Oct. 27


The Inspiration Behind Award Winning Design

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. My trip to High Point was ramped up and exciting from start to finish. It is going to take me a couple of posts to tell you all about it.

Some of the most thrilling news?

Designers Erica Wingo and Cindy Hall of my High Point sponsor Hooker Furniture Company (HF) won a prestigious Pinnacle Award for 2011, at the High Point Fall Market. The Pinnacle is awarded by the American Society of Furniture Designers for design excellence in the retail home furnishings industry.

Here is their winning design, the Rafferty Console, part of HF’s popular Melange Collection.

The duo are the creative minds behind Melange and I was lucky enough to meet them and learn what inspires their innovative furniture.

Surprisingly, it is anything BUT past furniture styles.

Erica and Cindy explained to me that they look to fashion, textiles, jewelry, art, even housewares when creating new pieces. Developing the collection involved travel to Hong Kong, New York, Dallas and Atlanta.

They joked that when they would duck into a jewelry store during a business trip, their colleagues thought they were goofing off. No, they had to explain, they were working!

Take a peek at some of the other pieces in Melange.

You can readily see an architectural tie-in with their Classique Scroll Chest (a Pinnacle finalist).

This pillow inspired the stripes on the chest that follows.

The women told me that a textile also informed the decoration of this dresser. It reminds me of a strand of pearls.

This shoe, displayed in the showroom, has had an obvious impact on some of the colors and pattern in the collection.

The surprise whimsy of the furniture is delightful. Check out the iridescent finish on this case piece. Now you see it, now you don’t. Cool.

Each piece offers something unique, be it a surprise lining, interesting texture or unusual shape. The color and raised finish of this chest were drawn from a piece of pottery. Note the interesting hardware.

The Melange Collection, and Erica and Cindy, are just plain fun.

The happy winners! Congrats!!

Last 2 photos and the red chest and drawer detail provided by Hooker Furniture. All other photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

Oct. 24


Urban Walls

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  I am at High Point Market, and I am busy tweeting and pinning all of the goings on. Hope you are following me.  

But before I left, I managed to schedule this post for you on a super cute product that recently came to my attention.

These days I get many, many emails about new products.  Sadly, most end up in the trash folder–it is easy to get overwhelmed by email.

Not this time.  When I heard from Danielle and Paul Hardy, I was instantly captivated by their wall decals.  Charming and affordable, they will also do custom work.  Do visit them at their Etsy shop, Urban Walls.  Meanwhile, I am sure these images from there will fire up your imagination.

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