Back From the High Point Show

Photo Apr 22, 3 35 40 PMLast week, we attended the home furnishings market in High Point, North Carolina.  What a show!  Miles of buildings with many showrooms within.  Many shoe changes along the way (and lots of Advil) but we managed to visit 55 showrooms in order to stay ahead of what is new and to bring fresh ideas to our own clients and their projects back home.

Interestingly, it seems that the urban loft look that was all the rage only last year has now been eclipsed by a more chic and glamorous style which echoes the 1940’s Hollywood apartment. BUT… with a fresh new twist.  Lots of blush colored fabrics, mirror, crystal and gold took center stage throughout the show.

That said, while it is interesting to see what is “trending” in the market today, these trends may not be right for you.  Your home should reflect your own style and one that makes you feel comfortable and at ease.  After all, you’ll be living with it for years to come.  Trendy is exciting but not always practical.

The vendors who impressed us the most were:  Palecek, Chelsea House, Robert Abbey, Stanley, Seasonal Living, Left Bank Art, John Richard, Thibaut, Henredon, Anna French, Pearson, Eastern Accents, Feizy Rugs, Hickory Chair, and Kravet.

Here are some of our own favorites we spotted along the way and thought we should share them with you.

Photo Apr 21, 10 34 15 AM (1)Photo Apr 23, 12 29 34 PMPhoto Apr 23, 12 24 05 PMPhoto Apr 23, 11 10 16 AMPhoto Apr 21, 2 33 25 PMPhoto Apr 22, 2 32 51 PMPhoto Apr 23, 10 32 29 AMAlden Parkes DeskThanks for visiting.  We’d love to hear from you soon!


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3 Reasons to Choose Wool

Ever wonder which way to go when selecting your wall to wall carpeting or area rug? In this article, we’ll take a look at the features and benefits of natural wool.

(To read the entire article from Wools of New Zealand, click here.)


NATURAL FILTER-traps unwanted particles from the air, keeping them away from people with respiratory problems.

HUMIDITY MODERATING-absorbs up to 1/3 its own weight without feeling damp. Releases back into the atmosphere when humidity drops.

TEMPERATURE MODERATING-a natural insulator keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summertime.

LOW VOC EMISSION-does not give off harmful gasses, which can cause eye, nose, throat irritation, and even aggravate allergies and asthma.

  1. SAFE

SLIP RESISTANT-natural friction makes it safe to stand and walk on for people of all ages.

CUSHIONING FOR FALLS-naturally springy in nature. Keeps its shape and wears well.

FIRE SAFETY-fire resistant. Will form an insulating char layer, which inhibits fire.

STATIC RESISTANT-the natural moisture in wool prevents the build up of static

HEALTHY POSTURE-promotes good posture and gate due to the natural springiness.

SAFE FOR BABY-traps bacteria and allergens, keeping them away from the play area where baby is breathing. Its springy nature protects baby from injury when falling.

SAFE FOR SMALL PETS-does not promote the growth of bacterial, dust mites and does not give off harmful emissions.

NATURAL AIR FILTER-non-allergenic and does not provide nutrients for bacteria or dust mites, and does not promote the growth of molds.

NON-IRRITATING-fibers are too long and thick to be inhaled. Will not irritate the respiratory system.


EASY CARE-easy care with vacuuming and occasional professional cleaning. Naturally elastic so it stands up to everyday wear and tear and resists crushing.


  • Scoop up solids before cleaning.
  • Blot out as much liquid as possible with a clean white rag.  DO NOT RUB.
  • Clean with correct cleaning agent and remember to apply agent to towel and not carpet.
  • Rinse with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Air dry with cool-air fan.

Ask us about a wonderful new line of wool carpeting from Masland Carpets, one of our favorite vendors. This line is made from New Zealand Wool, the finest wool you will find.

Please call us and we’ll be happy to send you a copy of the Wools of New Zealand Cleaning Guide. 

(626) 836-2935


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The Art of Transitional Design

Our newest eBook entitled The Art of Transitional Design has been published and is available as a FREE download on our RESOURCES page here on the site.  If you are looking for fresh ideas for creating that calm, casual and elegant space to call home, please enjoy.  And share with your family and friends if you like what you see.

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5 Tips For Mattress Shopping

A Mattress Shopping Guide from our friends at Custom Comfort Mattress

Family and many mattresses

1)  Buy Double Sided. Your mattress will last longer and provide the support you need. Remember to flip and turn it regularly!

2)  Look for Honesty. Ask the company to show you what materials are used in their products. Seeing is believing. Also, if the sales representative seems a little too pushy, he/she may be working on a commission and not necessarily in your best interest.

3)  Seek Quality Materials. If you are spending more than $1,000 for a queen set (mattress and box spring) the bed should be double sided. Ask what the foam is made from and how many layers are used in the mattress. More layers of foam increase the potential for the mattress to “hammock”. This is not good for your back.

4)  Take Your Time. When shopping for a mattress, wear something comfortable. You’ll want to lie down on the beds and in your different sleep positions. The sales staff should be willing to give you 15-30 minutes on each bed to help you decide if it is a good fit for you. Remember, you spend about 1/3 of your life in bed. It is an important choice so dedicate some time to the process.

5)  Shop By Feel, Not The Deal. Choosing the right fit and not because of it’s reduced price is the way to make the correct selection. You might think you are saving money but in the end, if it does not last or is not the right fit, you could be purchasing another mattress before you need to.

