Saturday, April 19, 2014

High Point Market Highlights April 2014



After five straight days of hoofing it through market, I hopped a bus to Lexington, Kentucky with the High Point Garden Club and the Bienenstock Furniture Library. We visited beautiful historic houses not to mention Keeneland. More about that later... meanwhile let me send you a round-up on High Point highlights from the April 2014 market. Below we have the ever gracious and talented Mariette Himes Gomez of Hickory Chair showing her classic, clean and completely elegant line of furniture.  We just cannot help leading with one of our favorite furniture companies in the world!!

Mariette's luxurious Syrie Maugham sofa recalls the elegance of the '30's and 40's with a silk satin fabric articulating the luxurious glamor of the era.

You need to wear this on the sofa! 

Mariette's Porter Divan dons a creamy leather with impressive trapunto detailing on the back illustrating the virtuoso workmanship executed by the artisans of Hickory Chair.

Alexa Hampton uses her showroom as a design laboratory. Absolutely no designer at market shows such range in style, but the extra push creates great anticipation from High Point devotees. It trains our eye to visualize the elasticity of her line in a seemingly unlimited parade of genres.

We were all in awe of the fact that Alexa created all of the collages and paintings in her showrooms. This year her inspiration came from a book that she read as a young girl in her father's library: La Réussité de la Decoration Française, vols. I & II.  Channeling the unmistakeably chic Gallic aesthetic, these rooms speak of old world luxury layered and collected from past generations through the present.

Suzanne Kasler revived these fabulous DeGournay panels from years ago. Known for her serene and feminine spaces, Suzanne adds exquisite dressmaker tapes, nail heads creating rooms that are livable, finished and fresh.

French inspired twin beds kick into the millennium with a slightly elongated headboard. A bold Phillip Jeffries painted graphic wall covering, hung on a single surface, energizes the space without dominating the scene. Bright tribal patterns with a casual striped area rug balance elegance with a low-key interesting collected sophisticated vibe. Suzanne's interiors are like meeting a famous person and discovering that they are highly companionable!

We love Chelsea House as their line ticks all our requirements for our online store and residential clientele. Great Prices--check...Great Workmanship--check....Great style--check.....Multi-tasking transitional pieces--check. Lisa Kahn is the guiding light of design in this atelier and we hit it for several days at market. If you don't go, its like going to New York and eating fast food--you'd be missing the boat!

There's a small new crop of 19th century reproduction casino chairs popping up in various showrooms. C.R. Laine's version has the best leather, scale and price of the few I'm grooving on lately. I start to think that I am crazy, but Shay Geyer did Style Spot it, so another set of eyes share my quirks. May I add that it is wonderfully comfortable as a dining, desk or occasional chair.

All of design and media land came out for the Mary McDonald launch at Chaddock. It was fabulous, and I hadn't been in Chaddock since they showed their fare up on Hamilton. Things have changed... I can only identify Newell Turner of Hearst and Mary McDonald in this image, but it was slammed with "The Talent." We loved seeing our old friend Jay Reardon, previously of Hickory Chair and current chairman of the executive committee at Chaddock also sitting on their board. Margaret Russel and her stable of editors was there as well as the Traditional Home girls. 

I was excited to meet David Easton and view his collection. He's a charmer that one, but in my humble opinion his work is in The Great Tradition, confirmed by the fact that he knelt down and kissed my hand. I was blushing.....

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Getting Ready for Market -- All Eyes on Modern History

As we are getting ready for The High Point Furniture Market, we wanted to share our interview with Michael Beaver, the hands on owner of Modern History.  He is a second generation furniture manufacturer with a trained eye for style, finish and scale. We follow the history of these exquisite pieces as they travel from the flea market in Paris, overseas to their artisanal factories where meticulous detail is executed. Within the vast array of product offerings at market, this line is exemplary on every level. 


Visit The Modern History Showroom
430 N. Wrenn Street
Contact Karen Kepley
336-259-9198
or 
Liz at Dovecote Decor 
for an appointment
336-705-1316
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Alexa Hampton Tutorial at High Point Furniture Market October 2013: A Fresh Take On Traditional Floral Chintzes

Alexa Hampton's showroom at Hickory Chair in October 2013 was a style lesson in how to create fresh young rooms for today's new home owners. Color is rich, finishes are varied and graphic patterns are sophisticated combining to create a completely comfortable individual design statement. With a myriad of custom options Alexa explains how she approaches a project and explains how to mix multiple patterns and colors for a collected layered room with both variety and flow.



Fabric and Wallpaper Links

If you would like to buy Hickory Chair  Furniture
or fabric from any of these vendors
please contact Dovecote Decor!
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liz@dovecotedecor.com
336-705-1316
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Junior League of Winston-Salem Tour of Fine Spaces 2014


On Saturday, March 22 2014 The Junior League of Winston Salem will present their Tour of Fine Spaces from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Ten houses showcasing stellar collaborations between home owners, architects, interior designers, cabinet makers, flooring/tile specialists and builders are open to inspire your next project. Our starting spot will be at Schiffman's, as ticket holders may mingle there from 9-11 a.m. enjoying mimosas and other culinary treats from local chefs, wineries and artisan coffee brewers. So we will start and finish at 137 S. Stratford Rd. across from the Midtown Cafe and Dessertery.

