Nothing but a 25 pound pile of whitish scruffy cuteness could pry me away from the last 1.5 days of the High Point Market and that's just what happened when we realized our house guests were checking out a night early. Ozzie, a terrier mix, had been in the care of a wonderful rescue league in our area and was residing with his Foster mom, Janet when we made the decision to welcome him into our new home. But, because he is somewhat people shy, we thought it best to wait until our home routine had returned to "normal" before bringing him in.
Being home with our new furbaby actually gave me time to reflect on what I'd just experienced the past few days. Market is always a whirlwind of activity - eye candy overload, meeting incredibly talented and diverse people, and catching up with industry veterans. Previewing market products isn't for the faint of heart and can be accomplished a month prior in-person or at the comfort of your own device by reading one of many blogs and articles such as this one from DesignInColorNYC.com (shameless plug).
I so enjoyed seeing my former Sherwin-Williams colleagues present their brand's color forecasts with all the enthusiasm and passion they conveyed. Surprise jaunts to places like Pandora's Manor Bed and Breakfast had me stunned; I had no idea this project was shaping up just miles down the road from me and also, that I must have a tiny affinity for classic, traditional design buried deep within. Thanks for unearthing that Eastern Accents!
I am currently setting up accounts and confirming others with some incredible vendors and manufacturers. So far, Ozzie has approved of all my choices. One of the highlights at market was in the Surya showroom when I was posting a photo of the pillow I fell in love with - it had waves of gray and brown and was in the softest faux fur that begged to be snuggled with. Seconds later, a FB friend requested I add 2 of the same to be sent to her and their rescued dog for their new home. Bam! I love technology.
My mantra....always, always take every opportunity to learn. One downside of missing the last few days was missing talented speakers. However, I did pack in as many seminars as I could in the first few days, many of which conflicted another's schedule so it was literally a coin toss in many cases.
A shout out to a new and brilliant company called Three Pears Productions which will surely delight designers and consumers with new products featuring a talented artist. I love my swag Three Pears scarf btw!
I think someone needs to go for a walk now...he's one spoiled little guy already.
These images should keep you happy and inspired until next Spring's market!