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Black Friday…Or Whatever

Black Friday…Or Whatever

Like the origins of COVID-19 somewhere in Wuhan, China, chances are we’ll never truly know where and how Black Friday started. But we’ll know when it ended: this week. Between that global pandemic that forever changed shopping habits to the relentless push to...

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The Autumn – But Not The Fall – Of Markets

The Autumn – But Not The Fall – Of Markets

Breaking news: various sectors of the home furnishings industry got together IN PERSON over the past month or two...and the world didn’t end. From NY NOW and Las Vegas Market in August to Shoppe Object in September and home textiles and tabletop market weeks in...

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Supply Chain of Fools

Supply Chain of Fools

We all should have probably paid more attention way back, in our high school economics class.  Maybe what’s going on today would have made a whole lot more sense. I’m talking about the supply chain and, more accurately, supply chain mismanagement. We may remember that...

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The Housewares Connection to WFH

The Housewares Connection to WFH

From the earliest days of the pandemic, everyone realized how essential a pleasant and comfortable work-from-home space is to efficiency, productivity and creativity. Those factors are still top-of-mind for consumers, since the number of people working permanently at...

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Cool Christmas

Cool Christmas

Anyone who attended my Holiday-season webinars in the past two last years may remember that I emphasized the rise of green for Christmas. The big winner in this color family was mid-tone eucalyptus, a shade that has now been fully embraced. Fast forward to 2021, and...

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Pets, the Pandemic and Holiday Décor

Pets, the Pandemic and Holiday Décor

Pets, especially dogs and cats, are trending as a topic in fourth-quarter seasonal décor. Why? Because for many consumers, they were already valued members of the family. They truly deserved a role for the Holidays. During the pandemic, pets have become even more...

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Black Friday…Or Whatever

Like the origins of COVID-19 somewhere in Wuhan, China, chances are we’ll never truly know where...

Connect FALL Sessions – Material Matters

Attendees of Connect FALL, the recent IHA virtual event, were treated to the next episode of...

Connect FALL Sessions – All Roads Lead to Home

Connect FALL, the recent IHA virtual event, featured exclusive, in-depth content designed to bring...