The Best of High Point Market: Spring 2017

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{Cobalt and Chinoiserie by Mark D. Sikes for Henredon}

Twice a year, I make the pilgrimage to High Point, North Carolina for the design industry’s biggest market event. It is a great way for me to discover new finds as well as visit favorite vendors and see their latest offerings. Between meetings, networking, spending time with friends, I spend my days seeking out pieces for current clients and finding fabulous new things for future projects. The market is truly massive encompassing many large buildings in downtown High Point and is very well-attended by people from all over the world.

Since I am taking over High Point Market’s Instagram @highpointmarket to share my favorite finds today, I thought it would be fun to delve into my High Point experience here on LDV as well. I came away having found some beautiful new pieces and having had a wonderful time, but was exhausted by the end of it! This season, blue seemed to reign supreme and I am happy to report that classic design is alive and well. It seemed to be more about the mix between traditional and modern rather than the contrived, strictly modern looks that so many people got wrapped up in the past few years.

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{Beautiful Blues by Mark D. Sikes for Henredon— I ordered this bed for my own bedroom which I am currently redesigning in order to photograph it for my book.}

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{Another Lifestyle by Mark D. Sikes}

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{This season also saw the launch of Jeffrey Bilhuber‘s collection for Henredon which was filled with a playful, irreverent spin on classic design elements. The pieces are executed with bold colors and interesting details.}

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{Jeffrey Bilhuber for Henredon}

HP David Phoenix 2

{Over at Hickory Chair, Los Angeles-based designer, David Phoenix launched his handsome, debut collection of furniture, accessories, and lighting.}

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{David Phoenix for Hickory Chair}

HP Suzanne Kasler 2

{I always love what Suzanne Kasler does! This time, her collection for Hickory Chair was dressed in black and white, which is right up my alley, of course.}

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{Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair}

HP Bunny Williams

{This market saw the much-anticipated return of design doyenne, Bunny Williams who brought her iconic Bunny Williams Home collection to the IHFC building and her new lighting collection to Currey & Co.}

HP Thomas OBrien Century

{Designer and Merchant, Thomas O’Brien‘s distinctive, masculine style was on display in his polished showroom at Century. He also introduced some chic, new lighting designs at Visual Comfort.}

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{Thomas O’Brien for Century}

HP Highland House Bungalow Classic

{Randy and Courtney Tilinski of Bungalow Classic showed their elegant, fresh collection for Highland House for the second time this season. So lovely!}

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{Bungalow Classic for Highland House}

HP Barrie Benson

{Also at Highland House, Barrie Benson introduced some new pieces in her colorful, vintage-inspired collection.}

HP Drexel Jo Sampson 2

{Furniture manufacturer, Drexel enlisted British product designer, Jo Sampson to completely overhaul their brand and imbue it with a more youthful, modern sensibility. The collection is filled with interesting and versatile pieces.}

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{Jo Sampson for Drexel}

HP Kate Spade

{The playful Kate Spade collection for EJ Victor showed its sophisticated side with pretty neutrals in camel, leopard, and burl wood.}

HP Kelly Wearstler

{Also at EJ Victor, Kelly Wearstler Showcased her Inimitable Style with New Pieces in her Signature Collection}

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{Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor}

HP Mary McDonald

{Mary McDonald‘s Sophisticated, Classically-Inspired Collection for Chaddock featured Several New Introductions}

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  {Mary McDonald for Chaddock Home}

HP Windsor Smith Century

{Windsor Smith Launched a Huge Collection with Century which was Executed in her Signature Soft Gray Palette}

HP Van Collier

{Beth Collier of the Chic, Boutique Brand, Van Collier Introduced Several Stylish Pieces}

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{Chic Metal Pieces at Van Collier}

HP Alexis Walter Art

{I was happy to see one of my favorite artists, Alexis Walter who brought in paintings that were on the bolder side than her usual soft pastels this time.}

HP Tommy Mitchell

{I have yet to tire of Tommy Mitchell‘s collection of tole botanicals. They are chic, romantic, feminine, and completely timeless.}

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{I am obsessed with Tommy’s botanicals in lucite shadow boxes!}

HP Aerin Visual Comfort

{I can always count on Visual Comfort to have exquisite lighting. As such, we use their products all the time. This season, I loved these chic, mid-century inspired lights by Aerin Lauder.

HP Kelly Wearstler VC

{I can’t wait to use these cool pendants and sconces by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort in upcoming projects!}

HP VC Barbara Barry

{I also loved this stylish pendant by Barbara Barry at Visual Comfort. This season, Barbara also relaunched her collection of furniture with Baker.}

If you went to market this season, I’d love to know what your favorite finds were!

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Barefoot at Home

Ina Garten Barn 1

I have loved Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. I have all of her books and make sure to watch her show whenever the new season airs. I love her elegant and effortless approach to food, entertaining, and living. I also love the special bond that she and her sweet husband, Jeffrey share. Ina also has a spectacular house in East Hampton, as well as what she refers to as her “barn” and garden on an adjacent property. My fellow Ina fans know that the first few seasons were filmed in Ina’s own kitchen, while the latest seasons have been filmed in her barn/test kitchen.