1.Head northeast on S Stratford Rd toward Miller St - 0.1 mi
2.Take the 1st left onto Country Club Rd/Stratford Rd N - 46 ft
3.Turn left onto Country Club Rd - 0.8 mi
4.Turn right onto Westview Dr N - 0.2 mi
5.Take the 2nd right onto Forest Dr
Destination will be on the left
 - 207 ft
Arrive at Stop 1 - 2655 Forest Dr. Winston Salem North Carolina
 Sponsored by Icon Custom Builders
6.Head west on Forest Dr toward Westview Dr N - 207 ft
7.Take the 1st left onto Westview Dr N - 0.1 mi
8.Turn right onto Reynolds Dr NW
Destination will be on the right
 - 0.1 mi
Arrive at Stop 2 - 2747 Reynolds Drive Winston Salem North Carolina

 Sponsored by June DeLugas Interiors, Custom Homes by Hamrick and Twin City Custom Cabinets
9.Head west on Reynolds Dr NW toward Pine Valley Rd - 167 ft
10.Take the 1st left onto Pine Valley Rd - 492 ft
11.Take the 1st right onto Country Club Rd - 0.3 mi
12.Turn left onto Plymouth Ave
Destination will be on the left
 - 0.2 mi
Arrive at Stop 3 - 2935 Windsor Rd. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Emily Taft

13.Head north on Plymouth Ave toward Fairfax Dr - 0.2 mi
14.Turn left onto Country Club Rd - 0.4 mi
15.Turn right onto Sherwood Forest Rd NW - 0.4 mi
16.Turn right onto Silas Creek Pkwy - 0.6 mi
17.Turn left onto Pennington Ln NW
Destination will be on the left
 - 0.2 mi
Arrive at Stop 4 - 3320 Pennington Lane Winston Salem North Carolina

18.Head west on Pennington Ln NW toward Yorkshire Rd NW - 0.2 mi
19.Turn right onto Archer Rd - 0.4 mi
20.Turn left onto York Rd - 46 ft
21.Take the 1st left onto N Peace Haven Rd - 1.9 mi
22.Turn right onto Mountain View Rd NW - 0.4 mi
23.Take the 2nd left onto Rockmont Dr NW
Destination will be on the left
 - 210 ft
Arrive at Stop 5 - 305 Rockmount Dr. Winston Salem North Carolina

24.Head north on Rockmont Dr NW toward Laurel View Dr NW - 210 ft
25.Turn right onto Mountain View Rd NW - 0.4 mi
26.Turn left onto N Peace Haven Rd - 2.1 mi
27.Turn right onto Robinhood Rd - 1.6 mi
28.Turn left onto Kearns Ave
Destination will be on the left
 - 0.1 mi
Arrive at Stop 6 - 936 Kearns Ave Winston Salem North Carolina

Sponsored by Susan Bradford Designs and timberwolf designs
29.Head north on Kearns Ave toward Dearborn St - 0.2 mi
30.Take the 1st right onto Dearborn St - 338 ft
31.Turn right onto Vernon Ave
Destination will be on the right
 - 318 ft
Arrive at Stop 7 - 968 Vernon Avenue Winston Salem North Carolina
@Day 0 
Sponsored by timberwolf design and Susan Bradford designs
32.Head south on Vernon Ave toward Robinhood Rd NW - 0.2 mi
33.Turn left onto Robinhood Rd NW - 0.3 mi
34.Turn right onto Roslyn Rd
Destination will be on the right
 - 400 ft
Arrive at Stop 8 - 830 Roslyn Rd. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Cabinet Studio, Emily Taft, Quinn N. Pillsworth, JALA, and QFC inc
35.Head north on Roslyn Rd toward Robinhood Rd NW - 400 ft
36.Take the 1st right onto Robinhood Rd NW - 1.0 mi
37.Turn right onto Reynolda Rd - 0.5 mi
38.Continue onto West End Blvd - 0.1 mi
39.Turn left onto Brookstown Ave
Destination will be on the right
 - 0.2 mi
Arrive at 1204 Brookstown Ave. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by McCullough Tile

40.
Head southeast on Brookstown Ave toward W 5th St - 0.3 mi
41.Turn left onto 2nd St W - 0.6 mi
42.Turn right onto N Liberty St - 0.4 mi
43.Continue onto Old Salem Rd - 0.5 mi
44.Turn left onto Walnut St SW - 354 ft
45.Turn right onto S Main St
Destination will be on the left
 - 292 ft
Arrive at Stop 10 - 921 South Main St. Winston Salem North Carolina


Sponsored by Wilson-Convington Construction Company

Buy your tickets online HERE. Let's meet at Schiffman's at 10:30 and go together!
We will have great fun while supporting the hardworking and wonderful women of the Junior League of Winston Salem

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fashion and Decor Embrace The Divine Feminine!

