Halloween’s Growing Popularity

Beau & Bein

It does take one to know one. When it comes to Halloween consumers, I’m definitely one of the two-thirds of all Americans who took part in Halloween 2014 celebrations (according to the National Retail Federation). I’m also one of the average participants who spent $77.52 on Halloween products, bringing the total projected spending for 2014 to $7.4 b … [Read more...]

Amazon’s High Tech Living


Just in time for the holidays, Amazon.com has released their "Holiday Gift Giving" sections and we want to bring one to your attention: High Tech Living. In this section, Amazon displays the top high tech products you might buy for your home or as a gift for others. In addition to the obvious home theater and TV-based electronics category, there … [Read more...]

Pattern Notes from SOFA

Lara Scobie

SOFA is the sculpture objects functional art and design show that took place in November at Chicago’s Navy Pier. At this year’s event, Editorial Correspondent Elaine Markoutsas discovered that pattern favored strong geometry and graphics more than any other direction. Elizabeth Anastos, a 23-year-old art consultant and blogger who attended SOFA, not … [Read more...]

Nice Stems!

Boxy, yet elegant: Orrefors' Unique stemware

Taking cues from the unique personalities of on-trend specialty-beverage drinkware, wine glasses at the recent Tabletop market came in the widest range of stem styles in memory. Here is a peek at some of the fascinating shapes that made wine glasses worth a second (or third) look at the New York Tabletop market: … [Read more...]

Linking Up

Barry Dixon for Arteriors

Apparel expert and Editorial Correspondent Carole D’Arconte called out chain links as a look to track from the runways a few months ago. Lately, chain links have also started cropping up in home-accessory categories, appearing in surface designs and as actual chains. Whether the look is delicate and jewelry-inspired or hardware-store chunky, m … [Read more...]

Greenbuild: The Whole Package

LivingHome Exterior

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It is a forum for industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals, who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. This year's show brought together most of the major elements in verifiable residential sustainability in a way that has not … [Read more...]

Digital Décor

Bone Chillers by AtmosFEAR fx

It stands to reason that Halloween would be the first holiday to offer a platform for digital décor. That's because it’s the kind of holiday that requires an overall atmospheric transformation of living and entertaining spaces to haunted, eerie and even terrorizing themes. In fact, “digital” decorating has long been generated by such Halloween favor … [Read more...]

Not-So-Heavy Metal


Metal demonstrated some interesting tendencies at the summer gift shows, and most of them were lightweight. Although heavy iron looks are trending in furniture and lighting as Italian and Spanish looks continue to emerge, they were not yet on the scene at the gift markets. Most important: chicken wire. It was shown in colored, rusted and ga … [Read more...]

Spools Get a Trend Update

Galt Sitting Rabbit

Spools enjoyed the spotlight for several seasons, compliments of the Vintage Industrial trend, and now they are post-peak. This is especially true for the metal versions that appeared to have been salvaged from a turn-of-the-last-century textiles factory. But Galt, showing at DMC's June Holiday & Home Expo (next edition will be January 14-20, … [Read more...]

Halloween: The Second Largest Décor Spending Holiday


The Trend Curve was the first—and is still the ONLY—trend agency to create a color-and-trend forecast just for the Halloween and fall season. Because Halloween is the second largest décor-buying holiday all year, this product has been a bestseller for us since we published the first version of Haute Halloween and Fall™ five years ago. Since then, … [Read more...]