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Design insiders share the inside secrets of the industry

caines | 9/27/2012, 5:30 a.m.

HD Boutique is culturally inclusive

Key decision makers, designers, purchasing agents and the whos who among the design and hospitality industry came together for the annual HD Boutique. However, this year was slightly different. Organizers for this years HD Boutique made it a point to reach out to Caribbean designers and vendors as well. A new season We have always had an eye open for this audience, which is why we stage the event in Miami, said Group Show Director Liz Sommerville. The shift in focus was noticeable to those who attended the boutique. I did notice that the boutique catered more to the Caribbean and Latin market, said a sales and marketing executive for Ultra Wood. We have more people who are working in the Caribbean so it seemed natural to see at the boutique. The event, which was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, brought together leaders in the hospitality industry to discuss the latest innovations for interior design changes that arepleasing to the eye. In addition, the boutique offered work shops on the effectiveness of eco-friendly designs. The entire two-day event was a medium for education and style showcases, as well. Everything from fabrics, textures and even furniture could be seen at the showcase. Live musical performances echoed throughout the halls of the convention center. As a new year quickly approaches, the trends for the interior design season, much like the clothing design industry, is all about warm and inviting colors. The convention hall was filled with interior elements that heeded the agenda for the upcoming year. There were a total of 3,500 designers in attendance. By Julia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com