Tips & Trends

Trendspotting with Sam Simon at the High Point Market

I traveled for the first time this month to experience the big momma of all the home furnishing trade shows, the High Point Market in North Carolina. Over 75,000 people flood the small town of High Point every six months in search of interesting finds and the hottest trends. More than 2,000 exhibiters present goods from more than 100 countries. It was overwhelming, to say the least. Below is just a snapshot of some of the finds and trends I spotted that would be perfect accents in the nursery.

I say go big or go home! So let’s start BIG with these oversized blooms from Bliss Studio. These blooms nod to the hot trend of warm metals as well as mixing metals (gold and silver). They were definitely a standout for me, and I already have plans to use them in a design!

Floral Wall Art from Bliss StudioFloral Wall Art from Bliss Studio

I had to include a shot of myself with the flowers just so their scale can be appreciated—the flowers range in size from 6-44″.

Floral Wall Art from Bliss Studio

Another trend I spotted was texture, and I saw it in everything from case goods to wallpapers. This grand armoire from super chic Oly Studio is oversized and gorgeous. The graphic hexagon pattern is softened by the floral relief motif. I could see this in a modern princess room—it’s feminine without being expected.

Tyrol Armoire from Oly StudioTyrol Armoire from Oly Studio

This ottoman from COUEF is a totally utilitarian, multi-function piece, great for the nursery and beyond. This little number is totally customizable in a myriad of fabrics, and it’s available with or without the button details. It rolls smoothly on casters, and the top lifts off easily for storage. And the little pull out tray is perfect for a cup of tea (or glass of wine) for mom or dad.

Cooper Ottoman from COUEFCooper Ottoman from COUEF

Clear acrylic is still super strong as far as trendy design goes. This swing is a fun way to bring a little clarity into your home. B.Pila Design is based in Miami, and they showed candy-colored wares like this super fun swing, oversized dream catchers in pink and blue and even a clear acrylic ping pong table!

Hanging Bench from B. Pila DesignHanging Bench from B. Pila Design

Another huge trend I spotted was the use of crystal, geodes and the magically white selenite crystals in everything from lighting to decorative accessories. The buffet lamp from John Richard melds a new age material with a glam design. The base is gold leaf (gold is still trending in a big way), and it supports a cube of clear acrylic. The slender brass lamp crescendos into a starburst of natural rock crystals. The look is modern yet organic.

Crystal and Brass Lamp from John RichardCrystal and Brass Lamp from John Richard

And there you have it! Have you fallen for any of these trends? Or better yet, have you incorporated them into your nursery design?

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