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Founded in 1980, @roomandboard is an under-the-radar American home furnishings retail super-success story. Retail Watch columnist Warren Shoulberg takes a look at how the brand became the powerful (yet humble) force it is today.
As the pandemic has made much of the working world reconsider the value of working remotely, more designers across the industry are recognizing the benefits of bringing on (or becoming) virtual employees.
On this episode of BOH’s new podcast, Trade Tales, designer Max Humphrey shares his unorthodox approach to the design process, and how keeping business small can protect creative vision.
This week on The BOH Podcast: @ASID CEO Gary Wheeler tells @DennisScully how the current moment of upheaval is also a pivotal opportunity to drive home the value of design and transform the industry into a more equitable, inclusive space.
In this week’s installment of the #50StatesProject, Kat Benson and Katy Cassaw, co-founders and principals of Mission, Kansas–based Nest Interiors, share how they merged their different aesthetics, why they don’t measure success financially and more.
In 1970, #EarthDay was created to draw attention to environmental issues. Fifty years later, it’s a chance for brands to burnish their sustainability cred.
From a unique objet to a bold vase, decorative accessories are often what make a space truly memorable. Ahead, peruse seven striking new pieces that can take any room to the next level.
For more than a decade, Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill has specialized in lighting design. When the pandemic hit, the company went big on a Michigan factory and hasn’t looked back.
In the rarified realm of interior design, theft is uncommon but not unheard of. In this week's feature, BOH spoke with designers and showroom managers to find out where and when their products have been plundered.
In our weekly roundup, a real estate matchmaking app receives major funding, @amazon explores on-site furniture assembly, experts say @joinClubhouse may already be on its way out, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
Herman Miller announced Monday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Knoll in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.8 billion, in a bid to take advantage of a post-pandemic return to the office. The deal is expected to close by the end of Q3 2021.
In this week’s installment of the 50 States Project, Des Moines–based Jillian Lare tells us about her mid-career pivot from engineering to design, why she’s changing the way she charges to make up for all the time she can’t put on a bill, and more.
A change at the top for America’s most venerable tableware maker.
A family-run business started in 1946, @TheShadeStore maintains a personal approach even as the company has grown exponentially. The brand’s leaders reflect on the journey, their mission today, and what lies ahead for the custom window treatment resource.
Unlike the influencer-saturated fashion and beauty spheres, the influencer marketing model has been slow to take hold in the home industry, especially the high end. In this week's feature, @FredNicolaus explores why—and when to expect that to change.
Indianapolis-based designer Tiffany Skilling recounts what it was like taking on her firm’s director of operations as a client.
In our weekly roundup, global shipping struggles to catch up with demand, 'The Crown' actress Erin Doherty teams up with OKA, Zoffany hits the Saks storefront, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
Crossover in the fashion and home textiles world is hardly a new phenomenon, but fabric and passementerie brands are looking in a new direction for their latest collaborations—down.
Sean Low is the go-to business coach for interior designers. In his BOH advice column, he answers designers' questions—this time, how to manage a surge in client demand without overcommitting.
After a period of dramatic transition, @NYCxDESIGN is looking ahead to its next chapter. Business of Home caught up with new executive director Elissa Black and program director Valerie Hoffman to hear about what’s on the horizon.
In this week’s installment of the 50 States Project, Fishers, Indiana–based Sunshine Brooks of Shine Design shares why not all consultations are created equal, why putting value on her work made clients value her, too, and more.
Business of Home spoke with @CB2 president Ryan Turf about the brand’s new Paul McCobb collection, design hipsters, and what it takes to reach interior designers.
While spring is nature’s reminder of the beauty of flowers, ebullient floral patterns like the ones featured in these six new textiles will brighten your home year-round.
In our weekly roundup, @degournay releases a new wallcovering design with The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, @potterybarn taps Rebecca Atwood, Kips Bay Palm Beach opens its doors, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
Even as drawn-out lead times continue to plague the home industry, not all brands are suffering. BOH checked in with leaders at companies that are capitalizing on the challenges of the moment to find success.
