design trends, furniture, interior design

High Point :: Hickory Chair + Pearson

Two of my favorite showrooms to visit when I’m in High Point are Hickory Chair and Pearson. This year, HC was a little different with the introduction of a new creative director. (Their previous one and quite possibly one of my most favorite people – Ron Fiore – left HC for Bernhardt, which explains some of the amazing progress they made in their showroom this season!) So, I was interested to see if it would feel any different, and you could definitely see a new approach to the space. Pearson remained under the refined and fabulous eye of their VP of Design, Jennifer McConnell and I was happy to return to the showroom, having missed it the last few times!

Let’s start at Hickory Chair

If I had an Aspen lodge, I guarantee this ottoman would be in it stat. The cozy feeling created in this area of the showroom was wonderful – a modern lodge type of vibe with a tip towards the masculine, I could have easily settled in for hours! But no time for that as there were other ‘destinations’ to move on to…

This may have been my favorite overall room with its punches of color and a slightly indochine feel. Most specifically… this settee…

Yes please!!

Another favorite part about visiting the Hickory Chair showroom is, of course, the little creative nook belonging to Hable! I always look forward to perusing the inspiration boards and seeing what new textiles they’ve come up with…

Needless to say I was not disappointed. Just look at all the gorgeous textiles!! The watery one is my favorite. It came in several colorways and I’m dying to use it in a project. Stunning!

And finally – this new piece from Mariette Himes Gomez‘ collection captured my heart. I think these unique sofa details are something that we’re going to see more of. In fact, I saw similar shapes to this one in a couple other showrooms, but this was my favorite version by far. I also love that Mariette wrapped the bench cushion with a blanket so people wouldn’t be afraid to sit down and put their feet up (which is she actually demonstrated for us!).  Having a white bench seat sofa myself, I’m considering this tactic when guests come over!

Just as one of the best aspects of the Hickory Chair showroom are the textiles, Pearson remains a favorite for the same reason.

I mean… hello. The stunning combination of fabrics here is amazing! Never mind that the bed pretty much belongs in a coco+kelley dream home.

This pattern was a close second for favorites – it looks like a sunset and absolutely belongs in a vacation home!

There were two major trends at market that I thought Pearson did excellently. The first, was that art deco influence that we’ve been seeing in fashion for a while, but now has absolutely found its way into to the home market. It’s got an old Hollywood glamour feel to it, so you know I’m in love. These two pieces (and I believe there was a side table too) were perfect examples of that style!

And the second one…

I should have taken the pillows off for this shot as I think the piece is better off without them, but this tone on tone look for sofas was featured in a few of the major showrooms and I think it’s gorgeous. A contrast in leather and fabric, this one really stood out. Hickory Chair had one done similarly in their front room. I think it’s a nice compromise on that European style where we’ve seen more of a patchwork of fabrics on pieces. This is a little more practical and elegant.

This was literally the last room we stopped in and I pretty much died over the combination of the sofa with the wall color (which I immediately demanded info for! It’s benjamin moore ‘sherwood forest’).  Round backs are still in full force!

See any favorites??