#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.

Why?…..me

Life is funny….oh and its hard.  Not so much that I scream Edvard Munch style but life can really suck sometimes.  Bills, job, lack of job, under-employing job, over-employing and overly-stressful job, work environment, the corporate ladder (or foot stool), friends, family, relationships, boo thangs and side-pieces, weight gain and loss….oh and my favorite money, money, money (the one thing I never seem to have).  All of this can be a real Debbie Downer when things don’t fall into place.  Sometimes you just need inspiration from something beautiful and I found it in blogs.

I love blogs in all shapes and sizes, genres and leans.  Fashion and street style, food, urban design, gossip and most importantly interior design.  There is something special about an amazing room, an evoking mood board or a hideous abstract painting that makes you ask yourself….”why do I want this shit?”

After perusing the blog-o-sphere for years I realized that I should make my contribution to the design world I so admire and share my own perspective.  With that said, I welcome you to WOdesignDUDE blog…..I am the W.O. the novice connoisseur dude of insatiable design and the trappings of a desirable lifestyle.  For an idea of what to expect, check out pics of things I adore from my favorite blogs

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Ethereal glamour: La Dolce Vita

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Simple, masculine mid-century: Aphro Chic

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My long-term love affair with blue and whites: High Street Market

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Emerald…the “it” color: everything LEB