The High Point Journey

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As we get back from fall High Point Market, I am more anxious than usual to unveil the latest in home trends. It seems that 2018 has a lot in store for homeowners. I want to take you along on my “High Point” journey so that you can see “a day in my life” at market. Along on the trip, was what I consider my “design family” from Alaska. We met Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer/Clifton Interiors at an Interior Design Society conference several years back and we have been tackling markets together ever since.

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First up on our market trail was the opportunity of serving on a discussion panel in the ZUO showroom, speaking to our fellow designers about Design Marketing. I was blessed to serve on this discussion with Jason Clifton of Bauer Clifton Interiors, Jeffrey Johnson of Jeffrey Designs and with Nick May of The Chaise Lounge. We touched a great deal on social media marketing as it is a must for all designers to properly market their craft. Photo credit : Yian Quach

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Pictured above, Jeremy notices our speaking engagement sign with his usual enthusiasm.

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Next stop! Instagram Takeover for DesignOnHPMKT and for our very own, At Home in Arkansas! I had the opportunity to “spot” the latest fall trends for both our state publication and for market. WHAT FUN! Below are a few of our fab finds!

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Ooh lala! For one of my At Home In Arkansas Instagram takeover items I stumbled upon the Eichholtz Showroom and fell in love with their Beekman benches in Panama polished natural steel paired with their Esquire stacking console tables. They were definitely swoon worthy!

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For the DesignOnHPMKT Instagram take over we headed to Currey & Company and spotted their swanky Braillen demi-lune. It’s light grey finish paired with floral antique silver hardware was the highlight of my day!

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Our next fun adventure, was with Author/Designer Libby Langdon and other design colleagues as we gave a panel discussion on “Seasonal Design.” We enjoyed informing market attendees of the latest in seasonal trends. All of us were in agreement that mesh is a thing of the past and that glass and tradition are back!

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Above: a fun photo with our Seasonal Design Panel after our discussion. We enjoyed meeting all of them!

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Next stop…Suites at Market Square, to scout for our favorite vendors for my Suite Spot Tour. Each market, four designers give tours of the Suites and our job is to find two trending vendors per floor. There are SOOOO many fabulous vendors in the Suites it is like trying to decide upon a favorite child! However, after an entire day of scouting we settled on our favs! Above, are hand beaded velvet pillows by Callisto. Velvet is hot this season and almost every manufacturer was in on the trend.

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Hammerton Lighting was the last showroom on our scouting list for the day and they did not disappoint. Hammerton is based out of Utah and services both residential and commercial design. We loved how interchangeable the finishes were with their wide array of hand-blown glass options. The next day, we led a tour of approximately 20 or so through the suites and ended our tour at Hammerton. Guests were in awe of their products. Check them out at www.hammerton.com

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No market is ever complete without attending a social soiree or two. Veranda’s 30th Anniversary Party at Oly Studio did not disappoint; guests were treated to live music, champagne and incredible nibbles this gluten free girl can’t even begin to touch! We ran into fellow Arkansan and top designer Kevin Walsh of Bear Hill Interiors at the soiree and introduced him to our design family from Alaska.

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We then headed to the Caracole Showroom to swoon over their HOT Ice Breaker Chair adorned in brass detail. Although this piece has been in their collection for awhile, it is still trending because of the brass detail.

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Next, we headed to the Abbyson showroom as we did not want to miss our fabulous friend Barrie Livingstone speak. Oh, and of COURSE Auntie Shayla wanted to see what his fashionable pup Rio was wearing. As usual, Barrie and Rio were a complete HIT! British born, Barrie Livingstone is now based in Malibu, California, and designs projects that span the globe from Los Angeles to Miami and from Dubai to Malaysia.

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No trip to market is complete without a fun field trip to Furnitureland South! I call it Disney World for designers. Seriously, you can spend an entire weekend at Furnitureland and still not cover everything. FLORAL is HOT and we spotted the St. Helena Chair from Ambella Home. With its large scale floral pattern it is trending for fall.

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Last, but certainly not least, was a fun designer photo shoot in the Worlds Away Showroom with our good friend Yian. The Alaska and Arkansas Design Fam had a blast!

I hope that you enjoyed my High Point Journey and I look forward to showing you more after the next market.

Happy Fall everyone!

Shayla Copas

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