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    Agio Marietta fire table

    The Marietta fire chat table by Agio offers a great gathering space with plenty of room to eat, drink and entertain. It is one of many introductions from the company, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. More ...

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  • Agio-USA partners with nuLOOM to sell outdoor rugs

    Agio-USA has made an exclusive arrangement to sell nuLOOM rugs through their sales and distribution network. This new partnership between two leaders in outdoor furniture and accessory rugs will complement outdoor furniture collections found in both traditional and specialty bricks-and-mortar furniture retailers and casual furniture specialists.

  • High Point translates to high visibility

    Change is always part of the High Point Market, but now more than ever for the outdoor industry as casual industry companies scooped up new spaces and claimed high-visibility showrooms like green and blue properties on a Monopoly board.

  • Four furniture industry leaders inducted into American Furniture Hall of Fame

    Four furniture industry leaders — Hershel Alpert, Bernard Castro, Harry M. Cornell Jr. and Jena Goldman Hall — were inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame last night at a banquet during the High Point Market.

  • ICON HONORS 2015: Call for entries opens now

    The ICON HONORS 2015 call for entries opens today in pursuit of top achievers competing for recognition in the home and gift industry’s most celebrated and coveted mark of accomplishment.

  • NAHFA opens call for retailer nominations

    The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Retailer of the Year Award.

  • Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens enters strategic alliance with Dekton by Cosentino

    Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens announced a new strategic alliance with Dekton, the innovative new line of ultra-compact surface with advanced technical properties for exterior design by Cosentino, a manufacturer of quartz, natural stone and architectural surfaces. The alliance will be launched at the fall High Point Market, Oct. 18-23.

  • Adapting technology with no fear

    Technology can expand retailers’ presence and enable improvements in the consumer’s experience, whether in the store or online.

  • Product of the Day: Brown Jordan

    The Luna chat table, designed by Michael Berman for Brown Jordan, offers a modern spin on the Hollywood Regency style.

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October Digital Edition

Casual Living Cover for 01 October 2014

The October digital edition of Casual Living is now available, making relevant and useful market information available to anyone in the outdoor furnishings industry whenever and wherever on-the-go readers are. Read it now!

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  • Friendship Bench

    Friendship Bench Dedication Ceremony

    Progressive Business Media, parent company of Casual Living magazine, shared a colorful message of friendship with the American Children's Home through the dream of a young girl and a durable bench made of recycled plastic.

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BLOGS

  • Cinde W. Ingram

    Casually Speaking

    Cinde Ingram

    October 13, 2014

    Strategy for the future of casual

    With ongoing improvements in the housing and labor markets in addition to total U.S. retail sales (excluding automobiles) topping a record $2.2 trillion on an annual basis, there’s good reason for optimism at the fall furniture markets. The positive mood buoyed the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market last month as the announcement was made that the show will remain in Chicago through 2022. Despite that reassurance, more casual furniture manufacturers continue to try new exhibition strategies. For example, Pride Family Brands and the Outdoor GreatRoom will make their debut appearance at the High Point Market this month ...

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  • Ray Allegrezza

    Inside Out

    Ray Allegrezza

    October 13, 2014

    Stay ahead of the consumer, trusty retailers

    I recently read an interesting article which suggested that thanks to a slow but steadily improving economy, an improving job market and higher home values, the shoppers are back. To which I say, “Not so fast, Kemosabe.” Oh, she may be venturing out of the house. She may be shopping. She may even be shopping at your store. But that does not necessarily mean she is the same shopper you wooed before the recession. Chances are, your new-normal shopper is carrying less cash, carrying much less debt, may have less of an appetite for luxury goods and is thinking not ...

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  • Rob Schwing

    Ask The Grill Guy

    Rob Schwing

    October 13, 2014

    Select sponsorships with care

    Dear Grill Guy, My store is constantly being approached for cash or product donations. We’d love to support everyone but it’s not fiscally possible. What’s your advice for saying “no” while not looking like the bad guy? There’s not a dealer reading this column who doesn’t receive a tremendous number of solicitations from organizations and causes ranging from the Little League to 5K walks to the recent ALS ice bucket challenge. We’re all charged with being good corporate citizens and part of that is giving back to the community in which our business resides ...

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Highlights from the Sept. 16-19 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. See the photos

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    USA PREMIUM LEATHER

    The company's newest contemporary home theater group features a raspberry leather cover. USA PREMIUM LEATHER
    C-1440, C-1432

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