It’s almost Christmas morning here in the furniture world. What? Just kidding, but Spring Furniture Market is this weekend!!
We love heading to Market, but love returning even more! After we spend days surrounded by the new offerings, we anxiously await the arrival of our purchases, and even more so, sharing them with you! We’ll be sharing pieces as they arrive through our social media, but would love for you to come in and test them out yourself!
At the recent Fall Market, we took note of the fun vintage vibe. Many of the showrooms brought us back to our childhoods—the 70s are definitely making a comeback! The 70s style leads way for the bohemian era, highlighting the beautiful wicker, baskets, rugs and so much more! We were so thrilled to see the comeback of color—bright colors, pairings and unique uses! We also noted the mix of textures, fresh placement of trims and funky new patterns!
The flange treatment on this darling settee totally won our hearts. Combined with the frame and fabric selection, this settee screams updated traditional—which we love!
Texture, texture, texture! We couldn’t get enough of the textural play in this vignette, and will be welcoming it to our stores very soon!
In another nod to the 70s, we liked the preppy color palette in this vignette! We’re always on the symmetry bandwagon and think this look was a real winner.
We fell in love with this pink ottoman! Velvet is in vogue and we love how you can marry a pop of color with the trend.
Bohemian is here to stay! The moody blues, the layering, the textures—sheer eclectic sophistication.
We found so many great pieces at the recent Market and can’t wait to share them with you! Pieces will be arriving on a rolling basis starting very soon so we encourage you to pop in to the showrooms often!
Ever wonder what goes into one of our interior design projects? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes to pull off and put together a whole home before the photographer comes in to capture those picture-perfect vignettes?
While most projects begin the same way, each new installation provides unique challenges and opportunities that keep our designers well engaged and coming back for more! Typically, our talented Design Consultants meet with the client, going over project details and parameters and pull together a storyboard of ideas. Depending on the scope of the project, this process can take a few days, weeks or even months. Once our Design Consultants have picked out the perfect pieces for a project, they generate a Sales Order—utilizing the same process for accessories and case goods alike—and itemize each unique piece to be ordered. Once the Sales Order is generated, we hand it off to our Logistics Coordinators, Sharon and Nancy. These ladies submit orders to each manufacturer individually and track the purchases through to delivery to our local warehouses. Meanwhile, our Design Consultants are busy on-the-ground, coordinating delivery to the project and often times, helping to make other design decisions along the way.
We caught up with David and Kriss from our Naples Team, who shed some light on their recent installs and how they transform paper plans into spectacular spaces. Without further ado, our quick Project Install Q&A!
1. What is the first step to an entire home install?
D– Double checking the orders prior to initial install, making sure we have the correct pieces, and that all the dates are organized with everyone involved—this includes the movers, the warehouse, designers and owners of the property.
K– The first step for my recent install was to meet with the builder to get his vision, and walk the house to get the feel and flow.
2. How many months of planning are typically required before the installation?
D– It depends on the size of the home, but typically four to five months of planning.
K– For the 10,000sq ft home I just installed, I began planning about six to eight months prior to the install date.
3. Do you start with the big picture and progress to the smaller details, or pick the elements out all at once?
D– The answer depends on whether or not it is a builder or a walk-in customer and what the project entails. For any project, you have to take in to account the ‘look’ the buyer wants, their budget, the layout, and how quickly they want everything. A large install requires a lot of communication and double checking…measurements, dates, style numbers.
K– For my recent install, I started with the over all look and then planned the detail down to bars of soap for the powder room and bath sheets for the pool area. Everything that is in the house and in the outside living space—beds, bedding, tables, rugs, art, dishes, pool towels—was picked for the space! I also learned to measure multiple times. Eye-balling does not always work!
4. How many people involved?
D– Depending on the size of the project, it varies.
K– There are many people involved with the process – I did the product picking with input from everyone that was working on the project and had help pulling together the product quotes and look-book. I met with the builder often to show and get approval, met with his designer that picked counter tops, flooring, paint, lighting, wallpaper – to make sure we were on the same page. There was help from the MN stores in sending fabric cuttings, and from the business office to fine tune the Sales Order and submit to the manufacturers. The install—the final step—really was an all-hands-on-deck effort. It’s helpful to have another set of eyes (and hands) to help when finally staging things up and moving product around the house. Movers, electricians, picture hangers…the numbers really add up!
5. Creative process?
D– Determining the look, the style, the layout and the colors. There are quite a few different details not to be overlooked.
K– The creative process is the best part – especially when the install is for a ‘spec home.’ The builder has the initial idea or look that he or she is going for and after that, my job is to pull together a couple of options for approval, and then go for it. I present to both the builder and designer the proposed plan, and take in to account their input. The actual install the most creative time for me, as I get to accessorize and stage the whole home before pictures are taken and the house goes on the market for sale. The smallest details make the biggest impact, and I think that those details transform a staging project to a home that buyers can picture themselves living in.
6. How to achieve end result for photographs?
D– The lighting and accessories are key to helping achieve the polished end result for photographs.
