gotta start somewhere

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bonsoir mes amis, ça va? it’s close to midnight and what with it being a travel and full on work day, i daresay je suis un petit peu fatigué…

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i made it to high point and met with local legend, william thorpe.

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he’s kind of my hero cause he has warehouses and a showroom full of swirls and curls

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both attached and freeflowing on everything from furniture to mirrors to lamps and cornices

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if he finds a treasure he creates a mold so it lasts forever and can can be repeated in different applications.

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he’s got legs and flowers and carved bands.

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not everyone is as passionate about this as i am but with him i met my match.

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just being in the workspace is so inspiring and my mind starts racing with ideas.

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focusing is almost impossible!

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but i’m determined to hone in and tomorrow choose chair frames that we’ll use for the first collection.

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and we’ll be taking some trumeau mirrors to desirant in asheville.

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but that’s a whole other story. for wednesday.

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i guess some people are just soulmates, not in the romantic sense. more like undeniable kindred spirits.

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anyway, that’s the roundup for today, it’s a process, that’s for sure, and i am happy to say, it’s a wrap! a demain~

November 15, 2016. Desirant, French Interiors, Furniture, High Point, Manufacturing. 6 comments.

the wonderful story of high point

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hello dear friends. i’m probably echoing in space. it’s been an eternity but hey, no time like the present, right? if you’re here, a great big hi and cyber hug.

so what’s happening?  well i’m heading out in the morning to one of my favorite towns in the good old US of A, High Point, North Carolina.882faff772c4f9989acf2844ef4f83d6

it’s a city actually, but the kind that still feels like a small town. anyhow it’s the place  for people who love home furnishings cause this is where it all goes down.

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well, it used to. (photo from book published in 1961)

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most of the us brands we know were made here like century, hooker, broyhill and many still are including my dear friends at french heritage.

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but for the most part, the upholsterers, carvers, and builders closed up and moved overseas over the years.

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so for two weeks a year the place comes alive with a furniture trade show.  but the other 50 weeks it’s a ghost town.

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i went 10 years ago planning to work on a line with some of the remaining small businesses that still existed.

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it’s taken this long but i’m finally heading back, ready to do just that, working with the brawn behind Desirant in asheville to create something just for them.

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i went to the show last month and reconnected with locals who have chair frames, paint booths, workshops and fabrics.

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i’ll be blogging along and i hope you’ll come for the ride as we celebrate manufacturing in the USA.

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there’s a great article here if you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating town.

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of course i have to check out the town…in my spare time!

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we only have a day or two to accomplish a whole lot, then heading to the store in asheville with some goodies to fill it with for the holidays.

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and the clock strikes 12:30. so i’ll say good night since i have to be up at 6. have a great sunday night!

 

 

November 14, 2016. Furniture, High Point, Made in the USA, Manufacturing. 3 comments.

the possibilities are endless

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good morning! it’s noon (-ish) on monday and the week is fresh and new.

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this week i’m shifting into high gear to see what i can accomplish.

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still working on finalizing the styles for the chair line. there are just so many subtle differences and i need to narrow.

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i have a chair maker who can create any frame we can imagine.

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i’ve been going through the most universal styles, but there are a few that i haven’t seen around much and i’d love to revive.

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trouble is i’m working with guys who may not think feminine furniture is as delicious a i (maybe we? do).

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before i commit and get everyone on board, i just wanted to hear your thoughts. what kind of chairs, benches, sofas or chaises are you looking for?

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these are a few i pulled this morning, just wanted to post them since i want them all personally!

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so let me ask you, how do you feel about cane?

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are you still into vanity chairs?

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slipper chairs? tufts?

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carvings? we all know that women do most of the purchasing so i appreciate you weighing in so i can share your opinion with the gang.

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by the by, i was sent a copy of a new book titled,  ‘amour provence’  by constance leisure.

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i promised to host a giveaway, so if you’d like to throw your chapeau in the ring, just say so in the comments and we’ll draw on wednesday.

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ok, signing off for a bit, have a wonderful week!

July 25, 2016. Furniture. 22 comments.

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