Two times a year High Point, North Carolina hosts an interior design trade show specializing in products, furnishings and trends in the marketplace. It is an enjoyable week-long adventure. There are nightly parties hosted by top design firms along with many workshops (some educational) offered to shop owners and interior designers.

You can wander around for days in one building and still miss hundreds of specialty shops and manufacturers. You must go prepared to focus on what you are seeking so that you do not waste time. You can request a catalog in advance to plan your show itinerary. Personally, I sought mirrors, linens, creatively designed casegoods and furnishings to use for client projects or to carry on STUDIO M, my new online store.

I would recommend going to High Point if you are in the market to purchase things for your business, view current trends or make great contacts and meet new friends.

Accommodations are tough to find unless you plan early. They get less expensive if you are willing to drive 45 or more minutes to the show.