High Point Market takes place April 22 to 26. Get a head start with these Saturday events. For more, check out BOH’s Designer’s Guide to High Point Market.
Set Flat Rates to Earn More with Less Stress
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Join business coach Melissa Galt for this master class in setting flat rates with defined deliverables in order to protect the firm’s profit and give clients confidence and clarity. An added bonus: You’ll acquire better insight into cash flow at all times and clients who can manage their interior investment with ease.
ASID State of the Industry Report
10 am.–11 a.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Explore the latest trends in interior design in a conversation with ASID CEO Khoi Vo that highlights insights from the organization’s “2023 Trends Report” and the forthcoming “2023 State of Interior Design Report,” both co-sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. (1 CEU)
Pop-Up with Michel Smith Boyd’s Signature Scent
10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Currey & Company, IHFC, M-110
Be the first to see and smell Michel Smith Boyd’s Signature candle as the Atlanta interior designer and TV star shares his new home fragrance line and discusses the importance of scent to complete the narrative of a well-designed space. Candles available for purchase.
Carley Summers Book Signing
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Antique & Design Center Welcome Lounge
Join Carley Summers as she launches her new book, Sacred Spaces: Everyday People and the Beautiful Homes Created Out of Their Trials, Healing, and Victories. Before becoming a renowned designer and photographer, Carley suffered from alcoholism and addiction; as someone who celebrates recovery today, she uses her life experience and craft to design and photograph 14 comforting, healing spaces, and takes readers on a journey as she uncovers the vulnerable stories behind each one.
Is Running a Home Decor Retail Store Worth It?
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Odette, 100 N. Centennial St.
Breegan Jane moderates a candid conversation about the ins and outs of owning and running retail businesses with designers Gina D’Amore Bauerle of D’Amore Interiors, Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs and Christopher Todd of Christopher Todd Design, whose shops range from 5 to 30 years old. They explore overhead, profit margins, hiring staff, marketing, e-commerce and every- thing else under the well-designed retail roof.
The New Client Journey: How to Attract, Close and Onboard Every Ideal Client
12 p.m.– 1 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Don’t let that perfect client pass you by. This session with John McClain begins with specific marketing methods to attract potential clients, as well as tips for managing the discovery call, consultation, design agreement and client onboarding. Leave with an actionable tool kit, as well—downloads will include a discovery call guide, in- home consultation questionnaire and client onboarding system.
How to Customize Upholstery
1 p.m.–2 p.m. | Nathan Anthony, IHFC, IH-602
The expensive fabric your client bought while traveling abroad isn’t suitable for the sofa; the extra-deep sectional can’t be delivered in the building’s elevator; and the 4-inch custom leg height has altered the seat depth. These are just a few of the potentially costly errors interior designers can make when ordering custom upholstery for clients. Join designers Kesha Franklin and Reginald Dunlap as they share their experiences going custom, and learn tips and tricks from Nathan Anthony co-founder Tina Nicole, in a conversation moderated by podcast host LuAnn Nigara.
BOH KEYNOTE: Designing a Business You Love
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | High Point Theatre
In this casual conversation moderated by The Business of Home Podcast host Dennis Scully, design stars Joanna Gaines, Amber Lewis, Jean Stoffer, Julia Marcum from Chris Loves Julia, and Carrier and Company’s Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier share their experiences in building design-oriented businesses with staying power. A mixer in the Loloi showroom (IHFC, D-320) to follow.
Expanding Your Business Through Antiques
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | The Point
Antiques Diva & Co. CEO Toma Clark Haines and interior designer Andrea Hysmith discuss the basics of sourcing and shipping antiques globally, finding business growth through the antiquities marketplace and increasing profit margin by adding sourcing and warehousing to your business model.
Cultivating a Firm Culture
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
A design firm’s culture can often be the breaking point between success and a mess. In a conversation moderated by Laura Umansky, designers Bryan Yates, Lorna Gross and Morgan Farrow share how they have created and maintained a positive, collaborative firm culture, hired the right team members and handled employee conflicts.
Fast Track to Success: A Coaching Session
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Fairfield, 200 N. Hamilton St., North Court 100
Ready to take your design business to the next level? Join Fairfield for an interactive session with business coach Traci Connell and designers Zandy Gammons and John McClain. In a conversation moderated by trend forecaster and Diversity Advocacy Alliance chairperson Patti Carpenter, they share guidance on navigating the world of coaching, identify key challenges facing design businesses and detail how to take the first step toward engaging a business coach to tackle those issues and fast-track success.
