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Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

NEW YORK–A statement last week by Tempur-Pedic’s president and CEO, Mark Sarvary, should jangle the nerves of those that manufacture bed pillows. Speaking to financial analysts on a conference call about the company’s second-quarter results, Sarvary dropped this bomb: “Beyond mattresses, we’re excited about the potential for our pillow business.” He went on to sayMore »

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up

ATLANTA–The Atlanta International Area Rug Market finished up yesterday at AmericasMart, where exhibitors debuted collections as well as product categories. Among the themes were color and texture, which continue to perform well with consumers. The ‘Made in the U.S.A’ distinction remains important, and manufacturers continue to strengthen their production here. One hundred percent of Karastan’sMore »

Blog From Dallas Market: Craze for Crystal, Love for LEDs

Blog From Dallas Market: Craze for Crystal, Love for LEDs

DALLAS–The Dallas International Lighting Market wrapped up yesterday, and many companies used the opportunity to both bolster their lines and break into new categories. Traditional products were decluttered and updated to appeal to customers who like traditional but want something fresh. And crystal continues to proliferate, especially with a contemporary twist.  Introductions also included newMore »

Blog: Yip Trades Spaces into Home

Blog: Yip Trades Spaces into Home

Interior designer celebrity Vern Yip—who gained fame on TLC’s “Trading Spaces”—has formally debuted his home collection, to be sold exclusively through HSN. At an event at HSN’s New York office, Yip presented the line to the media. The collection includes furniture, bedding, window treatments, rugs, lighting and other decor items. Each piece plays off hisMore »

Blog: Here Comes the Sun

Blog: Here Comes the Sun

Kohl’s recently released it first-ever sustainability report, which detailed its efforts to help the environment. One of the pieces of information in the report is that 100 of Kohl’s stores were solar-powered as of last December. This news has come on top of IKEA’s spate of recent announcements about the installation of solar panels atMore »

Small Steps in the Right Direction

Small Steps in the  Right Direction

There are simply no more excuses for the industry not to step it up a bit. For at least two years, many retailers and suppliers in the home furnishings industry lamented the fact that the recession forced them to hold the line on spending, which limited product introductions and new merchandising programs. The result hasMore »

Blog: Royal Wedding Hoopla

Blog: Royal Wedding Hoopla

LONDON–Whether you’ve been up since daybreak with your eyes glued to a television or computer screen, or have adopted the ‘couldn’t-care-less’ approach toward royal weddings, there is no denying that Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s nuptials this morning sparked a tremendous amount of marketing activity. The tabletop industry, particularly companies with British roots, embraced theMore »

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.–With the start of High Point Market this past weekend, manufacturers launched a number of new licenses and other programs to retailers. The Dick Idol collection launched at Crestview in lighting, wall decor, accessories and accent pieces. Before, these categories were split among manufacturers but now “we get to merchandise the category together,”More »