Off to Market We Go
High Point’s Fall Furnishings Market is just around the corner. Ashley and I will be visiting High Point, North Carolina for the annual show October 11th – 17th. Our luggage will be packed with comfortable shoes, refillable water bottles, comfortable but fashionable clothes (we are interior designer’s after all) and some ibuprofen for our feet that undoubtedly be killing us after walking through miles and miles of showrooms looking for the newest, latest and greatest in home furnishings for Fall 2012.
If you haven’t heard of it, High Point Market it is basically the fashion show week for the furnishings market. Millions of square feet are occupied two weeks of the year, spring and fall, when manufacturers, store owners and designers visit the city of High Point, North Carolina to make purchases, review merchandise, and connect with industry peers. Here is a short video explaining it’s impact.
If you reside in the Portland area, why would you want to work with an interior designer who visits market regularly? I think the short answer is that in order to be the best possible asset to client projects and be an industry leader in interior design, a design firm needs to have a vast library of manufacturers, ideas and connections for their various projects.
Furnishing Market allows me to know more about International and National design trends and styles. We know where to find what you love, when you can’t find it in the local marketplace where you live. We have access to thousands of furniture suppliers, lighting lines, area rugs, accessories, and textile and fabrics in every design style imaginable. If you can show us your inspiration or a picture of a room – I will know how to find the look you want. Attending market allows me to be a better interior designer for my clients. I am able to find and specify unique one of a kind items for clients at both the retail and high end luxury levels … and everything in between.
Oh, and it is the highlight of my Fall Season!
Looking for something specific for your home? Our clients frequently let us know before market items they are looking for and we purchase them at market for a “floor model show discount”. I attend market a day early just to reserve the best pieces! Some items are purchased on approval for our clients, and we send them photos and specifications from our ipads and iphones. “Floor models” at market include custom designed pieces that have been made exclusively for market. If you are looking for something special, contact me and we are happy to keep our eye out for you.