This month, we are thrilled to unveil a new rendition of our nearly 40-year-old brand. Home Accents Today is legacy AND innovation in one place, and the next “great thing” frequently starts here, on these pages. Our mission is to inspire and inform you about all those great things in a visually engaging way.
That exploration begins on our redesigned front cover. This month, we highlight a new upholstery collection from Universal Furniture that is based on a Neo-Expressionist piece from artist Kelly O’Neal. Universal was drawn to this design for its “in-your-face” style, Universal President Sean O’Connor told me, and he believes it has potential to shake up the marketplace this spring with something that is vibrant and colorful and unexpected. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our own reimagined design!
Throughout this issue, you will see tweaks and changes (and a few major overhauls) in our layout and appearance, but our editorial focus remains the same: to provide the news and information that can help you better understand the home décor industry, foster your imagination, inspire change and transform your business.
For our Winter Fashion Trend Report, we challenged our trend advisors and other outside experts to answer a few specific questions about what is going on in the world of design (such as how renewed interest in the Brutalist movement will play out in product development), and a few open-ended questions like the most exciting new materials they see in the pipeline and where the whole wellness movement is going.
January is a major market month, and our Winter Market Guide showcases the new products launching at the shows in Dallas this week, Atlanta next week and Las Vegas later this month. We also changed the approach to our “Accent On” category spotlight by presenting examples of “good/better/best” product assortments from four different manufacturers as they define those classifications. This month we feature lighting pendants, next month it will be decorative pillows (our editorial calendar details which product category will be featured each month).
This issue also includes an in-depth portrait of Hubbardton Forge CEO Maria Mullen, who receives an ARTS Award Academy of Achievement honor later this month for her outstanding contributions to the lighting industry, along with an explanation of the first-ever Metaverse lighting TrendHouse that debuts at Lightovation (get ready to be amazed!).
Home Accents Today is proud to be the voice for our industry partners. Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors continues to share her humorous industry observations as well as clear-eyed suggestions for how to be a better retailer in her monthly column, while our Voices of the Industry piece wraps up every issue by highlighting ideas and opinions from industry associations and other members of the home accent community. This month, Raf Michalowski of Meble Furniture discusses how his company has successfully balanced the diverse skills and experiences of a father-son team to expand their online business.
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