Designer Wednesdays

Anybody that knows me knows that I LOVE opening my home for a party. Well, as  the heart and soul behind Antiques by Zaar and ZAAR Design Center, I am beyond thrilled to be opening my “business home” for it’s first annual Christmas party.

Yes, it is a bazaar, but it really is a party…a place for you to warmly invite in the Holiday Spirit, to be infused by the creativity of others, to be welcomed into a showroom that exudes excitement, as the collaborative Spirit of the 15 companies that show/sell product there, all culminate in a beautifully staged setting…of course, decorated for the Holiday Season.

I am so excited to welcome you in, and know that if you can’t make it in person that we shall know you are with us in Spirit, and perhaps will join us at another time. Whether you are able to join us or not, please Do read below for details of what is planned….

WHEN?  Oh my, it’s this Wednesday, November 14thwhich not so coincidentally is also Designer Wed,  starting at 9:00 and going through to 5:00 pm.

WHERE? In the former Drexel Heritage Factory @ 741 West Ward Ave, High Point, NC. Right on the corner of Ward and Green.

WHO’S INVITED? Anyone that wants to be infused with the Christmas Spirit, and while you’re at it get a jump start on Holiday Shopping…or just come along and join us for Hot Cider and Ginger Snaps, a visit and a good look around.



Kimberly Stone of Sans Souci Sisters…. appropriately being introduced @ ZAAR for the first time. Specializing in custom heirloom Santa Claus.

Kathleen Holterman of Holterman and Company…with her vibrant collection of oil paintings.

Dave and Barbara McGinnis of Wood n’ Clay Studio, a husband and wife team with talent to burn…or should I say turn wood and throw pottery.

…and of course all of above will have handiwork to sell, or you can special order.


Jeff, Sherry, Julia, Alice and yours truly.

…and lastly what is a Bazaar without asking, WHAT IS THERE TO BUY…in addition to above noted? Yes, there is So Much MORE!


Aria: Jewelry, Scarves and Dresses

Cookie Lee: More jewelry

Designed to Heal: Monica Hodges with her new line of  home made soaps!


Product from People that are Passionate about their businesses and are gathered together @ ZAAR to give YOU a Special Shopping Experience.

note: please excuse lack of photos below…computer glitch, but please check out this album on facebook for some wonderful product photos, to lure you in 🙂

Lamps Galore:

Flambeau  moved their entire Suites showroom into ZAAR and are JUST newly installed, chandeliers and all!  But we also have lamps from Lorna Dewey and Antiques by Zaar.

Artificial Plants and Trees:

New Growth Design are THE best at what they do, with a made in North Carolina product that can’t be beat. (Had the pleasure of touring their facility this past Sunday!)

Italian Pottery:

Fortunata has the corner on that one.

Other Home Accents:

pottery and wood pieces from Wood n Clay, iron work wall art and nick knacks  from Haiti and porcelain and wood stools from Antiques by Zaar.

More Artwork: 

Kathleen Holterman is joined by another local artist Katy Allgeyer, who is now on an amazing trip of a lifetime with her boyfriend Scott Morgan. She blogs about it regularly here…is worthy to follow this journey.

yet more distinctive  art by the Elizabeth Lucas Company.

….and gripping photography by Bruce Barone of Massachusetts and Sylvia Muller of East Hampton NY.


Lorna Dewey and Antiques by Zaar present very different but equally appealing product.

Pillows and Throws:

The Oriole Mill, yes another made in North Carolina product, has a line exclusive to ZAAR available to purchase.

And then there is FURNITURE:

From the UK:

Touchwood, Lorna Dewey and Distinctive Chesterfields.

From the US:

Cabeen Originals, and Bellascenda.

…and from China, Antiques by Zaar.

And ALL of this is so beautifully positioned that each persons product accents the other.

Do come and enjoy what we have prepared for you to experience, and no better time than to do so then now.

So very much look forward to welcoming you!

