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  • Housing on a Roll in May

    For sale houseTwo key indicators have shown that the U.S. housing market has become ever more healthy in recent months. The Pending Home Sales Index, a measure of future home sales based on contract signings compiled by the National Association of Realtors, reached its highest level in nine years in May, picking up 0.9 percent to finish at 112.6. More

  • Larger, More Accessible Homes in Demand

    Outdoor seatingAs the housing market continues to recover, homeowners are seeking larger homes and more accessibility inside and outside of the home, according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015. The report focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space, which could certainly impact the design and style of future home furnishings . More

  • Boyer Named Pier 1 CFO

    Jeffrey BoyerPier 1 Imports has hired Jeffrey Boyer, former executive with Tuesday Morning , as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective July 27. At that time, Boyer will assume charge over Pier 1’s financial operations and accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, treasury, tax and investor relations. He will succeed Laura Coffey, who will continue in her current role as interim chief financial officer until Boyer comes aboard. More

  • Good Looks Get Noticed in Dallas

    DallasTotalHomeThe freshest, most innovative and most creative displays won the approval of judges this week at the Total Home & Gift Market. The Best Visual Presentation Awards take place twice a year during the January and June Total Home & Gift Markets. More

  • Vandor Adds Sesame Street License to Lineup

    Sesame StreetVandor is adding Sesame Street tableware and a line of eco-friendly cups and plates made of bamboo to its portfolio of licenses , and is extending its drinkware offerings. The Sesame Street license includes all-time favorite Muppet characters, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, who will be featured on Vandor’s regular and insulated shopper totes, 14- and 18-ounce Tritan water bottles and oval-shaped 18-ounce ceramic mugs. More

  • Furniture Today Editor Jay McIntosh Dies at 60

    Jay McIntoshLongtime Furniture Today News Editor Jay McIntosh died Friday, June 26, after battling cancer for two years. He was 60. McIntosh joined Furniture Today in 1991 as a staff writer from the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a business writer. At the Observer, he wrote a personal finance column for several years before covering banks and savings and loans. More

  • Surya to Launch Rug Designs by Artist Alexander Wyly at Atlanta Market

    SuryaSurya has partnered with Asheville, N.C.-based artist and textile designer Alexander Wyly to introduce a handcrafted rug line, which will debut at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market next week. Surya exhibits in space 11-A-1 in Building 1 at AmericasMart. The line has a modern touch, and the designs play upon the dynamic harmony between simplicity and complexity, organic and geometric and ancient and contemporary. More

  • Nourison to Expand Barclay Butera, Silk Shadows Lines in Atlanta

    Barclay ButeraNourison will introduce the Barclay Butera Prism collection, a loop pile flatweave group, and new Silk Shadows styles during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which opens July 8. The company shows in AmericasMart’s Building 1, 3-F-2. The Barclay Butera Prism collection is handwoven of wool and reinterprets classics such as flamestitch and Ikats with a modern flair. More

  • Marcella to Consolidate Atlanta Showroom

    MarcellaMarcella Fine Rugs will close its AmericasMart showroom here, as it instead will show an expanded depth and breadth of its product offerings in its Buckhead location, in the Marcella Building, at the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree roads. More

  • Walmart.com Accused of Deceptive Made-in-USA Claims

    WalmartWalmart.com has made “numerous” false and deceptive made-in-the-USA claims on products, according to truthinadvertising.org, an advertising watchdog organization. In a statement, the organization said it had found products labeled “Made in the USA” on Walmart’s website, whose packaging indicated “Made in China.” It also found product labels which showed foreign components, More

  • Bon-Ton Enters Sale-Leaseback Agreement

           The Bon-Ton Stores has reached an agreement for a sale-leaseback transaction with CPA:17 Global, a real estate investment trust that is part of the portfolio of W.P. Carey Inc. Valued at $84 million, the transaction encompasses six properties. Bon-Ton plans to use use the proceeds, along with borrowings from its revolving-credit facility, to pay one of its two outstanding mortgages due in April 2016. More

  • Atlanta Debuts New, Expanded Showrooms for Market

           AmericasMart’s product mix continues to expand with new and newly expanded showrooms opening for business at the gift show next month. New showrooms include: Clairmont Designs, Building 2, floor 7, features handmade frames and small gift items handcrafted in the United States; Elizabeth Lucas Company, Building 1, Floor 9, showcases a variety of art, furniture and soft goods More