As a designer of 30 years I have always relied on the various to-the-trade only shows for a peak at the newest, latest and hottest trends and products for the home. What we designers and buyers get to see at these seasonal markets, the consumer will see in stores in about 4 to 6 months.
I source, I buy, and I am on the lookout for inspiration at these shows. The major venues are Highpoint, NC (the oldest and largest show in North America), Las Vegas, Atlanta and Dallas.
I recently returned from Dallas where new product galore was on display! It just so happens that I also have my own brand with a varied line of products for the home, so I was also making personal appearances between my sourcing expeditions. The Dallas Market Center or DMC as we call it, is the premier full-time design market in the U.S. and as such, a great many vendors and incalculable number of products are on display there.
I usually share tips with you about how to create your most beautiful and personal spaces. Instead, I thought I would mix it up a bit and share with you my 10 Must-Have Picks of the Dallas Spring Market.
These picks are in no certain order:
1. My favorite rug.
1. My favorite rug of the Market practically sparkles. It is the perfect combination of silver, gray and cream and perfectly faded. The bamboo spun viscose hand tufting make it soft and luxurious enough to make you want to lie on the floor.
2. My favorite lamp.
2. This Madagascar stone and acrylic lamp with a glazed shade grabbed me! The large piece of stone has a gilded edge and appears to float on the transparent mounting. It is pure glamour for any room of your home.
3. My favorite chair.
3. Finally a “new” mid-century modern style wing chair with a fresh shape. If you are like me, I have seen so much midcentury styled furniture that they are all becoming a blur. This incredible chair is like sculpture for your room.
4. My favorite stool.
4. The perfect footstool to me is like a great accessory. This beauty can be ordered in any one of 36 finishes and covered in any fabric you choose. It makes a gorgeous accent and extra seat.
5. My favorite bench.
5. When a stool is just not enough, I found you the perfect bench. Long, low, lean and beautifully channel tufted. This bench is available in either leather or fabric. Use it in any room or as a hallway statement piece.
6. My favorite pillows.
6. Pillows are a passion of mine and these “furry” beauties are big and bold. The down fill makes them even softer and more huggable. I will use these pillows in both contemporary and traditional settings.
7. (See the photo at the top of the story). This bedding line is my kind of look, a blend of both masculine and feminine with a bit of sparkle. All of this bedding is also washable so the maintenance is just as easy.
8. My favorite bed: Heritage sleigh.
8. You need some place to use those sheets and I have found the most beautiful and cool “Heritage” sleigh bed for you. Choose your finish, choose your fabric and trim details, and you can create a totally unique and personalized bed.
9. My favorite scent.
9. The most enviable rooms take into consideration all the senses. This collection of candles and diffusers from France are my new favorite. Hand poured in small batches with handmade lids and intaglio seals the intoxicating aromas are already filling my home.
10. My favorite jewelry.
10. No buying trip of mine would be complete without a little something personal for me or a special someone. This line of jewelry from Jaipur is antique, antique reproduction and modern designs. I snagged two antique rings for myself! Visit www.jewelofjaipur.net and tell the owner Pat Ryan I sent you.
All of the products mentioned here (with the exception of the jewelry) are available through the trade. If you decide, like me, that you cannot live without any of them, feel free to contact me for pricing, options, and availability.
Dann Foley, Allied ASID, has been a Palm Springs interior designer for more than 20 years. Dann has been featured on NBC's American Dream Builders. His monthly column will focus on trends, what's hot, and design specific to the desert lifestyle. Visit www.danninc.com for more information.
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