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The 5 Key Takeaways From the Pandemic

The 5 Key Takeaways From the Pandemic

Not that we are out of the Covid era -- perhaps we will never -- but as the pandemic world enters its second year, we are coming to understand how our world is different and which of those differences are going to be part of our existence going forward for at least...

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Prospicience

Prospicience

OK, kids, get out your dictionary -- who am I kidding, hit the spell check button -- and look up this one. It may not show up…but it should, especially this year. Prospicience, at least as my friendly online word-of-the-day feature defines it, is “the action of...

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Optimistic Color, Optimistic Outlook

Optimistic Color, Optimistic Outlook

Most of you know that I navigate the world with Color on my mind. As a Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet, this is where I live. As I watched the inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, (how good it feels just to write that...

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Will 2021 Be A Groundhog Year?

Will 2021 Be A Groundhog Year?

OK, so it’s a new year. What else is new? It’s human nature to think that the new year will mark a turning point in whatever it is you’re thinking about: pandemic, politics or your eating and exercise habits.  If only it were that easy… Yes, we now have vaccines and...

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Where’s the Business in 2021?

Where’s the Business in 2021?

Ugh, what a year. Nothing quite worked out the way anybody thought and the number of surprises, shocks and unexpected consequences continue to pile up on a near-daily basis. We know things are not the same and will probably not return to quite the way they were…ever....

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Yes, You Can Break The Retail Rules

Yes, You Can Break The Retail Rules

When we all come out of this holiday shopping season, chances are we will have learned an awful lot about the business of retailing and what are the new ground rules of being successful. Things like curbside pick-up, BOPIS (the horribly named...

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Filling the New Retail Void

Filling the New Retail Void

I was never very good at high school chemistry but I do remember hearing about the principle that wherever there is a void, things will come along to fill it. I’m sure it has some fancy technical name but as I said, science was never my strong suit. But whatever it’s...

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How Will You Be Living in 2030?

How Will You Be Living in 2030?

While most of us in the home furnishings industry are struggling to figure out what the next month will look like for the business, the people at the IFDA have a much more forward looking mission: to see what the home of 2030 will look like. IFDA -- the International...

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Cool Christmas

Anyone who attended my Holiday-season webinars in the past two last years may remember that I...

Pets, the Pandemic and Holiday Décor

Pets, especially dogs and cats, are trending as a topic in fourth-quarter seasonal décor. Why?...

A Fresh Start

THIS is Consumer Centrism in Action. I had to share this with all of you. I’m no emotional...