National Backpack Awareness Day

Did you know that the first backpack was invented back in 1938! 30 years later lightweight nylon backpacks were introduced, expanding the use of backpacks from being used primarily as a tool for outdoor recreation to the wide spread use of backpacks among students.

In 2001, the American Occupational Therapy Association launched the country’s first ever event dedicated to backpacks and safety. National Backpack Awareness Day is geared towards ensuring students wear their backpacks safely, as improper use can lead to back pain or injury.

Today, backpacks are becoming a popular work bag and fashion accessory among women! Compared to traditional tote bags or purses, backpacks distribute weight more evenly, making them comfortable to carry commuting and to meetings.

Despite trends in handbags decreasing over the last year, backpack sales continue to grow!

Fashion meets function, at its finest!

Shop these featured backpacks and more 24/7!

1 – TGB: Ava Travel Backpack. 2 – Consuela, Sophie Backpack. 3 – Tag, Unicorn Backpack. 4 – C&F, Sonnet Backpack. 5 – Consuela, Guadalupe Backpack. 6 – TGB, Lupe Double Sided Backpack.

2019 Dallas Summer Look Book

It is officially show season and we are so excited about seeing everyone at the Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Markets this summer.

We are proud to showcase our 2019 Summer Looks Books, highlighting trends in the Home & Gift industry and featuring new arrivals and best sellers from each of our showrooms.

2019 Trends

Color, Color, Color: Color influences 50% – 85% of product purchasing decisions. Pretty in Peche, Ellington Blue, Harvest Gold, Sage Advice, and Parchment are color stories we think you should be obsessed with this year and some of our favorite coordinating products too!

 

Welcome to the Jungle: Take a walk on the wild side! This theme is filled with insects, foliage, wild animal inspired products; it has much more to offer than just the bare necessities!

 

Beautiful Boho & Tranquil Tribal: You don’t need to be a spiritual and Gilded Gold seeker or hippie to opt for the beautiful boho and tranquil tribal theme. The simplicity of style and the natural, lively look conveys have made it quite easy to fall in love with. This theme is tranquil, warm, and oh so cozy!

 

Into the Woods: This theme stems from a love of the outdoors. Influenced by natural features and forest animals Into the Woods embodies the notion of cabin living.

 

Nods to Nature: Wood instantly gives warmth to a room, whether it is a piece of furniture, a floor, or home décor piece. Our Nods to Nature theme focuses on product that highlights natural materials. These products are made of wood, natural materials, terracotta, include indoor plants, or plant patterns.

 

Modern Farmhouse: A mix of modern and rustic, this theme is perfect for those who like their southern style polished. I n a Modern Farmhouse, you will find natural or reclaimed materials and an emphasis on simplicity/clean design. A hint of nostalgic charm, blended with a modern touch!

 

Style & Sustainability: Proud to be sustainable. Customers want goods that can be luxurious as well as sustainable and expect companies to have a purpose beyond selling their products. Sustainable products are not just good for business, they are good for the environment, and improves the quality of life for everyone!

 

Brands that give Back: Giving back is not just a tr end we see during holidays; it is tr end we see woven into company culture. When you purchase one of these featured gifts, you are also helping improve livelihoods in under served areas, save an animal, and many more charitable initiatives.

Enjoy our Dallas Look Book!

 

Outdoor Entertaining Trends for 2019

Outdoor living continues to grow in 2019! Homeowners dream of setting up enjoyable spaces outside to maximize perfect summer days. In fact, 21% of Americans plan to purchase casual dinnerware for outdoor use in the next year.

This summer set the devices down and create memories with friends and family. Whether you are into barbecuing, relaxing, or entertaining, setting up and enjoyable outdoor space will help you make the most out of summer!

Here are five outdoor entertaining trends we love for 2019:

1. Natural Neutrals
This year’s outdoor fabrics feature neutral tones from white to dark grey. Simple stripes, Aztec patters, and textured details add depth to this trend. From fabrics to dining, neutral colors are a big trend for 2019.

Shop this look: 1. Fibrestone Malibu Cylinder Pots 2. White VIDA Havana rectangle tray 3. Ivory Veranda Melamine Dinner Plates

2. Tropical Takeaway
Think flamingos, large palms, and anything that reminds you of a tropical vacation. Bright colors are the forefront of this trend – which means your space will be energizing and fun.

