While the High Point Market is a twice-annual, trade-only event, interior designers, particularly those who are within an easy drive of the show, sometimes bring clients as they shop.
One such designer, Greensboro, N.C.-based Maria Adams, principal of Maria Adams Designs, did that on the Friday of the most recent High Point Market with a pair of local customers in tow.
"It’s very convenient, obviously because I work and live locally," Adams said. "It’s a fun experience for the clients, too, because it’s not their everyday world. It makes it exciting, although it’s always exciting for designers. It’s our favorite time of year."
Those clients, Fred and Donna Reynolds of Jamestown, N.C., were looking for furnishings for their family room, including rugs. Among their stops on the day was a visit to Cartersville, Ga.-based rug and home décor manufacturer Surya to look for rugs in blue and gray colorways.
Donna Reynolds admitted to being a bit overwhelmed as she and her husband walked High Point with Adams and her business partner, Stacy Hall.
"I’ve always wondered about the market," she said. "Most people can’t go. It’s amazing. You don’t realize there are so many manufacturers."
Adams said the couple likes traditional or transitional styles for their rugs and they showed interest in a pair of samples from Surya, including one from Candice Olson and one from the Cosmo Collection.
"It’s been interesting, since we’ve looked at rugs, she’s been drawn to a number of styles," Adams said of Donna’s taste in flooring. "It’s like art."
During their visit, they met briefly with Adams’ Surya rep, Angela Johnson, who looked to see if the Reynolds’ preferred samples were in the showroom. They also took the time to peruse the racks and look at a handful of rugs. A couple of blue and gray styles, including a pair of rugs – one from the Goa Collection and one from the Scott Collection – caught their eyes.
After touring the showroom, they met up again with Johnson and looked over a handful of samples in Surya’s large sample room near the entrance of the showroom.
Earlier in their shopping experience, Adams and Hall met the Reynolds in the CR Laine showroom to look at sofas and swivel chairs. Adams said swivel chairs are becoming more and more prevalent in her designs due to their versatility. That’s particularly important as more homes are built with open floorplans.
The couple eventually decided on a pair of Holman swivel chairs as well as a sofa with pillows that call back to the pattern on the chairs.
Following the visit to CR Laine, the group walked up the block a bit to Woodbridge Furniture where they looked for occasional tables to help complete the look of the room.
They toured the showroom and looked at about seven tables and three consoles. Fred and Donna stopped at a smaller table for in between the chairs, but Adams cautioned them, noting: "You’re going to want a lamp, so I’d suggest you go for something a little bigger."
Eventually, they decided that they like a Marseilles table for the seating area – it has plenty of storage space and a large top for lighting options.
Thomas P. Lester is the business editor for Home Accents Today.
Thomas Lester covers rugs, top-of-bed and a variety of other topics for Designers Today. In addition, he covers these subjects for several of Progressive Business Media’s properties, including Furniture/Today, Home Accents Today and Kids Today. He’s been a professional journalist since 2000, covering everything from local and major collegiate sports to local government, schools, crime and courts.
When he’s not working, Lester enjoys spending time with his wife and son, running, reading, watching football and baseball and playing music. He’s a decent enough bass guitarist and he’s starting to get the hang of the six string.