Home Furnishings Retailers

Home furnishings retailers have a lot to contend with these days — online competition, changing consumer expectations, rising retail rents. In this section, find news, products and trends for home furnishings retailers to see continued success.

U.S. VETS Phoenix facility
U.S. VETS Phoenix facility

Helping the U.S.VETS at 2017 ART +IDS Conference

One unforgettable part of the 2017 ART + IDS joint conference in Scottsdale, AZ, happening May 18-21, is sure to be the community service project benefitting an organization called U.S.VETS.…
Google reviews and other online reviews make a difference.
Google reviews and other online reviews make a difference.

How to Handle a Bad Online Review

The most recent survey from BasicLocal shows that 84 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. So when you receive a bad online review, you might feel anxious and…
Screenshot of Dorr Furniture's Google listing and reviews
Small business marketing expert Gee Ranasinha says reviews don’t always have to be positive. In fact, having a few negative ones is more authentic to viewers.

Why Online Reviews Matter

When it comes to building a killer searching engine optimization (SEO) strategy, online reviews remain one of the most important components. Google considers an online review to be unique content,…
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(Photo: Philips Lighting)

5 Answers to Tough Customer LED Questions

As LEDs grow in popularity, chances are more clients will be asking tough LED questions that interior designers or even home furnishings retailers may not know how to answer.  We asked experts at…

How to Stand Out in the Showroom Crowd

If you’ve seen one Home Depot store, you’ve basically seen them all. Big-box retailers depend on uniformity, but independently owned showrooms have more freedom to write their own rules. Beyond big-…
Lenny pendant with a Natural Iron finish from Arteriors, which displays its UL listing
The Lenny pendant from Arteriors Home has a UL lighting listing for damp/covered outdoor spaces. Here's what that means.

UL Lighting Listings Explained

Randall Whitehead, IALD, explains the omnipresent UL designation and what it means for your product offering. Q.: Randall, what is a UL lighting listing, and why is a label from UL required on light…
Concrete ceiling lighting ideas for a work space with concrete ceilings and hanging pendants
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How to Deal With Concrete Ceilings

Q: We have moved into a fantastic high-rise condominium, but we have a problem: The ceilings are concrete and we just have one junction box in the main room. How do we do anything beyond track? A:…
Bedroom with furniture from Hooker Furniture
In the bedroom, color temperature makes all the difference. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Right Lighting Color Temperature

It's tough getting the right color temperature for a space, but luckily, the Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, is here to help! See how Whitehead's advice helped this reader better understand the…