Apr 4, 2022 | High Point Market |
50 States Project celebration
50 States Project celebration

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 about how they’ve built their businesses.

On Monday April 3 during High Point Market, these designers had the opportunity to meet Petersen, and each other, face to face for the first time in a celebration at the Universal Furniture showroom.

More than 40 designers featured in the 50 States Project over the last two years gathered for a toast in their honor, including Cheryl Umbles, Kaitlyn Wolfe, Jenny Slingerland, Kelly Finley, Lucy Penfield, Linda Allen, Heather French, Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, Megan Peterson, Marissa Whitley Tago, Cheryl Luckett, Nicole White, Santo Giorgio, Emily Clark, Arianne Bellizaire, Linda Banks, Jacob Laws, Jeremiah Young, Marie Cloud, Stephen Shutts, Tiffany Cobb and Judith Balis.

“The designers featured in our 50 States Project are smart, inspiring forward-thinking creative entrepreneurs, and it’s an incredible joy to not only share their stories, but also host a celebration in their honor, toast to their continued success and connect them with one another,” said Petersen. “I’m so grateful to to Universal for hosting us in their space, which is such a valuable resource for both educational programming and beautiful product.”

Images by Jessica Blackstock

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Franziska Neumann, Kaitlin Petersen and Jana Platina Phipps
Franziska Neumann, Kaitlin Petersen and Jana Platina Phipps
Franziska Neumann, Kaitlin Petersen and Jana Platina Phipps
Cheers!
Cheers!
Cheers!
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Artist and high school student Isabella Rocque with Universal Furniture’s Bahia Honda Accent Chair upholstered in a fabric of her design. The one-of-a-kind chair was auctioned off during High Point Market with all proceeds benefitting NY School for the Deaf in honor of Isabella’s grandmother.
Artist and high school student Isabella Rocque with Universal Furniture’s Bahia Honda Accent Chair upholstered in a fabric of her design. The one-of-a-kind chair was auctioned off during High Point Market with all proceeds benefitting NY School for the Deaf in honor of Isabella’s grandmother.
Artist and high school student Isabella Rocque with Universal Furniture’s Bahia Honda Accent Chair upholstered in a fabric of her design. The one-of-a-kind chair was auctioned off during High Point Market with all proceeds benefitting NY School for the Deaf in honor of Isabella’s grandmother.
Emily Hansen and Blake Mascolo from Studio 10 Interior Design and
Emily Hansen and Blake Mascolo from Studio 10 Interior Design and
Emily Hansen and Blake Mascolo from Studio 10 Interior Design and
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
Cheers!
Cheers!
Cheers!
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Market attendees and designers from the 50 States Project forged connections at the celebration.
Designers like Kelly Finley and Arianne Bellizaire gathered to celebrate.
Designers like Kelly Finley and Arianne Bellizaire gathered to celebrate.
Designers like Kelly Finley and Arianne Bellizaire gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
Lulu the Giant performed during the celebration.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
Cheers!
Cheers!
Cheers!
Lulu the Giant
Lulu the Giant
Lulu the Giant
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
Designers from around the country gathered to celebrate.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.
The celebration was held in Universal Furniture's High Point showroom.