We just returned from High Point, North Carolina and the spring interiors show. It’s a shot in a designer’s arm when it comes to creativity! You’re surrounded by some of the best designers in the world. Gracelyn and I believe we really benefit from their unique vision and personal style. It’s truly inspirational to see designers working so hard to put their best foot forward. They layer in unique pieces and finish the showrooms with beautiful flowers, fabulous food and delicious beverages. So, what’s not to like?
Designers Gracelyn O’Harra Elmendorf and Elizabeth Mellette Andrews of O’Harra-Mellette Interiors bring their exquisite Southern style to interiors throughout the Southeast. Known for the ”Comfortable Elegance“ so indicative of gracious Southern living they focus on a look that reflects a sophisticated but comfortable and livable refuge. Recently we asked them to curate some picks from the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina.
Knowing our love for gracious Southern living you can be sure we’re looking for sophisticated, but comfortable furniture complemented by unique antiques and the most exquisite art. We love mixing old and modern pieces together to create a truly timeless look.
At High Point you can find any trend imaginable. But Gracelyn and I tend to visit the showrooms that are rooted in classic, timeless design – from simple modern style to old world antiques. Our design direction fuses a range of objects from French/Italian tapestries and fabrics to textural lighting and accents to furniture featuring modern, clean-line upholstery. This look starts from the ground up with a beautiful character floor. Many showrooms start the look with old world distressed planking or painted floors like gray, white or cerused looks.
This year — for us — was all about textures and finishes. As we walked the showrooms we saw that white and gold are still strong and still make a bold, timeless statement. We bought some wonderful old world, gilded fragments mounted in modern acrylic. What a great juxtaposition of materials!
We saw a lot of linen and velvet, lots of cerused wood and a mix of pattern scale with large patterns balancing smaller scale patterns. We’re always looking for those unusual organic objects that form a nice contrast to some of our more ornate antiques and create the feeling of an accessible space. We were delighted with the array of materials like quartz, turtle shells, branches, moss and driftwood.
Original art is always a must. Here are some great pieces that we discovered. Love the soft abstracts as well as the colorful prints.
Another year, another great show. Now it’s time for Gracelyn and I to put some freshly inspired designs into action! We’ll be back on the Quick•Step blog in a few weeks to tell you about our newly renovated studio space in Florence, South Carolina!
-Elizabeth Mellette Andrews, O’Harra-Mellette Interiors
Elizabeth and Gracelyn of O’Harra-Mellette Interiors recommend old world planking — reclaimed, rough-hewn, cerused, distressed wood in herringbone patterns as well as white washed and painted wood — as flooring designs that best complement their signature style of Comfortable Elegance. Here are just a few of the many reclaimed wood looks found in Quick•Step® laminate and Q•Wood™ engineered hardwood flooring collections:
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