The coronavirus outbreak is impacting businesses across the country. Here you'll find the latest developments, including event cancelations and postponements, larger impacts to the home furnishings and interior design industries, and solutions businesses are implementing to stay operational.

home construction rises after coronavirus lag
Housing starts have risen in the last three months after a lull during the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Home Builders Bounce Back from Coronavirus with Increased Housing Starts

Construction of new U.S. homes increased 22.6 percent last month as homebuilders bounced back from a decline in housing starts caused by the coronavirus pandemic earlier this spring.  The Commerce…
Copper Mattress Co. copper-infused mattress coronavirus
The Copper Mattress company has introduced new copper-infused mattresses.

Copper Mattress Co Touts New Anti-Viral Mattress Collection

A father-son team with more than four decades of experience in the mattress industry has created a line of copper-rich mattresses designed to kill the COVID-19 virus. The Copper Mattress Co. is…

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Launches COVID-19 Project

The Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation is launching a COVID-19 initiative to collect and archive documentation of the response of the home furnishings industry to the pandemic.   “During World…
Photo by Casper Nielsen on Unsplash
Photo by Casper Nielsen on Unsplash

Evolving Your Brand During Challenging Times

In the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, one word we heard often as it pertained to the designers, retailers and home furnishings companies in our sphere was “pivot.” Pivot to e-commerce. Pivot…
HKTDC takes summer market virtual.
HKTDC takes summer market virtual.

HKTDC Moves Trade Exhibition Online Due to Coronavirus

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has migrated the nine physical exhibitions originally scheduled to be held by the end of July onto…
Image by Hebi B. from Pixabay
Image by Hebi B. from Pixabay

American Home Furnishings Alliance Solution Partners Cancel Education Golf Tournament

The Board of Directors of the American Home Furnishings Alliance Solution Partners division has voted to cancel its 30th Annual Education Golf Tournament. The decision comes amid ongoing concerns…
Madcap Cottage
This cheerful Catskills, NY, screen porch designed by Madcap Cottage mixes patterns and materials.

How Consumers Are Optimizing Outdoor Spaces in a Time of Coronavirus

Whether a sun porch, patio or balcony, taking advantage of outdoor living spaces has never been more on the radar than now, as the coronavirus pandemic around the globe has canceled travel and…
Image by gonghuimin468 from Pixabay
Image by gonghuimin468 from Pixabay

June Retail Sales Increase, Recovery Remains Uncertain Amid Coronavirus Resurgence

Retail sales rose in June, seeing both a monthly increase and their first year-over-year gain since the beginning of the year as more retailers and other businesses closed by the coronavirus pandemic…
Las Vegas Market and Atlanta Market IMC Coronavirus
IMC says Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets will be showroom-only this August.

IMC: August Markets Will Be Showroom Only Due to COVID-19 Developments

International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that its August markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas will run as scheduled, but will be staged as showroom-only buying opportunities – with no tradeshow…
Houzz Barometer Home Renovation, Coronavirus
Houzz Barometer Survey Reports Home Renovation Business Returning to Normal

Houzz Barometer: Home Renovation Business Returns to Pre-COVID-19 Levels

Houzz Inc. has released the Q3 2020 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks residential renovation market expectations, project backlogs and recent activity among businesses in the construction…