In this week’s installment of the 50 States Project, #Chicago-based designer Brynn Olson shares what she learned from Nate Berkus, why she takes the time to draft a detailed project scope before signing a client, and more.
Live selling is an old concept that’s taking off in new ways in the digital era. BOH checked in with workplace furniture brand Humanscale, which recently tested the strategy, about how home companies can capitalize on the trend.
On this episode of BOH’s new podcast, Trade Tales, Beth Diana Smith shares the story of her mid-career transition and how she tapped into her corporate business background while establishing herself as a designer.
What does your website say about your firm? A lot more than you might think. For advice on captivating the client from the first click, we asked pros who specialize in perfecting the digital footprints of interior designers.
In our weekly roundup, Angie’s List gets a face-lift, the 2021 Pritzker Prize winners, a new magazine from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
This week on The BOH Podcast: Though relatively new, The Expert has garnered buzzy designers and a growing wait list. Host @DennisScully speaks to the platform’s founders, asking about their plans to strategically scale and seize e-commerce opportunities.
In RH’s Q4 earnings call, company chairman and CEO Gary Friedman laid out all the reasons for the brand’s banner year—and why he expects its positive prospects to continue into 2021 and beyond.
In this week's Trade Tales column, we asked eight designers how they get clients to see past retail and get on board with trade brands.
As the days get longer, industry brands continue to open new showrooms and spaces. In our March roundup, Business of Home has gathered all the expansions and openings to have on your radar.
BOH spoke to Ethiopian-American designer Hana Getachew about launching Bolé Road Textiles while striving for equity in her own business and the industry at large.
With an innovative custom wallcovering initiative and three new showrooms, @PhillipJeffries looks to put the pandemic in the past.
This week, BOH rounded up nine office essentials that can elevate any work-from-home setup.
As two major retailers make moves to refresh their home furnishings assortments with repurposed brand names, Retail Watch columnist Warren Shoulberg explains why these nameplates matter—and why, in many ways, they don’t.
Advances in #artificialintelligence mostly make headlines in tech—but AI is creeping into the #art world too. BOH spoke to Ben Kovalis, co-founder of Art AI Gallery, to learn why you might soon be specifying pieces created by a machine.
This week, Warren Shoulberg takes a trip to Waco, Texas, to explore the all-encompassing experiential retail complex that is Magnolia Market. He explains why the concept is a brilliantly unique one—and what other brands can learn from it.
In our weekly roundup, an update on small business relief, Saks Fifth Avenue bets on digital, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
British furniture company @MakerandSon has named Jim Hardy, whose resume includes senior positions at Ralph Lauren and One Kings Lane, as first U.S. president. BOH caught up with Hardy to discuss his vision for the brand.
This week on The BOH Podcast: Thomas O’Brien tells host Dennis Scully about his winding career path, how he found supersuccess in licensing, and how he fuels the flame of passion in his work.
On the first episode of BOH’s new podcast, Trade Tales, Philadelphia-based interior designer Nile Johnson shares how his toughest client inspired him to restructure his business.
In this week’s installment of the 50 States Project, Montchanin, Delaware–based designer Megan Gorelick shares how she puts a filter between herself and the client, why she’s all in on flat fees, and more.
Macy’s released its fourth-quarter and 2020 fiscal results, including the first quarterly profit in more than a year. Retail Watch columnist Warren Shoulberg reports on how home sales are boosting the brand’s bottom line.
Bold colors will always make a statement, but a well-placed alabaster finish can be just as striking. Here, BOH has rounded up eight white objects and accents for every room in the house.
‘Design Star: Next Gen’ premieres tonight on @hgtv. Business of Home checked in with the 8 designer contestants to find out their stories and what they hope to get from the experience.
In our weekly roundup, @HomeworldNews folds, @chairishco is on TV, and more. Read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH news desk.
The buzzy invite-only social media platform has recently taken the design industry by storm. We explore how it works, what all the fuss is about, and why opportunity favors early adopters. (Plus, we’re hosting a #Clubhouse chat of our own—see you there!)
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