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Making Our House a Home

Twice a year, buyers of furniture and accessories from around the world converge on a tiny town in North Carolina. High Point, NC is the furniture capital of the world hosting the largest furnishings trade show. Interior Designers, architects, and buyers spend days combing 180 buildings covering 11.5 million square feet of show space!

If you love seeing new accessories and furniture, you’d love attending the furniture market – but you want your comfy shoes and a plan. There are over 2000 exhibitors who either own or lease showrooms for these days twice a year and there are now over 100 countries represented.

Some of the new trends that appeared this spring include lovely blue hues and amazing textures. No flat boring looks here, just lots of depth and variety. Warm textures and finished on case goods continue to dominate the market as well.

Don’t worry though, if you prefer more organized and clean looks, traditional lines never go out of style. Florals are still a strong trend with more variety in materials this spring.

Geometric shapes are still popular and good quality is always available with beautiful fabrics and textures. Contemporary art will always remain a strong category. Other fun categories from vintage include throwback looks to popular characters and classics from art and film.

While it’s fun to shop the trends and see new things, it can have its drawbacks. With new products constantly hitting the market and always being on the lookout for the next big thing, it’s easy to view many of these things as disposable and replaceable. In our homes though, these items can bring us joy for many years, and our children tend to have a sense of belonging wrapped in the items that they are familiar with.

If you enjoy new and trendy, be cautious. Be understanding that sometimes children prefer familiar versus new, and home budgets don’t need to be constrained by the search for the latest and greatest. Being content with the things the Lord has provided us is another important lesson we must teach our children. Modeling that contentment will last in our children’s lives much longer than furniture we might buy.

By: Victoria Duerstock loves a good story. A happily married mom of three, she is eagerly pursuing a writing career. Being connected with the home furnishing industry in some aspect or another for more than 20 years, Victoria has lots of ideas for what’s trending in the marketplace after tagging along with her husband to see the markets from the inside. You can learn more about her at www.victoriaduerstock.com Learn more about her current projects by signing up for her newsletter here. Check out her new website www.everythingsgravy.com for design, travel and foodie fun.

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