“Have a good market!” That’s what the drivers say when you step off the shuttle buses at High Point Market. What I love is that they really mean it.
Everyone at High Point wants you to “have a good market.” The drivers, your fellow designers, the caterers plying you with bubbly water (and bloody Marys), and especially the vendors. It’s a feel-good operation, especially meaningful given the recent hurricane, which left many High Point staffers — and our would-be hotel — still without power upon our arrival.
Nonetheless, it was a great time and highly educational, as always. I don’t bill myself as a “trendspotter,” but this year, 3 design trends were so in our faces that I feel you should know about them.
1. Huge pillows
I mean LARGE. Like 22″ square. I’m always a fan of larger pillows — usually 20″ rather than 18″ — but let me tell you: 22″ is a lot bigger than 20.” They were everywhere, and they looked great.
Intriguingly, we’ve had several clients in the past year who just didn’t like green. Any shade of green. Isn’t that interesting? I’m glad their projects are safely completed, because we’ll have a hard time avoiding green in 2019.
So green is here in a big way — and not just on walls. You’ll see green decorative objects, upholstery, and painted furniture, also.
3. Granny chic
Get ready for a flash of granny style this fall! We saw it in the form of vibrant multicolored floral fabrics and — get this — fringe trim! It’s like chicken pot pie on a blustery day: comforting at first, but potentially sickening if you have too much.
As always, one of the big takeaways from High Point is DETAILS. Leave no pillow untrimmed, no furniture unwelted, no surface without decorative objects. Is it the devil who’s in the details, or the other one? You decide ;)
Annie Elliott | bossy color is a design firm based in Washington, DC. This Wednesday, October 17, come hear Annie participate in a panel discussion on the team approach to home remodeling hosted by Meridian Homes. The seminar and discussion also will feature builder Michael Lerner, realtor Marjorie Dick Stuart, and architect George Myers. Here’s the link to RSVP. I hope to see you there!