I thought it might be fun to revisit this wonderful tour of Ina’s Belgian-inspired barn as it was recently announced that Ina is currently filming a new show, “Cook Like a Pro” with Food Network. The show is slated to begin airing in mid-May and according to Ina, her goal is to use her “decades of experience in the food business and writing cookbooks to show people how to cook with confidence.” Rather than simply focusing on how to execute recipes, the show will aim to teach viewers various cooking techniques. Ina told that she feels younger generations are hungry for this type of didactic show. “People are growing up without anyone to show them how to cook, and millennials want to cook for their families and have dinner parties. “They’re hungry not just for the nourishment of cooking but also the community of it.” she says. I, for one, love everything Ina does and will absolutely tune in to her new show! She’s already taught me so much about cooking beautiful, delicious, simple food, so hopefully, I’ll learn some new techniques as I watch “Cook Like a Pro”.

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{Ina’s barn features spaces for cooking, entertaining, and even for hosting overnight guests.}

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{The barn is heavily influenced by Ina’s love of Belgian style with many pieces hailing from Axel Vervoordt.}

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{Where the Magic Happens}

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{A Simple, Elegant Bedroom}

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{A Beautiful Waterworks Bathtub Anchors the Bathroom}

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{This space, with its antique desk, functions as Ina’s office in the barn.}

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{I absolutely love the vignette in the entryway which features as 19th century settee, reupholstered in simple muslin, as well as the 17th century Venetian mirror. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray}

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{Loads of style can be found in the barn’s interior and exterior.}

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{The covered porch features chic 1920s rattan chairs. Can you believe they are nearly 100 years old?}

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{A Stone-Topped Trestle Table on the Terrace}

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{Ina loves to entertain on the bluestone terrace.}

Ina Garten and Paloma Contreras

{A couple of months ago, we were in the Hamptons to install a client project and we ran into Ina and Jeffrey at a restaurant in Bridgehampton! It was honestly one of the most exciting moments of my life because she is one of the people I find most inspiring. I have had my fair share of celebrity sightings and never bother anyone or intrude on their privacy, but I knew I would regret it forever if I didn’t say hello and introduce myself. I am sure I must have made an utter fool of myself, but Ina and Jeffrey could not have been lovelier or more gracious. It was a moment I won’t soon forget!}

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{Photography by Simon Upton for House Beautiful}

Modern Mix

Nam Dang Mitchell

Yesterday, I waxed poetic about my love of neutral, high-contrast color palettes in my latest “In the Mood” post, so the timing for happening upon a new project by ICalgary-based interior designer, Nam Dang Mitchell could not have been more perfect. I have been a big fan of Nam’s chic style for several years now. Her aesthetic is polished, glamorous, and is all about a modern mix. She uses mostly neutral, subtle color palettes and layers furnishings, accessories, and fabrics from various aesthetics and eras beautifully. It isn’t unusual for a space by Nam to be dressed in black, white, camel, and gray and include a very interesting mix of finishes, textures, and pieces from various periods and provenance. This newest project, a custom-designed house for a young, hip family,  is featured in the current issue of Canadian House & Home. Drawing inspiration from London townhouses and Parisian flats, Nam and her clients paired beautiful herringbone floors in pale oak, elaborate millwork, and loads of sumptuous marble with modern furniture and light fixtures for a look that mixes modern and traditional with style in spades. Interesting details abound and while there are many show-stopping pieces in the house including the fabulous refrigerator and range hood in the kitchen, the house maintains an effortless, inviting vibe which is no small feat. Nam Dang Mitchell 2

{The dining room features Lous XVI-style dining chairs in a Pierre Frey fabric along with a chandelier by Apparatus Studio.}

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{How stunning is this kitchen? From the marble-clad waterfall island and range hood ensconced in marble subway tile with polished nickel trim to the custom Sub-Zero refrigerator paneled in Walnut with polished nickel trim.}

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{The airy breakfast room features a marble-topped tulip table and casual Bertoia-style chairs.}

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{The marble fireplace and herringbone floors in the master bedroom definitely give off a Parisian vibe, mais oui? Of course, I love the Serge Mouille wall light over the bed.}

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{Have you ever seen a more luxurious slab of marble? The thickness of the laminated edge definitely makes a bold statement.}

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{I used this same hexagonal tile in my client’s bathroom which was just featured in Luxe. I love seeing it in this space– beautiful!}

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{Nam and I may have been cut from the same cloth! It’s so nice to connect with people with similar tastes over social media. In the daughter’s room, Nam features a few more of my favorite things– a Serge Mouille ceiling light, Fornasetti’s Nuvole wallpaper, and a hint of feminine glamour.}

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{Photography by Colin Way for Canadian House & Home}

LDV Loves: AERIN x Williams Sonoma

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Aerin Lauder is a true American style icon and one of the women whom I most admire. Aside from being beautiful and gracious, Aerin is a successful businesswoman and an inspiring lifestyle architect. With several beautiful homes that exude the same effortless ease that she does, who wouldn’t want to live like Aerin? One of the things I love most about Aerin and her style sensibility is that she looks to the past with reverence– whether it is to lessons learned from her trailblazing grandmother Estee Lauder or to traditional furniture styles– and then executes her vision with modern verve.

