Retail Education

Home furnishings and lighting retailers face many challenges in this ever-changing economy. From new consumer expectations to online competition, today's retailers work hard to ensure their customers have access to on-trend products and great customer service. In this section, you'll find all things retailing — news, features, analysis and tools — needed to make your retail business a success.

A Madcap Journey: Behind the Scenes of John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon's Thriving Brand

What happens when two globe-trotting journalists decide to start a business of their own in licensed product design? Madcap Cottage, that’s what. With backgrounds in interior and graphic design (John…
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Unlocking Innovation

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…

7 Savvy Reasons to Attend High Point Market

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings market in the world, but that’s not the reason you want to go. In fact, what I’m telling you here applies to every design market whether it’s High…
Furniture, Lighting & Decor Panels at High Point Market
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Plan Your High Point Market with Furniture, Lighting & Decor Hosted Panels

Furniture, Lighting & Decor editors will moderate panels at the fall 2019 High Point Market in High Point, NC, held Oct. 19-23. The panels will cover topics including design trends, product…

eSTORIS Releases E-Commerce Platform Update

The new eSTORIS eCommerce Platform 4.2.1 release features enhancements that include soft kits in product families and online bill pay updates. Other significant enhancements to the backend system…

Sound Advice: How to Increase Your Furniture Profit Potential

The great news about home furnishings is that for every home built, every home renovation completed, every move made, and every family addition whether a baby, young adults, or seniors moving in,…
Behr Paint's 2020 Color of the Year Back to Nature
Behr Paint's 2020 Color of the Year is Back to Nature

Behr Brings the Outdoors In With Its 2020 Color of the Year

In keeping with trends toward bringing nature indoors, Behr has announced its 2020 Color of the Year, aptly named “Back to Nature.”  Back To Nature (S340-4) is a restorative, meadow-inspired green,…
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Do Furniture Shoppers Care About Sustainability?

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent and public discourse about the environment continues to grow, consumers are holding businesses accountable for their sustainability…
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Alicia Kerr with her staple Allie Studio pillows, which drill down to niche neighborhoods to give retailers a unique offering for customers shopping their stores.

Love Where You Live: How Alicia Kerr Celebrates Hometown Pride at Allie Studio

We hear it all the time in the home furnishings industry. The more customized and personal — and different — a piece of furniture or home accent is can make all the difference to the consumer. Enter…

Designers Allen and James Debut Latest Showroom Design and Product Development During High Point Market

Designers Stephanie James and Patti Allen of High Point interior design firm, Allen and James, today announced the debut of the most recent results in the firm’s showroom design, curation and product…