High Point Market takes place October 14 to 18. Get a head start with these market tours and ongoing events. For more, check out BOH’s Designer’s Guide to High Point Market.
What Real Designers Do to Win at Business
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
How do you collect coveted referrals from clients? Gail Doby and Erin Weir of the Pearl Collective lead a lively discussion with designers Cheryl Luckett and Tina Ramchandani on turning clients into design lovers who share your name.
Personality, Process, Pricing and Profit: Missing Ingredients for Your Design Business
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Sherrill Furniture, 315 Fred Alexander Pl., Floor 2
It’s no secret that running a successful design business is a puzzle. Business coach Melissa Galt talks with designers Justine Knox, Isabel Ladd and DuVäl Reynolds to share how to put the pieces together, from building a team and developing a brand to learning which processes and structures will propel your business forward.
The Quest for American-Made Products
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Embark on a quest of discovery at High Point Market with Erin and Ben Napier, hosts of HGTV’s Home Town, Home Town Takeover and Home Town Kickstart, who discuss the value and long-lasting impacts of sourcing American-made products and supporting American manufacturing. (1 CEU) RSVP here.
An Intimate Conversation with Vicente Wolf
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | The Point
Designer Vicente Wolf explains how he weaves influences from his far-flung travels into his work in a manner that delights the eye and inspires the imagination, in a conversation with High Point University designer in residence Gary Inman. Complimentary lunch to follow courtesy of Currey & Company.
Sense of Place Book Signing with Caitlin Flemming
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Woodbridge Furniture, 200 Steele, Floor 3
Meet designer, stylist and blogger Caitlin Flemming as she signs her new book, Sense of Place: Design Inspired by Where We Live. Plus, meet designer Lauren Liess, whose home was photographed for the book.
Finding a Client’s Design DNA
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Designer’s Theatre at Hooker Furnishings, Showplace, Floor 3
These days, Survivor: One World winner Kim Spradlin Wolfe is the host of HGTV’s Why the Heck Did I Buy This House? and a mentor on HGTV’s Battle on the Beach. She shares her experiences navigating reality TV and what it takes to be successful in the design world.
Designer Meet and Greet with Nicole White and Justin Q. Williams
10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Leftbank Art, IHFC, H-304
Designers Nicole White and Justin Q. Williams showcase their collections for Leftbank Art—abundant gold accents and bursts of expressive color from White, lively neutrals imbued with dynamic movement and intricate details from Williams—and share their creative insights in a designer meet and greet.
Business Coaching with Traci Connell
11 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Join designer and business coach Traci Connell of The Gloss as she gathers with intimate groups of design professionals to answer their burning business questions. RSVP here.
Streamlining Success: Mastering Finances, Policies and Procedures
11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Odette, 100 N. Centennial St.
A Well-Designed Business host LuAnn Nigara leads designers Michelle Murphy, Alex Alonso and Beth Diana Smith in a conversation about optimizing a firm’s finances in order to propel your business to new heights.
Art as the Final Piece: Enhancing Atmospheres and Leaving Lasting Impressions
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Fairfield, 200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1
Furniture, Lighting & Decor editor in chief Diane Falvey leads a discussion with artists, gallery owners and designers Cassie Adams, Michael Mitchell, Susie Novak and Williams Martinez, delving into the profound impact of art in creating immersive environments for residential, hospitality and commercial clients.
Streamline Your Purchasing Processes
12 p.m.–1 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Learn how to optimize your relationships with vendors to keep your projects running smoothly and your clients satisfied in a conversation with designers Bria Hammel, Kate Lester and Peter Mitchell and moderated by Design Biz Survival Guide host Rick Campos. RSVP here.
Marketing the Luxury of Design to Attract Affluent Clients
1 p.m.–2 p.m. | Feizy, 209 N. Hamilton St.
Design business coach Melissa Galt delivers valuable tips and tools on how to attract and retain wealthy clients, with advice on increasing revenue while reducing stress.
Caitlin Wilson x Cooper Classics Launch Party
1 p.m.–4 p.m. | Cooper Classics, IHFC, D-519
Caitlin Wilson and Cooper Classics celebrate the launch of their new collaboration of timeless mirrors that combine elegant finishes with antique-inspired details.
Why the Details Are Important
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | The Point
Designers Kristi Hopper, Christopher Todd Hall, Niki Flanagan and Jessica Duce delve into the significance of scale, color and texture in a session that unravels the crucial role details play in shaping our experiences with architecture, design, art and product development.
Defining Chic Book Signing with Carrier and Company
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Loloi Rugs, IHFC, D-320
Carrier and Company principals Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller sign copies of their new book, Defining Chic: Carrier and Company Interiors, amid their new collections for Loloi. Books are given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Prep Your Business to Serve High-End Clients
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Ready to attract your dream clients? Designer and coach Sandra Funk walks through proven strategies and techniques to cater to the needs of high-end clients. Discover how to price your projects for maximum profitability in the luxury market, master the art of creating an exceptional client experience and scale your business. RSVP here.
Make Great Money Doing What You Love
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame, 311 S. Hamilton St.
Gail Doby, co-founder of design consultancy Pearl Collective, examines the roadblocks that hold designers back from making the money they deserve. Learn how
to sidestep the five most common fears that cause entrepreneurs to fail and tools to push through emotionally charged mindset hurdles on your way to business mastery.
How to Leverage Affiliate Marketing to Create Passive Income
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Designers Jasmine Crockett, Jaime Zehner, Lori Paranjape and Noel Gatts explain how affiliate marketing can boost a firm’s financial success and provide practical tools for brand partnerships in a conversation moderated by Designers Today executive editor Andrea Lillo. (1 CEU) RSVP here.
