March 12, 2014

the trends you’ll see at april’s high point market

Can someone please explain how (a) it has been the longest winter ever, yet (b) I barely blinked and it’s already mid-March?!  What (b) means in my world, of course, is that High Point Market is just around the corner!  And I couldn’t be more excited … especially because — after attending ITMA Showtime, the largest decorative fabric show in the United States — I already know what fabulous things are in store.

Pearson Furniture Fabrics for Spring High Point MarketThese stacks and stacks of fabrics?  Oh, just the samples that Jennifer McConnell, Pearson Furniture‘s incredibly talented Vice President of Design, collected during her treks around Showtime.  From these stacks, Jennifer — and her counterparts at numerous other furniture companies — will cull their favorites to create color stories, decide which fabrics to introduce into their collections, and create the gorgeous showrooms that draw us in before we even open the door.

Classical Elements Decorative TapeOf course, I have my own favorites … and here’s what I’m hoping (read: expecting) to see in April.  Trim is in, and nobody does it better than Classical Elements and their very own Trim Queen.  I’m captivated by the range of color in this decorative tape, which — just for example — would take a pillow from simple to spectacular.

Robert Allen Shimmer LinenDid someone say shimmer?  I hope so, because I love shimmer!  Robert Allen never disappoints, and I am crazy for their Alchemy linen.  Alchemy isn’t a new introduction, but I think we’re going to start seeing more of it.  Linen + shimmer = happy Traci.

De Leo Textiles Velvet Shimmer FabricMmmmmm …. velvet.  With shimmer.  I mean, how could that not be good?!  Please tell me someone put this De Leo Textiles fabric in their line because I need it in my life.

Home Accent Fabrics Snakeskin FabricAnimal prints are truly a classic and the one print that I never tire of using.  I’m seeing a snakeskin revival, and this … wait for it … shimmery version from Home Accent Fabrics by Ronnie Gold is gorgeous.   Ronnie’s fabrics were all over October’s market, and mark my words, this hot little number is showing up somewhere.

Moore Giles LeatherPlease don’t think it’s all about neutrals, though!  I was beyond captivated by the unbelievable array of rich, saturated leathers at Moore & Giles, and you’ll love the colorful new prints from fabric powerhouses like Duralee.  The new Tilton Fenwick collection?  Unbelievable.

American Silk Mills WatercolorLooking for something on the lighter side?  Maybe this American Silk Mills watercolor is more like it!   I. Was. Dying.  I believe Celerie Kemble used it on her Henredon upholstery last market, but this fabric is still looking for a home.  I hope, hope, hope another manufacturer or distributor has picked it up!

American Silk Mills VelvetI adore soft, luxurious silk fabrics — velvets, jacquards, you name it.  Would you have guessed we have that kind of production right here in the United States?  American Silk Mills produces its yarns and weaves its fabrics in Pennsylvania.

Crypton FabricsAnd let’s not forget those workhorse fabrics that I swear by.  Crypton Fabrics are The Name of The Game in my world.  Fabrics that look great and stand up to the wear and tear of modern family life?  I’ll take two (yards).

Got Strie?Got strié?  You can guess what Valdese Weavers felt strongly about!  So there you have it — my predictions for April’s High Point Furniture Market.  My fingers are crossed!

Do you have a favorite?

Top photo courtesy of Jennifer McConnell.  All other photos by moi.  A huge thank you to Catherine Morsell and all of the wonderful folks at ITMA Showtime for being such incredible hosts!  


  • Jil Sonia Interiors
    Mar. 12, 2014
    Thanks so much for the updates, that velvet fabric with shimmer looks stunning! Hmmm which client can I use it with???? :)
  • Trim Queen
    Mar. 12, 2014
    Thanks Traci for the shout out! Look forward to seeing your new collection at HP, bon chance!!!
  • Brooke Cole
    Mar. 12, 2014
    Velvet shimmer and the watercolor are my 2 favs! I LOVE looking at fabrics and dream up all the possibilities- but don't love to inventory all of Kevin's new fabric introductions after EVERY market. UGH... that time of year is just around the corner.
  • Laurel
    Mar. 17, 2014
    This gets me SO EXCITED!!!! Yay for #hpmkt!
  • spotlight on trend-forward accessories
    Mar. 21, 2014
    […] and one of my very favorite objets (wish you could hear my kiddos say that in their French accents).  And there you have it — shimmer, mixed metals, and watercolors! […]

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