Plan Ahead to Get the Most from Market

Whether it’s your first time to High Point or you’re a seasoned veteran, Market can be an overwhelming experience. The area is so vast, the showrooms so numerous [2,000+ exhibitors], the offerings so abundant, you can wander from dawn to dusk, day-to-day, and never be able to take it all in.

That’s why you need a plan. And we have one for you. Veteran interior design pro Julia Kirkendall, founder of Kirkendall Design, LLC, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has shopped High Point Market twice a year for 22 years.  She recently shared with me her top tips to maximize your ROI and your efficiency while at High Point. You’ll find my summary of her recommendations, “Plan to Make the Most of High Point, on the High Point Market website.

We all know how easy it is to get excited while we’re at an event and then have that knowledge and inspiration fizzle when we return to the office and our usual routine. So I especially like Julia’s advice on how to ensure that you retain what you gained after you get home. Your experience will be even richer, she observes, if you also share it with others who weren’t able to attend.

Speaking of planning, have you made your plans yet to attend the 2017 Interior Design Summit? It’s the only conference of its kind, specifically focused on profit and success strategies for the business side of the interior designers’ business. We’re holding it this year at High Point, beginning Friday, October 13, the day before the opening of Fall Market.

Plus, we’ve added a new feature we’re calling the GRAM|MES, a curated Market experience that provides Interior Design Summit attendees with VIP-level access to preeminent showrooms at High Point and a chance to win $50,000 in business-building prizes. Use your curated map, specially developed for Interior Design Summit attendees, to navigate High Point Market. As you visit each showroom, post photos of your favorite pieces on Instagram and get your map stamped. Completed maps will be turned in for a drawing that will take place at the end of the day for valuable prizes donated by our generous sponsors: Lexington Home Brands, High Point Market Authority, French Heritage, Stanford Furniture, Theodore Alexander, E by Design, Julian Chichester, Mr. Brown, Weather or Not, Picture Source Somerset, Stemper & Associates & Verellen.

Registration for the Interior Design Summit + GRAM|MEs is now open, and if you act now you can save $100 off our already special pricing. Early-bird registration of $397 is available through August 18. After August 18, registration is $497.

Registration includes a full day of educational sessions presented by top designers and experts plus masterminding, networking, breakfast, lunch and cocktails with a special drawing and CEU certificates awarded at Lexington Home Brands at the end of the day, as well as the three-day IDS GRAM|MES curated showroom experience.

The Interior Design Summit takes place in the ballroom of the International Home Furnishings Center in downtown High Point. Key sponsor, the High Point Market Authority, will work with our Summit attendees to pre-register you for market, assist in planning their trip and provide transportation during the event.

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