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Fifth and Castle From left: Kimberley Lenhart Davis, Meg Caswell and Jenny Lackey inside the Taylor Burke Home showroom at the Suites at Market Square during the April 2015 Market. Meg Caswell describes her favorite coastal design look as vintage Palm Beach chic. “I like color, mature patterns, and for my home to look like it was put together over time, not like it all showed up at once on one delivery truck,” says the designer, who recently moved to Wilmington from Chicago to open Fifth and Castle, a design studio and décor shop in a historic firehouse. Here, customers can order à la carte designs from a menu of services at the design bar, while shopping the colorful offering of accessories, perusing wallpaper and fabric books, or consulting with Caswell or the designers that work with her. “I’m bringing a design center to people who might not want to hire a full-time designer,” Caswell explains. “I really believe that good design should be affordable and accessible to everyone.” It’s a design firm and home décor concept that worked well for Caswell in the chic environs of Lincoln Park, Chicago, where she catapulted to celebrity status thanks to a win on HGTV’s season six “Design Star” reality series. She went on to host her own TV show, “Meg’s Great Rooms,” for two years, first in Chicago, and then traveling the country, before the intense schedule of television production led her to seek a more balanced and relaxed lifestyle close to her husband’s family in Wilmington and the High Point Market. While Chicago is famed for its Merchandise Mart, Caswell says the High Point Market offers more of everything in one place. “The first time I went I was totally overwhelmed by all of the options,” she says. “Now, some nine years later, I make a game plan listing all of the vendors I want to see, because you can very easily get pulled off course at Market. You see a pretty pillow in a window, and before you know it, you’ve been in a showroom for an hour and haven’t made it to the place you wanted to go. There are so many buildings and areas to explore that I map everything out before the day starts. Along the way, we’ll still find new vendors that we’ve never even heard of, because some of them are so new, or so small, that they don’t even appear in the general advertising and market-ing we see about the show.” 52 WBM august 2015


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