(Image credit: Janel Laban)

Last week, Maxwell and I (happily) ran the design gauntlet of High Point market, powering through three straight days of showroom after showroom of the latest looks in the furniture world. We got a glimpse of what's on it's way in the coming months and are here to share some of our finds. Today, it's the sofas and settees...

  1. A gorgeous olive green velvet sofa by Alexa Hampton wowed everyone who visited Hickory Chair. I heard about Alexa's line at least 8 times from other editors before we saw it in person. A winner!
  2. This long, low sofa was the showstopper for me at Van Thiel & Co. Totally dramatic in its length and number of pillows, it's a perfect choice for an oversized room where you are going for a casual chic vibe.
  3. Thibaut is always a favorite stop at Market. Their furniture is sized well for homes AND apartments, especially this petite settee, a classic style that suits smaller spaces.
  4. DwellStudio was rocking a bit of a 70's look in both design and color. This plummy, overstuffed, low velvet sofa is a way to go (a little) retro while upping the glamour.
  5. Rowe showed a wide range of styles, as always. I liked this somewhat formal linen settee for an antique feel with an affordable price tag.
  6. Another favorite from Alexa Hampton's Hickory Chair collection. I love how the sofas she presented are classics, shown in fairly traditional solid upolstery fabrics, offset with just this side of wild wallpaper and pillow patterns. Inspiring styling that is a design lesson worth trying at home.
  7. Dark on dark was a dramatic look at Robin Bruce. A nod to the increased focus on a little more glamour and individuality that we saw throughout the showrooms at Market.
  8. Tradition meets pop at CR Laine . A chesterfield in unforgettable cobalt leather. Why not?!
  9. Bernhardt went a little wild with a hide upholstery. A luxurious choice that also has a rustic side - perfect for a cabin chic look.
  10. A totally intriguing upholstery concept at CR Laine. It's glazed linen. The coating adds a bit of shine and extra durability - win, win.
  11. A skinny, sophisticated settee from Dwell Studio. Long legs, textural wool fabric, high back. Perfect as a small space sofa solution.
  12. A velvet sofa from Rowe's new collection built on updates of classic pieces from their own design archives. The cream velvet helps to move the style into 2013, making a nice break from more expected mid-c tweedy looks.