13 November 2010

Trade Association Announces Health Insurance for Members

Press release

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), the industry's leading non-profit trade association, has partnered with Association Health Programs (AHP) to offer its members a wide range of savings on health insurance, long-term care, disability income, critical illness, dental, vision and life insurance. This new membership benefit is a result of an exhaustive search to find the best company to provide health insurance to the GHTA membership.

"Over the past few years, during various trade shows and industry events, our members have continually expressed their concern regarding health benefits," says Beth Lang, president of the GHTA. "Health insurance has been, and continues to be, a tension issue for all industry members --- regardless of company type or size or income. We hope that this partnership will ease that tension by providing substantial savings to our members."

Through AHP, a niche player in association and employee health programs, GHTA members provide their current company or individual health insurance plan along with their health history for review. AHP then advises the company as to whether or not they're adequately insured and works to get the company the best possible insurance with an "A" rated carrier.

"Finally, the independent rep, small vendor, and small retailer who are GHTA members have the same health insurance buying power as a big company, thanks to our partnership with AHP," says Denny King, an ex-officio board member who has worked on acquiring health insurance for GHTA for the last two years. "With our partnership with AHP, we now offer health insurance to our members but maybe even more important, we offer them a Health Care Advocate."

For more information about this new partnership or to receive a health insurance quote for GHTA members, please visit http://www.associationpros.com/assoc/ghta/ or call AHP direct at 888.450.3040.

For more information about the GHTA, please visit www.giftandhome.org or email info@giftandhome.org.

About the GIFT AND HOME Trade Association

GHTA is the gift and home industry's non-profit professional trade association formed to help vendors, sales agencies and industry affiliates work together to improve relationships. GHTA's mission is to lead and transform the gift and home industry to ensure its long-term health and viability. GHTA has four major initiatives: to educate sales professionals; to understand and educate the industry on opportunities for technological efficiencies; to support and cultivate the industry's independent retailers; and to understand and educate the industry on showroom/trade show costs, statistics, schedules, opportunities and preferences. GHTA can be reached by email at info@giftandhome.org. For more information on the GIFT AND HOME Trade Association visit www.giftandhome.org.

12 November 2010

Moderately priced furniture from Habersham

High-end furniture maker Habersham launched a moderately priced line called American Treasures at the October 2010 High Point Furniture Market. The new collection features case goods and occasional designs at moderate price points. The initial American Treasures launch includes 20 pieces ranging from curios, bookcases, armoires and occasional tables to sideboards, chests, media cabinets, dining and bedroom designs. Made in America, the new pieces take their inspiration from classic styles that have been updated and simplified.





11 November 2010

Transitional style furniture for bedroom, home office


Universal Furniture carries several furniture groupings in the Better Homes and Gardens American Routes collection. Shown here is Hilltop Terrace. It was introduced at the autumn furniture market in High Point, N.C., in October. The company describes the collection as "characterized by clean, architectural lines, warm wood tones, sophisticated inlay and a neutral color palette."



10 November 2010

Dining room collection with a Spanish flair

The Bolero collection from Universal Furniture finds its design inspiration in Spain. Carving is minimal in this generously scaled collection, the company states. Gadrooning frames patterns formed by flowing cherry, maple and walnut marquetry. (Gadrooning, according to Wikipedia, is "a decorative motif consisting of convex curves in a series. In furniture and other interior accessories, the term applies to an ornamental carved band of tapered, curving and alternating concave and convex sections, usually diverging obliquely either side of a central point, often with rounded ends vaguely reminiscent of flower petals."
Other materials in the Bolero collection include leather (tooled and untooled) and decorative metals. The company introduced the line at the October 2010 High Point furniture market. (Click photos for a larger view.)

09 November 2010

Better Homes & Gardens licensed furniture

Summerglen Drive is a new line of living room, bedroom and dining room furniture in the Better Homes and Gardens American Routes collection by Universal Furniture. Each piece has a dark, hand-rubbed mahogany finish that highlights the natural grain of the wood veneers.
Design details include round and square turnings, sliding doors with raised panels, oiled bronze metal accents and authentic plank details. The company says this furniture is scaled for the average-sized home. Universal Furniture introduced the collection at the High Point furniture market in October 2010.




08 November 2010

Bedroom and living room furniture

At the October 2010 High Point Furniture Market, Universal Furniture's Pennsylvania House brand introduced its R&R collection. The furniture is made primarily from poplar, which has a lightly distressed khaki finish. Details include louver and beadboard, round wood knobs, touches of wicker and octagonal posts with ball finials.




