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Universal Sets High Point Seminars for Interior Designers

Universal Furniture has scheduled three seminars and a social event for interior designers at next month's High Point Market, and the company will open its Steelyard Designers Lounge at noon on Friday, April 21, the day before the market's official opening day.

The events are being spearheaded by the company's To The Trade brand for interior designers and will take place at Universal's showroom at 101 S. Hamilton St.

The Designers Lounge features complete work stations with Wi-Fi access, beverages and snacks, and includes pop-up jewelry shops from Regina Andrew, Dira and Jamie Dietrich.

For access to the lounge, designers must register at market or online at UniversalToTheTrade.com.

Designers who register in March are automatically entered into a drawing for one day of free parking at Universal's showroom. The 10 parking winners will be announced April 7.

Below is the seminar and event schedule:

Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd! – Essential Secrets for Every Designer Wanting to Design New Construction Custom Luxury Residences

  1. Date: Saturday, April 22
  2. Time: 3 p.m. event, followed by cocktails at 4 p.m.
  3. Location: Universal Furniture’s Learning Center, 101 S. Hamilton (Shuttle Stop 15, Red Line
  4. Description: Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID, will show how any motivated interior designer can break into the lucrative new construction design industry and what it takes to succeed! She will coach on the processes and schedules that are successful for luxury construction or major remodeling, specific organizational methods she employs for each project, present samples of her firm’s CAD construction drawings, provide insight into this VIP client group, offer advice on cutting edge marketing, and discuss what has made her firm thrive in this area. Attendees will leave with actionable items that can be implemented in their own firms.
  5. RSVP link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/set-yourself-apart-from-the-crowd-with-michelle-jennings-wiebe-asid-tickets-32160873037

Evolution of Fashion and Design in the Home

  1. Date: Sunday, April 23
  2. Time: 3 p.m.
  3. Location: Universal Furniture’s Learning Center, 101 S. Hamilton (Shuttle Stop 15, Red Line)
  4. Description: Join stylist, designer and author Stacey Kunstel from Dunes and Duchess as she interviews a special guest fashion icon. Their conversation will examine how changes in the fashion industry have influenced interior design over the last 20 years.
  5. No RSVP necessary

Retailer Meets Designer: Sparking Creativity, Community and Collaboration

  1. Date: Monday, April 24
  2. Time: 11 a.m.
  3. Location: Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St. (Shuttle Stop 15, Red Line)
  4. Description: Moderated by Susan Dickenson, editor in chief of Home Accents Today, this event will feature designers and retailers discussing how to unite the worlds of retail and design including building traffic, creating a sense of community and developing collaborations between retailers and designers. Featuring Claire Bell of Chic Abode Interiors, Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs, Courtney and Teddie Garrigan of Coco and Dash, and Jamie Merida of Bountiful Décor.

Universal Furniture Semi-annual Soiree “Bowties and Blue Jeans”

  1. Date: Monday, April 24
  2. Time:  6 p.m.
  3. Location: Universal Furniture, 101 S. Hamilton St. (Shuttle Stop 15, Red Line)
  4. Description:  Join Universal Furniture for its semi-annual, indoors and out celebration of Market. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music from Lulu the Giant.
  5. No RSVP necessary


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