24 February 2010

Lillian August lighting collection

Currey & Company's Lillian August lighting collection includes portables and fixtures. The products incorporate August's Townhouse Collection of decorative fabrics. Crystal, porcelain, iron, marble and other natural materials are used in the lamps and chandeliers.




Retailers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.


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

23 February 2010

Kitchen textiles by Jennifer Paganelli

Peking Handicraft Inc. introduces a line of textiles designed by Jennifer Paganelli. The kitchen towel, tablecloth and apron products show her distinctive style ofy coupling brilliant colors with vintage patterns, including classic paisley, delicate florals and picturesque birds, the company states.


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




More on turquoise, Pantone's color of the year

Turquoise is Pantone's color of the year. Read the announcement, from December 2009. Here is a link to a related article, from the New York Times.

"IF there is one color that deserves extra attention in 2010, it is turquoise — at least according to Pantone. The company has declared it the color of the year, citing its “serene” yet “invigorating” qualities, and Ghislaine ViƱas, for one, couldn’t be happier with the choice."

Click to read the rest of the article.

22 February 2010

GuildMaster visual display contest opens

Retailers can begin uploading photos of their store displays today to the GuildMaster on Tour Facebook page The contest is intended to recognize the most outstanding retail displays across the U.S. and to support the favorite charities of the winning dealers.
Ten retailers from across the country will be named as winners based on voting by fans March 15 through 28. The awards for each winning display include a $1,000 donation made to the retailer’s favorite charity, 500 trees planted in their honor, and $1,000 in GuildMaster bucks for additional product.
GuildMaster will donate $10,000 to charity and plant 5,000 mahogany trees. As part of its ongoing commitment to reforestation, the company has planted thousands of trees in Indonesia in a one-for-one replacement for each tree that’s used.
1.At least 250 square feet need to be allocated to the display that is exclusively comprised of GuildMaster product in the following categories: accent furniture, accessories, wall decor, lighting and mirrors. Non-GuildMaster product such as upholstery, bedding, flowers, dinnerware, jewelry or rugs may also be included.
2. Only one entry per company may be posted.
3. Participants must submit a 5" x 7", 300 dpi photo, along with the name of the display and maximum 150-word description of why the display works, what they were trying to accomplish and the inspiration for the display, along with the name of their charity. (Videos to further support the entry may also be posted on the GuildMaster Facebook wall.)
4. There is no limit to the number of times GuildMaster on Tour fans can vote.
5. Promotion of the contest to employees, customers, local media and the community is highly encouraged.
6. Winning retail store displays must remain in place through April 15.

Porcelain vases and bowls

Middle Kingdom's Cold Mountain collection of vases and bowls are inspired by the Tang Dynasty poet Han Shan. The vases are 10 1/2 to 15 1/2 inches tall.

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