07 November 2010

Exhibitors take more space at New York gift show

Press release

NYIGF’S AT HOME ACCOMMODATES EXPANSION OF LEADING SUPPLIERS

Outdoor Resources Well Represented Among Division’s 500 Home Exhibitors

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 5, 2010… Leading home furnishings suppliers, particularly in the garden and outdoor living categories, are taking cues from the improving economy by expanding their presence in the At Home division of the winter 2011 New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®). Following recent growth and refinement, At Home’s collection of 500 furnishings and home fashions offers buyers one of the largest and most diverse selections of trend-focused home resources in the country.

“A number of exhibitors in At Home are increasing their exhibit space for the winter 2011 market, in expectation of healthy growth in order writing, and several industry leaders are returning to At Home following an absence from the New York Market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Buyers can expect to find a wealth of new, on-trend resources to satisfy revitalized consumer demand.”

According to Belshaw, suppliers of outdoor furniture and accessories will be especially well-represented at the winter 2011 NYIGF, with the return of key suppliers alongside well-established brands. Returning companies, such as Elegant Earth (outdoor accessories); FermobUSA (outdoor furniture); Mainly Baskets (wickerware and outdoor accessories); and Orlandi (outdoor accessories), will join the following long-time At Home exhibitors at Pier 94: Campo de’ Fiori (garden and home accessories); Capital Garden Products (outdoor accessories); Jewels of Java (outdoor furniture); Kingsley-Bate (outdoor furniture); and Pennoyer Newman (garden accessories).

Companies expanding their At Home space at New York City’s Pier 94 this winter include Amity Home (textiles); Bliss Studio (furniture and accessories); Jamie Young Co. (lighting); Jones & Jones Abode (decorative accessories); Kevin O’Brien (pillows); Moss Studios (handmade furniture); Roost (decorative accessories); Ro-Sham-Beaux (lighting); and Zentique (furnishings and accessories).

Additionally, At Home will introduce several new companies to Pier 94 for the winter 2011 market: Aviva Stanoff (pillows) is relocating from Handmade to At Home at Pier 94; and both Gatelier (decorative accessories) and Richard Parkman Furnishings (furniture/home accessories) are returning to NYIGF following an absence from the New York Market.

At Home featuring Home Textiles also welcomes the expansion and return of several key home fashions suppliers, as well as several first-time participants. Exhibitors Allem Studio (pillows); Brahms Mount (throws); and Busatti (Italian linens) will expand their space for the winter 2011 market, and the following suppliers will return to NYIGF following an absence from the New York Market: Afera Designs (pillows), Boca Grande Furnishings (pillows/curtains); DownRight (down comforters, pillows); Madeira Embroideries Institute (Portuguese linens); and Marcel Miller (alpaca textiles). These well-known brands will be joined by a number of newcomers, including: Aalamwaar (pillows); Dream Designs (loungewear); and Pluto (lougewear).

In total, At Home featuring Home Textiles presents some 200 suppliers of bed and bath fashions (table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics), together on Level One of the Javits Center. At Home featuring Home Textiles is one of three locations comprising Home Textiles Market Week® in New York – the nation’s largest collection of mid- to high-end home textiles with more than 600 home fashion suppliers located across New York City .

In addition to exhibits, NYIGF offers several events and seminars especially relevant to home furnishings and home textiles vendors and buyers. On Saturday, January 29, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, retailers are invited to attend the At Home welcome reception on Pier 94 to celebrate the market’s opening day. Buyers can browse the At Home aisles while enjoying a glass of wine, hosted by Home Accents Today.

A series of home-focused seminars will be offered at the Javits Center during market week. On Sunday, January 30, WGSN-HomeBuildLife.com will present Home Trends 2011-2012 identifying macro-trends influencing home and interior concepts, colors and materials; on Monday, January 31, New York City ’s International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) will host Color Pulse 2012, previewing key 2011-2012 color trends and their home applications. Complete details and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com/programs.

At Home runs Saturday, January 29, through Wednesday, February 2, at Pier 94, with some 300 companies presenting furniture, floor coverings, wall art, lighting and decorative accessories. At Home featuring Home Textiles runs Sunday, January 30, through Thursday, February 3, at the Javits Center , with some 200 high-end home textiles resources including bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics.

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.
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