30 December 2009

It's a wonderful life

You can never have enough of "It's A Wonderful Life."








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28 December 2009

Winter scene


From a winter past
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27 December 2009

The stockings were hung from the . . .


When you don't have a fireplace, you improvise, right?

26 December 2009

Happy holidays

Happy holidays, from our home to yours.
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25 December 2009

Merry Christmas


The staff of Gift & Home Today is taking some time off. We'll be back in 2010.

24 December 2009

Custom furniture made in the USA



red egg designs and makes furniture in North Carolina studios. The company will custom-build items according to a client’s wood, finish, fabric and size specifications. Buyers also can choose a basic style or have it modified.



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23 December 2009

Furniture For The Cure


The Platt Collections introduced the Alyce Chair at the autumn 2009 High Point Market. The chair was designed as part of the Furniture for the Cure program, which calls attention to breast cancer. Ten percent of the sale proceeds are donated to cancer research.
Elements of wood, stone and metal are hallmarks of The Platt Collections' new line. Plantation Mahogany represents strength, stone is individuality and silver leaf is for quiet beauty.




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22 December 2009

Luxury furniture from a Japanese source

Matsuoka, Japanese manufacturer of luxury home furnishings, is making its international debut by showcasing four new collections in its new High Point Furniture Market showroom

Matsuoka, a Japanese manufacturer of luxury home furnishings, made its international debut at the autumn 2009 High Point Furniture Market. It showed four collections of case goods and upholstery.
The upholstered furniture is made in North Carolina. The textiles, silks and velvets, are sourced from mills around the world. The company started out 140 years ago and made its name as Japan’s premier maker of traditional “bridal” furniture.



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21 December 2009

Midwest-CBK decorate Blair House

MIDWEST-CBK PARTNERS WITH THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE TO DECORATE PRESTIGIOUS PRESIDENTIAL GUEST HOUSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. from a press release

MIDWEST-CBK PARTNERS WITH THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE TO DECORATE PRESTIGIOUS PRESIDENTIAL GUEST HOUSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

(Cannon Falls, MN – December 21, 2009) – Midwest-CBK, leading designer and manufacturer renowned for its design, style and sparkle in home décor, gifts, holiday and candles, is proud to announce their ornaments and garlands were recently selected to decorate the Blair House, President Obama’s guest house for foreign heads of state and dignitaries visiting the president, in Washington, D.C. Colette Scanlon Ortiz, the design editor of This Old House magazine, selected more than 20 ornaments, garlands, candleholders and candles to decorate the presidential guest house, located just a few doors down from The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Midwest-CBK ornaments, including the Knitted Sweater, Stocking and Mitten Ornaments; Green Glass Ball Ornaments; and Snowflake Ball Ornaments are prominently shown in photos of the decorated Blair House.

The United States Department of State, which manages the use of Blair House, teamed up with the Magazine Publishers of America to decorate the venue. The editors of This Old House magazine decorated the Lincoln Room and Truman Study, and selected Midwest-CBK holiday décor to recreate the style of Christmas 1951 during President Truman’s time in office. The Blair House held a reception hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to honor families with spouses serving in the military overseas. Prominent editors also attended the event, including This Old House’s Colette Ortiz, Martha Stewart, and editors from Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Natural Home and Mother Earth News.

“Everyone loved the Truman Study, and we received rave reviews on Midwest-CBK’s ornaments,” says Ortiz.

“We’re honored to have our holiday décor chosen to decorate such a prestigious venue in our nation’s capitol, as well as partner with Ms. Ortiz and her team at one of the country’s most popular shelter magazines” says Frederic Contino, Midwest-CBK President.

Midwest-CBK’s designs have also appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and in many high profile consumer magazines including O The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and more.

About Midwest-CBK
Midwest-CBK sparkles as a national design leader in home décor, gifts, holiday, and candles. Midwest-CBK is proud to bring independent retailers more choices in style, design and sparkle of exclusive and unique products, made simple with one simplified ordering program and four convenient ways to order. Please call 800-394-4225 or visit www.mwcbk.com for more information or to locate a showroom near you.

Chaise lounge in white lacquer



At the 2009 autumn High Point furniture market, upholstery and occasional furniture manufacturer, Moretti’s Design, introduced the Devan-2 Chaise Lounge, part of its new Portofino Group. Furniture is finished with high-gloss white lacquer, upholstered in cowhide and decorated with buttons and silver studs. Matching living room, dining room and other occasional pieces are available.




