It’s an Editor’s Life

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Kalalou kicked off 2020 markets with a new showroom at Dallas Market Center and new categories, including rugs and furniture.

Furniture, Lighting & Decor editors traveled the country to see the latest the home furnishings had on offer in January in Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

What do books have to do with it? Like the book industry, technological advances are changing the way consumers research and purchase home furnishings, and we need to keep up. 

Attendee Gathering Space at BDNY
Gathering spaces for attendees at BDNY were crowded and outfitted by sponsoring exhibitors.
It was fall… and winter… and maybe even a little summer in NY this past week as we headed up for BD|NY, which was held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.  While what to wear proved a little… more
High Point fall 2019 Universal
(From left to right): Courtney Garrigan and Teddie Garrigan of Coco & Dash and Ciao, Coco!, Nancy Price of Nancy Price Interior Design, Joni Vanderslice of J. Banks Design Group and Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief Diane Falvey in the Universal showroom at fall High Point Market. The panel on bridging the retail-design gap for a one-stop experience brought together creative minds for an eye-opening conversation.
Before a recent trends panel at Design Chicago, I had an interior designer tell me she enjoyed the panel because it connected her to like minds. “We tend to work in vacuums,” she said, adding that… more
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It's up to you to tell the story of your brand and connect with your ideal consumer. (Photo: Pexels user Tirachard Kumtanom)
Branding. It’s what differentiates one company from the next. It’s also what connects us to our customers. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room,” says Amazon's… more
Custom Lighting Interior Design Allen and James High Point
The lighting fixture was custom made through Allen and James Interior Designfor this dining room.

A trip to a Greensboro house designed by Allen and James.

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At Las Vegas Market last month, I had the privilege of attending the CEO Summit, which offered an opportunity to learn about external factors affecting our industries as well as actionable strategies… more
Renaissance Gateway
One of our features this month focuses on designer Lauren Rottet's design work at a cutting-edge airport hotel.
I love it when an issue comes together. Not when the pages head to the printer (although that’s always a good feeling), but when the realization hits that the stories we’ve written, diverse as they… more
Shaw Hospitality
Shaw Hospitality's Community Broadloom rug collection was on display among other new products at the HD Expo hospitality show.

When it comes to home design trends, thinking ahead is just as important as learning about what's new and exciting. 

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Designer Libby Langdon designed this luxury condo in New York City. For more on how she helps clients live large in small spaces, check out our small space living feature in the June issue.
According to its definition, small means, well, “1. of a size that is less than normal or usual; 2. insignificant, unimportant.” That definition, I believe, has some room for improvement in today’s… more
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Audience engagement best practices from High Point and beyond.

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Connecting with customers who share your values and goals.

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Embracing new adventures and taking risks can be exhilarating — and good for business. (Photo: Unsplash user Sammie Vasquez)
I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Diane Falvey, and it’s so nice to meet you. I’m also the new Editor-in-Chief of Furniture, Lighting & Decor. I’ve been in this industry for some time but this is… more
Michael Alan Furniture & Design vignette
At Michael Alan Furniture & Design in Lake Havasu City, AZ, owner Chris Cooley creates an experience for customers by shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces like those shown here.
For two sisters on a Friday night, nothing beats tapas and a trip to one of three local HomeGoods stores. In December, I flew to D.C. to visit a few showrooms for the upcoming Retail Road Trip, and I… more
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One of the best parts of being in the Lighting Showroom Coalition Facebook group comes from reading the oddball questions and answers the associates and managers receive from customers. I worked at… more
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High Point Market encourages the industry to look ahead to the year to come.

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When news broke in September that a 10 percent tariff on Chinese imports would go into effect almost immediately, and on Jan. 1, 2019, that number would jump to 25 percent, a collective groan was… more
Global Views Chester loveseat
Check out the Chester loveseat and chair from Global Views in our High Point Market preview.
As we were creating editorial for this issue, a topic came up and the question stuck, leaving me pondering it for days and reaching out to people much smarter than I to gain clarity: What is the… more