2019 Winter / Spring Style Report

Our Style Spotters pick the hot new trends of 2019

Welcome to the Winter / Spring 2019 Style Spotter’s report on, well – STYLE! Each Style Spotter has their own look or vibe that they bring to their respective client’s homes. Therefore, at Market they obviously gravitate toward items that speak to their individual point of view. On the following pages, I hope you will enjoy a glimpse into each of their design souls.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Also, at this time, I sadly say farewell as Style Spotter Emeritus, a position I have loved for the past five years, as well as my two years as a Style Spotter before that. It was an extremely difficult decision to make, as I adore the people of the High Point Market Authority and the various Style Spotter teams which I was honored to help select and coach thru each Market cycle. To each Style Spotter (past and present), I am sincerely in awe of your talents; it was fun to work with you and get to know you; and I am fortunate to count all of you as friends! I know we will stay in touch throughout our careers and lives. And again, thank you so much to High Point Market for asking me to serve in this position; it has truly been a fun ride and privilege! You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID
Studio M President
Style Spotter Emeritus
High Point Market Board Member

Web: interiorsbystudiom.com
Twitter: @StudioM_
Instagram: StudioM_

Michel Smith Boyd

Web: michelsmithboyd.com
Twitter: @michelboyd
Instagram: @michelboyd

Back to the 80’s

As much as I am enjoying the 70’s palette, I predict that next Market will be inundated with all things 80’s. In at least three showrooms I noticed an explosion of pastel, a la Miami Vice and Golden Girls. In the Bradley showroom in particular, I was moved by the over-scaled furniture with light wood finishes and pastel upholstery. It was a refreshing change of pace that still felt like luxury, and yet somehow familiar. I say bring on the dreamy pastels in rich velvets and textures, but skip the badly printed patterns from kitchen drapes past.




Storytelling via Craft & Design

The other trend I noticed was the celebration of all things individual. Fall Market introduced more standout pieces or items with a story than I’ve ever experienced. In fact each of my Style Spotter picks are items that came with an experience or very specific inspiration, shared by the artist in the process of creating the piece. In every other creative genre, from music to fashion, individuality has been more celebrated. It’s only natural that we see more inclusion/individuality and opportunities to express ourselves fully in design also. One of my favorite examples is the new Shamsian Collection for E.J. Victor by Bethan Gray, who says she believes in storytelling via craft and design. The entire collection is inspired by Bethan’s family heritage and her extensive travels throughout the Middle East – from the sunlight across the castellations of the fort at Nizwa to the billowing sails of traditional Omani boats.

E.J. Victor


Asian Loft

Mary Douglas Drysdale

Web: marydouglasdrysdale.com
Twitter: @maryddrysdale
Instagram: @marydouglasdrysdale

Artisan Made Techniques Take the Day

The most prominent trend that I observed at High Point Market was the return of the look of classic weaving or fabrication techniques, in machine made design elements. This was repeatedly seen in rugs, textiles, mirrors, and lighting. In each case the number of colors appeared to have been limited and the other artisan techniques avoided both rustic and perfectionist. The norm was a comfortable look of hand influenced and finished, with lacquer fading and brilliant color, softened.

Pillows add such comfort and finishing to most rooms. This series of square and rectangular decorative pillows from Bliss Studio felt hand stitched, and offered wonderful, yet soft color in a look connects the modern interior to times past.

Masaya has come to market with a range of casual and comfortable seating pieces that are simple in form but dramatic in their appeal. The strappings are lively, and the colors delicious. If desired, there are patterns that feel almost tribal. These pieces don't need to work in the traditional way of using one pattern for many, but allow you to combine different colors and patterns brilliantly.

The Pompei silver chandelier and sconce by Troy Lighting were the fixtures I most wanted to take home with me. The beautifully finished metal conveys character and feels handmade and artisan produced. These are classics that will never be trendy.

