Last week, I took a much-anticipated trip to Highpoint Market. This market happens twice per year and I have visited 3 times now. The first time I went was with Anthropologie, as a buyer for rugs and lighting. It’s exciting to go back now on my own terms, as an interior designer and business owner.
Every season, I make a list of must-see showrooms. It changes each time, but I have a handful that I stick to for each visit. Each designer has their own reasons why they shop certain places. For me, I choose my top showrooms based of of style first and foremost. I want to select items for clients that are true to my brand and give them something elevated and unexpected - something they can’t source on their own. The second consideration is price point. There are some showrooms I see that serve more as inspiration. I may not choose to shop there often, but if I can bring even just one of their special pieces into a room then I do.
It’s important to visit market to get a sense of an item’s quality and scale in person. I touch all the coffee tables. I open all the dresser drawers. I sit on all the sofas. I do this all so I can confidently recommend pieces to clients that I have personally tried myself. So if, for example, a client loves the look of a sofa I suggested, but is unsure of how comfortable it is, I can say I tested it out and approve the piece.
The Baker Showroom never disappoints. They are the golden standard when it comes to high end furniture design.
The Arteriors Showroom displays the most amazing lighting. Their designs are always innovative and unexpected.
Bobo Intriguing Objects is a vintage lovers delight! Their furniture is has a touch of nostalgia, which I and my clients love.
Made Goods is a staple when it comes to my designs. Their selection is truly unique, using a variety of high end materials in unexpected ways.
Selamat is a boho lovers dream. Their fresh take on furniture makes it easy to create a bohemian paradise for my clients.
If you’re interested in seeing more from my Highpoint travels, I have a highlight on Instagram. While at market, I am always scouting amazing finds for existing and future client projects. I also go to build relationships with vendors and sales reps. What some may see as easy - picking out a coffee table for a living room - actually involves a lot of behind the scenes work. Luckily for me, I enjoy my work and feel grateful to have a job in a field that really interests me. That said, it’s still my job - and I always want to do my job to the best of my abilities. I aim to bring interesting elements into each space I design, create a one of a kind experience for my clients.