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  • 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

  • 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

  • Pantone unveils Color of the Year for 2014

    Pantone Radiant Orchid Color of the Year

    CARLSTADT, N.J. - Pantone today announced PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as its Color of the Year for 2014. More

  • Cyber Monday 2013 becomes history's biggest online shopping day

    Cyber Monday IBM infographic

    U.S. shoppers made Cyber Monday the biggest online shopping day in history with a 20.6% increase in online sales, according to the latest cloud-based analytics findings from IBM. More

  • Brentano releases 2014 color forecast

    Brentano 2014 Color Forecast

    WHEELING, Ill. - Six colors have captured the attention of the Brentano Design Studio for 2014, according to the textile company's latest color forecast. More

  • Trees N Trends

    Customers Who Troll Trees N Trends For marked-down holiday merchandise will probably be convinced they need new patio furniture. It usually happens. Before they reach the marked down wreaths, garland and ornaments in the back, they will pass a few new outdoor dining and chat sets the retailer has set up in the front. More