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Create your home's "Year of Style"


Plan a year's worth of beauty projects for your home and plan to save in February. With a little French inspiration and historic furniture discounts starting next month, you can create your home’s “Year of Style.” Here’s how.


One of my favorite books is Frederic Fekkai’s “A Year of Style.” The French stylist shares his monthly self-care and beauty ideas - a different set of ideas for each month - that are simple, practical, and luxuriously self-nurturing.

Suggestions range from “paint the inside of your closet a cheerful color,” to “make a cup of hot chocolate the Swiss way.” Such seasonally-inspired ideas inspire me to take better care of myself all year long.

My home is an extension of my year-round self-care. Each season inspires different desires: January makes me crave cozy floor rugs and July inspires family time on the patio with comfortable chairs for sunset dinners.

When it comes to styling and designing these moments for my family -- finding a good value tops the list of self-care.

Plan a year’s worth of projects and purchase during February’s furniture savings

February is the still one of the strongest month's to get the best price on quality furniture. Think Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, when you get a personal invite from your favorite associates to view upcoming styles. Their sales associates know that July is the time to buy the best at the best price. And the sale is legendary.

In the furniture industry, February is to furniture what July is to fall at Nordstroms. In February, manufacturers want to clear the aisles for new designs. But when you're buying from a quality furniture maker, these styles don't fall out favor or fashion.

Create your home’s “Year of Style”

Take a look through this list of ideas. Send me an email with your project list and I can create a personal style calendar to help you find the right design - and best value - for your vision.

Warm, cozy rugs in January

A sweet heart gift in February--such as a love seat or dining set

Create a cozy reading nook in March

Let there be light, lamps, and chandeliers in April and May

June weddings and special “first home together” gifts

July patio furniture

August means Mohitos on a southern-inspired front porch

In September, suit up and organize your home office

Update the family’s entertainment centers for fall sports

Upfit the guest room in November

Upfit your bedroom in December

In January, relax and reflect on the year in something special -- like a chaise lounge

Email me at with ideas for your home’s “Year of Style” and we’ll make it a beautiful, nurturing, New Year.

The Fashion Week of Furniture begins Oct. 16

Resize for blog post Twice a year over 80,000 people from around the world visit High Point, North Carolina for the International Home Furnishings Market. The city's downtown showrooms are filled with design celebrities, manufacturers, and boutique owners who cover over 1 million square feet of showroom space in just 6 days.

So what does the furniture market mean to you?

High Point Furniture Market Oct. 16 to 21

What it is

  • The Fashion Week of Furniture. Every style you can imagine, from the new to the everlasting, is on display at the world's largest gathering of furniture manufacturers.
  • Packed. Estimated 80,000 people and over 1 million square feet of showroom space is filled with new and established furniture makers showing new furniture samples.
  • Inspiring. Designers come to see new styles. Trend experts and magazine writers analyze new trends. Celebrities announce and launch new furniture lines.
  • Entertaining. The city of High Point comes alive with live music performances downtown and in showroom spaces to entertain guests.

What it isn't

  • Open to the public. Only registered guests are allowed to visit showroom spaces and you need an EIN number to be approved for registration.
  • A good time to visit. Local hotels and restaurants are filled to capacity. Unfortunately, prices are higher everywhere: at local hotels, restaurants, and the airport.

However ...

As the week-long market winds down, some showroom spaces are open to a few select guests. And as Market vendors pack up furniture samples to send home, you can find some great deals on the pieces they don't want to pay to ship.

It can be hit or miss. But I'll be walking around all market-long and if you're interested in seeing a few of the pieces that might be for sale .... be the first-time caller and I'll help you arrange a trip for a sample sale.

Advisor tip:

Call me and let's arrange a trip! I'll take the first caller on a post-market sample sale. Contact me at (336) 404-1040, or email