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Smartphones, meet casual furniture

While cell phones have been around for a couple decades, smartphones didn’t really hit the market until 2000. Since then, they have been revolutionizing the way that people do simple tasks like find information and even get around town. The... More

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Bridget Driscoll, the News and Online Editor for Casual Living, delves into the world of communication and language and how it affects the outdoor furniture industry. From sales to customer relationships, Bridget will explore the nuances of words and their impact.

Vicky Jarrett

Colorful remarks

Anytime I get a chance to talk with designers – be they fabric designers, furniture designers, interior designers or landscape designers – I can’t help but try to draw out where they find their inspiration. Perhaps I want to dig ... More

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Vicky Jarrett is Editorial Director of Casual Living and, along with managing our editorial team and content in Casual Living, enjoys every opportunity to explore and dig deeper into the casual category.

Ronda Whitaker

Not so Super Bowl Grilling: Putting the Char in Grill

Don’t feel bad Panthers; my wings didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl. My brother hosts our family super bowl party, and my responsibility this year was to bring the cake. Being a decent baker and cake decorator, not to mention a sh... More

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Ronda Whitaker has been Casual Living's graphic designer since 2007. In her new home, she loves to cook and enjoys grandiose thoughts of gourmet entertaining in her back yard. Ronda’s backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca, but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes while improving her novice grilling skills.
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Phil says "early spring!"

This week, our furry little friend (or foe, depending on the year) Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. For most, this is welcome news; for those of us in the casual industry, especially so. There's no denying s... More

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Jennifer Bringle, features editor at Casual Living, is our guru of product introductions and retail and style trends. While helping Casual Living to stay tuned in to the various markets and latest retail issues, Jennifer keeps her focus on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Bruce Bjorkman

Winter que-ing!

It was early February 2014. There were eight inches of snow on the ground in my backyard. While that may seem miniscule to some of you, it was almost a record breaking snowfall for our part of the world. For the first time in the 44 years that I&r...; More

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Bruce Bjorkman writes a monthly column for Casual Living called The Barbecue Lifestyle, a perfect outlet for his years in the grill industry. Currently Bruce is director of sales and marketing for MAK Grills, and he is always ready to tackle the next hot topic. Contact Bruce at

Setting Goals

By Caitlin Jascewsky, Marketing Communications Coordinator, STORIS This is the time of year that people evaluate what opportunities to chase, changes to make and goals to set. While everyone is doing this on a personal level, it is also a ti... More

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Every other month, STORIS shares insights gleaned from its 25 years focused on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better. STORIS is a leading provider of retail software solutions to the home furnishings industry. STORIS offers a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help retailers streamline operations, improve profitability and outperform their competition. Contact STORIS at or by visiting its website at