Market Report

We're home from a whirlwind few days at the High Point Furniture Market.  I'm exhausted!!  It was so much fun and we missed our kids like CRAZY.  :/    We found some incredible companies to work with, got completely inspired and had time to catch up with old & new friends:

{Me, our good friend Eddie Ross who is now the East Coast producing editor at Better Homes & Gardens, Scott Wood of The Adventures of Tartanscot, and Dave, my husband and partner in everything.}

My favorite part about this Market (besides the friends!! ;)  was checking out all of the great one-of-a-kinds, vintage and antiques...  Because we're "finishing" our house this Summer (and by that I mean we're "photographing" it this Summer and will continue to change it forevermore) we spent a lot of time finding special pieces that are really "us" and that mean something to us.  

I fell in love a bit at Asia Minor Rugs, whose collection is just incredible:

We brought a couple rugs home for our own home and I'm so excited!!!  One is a small Turkish rug that was made by a bride before her wedding to take with her into her new home.  The rug is one of a pair that stayed in the same master bedroom for 75 years before it was purchased and brought here.  I can't quite explain it but when Dave & I saw the rug and heard the story, we looked at each other and just knew it was coming home with us.  The design and colors in the rug are so cheerful that I can't help but think the bride was happy about her impending marriage as she wove the rug.  Little birds perch all over the branches of a beautiful tree (or bush?) and we felt like coming home with us would be a good new second life for the rug since we're excited about being together ourselves.   It fit perfectly in our foyer:

It's a bit more feminine that really fits our home and I really do want the foyer to set the tone of our house, but if I can make it work by finding the right foyer chest & mirror, it might stay there.  If not, I was thinking I'd love to frame it and hang it somewhere in the house, probably in our bedroom. Louie though -above- is a fan of keeping in the foyer.

We also brought a beautiful 90 year old Kars rug from the East of Turkey.  Kars are made out of wool and typically most of the color seen in the rugs is the actual colors of the wool.  They will sometimes have naturally-dyed hilights.   When I saw our Kars rug, I didn't even want to know how much it cost because it was so perfect.  I asked anyway and was utterly SHOCKED at how amazing the price was.  I've been looking for the perfect rug for a while now and had honestly given up thinking we'd never be able to afford what I wanted until we came across our rug.   Our house is modern and our great room has high ceilings and lots of glass windows and can come across as a bit stark so I've been after a warm rug with lots of patina.  I wanted something old that felt modern and more on the masculine side.  This rug is exactly what I was looking for!! I'll be layering it over a natural fiber rug to get the for size and to add more layers in our great room...

I cannot wait to incorporate some of their rugs into our clients' projects too. 

Anyway, soon after we came across Cleveland Art and were loving Jason Wein's blown glass and repurposed industrial pieces.  

I'm dying to use some of his things in client projects and came home with a bunch of the hand-blown drinking glasses above.  Jason went to Alaska for a while to "study water and ice" and so you can really see how that comes across in his glass.  I've been looking for just the right glasses for our house- they need to be beautiful and practical.   (most of our old ones have broken so we're down to about 7 random ikea, Target and thrift glasses)  Our shelves are open in the kitchen so I wanted something I'd love to look at but we also are pretty rough on things and have little boys (who tip glasses easily) so we were after sturdy, heavy glasses.

Here's some of his lighting:

I could go on & on but definitely check out his website.  They have shops in LA and New York: 

Jason & I were exploring the possibility of him carrying pillows made from my linens in his shops so I'll keep you posted.  

I couldn't believe it when I visited the Barn on Sweetwood and decided to purchase a beautiful set of old pine nesting tables...  We were trying to figure out shipping when we discovered that we actually live near each other!!  I loved meeting the owners, Stephanie and Denise, and am so thrilled to have met some new (super-talented) friends who live so close to home!!  Their style is so good and I know having them so close will really help me with my desire to use more one-of-a-kind pieces in my clients' homes.  I really wish I bought this table and may have to call them: 

Next we saw this guy, hanging out in Stephanie Schofield's booth:

It was painted in the 60s and the artist is Ernest somebody (I will have to look when it gets here) and apparently this man is in lots of the paintings.  I wonder if it's him or someone else??  I'll have to do more research when I see his last name again.  Anyway, it's definitely one of the oddest pieces Dave and I have ever found...  He's a little younger than most of the guys in my "Old man Painting" collection but I guess that's okay.  The colors are just so pretty, it has such a beautiful patina, and it's such an odd piece it makes me laugh a bit, which I'm realizing as I get older, is some of my favorite type of art work.  I particularly love portraits because friends always seem to ask about them.  We usually have names for the people in the paintings and say, "Oh that's Dr.Lilandi" or "Captain Herndon." 