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20 December 2009

Holiday decor favorites

Favorite holiday home decor items from the archives of Gift & Home Today. Search holiday (or see the Product Cloud) to find other holiday items.

MyPerennial



Franz Collection

Manual Woodworkers and Weavers



Mariposa

19 December 2009

Supplier customizes home decor and gifts

from a press release

The Studio by Danielson Designs Delivers Elegant Home Décor and Gift Items Just in Time for Christmas at a Lower Price Point

(Vocus) December 18, 2009 -- While it is now commonplace for today’s internet consumer to jump online and customize everything from shoes to cars, creating a personalized, high quality home décor or gift item (http://thestudio.danielsondesigns.com/C1Showcase.aspx) for the most part is still an uncommon and expensive prospect. What’s more, typical delivery times for custom orders range anywhere from five days for a simple t-shirt or mug to fourteen days or more for a custom home décor piece.

Until recently, customization was almost unheard of in the home décor and gift industry. But Danielson Designs has changed all that with their announcement of customizable home décor, with a new 25% off promo code just in time for the holidays.

This revolutionary idea started two years ago when Mark Danielson, co-owner and co-founder of Danielson Designs, had a “eureka!” moment during an all-night brainstorming session. “The vision was clear: a visitor to our website would be able to customize any one of our products while maintaining our design standards.” At the time, custom was a highly specialized, very expensive option left to other industries.

However, flawless, customizable home décor (http://thestudio.danielsondesigns.com/WhyTheStudio.aspx) products were only half of the equation. It was Annie Danielson, Mark’s wife and co-founder of the design company, who understood the winning formula. “We knew the future was custom, but we also knew that we had to stay within that magic $35 to $65 price range in which most buyers feel comfortable when approaching a gift or home accent purchase.”

According to American Research Group, Inc., shoppers around the country plan to spend an average of $417 on Christmas gifts this year. If the typical holiday shopper is buying for an average of ten persons, then the average purchase will be around $40. It’s no coincidence that the large majority of Danielson Designs’ selections are priced at $39.95. “Artful design, quality craftsmanship, and affordability are all essential elements of the Danielson Designs philosophy,” says Mark.

Maybe the most important goal was Danielson Designs’ commitment to ship every custom order within 48 hours of purchase. Thankfully for the company, once the logistics of customization were solved, so were the issues with shipping on such a quick timeframe. The organization worked diligently for two years to make the customer experience consistent, repeatable, and most importantly, enjoyable.

Thus was born The Studio (http://TheStudio.DanielsonDesigns.com), Danielson Designs’ consumer website that allows anyone to go online, personalize anything from a photo frame to a bud vase, and have it shipped in two days from placing the order. “No one else in the home décor and gift industry is doing this, and those who are trying can’t touch the quality,” says Mark.

As an incentive to explore The Studio, Danielson Designs is offering 25% off any Studio product between now and December 23rd. Upon checkout, simply enter “GiveDD” in the promo code box provided. Holiday shoppers on last-minute schedules can have a custom gift or home décor item rush delivered until noon (MST) of December 22nd. And that is the Danielson Designs standard that’s the exception in the home décor and gift industry.

To experience The Studio or to learn more about Danielson Designs, please visit http://TheStudio.DanielsonDesigns.com.

18 December 2009

Catalog of furniture, lighting, accessories





The 2010 catalog from The Phillips Collection features the teak wood console from the Origins collection. It is featured on the Gift & Home Today blog for designers, retailers and wholesalers. giftandhometoday.blogspot.comThe 2010 catalog from Phillips Collection contains more than 100 pages of new furniture, lighting, accessories, wall décor, sculpture and outdoor items. The contents include an expanded section of eco-friendly offerings. The catalog is free to the industry.
A teak wood console from the Origins collection is shown in the photo above.

17 December 2009

Portable lighting made of teak

Groovystuff's new lighting collection will be introduced at the 2010 Dallas International Lighting Market
Indoor and outdoor furniture maker Groovystuff has introduced the Antares lighting collection, made from branches and roots of reclaimed teak. The 14 lamps in the line include bleached and dark finishes, and designs include styles with and without shades.
Antares celebrates the natural shapes, tones and textures found in reclaimed teak, says designer Chris Bruning. Limbs are assembled horizontally, planted vertically and even woven into spheres. See the collection at the Dallas International Lighting Market Jan. 14 to 18, 2010.