After the cruelest winter to wit, we are all looking for a mood elevator to leap into Spring. Fashion and Decor decant from the same cultural elixirs. What we are seeing is the resurgence of color, florals, embroidery and I will add the "L" word--luxury.  In the interior design world floral chintzes are emerging with bold graphics and Indian paisleys. Rich hand embroidered silks are expanding their real estate section in the racks of the textile showrooms.


 Alexander McQueen at Saks on Worth Avenue


Sumptuous hand embroidered draperies from Designers Guild. Yes, I want to wear it!
  

 Frida Giannini, as Gucci's  creative director (successor to Tom Ford) shifted the  emphasis from typography and initials to iconic patterns from their extensive library of pattern and design. While this new style got the thumbs down from the fashion critics, consumers snapped up these Gucci heritage inspired bags. 



Mariette Himes Gomez at Hickory Chair treated us to a pleasant return to the classic Lee Jofa Althea print, smartly mixing in a relaxed check with a humble mattress ticking, balancing a fresh traditional aesthetic. I hail from the days when we started a room with a floral chintz and the room came together exactly like this. I'm all in for the bit of sunlight to the look I love. 
Then, for October market, Alexa Hampton takes it to another level. 


Alexa stirs up a delicious cocktail of a room incorporating graphic plums, warm green velvets, John Robshaw and Muriel Brandolini Indian patterns with the Cowtan and Tout floral chintz as the fulcrum for the room scheme. 

Alexa Hampton gave us a finger wagging style lesson in her Hickory Chair space last October. It was a brilliant idea to work with a floral chintz to show young people, who might never have considered using this traditional stand-by. We are back to the future of florals in fashion and interior design. Bring on the Spring!! 
More Later!!
Liz
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more design ideas for your home!
336-705-1316
liz@dovecotedecor.com










Monday, March 10, 2014

Shopping the Dixie Highway with Jane Schott of Empress of the Eye 2014


Jane Schott, pillow designer, textile lunatic and blogger extraordinaire and I reconnected to hit her home turf--The Dixie Highway. As we cruised the world famous art and antiques row, Jane explained how much the area has grown since our last foray, which is indeed good news.  We started at Brass Scale Antiques and it was hands down my favorite. It is no mistake that Jane trades at Brass Scale. Judy, the owner is The Grande Dame of the corridor.

 
Many of Judy's finds end up in my neck of the woods. Her distinctive collections of English Ceramics, Dottie Thayer pottery, French and British antiques, chic chinoiserie, are expertly sourced with over 30 years of scouring and scouting. This is unquestionably your first stop.


Below: a fabulous faux book shelf door. You could build an entire industry around this concept.
Sleuth that I am, I love sneaky doors! 


Behold the enticing front window vignette!! 


Next we bounced down the street to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to see the Lilly Pulitzer Estate Sale. We were not about to miss the most defining iconic moment of Palm Beach in the 60's.


God Bless you Lilly Pulitzer! If anyone invented one of the greatest uniforms of all time--it was you!! Throw the shift over your head, zip up the back, slip on a pair of Jack Rogers sandals, drink coffee. May I mention--toss the shift in the washing machine and then give it a shake when it comes out of the dryer. 

 In my opinion an entirely fair price
A Venetian Baroque Style Painted Occasional Table, Height 29 1/4 x width 27 x depth 21 3/4 inches.
Estimate: $500 to $700

Sold for: $2,250
 Seriously under estimated but a fair price for a pretty piece with provenance
An Italian Neoclassical Painted and Parcel Gilt Side Table, Height 30 7/8 x width 35 1/4 x depth 24 inches.
Estimate: $600 to $800

Sold for: $2,750
 This was a deal!
An Italian Neoclassical Painted and Parcel Gilt Center Table, Height 31 3/8 x width 89 1/4 x depth 37 1/7 inches.
Estimate: $3000 to $5000

Sold for: $5,000

 Ten Times High estimate!! What's going on? 
A Victorian Bamboo and Lacquer Bedroom Suite, Height of bed overall 94 x width 68 x depth 84 inches.
Estimate: $1000 to $2000

Sold for: $22,500


Next, we ran around the corner to Hive, a spectacular upscale new home, garden and gift store. Brain child of local interior designer Sara McCann, Hive is a clean curated design studio and home furnishings destination. To quote Jane: "Delicious!!"

Sara and I visiting at HIVE
How about this chic Palm Beach lacquered office? My Instagram feed went crazy over these amazing mid-century acrylic and rattan chairs with an up to date  China Seas Lyford Print in Jungle Green.


Serene coastal vignettes are expertly staged for a relaxed, fresh custom room ready to go!!


 More Later!! 

  •                                                              3721 South Dixie Hwy
  •                                                     West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
(561) 832-8410

1608 S. Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida
 (561) .833.8053

424 Palm St.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 514-0322

If you would like to go to the High Point Market with us
April 5th - 10th
336-705-1316
liz@dovecotedecor.com


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