I just returned from the Spring Furniture Market in NC, tired but inspired, after 5 days of design bliss. For those of you that might never have been, it is amazing, and near impossible to see it all. It is a city on textile steroids! I have favorites that I checked out, but I also like to visit new vendors, and my good friend MB sent me to several. As I traveled through all the various buildings I began to get a sense of what I see as possible trends in color and styles. I attended a seminar where the panel discussed what they saw, and although I agreed on a couple of things, I saw things a bit differently. If they observed what I did, they did not voice it. However, most seem to agree that Pantone missed the mark with emerald green as the color of the year. You saw green, but mostly vibrant colored green. Many liked the new pieces from Celerie Kimball which will be available soon.
These are what I saw as perhaps, not dominant features by themselves, but consistently throughout the market……….brass is back!!! Bold, burnished or brushed. Especially in the lighting, it was beautiful. Geometric was everywhere……in furniture occasional pieces, lighting, fabrics. Lots of glamour. Color was most vibrant in textiles, especially pillows. Oh my, such gorgeous pillows and fabrics. Texture, lots and lots of texture! I came away with a rather strong impression of recycle-upcycle from many vendors. As well, organic appears to be very strong, with earthy colors maybe coming into their own. Loft and eclectic I think will continue to come on stronger, a style that will work with the newer architectural styles we are seeing in new home construction. Tables, occasional pieces, at different price points and made from recycled woods, with some in a lime washed look, loved them! Linen was pervasive, not just in the expected solid colors. Many are using linen for their vibrant print patterns, visible on pillows, duvet and other linens, and in upholstered pieces. I felt like blues (especially indigo), which never really go out of style, and soft, earthy colors, acting as neutrals might come on strong. Lots of Made in America! With the amazing choices available in lighting, carpets and accessories, the choices are endless, and so exciting. In rugs I really like the worn away look….silky, inviting, with a look of history, yet able to go in rooms from transitional to modern. The Great Gatsby has been remade for the movies, launching in May 2013, and I wonder if we will see any influence extended to design as well, since I saw bits of it around market, and it certainly is seen in jewelry. I am looking forward to the fall and next spring’s market, and seeing if I was anywhere near the mark! Below are some photos I took from the market. Hope you enjoy, and would love for you to share your impressions.
Today’s photos are bedding from Eastern Accents. Always beautiful, I found so many ways I could dress my bed and be supremely happy. The collections include a new introduction from the legendary textile house Scalamandre, called Scalamandre Maison by Eastern Accents. Among other Eastern Accents collections is Lifestyle by Barclay Butera. See all their present and new introductions here at Eastern Accents. I hope you enjoy, and perhaps find some bedding inspiration. Tomorrow I will continue with photos of market finds including some lovely new furniture introductions, as well as whimsical accent pieces. Some fun finds! Until then, thank you for visiting! Laters, charisse
As always, thank you for stopping by! laters, charisse