Spring High Point Market takes place April 2 to 6. Get a head start with these Monday events. For more, check out BOH’s Designer’s Guide to High Point Market.
WithIt Education Breakfast: “Lessons in Leadership”
7:30 a.m.–9 a.m. | IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor
Business and leadership coach Ginna Christensen hosts an insightful conversation on leadership with four inspiring industry leaders—Christi Barbour of Barbour Spangle Designs; Chaya Krinsky, co-founder of TOV Furniture; Christina Pennant, creative director of Culp Home Fashions; and Meganne Wecker, president of Skyline Furniture—and takeaways for women at all stages of their careers. Tickets include a full breakfast, program and networking. This event is open to all Market attendees. Tickets here.
Building a Team to Grow Your Profits and Keep Your Sanity
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-922
Interior design business coach Melissa Galt presents the secrets to focusing on what you love and delegating the rest, sharing how to identify what tasks to move off your plate and document processes so you can minimize time for training; where to find great talent fast; interviewing tips that help you hire the right person the first time; and how to outsource specific jobs that help you build your business. (1 CEU) RSVP here.
Function, Family and Furry Friends
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Fairfield Chair, 200 N. Hamilton St., N Ct 100
The delights of designing for families and pets are many, but planning for a home that’s equal parts fashion and function requires some extra due diligence. Crypton Home Fabric and Fairfield Chair present a panel discussion featuring designers including Caroline Brackett, Lauren Nicole and Rachel Shingleton to shed light on clever design hacks when designing family spaces and for pet-loving households. Plus, visit the pop-up Crypton Cart to take home some complimentary treats (and gifts for your own furry friends) courtesy of Skout’s Honor, Crypton and Rue.
The Science of Design
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-922
A fundamental need for beauty and aesthetics is rooted in human nature. In this seminar, Visionary Design Marketing president Mike Peterson and LivABLE Design Summit founder Linda Kafka showcase the existing research documenting how beauty and design improve health, with a special focus on the science of proper lighting and new wearable technology and predictive software that can guide the design process. (1 CEU) RSVP here.
The Emergence of Adaptive & Inclusive Design
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | The Point
While raising a son with Down syndrome, designer and Acorn & Oak founder Shelly Rosenberg realized that families navigating disabilities are vastly underserved by the design industry. Today, she advises designers and their clients to create spaces that are conscious of a family’s physical and physiological needs. In this educational seminar on adaptive design, she focuses on accessibility, biophilic principles and sensory issues in spaces for everyone from children to the aging-in-place.
Designing Furniture for Timeless Appeal
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Erinn Valencich has always been fascinated by what makes a design translate through the years. In this conversation, the Los Angeles–based interior designer, furniture designer and founder of StyleRow explains how she leaned into timeless aesthetic elements to develop seven licensed collections—including a furniture collection of modern classics that debuts this spring with Universal Furniture. RSVP here.
Broadening Your Business
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-922
Explore how the worlds of retail, events, flowers and design collide with designers Martha Schneider, Christopher Todd, Jeanne K. Chung, and Christa O’Leary, who all take their businesses to the next level by incorporating elements outside typical residential design. Traditional Home senior style and design editor Krissa Bossbund moderates a conversation about how they integrate seemingly unaffiliated fields into one business model to achieve new and unique services and products for their clients. (1 CEU) RSVP here.
BOH’s 50 States Project: A Celebration
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Since Business of Home’s 50 States Project launched in 2020, editor in chief Kaitlin Petersen has interviewed 115 designers from states across the country for a weekly series of candid conversations with designers about how they’ve built their businesses that has captivated the industry. Celebrate the designers featured in the 50 States Project, who will be gathered together in person for the first time, and join us in a toast to honor their continued success.
IFDA Selects Awards Presentation
5 p.m.–7 p.m. | The Point
IFDA Selects returns to High Point Market, showcasing the best in home products across exhibitors large and small. Finalists and winners in every category will be revealed, and glasses will be raised to celebrate the IFDA’s 75th anniversary.