Capel Announces Centennial Cookbook Winner

Capel Rugs has selected the winner of its centennial cookbook contest, Ann Hiatt, rug department manager of Salem Creek in Winston-Salem, N.C. The contest, part of Capel Rugs’ year-long 100th anniversary celebration, invited the company’s 5,000-plus customers to submit treasured recipes that have been favorites of their own families for generations. Along with the recipes, contest participants shared the stories behind their dishes — the history and experiences that make them so special. Hiatt’s winning recipe — “The World’s Best Cookie,” which combines pecans and raisins — was passed along by her father. He typed it up for Hiatt in 1985, at which point it was already 75 years old. “It was his grandmother’s — or my great grandmother’s,” said Hiatt. “He was a wonderful cook/baker and our home growing up always had a tin of these cookies in the kitchen.” “This cookie recipe is not only delicious, it’s also more than 100 years old,” said Vickie Carder, Capel Rugs’ sales representative for North Carolina. “It’s a perfect match for celebrating Capel’s own 100th anniversary year.” Known for an eclectic mix of home décor, women’s accessories and gourmet items, Salem Creek has been doing business with Capel Rugs for more than 25 years. Last year, the retailer enhanced its presence in the rug category by creating a dedicated rug gallery on the second floor of its store. Hiatt received a $100 prize for winning the Capel cookbook contest. Her recipe will be posted for all to enjoy at www.capelrugs.com. Other contest submissions also were filled with touching stories about family and friends. A submission for a “Wild Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich” recalled a childhood memory of receiving a PB&J sandwich from a friend’s mom before heading out to spend summer mornings on a lake. “Now, at 52 years old, I tried to duplicate her recipe several times, but I forgot that she put butter on both pieces before creating the masterpiece!” Another entrant, who submitted a recipe for chocolate macaroons, talked about how his mom would make these cookies each Christmas Eve. “We would get to open one gift and have one cookie/macaroon before going to bed,” he said. “We intend to keep the tradition going with our grandkids.” An additional contestant submitted a recipe for stack cakes from her grandmother and mother, who also recently celebrated her 100th birthday. “My grandmother was known for her stack cakes. It was our family’s go-to favorite during the holidays and family gatherings. My mother has also carried on the tradition of making her mama’s stack cake. Congratulations to Capel and my mom for reaching 100...

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Nourison Introduces Space-Themed Collections

Nourison has ventured into new design dimensions trends with the introduction of One-of-a-Kind galaxy-inspired area rugs. In 2017, a space theme is emerging from sci-fi movies such as Life, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the release of Alien: Covenant this week, the summer release of Valerian, and the anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December. These trends are making their way from sci-fi movies to home decor, in the form of area rugs, mirrors, lighting and art prints. Nourison’s One-of-a-Kind rugs have a galactic feel, featuring 3D-like designs, shimmering silk-like fibers and bold shades of blue, pink and red. The company has previously introduced the space theme with the Twilight Moon area rug (TWI17) and One-of-a-Kind Odyssey rug. The space theme allows Nourison to feature unique and unusual designs with depth, detail and texture that are truly out of this world. Dealers interested in ordering any of these One-of-a-Kind galaxy-inspired rugs should contact their Nourison sales representative or call customer service at...

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Impressive Staging Planned For AmericasMart LIVE

When Nate Berkus, Erik Qualman and other headliners step into the AmericasMart LIVE spotlights in July, they will command the attention of tens of thousands of Market attendees plus a global digital audience from a custom-built studio and stage unique in the U.S. and international home and gift trade show industry. Beginning July 11, AmericasMart’s iconic Building 3 atrium and the AmericasMart LIVE mainstage become the center of the home and gift galaxy and the nexus of business information, thought leadership and trend-maker insights via an expansive video screen showing live and pre-recorded content from around The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® (Showrooms: July 11-18, 2017; Temporaries: July 13-17). The mainstage—both the backdrop for Market speakers and the LIVE interview studio site—will employ 80 feet of high-impact screens to showcase the energy and dynamism of the Market with continuous live programming fed from across all three AmericasMart buildings, plus pre- recorded content captured in product centers and trade show halls, and at satellite events staged across the campus. Furnishings on the mainstage reflect “The Great Reset,” key trends for the lifestyle and interiors industry for Autumn/Winter 17/18 as forecasted by international trend authority WGSN. Meanwhile, in the interview studio, tastemakers and thought leaders from design, retail, manufacturing and media will discuss trends and Market happenings for AmericasMart LIVE audiences. “AmericasMart LIVE goes well beyond what others have done—or can do—in terms of concept or staging,” says Douglas Broward, AmericasMart executive vice president of Branding. “We’re not just capturing the Market experience, but creating a unique convergence of the best that technology and live action can provide: thrilling, shareable moments that can’t be repeated or replicated anywhere else. It’s a spectacle designed to inspire.” Operating within the AmericasMart LIVE staging is a full-service production center, creating content and sharing Market stories in real-time throughout the campus. For more information about AmericasMart LIVE and the July Market, visit...

