Explore the Home decor Trends for 2012 - Highpoint N.C. show case

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Explore the Home Decor Trends for 2012




Finally, the words we've been waiting for!  Made in America!  At the recent furniture market, held every April and October in High Point, North Carolina, "Made in America" described product launches all around the show.  This movement is definitely gaining momentum and helping to move our country back to its manufacturing roots.




"Upcycling" was another prevalent and on-going theme at High Point.  Leftovers from other industries are being served up in new and exciting ways!  Old sari fabrics are being reworked into gloriously hued rug designs, while ethnic fabrics from around the world are being used as upholstery and other soft goods. 


Vintage saris are twisted and braided onto a wire frame to create this colorful table/ottoman. 




"Vintage American" was another popular theme.  In tough economic times we always tend to look to our past and to items that provide comfort and help us return to our roots.  At this fall's market recycled denim appeared on upholstered chairs, as pillows and in rugs.  Salvaged materials, distressed finishes and bright primary colors contributed to the cheerful and charming atmosphere prevalent in this theme.


Grace and Blake Tanner chair
Recycled denim is paired with acrylic legs to create a fresh take on a wing chair.  This chair shows how "Upcycling" and "Vintage American" can be combined in exciting new ways.  Best of all, it's made in America! 




Mid-century modern played out in sleek, elegant forms, beautifully grained woods and supple leathers, exerting a strong influence at the market.  Geometric motifs abounded with diamond, octagonal and circular patterns leading the way.  Other patterns to look for in the near future included chevrons, feathers and Mondrian-inspired colorblocks.


You will see many more geometric motifs appearing on fabrics and in pillows. 
Luxe baby alpaca pillows are appearing in many different colors and sizes in super soft accent pillows.




Modern looks that feature organic styles and luxurious, natural materials represented a return to nature.  Leaf patterning rendered in delicate forms appeared in wall sculptures, furniture and botanical prints.  Animal forms were integrated into lamp and furniture designs as well as used in artwork.  Also, many types of animal skins were used in pillows and top of bed collections.


Gingko leaf tables
These delicate gingko leaves sit atop slender stems to create a stunning statement in bronze and herald a return to nature represented by organic shapes rendered in beautiful materials. 




Look for more animal motifs in the future.  Greyhounds, parrots and gazelles seem to be a popular part of the menagerie with safari themes taking top billing.


Parrot picture
This colorful parrot print is indicative of the zoological theme that appeared at the October market. 




Deep, rich chocolate upholstery was a popular color, and white furniture was also an important style statement.  Not only was white used in upholstery, but white case goods abounded as well.  For the modern look, white lacquer was the chosen finish.




Improved manufacturing techniques always appear in the form of new and unusual products.  On the flip side, a return to and an appreciation of artisanship has helped push hand-crafted pieces to the forefront as well.




The most important thing to remember, though, is that you surround yourself with furnishings and décor that speak to you and make you feel good, regardless of what the newest design trends might be.  My most prized possessions are a few good quality antiques I inherited from my grandmothers and a hand-cast accent table made by a friend.  What are yours?






Thanks Again to my friend and colleague Randy Trainor - she will be collaborating with our design build firm and with Alpine Lakes Realty in the field of interior design and staging for new construction and resale properties in the area. Ask Randy for a consult - 603-520-5040  / or visit her web site for more design ideas and contact information.  www.crtinteriors.com

Randy has offices in Franconia NH and Portsmouth NH

 Email address;   crt@crtinteriors.com  



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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I like the 'American Made' part, but if these are the styles... I will be left out in the cold.

Jan 13, 2012 06:40 AM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Steve, I am with William.  I like the fact that these are American made, but let's just say that I am not sophisticated enough yet for these styles :)

Jan 13, 2012 01:02 PM #2
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Thanks Guys it's time we spend our money here and still get the best products and the most current decor.

Jan 13, 2012 01:42 PM #3
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Glad to see that deep dark chocolate was a favorite color for upholstered  furniture.   That has always been my favorite color.. yet when you take any of those personality quizes that ask you what your favorite color is... brown is never on there let alone chocolate.  I guess it's not a real color ;)

Jan 13, 2012 03:17 PM #4
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Judi, I have a faux leather wll in my bedroom that is a deep brown...I love it.

Jan 14, 2012 12:31 AM #5
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