The right now retail trend in home accessories is everything nautical. I am seeing tons of retail dollars going toward sail cloth inspired bedding, clean bright colored paint and shiny nautical inspired lighting.
Some are a literal translation with everything from artwork to window treatments involving sails and flags, such as the huge full color spread in this month’s Elle Décor. Other interior publications have evolved the trend to include mid-century inspired pieces and found objects with driftwood sculptures, canvas slip-covered furniture and wood louvered shudders, like in this month’s issue of Veranda. No matter how you interpret the trend, it is a spot-on, can’t miss classic direction to go for yourself, your business or your client. The clean lines and minimal color stories are pleasing to virtually every eye.
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IMAX Worldwide Home has been named one of only four finalists for the 22nd Annual ARTS Awards to be presented in Dallas in January 2011.
This is the fifth consecutive year for the company to receive a nomination.
“We are honored to be considered again for the ARTS awards,” said Rex Yoakley, IMAX Vice President of Enterprise Sales. “We would like to thank our customers and the ART council for the nomination, and congratulate our fellow finalists.”
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home decorative accessories industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. This year’s gala will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in The Grand Pavilion at the Trade Mart.
Few people in the industry have a better view of what appeals to consumers that Michelle Lamb of The Trend Curve. She’s spent years researching how consumers behave.
In the challenging economic times of today, she says consumers are looking for fresh colors and designs.
“The best defense against slow sales,” she says, “is innovative designs.” And, as news reports are saying, consumers at all income levels are being cautious and looking for good quality at a good value.
Both are proving to be the drawing cards at the summer markets as retailers shop IMAX for fresh designs and good pricing.
IMAX Vice President of Sales Rex Yoakley said IMAX customers are buying broad, especially in the new Parisienne and Elements Collections. The more contemporary Honeybee Collection sold well in Atlanta and Dallas, and he expects it to be even stronger with buyers in Las Vegas.
Take a look at some of the products retailers are choosing in IMAX showrooms this summer:
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The relationship of fashion and interiors has long been a courtship made in heaven. Dating back to the 1800’s, as ladies’ fashion became more elaborate with side bustling and cages, chairs lost their arms to allow us to actually sit.
Of course, these days the congruency of fashion and interiors has less to do with practicality and more to do with aesthetics. As all of us in the interior and home accessory business scramble to find our proverbial crystal ball and put our psychics to work on predicting and forecasting what will be hot for the next three seasons, it should be noted that virtually all of those decisions might have already been made by a select few on Fashion Avenue in New York.
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