High Point Market Week kick's off this weekend with Leslie Carothers & The Style Spotters!

Although this is the must go to event for designers - to meet and greet other designers, bloggers and manufacturers - I have yet to go! Hopefully, I'll be able to attend the Fall Market in October. There are so many wonderful people I'd love to meet up with from blogging, tweeting and facebook! One person in particular has to be Leslie Carother's - CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership. She has been the one most supportive person I've met (but not in real life) during my transition from brick & mortar (retail) into social media marketing & interior design. Her support will continue this weekend when Leslie will be teaming up with another design blogger - Jennifer Mehditash - and they discuss the power of Pinterest + Olioboard to designers & manufacturers this Saturday at High Point. What's so wonderful about that you ask? Leslie sees the potential for the industry these design boards can do for marketing - for both designers + manufacturers & retailers). Leslie is going to use my board designs to demonstrate that point during her presentation! (and I am truly honored!!)

Manufacturers can use Olioboard to create Lifestyle Settings of their product, and then pin to Pinterest, or hire online designers to create boards for them (think of it as visual merchandising online).

Jennifer will not only be partnering with Leslie this Saturday morning at High Point, but she is also one of the selected Style Spotters! Jenn will be tweeting some of the latest finds at the market PLUS: She'll be pinning those finds for us to share via Pinterest!

and when following the tweets, follow at #hpmkt

The 2012 Spring High Point Market Style Spotters include:

Tobi has a successful interior design business and has been featured in major shelter publications. Named one of the Top 20 Young Designers by Traditional Home, Tobi also has a hugely popular blog, an online design service, and hosts design camps. www.tobifairley.com #hpmkt

Shay has been a professional interior designer since 2001. Her work has been published in several magazines and she is the design expert for Good Morning Texas. Her passion for home furnishings as well as her outgoing personality has landed her celebrity clients and projects across the country . www.ibbdesign.com/blog #hpmkt

Patricia Shackelford is a writer from Kansas City who has blogged for over five years as Mrs. Blandings, which is an on-going look at timeless design, beautiful products and the people who create them. She has contributed to Spaces Kansas City, Elle Decor and archdigest.com. http://mrsblandings.blogspot.com/ #hpmkt

Named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Stylish People by Charlotte Style, Traci – as an interior designer and mother to active twin boys – creates clean, sophisticated spaces where children are welcome and encouraged. She writes a popular design blog and has been seen on television and in magazines. www.tracizeller.com #hpmkt

Jennifer is an interior designer based in New York. She approaches each project with a unique viewpoint, and is influenced by her experience working in London and Portugal. Her signature style always includes a splash of color. She also helms the design blog Dec-a-Porter. http://dec-a-porter.blogspot.com/ #hpmkt

Jamie's style is bold, witty, southern, and full of color. She started the popular design blog I Suwannee in 2007 and quickly gained thousands of followers. A hobby became a dream when she opened the doors to Furbish Studio in 2009. She enjoys karate chopping pillows, weekends at the coast, clean sheets, and asking inappropriate questions. http://www.isuwannee.com/ #hpmkt

As the current Market Editor for Domino Magazine and former Apartment Therapy dynamo, Mat’s work has been featured in books, magazines, blogs, and television – both behind the scenes and on camera. Today you can catch Mat on LogoTV’s NewNowNext, also stay tuned for his upcoming series with Left/Right TV. www.dominomag.com #hpmkt

Crystal cofounded Rue Magazine and is the editor in chief. She speaks regularly on design, entrepreneurship, and social media and stands at the forefront of change as the relationship between publishing and the design industry evolves. A long-time design enthusiast, Crystal also writes her popular blog, Plush Palate. www.ruemag.com #hpmkt

At the end of Market, the most popular pinboard will win that Style Spotter a free trip to the October High Point Market!

One of the other events happening will be on Monday April 23 at 7PM: An Upcycle Boutique & Fashion Show will hit the runway! DStripped Magazine and Market Square & Suites challenged designers from the apparel, footwear, jewelry, and accessory industries to create unique products that represent their area of expertise using recycled fabric swatches. Who says fashion + decor don't work together?

High Point Market Week is a six day event - Visit their site to read more about it

And don't forget to read more about Leslie's talk with Jennifer Mehditash:
Market Square, Antique & Design Center - Mezzanine Level Seminar Space

My before photos of room, inspiration images (from Elle Decor and later Pinterest), and the concept created on Olioboard.com.

Are you going to High Point Market Week?
Say hi to Leslie and the Style Spotters!
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