Denise McGaha Spots Hot Trends at High Point Market


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!


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?”


Ikea’s New Furniture Line Could Be a Game-Changer For Staging


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?


5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

Plush and sexy with gray paint, white paneling, and chrome everywhere, 5003 Quail Creek is a stunner for sure. And thanks to the help of a Realtor who knows how to make a home appealing to buyers, this house was snatched right off the market in less than a week!

It’s four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beauty in Stonebridge Ranch’s Quail Creek that was listed for $259,500 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Brea Garza, founder of The Garza Group. Boy, does it look like it is worth every shiny penny. I asked her if she thought that staging this home helped it get whisked off its feet by an eager buyer.



I swear, Karen Eubank, the maven behind Eubank Staging and sometimes contributor here on our little blog, has been telling me about this project for weeks.  It’s an incredible Tudor at 5747 Morningside in the M Streets. It’s priced at $649,000 and has three bedrooms and two baths. And it just got one of the most incredible makeovers. Here’s the short of it:


Just How Sexy Can a Dallas Real Estate Video Get?

This shot really shows off the master bathroom, don't you think?

This shot really shows off the master bathroom, don’t you think?

After I watched this video produced by Lance Selgo of Unique Exposure Photography, I had to fan myself a little bit. It’s one of those really great lifestyle marketing videos that shows off what the good life would look like at on amazing property such as 2626 Hemingway Drive in Arlington. Staged by Keti Abazi and marketed by Kimberly Grogan of Keller Williams Arlington, this home is incredibly hot. Just like the talent. Ay yi yi!




Investing in a home’s curb appeal is a worthwhile investment according to data from the Texas Association of Realtors

Stager Karen Eubank said it best when she told me why some homes were flying off the market and others weren’t: If you’ve upgraded and invested in your home before listing, you’re almost certain to sell. If you haven’t, good luck.

Apparently that’s the advice a lot of Texas homeowners are getting from their Realtors and stagers, because remodeling projects are growing not only more profitable for sellers this year, but more and more Texans are sprucing up their homes and taking on more projects. (more…)