Interior designers Liz Andrews and Gracelyn Elmendorf off O’Harra-Mellette Interiors in Florence, S.C. reported new trends and finds from High Point on Quick-Step’s social media.

“At Quick-Step, our brand prides itself on being the first to market with the latest designs and styles,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of marketing for Quick-Step.  “The realistic flow of new trends into the marketplace usually starts with the fashion industry, next moves into the furniture industry, and then ‘flooring quickly follows furniture’ in offering the latest looks. Although Quick-Step’s design team begins predicting and tracking hot trends before these looks even hit the furniture industry, it is always important to check-in along the way to confirm what is being presented at the national design, home and furniture shows.”

Thorn-Brooks added that although the High Point Furniture Market has offerings for almost every conceivable design taste, Quick-Step thought it would be fun to specifically showcase the selections of Elmendorf and Andrews.

In addition, Elmendorf and Andrews believe in designing beautiful homes where families and friends can gather together, so their designs many times need to stand up to the activity of all family members, including busy children and active pets. According to the duo, designing with this lifestyle in mind means tapping into some effective designer techniques such as “upholstering an antique chair in one of today’s gorgeous indoor/outdoor velvets—so you get all of the richness of velvet AND the ability to unzip the chair’s cover and toss it in the washing machine.”

Quick-Step shares this belief in the “live-ability of design”. According to the company, its floors provide the beauty of today’s hottest premium hardwood designs and textures, with the durability of a high quality laminate plank that easily stands up to the activity of real family life.

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