Month: October 2015

More Design Tips From FLS & Market 2015

October 28, 2015

I wanted to wrap up my trip to North Carolina with a few more good tips and trends I learned.


I really enjoyed myself at FLS (FurnitureLand South). It is an ENOURMOUS place, but very well laid out by room and by manufacturer for the average shopper. They carry two of my favorite furniture lines, because of their excellent quality and price, Lexington Home and Huntington House.

lexington Home

Lexington Home

Beautiful furniture and accessories everywhere! I learned that FLS takes great pride in their customer service. They have designers on staff to help you with your shopping experience and they have a ‘white glove’ policy where your furniture will be delivered and put perfectly in place in your home. I always had assumed their prices were expensive and only for the wealthier clientele. They actually have every price budget you could want- from low to very high $$$. I was very impressed with their whole operation.

fls aquarium

This aquarium bed above was only $85,000.00! I don’t know if I could even sleep with that around my head! haha

I also visited a fabric distributor, Greenhouse Fabrics. In their workroom, they keep track of the top 500 fabric patterns by color:



Neutrals are way up in first place with blue in second and reds in third.

So what were my take-aways from my week in FLS and Market 2015?

* The trend toward bringing the outdoors inside is huge! A lot of accessories, lighting and tables shown were made from organic materials.

* Animal prints will continue to be popular.

* Gold fixtures and accessories are moving forward and we will be seeing quite a bit of them.

*  Metallic is popular in fabrics as well as embroidered fabrics.

* I noticed quite a bit of furniture from the 1950’s- Don Draper Style.

* Neutrals are still, and will continue to be homeowner’s choice for their living spaces.

* Grays and browns will be mixed frequently together in rooms.

* Turquoise is still very popular in furnishings, fabrics and accessories.

* Grays are still very popular especially mixed with warm taupes and creams.

Are any of these points a surprise to you? I hope you have learned something new and can use this information for your home planning and future purchases.

What Candice Says About Color

October 24, 2015

new neutrals

Candice Olson- Design Superstar! And she is as nice and down to Earth in real life as she is on TV. She made us laugh with her jokes about her height, (over 6 feet tall!) her husband, her kids and even Chico. She told us that her ‘overnight success’ only took 23 years to achieve!


She spoke to a small group of us last Saturday morning in High Point at my favorite store of the whole Market- Surya. I loved it and you would too. It was on my list to visit because of their accessories. Wow! It was an accessory superstore! Beautiful lamps, rugs, bedding, pillows, poufs, ottomans and so much more.

surya pillows

Here are some of the highlights of what Candice had to say:

She told us that today’s new neutrals transcend style. A core palette of cool grays through warm taupes and creams provide a versatile backdrop for any environment.


We are moving into a very organic phase in home design. The colors being used are a nature inspired palette. We want to bring the outdoors in! Neutrals can be light, such as grays and taupes, or neutrals can be dark such as brown.

candice lroom


candice brown


Her design style is using neutrals and layering the room with contrasts such as texture and patterns. Neutrals are non-committal colors so they bring a long life span to a space and easily changed with pops of color with accessories.

Candice brings life to a room using combinations of light and dark, warm and cool and matte and sheen in paint colors, furnishings and accessories. She likes accessories in small doses that ‘tickles’ the room like pinks and oranges.

Question Time With Candice:

* What do you think of Benjamin Moore’s color of the year- Simply White?

CO: I love it! It’s clean and fresh and works wonderfully with the organic and neutral palettes.

* Is gray going to continue being popular?

CO: Gray is still very popular and will continue to be a strong neutral.

* What other colors are being used in the new neutral color palette?

CO: Greige is becoming even more popular especially working with grays.

* I actually raised my hand like an excited kid and asked her if she thought her Five Favorite Neutrals still worked well and if she still used herself?

CO: Absolutely! I still think they are great colors and I use them often as well as in different shades.

candice chair


It was really exciting meeting her! I do wish I had a better picture with her:

candice and i

I will let you know what she said about blues and blue-green color palettes in my newsletter next week.

I’m not sure how ‘new’ they are, but what do you think of the ‘new neutrals’?  Gray and beige=Greige? Easy to decorate with neutrals? Too boring for you? Soothing? Comforting?

I have to give a shout-out to my friend Julie for taking better notes than me!

Hope you are having great weekend everyone!

Do Area Rugs Work Over Carpet?

October 21, 2015

A question I get asked quite often is, “ Can an area rug be placed over carpet?”

rug over carpet


I have always suggested that if either rug was not very thick, then yes, you can make it work. For instance, I think natural-fiber rugs like jute or sisal can work very well for layering.



Berber rugs will also usually work because they have a thin pile. BUT, I would not try an area rug over a thicker rug like shag.







The reason this subject just came up again was because my sister asked me this same question. She wanted to bring more color into the room with an area rug and wondered how it would look. Her carpet is not thick so I told her to give it a try. And look how nice it came out!:

jill rug

Brings a lot of color in, doesn’t it?

So yes, I do think using an area rug over a carpet can work well in a room.

Do you agree readers? Have you tried to layer an area rug over carpet in your home?

