Insider’s Tour

Get an insider’s look into the world of High Point Market

If you’re new to High Point Market, the Insider’s Tour will get you started in style. Designed by industry insiders to show you the inspirations, connections and business opportunities available here, this one-day journey will take you through some of their best loved showrooms. You’ll meet and greet makers and influencers who move our industry forward, and learn how to use High Point as a business-building, connection-making, inspirational encounter that will boost your professional brand.

All tours will take place on opening day of Fall Market, October 16, 2021.

Developed in partnership with Esteem Media.

Tour Guides

Jeanne K. Chung

Based in Southern California, luxury interior designer and retailer Jeanne Chung is known for an eclectic design aesthetic that bridges classic design principles with a modern twist. Her extensive knowledge of historical styles and periods equips her with the confidence to mix vintage with modern so that the spaces she designs appear as though they are effortless and have evolved over time. Through her design blog Cozy Stylish Chic, Jeanne has become recognized as an influencer in the industry. She is a regular speaker on trade show designer panels, and has served as a High Point Market Style Spotter.

Linda Holt

After a twenty-five year career as one of Boston’s top commercial headshot photographers, Linda launched her interior design business, Linda Holt Creative, in 2011. As a photographer, clients sought her out not only for her ability to make them look their very best, but also for her skill in making their personality shine through the lens. Today, she applies those very same principles to designing rooms that beautifully reflect the unique personality of each homeowner and their family. On her blog, “Focus on Creativity” Linda shares her two passions of photography and interior design. Building on her personal success in setting aside her heavy DSLR cameras and shooting exclusively with her iPhone, she is currently working on an online photography class that teaches interior designers and creatives to get the best photos possible with their iPhones. Linda is also a contributing writer on trends and design for Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Joann Kandrac & Kelly Kole

Voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole has been featured on HGTV as well as in The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes & Gardens among many other national and regional magazines. Kandrac & Kole has established a well-known reputation for their approachable, dynamic personalities, their signature use of color, and their one of a kind, custom designs. Popular bloggers, Joann & Kelly have been sharing upbeat and entertaining narratives regarding their design projects, travels and personal stories since 2009. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design also extends towards their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala and on their popular podcast Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole which debuted in January 2018.

Jana Platina Phipps

Jana Platina Phipps is a New York based textile/trimmings entrepreneur known for her expertise in fabrication techniques for home decor. As the “Trim Queen” Jana uses her blogging and social media acumen to educate, inspire, and entertain her tribe as she champions craftsmanship, artisans, and industry innovation. Her maker workshops, brand collaborations, and influence have made Jana a global ambassador of creativity from New York to Venice where she leads design tours. She is a mentor and connector, as espoused by her High Point Market Insider’s Tour attendees:

“Jana took us to so many wonderful showrooms and knew absolutely everyone at market...Her tour gave me the know-how to confidently navigate High Point Market without being overwhelmed...she is one of the most approachable and genuine people I have met in the industry, and created a sense of camaraderie in our diverse group of design professionals who had never met before.” Jana is a regular contributor to WF Vision Magazine and lectures on the History of Passementerie at the New York School of Interior Design. She embodies how embellishment is a form of creative self-expression and a powerful design tool.

Laura Thurman

Thurman Design Studio is a Nashville-based interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial development projects throughout the country. Laura Thurman (Principal Interior Designer) is well known for a global aesthetic filtered through a modern lens. She uses her upbringing in the diverse city of Los Angeles and world travels for inspiration as she collaborates with her clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their values and personality. Laura's inspiring designs have been featured in national and regional publications, including HGTV Magazine, Business of Home, and The Cottage Journal. Additionally she was named best in Houzz four consecutive years. She has received numerous industry honors recognizing her emergence as a fresh voice and influencer in the design industry. TDS's guiding principles are EDUCATE . INSPIRE . CREATE. They serve their clients by guiding them through a thoughtfully curated design experience, that yields creativity, displays quality, and goes beyond what the client imagined possible.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Insider’s Tour, you must be a member of the home furnishings industry who is eligible for a buyer pass, and have never attended High Point Market or have not been to more than one Market within the past two years. You also can never have attended a previous Insider's Tour. Please see our registration page to review the requirements for a buyer pass.

Applications for the Insider's Tour are no longer being accepted. However, we'd still love to have you join us at Fall Market. Register here.