Show Preview - January 2013

Western Wonders
By Wanda Jankowski

Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market takes places at the World Market Center in Las Vegas from Jan. 28, to Feb. 1, 2013. In addition to a wealth of product resources, some of which are previewed here, the Las Vegas Market includes a diverse array of seminars and special programs.

“Winter’s Las Vegas Market will feature experts that span the realm of home furnishings, gift, merchandising, design, technology, fashion, social media, and business management, bringing market attendees a wealth of fresh ideas as well as best practices,” says Dana Andrew, vice-president of global marketing and communications for International Market Centers, parent company of Las Vegas Market. “These expert-led sessions are designed to spark creativity and give our attendees valuable new strategies to help their businesses flourish in 2013 and beyond.”

The nearly 50 seminars that take place during Las Vegas Market are open to all Market attendees. Presentations include:

  • “Visual Storytelling: Modern Social Media For Brands In The Home Space,” Mon., Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., Building C, C176.
    The session explores the importance of developing unique multi-media content to share your brand story online. Data, proof-points and best-in-class examples cover social media, such as Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. This hands-on tutorial includes self-assessments for improving your brand’s social portfolio.
  • “From The Runway: How Fashion Influences Home Décor,” Mon., Jan. 28, 2 p.m., Building C, C176
    Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd reveals apparel fashion’s influences on interior design with details on how runway trends are interpreted into product and room designs.
  • “Specialty Retail In A ‘Fan’, ‘Like’, ‘Follow’ World,” Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Building C, C352.
    Kimberly Warren Baker reveals techniques of successful social media marketing campaigns used in gift shops garnered from a survey of Museum & More’s retail buyer audience. How retailers use social media to increase store traffic and build a loyal customer base are explored.
  • “Thom Filicia, Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) DesignInGreen Leader, Discusses American Beauty,” Tues., Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Building C, C176
    Thom Filicia discusses his new book, American Beauty, with SFC executive director Susan Inglis, focusing on the influence of best practices for sustainability on his work and what it can mean for the future of the furnishings industry. Illustrations from the book explore the difference it makes to choose U.S. manufacturers, reclaimed materials, etc.
  • “Dwell Studio & Robert Allen Present Outdoor Living Design Trends,” Jan. 29, 3 p.m., Building C, C176
    DwellStudio founder & creative director Christiane Lemieux presents design trends on outdoor living, and walks through the design process of creating DwellStudio's first all-outdoor collection.
  • “Fast Forward: A Future-View Of Interior Trends,” Jan. 30, 9 a.m., Building B, World Forum, Floor 16
    The Fast Forward presentation by Greg Dunlop, IIDA, ASID, global commercial director of WGSN-Homebuildlife, focuses on three key macro trends for the 2014, and includes details on color and material forecasts for next year, and how they impact décor for home furnishings products.

A full listing of Las Vegas Market seminars and social events is found at
Coinciding with the Las Vegas Market is the new Gift+ Home CEO Summit, co-produced by International Market Centers and Eller Enterprises, which takes place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2013. The conference, geared toward ceos, presidents and owners of gift and home businesses, will explore the global effects of the Chinese economy and Euro crisis, how to prepare a company for sale/exit strategies, building corporate culture, and other topical issues influencing the U.S. gift and home marketplace. For more information, visit

For more information on exhibitors at Gift + Home at the Las Vegas Market, visit

Inspired By Garden Design From the Modern Traditions Collection, the Courtyard duvet cover and shams take their pattern from an ornamental garden design enhanced with kaleidoscopic repetition. Trimmed in lake velvet, the shades of spring green and lake blue are set against the pale yellow-green background. Company C, 800-818-8288,
Texture-Rich Pillows >> The Montra Collection pairs vivid colors with calming neutrals, and creates visual interest with a texture-enhancing handcrafted smock technique. Mercy Ocean NY, 201-854-1512,
Placemat, Napkin & Ring >> The Panama Weave placemat is reversible and coordinates with the Coral Linen Napkin with chocolate blanket stitch and Antique Rust Napkin Ring. Silverado Home, 505-248-1221,
New Williamsburg Designs S Two new Williamsburg bedding collections—Garden Folly and Boxwood Abbey—pay homage to British landscape design, which flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries, while updating the concepts for today’s lifestyles. Shown is Garden Folly, inspired by the historical icons of boxwood parterres and ornamental follies found in English landscapes as well as in the gardens of Williamsburg, VA. C & F Enterprises, Inc., 888-889-9868,
Handwoven Pillow Covers These fair trade, handwoven wool pillow covers, each with cotton backing and zipper, are offered in 16- by 20-, 18- by 18-, 20- by 20- and 22- by 22-inch sizes. Left to right: Burnt Orange and Greek Shapes, and Tribal Teal Diamonds. Manos Zapotecas, 949-433-4623,
Designer Inspired Pillow >> The 14- by 22-inch lumbar feather pillow features a motif designed by the late Italian painter and interior decorator, Piero Fornasetti. The design is available in pillows, yardage and bedding. Also shown is a 22- by 22-inch feather pillow in charcoal. CottonBelle, 573 859-6589,
Comfort Sleep Options >> As the exclusive supplier of Cocona Technology, the company showcases bed sheets, pillows, comforters and mattress pads that incorporate the technology. Cocona accelerates the fabric’s breathability and moisture management, so perspiration vapor is immediately removed from bedding, increasing the sleeper’s comfort. Design Weave USA, 888-288-8781,
<< Help For Snorers SnoreBeGone is a sleep positioning system that helps the body overcome factors that can cause or increase snoring. It supports the entire body, elevating it to prevent gravitational collapse of airways and helping the sleeper maintain correct posture with spine and shoulders at right angles. The system features three foam layers: the top section is memory foam; the second layer is “spacer” foam that can be removed to lower the headrest height for individual comfort; and the bottom layer is heavy-duty foam providing a suitable base. SnoreBeGone also encourages side sleeping, which leaves air passages open for easier breathing. There is a detachable and adjustable headrest, and detachable arm rest for optimal comfort. Protect-A-Bed, 866-297-8836,
dogs not included The Rulu Collection includes 18- to 144-inch curtain rods, 96-inch panels, candleholders, vases and decorative pillows that combine to achieve a coordinated look in home décor. Colors have been selected to appeal to both men and women in a wide age range. India House, 770-922-2828,
<< Bamboo/Cotton Throw The Bonnie soft throw is a blend of bamboo and cotton, which keeps the user warm in winter and cool in summer. The throw, which measures 50 by 70 inches including the fringe, is reversible, with a different solid color on each side. Color combinations include: camel/sky (shown), chocolate/taupe, camel/cream, grey/yellow and olive/green. Woven Workz, 888-675-1000,
Cotton Blend Fabric >> The Stencil Collection, which features an array of patterns designed to project a sophisticated casual look, can be used for draperies, upholstery, pillows and other home accessories. The cotton blend creates a unique texture and lustre. The collection is offered in nine colorways. World Wide Fabric Inc., 323-263-1111
Simple To Install >> The Simple Shade curtain and rod is installed without screws or tools. Mounting tape is pre-attached to the rod back. The pair of 42-inch wide curtains includes pre-attached hooks. After peeling back the mounting tape, the rod is pressed onto the wall and the curtains hung on the rod. Softline Home Fashions Inc., 800-701-4220,


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