Dave and I got a private little lunch in the "Boiler Room" at the Antique Center...  We had the most delicious  homemade pimento cheese sandwiches and some beer:

No one was there but us and it was just so much fun.  There are so many other great antique & vintage booths there but I started getting bad with my camera.  I wish I could go there every month!!

We came across Barloga Studios whose photographs I loved and came across as modern and a bit moody to me.  Most of all, I loved the unframed papyrus pieces that were simply tacked onto the wall... The artist, Roy Barloga, said it's how they're meant to be hung, which I think is so simple and natural.  I think this is something that might scare a lot of clients but something I'd do in my own home in a heartbeat.  Lately, I've been trying to work on suggesting things to my clients I would do in my own home, that may not be typical or a typical "decorate" thing to do, and I think this is the perfect example.


I also loved Itinerant Studio whose photography was printed on birch:


One of my absolute favorite of the larger showrooms to visit (scratch that, maybe my favorite??) was Verellen:

Their upholstery is incredible and we recently started carrying it.  I am so excited!!!

To say I was in awe is probably an understatement.  It was not only one of the most beautiful, inspiring showrooms we saw at Market, but it was full of the nicest team of people.  Tom Verellen, the owner, made sure to spend time with everyone and was a wonderful host.  Everyone there was so down to earth and warm.  Relaxed elegance starts to describe Verellen, but there's just so much more.  I feel in love with the kitchen they whipped up before Market:

It's so natural and modern and rustic.. All of my favorite elements rolled into one crazy-unexpected kitchen:

I love the wood on the refrigerator!! What a perfect way to make a boring fridge cool!!!  

The island was made out of piled rocks corralled by rebar:

The countertop is sheet metal.

They made cabinetry for storage out of reclaimed wood and fit the rocks around it:

I fell in love with these chairs next door at Textures:

Another favorite is Design Legacy by Kelly O'Neal:

They carry a mix of new and vintage pieces mixed in with their colorful fabrics and artwork...  Their fabrics and art is like looking through The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, or some other beautiful books full of botanical and nature studies.  They're quirky and earthy and fun.  Their prices are great too.

I loved seeing how these little lucite pedestals really elevate simple objects:

We have so many cool things we've collected outside that would just look like art sitting on these.  honestly, even a found pine cone or a piece of bark would look good.   I want them!!!

And oh my goodness check out this gorgeous piece of quartz:

{Come to me!!!}

On our way out, I snapped a picture of the best company motto, EVER:

Love it.

And, my favorite part of Market is always catching up with friends & meeting new friends.  I met so many of my Instagram/Blog friends in person and they were all so sweet and fun!!!  

We also enjoyed a yummy dinner with our good friends Jaithan Kochar & Eddie Ross at {one of the prettiest restaurants ever} the Proximity to celebrate Eddie's birthday: 

{Dave & Jaithan}

{Eddie & me}

There were more friends there I missed and wish I could have seen too, but the days just flew by.  I also have some great things in the works with my fabrics and as soon as I can, I'll let you know what's up!!  I think my overall feeling with this Market was that I most enjoyed seeing the things and showrooms that (obviously) were new to me, but also that my goal really is to use as many one-of-a-kind items as possible for client projects, for those clients who are open to it.  Antiques & vintage items are often more challenging to convince clients to incorporate into their homes, because lots of times,because by nature, they're generally imperfect.  Many clients want things in perfect condition and that feel "new" and presenting vintage items is difficult because they're often gone before clients make up their minds... but I'm really going to make even more of an effort at it.  It's been my resolution for the past year or so but this trip totally reaffirmed that the effort is worth it.  

We always leave Market wanting to open a store.  It's been a dream that I've thought about since I was a kid when I saw the pretty store the Witch sister has in Practical Magic... haha   

Whenever we think about the practicality of it though for our family and the financial pressure, it scares us away.  Who knows?  Maybe one day.

Coming home to our boys last night was incredible.  We missed them like crazy.  I am really struggling with going back to work today when I am missing them still so desperately.  I did get in lots of quality time with this guy though, which was amazing:

I'm off to work but hope you enjoyed my Market Recap!!

