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We just returned from our semi-annual market trip to Atlanta. Boy did we pack a lot into this trip!
We were pleased to be invited to a Retailers Round Table Breakfast sponsored by Home Accents Today Magazine at the Capital City Club. This was a small group of retailers ranging from one of the largest online home fashions companies (Wayfair) to independent interior designers. We shared insights about consumer buying trends, the use of social media and other business issues. It was a great to take part in this forum and express our ideas amongst our national peers.
Later the same day we were invited to the largest awards event in the gift and home industry, The Icon Awards. Thanks to Home Accents Today magazine, we were guests at their table to hear the presentations of the awards to so many deserving companies. Most of the award winners have built very successful, large companies that are very involved in local, national and international causes. It makes one feel very fortunate to be involved in this industry. Entertainment for the evening was a performance by the band Heart. Do you remember their most popular song in the 70’s? Here is a short clip of part of their performance. http://youtu.be/81h0yD78ns
Now for the finds. Here are a few of the interesting displays and items we found.
Solaria 26″ Globe Chandelier was amazing. They just introduced this fixture in multiple colors.
Contemporary large art was everywhere. Here is a pair of prints from Paragon.
This window display at Mud Pie was still showing the chalk board theme for the holidays. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer have their places marked on this chalk board runner. We are not over this trend just yet.
This cute display of stuffed animals on inner-tubes and slides was quite eye-catching. Great merchandising…we bought some of these cute Knitzie animals.
Dixie was into head-gear as evidenced by her many poses in various hats and headbands.
The girls and I did manage to have some fun with an afternoon glass of champagne with floating Wild Hibiscus Flowers…soon to be available at MSLL.
One more shot of our late evening play-a ride on the Atlanta ferris wheel at Olympic Park, adjacent to our hotel!
So-these girls do know how to have fun mixed with a lots of work!
You can look forward to lots of new items starting to arrive any day!
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So the nursery rhyme reads “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig, home again, home again, jiggety-jig”. Well, we went to market and we’re home again, but there was no fat pig. There were, however, a multitude of new products in every possible category.
We perused, navigated, and maneuvered as much of the four buildings and seven million square feet of Atlanta Gift Market as we were humanly able. We were tired, but invigorated at the same time by the many new innovative gift lines, housewares, furniture, and apparel available. Now we can’t show you everything new that we have coming because that would spoil the surprise, but we thought a sneak peek would hopefully wet your appetites.
Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.
Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.
Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.
Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.
Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.
Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.
Fun, whimsical, overscaled decorations helped us make our buying decisions for the holidays!
Since market, we are now renewed, refreshed, and reenergized after a busy holiday season. We are looking forward to enjoying a successful 2013 with our valued and much loved customers.
Come see what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living! We’re waiting for you!
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Last night my husband said to me, “you have logged a lot of miles in the last few weeks”. It made me stop and think about how much had happened in three short weeks. Here is the timeline:
Dec 20 -28 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Santa Monica, CA 5580 miles
Jan 4-6 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Baltimore, MD 698 miles
Jan 9-13 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Atlanta, GA 902 miles
The first trip was our holiday trip to visit our son’s home in Santa Monica. What a wonderful place to spend Christmas. There is no worry of snow to interfere with travel (except occasionally at a connecting airport). My daughter-in-law, Elif and I traveled with the top down in her Mini Cooper, named Coco, every outing for groceries and shopping! I love the casual yet sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. Here is a picture of some of the highlights of our holiday. Love, love, love California succulent gardens!
The next trip came oh so quickly after we returned from Cali. Our good friends, Brenda and Quinn moved into a brand new house just north of Baltimore right before Christmas. They are still trying to get settled. The workers are still in and out. We traveled with our trailer full of furniture, accessories and window treatments to help give it the “moved-in” look. Here are just a few pictures of the fun color pallet Brenda selected. The colorful Company C furniture fits right in!
We are still recovering from our annual January Atlanta market trip. The above mileage does not include the miles and miles of market space we walked. There are about 7 million square feet of showroom space! It’s no wonder our feet hurt and everything aches after four-12 hour market days! There are so many things we fell in love with that will be arriving in our store over the next four months. Here is a picture of just a few of my favorites.
We are off to a flying start in 2013. Jump on board and join us on Facebook, follow our blog and stay tuned for the latest at MSLL!
What would be your favorite adventure of the above three?
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As you all know I love color! Just open your eyes and take in all the colors of nature, fashion, interiors, cars and even appliances. Even if you prefer the sedate neutrals or soft, soothing pastels, a pop of color is the “spice of life”.
I look forward to the December announcement of the color for the coming year. Yesterday was the “big reveal”! The color of the year for 2013 is Pantone 17-5641 Emerald.
I am really a fan of the bright lime greens that have been prevalent for the last several years. They have always paired well with so many other colors. But I have to admit this bluer, softer form of green has caught my eye in recent market trips.
Although this color is supposed to be “top secret” until it is announced here are a few photos going back to April, 2011 where we have spotted this coming trend.
Our display wall in our front room will soon be turned into “Emerald City”!
Do you like the Color of the Year for 2013? How would you like to use it?
Let us hear your thoughts.
“Working with you to create your lifestyle!”
Mary Sherwood Lake Living
Time flies when you are having such a good time! Just a little over a week ago we were slipping and sliding into Atlanta to attend the January market.
We started our first day at market with a “man on the street” interview with Susan Dickenson, retail editor for Home Accents Today magazine.
She grabbed several retailers to get a sense of the retail climate and their market plans. Thanks Susan for including us in your daily market issue. Read our comments and those of other retailers: http://bit.ly/gbW9Kq
At this market we plan our showroom strategy for the New Year. Color is an important element in our showroom so we always reference the Pantone Color of the Year. The color for 2011 is Honeysuckle, a bright, saturated pink.
As we purchase for spring and summer we select items that coordinate with this year’s new color. This really helps us focus on accessories and gifts that are color forward. If you are interested in learning more about Pantone’s2011 color forecast check out this link: http://bit.ly/eu2SLd
Another big purchase category on our list is Holiday. The January market introduces the new looks for 2011. We develop a plan for how many trees, what themes and what colors we will use. Purchasing in January guarantees we will be able to receive our selections by late summer and avoid sold out items. The use of large ornaments and objects on trees with a focus on one prominent color is one new emerging trend.
This market also is our source for our summer fashion accessories, apparel and shoes. Here is a sneak peak of some of the new looks!
To cap off our shopping frenzy we taste and select new gourmet food items. This is good and bad. Great to find new product but hard to go through the many food displays and be selective with what you sample.
Market is an exhilarating experience! New products, new colors, new styles always start the design juices flowing. Tired bodies, tired minds and achy feet must be worth it because we keep going back.
You can experience a little of our market experience through our blogs and Facebook posts without the physical and mental strain.
Did you see the “Honeysuckle” color keep poping up in these pictures?
Tell us your favorites of our new products to arrive over the next few months!
As of today I think I am back up to normal speed after a whirlwind trip to the summer Atlanta Gift and Accessory Market. Four days of non-stop shopping for “the next best thing” to bring to you in Lake Gaston.
I have been to this market too many times to count (twice a year equals almost 50 times…yikes!) At the end of this excursion I realized why it has become so much more difficult. (I have aged but I would never admit that is to blame!)
Many years ago we were attending markets to spot new trends, stock a small retail boutique and make purchases for clients. With our expansions and growth over the years we now shop seven categories at the Atlanta Market Center. No wonder our list is so long, our feet are worn out and our brains are fried!
These pictures show a few tidbits of the items we purchased in just three of the seven categories. Let us hear about your favorite piece.
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