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Almost 190 million people shopped online or in store between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday

2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Sets Records

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Student attendees at the 2019 WithIt Professional Conference in Alexandria, VA

WithIt 2019 Student Outreach Programs Support Next Generation of Industry

The women's home and furnishings leadership development network's 2019 initiatives have impacted more than 200 students.

ICFA Conference
The Charting Tomorrow Together Conference from the ICFA will be held at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego.

ICFA 2020 Conference Registration Opens to Record Numbers

The International Casual Furniture Association has opened registration for its Charting Tomorrow Conference in San Diego. Early registration has been robust.

IFDA Recognizes Honorees from Night of Luminaries and Rising Stars Dinner

The Shuford Family of Century Furniture and Rock House Farm Family of Brands along with 16 design students were honored at a dinner in High Point.

Retail Road Trip: Phoenix

While in town for the American Lighting Assn. conference, we stopped by two very different retailers in the Phoenix area: Lightform Lighting, a lighting showroom with a uniquely modern personality, and Global Home, a home furnishings retailer that carries one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world.  

How Home Furnishings Retailers Can Sell More Furniture

How to sell more furniture is actually pretty simple, but you may have been hiding your retail gold.

High Point Market Authority Teams Up with Design Influencers Conference to Co-Produce Brand Track

This new track, which launched at the February 2019 conference, will provide educational programming geared towards home furnishings manufacturers and brands who are looking to connect with design influencers.

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.

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

This holiday season, spending is anticipated to be up by 5 percent over last holiday shopping season. More consumers are expected to shop online this year as well! 

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.

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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
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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

The President and Owner of the Hilton Head-based design firm shares how she balances interior design work, retailing and product licensing.

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

The outdoor spaces of the 2019 Whole Home Concept Nashville Show House presented by House Beautiful have debuted adorned with Castelle’s 2020 introductory Savannah collection by designer Barclay Butera.  

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

The new building is scheduled to open in April 2021. 

Interior Design Society to Create IDS Foundation

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

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