The People, Places & Product Recap of High Point Market Spring 2023

May 2, 2023

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Spring High Point Market 2023 did not disappoint! It wasn’t overly crowded, you could walk into showrooms and take pictures without people in them, and so many wonderful people from our community attended and came out to connect!

If you haven’t made the trip to HPMKT yet (hopefully you are planning on it!) Here are 5 things that you can expect from every market, along with some trends and some of my favorite product from this year’s Spring Market!

5 Things You Can Expect from Market

  1. A LOT of walking (wear comfy shoes, fashion doesn’t matter as much as comfort!)

  2. There is no way to see everything, so be sure to use the HPMKT app and add events and exhibitors you want to see while you are there to it so that you can at least attend and see the things that are important to you.

  3. You will be so exhausted by the end that you will want to sleep for a week when you get home. This is normal, but while you are there get out and attend the events at night too. This is the best way to build relationships with people in the design community. With the cocktails flowing and a great atmosphere, it makes for fun times for over-tired and happy-to-be-out-of-the-house designers.

  4. When it’s time to come home you will leave with 5 more canvas bags that you will try to cram in your suitcase, 30 business cards for people or brands to reach out to when you get home, and a camera roll of memories with new and old friends – and of course some eye candy from the beautiful showrooms.

  5. Always build in a schedule buffer so you don’t have anything on the books for a couple of days when you get home (maybe even a week if you can!) I’m not kidding when I say it’s the best kind of exhausting there is. But the last thing you will want to do when you get home is get right back to email and client meetings. Give yourself some time to decompress and sleep with no expectations.

And now, I’m going to share a few trends from spring market…

Holy Ottomans Batman!

The ottoman game was on point in this market. From the pull out ottoman bed at Norwalk, to the unique shapes, colors and patterns across many other showrooms. It’s about time for ottomans to shine and I’m just tickled to see it.

Hear Me Out.... Brown

Are you ready to switch things up from the “gray ages” and add some warm and inviting tones to your designs? Well, look no further because brown is the new go-to neutral!

I know what you’re thinking, “Brown? Really?” But trust me, these new shades are not your grandma’s boring brown. Think beautiful walnut tones and golden browns that will make any room feel cozy and welcoming. Plus, they’re super versatile and can be paired with a variety of accent colors, or left as a neutral monochromatic with lots of texture variation.

But enough talk, let’s get to the good stuff – PICTURES! Check out these amazing brown decor pics that will inspire you to embrace the new neutral.

Animals are In

And speaking of adding some fun and whimsy to your designs, have you heard? Animals are trending! I mean, they’ve always been popular in home decor, but this season they were everywhere at market. From cute dog and monkey stools to CHEETAH’S (yes, it was a total cheetah take over this market – and not just the fabrics) table top decor, there’s no shortage of animal-inspired pieces to add a touch of playfulness to your space. Here are some of my favorite animal decor finds.

So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the brown and let the animals loose in your designs!

Unexpected Finds

The first is this beautiful handcrafted console table by Victor Betancourt in Mexico. Hand beaded one piece at a time, this is truly a remarkable one-of-a-kind piece of art. The wood console is 1 large piece of wood cut meticulously into 90 degree angles to create a quilted look. Some pieces then have each square painted different colors or one solid color (black, brown, or other colors). The craftsmanship is impeccable and they were so welcoming at the booth! Truly a must see next market. Welcome to Flex (

The other thing that caught my attention was the hyperrealism of the faux flowers at New Growth Designs. From a family of florists, the owners wanted to create greenery and floral that is so close to the real thing that most people would never know until they get really close to it – and even then it’s hard to tell! I will say, this was the first time I’ve ever walked into a floral showroom and didn’t need an allergy pill to stay longer than 3 minutes, but I felt that I was in a greenhouse!

Even before you walk inside you are greeted with their Enduraleaf collection of UV-stable plants and trees that were designed to withstand being outside (for at least 5 years).

From the entrance to the back of the showroom, I was in awe of these stunning realistic trees and flowers. Definitely a showroom I’ll be visiting again.

The People

Lastly, the people. After years of building an online business, I know so many people only from their tiny profile picture. So when I get to meet so many designers that I’ve chatted with online in person, I’m seriously overjoyed! Every trade show I attend, whether it’s HPMKT, Atlanta FurnitureMart or KBIS (more coming soon), this is always my highlight. I love to meet the designers that fuel this industry. The ones that are out there making the world a beautiful place. That’s why I go to market each year, and why I can’t wait to go back in the fall!

I hope to meet you there in October!

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Written by Jenna Gaidusek

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Jenna Gaidusek is the Director of Education & Community at Mydoma, and formally the founder of eDesign U, the largest virtual school for continued eDesign business education. 

As a practicing designer herself, she believes that an educator should practice what they preach. She also believes that there is plenty of room for everyone in this industry, and has dedicated herself to lifting up designers around her – empowering them to live the life that they’ve dreamt of!

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