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News, updates & best practices in home accents retailing

News and resources covering independent retailers, big box stores, home accent specialty stores and furnishings stores including openings, closings, expansions, personnel changes, retailer profiles and best practices.
  • Retail Profile: Blue Raccoon, Lambertville, N.J.

    Nelson Zayas, Nicholas Bewsey, Blue Raccoon Home Furnishings

    Blue Raccoon Home Furnishings blends modern design with country cozy, vintage charm and a little jazz. More

  • Wayfair announces interior design award program

    Wayfair will honor emerging talent in interior design with Trade Tastemaker Awards. More

  • Tobi Fairley launches online learning center

    Tobi Fairley launches online learning center

    Interior designer Tobi Fairley is bringing her business strategies and tools to the online community. More

  • What about Generation X?

    In sales and marketing, much of the current conversation about generational dynamics centers on Baby Boomers, people in their 50s and 60s who have traditionally maintained the greatest buying power, and Millennials, adults in the 18 to early 30s age range whose consumer habits still baffle many businesses. But what about the generation in between them? A 2014 report from Pew Research Center calls Generation X “America’s neglected middle child.” But Xers – many of whom own homes, have families and are approaching their peak earning years – are a viable consumer base often overlooked in favor of the buzzed-about generations ... More

  • Lilly Pulitzer, Target announce design collaboration

    Lilly Pulitzer Target

    Lilly Pulitzer and Target announced a new design collaboration that will include home accents and outdoor entertaining accessories. More

  • Store Openings

    Restoration Hardware opens its largest Gallery store in Atlanta, Colorado's Slifer Designs launches a pop-up shop-in-shop at Nina McLemore, Williams-Sonoma expands its Costa Mesa, Calif., store and more. More

  • Buyers breakfast boasts lively exchange

    Buyers attending Home Accents Today’s market breakfast during the Atlanta market shared advice and war stories from the retail front in an almost two-hour discussion about business, consumers, social media, vendors and best retail practices. Highlights are shared below, with more details to follow in Home Accents Today's national issue and online. More

  • Havertys reports 8.6% sales increase in fourth quarter; comps rise 8.3%

    Top 100 company Havertys said fourth-quarter sales jumped 8.6% as the company’s custom-order business and in-home design services continued to drive sales. More

  • The 'just looking' dilemma

    The "I'm just looking" response to the “May I help you?” question has become so automated that many retail customers will mutter it simply upon hearing a “Welcome to our store!” or seeing a sales associate approach. Many times the customer truly does want a few minutes to browse and get used to the store before engaging with anyone. Let too much time elapse before a sales associate offers to be of service, though, and she will leave in a huff. Retail experts are all over the map when it comes to how much time should be allowed to ... More

  • Retail Ideas: The ‘just looking’ dilemma

    The “I’m just looking” response to the “May I help you?” question has become so automated that many retail customers will mutter it simply upon hearing a “Welcome to our store!” or seeing a sales associate approach. More

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    Apps for business and personal use. More

  • Consumer confidence inches up in December

    Consumer confidence improved a bit in December, with The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rising to 92.6 from 91 in November. More