INSPIRATIONAL FORECASTS BY ALLEN & JAMES

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Allen and James Interiors located at Furnitureland South had the awesome opportunity to travel with Josh Piersall of Huntington House Furniture to Showtime in December. Showtime is largest Fabric Market in America where leading furniture manufacturers are able to select texture and pallet trends that will infiltrate the home furnishing industry. Patti and I were not only able to tag along, we were able to assist in the selections that you will be seeing in the upcoming April furniture market …and we had a Blast!!

Josh says that Huntington House starts off the process noting EVERYTHING of interest . . . that means they select around 150,000 swatch combinations. From that, they call in 10-15,000 samples to work from …eventually they whittle those selection down even further to the best of the best for their line and clientele and add 200 fabrics to the line each market!

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The Pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid and while we saw bits and pieces of this color it was predominantly used as pillow accents.
Below is another of the hottest colors this past market …Malachite Green … and look how it pops these Huntington House pillows and chairs!

From work room conception to market production:
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We visited some of the very best of the best…Circa, Valdese Weavers, Wesley Mancini Home, Textile Fabric Associates, Penelope Marlatex and many more.
Wesley Mancini Home fabric shown on these beautiful barstools:

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We love everything to do with fabrics and being included in events like this keeps Allen and James ahead of the curve … we know what will be hot before it is even released!

Following the event we spoke with Zack Taylor, President of Wesley Hall upholstery. I asked him what he thought about this year’s Showtime and he said it was his 43rd show and he found it inspiring. I also asked if he follows the Pantone color prediction when selecting his fabrics… surprisingly he said that he does not follow TRENDS but embraces IDEAS.

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Zack feels with an improving economy he has noticed fashion and home furnishing businesses improving as well. People are willing to step out and use more color to brighten their spaces because they are happier and =Wesley Hall aims to please offering more color to inspire the consumer.

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Zack sees a return to more traditional fabrics, classic motifs, and historically rooted patterns. Clients are no longer doing one look but an eclectic layering of cultural influence to exhibit what they love or where they have been in an attempt to tell their story through their furnishings. Our world is evolving into a global community and these prints bring them to our home.

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Needless to say, we cannot wait to see all of these great colors, textures, and patterns show up in April’s Furniture Market. Allen and James gets to view the upcoming trends and colors while they are still just textiles. Then we see them 6 months later on sofas, chairs, beds and everything else that can bring color and inspiration to the home.
How exciting and fun ….

Great fun texture with the Wesley Hall stool:

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