It’s an Editor’s Life

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.
As we close our November issue and ramp up for High Point Market this week, there's so much to do, and we're running a little crazy. We're so excited for what's coming next week that we really don't… more
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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.
Market season is upon us, and we know what that means. It’s time to ask the all-important question as we visit showrooms: “What’s new?” We know we can count on seeing it: new vendors, new styles and… more
Libby Langdon small space
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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As an editor, it’s my job to ask questions and from the insights craft a story that will connect with my audience. That’s in my job description. By trade, I’m a storyteller. But so are you. As… more
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I am an avid Seth Godin fan. If you don’t know who he is, Google him. He’s an inspiring marketer who teaches through an everyday blog, disruptive marketing books, speaking engagements and coursework… more
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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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Whenever I return home to Chicago from High Point Market, the seasons appear to have changed since I left. This fall, I came home to find red and gold leaves on the trees and on the ground, and a… more
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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
Marble coffee table from Palecek
Big news from the market centers this month. Don't miss Palecek at Last Vegas Market at the end of the month.
It’s July, which for us is synonymous with summer Atlanta and Las Vegas markets. But this time around, things will have a different air because back in May, International Market Centers and… more
Last month, the Lighting & Decor team attended the second annual ART + IDS Conference in Savannah, GA, where we basked in southern allure (and Spanish moss!), networked and learned, and donated… more
Back in March, I attended the bi-annual Light + Building fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The show’s tagline, “digital future meets hotspot for design,” accurately depicts the emphasis on both… more