Hello all! It has been a crazy and exciting week! For the very first time, I went to High Point, NC for the worlds largest and most exciting furniture market! I was so excited to learn how the process worked of selecting new things for the upcoming season and of course... to see fun new styles and trends!
I was shocked and surprised! We are headed in a GREAT new direction for interior design! I have always had a theory that the economy dictates current trends for the fashion and interiors industry- and this market completely proved my theory. Our country is still having uncertain times- but I think we can see some hope and some light at the end of the tunnel. Between our troops coming home and working on financially rebuilding our country- Americans are seeing some positive notes in the news and are looking to take some bold chances in design.
Here are some of my favorite things from market :)
|I did not expect a downtown scene of awesome architecture!! This place was HUGE... new shoes were not the best idea. Being a girly girl is hard, but someone has to do it!|
|PANTONE, if you ask me, is the world's color expert! Every year, they decide which color is "the next big thing." Last year, they chose a shade of gray- which we all know, has been SO popular. This year- the color is hot pink! The photo above shows exactly how to take a bold color and make it work!! I'm in love!|
|One new trend is "speaking your mind!" Accessories with words, quotes, etc. are everywhere! It's such a fun way to make a statement and can really express your personality!|
If you're heading out to shop or re-doing a room in your home, remember these notes!
Color is KEY! Don't be afraid to take some chances with bold colors (some good suggestions are citron, turquoise, navy blue, and orange.) These can easily be combined with grays, neutrals, and brown.
Your Accessories need to get personal! (This does not include the clay statue of a dog that you made in 3rd grade or anything else scary like that!) Try to be creative- flea markets have the very best accessories! They're old and seem to have a story behind them- which I love!
Rugs- Simple is best! Don't get too crazy here- If you want some pattern, choose something that you can live with for awhile. Rugs should be an investment- so spend the moolah and enjoy them for awhile! I saw a few vendors at market layering rugs. They would take a jute or sisal rug- and then use a wool rug on top- so you get the natural look of the sisal, but the comfort of the wool! Genius!
Artwork- I preach this daily! Do NOT buy artwork that has no meaning to you! I truly feel that art can speak to you- buy what you love! Even better- find a local artist that you like in your town and go to a gallery show! You get to know the artist and get an exclusive look at his or her work on a personal level.
Good luck and Happy Shopping! If you have any questions/ comments/ photos of your project- please email me here!
til next time,
let your light shine!