Ohh Horchow

Horchow’s new ads for the warmer season are popping up in media depicting what it calls “the new kind of elegance”.  I have always held this brand in high regard because it critically chooses only the best and then places it all together in one centralized catalog.  If you are not familiar, The Horchow Collection is the oldest luxury catalog around and just for an idea of the level of luxuriousness, it falls under the silken corporate umbrella of Neiman Marcus.  Although overall pretty pricey at first glance, it is a great place to get ideas of what is new and haute.  The collection is very lux yet still inviting due to the warm, textured fabrics and the mixture of modern lines with traditional details.  They even brought mod sexy back with good ole wood paneling.  Here are some of my favorites in the new arrivals:

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Center entry table $1,699

Candice Olson (love her) dressers $2,149

Mona Velvet sofa $4,999

Mona Velvet sofa $4,999 and Berger chair $2,249

Cozy Harper pillows $120

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Dining chairs $1,299

Capiz Flower Burst Pendant Light $690

Night & Day Pendant Light $2,220

Mercury Candelstick Lamps $295, Isabella Console $5,599

*All photos courtesy of Horchow Collection

Who knew knotty pine was still where its at?

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#WhatIsaw at High Point Market

I just marked off one of my longest running bucket list items…. attending High Point Furniture Market.  In brief conversation with a good family friend/ designer extraordinaire that was planning to attend the fall market, I blurted out “OMG I have always wanted to go!”  To my surprise she invited me to tag along as a design enthusiest/ maven-in-training.

I have been to High Point many times on random shopping trips and it always had a kinda sleepy drabness to the place, but it surely livens up for market.  The streets buzzed with cars and buses, while busy buyers, dealers and designers scurried the sidewalks and showroom corridors in search of the next big thing.  We walked for miles visiting showrooms where I witnessed the most amazing colors, fabrics, designs and trends that you know I couldn’t wait to share.

Killer Lighting & Dramatic Groupings

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Archaic yet new

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Chicly drink bubbly under these droplets

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Sexy Shagreen Finishes

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Peep the metal and shagreen console

Bold Accessories

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Everybody wave at the Malachite

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You know I love gold and bronze, it weighs on me

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Animated Woods

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Perfect stacked wood for the library stacks

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This is just a taste of the many things I saw, loved, hated and was dazed by.  It was a great introduction and experience I look forward to returning to explore some more.  I guess the old adage really does hold some weight “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  And it paid off big time.

#WhatISaw This Weekend in Liberty

My parents and I had a walk down memory lane (more them than me) as we took the pioneers’ trail down to the big city of Liberty, North Carolina for the semi-annual Liberty Antiques Festival.  Twice a year in the last weekends of September and April, more than 400 dealers from more than 25 states descend on the quaint town of Liberty for the ultimate ho-down of antique furniture, pottery, jewelry, glassware and other fun stuff.  This makes for a great weekend staycation or short trip.  You can get your antiquing on plus eat at the down home vendors serving homemade ice cream, lemonade, kettle corn and Carolina BBQ.  Also, another plus of the festival is that no crafts or reproductions are allowed so you know you are looking at the real deal.  Just make sure you don’t hit a cow on your drive in.

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Free parking and only 7 bucks to enter

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Everybody loves old Coke signs plus the scales are great decor to fill a table top

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Don’t know if these letters still light up but hang em on a wall anyway

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Great room divider to define a space

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Hide your secrets or at least your blankets

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Colored glass to fill glass front cabinets

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Stacked luggage= Side table

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Game table, anyone?

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Needs some TLC but this mantle would be chic in a bold color like black or red

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The jury is still out on these old birds

The jury is still out on these old birds