High Point Market takes place April 22 to 26. Get a head start with these Sunday events. For more, check out BOH’s Designer’s Guide to High Point Market.
Coffee with Creatives: Design, Business and Creating an Experience
9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Woodbridge Furniture, 200 Steele, Suite 301
Designers Celerie Kemble and Corey Damen Jenkins discuss building a brand and business, book writing and the publishing process, as well as how they create beautiful spaces and meaningful experiences for their clients. Book signing to follow.
Niching in Vacation Rental Design
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
What does it take to build a brand, identify the ideal client and get hired with a specialty in short-term rental design? Experienced vacation rental designers including Jessica Duce reveal how to establish authority in this growing and fast-paced design space in a conversation moderated by branding and marketing consultant Ericka Saurit, with introductions by Jane Dagmi of HPxD.
The Ultimate Sourcing System to Save Time and Get the Best Product
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Codarus, 300 W. Broad Ave.
Let’s face it: Sourcing can be a big time suck, and you need help. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to hire anyone if you build your trade team to provide the best resources, price points and lead times you’re looking for. Business coach Melissa Galt explains how to harness the power of talent you already know to cut sourcing time in half and get the quality products you want on every project.
Mimosa Brunch with Flower Magazine
10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Mr. & Mrs. Howard, 315 Fred Alexander Pl., Floor 2
Founder and editor in chief of Flower Magazine Margot Shaw hosts a cheerful Sunday brunch with Sherrill Furniture to celebrate the premiere of Nellie Jane’s capsule collection with Mr. & Mrs. Howard this spring. Enjoy mimosas, light bites and the new line while experiencing the brand-new Sherrill showroom.
Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2023
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
DesignOn HPMKT by IMC hosts Sherwin-Williams designer account executive Samantha Noonan as she presents the 2023 Colormix Forecast: Terra. The course explores the global, technological, historical, psychological and economic drivers influencing future color and design trends, and offers insights into the year’s four dominant color stories. (1 CEU)
Hilary Robertson Book Signing
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Antique & Design Center Welcome Lounge
In Nomad at Home, compulsive wanderer Hilary Robertson showcases 10 unique locations and tells the stories of different ways of satisfying the wandering eye.
Curating with the Past and Future in Mind
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Odette, 100 N. Centennial St.
Antiques dealer Margaret Schwartz of Modern Antiquarian and designers MA Allen, Lance Thomas of Thomas Guy Interiors, Christian Daw and Everick Brown share how they create a harmonious balance between modern and antique design elements in a conversation moderated by designer and Ronati vice president of global industry relations Kelli Ellis.
Interior Design Unplugged: The Blueprint to Building a Business That Lasts
12 p.m.–1 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Do seven or eight figures of annual revenue numbers excite you? Would you like to not participate in the recession? Michelle and Tom Wiebe share the practical insights and wisdom about building and growing a business gained over three decades of owning an award-winning design firm, from client agreements, budgets, fees and markups to assessing profitability and building and inspiring a winning team.
How to Hire Your First Team Member
1 p.m.–2 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Hiring a firm’s first full-time employee is a major mile- stone—and if done correctly, it frees up valuable time so that firm owners can work in a higher, more meaningful capacity. Designers Breegan Jane, Michel Smith Boyd, Nikki Klugh and Cheryl Luckett share how to calculate when a business is financially ready to make a hire, establish systems that foster efficiencies, determine employee benefits and assign the right tasks to first hires in a conversation moderated by Gail Doby and Erin Weir, co-founders of The Pearl Collective, and presented in partnership with the Black Interior Designers Network. (1 CEU)
Why You Need a Sales Ecosystem
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
In today’s digital environment, setting up a sales and marketing ecosystem is essential to take a design business to greater heights. In this conversation, moderated by A Design Partnership’s Nicole Kasak, five designers—Amber Guyton, Karen Wolf, Joshua Smith, Lance Thomas and Amy Forshew—dive into the specifics of each segment of the sales and marketing ecosystem, explaining how they support one another to build a flourishing legacy brand that will outperform the competition.
Creativity: A Diverse Perspective
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | The Point
While the medium and materials may vary, the process of inspiration, visualization, artistry and realization have remained the same for millennia. Michel Smith Boyd, Alejandra Thompson de Jordan and Marjorie Skouras speak to their unique processes while celebrating the synergy that all creatives share. Reception to follow in the Currey & Company showroom (IHFC, M-110).
