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HIGH POINT HIGHLIGHTS.

High Point, N.C.-Textile trends at the International Home Furnishings Market here last week ran the gamut, including the following standouts:

The masculine touch -- A number of showrooms, from Brian Alden to Susan Sargent, featured cleaner, more masculine looks: more neutral colorways; subdued prints; and tailored details.

Baubles, bangles and beads -- At the other extreme, jewels, beading and metallic embroidery literally covered pillows, bedding, throws, table linens, lampshades, ottomans and footstools. Even California Kids' Princess collection of bedding was embroidered, appliqued, beaded and rhinestoned.

Living lodge -- The lodge look continued strong. Hoping to build a lifestyle brand of his own, wildlife artist and sculptor Dick Idol launched his first home furnishings collection with pillows, throws and accessories focused, he said, on middle-class families with children.

Westward ho -- Cowboys and southwestern motifs rode the range. Eastern Accents' best seller at market was the Bonanza collection, from its new Forty Winks juvenile line. The bark cloth bedding featured denim trim, hat and sheriff's badge buttons on the duvet, and suede and lasso fringe on pillows and stools. The Rug Market's new Kids Home Division also included "Cowboy," with bucking broncos and boots on bedding and bandanna-print pillows.

Color reigns -- Bright colors pervaded the market, with an emphasis on chrome yellows, turquoise blues, reds, purples and acid greens.

Vintage vanguard -- Antique textiles and trims were turned into obi pillows and table runners by International Design Collection and beaded pillows and throws by Gerry Nichol. Shawna Stoney created a duvet and bolsters from Turkish hats, which were flattened and used as patchwork squares.

In praise of paisley -- Paisley proliferated on pillows, table linens, beds and curtains. As throws-cum-shawls at Malabar Grove and Emdee International, it promises to be the next pashmina.
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Author:Musselman, Faye
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Oct 30, 2000
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