Style: High Point report: New traditional won my heart

Mary Carol Garrity
Tribune News Service

We just got back from the spring High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry show in the world, where we were dazzled by the newest looks in interior design. While I’m still flying high, I had to tell you about my favorite trends for 2016.

Our team was wowed by the consistent theme we saw at market: designers celebrating the past by reinterpreting classic styles with a fresh new eye. It is right in sync with our look: the new traditional. I lost my heart years ago to timeless furnishings. But I like to keep a classic style lively by punching it up with a few modern or contemporary pieces. The designers at market this spring gave us lots to play with!

Something old, something new

We have not carried classic claw-foot tables for years, but this sensational table captured my heart. Check out this designer’s interesting new read on “claw foot” … the toes of the claw are spread to perch on top of a Lucite ball. Talk about a conversation piece!

For those of us who live with lots of books, finding great bookcases is a must. A charming painted chest brings in a fun floral shape to give the glassed doors a playful look.

All about the texture

We fell hard for the new upholstered furniture silhouettes we saw at market this year: classic pieces reinvented for a cleaner, more modern look.

When it comes to color palettes, everything is in now. Some designers embraced a bold mix of saturated hues and unapologetic patterns, like wide stripes. Others used quiet neutrals in a mix of textures to tell a room’s story.

I’m not super crazy about designers picking one look and forcing it on all of us. So I was excited to see so many different styles embraced in upholstered furniture this year, from a casual farmhouse feel to mid-century modern and reinvented antiques.

In furniture upholstery right now, everything goes. We saw the range, from very casual textiles, which would be at home in my cottage, to sublimely sophisticated fabrics, like a tone-on-tone shadow print, the new answer to damask patterns of old.

Pendant lamps on bookcase

Lighting is emerging from the shadows as a major design feature in well-curated rooms. And at market, we were charged up by all the options.

Check out how these industrial pendant lamps were displayed, lying on top of a tall bookcase, with the ropy cords hanging down.

Art: Strong colors, strong lines

I adore mixing a modern painting or two in with classic artwork in a traditional home. It gives the space a B12 shot, lots of energy and excitement.

This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at