High Point Market Musings

By Kathryn Greeley
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Highlights and inspiration from the biggest furniture show of the year.

High Point Market Musings

After attending the High Point Furniture Market twice a year for the past 31 years, one might expect to be bored with the whole concept. Never! Each visit to market, I am inspired beyond belief. The Fall 2012 High Point Furniture was certainly no exception. The High Point Market is the home equivalent to Fashion Week and often reflects the trends in the fashion market. It is a week filled with exciting new products, and well as old favorites, trends, and as I said...lots of inspiration!

High Point Market Musings

So I would like to share some of my "market musings" as I call them. No surprise that lots of the color trends did indeed follow fashion. One of Pantone's 2013 colors was Monaco Blue and shades of this fabulous color reigned supreme. Shades of indigo, cobalt, sapphire and aquamarine rounded out these "shades of blue".

And there was lots of "going green" at the Fall market, just as in the Fall and Spring Paris Couture shows. From this bright green Lily Pulitzer campaign desk to the lovely art glass from Halo Styles.

High Point Market Musings
High Point Market Musings

And more green for a pop of color from Curry and Co. in these great stools and I loved this green wall in the Wesley Hall showroom, complete with lots of white and this wonderful white faux bois table!

I also loved this exquisite console at Century Furniture, so classic!



On to Yellow...but "not-so-mellow yellow"!

Shades of yellow from cream and jonquil to lemon and goldenrod...

High Point Market Musings

One of my favorite trends was "The New Gold Standard"! Some polished, some matte-paired with blacks, and paired with whites.

High Point Market Musings

As my signature colors are black and white, I was delighted to find so much evidence of this trend in such lovely products as this table from Chelsea House (love the gold accents-more of "The New Gold Standard").

A favorite source of mine is Julian Chichester/Mr. Brown and this white quatrefoil mirror would work in almost any room.

High Point Market Musings
High Point Market Musings

The crisp details of these black and white pillows from Tourmaline would certainly make a bold black and white statement.

The High Point Market not only offers many great color trends, but also pattern and material and textural trends. Some worked for me, others didn't. As a real traditionalist, I loved all the traditional styling with "a new twist" - like lots of turning from companies like Alfonso Marina and Mackenzie Dow.


Traditional stripes were a hit, from pinstripes to bold wide stripes.

High Point Market Musings

And we must not forget the velvets at this Fall market. These velvets were so luxurious and had great dimension and pattern.

A "walk in the garden" gave us lots of soft florals and pastels with feminine touches. (image on the far right).

From a "walk in the garden", one could go to the effortless sophistication of the Palm Beach resort look (images below).

High Point Market Musings
High Point Market Musings

All of these products and lovely colors were most inspiring; however, some of the trends left me a bit cold. Personally the Punk trend was not "my cup of tea" and some of the raw materials just simply did not fit into my design brand.

After days of aching, tired feet and sensory overload, I can always leave the High Point Market saying there is not only something for everyone's style and taste, but loads of options for everyone's style and taste! Now we designers must wait patiently for all the surprises and trends that manufactures are working on this very moment for the Spring 2013 High Point Market! I would like to say thanks to my good friend Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing for the High Point Market Authority for sharing her thoughts with me on market’s "big picture" and all of these interesting and inspiring trends!

So go forth and work your magic with the endless products available in our home fashion industry.


Photo credits: Photo highlights via High Point Market Style Report 2012

Kathryn Greeley, ASID, owner of Kathryn Greeley Designs, has been providing professional interior design services for elegant lifestyles in the Southeast for more than thirty years. Kathryn has been published in Traditional Home, Southern Living, USA Today American Life Home, Texas Home and Living, and Carolina Home+Garden. Kathryn is known for her gracious entertaining and expert knowledge of tabletop collections. Her first book, The Collected Tabletop, debuted in September 2011 and is now in its third printing. Kathryn recently launched her own invitation line, Chestnut Cottage, with Sanlori and her blog The Collected Room can be found at www.kathryngreeleydesigns.com and www.thecollectedtabletop.com.


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