Color was everywhere at Fall 2021’s High Point Market and I’m so excited to be able to share with you some of my favorite finds for your own #designhappyliving homes.
First, if you’re not familiar with High Point Market, it is the USA’s largest furniture tradeshow. It takes place twice a year in High Point, North Carolina.
Over 75,000 people normally attend it, and it’s where the furniture and interior design industry congregates to see new product introductions, learn about new trends, and to shop for their client’s projects and their stores.
I’ve been attending High Point Market myself for 20 years now, and have only missed 4 markets in all of that time, so I have a pretty good idea of *what’s news* when I see it – and I can tell you that what I saw that’s *new* is linear brass inlays in everything, all things cast resin + recycled performance fabrics.
But for this post, I’m not concentrating on showing you what’s trending, but on some of the color-filled items I saw that I thought would be perfect for those of you who love living surrounded by light filled color, like I do.
The opening image is the new Loop de Loop dresser by designer Sasha Bikoff for Kindel Grand Rapids, a great American furniture company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known for the quality of their finishes and their superior craftsmanship, every piece of theirs is 100% bench made.
The Loop de Loop can be done in any combination of custom colors, but this combination really caught my eye.
I love how carefully the loops have been painted with gold, which you can see in the close up below.
When you’re purchasing furniture for your homes online, you can’t always see these quality details, but if you were buying a lesser quality piece of painted furniture, you would notice [when you received it] that there would be much less precision with the paint application.
Next, I loved the triptychs of artwork by Nicolette Mayer. She’s well known for her tabletop, too, but her triptychs caught my eye. They can be done in any size, they can be custom colored and they are encased in lucite.
She and I spent quite a bit of time talking and it’s impressive to know that she started her company from zero and built it up to where it is today, selling to everyone from Horchow on down.
My friends at Thibaut did not disappoint, either. Their showroom was full of fresh vibrant color and gorgeous flowers, as it always is. This market, they introduced many new tapes and trims, which were evident on all of the pillows they had perfectly placed and plumped around their showroom.
If you missed my post where I discussed the Thibaut line in depth, when they were my launch giveaway partner, please click here to see it when you’re ready.
Stacy and Claire: it was so nice to meet you both in person – thank you for spending so much time with me in the midst of your busy afternoon!
Before I continue, I want to share something exciting with you. I am a founding advisory partner and an investor in Ethos Design Collective – the world’s first search engine where YOU can go to find VETTED luxury designers to hire, that can help you design your home and purchase anything you see here.
As part of Ethos Design Collective, I was able, along with the designers who are listed in our search engine directory, to customize and name a Sherwin Williams paint color from their top of the line EMERALD collection.
I’m so excited to be able to share my custom color, #COLORMEHAPPY, with you all today!
Now, you can go into any Sherwin Williams paint store in the world and ask for #ColorMeHappy by Leslie Carothers, and use this color to paint your walls, trim or any piece of furniture you buy that allows you to customize the color with Sherwin Williams paints!
How fun is that?
By the way, if you are a luxury interior designer reading this, and you would like to apply to join Ethos Design Collective, and also be able to name your own Sherwin Williams paint color, and have it included in our future paint decks like this one, please go to
If you’re a reader seeking a vetted luxury interior designer to help you purchase what I’m showing you here, please also go to https:/ethosdesigncollective.com and use our search engine directory to find *your person*!
Many of the items I’m showing you in this post can be custom colored using #ColorMeHappy, or any Sherwin Williams paint color that YOU love.
Personalization like this is something that you only get when you work with a luxury interior designer, it’s not available at the big box lifestyle retailers nor is it available with online ordering.
If you love the idea of being able to choose 2 or 3 different colors and a variety of textiles and mixing and matching them on one piece of furniture, hire a vetted luxury designer from Ethos Design Collective to help you!
That way you will have a one of a kind piece that none of your neighbors will ever have…and something that will bring you JOY every time you look at it or use it!
Now that I’ve shared THAT exciting news, let me share with you some of the pieces I saw at High Point Market that can be painted with any Sherwin Williams paint color.
