This week I spent three glorious days walking the gigantic buildings at the High Point Market with buyer/interior designer friends. Thousands of showrooms touted the latest and greatest new introductions and long-time favorites in furniture, accessories and lighting. The crisp autumn weather was the perfect backdrop for the 70,000+ (wholesale-only) buyers from around the globe who arrive twice a year to buy for their stores and clients.
I love my new business. I travel often, assisting independent shop owners with designing new locations, including window displays, floor plans, color selections and the overall vision. Since I no longer have my retail shop or faux finishing studio, I live vicariously through my clients. They are passionate go-getters full of inspiration they share with customers.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The daffodils are popping up and the white petals from the Bradford Pear trees are drifting in the breeze. Meaning the Spring Furniture Market is here for the week. 80,000 buyers from around the world representing 100 countries. They have converged on our little town in North Carolina to see what’s new in furniture, accessories, rugs, lighting and more for 2014.
One of my favorite things to do is revitalize a shop! I owned a fun home accessories store years ago with three girlfriends. We named it Feather Your Nest, and it was a portion of my faux finishing business, Faux Design Studio. We had a blast with each other on Saturday afternoons, creating new vignettes as we sang to the Oldies, much to the ongoing delight of our customers!
Last week I drove from my home in North Carolina to Norcross, Georgia. My friend Lynn White, stockist of Annie Sloan products and owner of Chalk It Up Norcross invited me there to lead a shop overhaul. Lynn is passionate about painting furniture and she loves to share her expertise in her workshops. She is talented, enthusiastic, and does not shy away from change or asking for assistance.