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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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Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

Notes on the run from Patti Carpenter This lighting came across my desk recently and it made me stop and smile. I love the recycled and recyclable component, it’s made of pressed cellulose, but I’m equally drawn to the on-trend color palette of ripe red, bold cobalt...

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Christmas Redux: Letters To Santa

Christmas Redux: Letters To Santa

Letters to Santa is a sweet, child-like Christmas theme that The Trend Curve highlighted last in our 2012 color-and-trend forecast, ‘Tis The Season. For 2022, it is making a comeback. In fact, at Christmasworld in Frankfurt and at the Atlanta Gift Market, this theme...

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The Spirit of Christmas Future Is Here

As this is being written for Springboard Futures, it would seem a good thing to write about the...

It’s the Kitchen, Stupid

We’ve all seen how the home furnishings business has found itself in the sweet spot these days....

Gift & Home In the New Abnormal – Presented by Warren Shoulberg

Nobody ever said it was going to be easy…but nobody said it would this hard either. In this...