23 July 2010

Vintage home decor


Robert and Liz Jones, formerly of permanent floral source Aldik, offer a collection of vintage-theme home decor through their new company Jones & Jones Abode. Below is a selection of furniture, florals and accessories. See the company at the New York International Gift Fair.




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22 July 2010

A Facebook guide for small business marketing

Wiley Publishing, Inc. is releasing a brand new series of books to help users get more out of it: The Facebook Guides.


"THE FACEBOOK GUIDE TO SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING" offers small and local business ideas on how to attract customers through Facebook. It guides readers through creating a business profile, presenting information in the most appealing and useful way possible, and taking advantage of all of Facebook's marketing features. Packed with insider tips and proven best practices, this book will help any small business harness the worldwide marketing potential of Facebook. It will be available December 2010.

Other titles in the series are "THE FACEBOOK GUIDE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50 (ISBN: 9780470875179; November 2010)" and  THE FACEBOOK GUIDE FOR PARENTS (ISBN: 9780470875193; January 2011).

Stainless steel pendant lighting fixture

The Kyoto lantern is made in the USA by Meyda Custom Lighting. The pendant features a satin stainless steel finish with a faux alabaster diffuser and panels that soften the illumination. The fixture is 8 inches square and has a height of 28 inches. Energy efficient lamping options are available.


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21 July 2010

Home decor for Easter, spring and summer


Midwest-CBK has introduced nine new Easter, spring and summer seasonal and gift collections featuring more than 225 new items, designed exclusively for the company. The company’s nine all-new spring and summer collections include:
  • Spring Elegance, for Easter, spring and summer entertaining. A soft, fresh color palette of green, blue, cream and white highlights motifs of bunnies, birds, flowers and eggs. Product segments include bunny figures and table top accessories; silhouette plates, mugs, vases, egg cups and accessories; fabric pillows, table runners, ornaments and tea towels; butterfly clips; Easter eggs, canvas wall décor and a coordinate collection of floral organics.
  • Natural Spring, featuring elegant bird figures and ornaments, ceramic birdhouses, ceramic planter and vases, glass vases and ornaments and terra cotta pins and necklaces. Colors featured include soft greens, blues, yellow and beige.
  • Hippity Hop, a whimsical collection of Easter bunnies, chicks and eggs with an updated vintage twist. With a pastel color palette of pink, lime green, yellow, lavender and cream, Hippity Hop includes bunny and egg figures and ornaments; ceramic serving pieces including platter with server, salt and pepper shakers, dip and spreader sets, candy pails and egg cups; fabric tea towel, hot pad holder, table runner and pillow; bunny print canvas wall art; text block sets; and felt and sequin ornaments and wall décor. Hippity Hop items are designed to make excellent, inexpensive yet high value hostess gifts.
Other collections are named Springtime Cozies (below), Simply Easter, Wonderlights, Lights in the Night, Daisy Do and Summer Celebration.




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20 July 2010

Pink-ribbon gifts


Midwest-CBK has a new line of Pink Ribbon Sisterhood gifts designed by artist and author Suzy Toronto. The new collection features pink ribbon graphics symbolic for the fight against breast cancer in Toronto’s signature style, with copy that reads “Supporting Each Other in the Ultimate Fight of Our Lives.”
The Pink Ribbon Sisterhood collection includes four best-selling gift designs including a mug, nightshirt packaged in a tote bag, ceramic tile wall plaque and journal/notebook.
The new Suzy Toronto Collection also features desktop mugs, necklaces, coin purses, and tiles. Each item includes an uplifting, empowering or humorous message that speaks to women. Each item is also accompanied by a story or poem.



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19 July 2010

Inspirational angels

Rivendell Gifts has launched Angel Wing Wishes, a figurine collection designed by Julie Kay of La Porte, Indiana. Cast in solid steel, the angels are packaged with “an experience” called a Moment of Meditation, enhanced with Flying Wish Paper. The experience is then set on fire so it soars to the heavens, the company says.







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