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Faves from #HPMKT

High Point Market was a few weeks back, which – for those of you who aren’t familiar – is kinda like New York Fashion Week for Interior Design.  It’s where new shiny new sources of inspiration are found and new lines of luscious furniture, textiles and goodness are launched, which is SUPER exciting for design folk, because after awhile, you see the saaaaaaaaame revolving door of stuff and everybody does one big collective yawn.  High Point is where famous designers like Kelly Wearstler and Thom Filicia walk the halls of Interhall and hob-nob with the muggles.  It’s like a sea of swirly twirly gumdrops and parties and design porn.  Let’s set the stage first, cuz some of the prettiest things I saw were just part of the backdrop:

With a white tee and jeans and black suede stilettos (???)  WHAT.

Again.  Yum.

Love what’s on the floor, love what’s on her feet.

More pics of this vignette popped up than Heinz has pickles, but duh.  Look at it.

Lemon trees and lanterns and white, oh my!

Not sure what he was doing there, but I love him.

Prettiest bouquet I ever did see.

I didn’t make it to #hpmkt this time, but I did live living vicariously through everyone who was there via Instagram… just stalking my face off and style spotting from my sofa in San Diego while I watched TNT weekend movies and ate Skinny Pop. It was like watching the prom or TV or something.  Anyway… the Instafeed was aflutter with about 35k posts; I sifted through a few and picked my faves:

HO-LY HEAVEN at Mr. Brown.  Get in my house.  Now.

How fun are these chairs at Lee Industries??  Also.  The English Room is a sah-weet blog if you aren’t already following.  Holly has a great eye.  In the black hole that was the #hpmkt hashtag of posts, so many of the ones I ended up clicking on ended up being hers.  PS: Karrie, these look like you.

Celerie Kemble did a line of wooden floor tiles for Mirth Studio (this is pattern: Folly).  Love.  Just head over to their website, snoop around, then wipe.

The chambray gray duvet and shams with the tattered ruffle on this bed are divine. Is Pom Pom at Home like Matteo meets Shabby Chic??

How swank is this little lamp for a bachelorette pad?  It’s Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort… she launched her lighting line with them this market, and it blew up peoples’ shorts the world over.  There were more grinning design folk getting their picture with Kelly Wearstler than there will be kiddies in Santa’s lap this year.

Table from Mr. Brown Home – love the detail:

I love this wall color…  and I especially love it next to lucite and light (is that burl wood?) and rattan and gold.  Why does something about it remind me of Angie Hranowsky?

I was surprised to see some artwork I gasped at.  Like this Rothko-esque number.  I think it is by far *the* hardest thing to shop for.

Similar to the Goodman Pendant from VC (a super fave), but the chain on this one is different so I’m not sure of the source…  the Instagrammer says it can be “done in any Benjamin Moore color.”  I’ll let you know when I track ‘er down.

About 999 people snapped shots of this little ditty by Worlds Away, and for good reason.  I love the grain detail, the hardware, and the fact that it looks like if I ran my hand across it, it would feel like buttah.  It feels equal parts feminine and masculine and equal parts modern and vintage to me, which renders it uber versatile.  I feel like I could flip on Mad Men and see a pair of these chests perched as Don & Betty Draper’s nightstands.

Speaking of buttah…  look at that ottoman.  Sweet Jesus.  Everything Erinn V. always feels pristine and unique to me, so this is no surprise.

Did I just die and go to lilac heaven?

This bad boy (the Hanley) from Arteriors looks like a different animal hung up & lit up than it does on the website.  How fun (??#$%!) for a closet / dressing room or a powder bath?  Or an entry?  BANG.

This Quadrille wallpaper never gets old to me.  Ever.

There are Indian ring stools errr-where, but never have I ever seen one in this indiscernible, bluish-grey hue. It’s perfect.

Last but not least, could we please talk about Ro Sham Beaux?  GYAH, do they ever do wrong?  So whimsical.  And so candy necklace-like.

That last one there my insanely talented boss-lady – Kristin – spotted.  I’ve never seen them do a beaded guy in that color before.  #nomnomnom

Here’s my takeaway from stalking the #hpmkt feed: it’s not just a great source of inspiration and a way to see all the new goodies that just hit the streets…  it’s also a great way to find new people to follow, and to see who and what inspires you.  I definitely found myself “liking” the same peoples’ insta-posts, over and over again.  Some I knew (Meredith Heron, Holly Phillips from the English Room) and some were new to me, but whoever they were, I was picking up what they were putting down.  It’s interesting how people curate things, what their eye catches and what stands out to them in a sea of possibilities.  I have the same fascination with watching what the people ahead of / behind me at the grocery store are buying.  I look at all the items in their cart and size up their life.  My point is, what people deem beautiful and important is a window into their style and into their life, and it’s fun to watch.

What were your guys’ favorites??  What did I miss?  Post links to your faves in the comments section!!

xoxo,

Dream a Little Dream (Kitchen)

Earlier this weekend, I ran across a “Dream Home: Covet Living” guest post I did for Paloma Contreras at La Dolce Vita a few years ago.  It was a great little series that a lot of bloggers and designers contributed to, and essentially a post where each of us was asked to compile our favorite images and walk readers through what would constitute our dream home.  Anyhow… I realized that my style has growed-up some since then, so I started cooking up an updated version… and then that got so long that I decided to divide it up and do one post per room (stay tuned for that noise!) And after THAT, I got off on a tangent doodling the elements of my perfect kitchen. Isn’t she a beauty??  Do you wanna come over for coffee?!

COVET LIVING: DREAM KITCHEN | SOURCES

1 – Jazz Pendant, Currey & Co (I know, I know… I used this glorious pendant in a Beach House Chic Mood Board recently, but I can’t help myself.  I’d put it in every beach house, outhouse, penthouse and pool house if I could.)

2 – Petite Alliance 4 in Terra Cotta & Marble, Tabarka Studio (for backsplash), Calacatta Gold Marble Slab (for countertops), Antiqued French Oak Flooring the color of driftwood (similar to shown)

3 – Milky-white cabinets with sliding glass uppers and oil rubbed bronze hardware (image HERE – designer unknown)

4 – Reclaimed Lumber Olivia Dining Table, CFC (slightly less expensive and a smidge more contemporary sister company to Noir)

5 – Colonial Cane Chair in Distressed Brown, Noir

6 – Paint Color: Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball, Lucite & Brass Pulls (similar to shown)

7 – Distressed Antique Brass Faucet, Waterstone

8 – Farmhouse Sink in Silicon Bronze, Rocky Mountain Hardware (eh, mah GAH.  nomnomnomnom.)

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is still in their sweatpants and eating pancakes and doing as little as possible.

xoxo,