In October, we had the unique opportunity of attending the Home Furnishings Market at High Point, North Carolina. As members of Decorating Den, one of the largest buyer groups from a single company attending the event, we received special showroom and furniture factory tours throughout the event. We got to tour the market before anyone else! Decorating Den is North America’s largest home furnishings and interior design franchise company. More than 90 franchise owners came together from all over the country, to take advantage of these special tours offered to us at the Home Furnishings Market.
Furniture at the Market
One of my favorite aspects of the market at High Point was furniture — we had the unique opportunity to discover trends in furniture manufacturing and design, as well as the ways in which pieces can be uniquely situated within various rooms. Typically, our design presentations are made in the customer’s home or office, so it is very educational for us to personally visit the showrooms of our suppliers. As a result of meeting personally with vendors and viewing their factories, we become more educated on aspects of products we offer.
Highlights and Trends at the Market
I always love attending the market, as I get to connect with lots of other interior designers around the country. I had the opportunity to tour the showroom and asks questions of the vendors. Here are a few more of my personal highlights, along with the trends I observed:
- I got to spend time with nationally known interior designer and TV celebrity Libby Langdon at the Braxton Culler showroom. (More on that soon!)
- We toured the case-goods and upholstery furniture manufacturing facilities of Kincaid Furniture Company. It was eye opening to see how the furniture was made!
- I saw lots of details and customization on many items. Home interiors express the lives of the people that live in the homes themselves — vendors are embracing this trend and incorporating it into their creations.
- I noticed how many vendors are embracing bold color! These colors can be used as personal expressions within people’s homes.
I enjoyed my time at the market, and I would love to share my findings with you!