26 March 2011

The blog celebrates its 2nd anniversary

Thank you, readers. You have been supporting Gift & Home Today for two years now. My first post on March 25, 2009 was about color and design trends for the year.  I started this blog as a way to stay connected to the gift and home furnishings industry after the demise of Home Decor Buyer magazine. I was the founding (and only) editor.
Gift, furniture and home accessories sources have been generous with the information and photos they provide me. You, the reader, have been generous with your time to visit this site, and to return. This blog outperforms blogs of similar size on most measurements (including visits, page views and time on the site).
Use the archives or the product cloud (on the right) or the find box (in the top left) to look for items that have been published. You might find a new source or a new idea.
I hope that what you see here inspires you to create a beautiful environment in your home. And, if you find something you wish to own, I hope that you buy it from a locally owned bricks-and-mortar retailer in your town.

New Retailer Members Can Receive $150 Discount

Press Release


Throughout the month of April, (HFIA) Home Furnishings Independents Association will offer a $150 discount to retailers who register as new members of the organization.


Mary Frye, president of HFIA, will welcome prospective and current members to the association’s booth in the atrium of the Furniture Plaza building, 210 South Main Street, High Point, NC, during the High Point Market. Frye will be available to answer questions and provide details regarding the organization’s many benefits Saturday, April 2 through Thursday, April 7.


HFIA offers a comprehensive range of business services dedicated to providing solutions to meet retail back office needs. Acting as an extension of store staff, HFIA manages the behind the scenes store services that allow owners to focus on their top priority, customers.

“We’re not able to sell furniture on your floor,” notes Frye, “but we offer personalized business services to make sure you can.”


Member services include discounted bank card processing, consumer financing, low-cost freight programs, competitively-priced business insurance, on-line furniture sales training and sales aids.

“In nearly forty years spent as an independent furniture retailer, we have been members of many organizations and associations,” states Louis S. Casey, CEO and President, Casey's Furniture, Inc., Temple, Texas. “The one we appreciate the most is HFIA.  Teamwork is vital to our business, and as a member of HFIA we have even more teammates working on our behalf.  Check out the benefits, join HFIA, and put their team to work for you.”

To print an application or for more information about HFIA, visit the association’s website at www.hfia.com.

25 March 2011

Cook set for fruits and vegetables


The Apple Cooker set from Mastrad is said to be a better way to cook fruits and vegetables. Fruits cook in the microwave or a conventional oven.

The set includes two non-stick, BPA-free silicone apple cookers, one corer with scoop and a recipe book. The scoop has a slight tip, which helps pierce the fruit flesh and enables swift removal of the core and seeds in one clean motion. The scoop is also marked for one teaspoon and one tablespoon measures to make food prep easier. Sets are available in candy apple red, apple green and black.

24 March 2011

Under-bed storage products

Evriholder Products’ patented Rise ‘N Stor bed risers are said to be “the perfect solution” for cramped dorm rooms and living quarters. The risers lift the bed 6 inches for under-bed storage of mobile phones, TV remotes, keys, notebooks and other items. There is a large compartment for magazines, books and papers while the slits in the storage pod accommodate chargers and cables. The storage pod even spins for easy access.

The Rise ‘N Stor five-piece set includes four bed risers and one storage pod which comes in lime green and gray colors.


23 March 2011

Keith Haring art livens up mops and brooms

Dust pans from the Keith Haring collection
The Keith Haring Cleaning Collection from Casabella uses the late artist's imagery on mops, broom, dust pans and microfiber dusting cloths. Casabella's cleaning tools, kitchen and bath accessories and organizing products have received numerous design awards and industry recognition. It also markets the BE Gourmet line of food prep.

22 March 2011

Tagine in new colors holds 4 quarts

The Emile Henry large tagine is now available in fig and olive colors. Introduced at the Housewares show in Chicago this month, the large tagine is 12.5 inches in diameter and holds nearly 4 quarts of food (enough to serve six people).

It is made from an innovative ceramic technology that allows the vessel to be used directly on a heat source or stovetop (for browning meats and vegetables) and then can be placed in the oven for a gentle, flavor-producing simmer. The traditional tagine lid allows the steam to rise, condense on the walls and then moisten the food below.



21 March 2011

Create a French bistro at home

Picardie tumblers
The Picardie Tumbler is a popular drinking glass used in French bistros, cafeterias and homes. Duralex offers multiple sizes of the stackable tumbler. The glass is extremely tough and durable and will last for many years without breaking or chipping. Eight sizes range from 3.25 ounces to nearly 17 ounces.

The Duralex For Kids collection of glass, bowls, tumblers and plates are BPA-free, 100% recyclable, dishwasher and microwave-safe and an eco-friendly alternative to plastic. Made in France, the collection is said to be 4 to 5 times stronger than standard glass.

The “le Gigogne" (below) is an iconic drinking glass used in cafeterias for half a century. It is considered to be a national treasure.


le Gigogne, an iconic drinking glass from France

20 March 2011

Home decor people in the news

Mike Mebane
Mike Mebane is chief executive officer of Linwood Furniture and Jeff Schwall has been named to the new position of executive vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to Mebane. Linwood was founded six years ago as a dream of artist and furniture designer Bob Timberlake to keep and create furniture manufacturing jobs in North Carolina.
For many years, Mebane worked for chemical fibers company UNIFI Inc. as the company grew from $350 million to over $1.7 billion in sales. His positions included director of industrial engineering, vice president of strategic planning, vice president of international operations, division president and a member of the company’s executive committee. Mebane has worked in 25 nations throughout the world, and as a consultant he has helped a number of large and small companies through challenging periods.
He say his goals for Linwood are clear cut. “We have the opportunity to become known for customization of our products and of our finishes, and for providing short runs when quick delivery is needed,” Mebane says. “We want to augment the global supply footprint as we strengthen national distribution and expand our dealer base.”
Jeff Schwall
Schwall, a 26-year industry veteran, will be responsible for developing sales and marketing strategies for the Linwood brand, Linwood—Carolina Furniture Artisans Collections, and OEM opportunities, along with managing all aspects of product development, creation of marketing materials and activities, and supervision of public relations.


Dallas Market Center said Laura Dumas has been promoted to vice president of creative services. In the position, Dumas will promote the Dallas Market Center through the strategic management of all creative services including advertising, special events, visual merchandising and the company’s custom publications.
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