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

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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.

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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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DPVA Designer ShowHouse #Oliohop for Charity Causes

The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, (#DPVA) a non-profit volunteer association is sponsoring an incredible Designer ShowHouse and Gardens to raise funds to provide musical programs, instruments and education for children throughout the Dayton and Central Ohio areas. To be quite honest, I am very impressed with all that they do!

Since 1934, the Dayton Philharmonic has provided an introduction to the wonders of classical music through its man­y Education Programs and serves over 50,000 kids in twelve counties. Last year, members of the orchestra, youth orchestras, and volunteer organization participated in 1,­224 engagements and partnered with 249 schools!

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“The DPO Education Department provides a comprehensive array of programs, series, and concerts that address differing grade levels, learning styles, and teacher requirements. 
Some concerts feature the DPO; others feature our student orchestras. The highly acclaimed SPARK Program (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) brings in-depth, cross-curricular programs to eight partner schools. Overall education activities include In-School, Field Trip, and Extra-Curricular Programs.
Created in 1952 with an ongoing mission to support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the areas of education, promotion, fund raising and membership development, the DPVA is the largest music education program in the United States and The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews were named a Gold Award winner by the League of American Orchestras. ” ~ DPVA
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This year the DPVA will produce yet another fabulous Designer Show House and Gardens which promises to be the best in it’s history.  The 18,000 square foot Rike Estate in the beautiful Oakwood area of Dayton, Ohio will be the location for transformation.  Opening in late April to the public, the ShowHouse tours run through May 18th, 2013. For more information on tickets and events, please visit here.

Here is a photograph of the Rike Estate taken recently BEFORE work begins to restore almost 12 acres of gardens.

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The 18,000 square foot “Rike Estate” will be transformed by 43 designers from the Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio areas for the 2013 DPVA ShowHouse and Gardens.

As a new member of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, I am privileged to be part of this year’s wonderful ShowHouse. I have been assigned two bathrooms in the home of which I am excited, however  thought it more fun to share the main Living Room with you which will be done by one of the other designers working on the showhouse, Jon Blunt. Jon has been involved in the showhouse for many years. Plus, more fun creating the virtual design for the Living Room on Olioboard! Olioboard is a great company who cares about getting the word out about Charity Causes.

This fabulous home was built in 1927 and is 18,000 square feet of quality construction and finishes of a bygone era! With 43 Interior Designers decorating or renovating 30 rooms and nearly 12 acres of the “High Acres” Gardens, this is a show stopping Charity Show House sure to please!

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The above picture is the Living Room at the Rike Estate as it was before work began for the ShowHouse.  This room will be designed by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors in Dayton, Ohio. Since the rooms that I am designing are two bathrooms, I thought it would be more fun to design an Olioboard on a more prominent space. Jon was kind enough to share his photo with me and present to you a virtual design which is by the way, not his  design plan (you’ll have to buy a ticket and come in person to see that!) but a fun interpretation and update of the space by Patti Johnson Interiors using Olioboard.

A virtual interpretation by Patti Johnson Interiors. The actual design and decoration of this particular space will be done by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors. Come visit when the ShowHouse opens in April to see what he creates.

A virtual interpretation by Patti Johnson Interiors. The actual design and decoration of this particular space will be done by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors. Come visit when the ShowHouse opens in April to see what Jon creates.

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Click Here to view on Olioboard along with some other boards I have created with this tool. You can visit the links below to see more of what Olioboard is about.

http://facebook.com/Olioboard     http://twitter.com/olioboard     http://youtube.com/user/olioboard     http://pinterest.com/olioboard/

Below I have listed the links for nine other designers and bloggers who are currently involved in a Charity Cause of their own and blogging about it in this “#OlioHop”. They are lending their expertise, time and resources to their community or a cause close to their heart. So, “hop” on over to each of these blogs to see how the  different projects in different parts of the country and even outside the country.

 By visiting these other blog post, you will be able to see more examples of how to use Olioboard’s free site to showcase in either 2D and 3D, or what your own #CharityCauses might need from potential donors.

http://wandrdesign.com/2013/02/16/dollhouse-for-charity/

http://nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com/2013/02/charity-causes-get-vignette-set-with.html

http://www.blulabelbungalow.com/2013/02/room-service-atlanta-joins-olioboard-for-charitycauses.html

http://www.turquoise-la.blogspot.com/2013/02/olio-board-charity-causes-olio-hop.html

http://www.donnaviningblog.com/2013/02/olioboard-oliohop-designing-for.html

http://www.decorartsnow.com/2013/02/18/oliohop-charity-causes-preserve-a-national-landmark/

http://customizedwalls.com/blog/designing-for-charitable-causes-with-olioboard-and-customized-walls/

http://swaygrl.blogspot.com/2013/02/oliohop-for-charitycauses.html

http://www.dwellwithdignity.org/dwell-with-dignity-oliohop-for-charity-causes/

Trending at the Interior Design Show – IDS13 Wrap Up

Trending at The Interior Design Show, IDS13~

January brought an incredible opportunity to attend The Interior Design Show in Toronto, Canada to peruse the latest and most innovative products in the interior-design industry up-close and personal.

“The Interior Design Show (IDS) is Canada’s largest contemporary design event. Since its inception in 1998, over 500,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends.”

Invited as a guest of Cambria, a company which designs and produces stunning and innovative quartz counter-tops, I attended a preview party at their lovely Toronto based Showroom.

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

Quartz counter-tops are edging out granite as the newest low maintenance kitchen and bath solid surface.  One of the perks of attending trade shows in addition to all the great products that an interior designer can be exposed to, is the wonderful relationships that are created between industry partners and peers.  I had the opportunity to meet up with several designers that I had met at KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago last year and also to meet other designers in real life that I had previously interacted with via social media. These meet-ups or tweet-ups have become a welcomed  side benefit and are quickly becoming a focus of attending these events for many.

Here’s a photo of some of the Designing Women that I partied with at the beautiful Cambria Showroom prior to the IDS13 Opening Night Party!

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Fast forward to the first day of the show, bright and early here’s what was on display as we entered the showroom.

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Being on a mission for an upcoming project with my  fabulous Interior Designer friend Rose, we attempted to buy the tony black and white bag sitting pretty on the plastic light up patio chair, I mean who wouldn’t want one (the bag)? The salesperson cut us such a great deal; we could buy 100 of them for $79 ea. Cough. Well, it really wasn’t such a great bag anyway, kinda saggy.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast  gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo display!

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo exhibit!

“Brizo, the luxury brand of faucets, brings eco-friendly elegance into the home with products that are environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing.” ~ Brizo

And of Course the Jason Wu display!

And of course the Jason Wu display! Hi Jason!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request! I actually had the opportunity last fall to visit their Showroom in Chelsea Harbor during the London Design Fair during #BlogTourLondon as a representative of Modenus.

More cool lighting~

More cool lighting~

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won't specify.

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won’t specify.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which i did actually.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which I did actually.

I love this rug by Weavers Art.

I love this rug by Weavers Art. Must have.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free ad Jonathan Legate.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free and Jonathan Legate.

That's a wrap. Photo credits: Patti Johnson. Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. Feel free to leave a comment! Stay tuned for a great line up!