Friday, October 24, 2014

High Point Market...what's it like?

Fortunately, my previous post was not an accurate representation of my first experience at High Point Market in North Carolina. It truly was an amazing experience that I liken to a designer's version of Disney World!

With over 100 buildings of home decor, it's impossible to even scratch the surface of what's offered. I was thrilled to find many new (to me) vendors and surprised that some are even local. Crazy that I had to travel all the way to North Carolina to find someone who's literally a stones throw away. I'm so excited to start building these relationships and have some special treasures to offer clients through one-of-a-kind art and furniture. 

Above is BoBo Intriguing Objects. This was one of my absolute favorite hits. There are 4 stories of vintage finds and wonderful product. As the goods get gobbled up, a sticker is placed on the sold pieces with the name of the studio where it's due to ship. Can you say I drooled as I saw pieces that are headed to Lauren Liess?!

Here's a little glimpse into the store. I'm considering this pendant for my restaurant project.

The displays in all the showrooms are phenomenal. It's impossible attend without walking away completely inspired.

Speaking of inspiration, my wheels started turning when I came across these calligraphy brushes. I'd love to create an art installation using a mass quantity...great texture and color!

Stay tuned for additional posts full of what's trending, people I met and things I learned. Oh, and I almost forgot, I'm finally on Instagram. Yes, that's one thing attending High Point made very clear to's a must to stay up with social media. Feel free to follow along: danafrielinginteriors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lessons learned from the High Point Jerk

I had a complete Julia Roberts/Pretty Woman moment at High Point Market last week that left me all hot and bothered. I met my local sales rep from a hoity toity furniture line (which shall remain nameless because that's what's right, but I really, really feel like calling them out) and the man completely sized me up.

After a few measly minutes of small talk, he went on to tell me they prefer to do business with "high-end designers" and "we don't really serve the hobbyist who's attorney husband just happened to get her a tax ID." (Btw, my husband's not an attorney and he had nothing to do with my tax ID.) His proclamation was met with a blank stare by me since I wasn't quick enough to have a good retort and I was appalled that he was being so blatantly discriminating. He then said he had an appointment but we could look around the showroom if we still wanted to.

I was ready to hightail it out of there but my friend's curiosity had been peaked and she wanted to go in, so in we went. They had pretty things, but the line didn't fit my personal aesthetic so, once again, I was ready to get out of there asap.

It's been 4 days since this event and I still can't shake this man's rude behavior. Instead of letting this fester, I've decided it needs to be turned into something positive. Hence, my takeaway...

Lessons learned from the High Point Jerk
1. It's always important to be nice to others even if they don't appear to bring in a fat paycheck.
2. Don't assume anything about anyone, you may just be cutting your nose to spite your face.
3. A little bit of respect goes a long way.
4. Don't try to make yourself feel better by putting others down.
5. Kindness matters!

So, Mr. High Point friend, let me remind you how Julia Robert's story ends...Do you work on commission?! ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Guest bedroom inspiration and purchases

Our guest room is undergoing a very slow makeover. I've managed to sell most of its belongings, paint it white and make a few purchases. Still on the to do list is to build a new headboard. I had a "great idea" floating around in my head but once I priced the materials for my "great idea" it didn't seem so great anymore. Boo!

Plan B involves a headboard along these lines...
Plan B also involves about half the material of my original plan. My wallet is thanking me already.

I found these cute hangers at Homegoods and liked the decorative element they add to the room when not in use. I've yet to transform the previous owner's wine storage area into an actual closet so in the meantime, this luggage rack from Ikea will do the trick (see it in the mirror?).

Speaking of mirror, I'm kind of loving this big, round beauty I picked up at Wisteria's warehouse sale. I'm pretty sure warehouse sales are my favorite thing ever! There's something so fun about digging for a bargain and the anticipation of waiting in line to get in. Did I mention I also love the cheap prices that go hand in hand with a good warehouse sale?!

Back to that wine storage area that needs to be converted to a doesn't have doors so I'm thinking this fabric from Nate Berkus' new line would make a great divider.

Here's an idea I wrestled with for a little while. Railroad ties as a platform...hmmm, different and interesting but how does one get that many of these big, heavy objects from point A to point B without renting a trailer? Yeah, that's a problem, but I sure do like the look!

