I just got back from High Point Market. High Point is an enormous furniture and interiors hub here in North Carolina. Twice a year, they host Market: 180 buildings full of gorgeous pieces for the home. Out of 180, I covered 5 1/2 buildings… that's all I could get to in two days!
Y'all know how much I LOVE interiors, so going to market was a real treat for me. I have a renewed respect for designers… I was blown away by how much they have to sift through and process and curate for their clients. Many thanks to the ever-talented and thoughtful Lee Stough for giving me a pass to the event.
My real goal was to research the art. I wanted to see the best ways that artwork can work in interior spaces.
Many artists abhor the idea of an "OTC painting" (over-the-couch painting) - that is, artwork that is created solely for decoration purposes. I get it; OTC paintings compromise an artist's vision and create a disjointed body of work… but I LOVE IT. I love painting for decor.
Art is transformative. It can make a statement, draw the eyes upward in a space, provide balance, unify color schemes. Since I love interiors so much, why wouldn't I do what I can to contribute to the beauty of a home? I'm not a designer, but I can paint. I like to think I can paint pretty much anything… furniture, walls, crafts, and canvases both traditional and funky. I love the variety.
Anywho… I found LOTS of inspiration at High Point.
Let me show you what I found!
The big trend is definitely huge, colorful artwork. I love it. The next few images are from the Festoni display.
The Benson-Cobb Studios displayed wonderfully serene, peaceful art… I wish I had more than just one photo!
I met the sweetest woman from Chattanooga named Lisa Seago. She had been a designer for 25 years before turning her talents to canvas. We chatted about giclee reproductions for a while.. it opened my eyes to another trend: original works being blown up much larger than their original size, so the reproduction has exaggerated texture.
More random wall art...
Good ol' botanicals. I love 'em. So classy, and a series of them fills space so elegantly.
On the second day, I stumbled upon Wendover Art Group, and wow. What a feast for the eyes.
Big painterly flower trend coming right up...
Some landscapes and cityscapes I liked… the illustrative quality is fun.
This one is from Natural Curiosities… I love how it's delicate and natural and feminine:
These pieces are all from Guild Master, except the last image...
Well, if you've made it all the way to the bottom of this post, congratulations! I am giving you a virtual hug and a pat on the back. Thanks for reading… and expect lots of new work in the future based on High Point inspiration!
And, as always, if you see something you like… contact me to discuss your project! I'd love to do a custom piece for you.