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cort's ann sennewaldBy Ann Sennewald, CORT’s VP of Merchandising

I recently returned from my annual trek to the High Point Market in High Point, NC, which is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 buyers to the home fashion mecca every six months. One item that always makes it on my packing list is a pair of comfortable shoes to help me get through the 180 buildings, featuring thousands of new product introductions that make interior designers and product merchandisers, like me, salivate.

Re-accessorizing for a spring spruce upIt may not seem like it in most parts of the country right now, but spring is just a few weeks away.  While you are cooped up inside waiting for the temperature to rise, look for areas where you can add accessories to breathe new life into your home.  Accents such as faux trees and plants, mirrors, area rugs, lamps, and artwork can take any space from drab to fab without spending a fortune.

cort furniture design trendsI just returned from a trip across the pond where I attended the Interiors UK show in Birmingham. The largest furniture show in the United Kingdom, this show offers a unique opportunity for retailers, interior designers, architects and contractors to experience an array of inspiring interiors products from more than 600 exhibitors, including new options for furniture, lighting, flooring, soft furnishings and accessories.

cort furnitureSpending time with family doesn’t have to be just during the holiday season.  Homes today are multi-functional and are designed to provide a less fussy, more relaxed lifestyle so families can all be in the same space doing different activities.  For example, while Mom is in the kitchen fixing dinner, Dad can be sitting at the table reading the newspaper and the kids in the living room playing video games on the big screen TV.