High Point Spring Market 2018: Christi Barbour

Today in The Lounge we air the last of our High Point Spring Market coverage, kicking the episode off with the Nick May Morning Show co-hosted by Catherine Hersacher of Bespoke Interiors featuring Jane Dagmi of Designers Today, Shay Geyer of IBB Design, Lynai Jones of Mitchell BlackLuAnn Nigara, and Garrison Hullinger. Garrison chats about branching out to High Point to stand out from other West Coast designers and explains why he is constantly telling friends “no design for wine!” Next, Nick sits down with Christi Barbour, an incredible designer based in High Point with the firm Barbour Spangle Design. As a local, she’s able to offer an incredible perspective on the Spring Market!

Christi’s Story

Christi is from High Point and grew up no more than ten miles from the market. On her coffee table, you can find Kelly Wearstler and Chanel design books, as well as flowers. Her favorite accessory is a pair of Tom’s shoes, and her favorite city is Paris.

Getting into Design

Christi loved barbie homes and rearranging her room as a child, but didn’t get into design until mid-way through college. As a student at Virginia Tech, she struggled to find a career she was passionate about and originally planned to work in childcare, but was thankfully exposed to the design world through her suite-mate, who persuaded her to switch majors. She immediately knew that design was the fit for her. After college, Christi went back home to High Point to do an internship for a designer who becomes a mentor and her first employer for three years as she worked in photographic design, which she says was perfect for experimentation. Afterward, Christi moved to a furniture company to take over floor display and retail, and bounced around a few jobs, but was unhappy and struck out on her own around 1997.

Success!

Now, Christi has a partner and thirteen staffers at her hyper-local design business. She loves how quiet High Point is in between markets, and says that it is always exciting to see people trickle in!

Find Christi’s work here and look for her at High Point Fall Market!

Resources

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About the Author
Grant is diving into the world of podcasting and interior design as an audio editor, blogger, copy editor and marketing content creator. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grant has lived on the Front Range for five years and is a political scientist by training but journalist by craft, contributing to newspapers and media outlets in Boulder and Denver. He’s written on a wide range of subjects, including street racing in Denver, animal rights activists that steal chickens slated for slaughter and a mailman who is terrified of dogs. When not spreading the word about the world of interior design, Grant writes fiction and non-fiction, plays music in bars across Denver, and hikes Colorado’s toughest mountains.

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