Apr. 30


HOT Introduction at High Point Market: Thibaut Fine Furniture

by Lynn Byrne

Nice shape to sofa and ottoman. Fresh fabrics.

You love their wallpaper and fabrics.  Now I predict that their furniture will become a staple.

Thibaut’s new furniture line was a hit among bloggers at the April 2012 High Point Market.  I loved it, and so did  Laurie Gorelick of  Build Your Nest blog, who was with me.  When I got home, several of my tweeps, called it their Market favorite.

It is easy to see why.  Every piece “sits” so well–with Spring Down Seat Cushions (considered the finest in the industry) standard on most items.  All of the construction is top of the line, actually.  Of course there is eight-way tied springs and the top quality hardwood frames are from sustainable forests in the good old USA (always love that!)

The line has wonderful proportions.  Walking through Thibaut’s attractive space in the Historic Market Square section of High Point, I had a Goldilocks moment.  Each piece was not to big, not to small, but just right.

This chair looks like a re-upholstered treasured antique. Love the scallop shape and tufting on the back–such character.

And dressed in lovely Thibaut fabrics (which are 20% off if chosen, but you can do C.O.M. too), you can’t go wrong.

Today, I thought I would share a few snaps from the showroom.

New sofa and ottoman. Don't miss the Thibaut grasscloth.

This sweet settee was the perfect scale.  (And you can catch a glimpse of the spread in the showroom. They feed us well at High Point.)

I fell for the contrast piping on this chair.

Nice profile on their cozy wing chair.

There are 14 wood stain and 14 premium paint finishes, plus you can choose any color in the Benjamin Moore palette.  This chair is painted a pretty coral from Ben Moore.

And while it is not a shot of their new furniture, I had to include this snap of a pretty shade in Thibaut’s Gatehouse fabric in the showroom.

Laurie and I resting our feet for a moment–I could have hung out at Thibaut all afternoon between the comfy furniture, snacks and the Bellinis!

Head over here to see the full line. 

Except for the one photo I am in, all photos by me.  Sorry for the slight blurriness.  Must have been the Bellini. :-)


Apr. 27


New Introductions at High Point Market Solve the Problem of Too Much Brown Furniture

by Lynn Byrne

Legendary decorator Sister Parish would allow no more than 3 brown pieces in any one room.  More recently, Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of the Off Duty section and magazine at the Wall Street Journal, and author of the book The Perfectly Imperfect Home, proclaimed that too much brown furniture can suck the life out of a room.

Well, my sponsor to High Point Market, Hooker Furniture, has solved the problem of excessive brown furniture for you.  No longer are your choices limited to light, dark or medium brown when selecting the finish for your furniture.

At the April 2012 High Point Market, Hooker Furniture had fun with finishes.

New furniture introductions included multiple wood species in one piece, color tone variations and rustic, reclaimed wood looks.  And Hooker mixed up wood tones and species within a single collection.  There were even a couple of new introductions that didn’t feature wood or wood tones at all.

For example, the dining table in Hooker’s latest collection, Rhapsody, has a mix of species with an overall walnut finish and a pecky pecan veneer in the center, all over a solid poplar.  Don’t miss the fleur de lis accent.

Dining table detail

Nesting tables and a large architectural mirror also from Rhapsody, have a distressed, white washed finish.

Wood finished in a charcoal gray tone was another important look in the April Market offerings, as seen below.

In this computer credenza from Hooker Furniture’s Southpark collection, a charcoal gray finish was paired with a clear maple finish and satin nickel hardware for a metropolitan feel.

While wood gained a prominent role in the overall design of some of the new offerings at Hooker Furniture, the designers ignored wood tones all together in others.  Hooker Furniture introduced 2 new mirrored pieces (first photo and below) in its  popular Melange collection and a side table with a plum painted finish.

According to Deborah Needleman, if you look at “a room you love…you will likely find the furniture to be a mix of tones and materials…”  By creating pieces with mirrored shine, unusual paint finishes, rustic woods, new wood tones like gray, and a mix of  wood species in a single piece, Hooker Furniture has given homeowners the products they need to create a room they love.

Photos of the TV console, the mirrored pieces and the plum side table courtesy of Hooker Furniture.  All other photos by me. Needleman quote from the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 15, 2011.




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