High Point 2015: Spotting the Trends

October 19, 2015

What a wonderful experience! I made sure I did a little researching before I went so that I would not be overwhelmed by the size of the Market. I read up where previous style spotters suggested to visit to get the most out of my few days there. The three buildings that were on my must see list was the IHFC building:


IHFC, International Home Furnishings Center, features the industry’s top manufacturers. Perhaps the most sought-after location within IHFC is InterHall. Located on the first floor, this venue showcases the freshest ideas in home fashion from select up-and-coming exhibitors.

The Transportation Terminal building was my next stop where my favorite stores were located including Surya:


Beautiful bedding, soft goods and accessories galore! Lighting, rugs, ottomans and more! This is where I was fortunate to meet Candice Olson. She is just as funny and nice in real life as on TV.


And the third building on my list was Market Square:


Five floors of unique upscale showrooms in a beautiful former furniture factory that has been transformed into a beautiful exhibition space. Presenting all product categories in more than 100 showrooms.

I hope I was able to give you a visual picture of the buildings I visited. And here are the top trends I spotted:

Organic. Everywhere. I asked the question before I left for market here, “Are geometric textures and organic forms still popular going forward?” The answer is a very definite yes! It was just everywhere in tables, lighting and accessories. I would say it was the most popular ‘trend’ in all of the displays:


branches hp

organic lamps

And wood tones are coming back in our desire to bring nature indoors! I will tell you more on that subject later this week.

The colors that continue to stand strong are turquoise and dark blues:

turquiose desk

Can you see the turquoise lining inside the lamp? I loved it. I did spot quite a bit of rose colored accents and orange is still hot for accent pieces. Grays are still very popular especially mixed with warm taupes and creams:


Poufs and ottomans were also shown in many displays. A wide variety of colors and styles including organic. Very popular at market.

blue market

I really loved that ottoman in the photo above. What struck me was the bright white base with an off-white fabric. Another new trend?


The recycling movement is huge, huge, huge! Reduce, recycle, reuse. It was everywhere at the market.

For example, I saw quite a few book displays in color to use for your home shelving. These books were going to be thrown out by the library and were instead made into works of art:

colored books


Also very popular are items made from old bicycles:


recycler table


Very cool. Do not throw those old bikes away!

Here was an interesting idea on recycling:

paint cans

Using old paint cans as artwork:

paint mirror


What’s new in lighting? Well, outdoor lighting of course:

outdoor lamp

inside outdoor lamp

Do you see the waterproof jar over the light bulb? Genius.

Are starburst mirrors still trending? Yes, they were in many of the showrooms. I fell in love with love this mirror from the John Richard Collection:

sunna mirror

If you would like to read more on the ‘behind-the-scenes’ at High Point Market, there is a wealth of information here. Next time I will share with you my time with Candice Olson and her thoughts on neutrals, blue-green paint colors and much more!

Any other questions you are wondering about what was trending at Market?

Back Home From High Point Market 2015

October 18, 2015

I arrived home today from my adventure at High Point Market and Furnitureland South with my IRN friends from all over the States and Canada. What an exciting and educational trip I had!

hp pillows

I am going to give you all the details later this week but I wanted to share a few highlights because my head is just bursting with information.

hp books

The best part of my trip was meeting Candice Olson. She is my all time favorite designer:


She is just as charming and funny in real life! We were able to ask her questions about color and design which I will tell you all about this week. She said that people are still asking her about Chico. haha

candice rug

The first two days of the conference were held at Furnitureland South which is the largest furniture store in the world. The place is enormous! We had several great, educational seminars from companies such as Houzz, Resale Ready® Home Staging, an Art Gallery, a new design show that is launching soon, Take Five and we also learned about biophilia. No it is not a disease! It actually is what the design world is moving toward for the future.



High Point Market was amazing! I explained here how large the market is and I saw for myself just how big it actually is! I will let you know all the new trends and answer all those questions you and I wondered about.


pink truck

Although I had a wonderful time, I am glad to be home and happy I will be able to share all the latest new trends and ideas with you. See you tomorrow everyone!

Off To High Point Market

October 13, 2015

I am getting so excited for my trip tomorrow! I am headed to North Carolina to attend the Fall 2015 High Point Market Week. I am meeting up with a group of designer friends from the Interior Redecorators Network.



Our group is invited for an exclusive private tour of High Point Market on Thursday, which is where home fashion trendsetters go to see the top home trends highlighted. It is the largest furniture store in the world! We are arriving on Wednesday and it is open to the design community on Friday. To give you an idea how large and popular High Point is:

The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

Current Demographics
  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showplace
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

This will be my third visit to High Point. I am registered as a buyer this year and I have researched where I would like to visit most. This time I am going with a well-planned itinerary!



My passion this year is accessories! Rugs, pillows, bedding and fabric. I love looking at new mirror’s, accent tables, lamps and artwork! So much fun.

I even have a list of questions I am going to research:

What is the new ‘Color Story’? Which colors are trending now?

Are geometric textures and organic forms still popular going forward?

What shape and design is new for coffee tables? ( I need a new table!)

Are animal heads still popular in accessories?

What’s new in lighting?

Are starburst mirrors still trending?




I would love if you could comment a question you would like to know and I will find out for you!

What I will be learning next week is amazing! Not to mention seeing old friends and making new connections and friends. I can’t wait to share everything with you when I return! I will be sharing photos on Instagram if you can’t wait to see!