Hopefully, I'll have some progress pictures to share soon. As soon as my carpenter, loving husband and I fine tune the details.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Powerful words

It's been awhile since I've shared a personal post and recently I've felt a nudging to put this message out there. I dismissed the nudging late last week, then I sat down for a little quiet time today and that nudge suddenly felt like a full-blown shove! Okay God, I get it. So, here goes...

My daughter is in 7th grade and honestly, I've witnessed her to be wise beyond her years on more than one occasion. Let me take you through a conversation we had recently:

Me: Hey, I've noticed lots of your friends are wearing makeup now. You don't seem to be interested at all. I'm not saying you should start wearing it, but I'm curious to know your thoughts about why you're so resistant?

Bryn: Yeah, my friends are always begging me to let them "make me over." I don't know, I just don't want to mess with the way God made me. I mean, the man God will have me marry someday is bound to like me the way I am...without makeup.

Me: (Speechless)

Today I ran across this verse in 1 Peter 3: 3-5 (New Living Translation), "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

Um, hello Bryn...could truer words be spoken? She's 12y.o. and fully grasps this verse. I'm 38 y.o. and obviously needed her to teach me a lesson.

Jump back up there and read the last part of that verse, "...the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit..." True beauty, friends, comes from your sweet spirit and willingness to let God shine through you. Make up washes off, God is more like the tattooed version...He's always there!

I'll wrap things up with this quote. It's an interesting thought. Be mindful of how you impress others today.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is there such thing as too much green?

I resisted the urge to buy indoor plants for awhile since we have big windows and tons of greenery outside. I thought it'd be an overkill of green, but last week I caved and brought home these cuties.

I'm always blown away by the dramatic effect plants have on a room.

It's the little things that make me smile.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guess what?!


I'm super excited that our dining room was selected to be in the Room For Color 2014 contest over at Apartment Therapy!

Guess what's on the line? A gift card to Sherwin Williams! And, guess what I'm about to do? Yep, paint the exterior of our house...can you say perfect timing? I don't even think it's a coincidence that the colors I've already selected are from none other than Sherwin Williams, of course. Crazy, right?!

To refresh your memory, here's the fierce competitor...

So, CLICK HERE to find my entry. Scroll down to the favorite box with the little heart and click away my friends.

While you're there, look around at the other entries because my friend, Cassie has a beautiful dining room in the same division. We're competitors but we're friends, so ya's all good!

The enemy's, I mean, Cassie's beautiful room (love you, friend)...

Thanks so much! Now, go VOTE!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How buying a rug saved me thousands of dollars!

Yes, you read the title right...thousands of dollars! You see, the lack of rug in our living room was a huge contributor to the extreme lack of comfort in this space. I was so frustrated with being uncomfortable in our living room that I was ready to pour out thousands of dollars on a new sofa. I thought that'd be the fix, but luckily, before that purchase was made I FINALLY found a rug (I've been on the hunt for over a year!).

Suddenly, the amount of available seating seemed to quadruple! The first evening we shoved the coffee table out of the way and 3 out of 4 of us were laying on the ground. I had forgotten how much we "use" floor space as seating in our family. Without a comfy rug, there was only one spot to lay down so we all fought over who got the 'good' spot.
The rug has a thick pile so I was going to save some pennies and skip out on buying a rug pad. Well, it only took a few days before I realized that was a bad, bad idea! I couldn't keep it in place and if you have a 10 y.o. boy living in your house then you know they don't gingerly sit down on the couch. It's more like a running leap that pushes everything back about 2 feet in the process.
As I looked into rug pad options, I realized that it would not only save my hardwoods but also add a little extra comfort at the same time. Score! I ended up using the Eco-Cushion Organic Rug Pad from
I was anticipating being able to feel an added amount of comfort underfoot since the the 'cushion' score on this particular pad was a 4 out of 5, but honestly my rug is so thick already that the extra 'cushion' is hardly noticeable. That's okay though because remember that 10 y.o. I mentioned earlier?...he's still able to be his rambunctious self and my rug doesn't budge!

If you're in the market for a rug pad that's eco-friendly and worth your pennies, hop on over and check out They were gracious enough to offer this pad for me to review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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