December 15, 2011

tz trend report: go big or go home

Is this like the topic that will never end?  I hope you aren’t bored stiff by my oh-so-leisurely spin through the top five trends at High Point Market.   I’ve rather enjoyed revisiting my time at market — I find something new every time I flip through my photos!

So let’s get down to business, shall we?   “Go big or go home” is the Zeller family motto (at least per my hubby) — and that was exactly the mantra I kept repeating to myself at market.  Well, my hubby’s usually talking about me flooding the laundry room or something like that … but pshaw. You try dealing with two crying babies, and tell me you don’t occasionally get distracted! Of course, experimenting with scale is nothing new, but — in October — extra large artwork made a statement like it hasn’t in the past.

Did you notice the oversized mirrors, which took the place of art, in Tobi Fairley‘s space at Hickory Chair?  Talk about drama!!  I love, love, love that idea.

C.R. Laine used a stunning equestrian triptych from Soicher-Marin to set the mood for their sophisticated space in Interhall (the “boutique-y” area of High Point Market).   Holly Blalock, C.R. Laine’s creative director, was inspired to create this space in part by Kate Middleton’s style.  Don’t you think Holly captured the classic-English-yet-so-modern feel that everyone seems to love about Kate?

And speaking of Soicher-Marin, they never let me down in the drama department.  Suzanne Kasler used their oversized garden plans in her space at Hickory Chair

… and made them even more impactful by painting the opposite wall that striking shade of blue.

If those Soicher-Marin pieces don’t work for your scheme, you were sure to find something else in their showroom.  Perhaps this …

or these …

or these?

I didn’t crop the crown molding and baseboards out of that photo so that you could see how large those classic blue and white prints really are.  Except for Pink Paris, these pieces are all from Lillian August‘s new collection … and you mustn’t forget the large botanicals and pink chinoiserie prints in the “bring in the sunshine” trend post.

I often see artwork that I consider too small … but not nearly as frequently do I see artwork that is too large — so I am pretty excited to see larger pieces hit the market.

Do you use large artwork in your home?  If not, will you?

Top photo by Bert VanderVeen.  Blurry photos by moi.  Sigh!


  • Amanda Burdge
    Dec. 15, 2011
    Well we all know that GBGH is MY motto to live by. Been preaching that on the blog for three years. Good design is dramatic, over sized and uncluttered. Would have loved to go but I was moving! Got rid of the showroom and went back into an office. LOVE IT!!! Will continue with the online store but will pick back up on that next year. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday with the family!
  • Sherri Cassara
    Dec. 15, 2011
    Thanks for more great photos of High Point - I love oversized art or smaller art grouped to be 'oversized' and REALLY LOVE large mirrors with furniture placed in front. My favorite is Suzanne Kasler's but that first image with the huge mirror is pretty great too.
  • Tawna Allred
    Dec. 15, 2011
    I have an over-sized landscape painting I did a few years back that is on my blog today....I've always liked large scale, but have wondered if it would ever be something I saw in the marketplace. Maybe now it will find a home! Thanks for sharing (as always) :).........
  • Marianne Simon Design
    Dec. 15, 2011
    You're bringing it all back for me, Traci! Oversized art is so gorgeous and everything there was even better in person. Now, my oversized rear, from eating all those truffle fries, is a complete other story! xo
  • diane
    Dec. 15, 2011
    Love the trend reports...keeps those of us who didnt attend up to date. coincidentally, I also write a monthly post titled "go big or go home' because that is a phrase my Dad always used. You might enjoy it Have a great holiday with those two "babies"
  • Maria Killam
    Dec. 15, 2011
    Haha, I loved your 'hope you're not bored yet' note, NO WAY. Next year I'm not missing this event! Loved the large round mirror. Vicente Wolf always uses really large mirrors that have to be assembled on site! It's a great way to solve the 'art' problem for clients homes! xoxo Maria
  • Naomi@Design Manifest
    Dec. 16, 2011
    love the blue and white prints! And the big mirrors for that matter. So yes, I'm all about this mantra. Thanks for the new source. Off to dig more :)
  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    Dec. 17, 2011
    Love the oversized artwork, Traci. It makes such an impact in a space.
  • Amanda
    Dec. 19, 2011
    I have really got to get my butt to high point next year!
  • designchic
    Dec. 19, 2011
    I am obsessed with the Tobi Fairley room and the mirror...fabulous!! Love all of your images and would have loved to see them all in person ~
  • Holly
    Dec. 20, 2011
    I really love the triptych - I've seen that used a few times recently and really want to use that somehow in my home...someday. But I love how the equestrian triptych doesn't scream stuffy, equestrian, horses. It definitely makes a statement but a classic, subtle statement. And I love the mirror that Tobi Fairley used - that's beautiful.

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