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16 December 2009

Licensed home decor from Julie Ueland

licensed Julie Ueland home decor for Midwest CBK
28 home décor and gift designs in glass, metal and ceramic including wall décor, tabletop and serveware, vases, candleholders, and table lamps designed by Julie Ueland
Midwest-CBK signed an exclusive license with artist Julie Ueland to create and sell her Tradewinds home décor collection to independent retailers. The new collection will debut during the 2010 winter markets.
The initial collection features 28 home décor and gift designs in glass, metal and ceramic including wall décor, tabletop and serveware, vases, candleholders, and table lamps.




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15 December 2009

New source for holiday, seasonal decor

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Kaemingk, Europe’s largest holiday and seasonal décor company, is expanding into the United States as Kaemingk USA. The company’s 10,000-SKU holiday and seasonal collection will be available to buyers in the United States beginning in January. Buyers can see a sample of Kaemingk products at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market from Jan.8 to 12, 2010.
Netherlands-based Kaemingk (pronounced “kay-mink”) offers Christmas, spring, garden and home accessories products. Kaemingk USA’s exclusive product lines are created by a team of 18 product developers and buyers.
As part of its introduction to U.S. buyers, Kaemingk USA is providing buying trips (airfare and two nights hotel) to the company’s 20,000 square-foot showroom in Aalten, the Netherlands. Contact the company for details.





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14 December 2009

Track lighting


WAC Lighting has consolidated its FLEXRAIL1, a 120-volt monorail system, and the FLEXRAIL2, a two-circuit line voltage rail system, under one umbrella. The products are designed for residential, retail and commercial applications where flexibility, high performance and aesthetics are required.
Both negotiate curves on ceilings and create attractive three-dimensional configurations while using a complete palette of lighting tools, including line and low voltage spots, floods, wall washers and pendants, compact fluorescent wall washers, and HID accent lights.



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13 December 2009

Turquoise is Pantone's color of the year

from a press release

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010:PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise

Turquoise Transports Us to an Exciting, Tropical Paradise While Offering a Sense of Protection and Healing in Stressful Times
CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 –Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010.
Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Read more at the Pantone website.

11 December 2009

Dining room furniture

Kincaid Furniture Mango Bay dining room furniture sideboard cocktail tables entertainment centers High Point furniture market introductions
Kinkaid Furniture’s Mango Bay collection includes a sideboard (shown), tables with storage baskets, cocktail tables, and entertainment consoles. The pieces were launched at the autumn furniture market in High Point in October.



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Leather frames, barware




The new Maldives shagreen-embossed collection of leather accessories from Vellum includes barware, trays, frames and jewelry boxes. Color waves include sea glass vintage green and pearl (pictured), as well as chocolate brown, gray and red.
Retailers can see the collection at the Atlanta gift show (High Design) and New York gift show (Pier 94).





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10 December 2009

Living room sofas and occaisonal pieces

iron sofa table by KincaidThe Davidson sofa table, with the scrolled legs, is part of the Treasures line of eclectic designs from Kincaid Furniture. The manufacturer showed its new lines at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point in October 2009. The Davidson grouping includes a 48-inch-round game table, bistro table, stools and chairs.

kincaid furniture occaisonal tables
The Lubbock grouping features cocktail tables with metal frames and glass inserts. The tables are bordered with bronze slate tiles.

sofa by kincaid furniture, as seen on Gift & Home Today blog
Also introduced was the Destin sofa, one of many new upholstered items.




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09 December 2009

Beds and bedroom furniture

The bedroom pieces in the Cherry Park collection from Kincaid includes this wood panel and leather sleigh bed Kincaid Furniture introduced bedroom, living room and dining room furniture at the 2009 autumn furniture market in High Point. The bedroom pieces in the Cherry Park collection includes this wood panel and leather sleigh bed. The collection is made of wild black cherry.

Mango Bay collection has two bed options: a platform/panel design with a tall headboard and a woven water hyacinth design
The Mango Bay collection has two bed options: a platform/panel design with a tall headboard and a woven water hyacinth design with a slightly sleighed headboard and footboard.
chest of drawers by Kincaid

The chest of drawers is from the new Stonecroft collection. A lingerie chest and a nightstand are among the other pieces in this collection.



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08 December 2009

November's top products

Here are the five most-viewed products posted in November. Click the link to see the entire write-up, and for links to the manufactuer.


Loft 102



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