sneak peek! #hpmkt new furniture preview!

I had so much fun last night.  The hours of my day between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm are usually preoccupied by homework, dinner, and after-school activities.  I might as well have a sign on my car that says Twin Taxi!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though.  Yes, I have a wonderful she-completes-me babysitter — without whom I would have a nervous breakdown — who helps out when I need her, but I am so fortunate to have a job that lets me do what I love and arrange my schedule around my now eight-year old twin boys.

Taylor King OttomanLast night, I managed to sneak away — albeit virtually via Twitter — for a sneak peek of the fantastic new products I’ll be seeing at High Point Market.  Think of High Point Market as the fashion week of furniture.  Twice a year, the world of interior design converges on High Point, North Carolina to see the latest and greatest in furniture, soft goods like pillows and bedding, art, accessories and much more.  Over 2,000 exhibitors fill 11.5 million square feet of showspace.  And that, my friends, is why my feet are sooooo tired every day of market.   

Chelsea House Devon Lamp by Lisa Kahn AllenThere’s so much to see that it is impossible to see everything, which is why I rely on my super-savvy network of designer friends to point me towards product that I might otherwise miss.  Fortunately, High Point Market has also figured out some amazing ways for you to stay in the know.  All of the new products submitted for last night’s Twitter chat are on a Pinterest board, so you can pin and re-pin to your heart’s content!

Kindel Furniture Neoclassic Double Pedestal Dining TableI am in love with the geometric carvings along the bottom of Taylor King’s Josefina Ottoman, shown at the top of this post.  Doesn’t it look super-posh and get-your-hands-off-right-now in that photo?  No need to worry, moms; that awesome fabric only looks delicate!  And wouldn’t that gorgeous architectural lamp — the Devon Lamp from Lisa Kahn Allen for Chelsea House — be the jewelry in just about any space?  It’s a rare piece that manages to be both classic and current, and Lisa nailed it.  If you’ve peeked at my Instagram feed, you know that I met the most amazing 1920s home … which explains my current obsession with all things neoclassical.  Kindel Furniture has been handcrafted in the United States since 1901, and it shows!  Their Neoclassic Double Pedestal Table is destined to be a modern heirloom, with a cerused bark finish and black painted accents to keep the table from being too precious.

Alexis Walter New ArtAlexis Walter, one of my favorite-y favorite artists, is debuting a brand-new series of paintings.  They represent a departure from her previous work, but are every bit as fantastic!  When, oh when, am I going to bring one of these to my house?!?  I’m already angling to put one in a client project.

Tobi Fairley for CR Laine Upholstered ScreenTobi Fairley for CR Laine is one of the most anticipated new collections of upholstery.  Isn’t the Stella Upholstered Screen a showstopper?  I’m so fortunate to have had Tobi as a mentor for the last five years, and I know this collection is going to be something special.  I adore CR Laine already — they carry my Traci Zeller pillows — and I can’t even wrap my head around how incredible their showroom is bound to be this market.

Wink Avis CollectionOh, and this phenomenal photography by Wink Gaines — part of the Rara Avis collection — might need to make an appearance in the HomeArama house I’m designing.  Hello, equestrian community?!  This girl does love a theme … as long as it’s not theme-y.  You understand, right?  

Have I whetted your appetite yet?  Trust me, sweet friends, this is just the beginning!  Head over to the “sneak peek” Pinterest board to see 300+ new products … and remember that you’ll be seeing much, much more via my blog, Twitter and Instagram feed (especially Instagram!) during High Point Market.

homearama 2015: rough-ins, insulation, selections

Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  We’re fast-forwarding a bit again this week.  Lots of important things happened at the HomeArama 2015 construction site … but they weren’t particularly “photo-worthy.”  After the framing was completed, the trades did their rough-ins for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security and more.
Cheval HomeArama Staircase InstalledSouthern Staircase installed both staircases — for which I am especially grateful when I forget my “construction appropriate” footwear.

Cheval HomeArama Stairs Close UpWith the installation of the firebox, you can see the living room begin to take shape.

Cheval HomeArama Fireplace InstalledOf course, as construction continues, I get busier and busier with finish selections!  Unlike most showhouses, the HomeArama 2015 house already has a homeowner … and yes, they are real people with a real budget.  In other words — we need bang for the buck!  It’s one thing to do a showhouse on a pie-in-the-sky budget, but it’s a whole different ballgame when someone else is writing the checks.  But that’s the fun, right?  Because it’s design for real life!

Stone RemnantsDreaming of marble or quartzite, but they aren’t in the budget?  Stone remnants are a fantastic way to get a high-end material for practically the price of fabrication only.  It’s perfect for powder and other secondary baths.

Stay tuned, because I’ll be back next week with another update on the HomeArama house, plus more “real people, real budget, real life” design tips.  Need a quick fix?  Head over to my Instagram (@tracizeller) for updates in real time!

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