The Business of Design
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Leftbank Art, IHFC, H-304
Interior designers and HGTV stars Justin Q. Williams and Michel Smith Boyd talk business, branding and licensing in a conversation moderated by Black Interior Designers Network vice president June Reese.
Unveiling the Marjorie Skouras Collection
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Currey & Company, IHFC, M-110
Meet Marjorie Skouras as Currey & Company debuts the designer’s new lighting and furniture. She explains how her latest products were inspired by life in the Yucatán against the backdrop of a textiles exhibit she curated featuring vintage Mexican dresses.
Going Bold with Tamara Day
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | Varaluz, Market Square, Suite 204
Designer and Magnolia Network Bargain Mansions host Tamara Day sits down with Varaluz founder and lead designer Ron Henderson to discuss creating bold spaces and inspired ideas in celebration of their collaboration on a new collection of mirrors. Product giveaway to follow.
Bryan Huffman Book Signing
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | Chelsea on Green, 515 W. Green Dr., Floor 1
Bryan Huffman’s book, Bunny Mellon Style, shares the intimate story of one of the most influential women of 20th century design. Learn how her style developed, take a look inside the family homes she designed, and begin to understand her vast and lasting influence.
Choosing the Right Clients Post-Pandemic
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Kravet, 200 Steele, Suite 117
Designers Corey Damen Jenkins and Alexa Hampton share their approach to finding the right clients in a post-pandemic world in a conversation moderated by trend forecaster and Diversity Advocacy Alliance chair- person Patti Carpenter.
How to Become an In-Demand Designer
4 p.m.–5 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Sandra Funk leads a workshop on how to make the shift from being overworked and underappreciated to hand-selecting clients, skyrocketing profits and having a life. Along the way, she shares the secrets to pricing projects for profit and scaling a design business while building a pipeline full of referral-giving ideal clients.
A Toast with Arteriors and Barry Dixon
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | C&D Building, Floor 1
Arteriors toasts its sixth collection with guest designer Barry Dixon, whose versatile style blends global experiences with inspiration from nature for 19 new pieces of furniture, lighting, wall decor and accessories.
Meet and Greet with Brian Patrick Flynn
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Accent Decor, IHFC, H-309
Join Accent Decor along with interior designer and HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn for an evening of sipping and shopping. Brian will be on hand to mingle with guests and share the curated showroom vignette he curated, which features his favorite Accent Decor pieces and tells a visual story with color, texture, and a surprising blend of masculine and whimsical elements.
Fabricut Showroom Grand Opening Celebration
4 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Market Square, Suite 217
Fabricut celebrates the debut of Benjamin Johnston’s Vacanza collection of fabrics, trimmings and wallcoverings for S. Harris with a trunk show. Then mingle with friends at Fabricut while raising a glass to the brand’s new Market Square showroom.
Sneak Preview: The Met Collection
5 p.m.–6 p.m. | Eichholtz, 129 S. Hamilton St.
Join members of The Metropolitan Museum of Art leadership team as Eichholtz announces its collaboration with the international art institution and offers a preview of the line ahead of its fall 2023 launch.
Corey Damen Jenkins Launch Party
5 p.m.–7 p.m. | Maitland-Smith, 200 Steele, Suites 119 & 323
Attend Maitland-Smith’s celebration of its new collection with designer Corey Damen Jenkins with music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Hooker Furnishings Grand Opening Party
5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. | Showplace, Floor 3
Hooker Furnishings commemorates the grand opening of its brand-new flagship showroom on the third floor of Showplace, hosting an evening to remember that features specialty cocktails and refreshments on its expansive new outdoor patio, as well as live music from legendary band Liquid Pleasure.
Backstage at Eichholtz: En Vogue
6 p.m.–9 p.m. | Eichholtz, 129 S. Hamilton St.
Party like it’s 1999! Join Eichholtz on the terrace for a VIP “backstage” experience during the High Point Market concert series featuring the iconic ’90s hip-hop group En Vogue. Situated directly behind Center Stage, guests will get a front row seat to the festivities in a luxurious setting.