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  • Thom Filicia at High Point

    Filicia offerings get the vote

    Designer-for-president Thom Filicia parades Furniture Today's Bill McLoughlin through his collections at Eastern Accents (top of bed lines) and Vanguard (home furnishings), showing how he's ready to “make America beautiful again.” (Video coverage sponsored by MicroD.)

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    December 29, 2016

    My mom is too old for Ikea?

    My mom is 82, and she loves Ikea. Her dining room group -- Ikea. Bedroom furniture (except for the nifty new adjustable foundation from Ashley HomeStore) -- Ikea.* Her living room? OK, the upholstery is Ekornes. Still, those little sloping footrests that go with the reclining sofa — Ikea, as she didn’t really want to dish out hundreds more for the real thing. Office furniture — Ikea. Even her plates and napkins come from Ikea. All this is to point out that apparently my mother is an outlier. According to a consumer survey conducted by lender Earnest, the peak age for shopping that ...

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  • Epperson

    An Insider's View

    Jerry Epperson

    December 22, 2016

    New year may not mean big changes, but it brings hope for improvement

    "Just sit right back, and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful election ..." Just before November 8th, I was so exhausted from hearing the political babble that I began to watch reruns of Gilligan's Island and episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. I can relate to SpongeBob's cynical neighbor, Squidward. We all know that January 1 st is just an arbitrary date, no different from any other day, but there is something refreshing about a new year. Add a new administration, even a controversial one, and we feel like there is hope for improvement and progress in ...

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  • Courtney Thabet

    Formalized Curiosity

    Courtney Thabet

    December 12, 2016

    Fear and Millennials in Orlando

    Last week, after celebrating my two month anniversary with PBM, I presented research in front of more than 300 people at the 2016 Furniture Today Leadership Conference. As a former professor who had to speak in front of people daily, I did not think I would be nervous. Man, was I wrong. The nerves did not hit until five minutes before presentation. And while I did not fall or trip (a minor miracle), my voice did shake while speaking. Generally, I think a little bit of fear and adrenaline is good; one can use it to boost your energy for ...

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