my high point market plans!

I cannot believe that it’s time for High Point Market again!  Time flies when you are having fun, right?!  I’ve been busy putting together my long list of vendor visits, educational seminars and — of course — socializing.  Believe you me, there’s no better place to mix business and pleasure.  After all, my non-designer friends can only take so much of my incessant chitter-chatter!  

Brentwood Classics Fall 2015Fingers crossed that the sun comes out for market!  It’s no fun walking around High Point in the rain — and today it’s been raining cats and dogs.  On days like this?  Me + this room (comfy Prentice sofa from Brentwood Classics) + a roaring fire = sounds like heaven.  The colors are rich, the materials are luxe and the atmosphere is cozy.  This room just feels like fall is supposed to feel!  Happy. Sigh.

But back to my planning.  Here’s a quick tip for those who haven’t made the trek to High Point before — use the My Market planner on the market website.  The My Market planner lets you organize the vendors you plan to visit by name, building or shuttle stop.  It’s the best (only?!) way to maximize your (always too brief) time and minimize your (always too much) walking.

Brentwood Classics Darwyn ChairWhat’s tops on my list this market?  I’m super excited to have partnered again with Brentwood Classics, and I cannot wait to see their latest introductions!  Isn’t the barrel-backed Darwyn chair a chicly modern take on the traditional wing chair?

Brentwood Classics Leather Cut Velvet FabricsI am also harboring a not-so-secret desire to drool over the new fabrics that Diana Sisto, Brentwood Classics’ creative director, sourced in Lake Como, Italy.  How yummy are those luxe cut velvets and leathers and mohairs?  No. Words.

Leather Table at Brentwood Classics Workroom FloorAll Brentwood Classics furniture is benchmade in Canada, so their craftsmen have been hard at work to get everything ready and shipped down to High Point.  I love that Brentwood Classics has such a strong tradition of hand-craftsmanship, just like we value here in North Carolina.

Twin B in Quebec CityPerhaps I can send Twin B up north for an internship?  As you can see, he’s already a big fan of “designed and manufactured in Canada.”

Brentwood Classics Workroom FloorWait.  Is that a Catherine chaise I see?  Memo to self:  Find room in own house for a chaise.

Brentwood Classics Catherine ChaiseIf one of these lil numbers finds their way to the showroom floor … well, you might find me there at the end of a long day (or two or three).  I hope they bring the fur throw, too.  Ha!

What’s on your wish list?  Let me know, and I’ll keep my eyes open!

All photos courtesy of Brentwood Classics.  Except Twin B mugging for the camera.   In Spring 2015, High Point Market paired me with Brentwood Classics as a sponsored blogger; we had so much fun that we decided to do it again!   I’d love to meet you in the showroom, so if you’ll be there, give me a shout and let’s connect.

tz essentials: leather flip flops

I don’t much care for flip flops.  Should I even admit that?  I’m on board with flip flops for pedicures or the pool, but otherwise … it’s a no-go for me.  I think it’s the same reason you won’t catch me in ripped jeans.  Just not my vibe.

Gap Leather Flip Flops TanBut I’ve made an exception.  Bekah with The Erica Hanks Studio struck again … and I’m crazy about these leather flip flops.  To my surprise, the nude leather and minimal vibe of this pair works for me.  Somehow they seem more polished than your “average” flop.  Or am I justifying.  Hmmmm.  Either way?  Happy summer footwear for me!

Product photo via Gap.  Tannery, my favorite color, appears to be sold out, but I’ve noticed it come in and out of stock several times.  So keep checking!    

traci zeller