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.

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,…
Adobestock plant in hands
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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…
Alicia Kerr
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…
Adobestock shopping bag
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A Retail Expert Shares Tips for Giving Your Customers the Red Carpet Treatment

At the recent WithIt Conference, we had the pleasure of attending a seminar with retail expert and founder of Retail Minded, Nicole Leinbach Reyhle.  She shared statistics on how customers are…
Renaissance Gateway
One of our features this month focuses on designer Lauren Rottet's design work at a cutting-edge airport hotel.

Watch the Subtle Synergies

I love it when an issue comes together. Not when the pages head to the printer (although that’s always a good feeling), but when the realization hits that the stories we’ve written, diverse as they…
Natalie Reddell Commander in Chic
Natalie Reddell, founder of Commander in Chic, shares her eye-catching designs on her Instagram page.

4 Furniture and Design Showrunners Share How They Do Things a Little Differently

In today’s world, where everyone has the ability to become a superstar on YouTube or Instagram, doing something just a little different offers the ability to have an impact. These four companies have…

BrandJump Launches MAP Software

E-commerce channel management company BrandJump today announced the soft launch of its new pricing tool. This new feature — which will be incorporated into BrandJump’s existing suite of services –…

Meet the Lifestyle and Lighting Retailers from our Raleigh, NC, Retail Road Trip

Port of Raleigh  Just off of Route 40, as you arrive in downtown Raleigh, you’ll find Port of Raleigh. Peppered with home accents, home goods and gifts you really, truly won’t find anywhere else in…
Modernique
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Julia Buckingham's Color Explosion

About seven years ago, while preparing to give a keynote speech at High Point Market, interior designer Julia Buckingham had a bit of an ah-ha moment. While trying to put a succinct name to her…