Furniture Industry Executive Bill Grace Debuts New Company at High Point Market
Although he’s been an industry fixture for
years, Bill Grace feels like the new kid on the block at this fall’s High Point
Market. That is because Grace is bringing a new company, Southern
Sky Home, to High
Point for the first time. The company
serves as a lifestyle home furnishings resource, with a mix of design styles
and unique items. They will exhibit
their collections at the Suites at Market Square, space T516. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on XXX at XXX time
will kick off the company’s inaugural market.
“Our core styles have their roots in classic
design, updated for today’s consumer,” says Grace, the company’s owner and
president. “We believe in showcasing the beautiful wood grain, and having unique
finishes that enhance the aesthetic value of our pieces.”
Southern Sky Home offers high-quality designs
with on-trend details in casegoods for the dining, occasional, bedroom, and
storage categories. According to Grace,
the company will showcase two new collections at the October Market: an urban
farmhouse collection, and a mid-Century collection “with a twist.” In the
latter case, look for herringbone designs in the wood and other interesting
Each of the collections includes bedroom
furniture, coffee tables, console tables, dining benches, chairs and tables,
end and accent tables, media cabinets, and sideboards. Buyers can choose to
have pieces made with or without metal accents. Other customization options
include choosing from nearly a dozen different finishes, some of which are
brand-new to market.
Personalization of the product is a hallmark
of the company. “You can really create your own exclusive lineup,” Grace says.
“Compared to most other resources, we have low order quantities. Often you’ll
find companies requiring a minimum of 100 pieces, but we can do 15 of an item.
If you want to tweak your pieces, we can do it.”
Grace says that 90 percent of his products
are made of mango wood — a hardwood that’s easy to work with. Look for carving
details that provide interest in door fronts, for example. The company’s furniture
also uses sheesham, an Indian hardwood similar to rosewood that is typical in
Indian furniture, and acacia wood. The company’s products are designed
domestically and produced in “very close collaboration” with our factories.
Southern Sky Home is based outside of Atlanta
in Woodstock, GA and has its warehouse in Hickory, NC.
Grace has been in the furniture industry for
much of his career. He led the
merchandising program at Home Decorators Collection, was senior director of
merchandising for Ballard Designs, and was vice president of merchandising for
Storehouse. Most recently, Grace has worked as a consultant specializing in the
furniture industry, on both the wholesale and retail sides.
About Southern Sky Home
Home offers case goods in dining, occasional, bedroom and storage in classic
design with on-trend detailing. With an emphasis on quality design, materials
and craftsmanship, the company sells direct container or via their warehouse to
retailers with customization choices in materials and finishes. The company can be found online at southernskyhome.com and on Instagram and Pinterest.
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