High Point Market Spring 2016 Home Decor

LOUNGING & Taking in the Trends #HPMKT

Covering High Point Furniture Market ironically doesn’t leave a lot of time to sit down.  There are 11.5 million square feet of showrooms to cover with 2000+ domestic and international exhibitors to survey in 5 days.  At High Point Market Spring 2016, the irresistible lure of upholstery beckoned buyers to lounge. After all, in our hurried schedules, isn’t RELAXING the ultimate LUXURY?






Plus, I can’t resist photographing the STYLE MAKERS that give High Point Market the cachet of being the capitol of fashion for the home: They inspire our industry.

High Point Market Spring 2016
A “Mad Men” lounging moment on the Piece of Cake ottoman at Ambella Home


Tete-A-Tete Lounging

These curvaceous pieces were made for lounging and conversing.  In fact, during the Victorian era these tete-a-tete (translated to “head to head” in French) were also called Gossip’s Chairs.  Don’t you want to grab a cocktail and linger in one to catch up with your best friend or amante?

High Point Market Spring 2016
A transitional take on on the tete-a-tete. Lynae by Kristin Drohan Collection
High Point Market Spring 2016
This is a clever and elegant conversational vignette at Century with double chaises. The Brookhaven chaise by Thomas O’Brien

Trending Details:  STRAPS & LACING

Equestrian lifestyle was a big design influence last market, and has evolved to include case goods and the mixing of wood and leather straps and laces.

High Point Market Spring 2016
Equestrian details by Julie Browning Bova for Abner Henry: Amish built Structured Steel Table

A much-acclaimed newcomer to High Point Market was Dupuis from Mexico.  Their showroom in The Radio Building was spectacular, a mix of turn-of-the-century ornate architecture mixed with industrial chic, as they opened up the old freight elevator and boiler room to show pieces.

High Point Market Spring 2016
A.R.T. Home Furnishings criss-crossed leather straps over wood for a hand crafted, artisanal look.



This cocktail table and nesting stools from by J. Banks for Abner Henry has loads of personality and functionality.  The Amish made collection looks artisanal and contemporary, and the leather tassels add to the conversation.

High Point Market Spring 2016
The leather tasseled Neely Nesting Stools by J. Banks for Abner Henry #trimspotted at Stanford Furniture

Trending Details: SEXY BACKSIDES

Just like models down the runway, these backside details surprise and delight.  The sleek lines and peek-a-boo quality make these upholstered chairs sexy, don’t you think?

Tub chairs were seen in every showroom, but these by Ambella Home with complicated X-shaped back legs were the sexiest, earning their name Madam X Chairs.

High Point Market Spring 2016
Madam X Chairs with square arms and complicated X shaped back legs are super sexy and glam at Ambella Home

The embellishments at Marge Carson never disappoint.  Pieces are luxurious, with attention to every upholstery detail.  These two chair styles, The Sinatra and Cross Channel are glamorous in distinctly different ways.

High Point Market Spring 2016
A modern applique takes center stage on the Sinatra chair but the backside lacing heightens the drama. Sinatra Dining Chair by Marge Carson
High Point Market Spring 2016
Gorgeous Caterpillar applique runs down the length of this Cross Channel chair from Marge Carson

The Dali chair at Nathan Anthony got tons of Instagram love because it’s so unique and photogenic.  In the words of the designer, Tina Nicole, Dali uses a reverse tufting technique creating a three-dimensional effect similar to a cascade of floating petals. “

High Point Market Spring 2016
The creative “Dali Chair” by Nathan Anthony

One of the most talked about launches at market was Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft.  His design motto is “It’s time to get gorgeous” and he certainly did for this launch with sultry lines and modern embellishments.

High Point Market Spring 2016
Corey Damen Jenkins uses frog closures to diva-cize this wing chair Alexia Wing Chair for Leathercraft

Trending Details: FRETWORK

Fretwork is still going strong as a trend.  Whether printed, knitted, embroidered or stitched with ribbon, it is a graphic design element that bridges transitional and traditional styles.

Kristin Drohan Collection introduced subtle designer details like the Reed Sofaskirted with a fret embroidery at the corner.  And that brass knocker on the arm is a very clever way to introduce a metal finish to the room scheme.

High Point Market Spring 2016
Kristin Drohan Collection Reed Sofa with fretwork detail at the sofa skirt corner.

Trending Details:  BANDINGS & BOXING

High Point Market Spring 2016
Whimsical banding “don’t be like the rest of them, darling…” Kate Spade for Kravet
High Point Market Spring 2016
Greek Key tapes populate the chicest interiors, this one from Lillian August for Hickory White. The pillow boxing fabrication is au courant.


The STYLE MAKERS that give High Point Market the cachet of being the capitol of fashion for the home.  I get especially flattered when they wear trimmings and say “I wore this for you”!

Dispatch on Design + Style

I was thrilled to co-host a live stream BLAB with the fabulous Purely Patricia in the High Point Theater introducing an audience, live and virtual, to our unique market picks.

Much thanks to our sponsors Soft Design Lab’s VIP Market Experience and High Point Market. Both sponsors have posted fantastic market recaps to add to your lingering.

Thanks for virtually lounging with me in High Point, and keep #trimspotting I love sharing your creativity!


  • Comer Shuford Wear

    Thanks for including our Thomas O’Brien for Century Brookhaven chaises in your market recap! Loved reading it all and seeing market through your lense. Counting down until Fall Market and hope to see you at Century again!

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thank you Comer, I always look forward to visiting Century, it is the creme de la creme of HPMKT. The talent of your design team inspires. See you again in the Fall! – Jana

  • Nate O.

    Love the sexy backsides 🙂

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Stealth embellishment right?! Thanks Nate for reading. – Jana

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