SHOWHOUSE IN A SHOWROOM #2

Following the success of the inaugural Showhouse in a Showroom in October, Alden Parkes CEO Lynn McArdle has once again invited a stellar group of interior designers to have their creative way with the furniture line.

top left then clockwise: Lisa Kahn, Kerrie Kelly, Jason Clifton and Jeremy Bauer, Shayla Copas, Rajni Alex and Keia McSwain.

top left then clockwise: Lisa Kahn, Kerrie Kelly, Jason Clifton and Jeremy Bauer, Shayla Copas, Rajni Alex and Keia McSwain.

The Spring 2018 showhouse coterie includes: Rajni Alex Design from New York; Bauer/Clifton Interiors from Juneau, Alaska; Shayla Copas Interiors hailing from Arkansas; Lisa Kahn Designs out of Naples, FL; Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab from Sacramento, and Keia McSwain of Kimberly + Cameron Interiors based in Atlanta. The designers work within the extensive Alden Parkes line of casegoods and upholstered furniture and have access to products from partner companies including rugs from Capa Home, bedding from Wildcat Territory, and tabletop products and accessories from Replacements, Ltd. When asked to describe their spaces, here is what they said:

Lisa Kahn: Our space at Alden Parkes is a sanctuary of calm, harmonious energy bathed in the watery colors of the ocean depths. We are connecting our space to the natural world with organic finishes and features.

Keia McSwain: Indulge yourself in this lavish and cultivated space that arouses your femininity with refined artwork paired with sultry shades of salmon and moody hues of green.

Shayla Copas: My living room and bedroom suite combines Alden Parkes’ Modern Glam pieces with a few traditional products, along with bright Thibaut fabrics. Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year will make an appearance in pillows, upholstery, and artwork. The vibe is springtime fresh.

Jason Clifton: Our Alden Parkes showroom will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings, artwork, and accessories, designed to reflect our Alaskan region in a posh, boutique-style setting."

Rajni Alex Design: Our vision is to design a quiet, cozy cocktail den, a European-style salon of sorts, leading into an elegant dining room perfectly suited for a supper club from the bygone era."

Each designer has multiple spaces, and here is one of Kerrie Kelly’s mood boards.

Each designer has multiple spaces, and here is one of Kerrie Kelly’s mood boards.

The theme for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab’s spaces is called Rule Breake.” Setting the tone for this modern yet daringly casual vibe are splashy floral color schemes paired with black, white and brass accents. Some of her go-to resources include: graphic plates from Replacements Ltd., colorful and dashing iconic artwork from Wendover Art, and intriguing lighting and accessories from GO Home with whom she has a licensed collaboration. Sherwin Williams Cityscape and Origami hues anchor the room.

Here is an abbreviated version of the thought behind Rule Breaker..

“Some say rules are meant to be broken, but the reality is that rules are meant to be followed and complied with—unless you are an interior designer. In interior design, we often break the conventional rules to do something good. In that sense, we are not really breaking the rules but simply doing something different enough that the rules no longer apply. In this context, it’s more appropriate to describe these “positive rulebreakers” as gamechangers who shift the design paradigm.”

“We loved the energy the showhouse brought to the showroom last market,” says McArdle. “People take so much inspiration from the wonderful showhouses that are put on every year around the country, and we are proud to bring that spirit of transformation to the High Point Market.” It is an ambitious project and a true treat for market attendees. We shot a behind-the-scenes video there last Market.

In addition to installing their showhouse spaces, The Showhouse in a Showroom designers will also appear on a panel with me on Saturday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m. For one hour we are going to talk about the joys and struggles of running your own design firm, how to stay in charge when you’re not holding the pursestrings, and and how one must balance ego in a customer-service driven industry. After the discussion, Alden Parkes will host a social cocktail event from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and all these inspiring designers will be on hand to chat and take photos.

Showhouse in a Showroom kicks off on Thursday, April 4, and will run through the end of High Point Market on Wednesday, April 10, concurrent with Replacements Ltd.’s. Dining by Design. The Alden Parkes showroom, at 200 N. Hamilton St., South Ct 110, is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.







Speaking of which, in addition to the Showhouse in a Showroom, Alden Parkes is introducing Dining by Design, a collaboration with Replacements, Ltd., where market-goers will have an opportunity to tour dining room inspirations from nine designers representing a variety of lifestyle points of view. The ‘Dining by Design’ guest designers include Lauren Clement, Elle Cole, Cynthia Ferguson, Young Huh, Steve McKenzie, Michael Mitchell & Tyler Hill from Mitchell-Hill, Ruthie Staalsen, and Mikel Welch.

The Showhouse in a Showroom and companion Dining by Design will kick off on Thursday, April 4, and will run through the end of High Point Market on Wednesday, April 10.  The Alden Parkes showroom is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.In addition to the ‘Showhouse in a Showroom’, Alden Parkes is the site for the Design on High Point Market CEU seminar program each market, co-sponsored by International Market Centers. CEU seminars are offered Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Alden Parkes Showroom.

Leading blog image: Detail of Alden Parkes’s Oceana Bed.