Friday, October 25, 2013

Fridayfinds! - Inside the madness at High Point Market

All I can say is,
I just got back from
four days at High Point Furnishing Market 
and it was more exciting than ever!

Typically I'm on my feet for the majority of the 12 hour days, walking from building to building,
and through the showrooms.
but it doesn't really bother me because I'm so focused.  

 The moment your hotel bus pulls into the main terminal at the IHFC building
you feel the electricity.

This is the convergence of the entire furnishings industry, from furniture to accessories.
And it's the time when each manufacturer introduces their newest designs.

Imagine that for a minute...
Each showroom pulls out all the stops to highlight their top designs for the season. 
It's a massive undertaking that takes months of planning - 
from R and D, to building prototypes and then designing their showroom spaces
to present the new pieces in the most impressive way.
All in hopes of catching the attention of the buyers!

Bernhardt showroom
With the large showrooms, you can eat up an hour, easily, so staying on schedule is mandatory,
if you want to visit every manufacturer on your list.

I average about 10 showrooms a day for four days. And that doesn't include the smaller booths
I like to visit along the way...

And it continues into the night...
This was the scene as we listened to the BEACH BOYS perform down below.

 On top of that,
there are soooo many seminars, celebrity designers and
book signings available during Market that it's really
difficult to pick and choose.

But I have my favorites and this market, I was lucky enough to spend some time
with one of the best...
Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair
I have to say, this was probably the highlight of my trip!
Watch for my upcoming post on the interview with Alexa.
It was very insightful.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

More Pre-Market Trends

I leave for  High Point Fall Market in a little over a week.

That means I'll be on the hunt for the freshest, most exciting 
the minute my shoes hit the pavement.

And I'm going to post real-time reports via
so I want to share a few more trends I'll be watching so 
you can follow along with me while I'm there.

I've already shared some of the top trends
I think are coming down the path...

But there are others I'm going to seek out...
Some already gaining traction
some more obscure.

Julian Chichester Virginia Chair
Reserved strictly for royalty in centuries past,
Purple's revival is for all humankind!
It's allure is timeless through association,
but the new breed has an playful, irreverent side, too!

This chair is anything but stuffy.
A cool combo of fun curves and purple velvet
makes it both inviting and "Regal" in a tongue and cheek way.

Maria Yee Hattori sideboard
It's all about the finishing touches, as seen in this contemporary sideboard.
Simple lines of the cabinet marry perfectly with the signature "bow" hardware
for a stunning presentation.
A big part of this trend is the idea that...
Each element is important to the whole.

Maitland-Smith Fox and Frog

I've been watching this "just below the surface" trend
for a while on my
Pinterest Board
But it's still so new that not much is showing up...YET!
Mark my words,
and you will see it translated in fabrics, pillows,
wall art, faux furs and everything in-between.

Just think, the OWL wasn't even on our radar a few years ago
but it's red hot now.
Watch out....
the FOX is on the move!!!

Don't forget to check my FACEBOOK page for
starting next Saturday, Oct 19, when I arrive at Market.

It's ALL THERE, waiting for our arrival...
so come along with me and get the first glimpse of
what's to come!


Friday, October 4, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - UVa Garden Gate Photo gets published!

Social media is so intertwined! 

I was reminded of this recently when I got an email from someone
in Career Services at the University of Virginia.
She said she was perusing the web and found my 
Blog post
Pinterest Board called

Turns out she was looking for a photo to put on the cover of the
Hoos Career Guide
which is for students to utilize as they explore career choices.

In her words,  "I try to find unique and creative pictures to put on our cover
and yours stood out to me since they include some viewpoints not
typically captured by the U.Va. photographers!"

She asked me to send three different pix of my garden gate tour
for consideration.
Photo by Joan Waddell

Photo by Joan Waddell

Photo by Joan Waddell

I didn't know if any of these would pass the test until a few weeks ago.
That's when she contacted me and requested permission to publish.
How exciting!!!

So which one did they pick?

Cover photo by Joan Waddell
My small moment of fame :-)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Style Booster - Refresher Course

It seems there's a recurring theme in my projects right now.
My clients are on a mission!
In various forms, each one is searching  for a magic formula that will inject their home with...
But as we all know, it takes more than adding a few accessories here and there.

That's one reason I started my series on 
My hope is to give you a little bit of a design road map...
to inspire you as you navigate each room of your home...
and help you create a blueprint that expresses "YOU" and your personality.

So with that in mind, I'm circling back with you 
to check in on your progress.
Have you taken the leap?

"Even one small change can be a step in the right direction 
towards putting your personal stamp on your home."

We've walked through the key rooms in your home,
starting in the kitchen where I gave some easy tips for
adding your personal style without major changes.

From there we took a hard look at the room where you spend all your time,
the family room,
Design by Joan Waddell

and the rooms where you should spend MORE time -
your dining room and living room.
Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair
Thomas O'Brien design

We also talked about first impressions, inside AND out!
What does your front entry say about you and what's inside?

My foyer was the first project I tackled when I bought my house 18 years ago,
even though there was a long list of needed renovations!
Joan Waddell's foyer

What was my second?
My bedroom!
For me, knowing I had a cozy, inviting cocoon to return to each night,
was all I needed to be able to tackle the world the next day!
On our tour of your bedroom, I encouraged you to explore colors that make you feel
happy and content.
Todd Romano design
After all, the bedroom should nurture and rejuvenate - and to me,
color is the key ingredient.

As I write this,
I'm thinking it's time for me to evaluate my own rooms!
So I guess we're on this journey together.
And it can be both fun.......and cleansing
if we have the right attitude

I've added links to past posts on
so check them out for a refresher course.
Here's to much needed change!