Many of you know that I used to co-own a shop called Feather Your Nest with friends here in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was operated in conjunction with my former faux finishing studio, Faux Design Studio.
Of course, owning a shop means shopping the High Point Furniture Market.
One vendor I discovered years ago with my designer friend Sandra Barron was Blue Ocean Traders. Owner Jason Mulvene has made his company a top source for vintage American, European, Asian, Egyptian, and Indian furniture and accessories. For my store, I found items that coordinated well with the painted furniture and finds we offered. In my finishing studio, I bought furniture and accessories for the décor and ambiance, and often visitors twisted my arm to sell them.
Now that I am a consultant for DIY paint products and a blogger, I still love Blue Ocean Traders for photography props and a client here and there.
Blue Ocean Traders’ hosts the eclectic Gypsy Marketplace right near the hub of Market buildings. It is a giant dusty, crusty 20,000 square foot warehouse packed with my favorite goodies. It’s where you can load up your truck full of cash and carry treasures for your store or client, or place an order.
It’s for store buyers and interior designers and not open to the public. But you can enjoy some eye candy, right?
There is always a plethora of gorgeous iron just waiting for a home and creative installation.
And extra tall wooden door sets of all kinds that make me want to move so I can buy my favorite ones to greet my guests at a fabulous entrance.
This year’s new introduction of furniture finishes featured primarily bright color combos, very washy and distressed, on furniture with simple lines.
Perfect fun accents in large or even small rooms.
This spring, Blue Ocean once again features magnificent mounds of rich, eye-popping amethyst and crystals galore. Imagine one of these gracing a long dinner table. Stunning.
Never forget to look up! A magical display of crystal lighting turns this mundane warehouse into a fairy tale.
Where a little painted pink metal cabinet waits patiently for the perfect buyer to claim her.
A mystical forest of wooden trees flank upcycled metal artwork begging for a giant mantel atop a cavernous fireplace to cast an artsy spell.
The white china trend marches on these days, and so do these loveliest of teapots and accompanying pieces, all at the ready for a perfect afternoon soirée.
Ultimately, as always, peeling paint makes my heart sing. I was really singing today!
I especially like their motto, “there’s nothing more green than vintage.”
If you’re a buyer or interior designer in town for the Furniture Market, be sure to stop at Blue Ocean Traders’ showroom and Gypsy Marketplace at 105 Depot Place in High Point, NC.