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Blog: The Well-Laid Table

TableSwoon

Natalie Engelhardt is a former L’Oreal marketing executive who has hit upon a consumer need that more seasoned home furnishings executives—despite all their talk about addressing consumer lifestyles—have missed. Engelhardt is the founder of TableSwoon, a brand-new company that sells table-setting kits. A table-setting kit contains all the accessory pieces consumers need to set aMore »

Thanks, Chantal

David Gill

Last week, HFN posted the story of Chantal’s new Memory collection. It’s a line of kitchenware specifically geared toward people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with tea kettles, tea pots, mugs, bakeware, canisters and other items designed to help Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. The kitchenware is colored in purple, which has become the official colorMore »

JCP, RB, NYC

Duke_Ratliff

There were two notable home store openings in New York last month, offering an exercise in comparison and contrast for the home business. J.C. Penney finally opened its much-discussed new home shop in Manhattan, featuring exclusive shops from Michael Graves, Bodum, Pantone, Jonathan Adler and Martha Stewart. (Terence Conran’s Design by Conran shop was notMore »

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

NEW YORK-More than 40 new and established housewares vendors showed off their newest wares for the holidays at a media event hosted by the International Housewares Association here. Among the offerings: Baby Brezza spotlighted Formula Pro, an appliance that prepares formula bottles for babies. The Formula Pro measures and mixes water and powdered formula toMore »

Ullman’s Revenge

Duke_Ratliff

The J.C. Penney watch continued last month as the retailer reported a huge loss—$348 million—for its first quarter. The nation’s most closely critiqued retail chain performed even worse than had been expected, reporting a 16 percent drop in sales compared to last year to continue its long decline in sales. Last week, the chain securedMore »

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

The red that showed up on Sears Holdings’ bottom line for its first quarter could wind up being more than just ink. Soon it could be blood resulting from executive heads on the chopping block. Eddie Lampert, who has combined his previous role as chairman with his new role as CEO since Lou D’Ambrosio leftMore »

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Cathy Steel and her crew will be walking for a cause this weekend. Steel, head of the Steel Associates public relations firm, is the leader of the Gift for Life/Stationery Show team of more than 25 walkers who will participate in AIDS Walk New York this Sunday. Some of the team will be part ofMore »

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

The HGTV lifestyle is brought to life in its newest pop-up shop, which HFN visited last week in Phipps Plaza, an upscale mall in Atlanta. There, through June 4, HGTV loyalists can see products from all of its home licenses—including furniture from Bassett, area rugs from Shaw and lighting from ELK, among other categories—set upMore »