Thayer and Milo Make Magic

Thayer Coggin has carved out a unique identity in the furniture market.  I have long admired Thayer Coggin's designs.  It was a thrill to go behind the scenes in their High Point, North Carolina showroom/workroom.  It is a family owned and operated business celebrating 60 years.

Thayer Coggin's commitment to mid-century modern, classic design has a lot to do with his lead designer, Milo Baughman (1923-2003).  Milo joined forces with Thayer in the 1950's.  The magic of his unwavering commitment to classic design, uncompromising restraint, and simplicity were the benchmarks of an enduring style.  The collaboration of these two men on designs, engineering and building techniques defined the mid century modern era and beyond.  They created some of the most classic, iconic furniture that has stood the test of time.   Milo was inducted into the furniture designer hall of fame in 1987

The Reynold's lounge chair at this market is a reintroduction of the Art Deco chair by Milo.
He was known for his love of lounge chairs in particular.

"Make it the best it can be made" is the motto they live by at Thayer Coggin.  Each piece is completely custom built, by master craftsmen, many whom have been with the company for decades.  There does seem to be a certain mystique, or maybe it's love, that goes into each piece.

I loved that some aspects of the workroom floor were untouched by time.

or maybe it is as if time has stood still

There is a lifelong licensing agreement in place, so as long as there is the company Thayer Coggin, the designs of Milo Baughman will live on!  You can't mess with perfection.  Many a company has reproduced the look because, after all, imitation is the best form of flattery.

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Fav Finds @ High Point Market ~ part 2

Day 2 during High Point Design Blogger Tour was met with equally impressive showrooms and merchandise.  It's a whirlwind of loveliness wherever you turn.

Century Furniture is another favorite "go to" resource for me.  Their breath and depth of offerings spans cultures, styles and time periods and their cadre of designers keep this family owned company fresh and fashion forward.  You had me at Aspen, part of their new collection.

But there was also my friend and fellow designer Susan Jamison of Bridget Beari Design's wallpaper collection prominently featured with just enough sparkle and shine to showcase the appeal of gold on gold on gold.  You can never have enough!

I  was very  impressed with Universal Furniture.  It is a line that I will welcome into my repertoire. Their MODERN by Universal collection is clean and simple, sophisticated, functional, and well priced; everything we look for in a whole home lifestyle brand.  I gravitated towards their Smartstuff for kids collection.  Universal's Axis collection can take a little one from "crib to college and beyond."  With the birth of our 1st grandchild, this especially interested me.  It exceeds all the safety standards and includes enough bells and whistles that make this a standout option for little ones and their parents with great taste.

Huntington House, family owned and made right in North Carolina offers an eclectic collection of fine quality upholstered furniture.  They offer a fully customizable program with wonderful fabrics culled from the world over.  Chenilles from Turkey, linens from Ireland, and velvets from Belgium showcase a diverse style, texture, and color spectrum.  Their very realistic room vignettes make you feel like you could move right in.

And we did just that.  After a working lunch we tested Huntington House's reclining chair selection. Again ~ it's research : )

A little gem in the market place that keeps getting better and better is Theodore Alexander!  I don't know where to begin because they capture such a diversity of styles and periods.  Their custom program allows every piece to become personal.  The caseloads in assorted colors were captivating and the cowhide inserts in the cerused wood pieces were right on trend.  Yes please!

Wesley Hall is another manufacturer that I am glad I took another look at.  Their unparalleled commitment to their employees and customers goes back 4 generations, with a high level of personal support, as well as a high end and fashion forward product.  This is the cornerstone of what I look for when sourcing products for clients.  Wesley Hall unveiled a "Green with Envy" theme at market.  This verdant "IT" color grounded in black is always chic, sophisticated, and happens to be my favorite color.

Fell hard for the Interlude Chair

Love the Hadley Console

Ambella Home was familiar to me as a bathroom and vanity resource.  I learned their 2 year old upholstery collection with a wide range of exclusive fabrics and leathers was quite impressive. Thought out details are not overlooked as the company continues to expand.

The Claudette LEATHER embossed swivel Chair was a standout.

Whew... That's a wrap!  I want to thank everyone at High Point Marketing, Esteem Media, and all the sponsors for making the tour as fun as it was educational.  I loved the experience!


Thanks and Giving

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."          ~ William Arthur Ward

When the kids were little, we used to go around the Thanksgiving table and everyone had to say what they were grateful for.  It was assumed that we all were grateful for family, friends, health, etc. so we had to dig a little deeper.  Often, it made room for more lively conversation.  At the time it did not occur to me that we should really be doing this everyday, not just on a holiday.

Expressing gratitude everyday, whether it be thru journaling, voicing it or meditating over it, is crucial to our state of well being.  The science is there.  It can literally be measured; heart rates lower as does blood pressure, depression can be reduced, the practice improves relationships and enriches deeper connections, encourages us to meet personal goals, and last but not least leads to a better night's sleep!

The more you practice gratitude, the longer the good vibes last, like "muscle memory" when we work out, we can train our brain to help us feel better longer.  I read somewhere that when we practice gratitude for as long as it takes us to brush our teeth we add 3 minutes to our lives.  I don't know if that's true but what do we have to lose?  What else are we doing while we brush our teeth?  I am going to make this a new practice!

Another of the many benefits of "the attitude of gratitude" is that feeling better leads to better interactions, thereby spreading the joy.  You are actually paying it forward in lots of small ways.  When someone is kind to you, you are more likely than not to be kind in return moving forward.  Hence ~ thanks and giving :  )