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  • Eco Friendly

    Forget about what Kermit said. The already substantial list of companies continues to grow as more manufacturers go green - without sacrificing any style or longevity. Making furniture from repurposed or reclaimed materials is here to stay. More

  • Outdoor Kitchens

    While only 4% of U.S. consumers currently own an outdoor kitchen, nearly half of those with an outdoor room would like to add an outdoor kitchen to their space. That's one of the findings from the nearly 5,000 U.S. consumers answering Casual Living and HGTV's exclusive Consumer Views Survey. More

  • Fire Pits

    "The category is exploding," said Agio's VP Doug Peppler. The company now has 26 SKUs in its line. From their humble beginnings, fire pits have literally become the center of attention with shapes, finishes and sizes for all occasions. A late summer staple, the fire pit is especially popular now in chat tables, a variety of bar heights and styles that convert with a cover to a coffee table option. More

  • Bringing The Indoors Out

    Homeowners are Spending more To transform their outdoor spaces into another room of the house, expanding the overall foot print of the home. More

  • Three Coins partners with Turner's Fine Furniture

    Three Coins Cast Windsor Collection

    Outdoor furniture manufacturer Three Coins Cast is now retailing its Windsor collection exclusively through Turner's Fine Furniture Stores in Georgia. More

  • Nearly half of Americans finished with holiday shopping

    New data from America's Research Group and Inmar say nearly half of Americans have finished their holiday shopping, with the hold-outs looking for a few more last-minute deals. More

  • Sharing positive outlooks

    After enjoying double-digit sales increases this year, many industry leaders were optimistic in making their predictions for 2014.The economy and housing industry have been moving in the right direction for the past few months. We have seen mortgage rates stay relatively low, stimulating demand for housing at the same time the cluttered foreclosure picture was clearing. At the same time, the median home price has shown double-digit, year-over-year increases. Household balance sheets are improving. Overall, the unemployment rate has continued to improve in a slow and sustainable way. Furniture analyst Jerry Epperson, a founder and managing director of Mann ... More

  • Lessons learned from 2013

    I hope 2013 was a year of learning, experimenting, growing and profitability. As I reflect on this past year, 2013 was a year filled with lessons. Here's a few of my takeaways, for what they are worth:No one is impervious to failure. Years ago, if you or anyone else would have told me that Furniture Brands International would end in a Chapter 11 filing, I would have listened politely, and then dismissed that notion as preposterous.Despite having a stable of what many would argue were some of the most revered brands in the business, FBI ultimately stumbled ... More

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  • Internet sales tax stalls in House

    A bill that would require online retailers to start collecting sales tax has been slowed in the House of Representatives, but those in favor of its passage remain hopeful for its passage in 2014. More

  • Oriental Weavers releases Radiant Orchid rug

    Oriental Weavers Pantone Radiant Orchid

    DALTON, Ga. - Following Pantone's selection of Radiant Orchid 18-3224 as its 2014 Color of the Year, indoor and outdoor rug manufacturer Oriental Weavers announced it has rugs available in the on-trend shade ready to ship. More

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Klaussner at Casual Market

Join Senior Editor Jennifer Bringle as she interviews exhibitors and attendees about trends and issues at the Casual Market Chicago. (Videos are sponsored by Richloom.)

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