When you want to learn about the latest in fashion, you watch runway shows or read your favorite fashion mag. When you want to learn about latest happenings in the design world, you go to High Point Market. It’s the largest furnishings trade show in the world and the best place to source the hottest products and learn about trends in interior design. I’m so excited to share what I did while I was there last week and give you a sneak peek at some of my favorite trends and pieces. So let’s jump in!

2018 Trends at High Point Market

Blush has been a hot color designers have used to bring a soft and feminine feeling to a space. Next season, there’s a new color in town…lilac! This slightly less traditional shade still elicits that same feminine feeling without making the space feel girly.

But get ready for lots of black and white too. This classic color combination is taking center stage and I love it! How gorgeous would this bold art piece look on a colored accent wall?! And these geometric patterned chairs that I shared during my Design on High Point Instagram takeover are so fun.


Wood grain is also becoming more prominent, especially in table tops. It’s also making an appearance in chairs, desks and night stands. The wood grain pieces from the Kelly Wearstler and Theodore Alexander collections were amazing!

Showroom Favorites 

SkLO – Lighting fixtures can be equally illuminating and a sculptural art piece. These gorgeous, hand-blown glass pieces from SkLO are exactly that. They’re simply elegant!

Century – It was such fun visiting their temporary showroom – the move into their new and improved showroom by next market, I believe – and I loved their collection from Windsor Smith.

Capel Rugs – Congratulations Capel Rugs on your 100th anniversary! It’s proof that keeping things in the family is a key to success!

Bernhardt – I toured their new introductions which, of course, included lots of black and white pieces. I spotted a beautiful black and white floral inlay table that may just find a place in our house…so stay tuned!

Baker – During my visit at Baker, I chatted with Thomas Pheasant about his new line. It’s a beautiful interpretation of classic design in a contemporary fashion. And he his eye for detail is incredible!

Julian Chichester – I just had to Instagram this beautiful lilac tufted bench…what a showstopper! It was the perfect match for this mondrian-inspired bookcase…the perfect piece for showing off all your favorite books.

Theodore Alexander – I toured the new lines with their marketing director and fell in love with their new Italian collection. They had several lilac and black and white pieces which of course caught my eye. But the nesting tables from the Michael Berman collection were quite stunning as well. And what a gentleman!

Made Goods – At Made Goods, I spotted a gorgeous burl wood desk. Though burl wood may be known as “irregular wood”, this desk is anything but. It’s absolutely stunning!

Worlds Away – This cane-front chest comes in a few colors. It would be perfect as bookcase or bar area for a man’s study or a library.

Christopher Guy – Caned furnishing can feel textural and even a bit casual, but when you give it a fabulous metallic finish and a leather seat it turns into the most gorgeous chair! And this three-piece geometric black and white coffee table is such a fabulous piece!

EJ Victor – I absolutely LOVE the new Kelly Wearstler line…the quintessential example of how simple design equals perfection. How stunning is this accent chair?! And this classically modern bedroom set from Kate Spade shows how the littlest details make all the difference.

But in addition to visiting all the showrooms, one of the fun parts of High Point Market is meeting the Style Spotters. These are industry leaders chosen to showcase the latest styles at High Point Market. I had the honor of being a Style Spotter in 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone again at the Style Spotters Reunion happy hour. It’s always such fun to catch up with colleagues and connect with industry leaders.

And this year I had the opportunity to interview with John-Richard, a luxury home furnishings company with the best accessories, Crypton, a beautiful and high-performance textile manufacturer, and with Editor at Large, a publication for design professionals. It was such a pleasure speaking with everyone…they’re such incredible talents!

High Point Market is always such a fun experience and I always leave feeling full of new inspiration and excitement about things to come in the design world!

Want to check out what we discovered during our spring trip earlier this year? Don’t forget to check out the recap!

XO  |  LU