Monday, October 18, 2010

High Point trend prediction: Color will come back.


On the first day of market, Benji and I continued on our path through the Hamilton district. Hickory Chair's new space was our primary destination. Jay Reardon, president of the company, discussed his passion for making furniture in North Carolina, designed by the luminaries of home decor.  Alexa Hampton, Albert Sack, Thomas O'Brien, Mariette Himes Gomez, and Suzanne Kasler, create and define their aesthetic with the vocabulary of wood, stone, marble and fabric. We are posing with Kathleen of High Cotton.


This Alexa Hampton girl cave, is a bedroom any man would be happy to share. 


Or perhaps you'd rather take your morning coffee here? This is Suzanne Kasler's vignette.


Alexa Hampton continues the family tradition of classic elegance. What could be better than going to the source, to learn balance, harmony and color combinations. Alexa discussed inspirations for her line, and we couldn't wait to page through her new book: The Language of Interior Design.


Wesley Hall, who also manufacturers in North Carolina and creates the Bunny Williams line of furniture,   demonstrates this new, fearless use of color, in their own, beautifully proportioned line. It is a wonderful antidote to the miles of grey scale seen in InterHall. 


We love a bit of it, as it has been a welcome respite from the sea of mahogany, and brown stains that was the single paradigm for case goods for many years.


However, I predict that color is returning to the home. 



I am starting to crave clutter, colors and layers. I feel the warmth of generations in my friend's happy summer refuge. What do you think? Is the new old world of color returning? 

15 comments:

  1. Lovely shots, all! Thanks so much for posting -- I've been too busy to travel, even the short hop to High Point, and you provided a wonderful little 'visit'.

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  2. Fantastic news, as I love to be surrounded by beautiful color. No beige for me!

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  3. I was just talking about High Point to a friend this weekend and how i need to make a trip there. I love colour so these are great! XX

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  4. Color never left for me, but then I am not always in fashion. Love seeing the shots of High Point on the blogs lately. I like your friend's summer refuge - looks cozy and like lots of fun goes on there!

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  5. Oh I wish I could go to High Point, but I love seeing the photos from you! I went to the Hickory Chair showroom in NYC and it was gorgeous!

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  6. Your friend's summer refuge looks like a "home". While allthe beautiful room settings are fun to look at they just might be difficult to live in. I am fearful that in just a few years turquoise, bright orange, grayed furniture and trellis patterns will age our spaces just as the blue and mauve and southwestern finishes of the eighties did. Classics, color or neutrals, just seem to be the best choice. Thanks for sharing high point.

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  7. I think there will always be two camps - those who love color and those who prefer a more neutral palate, but since things are cyclical and we have been in that Belgian look mode for a while, you may be on to something. Fun to visit High Point vicariously with you. Hopefully more to come!

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  8. Liz great post, love your images and adore the Alexa Hampton bedroom!! Delish!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  9. Love the Alexa Hampton line for Hickory Chair and her beautiful aesthetic. Hope you stop by Henredon - Barbara Barry uses our flowers with her furniture!

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  10. Liz--You and Benji were my little Angels that day! I cannot wait for some down time to come and visit you in Winston Salem---! I hope we will be able to see each other possibly in between sets of "E and J"--maybe some kettlecorn! LOL like I told you---I feel like I have known you forever! love ya--Kathleen

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  11. Ya'll are living proof you can't have too much fun! It just keeps going and going and going :) Such of a fan of all those designers! Great photo ops, and I love that blue bedroom with the greek key pillow XOXO! Kel

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  12. YES!!! I am so glad to see some color, Yay!!!

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  13. Liz~ love it all. I have to say, our grocery store produce section was recently totally redone, in grey. Could that be a signal that a trend has peaked, when it hits the grocery store? I wonder....

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