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Postcards from High Point Market

By April 24, 2019Diary


As you probably know, High Point, North Carolina (our hometown!) hosts the twice-annual furniture market in the Spring and Fall, aka High Point Market, when buyers, editors, influencers, marketers, and more descend to see the latest and greatest finds. Think of High Point Market as the furniture equivalent of, let’s say, Fashion Week.

Spring “Market,” as everyone calls it, took place just over a week ago, and John and I had a blast. We made amazing connections, launched a product line (and celebrated past product line launches), hosted several dinners, attended meetings, appeared on television, and walked and walked.

Here are just a very few snapshots from the whirlwind that is Market. Amazing, exhilarating, exhausting!

At Market, John and I launched the Swizzle Stick Collection by Madcap Cottage for Newport Cottages, an invitation to bring sophisticated, witty color into your home against a backdrop of timeless Chinoiserie-inspired design. Think faux bamboo, fretwork, and fantastic flourishes that surprise and delight. These are hardworking pieces that are glorious today and tomorrow and that are rooted in history but move the needle forward. Inspired by the Madcaps’ far-flung travels, this exceptional collection truly brings the adventure home. Layer in a rich Madcap color palette and the mix is absolutely electric. Made in America. Available in any color. And we designed the Newport Cottages booth at buzzy InterHall to bring the storyline to life. Here, Fifth Avenue parquet flooring from Shaw Floors that we used in the space in two color ways to really bring the floor to life with Little Cecil sitting pretty. Stunning, no?

John installs the Madcap Cottage for Mirth Studio collection of digitally printed wood floor tiles in a corner of the Newport Cottages booth. Look at John go with that rubber mallet!

Cristy Alvarez, the amazing co-owner of Newport Cottages, takes one for the team and steams the Mill Reef in Palm fabric canopy hanging over a corner of the Madcap Cottage area of the booth. Look at the pile of boxes and such behind her—so much work goes into bringing Market to life.

John is fantastic with arranging flowers and brings his talented eye to the carnations that will go into the Newport Cottages booth. John spent years as a magazine stylist, so he is amazing with flowers and steaming bedsheets and such.

Here’s the finished Newport Cottages booth with the front corner highlighting the Madcap Cottage collection, all customizable and made in California. Note the Madcap rugs from Momeni, Madcap lighting and accessories from Port 68, Madcap wallpaper from York Wallcoverings, Madcap floor tiles from Mirth Studio, and Madcap Cottage bedding that will launch next year. John’s flower arrangements looked just great in the space, imbuing a sense of fun and whimsy.

John and I are crazy for High Point’s Bienenstock Furniture Library, one of the world’s largest design libraries. The library is a real gem open to all and sits but blocks from the House of Bedlam, our home. During Market, the Bienenstock folks asked us to film a video talking about the wonders of the library and we happily obliged. We look a tad serious here, though! Long night the day before.

Bill McLoughlin, the wonderful Editor in Chief of Furniture Today, asked us to join him for a design conversation to air on the local Fox network. John wasn’t feeling well, so he slept in… I can certainly talk, so no worries. What fun!

John and I are crazy about Fabricut fabrics so we paid a visit to their Market showroom event and rubbed shoulders with the likes of the Traditional Home magazine team, Danielle Rollins, and Billy Ceglia. John wore an English sport coat that was especially jaunty.

Kindel Furniture is an amazing source for very luxe, made-in-America furniture. We attended an event at Market where we showed off the custom Facets cabinet that we designed using our favorite Gracie Studio wallpaper. Here you can see Gracie Studio wallpaper in the Kindel foyer with the Dorothy Draper American Baroque Mirror from Kindel’s collection. What a stunning showroom entrance!

Here’s the Facets chest that John and I custom designed for Kindel. How about the Gracie Studio wallpaper on the face of the piece? What a stunner!

Barclay Butera custom-colored the Madcap Cottage Windsor Park fabric for his bedding collection at Eastern Accents. Chic, no?

John and I purchased a fabulous vintage sectional at the Antique & Design Center from exhibitor Amanda Lane Kinney who has a terrific eye.

Cecil comes to see the gang at Newport Cottages, including co-owner Cristy Alvarez who takes a well-deserved break.

The Port 68 showroom that showcases the Madcap Cottage collection of patterned lighting and accessories. The team at Port 68 is amazing, and we are so lucky to be in the mix. Note how we mix all of our licenses amongst the various showrooms. Here, Momeni rugs and York Wallcoverings wallpaper from Madcap Cottage help bring the Port 68 “brand storyline” to life.

The amazing Momeni showroom highlighting the Madcap Cottage collection of rugs that ranges from indoor-outdoor to natural fiber, recycled plastic, cotton, and wool. Here, the Madcap Embrace Adventure Road to Canton rug makes a dramatic statement on the wall. On the floor, a Get Smart novelty rug featuring our pug Weenie sits atop a Roman Holiday rug in Green and a Bailey’s Beach rug in Pink. Deliciously chic and affordable!

A close-up view of the Madcap Cottage for Mirth Studio digitally printed wood floor tiles. There are four patterns in the collection that can be mixed and matched as you wish.

With Sally Bennett, the charming and super-talented owner of Charleston, SC-based Mirth Studio.

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