouse.com

Thank you to Luba and Adam from Esteem Media who allowed me to participate this market.  It was a blast as always!  oxo lisa
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High Point Market Recap 2017

 Bunny Williams Home


Life has been crazy since I returned from High Point.  I had to laugh the other day because one of my readers wrote to me and ask what happened to me!  I have not been blogging very much because my project load has been so heavy, but I have lots to share.  Let's begin with a recap of High Point Market!
I was excited my dear friend, Ann Maine joined me at High Point.  We had a great time on the day of her arrival visiting showrooms.  Ann knows everyone in the industry so to walk around the market with Ann is like walking around with a celebrity.  Her years as Editor-In-Chief of Traditional Home Magazine introduced forged bonds with many companies so she has tons of friends at High Point. 
When I wasn't walking around with Ann I was walking the beat as a Design Blogger.
I was also chosen to participate in Design Blogger's Tour which is sponsored by Esteem Media which was quite fun.  What I love the most about being on the Design Bloggers Tour is how each designer hones in on different details.  When you visit a showroom with a group of people who love details and we point out things we like, so collectively no detail is left unmentioned.  This year group was especially fun!  We visited some of my favorite showrooms and saw many beautiful new collections from Emporium Home, Bernhardt, Universal, Bunny Williams, Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic, Theodore Alexander, The MT Company, Century, Crypton Home Fabric, Eastern Accents, Nathan Anthony, Bagley Mischka and Artefama.  I plan to share a blog post on each because I took too many pictures for one post!    I am so excited to share everything we saw!  

Here are some of the highlights of our blog tour visits:



We visited The MT Company and enjoy tea time and saw so many things I liked in the
every collection.  I especially love the Dana Gibson line.  Dana loves color like I do and isn't afraid to use it. The ottoman above is covered in a Chanel inspired fabric which added texture and panache to this seating area.  So many of their pieces were covered in high-performance Crypton fabrics which make this line great for families.  Do you love knowing you can finally have a white sofa and not worry about spills?  Thank you, Crypton!




Fashion Designers Badgley Mischa introduced their new home line called  " The Monterey Collection"  which includes lighting, upholstery, and accent furniture with hand-gilded metal structures.  Check out their collection here.



Rachel Ashwell, the founder, of Shabby Chic, returned to High Point Market and introduced a new collection, after a long sabbatical.  Her collection looked fresher than ever!  Cannot wait to share!  Check out her new collection here!


Bernhardt Furniture new "Faux Bois" collection was clean, crisp, and perfect for so many applications.  Every market, Bernhardt offers several new collections but this one happened to be my favorite.  I cannot wait to show you more from Bernhardt!  Visit their website to see more from Bernhardt! 


One of my absolute favorite venues to visit while shopping the High Point Market is Interhall!  There are always amazing discoveries to be made in Interhall.  This year was no exception!  I was excited to see The Bunny Williams Home Collection had made a return to High Point and was in Interhall along with so many other of my favorites!   I was thrilled to see Bunny back!  The collection looks amazing!  I especially loved this ottoman but there are so many great pieces, I will definitely be sharing more!  Visit Bunny Williams Home to see the complete collection!

I always love everything Ashley Childers, owner of Emporium Home, introduces at High Point market.  Ashley is a little ball of fire with an incredible talent for design.  This market I fell hard for her amazing faux bois pieces.  This little side table would work so many places and adds just the right amount of style.  Visit Emporium Home's website to see more!  Warning, it's all so good you may hang out there for hours!  



Universal Furniture has become one of my "go to" companies for my beach house projects as well as kids rooms, and basically any room of the home.  Their new intros at High Point Spring Market were exciting.  I especially loved the Alexander Jullian collection and will be sharing more about this collection from one of my favorite North Carolina born and bred designers!  Always nice when one of our own does so well in the industry.  I was so excited to finally meet Alexander Julian in the Universal showroom.  He as nice as he is talented which says a lot.  Visit Universal Furniture to see more Universal Furniture here!




Another favorite showroom visit was to Nathan Anthony!  This company is incredible.  Look at the detail on this chair!  We had so much fun in this showroom.  We played a little game and learned about the amazing designs created by Tina Nicole and Khai Mai 
Founded in 2005, Nathan Anthony creates award-winning contemporary furnishings in its own design studio and furniture factory in Los Angeles, CA. Co-owner and principal designer Tina Nicole has been recognized for design excellence by The Design Society UK with two International Product Design Awards, several Best of Year Award nominations, and two Pinnacle Award nominations. Visit their website to see more here!!!  I was amazed at the creativity and craftsmanship of Nathan Anthony.  They can make anything!  I loved that they even upholster the underside of their furniture when necessary.  You ask why someone would do that?  Because they have glass floors or floors that can reflect the pattern under the furniture!  Yes, it is true!  I would have never thought of that but Tina and Khai do!  They think of every detail!  Make sure you check them out!