Ruth, for all!

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As member of the High Point Design Center, Antiques by Zaar participates by being OPEN for each “Designer Wednesday” Event, which is held the 2nd Wed of each month…less July, April and October.

Wanted you to know a couple of things regarding these dates….

Warehouse/Showroom: 220 Feld Ave, High Point, NC

 …where you have the BONUS of viewing/shopping the Antiques by Zaar online store in person, but also have opportunity to purchase product from the following companies, who show with me.

FortunataCabeen Originals, Touchwood UK, Bellascenda and Kat Burki

….Should you prefer the convenience of not leaving downtown High Point, you can also find us showing in the “World’s Largest Chest of Drawers“…an iconic and historic landmark in High Point, and easy to spot/find 🙂 …just look for the 38′ tall bureau @ 508 North Hamilton.

…and while in the area you want to check out the newly opened Shane’s Collection on the corner of Main and Kivett, where a smattering of Antiques by Zaar pieces are also being presented in a delightful mix of furniture and accessories priced to sell.

High Point NC, truly is a “City of Showrooms”….and Antiques by Zaar/ZAAR Design Center is thrilled to boast a valiant presence in this furniture mecca.

Be sure to check us out!


Yes, it is already time for the High Point Design Center  Designer Wednesday….and those of us at ZAAR Design Center are eager to have you stop by and check out what we have for “New Perspectives and Fresh Choices“….as well as share a birthday drink with “Bunny” Vanderveer 🙂

We will be open from 9:00- 4:00, ready to welcome you!


….just to peak your curiosity you can click here to view photos taken @ ZAAR Design Center during the most recent High Point Furniture Market…and to peak it further read on….

Bellascenda, which also can be found on TODL,  has, in addition to thier line of lift furniture for your tv’s, a display set up to inform you of services provided in thier decorative arts studio Degage.

Kat Burki  has a new line of custom carpets they are introducing….but is also incredibly busy setting up their new retail location in Westport CT, stopped in to visit last weekis going to be stunning!…and updating thier website to reflect their growing offerings as part of her Lifestyle Brand. Teaser: Look forward to shopping for  KB goodies  @ December’s Designer Wed….

Lady B. Goode is happy to share her line of custom chandeliers, along with a wonderful collection of “uniques”…art and collectibles.  Catalogue of her custom lighting line available at ZAAR, but for all else you’ll have to come and see first hand….a collection that will change from month to month….


Antiques by Zaar is excited to add to thier line of New Pieces from Old Wood …traditional pieces that are made of reclaimed Chinese Elmwood, with a lovely natural wax finish.

…and Vanderveer Imports will not only be showing their collection of hand selected reproduction Chinese porcelain and ceramics, but they will also be hosting a “sip and see” celebrating “Bunny” Vanderveers birthday! 

A couple of Scorpios here….I just celebrated my birthday (the big 5 0) this past weekend, as noted in my blog posting here.

So, we welcome you with open arms to the ZAAR Design Center…and should you care to read a little about how ZAAR has come into place, and what it means to me, feel free to read this.


Kris and Kathy Coupland, of Vanderveer Imports, and Trade Partners with Antiques by Zaar, are graciously hosting a “Sip and See” for the High Point Design Center Designer Wedensday.

Thrilled for them to be hosting this and am equally thrilled that I will be able to be there to meet and greet as well.

So, for Designers in the area, be sure to drop in at 400 Mandustry St, to view the latest and greatest from Vanderveer and Antiques by Zaar.

 Drop by between 1:30 and 3:30 and see our wonderful pieces as well as Antique by Zaar’s furniture, and treat yourself to a refreshing wine spritzer, while perusing the extensive collection of Chinese Antiques and porcelain, as presented by Antiques by Zaar and Vanderveer respectively.

We so look forward to seeing you.

