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Michael Payne to Speak In High Point On "Displaying Contemporary From The Floor Up"

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Robert Roman, Michael Payne, and Claus Ihlemann at Decorum Furniture

Foreign Accents, a leader in contemporary rug design, is sponsoring a seminar during High Point Market to help retailers effectively select and display contemporary home furnishings and accessories.

“Displaying Contemporary From The Floor Up” will feature HGTV celebrity designer Michael Payne speaking on key components that create visually stunning and effective contemporary displays.  The seminar will be held Tuesday, October 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Foreign Accents’ IHFC showroom – H-513.

“Many retailers are seeking to capitalize on contemporary home décor’s increasing popularity.” stated Trish Rempen, President & CEO of Foreign Accents.  “We felt it was important to provide not only quality, affordable contemporary products, but also useful information that will help retailers competitively design their showrooms, attract consumers and increase their sales.”

Michael Payne recently returned from an in-store appearance at Decorum Furniture, a contemporary retailer with showrooms in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA.  “Decorum’s showroom displays were absolutely stunning,” said Michael.  “Consumers entering the store cannot help but notice the striking vignettes, which beautifully display product and encourage consumers to buy.”  In his presentation, Michael will share how retailers can create a “Wow” effect in their showrooms, the “do’s” and “don’t’s” in displaying contemporary products, and how to integrate contemporary with transitional or traditional elements.  Retailers are encouraged to bring pictures of their showrooms and/or contemporary product they will be displaying for Michael to review and make display recommendations.  A hand-out will be provided for all attendees, and food & beverages will be served.


Foreign Accents, a wholesale area rug company known for modern design and colorful, contemporary patterns, has been in business for over 25 years.  Based in Albuquerque, Foreign Accents has always focused on combining colors, patterns, shapes and textures to produce rugs that are not only exciting but also accessible, usable, affordable and easy to maintain. 

Known for their excellent quality and responsive customer service, Foreign Accents services hundreds of retailers, dealers and designers in multiple continents.  Some of their dealers have been working with the company since its inception.  They have permanent showrooms in Las Vegas and High Point.  Their collections can be viewed at www.foreign-accents.com

For more than 25 years, Michael Payne has been a highly sought-after interior designer, servicing national and international clients through his company, Michael Payne, Inc.  His popularity skyrocketed when he hosted Designing For The Sexes on HGTV.  Articulate, well-traveled and always visually aware of the world around him, Michael has been on numerous national network television programs and radio stations, along with being a featured speaker at various national home shows, design events, museums, conferences, corporate events and charity functions.  More recently Michael authored the best-selling Let’s Ask Michael, a compilation of design questions posed by HGTV viewers with Michael’s recommendations to viewers’ design dilemmas.  Michael will soon release House of Payne, a DVD and book project that chronicles his own major home renovation soon.

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