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