Bliss Studio

Masaya & Co

Troy Lighting

Troy Lighting

Modern and Classical Find ways to Blend

I was repeatedly drawn to pieces that reminded me of a simpler past, interpreted in colors or finishes that were unpretentious and could work in many settings. Modern and Traditional have truly joined hands to create a beautiful blend of yesteryear and now.

All white and wonderfully patterned, this monochromatic pillow by Callisto Home, adds such detail and sense of design, without taking over via color, that it could add elegance to any room.

The work of Doug Frates is exciting in its originality. Each of his pieces varies slightly from the next, allowing for symmetry and surprise. Available in numerous sizes, they add a dramatic and artful presence, with or without flowers.

Beautifully shaped and carefully proportioned, these compact and comfortable modern-day versions of the Klismos chair by Lee Industries are perfectly detailed and gorgeous when viewed from any angle.

In her first collection at Market, Robin Baron has created practical pieces that combine the perfect balance of simple form and fantasy.

Doug Frates Glass

Robin Baron

Callisto Home

Lee Industries

Stacy Garcia

Web: stacygarcia.com
Twitter: @StacyGarciaInc
Instagram: @stacygarciainc

Cosmic Craze

Heavy astronomic influence landed at Fall Market, resulting in some truly stunning pieces. From stellar silhouettes to ethereal materials, out-of-this-world elements were one common theme in new products. Iridescent surfaces, mixed metals, starburst shapes and celestial blue and violets constituted this futuristic feel. Mimicking orbital paths, the night sky, and extraterrestrial planets and galaxies, interpretations of this intergalactic theme were heavily prevalent. With circular forms reminiscent of Saturn’s rings, one of my favorite pieces was ModShop’s St. Germain Round Dining Table. Other show-stopping elements nodding to outer space included cosmic forms, mysterious surfaces and rock-like material and pattern.


Hammerton Studio

Sterling Dimond

Return to Nature

Fall Market had an endless amount of standout product composed of natural materials, organic shapes and earthy motifs. Motivated by the desire to reconnect with nature, this trend is all about developing a sense of tactility and warmth in a space. From natural stone to raw wood planks, such as in the Double Sided Bookcase Room Divider by Artitalia, each piece tied nature-inspired aspects into its design. This texture-driven trend was comprised of a muted color palette with shades of complex grey, warm beige and earthy brown. Prevailing elements in this organic trend include stone forms, tree trunks and knotted roots.

Conarte America


Nourison Industries

The Howard Elliott Collection

Geometric Glam

Dramatically defined geometrics commanded my attention at Market! Both in pattern and structure, products consisted of sharp lines, circular forms and clever compositions. Soft velvet and suede textures in rich earthy hues added an unexpected glamour to the upholstered pieces, such as the Havens Chair by Four Hands, while warm metals and marble finishes are seeing a resurgence. Minimal forms, geometric quilted techniques and sleek lines give this trend a totally refined and sophisticated look that is still fresh and expressive. I love how the perfectly balanced combination of color and material causes the geometric elements to stand out, transforming these pieces into striking works of art.

Four Hands

Worlds Away

Dimond Home

Cloud 9 Design

Green Apple Home Style


Bria Hammel

Web: briahammelinteriors.com
Twitter: @BriaHammel
Instagram: @briahammelinteriors

Minimalism Is Making A Comeback

This Market saw a transition toward simplified designs. Casegoods showed soft, beautiful lines, and upholstered forms were crisp and uncomplicated. Craftsmanship is elevated with this simplicity, as every detail counts now.

The Samson Cocktail Table by Bradley is a perfect example of this toned down design. The cylinder like legs complement the smooth cement table top, and add interest via their build and orientation.

John Parkinson’s Low Back Chair defines artwork in a furniture piece with its smooth sloped arms. Detail is amplified by the choice of materials: a mixture of walnut and gaboon ebony.

