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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 »

Walmart, My Hometown’s Hero

Walmart, My Hometown’s Hero

My hometown was replaced by a Walmart—seriously. While critics have complained for years that the nation’s largest retailer ruins town centers, my hometown of Grundy, Va., pinned its economic future on a much-hoped-for Walmart store. After a long wait—I initially wrote about Grundy’s attempts to get a Walmart in 2005—the store is slated for aMore »

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 »

Blogging From the Housewares Show

Blogging From the Housewares Show

CHICAGO—The Housewares Show continues into its second day today packed with numerous product introductions, busy exhibitor booths—and perhaps more importantly—an increasingly optimistic mood among both retailers and vendors. A new Mario Batali-licensed line from Dansk was among the attention-getting unveilings at McCormick Place. The new line includes Mario Light, a collection of cast-iron cookware that isMore »