Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what's hot for home decor this season!

Denise McGaha went trend spotting at High Point Market. See what’s hot for home decor this season!

By Denise McGaha
Special Contributor

I have been attending High Point Market for more than five years. High Point Furniture Market is the world’s largest furniture market held twice a year in High Point, N.C., and has over 75,000 attendees. It’s like Fashion Week for the furniture industry, and with all of the manufacturers sharing their new introductions, hosting events and hosting world-class speakers, the excitement level is ultra-high.

I spent 7 days in High Point this trip, so I had a chance to see over 75 showrooms.  I was also honored to be a High Point Style Spotter.  Style Spotters highlight their top 25 “picks” from showrooms. To be “Spotted” is an exciting opportunity for manufacturers because their spotted items are pinned to a High Point Market Pinterest Board and each of these pieces are showcased at the Style Spotters “Live” breakfast as part of the trends presentation each market.

Three distinct trends stood out from the crowd this market. Some were a carryover of trends we saw the last few markets, like gold and brass. But as usual, we see a new color trend every six months without fail. Jump to find out more!



Can you believe it’s just been three years since Shoot2Sell began offering affordable, beautiful real estate photography to agents in Texas? I honestly thought this company had been around for much longer. And now, just three years into this company’s existence, Shoot2Sell is the nation’s largest architectural photography company.




Interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf teamed up to re-design an upstairs suite that was suited to a teenager as well as a couple who wished to age-in-place. In the master bedroom, Samuels and Graf used reclaimed barn wood in the tray ceiling for added visual impact.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Last year before the holidays, Kennedale homeowners Stephanie and Greg Mulkey were enjoying their son’s passage through high school.

“We thought  that one of the best tangible gifts we could give him would be a ‘man cave’ where he could experience some daily ‘down time’ after high school,”said the Mulkeys.

They enlisted the help of  interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf. Both professionals worked together to showcase the Mulkeys’ collected treasures and weave those into a renovated upstairs suite infused with a casual country design. Susie reminded the Mulkeys that these four years of high school will fly by fast and that the college years would zip by at lightning speed.

“Bruce and I envisioned a sustainable design that would go beyond high school and college years. We wanted the suite to be fun for their teenage son now and transition into a weekend destination as he bridged over to adulthood. We also included elements of aging-in-place, such as walk-in showers and low lit counter space which brings added value to their investment should the Mulkeys want to enjoy the upstairs suite in their later years, said Susie.



You remember that we featured 4524 Westway, a beautiful transitional home that was taken to the studs in 2008. Well, this home is remarkable because it was once a duplex, but thanks to the major attention from designer Dan Nelson (pictured), this home was transformed into an absolutely stunning abode.


Yes you can get an eclectic look in rental furniture!

Yes, you can get an eclectic look in rental furniture!

By Karen Eubank
Special Contributor

Your seller has given you the thumbs-up and you’re going to stage that vacant listing. Congratulations! So how do you go about it? My advice is to always call a stager, of course! Most stagers have an accessory inventory — you know, the pretty stuff such as flowers, bedding, and cute items for the bath and kitchen. A few staging companies in town actually carry inventory, but many stagers are opting out of that business model. CORT Furniture Rental is a go-to resource for most Dallas stagers.

Can you bypass the stager and call a rental company directly? You bet, but remember, you’ll be providing all the nice accessories and you’ll be the one directing placement of furniture and steaming the duvet!

Jump for the inside skinny on all you need to know about renting furniture for your vacant property from CORT representative Kathy LaMarr.


Home For Sale Sign Dallas

Houses are flying off the market right? There’s no inventory. You can sell a house just by putting a sign in the yard. Right? No. The flawless houses are flying off the market. There are plenty that are still just sitting there. Why? Mainly because Realtors are just too nice to say what’s wrong.

Well, we’re not so here’s the dirt!


Greyson sofa with Clover chairs courtesy of Cort Furniture Rental

Greyson sofa with Clover chairs courtesy of Cort Furniture Rental

One of the most requested staging services is furnishing a vacant property, what I call a “naked” listing.

Every day, Realtors call stagers asking for a ballpark figure to furnish a house followed by, “Can you install tomorrow?”



One of the biggest hurdles for staging is styling a home with furniture without breaking a bank. Some stagers are able to do this with the client’s existing furniture, but sometimes that’s not possible. Of course, you could rent furniture from any of the myriad stores who have that kind of inventory, but depending on how long the home is on the market, this solution could end up being costly.

But what if there was a way for stagers to put good-looking furniture in a home that not only doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but assembles without an Allen wrench and a gazillion little screws?