follow us

Latest business news, analysis, casual industry promotions & new hires

Business news covering casual furniture retailers and manufacturers including tradeshows, imports and furniture research.
  • The Internet of It All

    Back In 1995, light years ago from A technology standpoint, I worked for a sister publication of Furniture/ Today and Casual Living. It was called TWICE - This Week In Consumer Electronics. We hustled like newshounds each day to write our front page stories and fill the weekly tabloid paper with the latest news. At some point, an editor named Catherine started trolling the aisles, sticking her head into our cubicles and asking for stories for the publication's fledgling website. No one paid... More

  • Color, design and market trends

    Outdoor Building Products And Décor Have seen continued growth over the past five years despite less than positive economic conditions. Color tracking over the same period has indicated consolidation of product portfolios until 2012 when there was a shift to increasing the number of new product introductions. More

  • 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

  • Showtime: December 2013

    Showtime Sunbrella Icon Collection

    More

Exclusive Research

Chat Groups cover

Total retail sales for chat groups reached an estimated $1.09 billion in 2015, according to the 2015 Casual Living Universe Study. That’s a 6.4% increase over 2014’s sales of $1.02 billion. Read the full report.

Videos

  • Bill Bacon at Leadership Conference

    Bill Bacon Talks Outdoor Living

    Bill Bacon, of Bacon's Furniture & Outdoor Living in Port Charlotte, Fla., shares some hard-won insights at Furniture/Today's Leadership Conference about adding the outdoor category to his full-line store.

    Camera IconSee Video

Events

  • HPB Expo

    March 17, 2016 - March 19, 2016

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

    New Orleans, Louisiana, US

  • High Point Market

    April 16, 2016 - April 21, 2016

    Downtown High Point

    High Point, North Carolina, US

  • National Hardware Show

    May 3, 2016 - May 5, 2016

    Las Vegas Convention Center

    Las Vegas, Nevada, US

More