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Vegas Market Expands Non-Profit Partnerships

Las Vegas Market announced an expansion of its long- standing partnerships with three major non-profit industry associations –Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) – to develop an exclusive three-part Non-Profit Retail Symposium at the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market, July 30-August 3, 2017. The educational program, which is crafted by buyers for buyers, will address advocating to administration and selling to Millennials and will be augmented by a networking opportunity for association members and non-members alike. “Las Vegas Market is proud to partner with these three leading non-profit industry associations to develop at-Market programming and events with tangible benefits for their members,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is meaningfully committed to helping the lucrative, but often-overlooked, non-profit retail category identify and address growth opportunities and important business issues.” “How to Advocate to Administration” will address how non-profit retailers can meaningfully present contributions to administration, integrate best practices and “take a seat at the table” on Monday, July 31, 2pm – 3pm, in the Pavilions Seminar Room. Julie Steiner, director of retail operations at The Barnes Shop in Philadelphia, PA, and president of MSA, will moderate. Panelists include Susan Tudor of Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, Roseanna Galindo-Kuhn of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, CA; and Yvonne Miles of San Diego Zoo. RSVP at http://imcenters.nprsAdvocatelvm-s17.sgizmo.com/s3/. “Selling to Millennials,” will address how to define Millennials and how to position stores and products to appeal to this misunderstood demographic. ZAG member Melinda Greene, retail manager/gift shop buyer at Kansas City Zoo in Kansas City, MO, will moderate. Panelists are Melody Caban of Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX; Brandan Johnson of Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI; Karli Stroh of Integris Health in Oklahoma City, OK; Heather Barnes of Intermountain The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murry, UT; Kaitlyn Bailey of John Ball Zoological Garden in Grand Rapids, MI; Michael Balbone of Perez Art Museum Miami; Kate Botelho of Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, RI; Sally Miller of UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, OH; and Aubrey Herr of Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 12 noon – 1:30pm, in the Pavilions Seminar Room. A boxed lunch will be served. RSVP at http://imcenters.nprsSellinglvm-s17.sgizmo.com/s3/. A special Non-Profit Networking Reception will provide an opportunity for non-profit retail experts from across the country to meet and mingle on Monday, July 31,...

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Nourison Donates Product To Design on a Dime Benefit

Nourison donated product to vignettes for Elissa Grayer Interior Design and Francis Interiors at the 13th Annual Design on a Dime benefit in New York City. The benefit presented 60+ unbelievable vignettes from top designers on April 26-29th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Elissa Grayer Interior Design included Nourison’s abstract Twilight rug (TWI24) in Blue and Ivory in a pink and navy themed vignette. Francis Interiors “Fifty Shades of Grey” vignette featured the Maxell rug (MAE01) in Ivory Grey, Calvin Klein Home Lunar rug in Storm (LUN1) detailed with a luminescent radiance and velvet-like texture, and kathy ireland Home Studio shag (KI900) in Silver. “As Grey is my favorite color, I wanted to do something monochromatic,” says Francis Toumbakaris of Francis Interiors. Mina Victory Home Accents added to the vignette, with beaded skull & crossbones, basket weave leather and shag pillows and throw blankets in Steel Grey. For the fourth year in a row, Design on a Dime has raised over 1 million towards the mission to end AIDS and homelessness. Proceeds from Design on a Dime fund Housing Works’ groundbreaking programs and lifesaving services for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS including housing, healthcare, and a supportive community....

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Capel Celebrates Anniversary With New Lines At Spring High Point

Capel Rugs enjoyed another busy High Point Market this spring as retailers embraced a variety of new fashion-forward designs while celebrating the company’s milestone anniversary.  Among the company’s hits this market were two new Wilton-woven, machine-made Kevin O’Brien — Woodgrain and Leopard. Woodgrain simulates the look of a classic wood grain pattern with its design, which is available in three colorways— gold, light grey and charcoal. The Leopard collection, a nod to an animal print that’s still prevalent in interior design, comes in beige and charcoal. Both are popular patterns in Kevin O’Brien’s top-of-bed luxury linen collection. Tresillo, Kevin O’Brien’s third introduction at market, is a transitional ombré pattern of shaded colors available in indigo and natural colorways. Constructed of 100% olefin, a 5’ x 8’ rug in each of these new collections may retail for $399. “These new Kevin O’Brien designs really resonated with our buyers,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. “They loved the lively colors and distinctive patterning as well as the value pricing.” Also doing well this market were three new additions to the best-selling WILLIAMSBURG® line of “Trend Meets Tradition” designs. The new designs include a flat woven model called Palace Fret, and two new hand knots — Isobel and Thompson Ikat. All three designs feature jute. Isobel — a 100% jute design in four colorways based on a floral end paper from the Colonial Williamsburg archives — was particularly well received by retailers, but all three of the new jute designs drew solid support. Thompson Ikat, also in 100% jute, is a hand knotted printed design inspired by the ikat tradition of weaving. Available in three colorways, this new design draws on both Eastern and European interpretations of the ikat technique reflected in the Colonial Williamsburg archives. Palace Fret, another market winner, is a fresh interpretation of a classic Chinese key design that takes its cue from carving on a chair rail molding in the Supper Room of the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. The reversible design is jacquard woven in India of a cotton-and-jute blend in three colorways. “Retailers were surprised by how soft and inviting these jute rugs were, and they also liked the price point,” said Capel. Isobel and Thompson Ikat may retail for $699; Palace Fret may retail for as low as $299. In addition to these new licensed lines, Capel Rugs also generated solid placements on fresh designs including Beckett, a faded, Wilton machine made transitional collection in five spirited patterns and seven chic colorways; Metropolis, a Wilton woven, delicately distressed design of 100% New Zealand wool in seven transitional and traditional patterns and colorways; and Ankara, a...

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