411 on High Point

I had never been to this place designers have flocked to for decades, until 2 years ago.  I always asked myself, why would a designer want to go to a place like this?  In the time it takes me to finish this sentence, I will state three reasons:

  1. You can see, touch, and feel [imperative for a designer!] product
  2. It is inspiring and motivates you
  3. You learn so much about the new product coming out and get a chance to get to foster relationships with your vendors and what they stand for [customer service, attention to detail, and quality of product].

There are many different markets around the country that I have on my list to visit.  I look forward to finding many different avenues and “nooks and crannies” to find the perfect resources for my clients.

Part 1 – Furniture Factory Tour

You guessed it, we couldn’t wait to see who was behind making our upholstery [we felt as if we knew them after speaking to them so much!], where our favorite furniture was made [USA], and how it was made.

After arriving in Highpoint NC, we drove an hour and 1/2 to visit our beloved upholstery line.  In order to believe in and stand behind the product, we have to continually see new product and sit in pieces that we continuously sell.  We ask ourselves, how things sit so we can guide our clients in selecting the appropriate pieces for their space.  As designers, we don’t just throw any old fabric on any old piece of furniture.  There is a purpose for it all.

Here are some snap shots and musings of what we took in that day.


The back of a tufted dining room chair prior to putting the back on it.

A hostess chair in a leopard print fabric, receiving some self welt.

A classic English roll arm sofa with a tight back cushion. Take a look at all of that fabric in the background [pure heaven]!

Wow! An ornate banquette for a lucky table to nestle into. I can only imagine where these pieces land when they find their home!

She’s a beauty…..classy and clean.


  1. Aunt Sandy on May 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Loved going to High Point all those many years ago-great new website

    • Renae L. Keller, ASID on May 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you! High Point is so inspiring!

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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.