If you've sent me questions or emails in the past week or so- sorry I've been really busy and probably won't catch up for at least another week or two.  If you don't hear back by then, just email me again.  Thanks so much for understanding!!!

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Katy Costner said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip! I can't get over that wood fridge and your rugs - INCREDIBLE!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Love your market recap! Looks like you had a great time!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Such a great, productive and inspiring the rug! How perfect.

Anna said...

I just learned so much about different styles, and how a professional looks at things from your description of the market. Thank you so much for being so comprehensive and for giving so many details. Hope you can have time with your babies.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Lauren, it looks like you had a fabulous time! I saw so many treasures in the photos that I have to go back and look again to take it all in!

Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


Merlin said...

WOW! You'al hang out with a pretty classy crowd!! Eddie Ross and Jaithan, Scott M....WOW!! franki

Kathysue said...

What a great re-cap. I love seeing it through your eyes!! You have such a unique style sense and I feel like I learn something from you when I read your post. I love design, we are always on the learning curve. My favorite images has to be of you and Eddie and Jaithan! Two of my favorite guys, aren't they just the BEST!!! Glad you and Dave got to spend some quality time together, so important.
Happy belated Bday!

Kim said...

Really enjoyed seeing all the great pieces and rooms you shared in this post! I totally agree that you need to convince your clients to go with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Frankly that's what 'makes' a space, in my opinion.

We pretty much started from scratch when we moved overseas. I brought a couple of wicker pieces I couldn't bear to part with (and wish I'd brought more!) and a couple of Ikea Poang chairs because they didn't take much space in the container. We are gradually finding pieces we love, and it's okay to take our time since we're currently living in a tiny casita (less than 400 square feet) while we build. We love finding good quality pieces in our budget :) Which, I might add, is minuscule. But that's okay because it makes us think outside the box, and we look forward to re-purposing items. For instance, we're trying to figure out how to incorporate my father-in-law's old work bench into either a table or a bar for the kitchen island. For sure no one will have anything exactly like it!

Always enjoy your blog posts, because your style (both in decorating and in writing) are so fresh and honest. Hoping that whatever direction you go professionally, you'll keep blogging about it!

Dawn @ Inspired Living said...

I can not WAIT for you to have your home photographed and published because I'm just dying to see it. I will def buy the print, wherever it ends up being published. I have followed your blog for years now and love your style. Love the Turkish rug you found for your family room.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I've been to busy to go to market this year but I've found that after 5 markets in a row -it all starts to look the same after awhile -even the amazing stuff. It makes me want to, like you, find more unique vintage items so it's not all so cookie cutter. With people able to buy everything new so easily now online -it takes so much out of it that what can a designer bring that is new and unique to a project? just a thought..... said...

you found the most amazing things. i adore the rugs you brought home, and can't wait to see how you use your finds in your clients homes.

Dana Frieling said...

I'm shocked your clients don't jump when you offer/suggest a unique piece. If they're drawn to you as a designer, I'd assume they share your aesthetic somewhat and be secretly dreaming you'd bring those amazing elements to their home too!

Windlost said...

Oh Lauren, it looks like so much fun. I really would love to attend some day if I could get someone to sign me in. haha. Glad you got to meet old/new friends, see Eddie and Jaithan, and make contact with all sorts of wild and amazing new vendors. Love all your finds.
So very Lauren!
xo T.

kandace said...

Gorgeous post... Loved seeing it 'high point' through your eyes (also on Instagram) was telling my boss today about all 'my friends' finds at the show ~ I call you that even though we've never met.. I was also reading the lovely rug story to my husband just now.
Tomorrow we will celebrate our 20 th Anniversary so it was especially touching the part about you liking each other. <3

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Katie mydiyhabits said...

Great Recap and I love love love those rugs...I've been eyeing those online for sometime, they are gorg and love the history!

Janie said...

Great post today. . .so many great things to study (particularly when I'm not in the decorating field).

I'd love to have some of the lucite blocks, both for myself and as gifts to discerning friends. Did you order any? Or can you give me a source?

Glad you are home again with those beautiful children. Janie

Phattone said...

I love those blue tub chairs and the lampshades in the kitchen are amazing. I love the use of semi-industrial fittings in a domestic setting if its done in moderation. Do you know if you can get them in the UK? I have found this shop selling lampshades but the they don't appear to stock them.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Thanks for the recap, Lauren! I have yet to go to Market. Hopefully next year. I always love finding new sources.