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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. She works alongside Ray Allegrezza managing our editorial team and content in Casual Living.

Storis

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, join Storis as it shares insights gleaned from its 25 years of experience and industry focus on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better.
Kristin Sprague

To Pin or not to Pin – In 2015, it isn't Even a Question

In just over four short years, Pinterest has grown into a retailer’s land of opportunity. As potential customers build their pin boards of intentions on the fanatically popular site, they are very likely to either expose your products to a w... 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 current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Rhonda Whitaker

That's a (bacon) wrap

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a tailgate photo contest with Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. Each week was a different theme where contestants tweeted photos of what they cooked and the winner received a Traeger tailgate grill package. Hot dawg... More

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Ronda has been Casual Living's Graphic Designer since 2007 and Furniture Today's Graphics Manager since 2000. She just recently bought a home with grandiose thoughts of entertaining in her back yard and fantasizing she is a gourmet cook. The backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes to share while improving her novice grilling skills.
Jamie Sorcher

The Circle Game

I have to admit it is a bit surreal to return 20 years later to the industry where I kick-started my editorial career - home furnishings - a business that I have always had a passion and curiosity about, and one that has always had a special place... More

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Jamie Sorcher, senior editor at Casual Living, is a multimedia reporter as well as a word nerd, lifestyle expert and tech enthusiast. In broadcast, Sorcher has earned recognition as a go-to techie during more than 1,000 TV and radio interviews and originated the role of the Gizmo Girl on ESPN's Cold Pizza. She has written for publications as diverse as ShopSmart, Premiere, Home, Ty Pennington at Home, Sound & Vision, amNewYork, Robb Report, Consumer Reports, Maxim, Unlimited, Cafemom.com, The Huffington Post, Etown.com and ElleGirl.com. A graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Sorcher has studied at the London School of Economics and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Cinde W. Ingram

Catch the season

At many homes across the nation, thermostats switched directly from heating to air conditioning as spring made its much anticipated arrival near the end of April. During the weeks leading up to that arrival, a sunny weekend was all it took to pro... More

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Cinde W. Ingram: Casually Speaking
Hi, this is Cinde W. Ingram and I'm the Editor in Chief of Casual Living and Garden Decor. Each week I hope to use this blog space to stay in touch with our readers. I want to know what you think about new products, markets, the retail climate and, most of all, Casual Living. Let me know what's going on. Check out my latest below.