Editor’s Spotlight: Design NJ

Associate editor Meg Fox sees notice-me colors and new takes on tradition at Spring Market

Calming neutral vignettes had their moments of understated elegance, but many showrooms also displayed a maximalist point of view by way of couture-driven jewel tones and a layered mix of patterns in varying color and scale. And when they did it was emerald – and other shades of green – that led the charge, coupled with luxe velvets, seen everywhere. Historic references were recurring themes, and traditional influences – pared down, tailored, or modernized with fresh fabrics or mixed materials – continued to rise in popularity.

Watson Sofa, Massoud

The clean, tufted sofa frame – upholstered in emerald velvet – modernizes the look for a new take on traditional style. Pillows embrace the maximalist design trend by layering pattern and color.


Harmony Host Chair, Century Furniture

A crisp white and green embroidered leaf pattern accentuates the more streamlined silhouette of a classic wing chair.

Century Furniture

Holburn Cabinet, Global Views

Intersecting circles in an elegant mother-of-pearl inlay take cues from historic iron fences. Nickel handles echo iron spikes.

Global Views

Mirabella Writing Table, Alexa Hampton for Theodore Alexander

Architectural frieze patterns – modernized for today – influenced many designs, this one by Alexa Hampton in a simplified flowerhead fretwork overlay. I love the rich contrast between the tooled leather inset top and salted white wood finish.

Alexa Hampton for Theodore Alexander

Strawberry Thief Steamer Side Table, Selamat

Selamat’s newest collaboration with Morris & Co. reimagines the brand’s iconic wallpaper and fabrics on a variety of case goods. This side table takes inspiration from a classic steamer trunk. Paired with ornate details such as acacia wood and brass accents, I imagine this go-anywhere piece as a future treasured heirloom.


About Meg Fox

As Associate Editor of Design NJ magazine – a regional publication dedicated to home fashions and coverage of New Jersey homes in a broad range of styles – Meg is particularly passionate about trend spotting and reporting. As the magazine approaches its 20th anniversary, High Point Market has been her annual destination – and source of inspiration. Along the way she has helped earn the magazine top awards for outstanding media coverage of new home furnishings and products.