First is this pretty bookcase from Wildwood. Are you noticing how the detail on the back panel matches the detailing on the doors below?
And when you open those doors and drawers, guess what? The inside is painted in this same pretty melon color!
I also loved the combination of the reflectivity of the gloss finish on the top of the bottom drawer/door unit with the matte finish of the paint…and that coordinating gold hardware? Yummy!
These are the design details that make this piece stand out from the standard white bookcase.
And that ombre paper that’s wrapping the books? #colormehappy
Note: unfortunately, this piece is not available right now due to factory shutdowns, but it will soon be available again!
In the meantime, there’s another company, see below, that also allows you to paint any of their pieces in any Sherwin Williams paint color.
This company, Woodbridge Furniture, a US based company, did a wonderful thing at High Point Market, and Ethos Design Collective held an event there, too. Woodbridge donated 10% of the proceeds of anything sold from this room to Human Rights Watch.
Their customers were asked to come into the *Rainbow Room*, a room they had set up with furniture painted in different colors, which showcased the fact that any of their furniture can be painted in any custom Sherwin Williams color, and to leave a message of hope pinned to the wall next to their favorite color.
This tiered display bookcase was my favorite piece in the room. See the messages of hope pinned next to it? Some of those are from our Ethos Design Collective designer members.
I bet Human Rights Watch is VERY happy as one of Woodbridge’s customers came in and bought every piece in the room for their retail store!!
Isn’t that wonderful?
Woodbridge friends: thank you for hosting all of us for such a lovely gathering.
What you did for Human Rights Watch is what #designhappyliving is all about.
There’s more, so much more!
I fell in love with this ceramic occasional table, from another mfg., with artwork on it by interior designer and artist Laura Park. Many brands are now collaborating with designers – who are also artists – for one of a kind capsule collections – a trend I love seeing.
Isn’t it a great feeling to have that personal connection with the artists and designers you love on Instagram, through owning a piece of theirs and having it in your own homes??
The sustainable natural materials of rattan, raffia, and bamboo were everywhere to be seen at High Point Market and this very small scale chair caught my eye. I loved the way a combination of wrapping and the different weaves were used to create interest on the back.
My friends at Made In The USA upholstery mfg., Nathan Anthony, [ a company owned by a woman, too ] always on top of the latest trends, utilized my favorite melon in their exuberantly colored showroom display.
I love the contrasting piping detail on top of those two ottomans and the way the lighting cast gorgeous plant shadows on the brightly colored walls.
I could go on and on showing you so many more pieces, but I imagine by now you’ve got the idea that PERSONALIZATION of color was a huge trend at High Point Market!
This level of personalization and customization is what makes your home special, and I truly hope you will be inspired to hire a designer, if you can, to customize and personalize your own homes as much as your budget allows for, after reading this post.
There’s no reason to buy *cookie cutter*, cheaply made furniture that will eventually end up in a landfill, when so much is available for you that’s beautifully made, using quality craftsmanship. And I know not all of you can afford to hire a designer or to buy furniture of this quality level, but if you can, please do – or please consider saving up for it.
Our planet will thank you!
I leave you today with this…my very favorite collection of furniture for your #designhappyliving homes, designed by interior designer, Shayla Copas.
Are you seeing that gorgeous motif on the buffet in the background?? It’s also available on several other pieces in this collection, including a square planter box that I loved.
Again, if you’d like to hire a designer to help you purchase any of this, please consider utilizing https://ethosdesigncollective.com, to help you find one.
And keep in mind…many designers now offer tiers of services…so it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to hire a professional to make sure that you get exactly what you want… the way you want it, for your #designhappyliving homes!
As always, thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate and respond to each and every one and am always happy to hear from any of you with ideas of what you’d like to see on the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also invite you to follow me on Instagram for more *pings of joy*, here, and to use my tag, #designhappyliving, when you post on Instagram. And if you paint anything with my custom Sherwin Williams paint color, #ColorMeHappy, make sure to also tag > #designhappyliving so I can share it in a future blog post!
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Thank you again! I appreciate YOU.