Interior Design

The lesson of ASID’s GATHER conference: Interior designers want to be taken seriously and do serious work

The annual GATHER 2023 conference of the American Society of Interior Designers concluded yesterday in Los Angeles. GATHER brings together every facet of the interior design realm, offering a platform for residential and commercial designers, industry collaborators, educators, students, and experts in the constructed environment to delve into the industry’s current state.

How media is fueling the demand to renovate, redecorate

I think designers and the broader industry can take lessons from this research to empower people to feel confident as they personalize their spaces. Ideally, people will spend more time creating homes they’ll love and less time worrying about making their space look like everyone else’s. How many gray walls and industrial appliances does the world really need?

New spin on style spotting: Alumni All-Star designers to host HPMA IG Live event

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 14, 2023 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has released the schedule for its newly anticipated series “High Point Market Pulse,” where each “Alumni All-Star” Style Spotter will be hosting an Instagram Live event before Fall Market this October.

Interior design software resource Design Manager is this season’s sponsor.

Going live directly from @highpointmarket on Instagram at 4pm ET are Style Spotters:

Don Ricardo Massenburg, September 5th
Eric Haydel, September 12th
Erika Hollinshead Ward, September 19th
Denise McGaha, September 26th
Bria Hammel, October 3rd

In a new approach, the 2023 Fall Market Style Spotters will also give sneak peeks on social media of what Market attendees can look forward to seeing. Come October, the interior design professionals will take to the streets of downtown High Point and comb through 11.5 million square feet of showroom space to locate their top five favorite products. All chosen items and the conversation surrounding each piece can be found after Market at

Registration to attend High Point Market, Oct. 14 – 18, is open online at:

About the High Point Market Authority
The High Point Market Authority is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. Find High Point Market online at, and follow on social media using the hashtag #HPMKT.

The secret to winning at design competitions by an award-winning interior designer.

I usually know in advance if a project will be going into the queue for a design competition or not. I did have one surprise though this year. I was really excited to submit a beautiful kitchen we did with incredible metal sculptures but it just didn’t photograph well. The cabinets had a shine and the light was too reflective. I was so disappointed. 

Interior Design Society announces 2023 Designer of the Year award recipients

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is one of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry. IDS is committed to helping interior designers grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other, and impact their communities. Headquartered in High Point, NC, the organization was founded in 1973 by the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) to support interior designers based within furniture stores. The Interior Design Society has long since expanded its focus to provide support to professional interior design entrepreneurs nationwide.

Building a successful design firm with Kate FitzGerald-Wilks

Fast forward 9 years and now she is the one offering the tips and tricks. We ran into one another at High Point Market and she caught me up about the current state of her booming business. Click play on the video below to watch our conversation to learn how Timeless by Kate Fitzgerald-Wilks developed into the successful firm it is today

ASID releases 2023 economic outlook report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is excited to announce the release of the 2023 Economic Outlook Report – the third installment in ASID’s annual Outlook Research Series, sponsored by Sherwin Williams.

This report delves into the current state of the economy during a pandemic-recovery period and following a brief recession in 2023, equipping the design industry with insights to inform and prepare practitioners for future shifts and trends.

Key takeaways include:
National employment has bounced back from its initial sharp decline in early 2020 and is now above its pre-pandemic peak.
In general, most major cities have excess office space in their downtown areas, though vacancy rates have fallen somewhat as some workers return to the office.
Residential construction felt the effects of the fallout from the pandemic but quickly recovered.

The Shade Store expands its collection with Alexa Hampton

From New York City to Hangzhou, China, Alexa Hampton’s project portfolio encompasses luxe,  beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes,  and yachts. Newly inaugurated into the Architectural Digest’s AD100 Hall of Fame and a member  of the Elle Décor A List and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, Hampton translates the classical  principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and  functional domestic landscapes. 

Designer Maria Khouri Haidamus reimagines Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Jordan asked Gracie, a family business that has been crafting hand-painted wall coverings since 1898, to create a bespoke interpretation of its enchanting Linda’s Garden mural for the women’s lobby bathroom. Reimagined to capture the spirit of the Jordan Estate, the mural includes oak and citrus trees, flowering dogwood and kites and an egret—wildlife all found across the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate.

Jennifer Farrell designing on and off television

Jennifer Farrell, a renowned celebrity designer and television host, has captivated audiences with her shows and designs for over two decades. She gained national recognition as the host of the long-running series Find & Design and currently hosts popular shows like Million Dollar House Hunters, Find Me a Beach House, and Most Amazing Homes.