KEYNOTE: Honoring Heritage While Building a Business for the Future
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | High Point Theatre
Third-generation owners of Stark Carpet and founders of Ashley Stark Home Chad and Ashley Stark discuss forging the future at a legacy brand while holding onto their heritage, and share their experiences launching and growing new businesses while staying hyperfocused on building world-class client experiences.
A Design Dialogue with Mitzi Tastemakers
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Hudson Valley Lighting, Market Square, Suite M-90
Join designers and influencers Megan Molten, Dabito, Anthony D’Argenzio and Natalie Papier for an intimate conversation on the business of design and brand building, moderated by Domino deputy editor Julie Vadnal. Product giveaway to follow.
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Antique & Design Center Welcome Lounge
“Overwhelm,” “stress,” “burnout”—whatever name you use, the feelings and results are usually the same: A mix of emotions that impedes access to creativity, problem-solving and decision-making, and that makes it easy to fall out of love with design. But what if there was another way? In this workshop, holistic coach and leadership expert Ginna Christensen shares how to recognize the signs of stress before it’s too late—or, even better, how to design a business to avoid overwhelm altogether.
Sketch to Showroom
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | Kalco Lighting, IHFC, H-232
Furniture Lighting & Decor editor in chief Diane Falvey talks with interior designers Erinn Valencich, Vanessa DeLeon and John McClain about what it takes to shepherd a potential product from an idea to a polished piece.
Validate Your Design Services with Science
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Designers Angela Harris, Lisa Staprans and Gabrielle Kozhukh-Joo explain how they harness neuroaesthetics—the emotional, physical and health benefits generated by beauty and design—in their design processes, in a conversation moderated by Science in Design certification program co-founder Mike Peterson. (1 CEU)
Crossover Interior Design
4 p.m.–5 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Designer Charmaine Wynter moderates a conversation about the way the commonalities in art, design, fashion and technology can positively impact your business with designers who have found success in both residential and hospitality sectors. Stacy Garcia, Gary Inman, Kymberlyn Lacy, David Santiago, Nicole Baxter, Aakash Patel and David Cohen share how to make a career crossover count.
Hiring and Onboarding for Design Firms
4 p.m.–5 p.m. | Norwalk Furniture, IHFC, M-108
Laura Umansky shares her secrets to building a team, including a self-evaluation tool to assess where a new hire could make the most difference and an easy-to-use method to reliably hire the best talent for your firm’s success.
The Business of Home Podcast Live Recording and Anniversary Party
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Hooker Furnishings, Showplace, Floor 3
Tune in for a live recording of The Business of Home Podcast as host Dennis Scully sits down with designer Thom Filicia for a conversation about his two decades in design, plus the pros and cons of becoming a TV star—with plenty of opportunity for audience Q&A. After the recording, help Dennis, Thom and the show’s past guests toast the show’s fifth anniversary.
Janie Molster Book Signing
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Currey & Company, IHFC, M-110
For more than two decades, designer Janie Molster has been creating family homes that are bold, sophisticated, inviting and practical. In her book House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living, she showcases a range of projects that demonstrate her design philosophy.
Grand Opening Party for Meridian Furniture
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Meridian Furniture, IHFC, H-504
Toast with the Meridian team as they welcome Market attendees to experience the full redesign of their High Point showroom.
Happy Hour with Hinkley and Elle Decor
4 p.m.–6 p.m. | Hinkley, Market Square, Suite 290
Mingle with Elle Decor editors and Hinkley designer Lisa McDennon while taking in the brand’s latest releases.
Kader Boly Live Painting Event Sunday
5 p.m.–7 p.m. | Chelsea on Green, 515 W. Green Dr.
After growing up on the plains of West Africa, Kader Boly left for France at 20 years old to explore his journey as a painter. Now, sharing the inspiration from his childhood is the focus of his work—which he brings to Chelsea on Green in a live painting event.
Backstage at Eichholtz: Chris Janson
5 p.m.–9 p.m. | Eichholtz, 129 S. Hamilton St.
Enjoy a barbecue cookout to the sounds of country music star Chris Janson on the Eichholtz terrace, which is situated directly behind the Center Stage performance. Cowboy boots encouraged, but not required.
The 3rd Floor Steele Building Party, Featuring The Extraordinaires!
6 p.m.–9 p.m. | 200 Steele, Floor 3
Join Hancock & Moore, Woodbridge Furniture, InsideOut Performance Fabrics, Taylor King and Lazar on the third floor of 200 Steele for food, drinks and dancing with one of the best bands in North Carolina.