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The showhouse opening is right around the corner- just a few days away! We have our big event there on Saturday night. For those of you who missed the announcement, we have Austin favorite, Erin Ivey, singing with us for the evening. I can’t wait to hang out by the fire pit and infinity pool and listen to the music while enjoying a cocktail. Not many parts of the country can enjoy that this week, but we are enjoying a mild winter so far in Texas.
For those of you who can’t join us on this Saturday, you have an opportunity to come out to the house between February 8th and 24th.
I am also excited to share that on Saturday, February 23rd, industry expert, Dallas designer Denise McGaha, will be speaking at 11am on her area of expertise, designing on a deadline.
Her presentation will be followed by my presentation on defining your style. This will be the next to last day to see the house while on tour and pick up some designer insights at the same time.
There will be a $10 donation collected at the home as part of the charity fundraiser, but the lectures will be available for no additional fees.
To learn more about Denise’s experience within the design industry, check out her website here:
And just a little temptation, here are a few more sneak peeks of the home-
We look forward to seeing you soon!
What an amazing start to the new year- Heather Scott Home & Design won a fabulous award this past Saturday for “Best Home Accents Store- Midwest/Southwest”. The trophy was given at the ARTS Awards- an annual home furnishings industry event held in conjunction with the Dallas Market Center.
There were 3 such awards for the country- East coast (congrats to our friends at J. Banks in Hilton Head!), West coast (Interior Illusions) and Midwest/Southwest (us!). What an honor!
We were so excited! This was our first time at the event and everyone kept telling us it was “the Academy Awards’” or the “Oscars” of our industry. With ‘black tie’ as the dress code, we made our reservations and planned to attend when notified we were selected as one of 4 finalists for the Mid-west/South-west category.
The evening started with a cocktail party at the Hilton Anatole.
Scott and I got to chat with John Giddings from HGTV’s Curb Appeal. He was one of the presenters for the evening. What a nice guy!
We moved into the banquette hall for the dinner and presentation-
Here is a photo of John presenting with Shay Geyer from Dallas.
The majority of the awards are for manufacturing leaders in our industry- congrats to some of our favorite companies for winning awards for their products- such as Worlds Away, Arteriors and Uttermost.
Luckily, Scott is a great public speaker so he gave our acceptance speech!
Many of our sales reps were at the event and were excited to celebrate with us (Susan Whitworth pictured here with us)!
Scott and I had the biggest smiles all night and the next day!
It was awesome to bring the trophy back to the store and share it with our sales team, each of whom contributed to our ability to achieve this honor. Wow! What a blessing. Just another reason to continue to do our best each and every day. You never know whether or not hard work will be acknowledged, but when it is, it feels fantastic! We trust you will celebrate this ‘Super Bowl’ (sports analogy for Scott here) of victories with us in 2013 and help keep us focused on doing our best for each of you!
Photo taken at the Raymond Waites showroom
I’ve noticed a change in attitude recently. I have been hearing customers in the store and new clients saying things like, “We believe it is important to invest in a product we will keep for the long term” or “I’d rather have a nice piece that will last, rather than something I’ll want to get rid of in a couple of years”.
Honestly, this is a big change from a few years ago when most people were saying, “I don’t want anything nice, my kids are just going to ruin it” or “I don’t want to spend that much on something I will be tired of in a few years”. My generation has been accused of being a ‘throw away’ generation. We buy consumer goods intending to replace them before we’ve even gotten them out of the box.
Visiting the High Point Market this past week, I saw the manufacturers creating products that will more than meet the needs of what consumers are asking for now- something special that is worth keeping.
For the past few years, all we saw at market was solid beige linen covered upholstery. No details, nothing special. And, as much of this product has been imported from Asia, the quality of the upholstery has gotten progressively poorer (loose threads, uneven seams, etc). It was so refreshing and exciting to go to market and see exciting upholstered products that bring some creativity to a room.
Here are a few key examples from several of the market leaders in upholstery products:
From the Alexa Hampton collection- red grosgrain trim on the side of a chair
A red racing stripe up the center of a dining chair (sorry for the blurry photo!)
And, in a more classical color way in the main showroom, velvet with linen flange, including a little butterfly pleat at the corner.
Contrast welts in the same color way (gray on gray and cream on cream), just a different texture (such as velvet cord on a cotton fabric sofa), at no extra charge, even at the ‘entry’ level price point:
Mixing of fabric and leather in a new way, as well as mixing up the nailhead details- from tight spacing and the Greek pattern on the arm to the loosely spaced nailheads along the bottom of the fabric.
From the Amy Howard Furniture Collection- another look at mixing of textures (velvet on linen) in alternate colors and tone on tone.
How fun to see a collection that doesn’t look like you’ve seen it everywhere already!
I pointed out the nailhead detail above on the chair. Go back and look at the 2 sofas above the chair- they both feature different sizes and spacing of nailheads.
And, speaking of adding custom details notice these products from the Mr. & Mrs. Howard Collection by Sherrill Furniture:
This pink sofa was so beautiful in person. The sofa below has contrast trim at the bottom and throw pillows with trim. The ottoman has a unique nailhead detail. All these elements are available in the main product line and anyone can add these unique details to their new upholstery products.
As you can see, there are a lot of custom details with the latest upholstery products. If you are considering investing in new upholstery, I recommend you think about adding some of the customized elements to enjoy your furniture for the long term, not just the next couple of years. We would be happy to help you navigate your options if it seems overwhelming. Just stop in the store or email us with your questions.