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.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

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.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

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.

Retailers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

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.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.
Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

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.
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