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"Design Between the Lines" Episode 113 Sarah Marriage

  In this episode John Conrad highlights a maker-designer who is working to shape the face and future of woodworking; Sarah Marriage. Her award-winning work is beautiful, meticulous and thoughtful and has been shown at galleries and trade sh... More

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“Design Between the Lines” is the only Design and Home Furnishings Podcast where we talk with the real game-changers, industry innovators, and lifetime legends of the Home Furnishings industry. It is here that listeners can sit down and listen in on a casual chat with the people who craft the furniture industry into what we see today, and to learn a little bit more about life in their world.

Bill McLoughlin

Did furniture stores not get the retail apocalypse memo?

I keep reading about this retail apocalypse thing. Apparently brick and mortar is dead. It’s time to turn all that space into condos or something. Just yesterday I received an e-mail asking if we were working on any year-in-review/looking-a... More

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I'm Bill McLoughlin, Editor in Chief at Furniture Today. In the 25 plus years I’ve covered retail the thing I’ve enjoyed most is the people; hearing their stories, learning about their companies and sharing insights on the business. Through this blog I hope to continue that dialogue. Sometimes you may agree with me, sometimes not. But it’s my hope you will find a fresh perspective and perhaps an idea or two that helps improve your business. I welcome your comments and look forward to a long and productive dialogue.
David Perry

Mattress boom in the cards if Millennials don’t grow up

Will Millennials, those darlings of marketers everywhere, grow up to act like Baby Boomers? The bedding industry is hoping that the answer is a resounding “no.” A lot is riding on that question. We are talking about millions of additi... More

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David Perry Bedding Editor Hi! I'm David Perry, the bedding editor for Furniture/Today. This is an online version of my Bedding Today column, which appears weekly in the pages of Furniture/Today. I invite you to take advantage of this blog format to share your comments on the topics that I tackle each week.
Clint Engel

Grow or be outgrown? Addressing the urgency to keep up

The merger last month of two of the nation's largest furniture, electronics and appliance buying groups points to an industry trend that's only going to grow in the years to come. You might actually call the trend, “Grow.” Perhaps, &l...; More

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Hello! I’m Clint Engel senior retail editor at Furniture/Today, where I cover all things retail. I’ll use this blog to offer my thoughts on both the furniture retail scene and general retail, but more importantly, as a vehicle to bring in and link to other ideas and sources of information that could prove useful to you. I hope you’ll use this space to share your thoughts, too. Also feel free to contact me directly at or 336-605-1129.
Thomas Russell

Brazil seeks to regain foothold in U.S. market

In recent months, a number of industry case goods sources have touted the quality and competitive pricing coming from Brazil. A country, long known for its solid pine products, the country’s furniture industry appears on the rebound followin... More

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Tom Russell Associate Editor I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have had covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain some perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours overseas. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives on-line and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings. (to view or add public comments click on "Add your Comment" below each blog post)
Powell Slaughter

Another private equity target?

It’s been an interesting year regarding private equity investment in the furniture industry on both the vendor and retail sides of the business. This summer, for instance, Blackstone acquired showroom powerhouse International Market Centers... More

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I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope this blog will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.
Erin Berg

What to order when confusion is on the menu

The other evening, a friend and I tried out a new restaurant. Although the menu was available online, we decided not to look at it before going to preserve the thrill of discovery. With bright-eyed anticipation, we took the menu handed to us, and... More

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Hi, I'm Erin Berg, associate editor covering motion upholstery and outdoor. I came to F/T with a marketing background from various industries not related to furniture so I like to think I can bring a different perspective to the business. My blog spot will sometimes be about sharing my ideas and thoughts, and always about inviting yours. I hope to spark conversation because from what I’ve learned about this industry, it’s built on relationships. And relationships start with conversation.


The I’s have it: Imports, inflation having their impact

Do you ever feel like you are running in place? That can be explained if you are selling furniture. Truthfully, we are selling more units for fewer dollars, and sadly those more units have other costs like warehousing, inventory costs, transportat... More

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W.W. "Jerry" Epperson Jr. is a managing director of Mann, Armistead & Epperson Ltd., 119 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, Va., an investment banking and research company that specializes in the furniture sector. Online at

Renovation firms report optimism is still strong at the end of Q3

Renovation professionals feel strongly optimistic about the demand for their services in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest Houzz Renovation Barometer report.   By Erin Carlyle, Houzz Renovation professionals feel strongly ... More

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Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.
PBM Strategic Insights

What retail can learn from MTV's latest reinvention

Music video pioneer, MTV, has undergone numerous rebirths over its 36-year history and currently finds itself in the midst of another. Launched in 1981 with the music video “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the channel redefined musical ... More

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Welcome to PBM Strategic Insight’s blog where we will talk marketing research. This may include general overviews about research and its benefits, studies we have done ourselves, or studies we come across that piques our interest (and, hopefully, yours too!). Please share your thoughts and insights and contribute to the discussion.

Mike Root

What do you consider the biggest threat to the furniture industry?

My head was spinning, my mind was racing, and I was downright concerned that life in the furniture business was not ever going to be the same again! I was concerned for my retailer customer, my fellow reps and our rep organization because of the f... More

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Hi, I'm Mike Root , president of Furniture Sales of Mid-America (, a furniture wholesale company representing multiple factories serving retailers in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. I was honored with the IHFRA Distinguished Service Award, am on the board of directors of the International Home Furnishings Representative's Assn. and previously served six years on the executive committee. In that experience I am fortunate to meet many reps and understand their challenges, concerns as well as successes. It is from that frame of reference I write this blog.

I see incredible opportunities for our industry to make a difference in people's lives. It is my intention to share with you positive stories and observations from around the country as they relate to the home furnishings industry. True, this is a blog for furniture representatives. But the reality is that we are all representing the home furnishings industry. Therefore, I will write to and for reps, but hopefully the message will resonate with all throughout the industry.

My perspective is one of a lifelong furniture guy with past experience in retail, rental and wholesale. I also have the good fortune of being part of a three generation agency, working with my father, Emmet Root, who is still active as a rep after more than 60 years and my son, Jay, who is helping brick-and-mortar and Internet retailers sell furniture online.

More information can be found on my blog at To contact me by email

Alex Milstein

3 ways the furniture industry can use GIFs

If you’ve been on the Internet in the last five years you’ve probably seen a GIF. They’re those looped, moving images you see all over Facebook and Twitter. A GIF, or graphics interchange format, is a type of digital image form... More

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One Stop Shop blog is your number one source for furniture industry tips, advice and how-to’s. From social media guidance to breaking down trends in the industry, One Stop Shop offers solutions and ideas that will help retailers and manufacturers succeed in business. Alex’s millennial tendencies and love for listicles runs deep, but not as deep as his passion for providing useful, helpful and informative solutions.

Have something you want Alex to write about? Contact him on Twitter @CLalexM or by email at