One of the highlights of our trip to the High Point Furniture Market last week was meeting Paula Deen, the “Queen of Southern Cuisine.” Her line at Universal Furniture was just so pretty. It’s a blend of several southern styles- from laid back comfort, all the way to old world elegance. I wish I had been able to take more photos, but as you may recall, I was dealing with the husband’s Blackberry, since I had left my camera at home. In fact, I inadvertently left the phone in camera mode and drained the battery, not to mention causing some of the apps to fail! Only me…… But I feigned ignorance and told the husband that there must be something wrong with the camera mode, since he had had an issue with it a couple of days before. Only after I charged his battery that night did I let on that I just might have had something to do with his over-heating phone…..
Cocktails, anyone? The shelves underneath held wine bottles just perfectly in the spaces between the slats. And if someone didn’t want to use it as a bar, he/she could use it as a simple storage unit in the kitchen or a casual dining area. Pots, pans, bowls, and linens could be displayed on the shelves. I think it could be a very versatile piece.
Mixing woods is definitely not something to be afraid of. This dark finished console/buffet, complete with three pull-out wicker baskets, was paired with a dining set in a much lighter finish. I liked the worn and weathered wood finish of the chair in the foreground. We saw weathered wood in almost every showroom we visited.
Here’s another example of mixing woods in the same room setting. Note the dark finish on the entertainment center on the left and on the settee. The legs on the chair on the right have a honey colored finish, while the cocktail table has a weathered look.
We saw this style of desk in quite a few showrooms. Its base is reminiscent of sawhorse legs, but with shelves and drawers for storage. There was a shelf connecting the two “legs.” Every time we saw a similar desk, we’d laugh and say, “there’s the Paula Deen look.” I bet Susie Harris could easily whip me up these wooden signs, don’t you think?
I liked the combination of the two different stains on this china cabinet. The drawers and shelf facings were done in the lighter weathered finish, while the body of the cabinet and the glass door fronts were in the darker finish. Do you see the iron door latch? It’s like a gate latch. How fun!
Check out the home-made chandies in this dining room. They look like peach baskets! The slats are alternated so the light can shine through. One slat is nailed from the inside, while the next one is nailed on the outside. Clever, clever…..
And here’s the daybed I ordered for one of my guestrooms. I like the fact that I won’t need to buy a special daybed cover for the mattress. I can just tuck in a simple coverlet or quilt and be done with it. Easy peasy! The two drawers underneath will provide much needed storage.
BTW……. Did you happen to notice the abundance of neutrals in all these rooms?
I’ll have more photos from market to show you soon.