Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Chicken or the Egg?

This is the question that I ask myself every time I attend the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point!

Every market, it seems that industry gurus have been scouring the internet to see what DIY’ers and bloggers have been doing to decorate their homes.

Then they incorporate those ideas into their own lines, in some way, fashion, or form.

But on the other hand, I also ask myself if the general public gets inspired with what the industry initially shows

and then these inspired and talented people run with their own takes on these ideas.


So what really comes first- the chicken or the egg?  Who really inspires whom?

Does the furniture and design industry solely influence people - or do we, as bloggers and DIY’ers, inspire the industry more than we know?


While perusing the showrooms last week, I saw lots of pallet furniture and accessories.

What used to be tossed away in the burn pile by retailers is now being used to manufacture accessory pieces and furniture,

as well as accessorizing walls in the showrooms.


pallet walls

Pallets were used as simple wall backdrops in this showroom, where the company’s sconces were mounted onto the wood boards.

In the blogging world, I think of Funky Junk Interiors and Debbie Doo’s, who have used pallets in many of their own projects.

Click on the links to see Donna’s post about pallet wood and Debbie’s pallet projects page.


leather desk and auto accessories

Once again, the vintage theme was still very much in vogue at this market.

Flexsteel Furniture’s new line was inspired by a British company that also designs for a well known retailer here in the states.

The company used distressed looking leathers to accent their pieces and then designers accessorized their furniture collection with found objects such as

rusty automotive tools, vintage fans, old letters and books, and photography equipment.


steel trunks and vintage items


Hmmm…. no wonder my nephew, who is a company rep, said the collection reminded him of me!


wrenches on wall




typewriter art

 What a fun display of typewriter key art in the Wilcox Showroom.

They would most certainly be a great DIY project using simple paint can lids, don’t you think?

When I saw them, I immediately thought of Susie Harris, who creates and sells some great artwork of her own.



In the photo above, you can see that she created her own version of an old typewriter keyboard.

I recall that she was inspired by Pottery Barn. but I never think of PB when I see typewriter keys- I always think of Susie!


More photos to come soon.  It was not a truly inspiring market this spring. I saw lots of the “same ol’, same old thing.”

So much so, that I really didn’t go hog wild taking pictures.  I didn’t take the good camera, either, so many of the shots are not of the best quality.

Plus, we were busy hoofing all over creation, trying to make our appointments on time.

You don’t take elevators unless it’s up to the 12th floor to work your way down. They are waaaay too slow to come and pick you up!

It can be time consuming when you take the steps and give your quads and hamstrings a good workout!

And then there was all the time that was spent eating the delicious catered food in the showrooms at lunchtime

and the drinks and hors d’oevres at cocktail hour…..


Linking to:

Be Inspired @ Common Ground










Debby said...

It's always fun to see the market through a buyer's eye. I can't wait to see more.

20 North Ora said...

Don't you come home all inspired from market? I always have so many ideas that I really can't think straight.


NanaDiana said...

It actually sounds like you were just a bit disappointed with the show. I hate when it is the same old/same old. Perhaps it is beczuse we are connected to bloggers that show up the newest and best and we are sometimes ahead of the market? xo Diana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Everyone loved those typewriter keys. Kristen was like oh, I can recreate this with paint can lids. I said, totally. So sorry you couldn't stay longer and we could have met.

Sue said...

Oh Sue your so clever to think of using paint can lids but I guess that is why I love love love you so much...Can we do lunch sometime??...I would not be surprised if the industry gets ideas from Bloggers because there is not a more talented bunch for sounds like you had fun...Our furniture guy has his business up there "Englishman's"......we just bought some stuff from him down here in Smyrna at his warehouse....I'm sorry I didn't pick up his Union Jack framed flag....I'm hoping he gets in more soon...I love that thing...

Jo said...

Funny to see that they follow blogger ideas! pallets have been the "in" thing now Can't wait to read your other reports!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip and enjoyed some yummy food and drinks. I am not into the industrial look, but know that many are. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Have a great weekend.

Jemsmom said...

Hello woman! I feel like I haven't "seen" you in years! I love when you go and share your finds. I would totally go for the food! :-)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my gosh... The typewriter keyboard: FAB.U.LOUS... how I'd love that. Well, maybe in miniature. The cottage is pretty small here, you know. :-)

Sorry to hear there wasn't really anything that took your breath away. Hopefully next year. How lucky you are to be able to see all that great stuff ahead of the rest of "the little people".. :-) Pottery Barn has a line of things made with leather and sort of airplane-ish too.

I had no idea Dollar Tree was the go to place for reindeer moss. What a find! I was thrilled. Going back for more today.

Have a great week...


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sue, I do love the typewriter keys. I have noticed that many of blogger's ideas are copied though by the time the pieces hit market they have been around for a while and are a little stale.

Debra Oliver said...

Love the industrial vibe with all this. Looks very Restoration Hardware to me!

Gail @ said...

I love the key board on the wall made from paint can lids...hmmm, now I am thinking how/where I can do this in my home. Thanks for these great ideas.

Cranberry Morning said...

Absolutely LOVE the typewriter art in the Wilcox Showroom!! Thank you for sharing it at Vintage Inspiration so we could see it too. :-)

Sandra said...

Saw your project on Common Ground and just have to go and have a look. Wonderful inspiration with the paint lids and typewriter effect. Thanks for sharing
Sandra from South Africa

Debbiedoo's said...

So true Sue and thought provoking, I often wonder this myself. In fact, I swear some of my ideas are robbed....LOL..jk of course!

Lori E said...

I am in love with that QWERTY keyboard. Paint can lids....who woulda thought....

Sarah said...

Paint can lids for the typewriter keys ~ very clever! I can see this one spreading like wild fire. '-)

onlinephduk said...

This is a valid point. I know that when I come up with something good it was usually based off of things that I found elsewhere. It is a never ending cycle. I love all the pictures that you added.

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