Friday, April 27, 2012

Mr and Mrs Howard For Sherrill Furniture Debuts in High Point April 2012

Jim and Phoebe Howard's new line of furniture, Mr and Mrs Howard for Sherrill Furniture, made its debut this market.  It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to High Point International Furniture Market.  This was a partnership created in Heaven. The thoughtfully designed line of upholstery and case goods reveals once again how attention to detail creates beautiful furniture.  Traditional and classical sensibilities updated in current finishes, crisp colors schemes and elegantly designed furniture.  This line and showroom was definitely a well thought out product through and through.  

 When entering the showroom, the first room's walls featured hand painted designs which is a signature look Phoebe has used in some of her client projects.  The showroom had a mix of the new items along with  antiques and other items from their Charlotte retail store inventory, Mrs. Howard.  I was going to edit the photographs but decided to share all that I took.  As you will see, it is hard to decide which room and items are a favorite because each is special in its own way.  The first room was a living room with a beautiful antique pine mantel flanked with starburst mirror and accented with blue and white vases.  

Two elgomise tiled alcoves were on either side of the fireplace.
I especially liked the Han Dynasty table with the blue and white vases.

Close up of the painted wall design which was painted on all the walls in this room.
Trees and birds painted in a tonal design.  

A living room vignette featuring a beautiful velvet sofa, 

Great paris cocktail table in light cream vellum adds an updated 
look to this otherwise traditional look. 

Notice the details on the chair skirt were not only the border but also the added pleats at the corner.  Every detail was very well executed.  In "Phoebe" style there were lots of linens, velvets and trims. 

The pierced fretwork on this round side table made this simple table interesting and 
was presented in a perfect size for so many applications.

Arles Dining Table in Limewood with washed linen chairs with nailhead trim
created an inviting dining area.  Note the graceful cure of the table's edge.

Loved these screens. They gave the room balance and kept it from being too feminine.
More blue and white porcelain on the antique pine side board.

Oh Lowboy in griege is perfect here as an accent but would be equally great bedside.

The gallery painted in Benjamin Moore AF-505 Blue Echo Lacquer was
breathtaking.  The collection of botanicals gave you the feeling of being in a garden.

Another view of the gallery's opposite wall reveals photography of a garden which further enforces the garden theme in this area.  

The perfect size Hourglass dining table with a 54" diameter that extends to 74" with leaf.
Perfect for small dining area or as a game table.

Masculine and perfect for the bar area

A handsome vignette in grey.  Loved the french grosgrain on the walls with nailheads. 

Up close detail of the nail head trim with alternating size and type of nail heads...

The Phoenix slab cocktail table packs a dynamic punch in bordeaux grigio. 
48"x48" in size, this table is a showstopper.

Love the shape of this swivel chair...

The Chamfered bed pays tribute to the poster beds of the past but with an updated
 slender and square post.  Very graceful and elegant. 

Vienna side table in black.

Beautiful ottoman flanking the fireplace with art mounted to create balance
and serenity in the room.

On either side of the fireplace were alcoves with these beautiful mirrors and
chests.  Great as accent chest but would also be wonderful bedside chests.

The sitting area in the bedroom.

As you walked down the hallway, this oval dining room draws you in.  I could hardly take notice of the room I was standing in, because I wanted to walk ahead to see what this room was all about.  It did not disappoint.  The art you see in the photograph was mounted the same way all around the room.  It was everything a dining room should be.  This room was warm, encapsulating and comfortable with the right amount of layered interest.  

The poster spool bed was the star of this room.  The benches at the foot of the bed were
handsome additions to the room as well.

Beautifully designed bedside chest in lighter finish.

The Lisbon library table in linwood finish was tucked in a corner of the bedroom.  It is perfect as a desk but would great in a living area with two of the webb natural ottomans underneath.

You could feel the drama of the dark walls when you entered this room with light upholstered furniture.  Note the concave side table in the driftwood finish.  It has a pull out tray which I think is a much needed feature for the perfect bedside chest.  

Close up of the round tables painted finish.  


A fabulous chaise which Stylespotter, Tobi Fairley chose for one of her picks for market trends.

Pops of orange and brown in this vignette...

The paris cocktail table in another finish..

Love these webb natural ottomans with dressmaker skirts

Items from Mrs Howard, the store.

 I don't know if it was because this room was filled with light unlike the other rooms in this showroom but this room was so warm and happy.  

More dressmaker details on this lovely swivel chair..

Society coffee table is a work of art.  Proof that every room benefits from a touch of black.

This vignette featured a tufted back linen sofa, beautiful oval ottoman and a well placed collection of Tommy Mitchell's beautiful tole flowers.  I am featuring him on the blog next week.
His work is amazing.  I spent time at market talking to Tommy and his lovely wife.  

Rennies Side table in washed linen with shelves for all the books!  

A pair of the Wm IV Library Table flanked the door in this room

Brighton Pedestal 60" diameter table.  This was one of Traci Zeller's stylespotter picks!
I must say it is beautiful.  I loved the chairs too!

I also had the opportunity to purchase one of Phoebe Howard's new books
The Joy of Decorating which included one of her "favorites" paint chart and a paint schedule for all the finishes in the showroom!  If you would like to purchase this awesome book you can from Amazon here!  It is definitely one you will want for your collection!

I hope you enjoyed the tour through the new Mr and Mr Howard showroom.  Their partnership with Sherrill furniture is sure to be a hit.  When you pair good design with quality furniture how can you miss?  I say kudos to The Howards and Sherrill for creating a line that is certain to be a best seller.  

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  1. SO fun! Everything is so gorgeous!! Really hope to make it to HP soon!

  2. Lisa thank you for this wonderful array from High Point Market this season!

    Adore the painted wall and tables, The Society Coffee table, oh yes!

    I wanted you to know...The 2012 Artist Series Feature on Anita Rivera, Designer & Paper Artist, with her Giveaway is on my site!

    Art by Karena

  3. I really appreciate the style of your table.

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