K– The days before photographing, I like to find as many fresh pieces as I can—from flowers to plants and fruit— I love what they can add to the freshness of a space. I love to set the table, leave books open, and games unfinished so it looks like they may have been called it dinner in the middle of what they were doing. My goal with my recent install was to make it feel “homey,” and at 10,000 square feet, it was challenging but very rewarding to see it all come together. I could envision a family living there, and that’s what sells a property to potential buyers.
Each install is as unique as the home itself and that’s what makes it so fun! No project scope is the same which gives our Design Consultants the opportunity to really listen to the client and hone in on what works for the individual space. The challenge of bringing a home to life through furnishings keeps David and Kriss, and our Traditions team, going back for more! To view some of the after install pictures—the beautiful vignettes captured by photographers—head over to our portfolio page.
Making Life One Long Weekend at a Time
Tommy Bahama, the iconic menswear known for loose-fitting silks and island-inspired graphics, and Traditions have a few commonalities, and can add one more to the list—our partnership with the Tommy Bahama store in the Mall of America!
Believe it or not, the brand of Tommy Bahama was conceptualized by Minnesota clothing executive Bob Emfield. He took out his yellow legal pad with a colleague, and together created a fictional grey-haired character, discerning everything this type of man would do, wear, eat, shop, etc. Tommy Bahama, the fictitious island guy who never had to go back to work, quickly turned into a $500 million business. With the help of two additional founders, Tommy Bahama opened its first store and restaurant in Naples, Florida! (Hey—we know a thing or two about Minnesota and Naples!)
Next to Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama became one of the first modern brands to enter the lifestyle market and be successful at it! Part of the lifestyle collection, which ranges from indoor and outdoor furniture, to rum and bedding can be found at the Mall of America store! While you’re shopping for your island-inspired gear, look no further for some outdoor digs, too! We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Tommy Bahama clothing store in the Mall of America—any furniture you see in the store or in their catalog can be purchased directly through either of our Minnesota stores!
The Tommy Bahama collections feature unique indoor and outdoor designs, whose casual elegance evokes the essence of what founder Bob Emfield originally set out to do—demonstrate how one would live a comfortable and relaxed life. Tommy Bahama has become widely known for its casual elegance portrayed in a relaxed manner. The Tommy Bahama furniture lines offer custom finishes and unique fabric options, like weather tolerant, Sunbrella! Choose from contemporary, West Indies, modern or classic traditional in durable outdoor materials to complement any space.
Visit tbfurniture.com for more information, or stop in to any of our three location to browse the catalog! We’re happy to help!
Were we right in our predictions? Fall High Point Market 2016 was a smashing hit! We definitely noticed quite a few anticipated trends, but also saw an equal number of unexpected!
Texture was everywhere—and we mean everywhere: Rugs, pillows, throw blankets, ottomans, sofas and even new, fun fabrics. Magnolia Home, a brand made popular via Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, expanded their line to include rugs and pillows with different knots, plushness and textures.
The Pantone color of the year, blush, made a soft appearance. The more feminine touch provided a stark contrast to the other, more industrial trends.
The lighting was spectacular and made an impressive statement. The unique fixtures added a touch of elegance, while others added the perfect touch of whimsy.
We noticed a new use of the classic-traditional style in some of the showrooms. Rich, chocolatey leather paired perfectly with accessorized bookshelves this market. The warm colors and traditional fixtures provided a sense of comfort, yet in a more clean and tailored way.
High Performance Fabrics (or lack thereof):
One trend we were hoping to see was use of high performance and outdoor fabrics in different applications, but we did not. In fact, these fabrics were noticeably absent in each showroom. The standard Cryptons and Sunbrellas were shown, but there weren’t nearly as many new introductions as we expected.
One of our absolute favorite parts of Market is soaking in the gorgeous florals that the vendors bring in to perfectly stage their showrooms. We are suckers for fresh blooms and we certainly got our fill this time around.
We are so excited to share all of our market buys with you as they arrive at our showrooms. Stay up to date with us by stopping in and from home via our social media!
Sneak Peek of Fall 2016 Market
At Traditions, we are constantly drawn to items with a unique and updated spin on what was once deemed classic traditional. As we get closer to the Fall High Point Market, we are excited to see how the latest trends translate into the furniture world and what the latest inspiration is!
What’s Trending Now:
- Earthy pastel hues with an organic flair are all the rage as they incorporate the Pantone color of the year. We foresee more of this look, as it provides a tailored, clean aesthetic appealing to all!
- Mixed metals are another trend that is super prevalent. We anticipate a mix of brass, gold, polished nickel and silver, freshened up with white plaster.
- Mid-century Modern is still very popular. We expect all the burled wood and contemporary materials we saw last year for a continued vintage made modern.
- Fool-proof fabrics have been a favorite, but are quickly becoming our absolute go-to. Crypton and Sunbrella fabrics now come in fun patterns, but only a few vendors currently offer them. We hope to see many vendors jump on this popular bandwagon we are sure (and wishing) is here to stay!5. Updated florals are also something to note. Notable decor leaders believe we are transitioning into a cleaner, more modern floral to update our classic traditional so florals can be transitional and appeal to a wider array of customers. We are all for a more modern take on traditional!
Showrooms we’re excited to see in High Point:
- Four Hands
- Lee Industries
- Currey & Co.
- Taylor King
Stay tuned to see what new treasures we found and what surprises totally won us over at the High Point Market in the coming weeks!