Wine and Cheese Pairing Party with Kristen Forgione of The Lifestyled Co.
2 p.m.–5 p.m. | Mitzi, Market Square, M-90
Mitzi hosts a wine and cheese pairing party in honor of designer Kristen Forgione’s debut lighting collection, The Lifestyled Co. x Mitzi Tastemakers. Mix and mingle with Forgione and the Mitzi team under the glow of this minimal and modern signature collection.
Right at Home with Bobby Berk
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | High Point Theatre
Designer and Emmy-nominated Queer Eye host Bobby Berk holds court in the High Point Theatre, discussing his new book and the intersection of design and mental health with designer Kelli Ellis. He shares why he chose to write a book dedicated to how good design is for the mind, the connection between your space and self-care, and how we can all use design to better our lives. Signed copies of Right at Home are available for the first 200 guests courtesy of High Point Market Authority and Karastan.Smartphone Photography: A Hands-On Tutorial
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Suites at Market Square, T-1022
Photographer Linda Holt shows you how to take those must-have shots on your phone during a tour through Market that explores indoor and outdoor lighting, how to get the angles right and ideas to boost your brand visibility. RSVP here.
The Alchemy of Antiques
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Antique & Design Center, 316 W. Commerce Ave.
Hadley Keller of the Design Leadership Network moderates a lively conversation with author and DLN executive director Michael Diaz-Griffith and designers Tanya Lewis, Blair Moore and Glenna Stone, who share their expertise on sourcing, pricing, designing and creating value with antiques. A book signing for Diaz-Griffith’s The New Antiquarians follows the discussion.
Homes & Gardens Meets Christopher Farr Cloth
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Julian Chichester, 118 East Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Homes & Gardens global brand director Sarah Spiteri sits down with Michal Silver, the creative mind behind Christopher Farr Cloth, for a conversation about how to pave the way for visionary collaborations, including the brand’s new Kit Kemp–designed collection, which will be showcased on a selection of Julian Chichester furniture pieces. RSVP here.
The Power of Networking
3 p.m.–4 p.m. | Chaddock, 200 Steele, Floor 1
Traditional Home editor in chief Jill Waage moderates a conversation on the power of networking with designers Benjamin Johnston, Dan Houchard and Bryan Yates that touches on the importance of building your brand, network and pipeline through industry events.
Suzanne Duin Collection Celebration
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | Currey & Company, IHFC, M-110
Meet Houston designer and antiques dealer Suzanne Duin and take in the new additions to her Currey & Company lighting collection, which is inspired by her love of woven natural fibers like rattan and water hyacinth.
Vibrant Interiors Book Signing with Andrea Schumacher
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | Vanguard Furniture, 301 N. Hamilton Street
Thom Filicia hosts a book signing of designer Andrea Schumacher’s Vibrant Interiors: Living Large at Home. RSVP here.
The New Interior Design Services Pricing Model
4 p.m.–5 p.m. | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
The design industry is constantly evolving—and so should a designer’s pricing model. Designer and coach John McClain outlines new ways to price design services for guaranteed profit, as well as lessons in developing specific types of services clients can choose a la carte to fit their needs. RSVP here.
Sanctuary by Lisa Kahn Launch Party
4 p.m.–7 p.m. | Chelsea House, 200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1
Raise a glass and take in the sounds of a jazz quartet from The Juilliard School as Chelsea House celebrates the launch of its Sanctuary by Lisa Kahn Collection, which focuses on the vital connection between the built environment and the human spirit.
Sagebrook Home Grand Opening Party
4 p.m.–7 p.m. | Sagebrook Home, IHFC, D-520
Welcome Sagebrook Home to Market at the brand’s grand-opening party, where the company will showcase the debut of the new lifestyle brand Elevarre. RSVP here.
Designer in Residence: Forbes + Masters
4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Bernhardt, IHFC, Floor 6
House Beautiful editorial director Joanna Saltz and Bernhardt CEO Alex Bernhardt Jr. host a celebration for Bernhardt’s newest Designer in Residence team, Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Atlanta firm Forbes + Masters, as they showcase the ebullient showroom space they’ve created to welcome Market-goers.
Cheers to Client Gifting
5 p.m.–6 p.m | Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St.
Wine and spirits make excellent client gifts, but it can be intimidating to make a smart selection for a true oenophile or a client with a cellar. Kick back after a long day of sourcing with a tasting in the Designer’s Lounge at Universal Furniture as Business of Home market editor Caroline Biggs asks certified sommelier and sake advisor Stacey Land what you need to know when shopping for clients—and yourself, too!
Black Interior Designers Inc. Sunday Soiree
Panel, 5 p.m.; party, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Caracole, 122-C N. Hamilton St.
Designer and vice president of Black Interior Designers Inc. June Reese moderates a conversation with designers Arianne Bellizaire, Leah Alexander, Keia McSwain and Andre Hilton, who are all featured in the organization’s new book, Iconic Home: Interiors, Advice, and Stories from 50 Amazing Black Designers. Touching on the evolving landscape of the design field and the significance of representation and inclusivity, the panelists shed light on the importance of mentorship, networking and fostering an inclusive community to uplift aspiring Black designers and promote lasting change within the industry. Following the discussion, Black Interior Designers Inc. and legacy partner Caracole host an intimate cocktail party celebrating their partnership and diversity in design, as well as a book signing of Iconic Home.