For interior designers, furniture retailers, and manufacturers, there really isn’t any place better to spend two weeks of your year than High Point Market twice a year. For Michelle Jennings Wiebe, this is the premier destination show for the furnishings industry! She called it many times called as the equivalent of New York City’s Fashion Week, as High Point Market reigns supreme for launching new collections and inspirations while also providing the best southern hospitality for networking and just having fun.
Find below Michelle’s list of top brands she and her time can’t miss:
Century Furniture and Bernhardt both top off her list of must see showrooms due to the overall creativity that goes into their new collections and color stories. The thought that goes into their showroom vignettes is awe inspiring! Ideas can be drawn from the gorgeous artwork, accessories, light fixtures, floral arrangements, bedding, and window treatments that are styled into their furnishing showrooms.
Other inspirational furniture destinations include CR Laine (always colorful and on trend), Vanguard (their wide variety of finishes is a designer’s dream – oh and they have great cake pops, too), Hickory White/Lillian August, Theodore Alexander (a showroom she consider up and coming), Hickory Chair, Thibaut (cheery uses of fabrics and wallpaper too), Caracole, Lexington (wide range of products and one of her favourite go to accounts for two decades), Jonathan Charles (European and stately – and a great pub!), and Stanley. And she always love to visit Emporium Home (fresh modern looks) in Interhall in the IHFC building.
Sensational lighting vendors which Michelle Jennings never miss are Currey & Company (great Market introductions each time), Arteriors (glam and whimsy mixed), Visual Comfort (the Kelly Wearstler Collection is her favorite), and Fine Arts Lighting (sculptural art in lighting). Her favorite art showrooms include Natural Curiosities (many different price points and looks), Harold Charles (one of Michelle’s favorite galleries based in her hometown of Tampa), and Kevin McPherrin Gallery (for exquisite original artwork).