18 April 2009

Nature-theme area rug

Capel Rug Elementals WalkstoneArtistic renderings of graceful floral elements are captured in the nature-inspired Elementals line of area rugs from Capel. Rugs are hand-tufted with over-twisted wool blend yarns to create a unique effect. This and other lines will be introduced at this month's High Point market.
Elementals is offered in the soft-hued patterns Bramble, Pavillion, Orchids, Bluebells and Walkstone (toasted almond or mesquite). Walkstone features the winning design from the 2008 North Carolina State University design competition.

Retailers: See Capel in High Point at Market Square, showroom 112.
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer to order this product.

17 April 2009

Hand-painted chest

Roberta Schilling offers custom furniture that is hand-painted with warm colors. This chest (style CH012 ) measures 52 inches wide, 25 inches deep and 37 inches tall. The company imports a wide range of furniture and decorative accessories.

Retailers: See Roberta Schilling this month in High Point (Union Square Building, 410 English Road).
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer or interior designer to order this product.

16 April 2009

High Point favorites

The High Point market celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The to-the-trade furniture show runs Saturday, April 25 to Thursday, April 30.
I attended my first market in 1999. Here are some of my favorite experiences (in no particular order):
1. Catching some rays on the third-floor deck of Showplace.
2. Talking with first-time exhibitors. Their enthusiasm is genuine and they are not the least bit jaded.
3. Inhaling the combined aromas of leather and freshly ground coffee that hit you when you step inside IHFC.
4. Browsing the bookstores in Market Square and the C&D Building.
5. Drinking a glass of sweet tea and
6. Sipping a can of Cheerwine, the local soft drink. (But one serving of this Dr Pepper-like beverage every six months is plenty.)
7, Uncovering something new in decorative accessories. With all that creative talent showing in High Point, you’ll always find a style or color combination you have never seen before.
8. Savoring a carryout dinner (though you can eat in) from Saigon Cuisine Restaurant, 4205 High Point Road, Greensboro. Telephone 336-294-9286.
9. Taking in the visual merchandising magic in the Global Views showroom.
10. Breaking the routine and walking into a showroom I have never visited.
11. Heading home. This market always leaves me exhausted. Exhilarated, yes, but also very tired.

Contemporary mirror

Nova Lighting mirror Jon Gilmore collection High PointNova, which carries a wide line of lighting, unveils a new collection of ready-to-assemble (or RTA) wall decor this month at the High Point market. The new mirror designs, part of the growing Jon Gilmore collection, are moderately priced.
The “Get Together” mirror measures 38 inches square. It has a 24-inch beveled mirror suspended inside an easy-to-assemble aluminum frame, finished in root beer and silver accents. A 39-inch-diameter round mirror is also part of the collection.

Retailers: See Nova this month in High Point, showroom C403 (Commerce wing of the IHFC).
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer or designer to order this product.

15 April 2009

Colorful travel mugs

Contigo autoseal travel mugsThis year’s Housewares show was extremely colorful, as noted in previous posts. Contigo contributed to the rainbow with these travel mugs and bottles. (Since they are meant to travel, you could call them out-of-the-house-wares.)
The Autoseal lid system automatically seals between sips, eliminating spills and also preventing heat or cold from escaping. The push-button operation is really easy to use. The collection includes a 16-ounce stainless steel mug, a 14-ounce thermo-plastic mug, 24-ounce and 32-ounce BPA-free plastic Hydration bottles, a 28-ounce stainless steel Hydration bottle, a 17-ounce “Swish” plastic Hydration bottle, and a 9-ounce Kids mug.
Who knew sippy cups for adults could look so good?

Shoppers: Can't find 'em? Ask your favorite retailer to order this product.

14 April 2009

Sangria pitcher

Le Creuset Sangria pitcherThe 3-quart Sangria pitcher from Le Creuset has a large, oversized spout that is designed for easy pouring. That's great, particularly if you use the pitcher for sangria. The large chunks of fruit and ice will flow easily into glasses.
The pitcher is made of stoneware, so it will not stain or absorb odors. It comes comes in five colors: Caribbean, Cobalt, Cherry, Dijon and Kiwi.

Retailers: Le Creuset featured this at the Housewares show in March. It is available this month.
Shoppers: Can't find it? Ask your favorite retailer to order this pitcher for you.

13 April 2009

Hey, hey they're the Monkeez

Midwest monkeezSeasons of Cannon Falls turned for inspiration to the Great Depression era, when grandmas everywhere turned old socks into dolls to entertain the grandkids. The Genuine Monkeez sock monkeys come in three sizes and wear vibrant, colorful stripes. Each monkey has its own name and personality, so they’re fun to collect. They also feature removable knit hats and scarves, with magnets safely hidden inside hands and feet. YouTube videos and Facebook fan pages are signs of their popularity.
Retailers: See the line in showrooms, or call your rep.
Shoppers: Can't find 'em? Ask your favorite retailer to order this product.

12 April 2009

Sass in a flask

Anne Taintor flasksAnne Taintor is that kind of girl. The kind who keeps extending her line, from cards and kitchen towels to cosmetic bags, emery boards and sticky notes.
These stainless steel flasks (with funnel) hold four ounces so that "a ladylike snort is always at your fingertips," according to the literature. The flasks bear Taintor's signature sassy lines, including "The key word is 'alleged,'" "Why do dishes when you can do daiquiris?" and "She was one cocktail away from proving his mother right."
Retailers: see the line in showrooms (Patti White & Co., Chicago, shown) or from your rep.
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer to order this product for you.
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