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Goal Setting for Interior Designers in 7 Steps

House Beautiful Castelle
The Savannah Collection is the latest introduction from Castelle and Barclay Butera.

Castelle Collection Featured in House Beautiful Show House in Nashville

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation
Rendering of the outside of the new American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation building.

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Reveals Plans for New Permanent Building

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Consumer Holiday Spending is Expected to Increase This Year
More consumers will be holiday shopping online in 2019

Consumers Expected to Spend More This Holiday Season

JBanks timbers
Vanderslice and her design associates create resort-focused retreats for residential and commercial clients on a global scale.

A 'Vacay' Vibe: How J. Banks' Joni Vanderslice Manages Interior Design and Retail Businesses

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AHFA Announces 2020 Officers and Directors

Jeb Bassett, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President, Bassett Furniture Industries was elected 2020 Chair of the Board of Directors.

Design Project Magic: Erinn Valencich Turns Heads With StyleRow

The project management and marketplace tool aims to streamline processes for interior designers.

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Elevate Your Sales Game With These Tips From the Retail Doctor

From the first impression to closing the sale, here's what Bob Phibbs says your sales associates need to know.

Patrick Ryan
Patrick Ryan of Patrick Ryan’s Office is one of the honorees this year.

IFDA to Present the "Rising Stars of Design" Awards

The awards ceremony is set for Thursday, Nov. 21 at FAIR in New York.

ISFD Announces New INNOVATION + DESIGN Competition and Exhibition

Finalists chosen in the juried and curated furniture design competition will have their pieces on display during the April 2020 High Point Market. 

Randall Whitehead Lighting Doctor Accent Lights
Avoid Museum Syndrome by using the right balance of lighting fixtures.

The Right Light Balance Puts an Accent on the Positive

As I have mentioned before, there are four functions of light — Task, Accent, Decorative and Ambient.  Each one plays an important role in creating

Interior Design Society to Create IDS Foundation

The foundation will expand the organization's education and charitable initiatives. 

Home Furnishings Association Names 22 Awards Finalists

Winners of the Retailer of the Year, Emerging Star and Trailblazer Awards will be announced at the January 2020 Las Vegas Market.

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POS: Keeping Up With Retail

Two POS system providers offer insight into the capabilities of today's technology.

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Today’s Affluent Consumer: What the Research Tells Us

Research shows that affluent, design-centric consumers are interested in buying fewer, high-quality items.

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Create a Luxury Home Furnishings Retail Experience

Pam Danziger of Unity Marketing shares her tips for curating a special showroom experience for your customers.

AHFA Helps Buyers Find Compliant Products at High Point Market

AHFA members are displaying a “WE COMPLY” tent card in their showrooms to identify manufacturers whose products meet requirements of the voluntary stability standard for clothing storage furniture, ASTM F2057-19.

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Announces the Leaders Circle Inaugural Event

The inaugural gathering, which includes Hall of Fame inducted members, future leaders and other industry leaders, is Oct. 17 at the String & Splinter Club.

Klaussner Home Furnishings Announces Strategic Partnership with Stacy Garcia

Stacy Garcia, Comfort Design and Klaussner Outdoor will debut the new Stacy Garcia Home line of furniture in April 2020 at High Point Market in High Point.

Phillips Collection planters
Neutral colors and simple shapes, as seen in the selection of planters from Phillips Collection pictured above, allow the plants inside to stand out.

Today's Planters Bring Style to Trending Natural Design Elements

Metallics and simple designs are making bold statements in decorative planters.

2020 ART Conference Location Announced

The conference will be held April 2-5, 2020 at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa.

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Last Look With Bobby Berk

“Queer Eye” designer Bobby Berk is

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