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What Happens If There’s Another Shutdown?

What Happens If There’s Another Shutdown?

While much of the rest of the world appears to be largely on its way to slowly but surely getting back to something resembling normalcy, the U.S. is most certainly going in the wrong direction-- COVID-19 cases are piling up from coast to coast and setting records that...

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Doth Protest Not Enough?

Doth Protest Not Enough?

The recent spurt by American business of socially responsible messaging and actions following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent national debate over race and policing has been a rare occurrence in corporate history. But maybe this time, just maybe, we are...

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Neon Colors are Back!

Neon Colors are Back!

If you’ve suspected that the Memphis brights of the past couple of years have started to decline, you’re right. What’s taking their place? Since late last year, directional assortments have been toying with neons instead. This trend is very early in its lifecycle, and...

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Warm Winds Ahead

Warm Winds Ahead

It’s been more than 100 days now that I have been sheltering in place, here in New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. During this time, I have experienced an emotional rollercoaster of feelings from the highest highs to the deepest...

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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Nobody really knows what will be the lasting consequences of the coronavirus pandemic to our society, our economy and our psyche. Predictions at this point are merely educated guesses. That said, when it comes to the business of home furnishings, we can be reasonably...

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COVID-Resistant Trend #2

COVID-Resistant Trend #2

There’s been a lot of discussion about how home style trends will change in the wake of COVID-19. Some people believe that trend as we know it, will simply cease to exist. Here at Springboard Futures, our perspective is rooted in value to the consumer. “Evergreen”...

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Corporate America Takes a Breath

Corporate America Takes a Breath

Is anyone else simply amazed by the number of companies – not individuals or social organizations – that have come out and spoken publicly about the racial injustice situation in our country right now? While the incidents in Minneapolis and the resulting furor across...

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Are All These Virtual Trade Shows Actually Going to Work?

Are All These Virtual Trade Shows Actually Going to Work?

If we’ve learned anything over the past few months it’s that we can do just about anything virtually using digital technology. (OK, there are few things that are exceptions, but this is a PG post so we’ll keep going on…) One of the most fascinating developments of the...

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Pier Pressure

Pier Pressure

For those of us of a certain age, Pier 1 may have been one of the very first places we went when we started to buy home décor products. Way back when, the store also carried apparel, but it were the home products that caught our eye: the crazy bowls and vases, the...

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If Ever There Was a Time for Home Products, THIS IS IT

If Ever There Was a Time for Home Products, THIS IS IT

If you’ve been glued to your television set, watching endless Zoom sessions and perusing email as if it were the Magna Carta, there’s one word that keeps popping up no matter the medium. It’s “home” and it is everywhere. When that over-used cliché – “We’re all in this...

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A Crisis of Context: Neiman Marcus Files for Bankruptcy

A Crisis of Context: Neiman Marcus Files for Bankruptcy

Long before ‘Influencers’ influenced tens of thousands for weeks, Neiman Marcus influenced millions for decades. And before retail assortments were being ‘curated’ by analysts incapable of curating a roll of LifeSavers, Neiman Marcus merchants were curating...

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Covid-Resistant Trends For 2020-21 Series

Covid-Resistant Trends For 2020-21 Series

There’s been a lot of discussion about how home style trends will change in the wake of COVID-19. Some people believe that trend as we know it, will simply cease to exist. Here at Springboard Futures, our perspective is rooted in value to the consumer. “Evergreen”...

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Going Green

Going Green

[All photos courtesy of Carpenter + Company, 2020] Herbal and vegetal greens continue in importance as we move forward into 2021 and beyond. Taking their cues from Nature, we see them sprouting from every area of the home and garden and deepening in importance. Color...

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Wallpaper Is No Wallflower

Wallpaper Is No Wallflower

Wallpaper is back in a big way. This phrase refers to the accelerating preference for using wall coverings throughout the home. It alludes equally to the scale of motifs in the freshest new on-trend designs. There is nothing boring about these papers. In a bold...

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