You know what they say – “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Well that is not the case with my recent visit to the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) at the world-renowned Mandalay Bay resort. I witnessed so many interesting interior design trends at the show that I couldn’t possibly keep it all to myself.
Congrats! You’ve recently graduated and are moving into a new apartment. For many college grads, this is the first time moving and furnishing your own place. Being a recent graduate also means that you are looking to furnish and design your new pad on a budget.
By 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.
The CORT merchandising team attended the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, where over 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries came together to debut thousands of new and innovative products for the home!
Making the decision to bring a pet into your family takes a lot of careful consideration. From figuring out who will be responsible for the early morning walks to putting out their food, there is a great deal of responsibility that goes along with owning a pet.
It 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.
I 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.
As the holiday madness subsides and your house guests make their way back to their home cities, you may look around you and think, “It’s about time for something new.” With 2014 right around the corner, your New Year’s resolutions may include stepping up your interior design or just changing things up.
Spending 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.
College offers students many first time opportunities—the first time moving away from home, the first time facing new and unknown situations and often and for many, the first time living with a roommate. Moving in with a roommate can present many unique challenges, including combining personal décor styles to create a comfortable home for all.