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High Point Market Names the 2015 Style Spotters Team

Furniture World News Desk on 2/2/2015

Style Spotters Team (top row): Arianne Bellizaire, Beth Dotolo, Courtney Lake, Jonathan Legate
(bottom row) Kati Curtis, Leslie Wood, Lori Gilder, Michelle Wiebe, Patti Johnson

The High Point Market Authority (HPMA)  announced the 2015 Style Spotters Team, as follows -
  • Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID (FL), Style Spotter “Emeritus”, Studio M, @StudioM_
  • Arianne Bellizaire (LA), Inspired to Style, @InspiredArianne 
  • Kati Curtis (NY), Kati Curtis Design, @DesignerKati
  • Beth Dotolo (WA), Pulp Design Studios, @PULPdesigns
  • Lori Gilder (CA), Interior Makeovers Inc., @LoriGilder
  • Patti Johnson, IDS, DSID (OH), Patti Johnson Interiors, @PJohnsonInt
  • Courtney Lake (CA), Monogram Décor, @CourtneyOutLoud
  • Jonathan Legate (Nova Scotia), Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation, @JonathanLegate
  • Leslie Hendrix Wood (TX), Hadley Court, @Hadley_Court
Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority commented, “The Style Spotter team for 2015 will work through both Markets (April and October), which affords continuity and expanded marketing possibilities for the HPMA. They represent the four corners of North America and bring to the High Point Market their individual style, social media followings and their ability to spot trends affecting the home furnishings industry.”

Style Spotters are charged with scouring the Market to find their favorite products and top trends, leaving behind a card on each item they “spot”. These finds are then posted to the Market Pinterest boards and contribute to the two Trend Reports (April and October) that the HPMA produces. Michelle Jennings Wiebe, our Style Spotter “Emeritus”, provides guidance to the team and writes the forward for each Trend Report.

Style Spotters, launched during the Fall 2011 Market, are home fashion trendsetters that showcase their favorite products and top trends from Market exhibitors on Pinterest. The HPMA put the 2015 team together by using a combination of self-identified and well-known candidates, with an impartial vetting and selection committee, and sought a diverse and geographically balanced group. We would like to thank both Crystal Palecek (Rue Magazine) and Michelle Jennings Wiebe (Studio M, Style Spotter “Emeritus”) for their help in assisting the selection committee this year.

Market attendees are invited to join the Style Spotters on Tuesday of Market at 9:00am for Style Spotters LIVE!, a free event at which a panel of Style Spotters will discuss the top trends and products they found at Market. This event is immediately followed by the Style Spotters VIP Tours, which are led by individual Style Spotters and encompass all corners of Market. These tours are an opportunity for attendees to receive guided tours through two of a Style Spotters’ favorite showrooms. For more information on these events, go to www.highpointmarket.org/events.

High Point Market has received international recognition as one of the top brands using Pinterest, most recently winning the 2014 “Best Use of Social Media” E.X.C.I.T.E. Award. Social media and branding experts have touted the Market’s Style Spotters program as a unique way to take advantage of brand building on Pinterest. To discover more about the Style Spotters, go to www.highpointmarket.org/stylespotters.

STYLE SPOTTERS (pictured above)

Michelle Jennings Wiebe: Specializing in sophisticated luxury new construction interiors, Michelle Jennings Wiebe is the Style Spotter “Emeritus”. Beyond her role as president of the national interior design firm, Studio M, Michelle serves on the Board of Interior Design at Florida State University, serves on the High Point Market Authority Board, speaks on design and social media, and is editor of m}pressions, the Studio M design blog.

Arianne Bellizaire: Interior decorator, blogger, author and public speaker Arianne Bellizaire uses simple styling techniques and time-saving organizational solutions to create stylish homes her clients love. Her company, Arianne Bellizaire Interiors, was voted Best of Houzz 2015, and her work has been featured in GoodHousekeeping, About.com, USA Today, and MyFitItUpLife!

Kati Curtis: Recognized for her multifaceted vantage point and uncompromising aesthetic, Curtis has worked with many of today’s most successful institutions and individuals. In addition, she has had her ideas featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, The New York Times and Financial Times. A Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), she combines her knowledge and skills with her passionate belief in sustainability to steward projects to LEED certification.

Beth Dotolo: Co-owner and principal interior designer of Pulp Design Studios, Beth is recognized as among the “Dallas design glitterati” by Modern Luxury, a Rising Star in Interior Design by Fashion Group International, a Best Designer by D Home, and is also a recipient of the ASID Legacy Design Award. Her modern approach to design and flair for the unexpected creates spaces that are dynamic, balanced, and infused with each client’s personality.

Lori Gilder: Known for her clean architectural lines and classically contemporary interiors, Lori transformed her passion for kitchen and bath design into the Kitchen Design Network, a multi media network devoted to all things kitchen. A featured guest of multiple HGTV shows and a contributor to television, print and digital media platforms, she specializes in custom solutions for homes and vacation properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Leslie Hendrix Wood: Focused gracious living, timeless design and family traditions, Leslie is a practicing luxury interior designer in Midland, Texas. Her well known lifestyle and design blog, Hadley Court, has received major national awards, including Best New Design Blog at the prestigious Design Bloggers Conference in 2013 and was one of the Top 25 Home Design Blogs To Follow in 2014 by Trip Advisors' vacation rental sister site, FLIPKEY.

Patti Johnson: Passion for interior design drives Patti to constantly seek out new and innovative products as she defines whole home design from a core principal of cohesiveness and a clean aesthetic. “Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places!™” is not only the official tagline of Patti Johnson Interiors but also describes her expertise in bringing spaces to life for her clients in a professional and collaborative way.

Courtney Lake: Lively, stylish, inspired, and recognized as a premier interior designer in the San Francisco Bay area, Courtney creates functional and beautiful spaces that blend contemporary design with a healthy dose of humor. He has also worked as a brand ambassador for a variety of major brands, and has been featured in Real Simple, This Old House, RUE Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Adore Magazine, and other home fashion publications.

Jonathan Legate: An internationally published interior consultant and designer, Jonathan has earned a reputation for timeless style and quality expressed in tailored spaces, rich in layered personality, that evoke the pure essence of his clients. His insights into design appear regularly in print, on the web, on television, and through his work as an event guest speaker.

About the High Point Market Authority: The High Point Market Authority, www.highpointmarket.org, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. Find the High Point Market anywhere online, and follow on Twitter using the hashtag #hpmkt.