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Monika Williams of Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors at InterHall inside the Codarus showroom in Market’s International Home Furnishings Center, April 2015. 53 WBM www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com BIG SKY DESIGN Residential and Commercial Interior Design 910.793.3992 www.bigskydesignonline.com Feathering Nests For Monika Williams, proprietress of Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors, a retail store selling furniture, accessories and gifts with a specialty in interior design, a day at the High Point Market is akin to a military operation. “In addition to running the store, I have four children, so I am always trying to maximize my time in High Point,” she says. “I usually try to be there the very first minute the doors open and then I’m there until people are kicking me out of the showrooms at night. The key to having a successful Market trip, in my opinion, is to have it all planned out and organized before you get there. You can’t just start walking around because it’s so spread out.” Since she’s been buying for Nest for five years, Williams knows what will sell, so her Market visits are less about trend-spotting as making contact with manu-facturers’ representatives for the lines that Nest features. “I enjoy the relationships that develop out of attending,” Williams says. “I certainly have access to ordering from them online, but I’m a little old-fashioned that way. I like to go and see the people and talk to them about what’s new and, at the same time, explore new companies that I think would be a good fit for us. I love the energy at Market, with all the entities coming together in one place. All the international flair is there, more so than, say, Atlanta, and you really do feel like you’re at the center of what’s happening in the home furnishings world.”


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