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Kristin Sprague

A Good Egg - The recipe for a winning promotional email can be whipped up with these five ingredients.

If only sending promotional emails was as easy as making an omelet. Sometimes the email subject line isn’t right; sometimes the image gets skipped over. But don’t despair,not all chefs get it right the first time either. One brilliant... More

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Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog.
Ronda Whitaker

I shed my scarlet letter

  Well, more like a dull, brown B. As in over-cooked beef.  Yes, I was previously a meat murderer. I committed beef blasphemy. This weekend all that ended, and I earned my temporary girl grill card.Rewind: I have gone without a grill fo... 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.
Image of Jennifer Bringle

Merchandising Matters

About a month ago I had the pleasure of joining the judging panel for the annual Casual Living Merchandising Awards. As my fellow judges and I pored over the entries to make the difficult decision of choosing the winners, I couldn’t help but... More

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Jennifer Bringle, senior 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

Can we please stop saying this?

I’ll start by saying that I don’t hold out much hope for changing one of the most insipid and ubiquitous phrases uttered a billion times a day in the United States. I’m referring to, “Have a nice day!” According to W... 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
Vicky Jarrett

First Impressions

Are you the one making change? In and out of showrooms at the High Point Market during my first couple weeks on the Casual Living team, one question was frequently asked of me: What are your first impressions? Great question. The standout was th... 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.


When Art Meets Science: The Power of Big Data in Retail

Customers come into your store and instantly gravitate toward the latest patio collection. The attention this display is getting validates that the merchandise is on trend, yet no one is purchasing from this collection. Last year a similar line ca... 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
Cinde W. Ingram

What's next for design?

If this truly is the Era of Design, there must be rising star designers who will lead the casual industry into the future. Do you know who they are? Since 2005, Casual Living ’s August issue has featured the top outdoor furnishings product ... More

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Cinde W. Ingram is the Editor in Chief of Casual Living. This blog is her way to stay in touch with our readers: She wants to know what you think about new products, markets, the retail climate and, most of all, Casual Living. Let Cinde know what's going on.