Eastern Accents continued the excitement with new collections of beautiful bedding from Celerie Kemble.  I mean seriously, is there anything this designer can't do?  I love everything she designs.  This collection was designed to work for adults as well as kids.  I loved the soft pinks offered as well as the crisp whites in bedding and pillows.  There is too much to single one item out.  I cannot pick a favorite here because it was all so fab.  Visit their website to see more new introductions here.


Eastern Accents also owns Pandora's Manor, which is a beautiful home in High Point which offers lodging.  The home has recently been redecorated by top designers and this market, Eastern Accents hosted a gala there and the Blog Tour was lucky to be included.  Shown here is the bedroom in Pandora's Manor that was designed by The Madcap Cottage guys using Eastern accent bedding!  Isn't it fabulous!  I hope to share more from the talented designers who revamped this Manor into a showplace.  Tobi Fairley, Barclay Butera, Celerie Kemble, Thom Felicia and Madcap did an amazing job!


Crypton Home was another sponsor of our Blog Tour so we visit the JoyBird showroom to see furniture in my personal favorite fabric, Crypton!  If you are not using Crypton in your home or if you are a designer and not using them in your projects you are missing the train!  Now Crypton is available in so many wonderful fabrics.  It is soft, lux and so smart!  Spill your wine?  No problem!  Get lipstick on your sofa?  No problem.  Did your 5 yr old just draw on your favorite chair?  If it is covered in crypton, you are good!  Simply take a damp cloth and wipe it off.  I think crypton has saved many children and some adults from punishment!
When I introduce this product to my clients I call it "THE ah-mazing Crypton" and add that I feel like Superman did with his cryptonite when I use Crypton. Wanna learn more about crypton? visit their website here!  JoyBird was a new intro for me as well.  Learn more about this wonderful resource here!  Their showroom looked amazing.  


Windsor Smith new collection "Alchemy" designed for Century Furniture was introduced this High Point Market and boy oh boy was it ah-mazing!  Here is one of the rooms she designed in her signature gray.  The designs as well as the textures, soothing palette and artfully curated grouping we a treat to the eye as well as comfy and cozy.  Check out all the pieces in the line here!  While you are there peruse the entire Century site to see the quality of furniture this company has been making for centuries.  This company is still a family-owned and run furniture company which is rare in our industry.  The younger generation works hard to maintain the quality, customer service, and craftsmanship which is what this company was founded upon.  



We enjoyed our visit to Huntington House Furniture.  Always so nice to visit their showroom and see what is new.  My absolute favorite sofa in their showroom is one called "the Heavenly sofa".  It is named that because it feels so heavenly!  Shown above is one of their more tailored sofas but this sofa also sits very comfortably!  Huntington House is finely, handcrafted furniture made right here in North Carolina!  Visit their website to learn more!



Artefama was a new resource for me although this company isn't new.  It was founded 45 years ago! Recognized worldwide for accountability, quality design and also for respecting the FSC standards, this company's commitment to social and ecological concerns is well respected throughout the industry.  Look for more from this company!  Shown here are the Medallion Dining chairs made of solid oak and upholstered in a gray fabric.  The chair is offered in two different colors, natural and cinnamon.  See more from Artefama here!




Last but not least, we visited Theodore Alexander which is an absolute beautiful showroom and a treasure trove for designers!  We were introduced to their new "TA Custom finishes line" which is the answer to many designer's prayers !  Pick your silhouette and then choose the paint color to custom create til your heart's desire!  How fun is that?  We also had the pleasure of viewing Michael Berman's newest introductions in his collection with Theodore Alexander which were just gorgeous! Visit their website to see more! 


Here are the members of our blogtour!

 Blog Tour Members for Market 2017

– Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
– Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
– Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
– Lisa Mende, www.lisamendedesign.blogspot.com- Nora Murphy, www.noramurphycountryhouse.com
– Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
– Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
– Ruthie Staalsen, www.decrenew.com
– Laura Umansky, www.laurauinteriordesign.com/connect/blog
– Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com


 A Big Shout Out to Our Design Blog Tour Sponsors!

– Artefama Furniture, www.artefamafurniture.com
– Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com
– Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com
– Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com
– Eastern Accents/Pandora’s Manor, www.easternaccents.com,      www.pandorasmanor.com
– IMC – Interhall, www.imchighpointmarket.com/interhall
– Nathan Anthony Furniture, www.nafurniture.com
– Rachel Ashwell, www.shabbychic.com
– The MT Company, www.themtcompany.com
– Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com
– Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com
- Emporium Home www.emporiumhome.com
- Bagley Mischka www.bagleymischka.com
- Huntington House Furniture - www.huntingtonhousefurniture.com
- Bunny Williams Home www.bunnywilliamshome.com
- JoyBird www.joybird.com



Thank you Esteem Media for allowing me to be on your fabulous tour!  I had a blast and cannot wait to share more about our adventures with my readers!

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