Lighting Retail Education

Lighting retailers of all sizes in all locations around North America face similar problems and have similar concerns. They need to know the latest industry news and have access to the latest product introductions, always keeping up with what's new and what's next. In this Lighting Retailers section, retailers will have access to news and feature stories to keep them up to date on this evolving industry.

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The Future Comes Home

Ask any technophile (and for that matter many consumers) about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association — and they’ll tell you that…
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SMART Technology goes beyond lighting

How Does SMART Home Impact Style? These Designs are Cutting-Edge

Sharp Spaces Indoor spaces keep getting smarter and smarter with new introductions made to grow and adapt as lifestyles change. From the new smart furniture company, 37˚C Smart Home, comes a…
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At MAK & CO. in Andover, MA, owners Lynn and John Makiej fill a restored mill with a unique mix of upholstered furniture, antiques, salvage pieces and custom items that clients can browse on their own or select as they work the showroom on design plans for their spaces.

Something for Everyone

In the fall of 2017, after working as an interior designer for eight years, Lynn Makiej opened the retail store MAK & CO. with husband, John, in Andover, MA, one of Boston’s northern suburbs. The…
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How to Make a YouTube Video on a Budget

Our consumer research from last year found that when faced with a problem designing their homes, 46 percent of respondents said they go to YouTube for instructional videos. As the second largest…
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What Designers Look for in Retailer Partners

Consumers may make up the majority of your showroom sales, but you could be missing out on a key potential client base: interior designers. While designers often opt to shop directly from…
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Embracing new adventures and taking risks can be exhilarating — and good for business. (Photo: Unsplash user Sammie Vasquez)

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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…

Pinterest Is Becoming Shoppable: What You Need to Know

Facebook and Instagram may get the bulk of attention from social media marketers, but Pinterest is about to give both platforms a run for their money. As Pinterest prepares for an IPO, the company…
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4 Retail Industry Podcasts to Check Out

For the busy showroom owner who wants to stay in the know about the state of the retail industry, podcasts are the perfect option, offering the ability to learn something new while on the go or when…
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Couples like Ben and Erin Napier go into business together and make it work.

The Heart of the Matter

Statistics suggest that entrepreneurial couples have a much higher rate of divorce than other married people. While the five successful couples profiled on these pages will say there are obviously…
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How to Stop Showrooming and Price-Comparing With Unique Product Pages

It’s no secret that everyone is price-comparing when they’re shopping, especially when it comes to bigger investments like home furnishings. You may be resigned to the inevitability of your customers…