January is a month of preparation and renewal for retail. It is also a market month, where manufacturers and their vendors present their latest wares to retailers. To say that the design mart is a barometer for our economy is an understatement. For many years, and even a couple of my past postings here at TTBJ, I have witnessed very safe offerings where companies simply continue to offer their strongest sellers and very little in the way of new or innovative wares.
I am thrilled to say that there appears to be a change in the air (and at the market!). This market was the first time in over five years, that we saw larger collections with a wider variety of price-points, better quality items, out-of-the-box innovations and even an increase in U.S. & European made lines.
Market is a time for companies to showcase a hot item or a look that is trending. The equestrian look continues to be a big trend. Lines have expanded and include nearly every room of the home.
Traditional upholstery, pillows and even a saddle!
Hunt style barware.
Spring-time looks of neutral garden decor, including these great urns paired with greens.
Another big garden focus was herbs.
Platinum had a very strong showing for Christmas... yes sorry, we are already preparing for Christmas.
Tartan plaid is still strong.
Neutral upholstery and light wood tones continue to be a welcomed look creating a decor statement alone or as accents to darker upholstery and/or wood tones.
To top it off, there was a big improvement in decorative lighting. Many lines even included vintage components and designs.
All in all it was a great show. When I come away inspired to create new and different looks for the shop, I know it has been time well spent. Now the hardest part of all... waiting for our orders to arrive.
Next weekend treasure hunting and post to follow.