Have you experienced High Point Market yet, affectionately referred to as "Market" by those in the know? If not, you haven't fully experienced the wonderful world of interior design until you do!
It's the biggest designer trade show in the country and happens twice a year (once in October and the other in April) with thousands and thousands of designers, buyers, manufacturers, magazine editors and more in attendance. It's a heck of a good time so as you all run to register for spring Market (April 21-26) with me, I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into some of the fun of last fall!
Meet my "Market" partners in crime: The hilarious Christian of Maison 21 and the glamorous Ashlina of The Decorista. Seriously, it should be a crime to have as much fun as we did while "working," which reminds me of insider tip #1: find a friend to walk the floors with! It's always fun to discuss different trends, products, and showrooms with another person.
One of our first stops was checking out the 220 Elm building. A lot of people overlook this place because they spend most of their time in the main IHFC building, but what a gem this was. For the modern furniture lover, you'll adore 220 Elm!
Ash and me walking the floors of 220 Elm.
One of the best parts of 220 Elm is Heinz, the dapper gentleman in the center and our lovely tour guide, which reminds me of inside tip #2: make appointments with the showrooms you want to see in advance so you're sure to get dedicated attention from a showroom manager (or similar) when you go.
One showroom in the 220 Elm building we had a particularly good time in was Palliser, which spraws across the entire 4th floor and is Canada's largest furniture manufacture.
Coincidentally enough, we hit up Palliser right after a delicious (and big!) lunch with Heinz and so the big comfy recliners were just perfect for our post-lunch food coma.
As hard as we tried, Christian and I could not get Ashlina out of this recliner for the life of us. We had to actually leave her there. No joke. :)
Who loves an ejector recliner? Christian does!
We ended the tour of Palliser with a little pick-me-up at their cute little bar, which reminds me of insider tip #3: Market takes a lot out of you so rest up, eat right, and warm comfy shoes (says the girls who's never caught seen without 4 inch heels...).
Another memorable visit was to the beautiful and colorful Duralee showroom, one of my all time favorite fabric sources!
And the cherry on the top? We got to chat and hang out with the fabulous Eileen Kathryn Boyd who recently created a collection for Duralee. (Check out the cute video interview Ash did with Eileen here).
I loved the Hermes orange piping on this chair!
Ooing and aahing over all the gorgeous fabrics.
And now, some snapshots of a few fun memories:
And last but not least, a perfect end of Market dinner with our High Point friends. Good food, good wine, and good company, what more could a girl ask for?
Hope to see you all there in April!!!