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Blog: From Donny to Downton, a Grumpy Cat to “Cliff”: Celebrity Happenings in Atlanta

GrumpyCat_mat

The new year kicked off in Atlanta last week—and the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market itself had plenty of celebrity buzz. Music icon Donny Osmond and his wife Debbie talked to HFN about purple socks, Weird Al Yankovic—and Donny Osmond’s new home collection. Having launched products with 11 manufacturing partners in Atlanta—from floor fansMore »

The Newest Lighting Shines in Dallas

Feiss LED

DALLAS—A positive vibe infused the Dallas Market Center on the second day of the Dallas International Lighting Market yesterday. Touches of sparkle, more LED and nature influences were among what was seen among the introductions. Many companies expanded their existing LED lines, including LBL. Half of its introductions this market used LEDs, said Brian Klein,More »

Blog: Kudos to HGTV Home

Duke_Ratliff

Hats off to HGTV HOME. Earlier this week, the consumer products arm of the much-trusted television network announced that it is launching a baby furniture collection. The collection, to be exclusively sold in 86 buybuy BABY stores, is just the latest in a flurry of licensing activity. Before the holidays, HGTV Home partnered with DreamsMore »

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up Day One

Capel’s Infinity, left, and Aspen

ATLANTA-More is more in Atlanta, as rug companies debuted their first introductions of the year at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market. New and expanding licensed collections were prominently featured, and color and texture continued their reign. Some companies also debuted new categories. In its new showroom, Kas officially launched its pillow and pouf category,More »

Resolutions for 2014

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By Duke Ratliff With holiday shopping (and selling) in the rearview mirror, home furnishings executives can now focus on the year ahead. Here are a few resolutions for the new year that notable individuals and institutions can make to make it a successful 2014. Walmart’s new leaders Doug McMillon and David Cheesewright should resolve toMore »

Risk Management 101: Insure and Protect (Part 2)

Kristi A. Davidson

By Kristi Davidson In November, we introduced the concept of product liability, explaining that anyone in the design, manufacturing or distribution chain is exposed to the risk of liability for design defects, manufacturing or production flaws, or inadequate warnings. In December, we considered one way to shift this risk to others in that stream. ThisMore »