Your mattress can improve your sleep quality, your energy level and your overall health. Be sure to make the right choice! For store locations for Custom Comfort Mattress, please visit


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5 Easy Steps to Making Your Bedroom Sanctuary

An article from James Menta, Editor of

Interior Design by Talianko Design Group, LLC

Having Trouble Sleeping?  Here are 5 Easy Steps to making your bedroom sanctuary.

Your bedroom is the one room of your house that’s supposed to mean rejuvenation and relaxation. I t separates you from daily hassles and offers a respite from everything the outer world throws at you during the day. The key to serenity is simplicity. Your sumptuous oasis of tranquility is just a few simple steps away. Let me guide you through them.

Ask yourself if your bedroom is your happy place. If the answer is no, then we have some work to do. We’ll turn it into a tranquil getaway you’ve always dreamed of and make all that piled up stress just disappear.

Why is a good night’s sleep important?

It’s not just about sleep, it’s about quality sleep.

If your bedroom truly is a place of peace and isolation from the world, it will grant you incredible gifts such as improved stamina and memory, stress reduction, decreased cravings, longevity and reduced inflammation.

Other side of the spectrum has nothing good to offer. Deprivation of good night’s sleep will award you with weight gain, depression, irritability, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It will deprive you of your optimal self, and that’s a pretty high price to pay considering how easy it is to avoid it all together.

So, if you’re into being all you can be, just continue reading, and I’ll give you some essential tips on how to turn your inadequate bedroom into a true personal dreamland.

1) Choose the right color scheme.


The color of your bedroom is one of the bare essentials. It will dictate what kind of mood the room stirs up inside you.

Let me give you a quick example. If you decide to go for red, it will be a place that feels hot and fiery. It communicates the feeling of intensity, not a good choice for a room that’s supposed to be your oasis. You’ll get enough of that at work.

You should go for the colors that have a soothing quality to them. Anything that will awaken a feeling that you’re surrounded by the tranquil, unbroken bodies of water is a good place to start, for example. So, colors of the ocean or lakes will provide you with that much needed feeling of you simply floating in the vast, peaceful infinity of blue. Unexposed to stress, work or any other mundane necessary evils, just drifting on the endless waves of your new bedroom walls. This color pallet can also be applied to your bedding. It will yield similar effects, so I’ll leave the final choice to be made by the cravings of your inner self.

On the other hand, shades of browns or tans will fill your sanctuary with warmth and comfort. And being a very warm color, it matches perfectly with the cooler, more mystifying shades. White is also a superb choice. It’s very soft, and it will add intervals of pure relaxation to your life. Granted, it’s not for everyone. Thus, the shades of gray will provide similar serenity setting.

Important and most overlooked thing in your bedroom is the ceiling. You should make it into a focal point by giving it a lighter shade, so it stands out and contrasts the walls.

2) Its majesty, your bed!

Tented bed or a canopy will cradle you in the sensation of utter privacy and luxury. They’ll add to the overall mystical theme and awaken that luxurious 1001 night’s spark in your bedroom. Upholstered headboard will conjure up an unprecedented delight out of some light reading before sleep.

Adding a plethora of functional, luscious pillows to your bed will only intensify the feeling of comfort and make you feel like an all-powerful sultan along the way.

Indulgent mood in the peaceful retreat that is your bedroom is best achieved with some fabulous linens. Bestow upon it the appropriate attire by dressing it in flannel over the winter and cotton during the summer. Higher thread counts will elevate you to the higher planes of comfort. Busy patterns are an unnecessary distraction and put a strain on your eyes, which should be lost in the infinity of your perfect wall colors. Solid is the ultimate solution here, just steer clear of bright colors. Pale blue, light green, beige or white are all but perfect for what we’re trying to accomplish here.

3) Placement of your furniture is key.

Fitting the scale of your room is the single purpose in your furniture’s existence. Tall bed is an excellent choice for rooms with high ceiling. Not so much for the low-ceiling ones. You are, of course, aware of the point I’m trying to make here. The furniture should feel natural, almost as if you weren’t the one that put it there. If it transfers the feeling of being out of place, it will harm the overall esthetic perfection of your room.

Bedside tables need to have a perfect height for you to reach without fumbling. That’s how putting away a book or a glass just before you fall asleep will amount to no effort at all. A pair of lamps goes a long way too.

Overcrowding is one caveat that merits our attention. Your furniture pieces require an adequate amount of spacing between them in order to create that beautiful and functional harmony we all desire. If your bedroom is rather small, a large mirror will open it up and provide you with optical vistas of a much larger space.

4) Let there be light!

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Lighting commands the mood of your surroundings.

Recessed light, paired up with a dimmer will control the overall mood. A table light will evoke a pleasing atmosphere, and two pin lights on the opposite sides of the bed will allow for some separate actions such as reading and sleeping.

Shades, shutters or draperies are a must. They will darken the room and cancel the outside light. They will bring you that coveted sense of isolation from the outside world that’s needed for a true respite of any nature.

5) Keep the space simple and organized.


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Bedroom is a sacred space, away from time and space as far as you’re concerned. Filling it up with dusty trinkets defeats its purpose. All technological intrusions should also be banned.

Make smart sleep-related choices and you will be handsomely rewarded.

And we just made a cocoon of comfort for you. Enjoy it, treat it as it deserves, and it will yield fruits beyond the wildest of fancy.



James Menta is the editor of where he reviews the best air mattresses on the market and writes about all things sleep.




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