Thursday, August 30, 2012

New T2 with Els Teunissen - Verona Paper and Wool Hand-tied

This week, we are unveiling a brand new Tips and Tricks video with Els Teunissen. It's in a new format, which I think you are all really going to enjoy. In this week's video, Els creates an easy and beautiful hand-tied bouquet using Verona Paper and wool.

If you're having trouble viewing the embedded video, be sure to visit our YouTube channel to see all our T2 videos.

Our creative team has arrived in their hotel in Amsterdam. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on their trip, their inspiration, and maybe even to sneak a peek at some of the new products they find. . . For now, here's a few quick shots they forwarded me upon their arrival!
Also, I cannot even begin to tell you how hard the entire marketing team has been working on what's ahead for the website. It's coming soon . . . Very, very soon! And let's just say it involves more inspiration photos than I know what to do with!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Product Spotlight: Heirloom

I adore the vintage modern look so popular in weddings and events these days. Our Heirloom Collection has arrived in stock and is a perfect, fool-proof way to achieve this vintage style.

"Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milky white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name" (from here).
To celebrate, I've created a "Milk Glass" pinboard on Pinterest, check it out to see a collection of some of our favorite milk glass inspiration for weddings, events, the home, and more!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Customer Inspiration and sneak peeks

I mayhave already mentioned this a time or two, but we have some seriously talented customers who continue to inspire and amaze us . . . Here is Brian Davis of Cachepot featured in Garden and Gun magazine, along with our Newport collection!
And here's a few beautiful shots from Florada Interiorscape and Design in Florida.
 And I opened my email the other day to find this subject line "Your products earned me an honorable mention at Art in bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum." Which, of course, totally made my day. So a big thanks to Nancy of Fantasy Flowers - thanks for sharing!
Don't forget to send me your work so we can share it, pin it, blog it. . . We love bragging on our customers!
Now for a special sneak peek at some of Mandy Majerik's fabulous creations from last week. I just can't even tell you how excited I am to unveil our new website feature in September, y'all are going to love it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pinterest and a Photo Shoot

The ever-talented and effervescent Mandy Majerik is in our studio again for yet another photo shoot. We just can't get enough of her beautiful designs! I wanted to give you a few behind-the-scenes peeks at what she is working on. And I can hardly wait to show you what's ahead for all the images from every fabulous photoshoot we've had over the past few months. Let's just say we have something pretty exciting in store on our website.
Accent Decor behind the scenes with Mandy floral design
Mandy teaching a class at Accent Decor
Mandy Majerik and Accent Decor florals
modern yellow and green floral design
behind the scenes shot from Mandy Majerik at Accent Decor
Speaking of inspiration and such, do you follow us on Pinterest yet? We have 10 boards currently, ranging from our own Top 10 best sellers, to events, to tabletop, to flowers, and more! For constantly updated inspiration, there's no better place than Pinterest!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Top 10 Best Sellers from our shows

One of my favorite things to do after all our shows are finished is to look at the products that were the best sellers. Discovering what new products y'all loved and which of our old favorites made the cut as continued best sellers. So without further ado, here are the 10 products which were the best sellers at our shows this season. Just in case you didn't make it to our shows, or you missed these products at the shows, be sure to check them out on our website now!

1. Dorado

2. Hobnail Jar/Hanger

3. Myriad

4. Bentley

5. Timber

6. Guru

7. Beyond Stand
8. Moonstruck Votive

9. Crosswinds
10. Hammond Pots

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Show Season Wrap-up and Looking Ahead

We are in the  final week of show season! Vegas is going wonderfully, it has been so great to meet and see so many customers and friends. Gifts and Dec are doing daily videos, and The World Market Center is making lots of changes and working ahead for an amazing 2013. Not to mention that the AIFD symposium will be there too - Viva Las Vegas! Be sure to mark your calendars for next year!
One of my favorite things to do after the shows is look at the best sellers from our new collection and old favorites. We will share that list with y'all next week, so be sure to keep checking your email and the blog,
As we wrap up show season, we are working hard on the new line, moving into the new office, and building a new photo studio. Meanwhile, the new samples are piling up. We are excited to put it all together. The Norcross showroom is looking good, Cash and Carry is stocked. Come on by, shop and save today!