High Point Market is just two weeks away!



Since many (probably most) of my readers are not designers, I first need to explain what High Point Market is, exactly. It’s the largest home furnishings industry market (or, trade show) in the United States. It happens twice a year in High Point, NC, which is at the epicenter of the American-made furniture industry. The entire town descends into madness for a few days beginning April 20th, when tens of thousands of designers, decorators, architects, and retailers arrive from all over the world to mob the 2,000+ showrooms and exhibitors, and attend educational and networking events. If you follow other interior design blogs, Twitter feeds, or you’re on Pinterest, you’ll no doubt see the ubiquitous #HPMKT tag during the market, and the weeks and months that follow.

My visit will be short and sweet – I’m in town only for a day and a half. I’ll probably spend more time planning my itinerary than I will at the actual market. Because the showrooms are spread throughout High Point, and are not all within walking distance of one another, careful planning will be the key to a successful market for me.

Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to most…

1.) Finding new and fabulous sources for furniture, fabrics, rugs, accessories and more – like Norwalk Furniture

Norwalk Furniture - Copley Square



2.) Visiting the Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse (hopefully…it’s a 15,000 square foot house so it may take more time than I have!). The lineup looks spectacular, including heavyweights Suzanne Kasler, Eric Cohler and Miles Redd. It would really be a shame to miss it.

Adamsleigh - site of the 2013 Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse



3.) Previewing Joe Ruggiero‘s new menswear-inspired textiles collection for Sunbrella at Miles Talbott. I love seeing the growth in the indoor/outdoor category. Remember, a durable indoor/outdoor upholstery fabric is PERFECT for kid and pet-friendly interior use!

Joe Ruggiero Menswear-Inspired Collection for Sunbrella


4.) Seeing what is new and innovative in family-friendly design. I’m hoping to gather enough material for a few “post-mortem” blog posts, where I will share my finds with you. Dash & Albert‘s affordable, durable and adorable area rugs (the dog’s pretty cute, too!) are a great example.

Dash & Albert - Ladder Stripe Jute Rug


5.) Meeting blog and Twitter friends in person, and making new friends and business contacts in the broader design community. A special thanks to Donna Frasca for organizing a Pinterest board, and real life meetings for us!

Who is Going to High Point Market 2013



6.) North Carolina-style pulled pork :). Hey, why not?

North Carolina Pulled Pork



Posted by:Kelly Rogers

15 replies on “Countdown to High Point

  1. LOL! I love this Kelly! This is such a great post and I’m happy to be your #5! I have you on my list also. It’s going to be a really busy day and you’re going to love the pulled pork sandwich. If you’re traveling alone, we can hand together if you want since I want to hit the same things you do โ€ฆ including that sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I just came across your blog through Twitter. I now follow you here and there too. Great post, maybe I’ll run into you this weekend at hpmkt ๐Ÿ™‚ -Rachel

    1. By the way Kelly, just one small correction in your blog. You said High Point Market is the the biggest furniture market in the United States – here’s a quote from their website โ€œThe High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months.โ€ In the WORLD!!! Can you believe it? And we’ll be there ๐Ÿ™‚

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