Another example of the trend toward refined lines is the Tritter Feefer Drake Side Table. Its antler like smooth legs and round wood top make it malleable to many different styles.


John Parkinson Furniture

Tritter Feefer Home Collection

Masculine Meets Feminine in Interior Design

An interesting new marriage in style is the merging of masculine frames with feminine details. This movement toward yin and yang styling is attractive when designing spaces for people with different tastes, as it allows us to express multiple styles in one piece.

This antique leather skirted chair defines the blending of masculine and feminine. The worn-in leather nods to a masculine style, but the detail of a pleated skirt adds a feminine sensibility.

The CR Laine Colchester Sofa couples masculine and feminine by pairing its softly curved, shapely back and waterfall skirt with a navy pinstripe fabric.

A soft and playful reeded ball base with curved cut outs is finished in a warm, masculine wood tone in the Dunes and Duchess Game Table, creating flexibility that allows it to fit wherever it is placed.

Darrell Dean Antiques

Dunes and Duchess

CR Laine

Nature Infused Design

Nature has always been a large part of design, but we are now seeing a much more direct impact on furniture. Pieces incorporating more natural materials, playing with patterns that replicate an item out of nature, and the actual use of items from nature as the medium for art were prevalent themes throughout Market.

Made of a natural rattan material and shaped as a flower from the garden, the McGuire Sunflower Table brings the outside directly into an interior space. Adding these natural elements softens a room, and adds a touch of playfulness to a design.

Mixed media is on the rise this season, as in the blending of high sheen lacquered pieces with a more casual element such as bamboo or rattan. The Somerset Bay Bamboo Minimal Console not only nodded toward the more minimal movement in its lines, but also added the touch of a natural element to make it’s simple detailing even more interesting.

Botanicals have long been a popular and timeless style of artwork. Typically seen as sketches, paintings, or prints, different lines of flowers have been popular for years as decorative art. The Natural Curiosities Herbariums Series took a fresh take on this classic idea, using actual hand dried flowers as the medium to create an additional layer of texture and depth.

Natural Curiosities

The McGuire Company

Somerset Bay


Mirth Studio

Jeffrey Johnson

Web: jeffreydesignllc.com
Twitter: @jeffreydesigner
Instagram: @jeffreydesigner

Merry Go Round

Hop on the Merry Go Round and join the trends of fluid movement in Circles and Octagons.

What is so great about these shapes is their endless energy and effortless repetition of a dynamism that flows through our spaces and into our lives. Unlike the trends of a risk taker pushing the boundaries, these forms have no boundaries, and yet still abide within our comfort zone. They remind us why we have trends, to create buzz by a revolution of the latest with the greatest.

Generation Lighting

Robert James


Stanley Furniture

A Wave of Blue and White

Reflecting the water and the clouds, blue and white incorporate easily into either an interior or exterior space. Finding the white on white is quite enjoyable now as impeccable details are an embrace of color all their own. As new, high-tech materials minimize the maintenance so long associated with white, we can move forward with confidence in adding its qualities to our spaces. White furnishings free us to paint our walls in any color. That is magic in my eyes. Blue, timeless, reflecting a beneficial energy, is the perfect shade to blend with many colors, textures, and forms. Always in motion, the wave of blue and white washes over us to calm, cleanse, and refresh.


Alden Parkes

American Leather

Theodore Alexander

Justine Macfee

Web: macfeedesign.com
Twitter: @MacfeeDesign
Instagram: @macfeedesign

Laid Back Elegance

Inspired by the indoor/outdoor California lifestyle, this look was peppered throughout Market this season in raw and bleached natural materials, simple organic forms, 70’s inspired earthenware lighting and accessories, and modern takes on rattan seating. Many designers embraced this casual cool mix that feels effortless and yet is still refined.