Aerin recently debuted a beautiful collaboration with one of my favorite companies in the design industry, Williams Sonoma Home which is a great resource for furniture, lighting, and accessories. Inspired by her home in Palm Beach, the collection blends the sophistication of Aerin’s style with an inviting, effortless aesthetic. The Aerin x Williams Sonoma collection spans multiple categories including tabletop, lighting, art, and accessories. I have already bookmarked several favorites, including the super chic bamboo frames and scalloped edge frames!

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aerin x williams sonoma scalloped plates

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In the Press: My Client’s House in Luxe Magazine

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Foyer

{The Entry is featured on the Cover of Luxe: It features a vintage chest, antique gilded mirror and Louis XVI armchairs, a John Roselli chandelier, and a mix of my client’s art which we had framed.}

I am so thrilled and honored to share that one of my very favorite projects is featured on the cover and in the pages of the March/April of Luxe’s Houston edition! I couldn’t be happier to finally be able to share this project with you after working on it and then waiting for the feature to be released. I worked with this particular client for over two years. We collaborated to create spaces that are not only beautiful and functional, but truly reflective of her taste and the way her family lives. It is one of my favorite projects to date because it skews a bit more modern than most of my other projects and proves that a glamorous environment can in fact lend itself to the way a young family lives. Above all, I am grateful to my client who was so open to my ideas and willing to trust my vision.  A huge thanks to the editors at Luxe for the beautiful spread and cover! Let’s take a look, shall we?Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Dining Room

{The dining room started with a neutral grasscloth wallpaper and sisal rug. From there, we transformed the space by pairing the modern, Lucite base dining table with Louis XVI-style side chairs with custom skirted host chairs with Samuel & Sons trim. My client loved Kelly Wearstler’s Channels fabric, so we sought a creative way to use it, opting for custom draperies which mimic the black and white abstract painting by Karina Gentinetta.}

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{We also upped the glamour quotient by adding a gilded iron and quartz chandelier by Thomas O’Brien and quartz table lamps by AERIN to the sideboard.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Living Room

{The living room is one of my favorite spaces in the house as it demonstrates my love of symmetry. The high-contrast palette works beautifully in the home’s open floorplan. My client’s husband was so sweet and willing to go along with all of his wife’s choices, so when he had a single request– to add a TV in the living room, we couldn’t help but comply. Thankfully, there are plenty of other beautiful things to occupy the eye in the space from the antique Octagonal mirrors found in New Orleans, to the extra-long Verellen sofas topped with Scalamandré tigre velvet pillows and Celerie Kemble for Henredon coffee table. A modern Jonathan Browning chandelier acts as the jewelry of the room.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Kitchen

{The kitchen features a marble waterfall island and slab backsplash along with soft gray cabinetry with antique mirrored accents. We added a pair of modern AERIN pendants over the island and upholstered the barstools in white vinyl for effortless ease since the family has young children.}

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{Linen roman shades with a black contrasting band frame the breakfast room which also features a Saarinen Tulip Table paired with woven chairs.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Master Bedroom

{The high-contrast, black, white, and gray color palette continues into the bedroom where I designed a streamlined, custom bed upholstered in Schumacher’s Gainsborough Velvet. The David Hicks for Stark Octagon carpet gives a nod to my client’s love of geometric patterns and plays nicely with her existing abstract art. I felt the space needed some grounding, so I mixed in a couple of more traditional pieces– a pair of neoclassical bedside chests and Juliette Table Lamps by Suzanne Kalser.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Maste Bedroom 2

{Opposite the bed, we added a custom, tufted Thin Frame Arm Chair from Lawson Fenning.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Master Bathroom

{The master bathroom is home to one of the big wow moments in the home– the wall tiled in hexagonal black and white marble tile. The modern feel of the tile and cabinetry come together with the lovely chandelier and antique vanity mirrors to create a glamorous space.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Den

{We didn’t use a lot of color in this house because my client prefers a soothing, neutral environment. However, in the den, we drew inspiration from my client’s artwork to incorporate a touch of color in shades of blue and teal.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Boys Room

{The children’s rooms in this house are also fabulous. The little boy’s room is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and features pattern on pattern by way of David Hicks La Fiorentina in brown and white, which unfortunately, you don’t see in the spread, but I hope to share with you later.}

Luxe Paloma Contreras Design Girls Room

{We thought of every detail in this home, right down to wallpapering the ceiling and adding a fun chandelier in the teenage daughter’s closet.}

For the full tour, be sure to check out the March/April issue of Luxe.

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{Photography by Max Burkhalter | If you’re interested in having your home transformed, contact us at Paloma Contreras Design!}