Feel free to give a call for questions or clarification.  As I’ll be on the road, best to reach me on my cell at 207 838 2675, or by email at . Yes, JUST got connected with my biz email on my iphone. Love it, love it, love it!


P.S.  For preview of Antiques by Zaar offerings visit


From Main/English St.: down English 3 miles.
Left onto South Road & go 1/2 mile.
Left onto Lambeth and continue 1/4 to warehouse/showroom


Thrilled to introduce you here to Trudy Simmons and her company Bellascenda. Due to the major rennovation project underway at the Suites at Market Square,  Bellascenda, an exhibitor there, needed to find a place to store their showroom contents following October 09  High Point Furniture Market.

What a great place to stow your TV!

Pleased that Jeff Moore, my sales associate, suggested I offer Trudy some space in my warehouse for such, and thus, have given up a corner for her to not only store but display her product.

Further, Trudy and her company are members of the High Point Design Center, so, if you as a designer, would be planning to attend any of our First Wednesday Events, or are planning to come to the luncheon/presentation that Antiques by Zaar is hosting during the HPDC sponsored Unity in Design Event, you have the opportunity to see a lovely collection of Bellascenda’s merchandise.  A sales associate will also be available to answer any and all questions you may have on this product, which serves to “lift flat screen tvs out of beautiful furniture.”

A few things to know about Bellascenda.

Another sleek looking home for your TV

For the past 6 years Bellascenda has been making thier furniture in the United States, with the bulk of it produced by the Amish in Pennsylvania. And like my Chinese Antiques, their product is green.

During Market you can find Bellascenda at the new and improved Suites at Market Square. Between Markets you can find them at 400 Mandustry St, High Point NC (by appointment) and 24/7 you can find them online at and also (Trade only) at TODL.

Save the Date: Bellascenda and Antiques by Zaar are offering lunch and presentation, Friday February 19,2010

Where: Antiques by Zaar Warehouse, 400 Mandustry St, High POint NC.

What: Lunch and presentation by Ruth Olbrych and Terri Maurer.

Bonus: Book Giveaway of Terri’s newest publication, InteriorDesign in Practise, co authored with Katie Weeks.

AND….she will be available to autograph copies that will be available to purchase.

Going to be a wonderful time…be sure to register by clicking here.

Both Trudy and I look forward to hosting this event and Terri is eager to present herself and her new publication!


P.S. Curious how Trudy and I met?  That would be through a Linked In! She needed a room during Market and I had advertised that my sales associate had one available. She took the room, we connect each Market and, on we go….a passion for our respective businesses and drive to see them thrive furthers our connection.

As member of the marketing committee for the High Point Design Center I have been blasting out the info on the upcoming Summer Event organized by my collegues.

 The Furniture Today  article, as well as additional details, have been posted on Twitter, Face Book, Linked In (17 Designer groups, of course including my Antiques by Zaar group), in my newsletter, and now via this Blog.

 The High Point Design Center, for those who aren’t familiar with us, is a group of distinctive showrooms in High Point, who make themselves available to the Trade community year round. Antiques by Zaar is proud to be a member of this group and promote this mission, of availability to our Trade clientele not only during Market, but also between Markets.

HPDC: Year Round To The Trade

HPDC: Year Round To The Trade

Although I am unable to be present during what sounds like a lot of fun and a great opportunity for networking, I will be well represented by my sales associate/in house designer/warehouse manager, Jeff Moore. She will be available at our warehouse both days, Wednesday and Thursday August 5-6 respectively. She will also be attending the evening cocktail parties on my behalf. Tough duty eh?

One of the gorgeous pieces we just received last week.

One of the gorgeous pieces we just received last week.

 We have just received a new container of inventory and would love to show you first hand all the wonderful new additions to our offerings. For a sneak peak feel free to view this video that I took following Spring Market. Our website also showcases our inventory and happy to have you shop there as well. BUT, if in High Point next week, please make yourself known there and let us share with you our fine line of Chinese Antique Furniture first hand.