A Kitchen Designer POV of High Point Market

Colorful scenes from High Point Market. Kitchen Designer POV High Point Market

Why This Kitchen Designer Attends Furniture Shows

Yours truly at High Point Market in North Carolina. A trade only furniture fashion event which happens in the spring and fall. Why Would a Kitchen Designer Attend High Point. Here are the things I look for.

Are you wondering why a kitchen designer would attend a furniture show?  Yes, I am an interior designer, but my specialty is kitchen and bath.  I love to attend industry events where I can be exposed to products, materials, education, and inspiration. Conferences like KBIS (Kitchen Bath Industry Show) ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and HPMKT (High Point Market) are my favorites. These shows offer a glimpse at what is on the horizon for the design community which directly affects the kitchen and bath space.  I hope you enjoy my finds from High Point, from a kitchen designer’s POV.

Kitchen Designer POV: Accessories

An assortment of accessories perfect for the kitchens I design. Sharon L Sherman Kitchen Designer NJ Kitchen Designer POV on High Point Market

Decorative as well as useful kitchen accessories. Photo by Thymeandplacedesign.com

There is more to designing a kitchen than just the cabinets and countertops. Yes, those are important components but you need more than just those parts to complete the design. Shopping for accessories that are both functional and beautiful is always on my list of must-find items. These pieces are the final touches to a complete room design. Think of the beautiful images that grace magazines and IG. Now imagine seeing images of just a kitchen without all of the beautiful accent details. These touches add style and grace.

Interior Accessories which can be used in both kitchen and bath designs are easy to find a large furniture shows. These are what makes the final kitchen or bath complete. thymeandplacedesign.com/blog

Beautiful accessories for the kitchen or bath. Photo by Sharon L Sherman


Color and Textures.

Color and textures which will be trending for kitchen and bath in the next year. Photo of Thibaut showroom by Sharon L Sherman

Colors to look for in 2024.

The colors and textures shown will influence everything from tiles for floors and walls to stains and paints for cabinets and bath fixtures, remember the colorful toilets from KBIS? 

Fabrics from Eastern Accents in a Child's bedroom display will find their way into kitchen and bath design in 2024

Look for these colors in the kitchen and bath in 2024

In addition to material finishes, these colors and textures will find their way into the wall coverings for many of my projects. Taking cues from these patterns will influence lighting selections and hardware details I specify.  Many of the details shown on the furniture pieces will find their way into my cabinetry.  

Gorgeous detail in metal and mixed finishes on a side board. Why would a kitchen designer attend a furniture market? Inspiration.

Mixed finishes and interesting hardware.


Metal inlays were very popular this market. I am sure these will be moving into the cabinets and counter tops details in kitchen and bath.

Metal inlays are a beautiful detail.


Beautiful hardware adorn a night stand from Hooker Furniture

Gorgeous hardware

Kitchen Designer POV: Lighting

Nothing is more important than great lighting. Yes, you will need layers of light. While it may be true that kitchens and baths do rely on recessed lighting for general illumination decorative lighting is the star. 

Beautiful lighting is a key component in a kitchen and bath design. Shown is a custom light fixture made of sustainable materials.

Sustainably produced light fixture.

Lighting for a table area, an island, a mudroom, or a bar creates a visual impact on any room, especially in a kitchen. The pendants shown below would be right at home above a kitchen island or in a powder room 

Lighting gfor a kitchen area is very important for completing the design intent. Furniture shows are a great place to see light fixtures in real time. kitchen designer NJ Sharon L Sherman

I would love to see this pendant in a primary bathroom. The globes remind me of bubbles. 

Beautiful lighting inspiration for a table scape

This light fixture from Hudson Valley Lighting Group is on my list for a home gym I am designing. Lighting can be fun and functional.

Fun lighting for a home gym

Mirror Mirror on the wall.

Every bathroom I design calls for a mirror. Inlay was a very popular material on everything from furniture to functional accent pieces. Mirrors are great to source at the furniture market. I like seeing the products in person so I know that they are of good quality. I love the black and white inlay detail on this mirror. 

Decorative mirrors for a bathroom were shown in many colors and styles like this inlay detail in black and white.

Beautiful mirror for a bathroom design

Sustainability is not just for finishes and building materials. This antique mirror would be a beautiful addition to just about any space you can think of. How about behind a bar or perhaps in a dressing area?

Antique mirror for a bath or hallway.

Here is another simple but elegant mirror that could grace the wall of any bathroom. 

This mirror could grace a bath vanity.

Let’s not forget the furniture.

Just about every kitchen I design includes counter stools and or a table. The same applies to media rooms, home offices, and even bathrooms. A small side table near a freestanding tub or an interesting bench for a dressing table are pieces you don’t necessarily think of when envisioning a bathroom design. The furniture markets are great places to discover new sources for just these pieces. 

Antique pieces are beautiful and sustainable. This breakfast set is from the Antique Design Center at High Point Market.

Sustainable and beautiful antique breakfast set


Comfortable and functional pieces from American Leather which are perfect for a home theater space.

Home theater seating from American Leather. Photo by Sharon L Sherman


Beautiful lines and legs from Abner Henry Furniture

Lovely table and chair from Abner Henry Furniture


Fun ottomans perfect for extra seating in a family room but also for a dressing area vanity.

Fun ottomans perfect for vanity dressing tables


Fabulous stool for an elegant bar or kitchen island seating

Fabulous stool for a bar or kitchen island seating.  Photo by Thyme & Place Design

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD


Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award.

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  Sharon was a featured speaker for  *Voices From The Industry*  at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC. 




  1. Naoma Welk

    I love reading your posts. You designed such an incredible kitchen for us and that did include furniture! You are a genius and all of your clients are lucky to have found you.

    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you so much Naoma I truly appreciate your taking time to comment.


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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