Minted Art

Made Goods



Julian Chichester

Pattern Party

Much like we are seeing in fashion right now, pattern play is going strong for home interiors in 2019. Expect to see textiles where geometric meets organic, earthy palettes pop with bright electric accents, and bold patterns that are embracing a mismatched style. This look may seem peculiar on its own, but paired together in a composition, it becomes a visual feast for the eyes, a true maximalist dream! Oh, and tartan is still very much a thing.

Ngala Trading Co.

Design Legacy

Dunes and Duchess


Jamie Young Company

Form Into Functional Elegance

Or simply put, sculptural elements showing up in beautiful form in furniture, creating truly elegant statement pieces with organic lines and eye-catching angles. Curved sofas, cast stone table bases, large scale glass bowls and accessories all add these inspired forms to the home, while still serving a great practical function.

Lenzi Marble Attitude

District Eight


Four Hands

Four Hands

Made In The USA

My three new favorite discoveries of US made product this Market: (1) Bruce Andrews Design - made in North Carolina (2) Tritter Feefer – made in Georgia (3) Counter Culture Studio – made by Chad Kilgore in Kansas City, Missouri

Tritter Feefer Home Collection

Counter Culture

Bruce Andrews Design

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Web: www.theenglishroom.biz
Twitter: @theenglishr
Instagram: @theenglishroom

White Out

High Point Market was a white out! Plaster and textural gesso finishes were abundant throughout many showrooms. These finishes reflect an attention to detail and artisanal crafting that can only be achieved by hand. They have grown in popularity because spaces finished with plaster have a depth and luminosity that shifts with the light, quietly transforming the look and feel of a house or item.

Bleached wood and white washed case goods and tables punctuated showrooms once laden with brown wood finishes. White shearling upholstery brightened spaces, and brought an organic and tactile element that can only be achieved by natural textiles. This classic and clean look is here to stay.

Hudson Valley Lighting


Julian Chichester

Wicker Wonderland

Wicker and rattan was around every corner in High Point. Wicker can be defined as be any pliable twigs, typically of willow, plaited or woven to make items such as furniture and baskets. The range of rattan was as diverse as the material used. There were many nostalgic styles nodding to the past, including amazing peacock chairs and lots of modern designs that update this iconic material for indoor and outdoor spaces. The Peacock Chair has an illustrious past I learned this Market. Originally imported from the Philippines, the chair originated in a prison in Manila, where it was woven by inmates. The current multiple chair designs from Homevestures are imported from Bali and are also woven by hand.

Selamat Designs


Mainly Baskets

Sarah Walker

Web: thecuratedhouse.com
Twitter: @CuratedHouse
Instagram: @thecuratedhouse

Globally Gathered

More and more, people are seeking an inspired retreat and an experience of sanctuary in their homes. Design is about so much more than just function and beauty. It is about creating a personal narrative; a context in which we will create meaningful memories. Inspired by a spirit of wanderlust, these pieces offer just that – a well-traveled sense of escape and a sophisticated savouring of storied details, all without any of the jet lag.

John Richard

Pyar & Co.

Schwung Home

Ngala Trading Co.

Hickory Chair

Curated Curves

Whether inspired by an archival piece of furniture, a classic architectural form, an iconic artist’s mobile or an Art Deco piece of jewelry from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection, each of these pieces represents the design world’s current obsession with all things curvilinear. A marriage of a strong Continental European influence and our passion for reviving bygone eras, curves continue to reign supreme in furnishings, lighting, art and interiors.

Corbett Lighting

Zoe Bios Creative



Dowel Furniture

Thayer Coggin

Playful Geometry

Playing with shapes and angles and arcs has always offered designers a way to add an effortless edge to our design projects. Whether a 3D illusion wallcovering, luxe resin and brass cabinet hardware, sculptural lighting, an oversized mirror or statement furniture pieces, each speaks to our never-ending love affair with the beauty, dimension and simplicity of geometrical, sculptural forms.


Visual Comfort

Addison Weeks

York Wallcoverings



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