Patti’s Picks- High Point Market

Patti’s Picks – High Point Market

Two weeks ago I left for High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina and am sharing with you “Patti’s Picks”.  I love going to High Point Market. I think (and many would agree) that I could stay for weeks each year and never see it all.  Visitors see all the latest in residential design for all tastes imaginable from old world, traditional, transitional, eclectic, modern to contemporary. In addition to the feast for the eyes are the many educational events and seminars and social networking gatherings, all of which are crammed into a few days.

High Point Market is a wonderful place for those in the Home Furnishings and Design Industry to visit to see the latest in Trends for the Home.  They even have their own Pinterest Account! High Point has an official “team” of  expert Style Spotter’s comprised of 9 high profile designers. They each have the daunting task of selecting or “spotting” 25 of their favorite styles. Wow, that certainly can’t be easy. While I agree with their findings, I also have my favorites.  Caroline Furs is one of the official Patti’s Picks and true Luxury!

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Based in Toronto, Canada, “Carol also proudly collaborates with The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). Utilizing the iconic point blanket, CAROLINE produces a fresh new HBC line of fur blankets. Sold exclusively at the Bay stores and through their worldwide distributors. To order – visit www.hbc.com.”

Caroline Furs throws

Double sided throws. How luxurious!

Caroline Furs Hudston Bay Blanket

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Caroline Furs can customize your order for that perfect luxury gift. Hmm, the holidays are coming!

Caroline Furs Baby Line

Caroline Products

Caroline has a wonderful BABY line when only the very best will do! Did I say LUXURY?

Caroline Furs Baby Boot

Caroline Furs Baby gift set

Fit for a Prince – Literally.

Caroline Furs Small Pillow

Let the little one rest his head on this sheared skin pillow.

Caroline PM

This is Carol. I met the lovely Carol on the shuttle to market from my hotel one morning and we were able to chat for almost an hour, I was so intrigued that I promised her I would stop by to see her products and take photos for my blog post!

“Led by chief designer Carol Grant Sullivan, CAROLINE offers a collection of glamorous, bold, distinctive looks. Whether it’s a night out on the town, a brisk walk in the countryside or entertaining at home, CAROLINE produces fur designs aimed to make women look their very best.

The designer grew up in the Canadian North- part of a large, pioneering family in business. Home was not far from an early Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Post. Childhood winters were spent skating and skiing in the outdoors where Carol was surrounded by 3 generations of stylish women wearing fur. You might say fur is in her DNA. Now residing in Aspen during winter months, Carol’s passion for outdoor sports, the chic mountain lifestyle together with her love of fashion and fur has become an integral part of her design work. click here for inquiries or email info@carolinefurs.com.”

Hope you’ve enjoyed one of Patti’s Picks. I have plenty more to come. Thanks so much for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

Photography: Patti Johnson

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Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

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The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
rustic fireplace
The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
Gorgeous kitchen
My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
Green range and hood
Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
Beautful Kitchen
Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
stained glass windows
The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Staircase
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
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Mirrors as Art~

Everyone has one and certainly everyone needs one (or more). Mirrors. Plural. Displayed in a grouping, mirrors make a wonderful focal point.  How can that be achieved? Subject to individual taste and style, it can be achieved in many different ways to compliment or to dress up virtually any space.

Mirrors come in countless varieties and diverse shapes, sometimes even more than art work. With paintings, the emphasis is usually and should be on the art itself and less ornamentation is considered favorable for the framing although many are framed elaborately. Mirrors are often admired for their unique frames and/or shapes along with their reflective quality. I recommend hanging mirrors of several shapes and sizes in a stairwell, or actually have professional hang them, it’s a bit tricky!  Stairwells are usually a spot in the home that can always use a little more light, even when in an open foyer. Here is a collection of rectangular mirrors enhancing a stairwell in a traditional setting.

A timeless look, a classic and cohesive design achieved by a collection of similar shapes and frame finish.

A good quality mirror will have high quality silver content, several layers of back painting and be copper free. A lesser quality of mirror may have aluminum backing instead of the silver nitrate. Prices of mirrors range dramatically and the factor is quality just as it would be in art or furnishings.

“Mirrors offer more interest, texture in frame applications,  reflective quality and enhance a room with more light than  pictures on the walls.”~Patti Johnson

Here are some beautiful mirrors to illustrate that mirrors can be used in any type of decor:

Multiples of a mirror hung over a sofa can fill a large space or long wall.

Traditional yet a more modern approach to a wall of mirrors.

Mirrors are a nice option if you are not an art collector but art is in the eye of the beholder, right? It draws the eye and when done in a grouping can make a  focal point even more interesting!

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