Shop this look: 1. Nested Leaf Trays 2.Flamingos Pillow 3. Palm Tree

3. Mix & Match Musts
Neutral colors may be trending, but patterns are as bold as ever! Mix & match your favorite prints for a look that is playful and chick. Think boho – where textures and patterns are brought together without too much care of whether they actually “go together”. Don’t forget to add swing chair or a hammock to complete this look!

Shop this look: 1. Barclay Butera Mykonos Vase 2. Indoor/Outdoor Pillow 3. Cotton Canvas Hammock Chair

4. Light up the Night
When the sun goes down, outdoor lights come into their own. Unique lighting trends have found their way to outdoor living spaces in 2019. Combine unique designs, energy-saving technology, and fun materials to create the perfect mood lighting.

Shop this look: 1. Antique Bronze Vintage Lantern LED String Lights 2. Metal Solar Rustic Lantern 3. Multi Noida Lanterns

5. Sensible Sustainability
Homeowners continue to prioritize green living. Water features are growing in popularity to add tranquil elements to outdoor spaces, masking unwanted sounds. We’ve also seen an increase interest in gardening to grow one own’s food. Check out fun planters for a unique way to fruits and vegetables to your outdoor oasis.

Shop this look: 1. Hairpin Nested Bins 2. Ceramic Etched Planter 3. Tiered Shell Fountain

Now is the perfect time to plan updates to your outdoor living areas! As the seasons turn, you will be ready to enjoy your outdoor living space to the fullest!

Mother’s Day Spending Statistics, Trends, and Products We Love!

Every spring millions of people in the United States flock to retail stores for one simple reason – Mom!

Mother’s Day falls on May 12th this year (the second Sunday in May) and is one of only a handful of holidays that is celebrated internationally. Mother’s Day is the third largest retail holiday in the Untied States, only behind the winter holidays and back-to-school season.

In 2018, 86% of Americans celebrated Mother’s Day and spent an average of $186/per person. Gift givers ages 35-44 spent even more, averaging $224/per person! Total retail sales in 2018 for Mother’s Day were over $23 Billion!

People from every walk of life are looking ways to spoil their beloved mothers and other important female figures (stepmothers, mother-in-laws, wives, sisters, aunts, daughters, and friends) in their lives with cards, flowers, and gifts!

Today’s moms are showered with a wide range of gifts – jewelry, music, books, gardening tools, housewares, clothing, personal services (spa), consumables (brunch, lunch, or dinner)!

1. Rose Gold Tres Volte Necklace
2. Eola Bucket – Rose Quartz
3. Mother Like no other Mug
4. Flying Faith by Lesley Grainger, Canvas Wall Art
5. Tried & True Full Assortment
6. Ryder Earrings – multi-colored
7. Best Mom Ever Floral Stainless Drink Tumbler
8. Volcano Rainbow Watercolor Jar Candle
9. Gold Marta Zip Pouch
10. Canvas Tote Bag- Cool Mom

What Is Pantone’s Color Of The Year 2017?

The color of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For 2017 Pantone has selected the color Greenery | PANTONE #15-0343| pantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quote

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Learn more at Pantone.com

Atlanta Gift & Home Market – Lights, Products, Action….What a Show!

For those who attended Atlanta AmericaMart Gift & Home show you surely witnessed the energy,the abundance of great products, and most definitely the certainly the positive energy buzzing throughout this awesome trade market.  For those of you not able to attend, here is a photo recap-from fashion, to function to just plain fun, Ivystone customers, reps and vendors had it all going on!

 

Ivystone Events at Dallas Market Center-New Showroom Look Book

Ivystone Look Book- Dallas 2014Dallas summer market is here!  Join us in Ivystone Showroom #236, Dallas Market Center June 18-24th for a fantastic showcase of vendors and entertaining events throughout the market.

Your Ivystone sales rep will be on hand to help with products and events.

Preview Ivystone’s Dallas Showroom Look Book  for Every Style, Every Look, Everything You Need.

 

 

 

Celebrating 20 Colorful Years! Be Inspired by Company C’s Decorating Tips

Company C_20_Colorful_YearsPlan to inspire your customers this season and into 2014 with great merchandise (of course) and captivating displays of color. This awesome “color” inspired blog  from company C founders Chris and Walter Chapin is an overflowing cup of creativity to use and share with your customers.  

Company C was started in a garage in 1994 by Chris and Walter Chapin and is now a premier design studio and leading producer of exceptional home furnishings displaying their love and adaptation of color. Twice a year the Company C Design Studio brings you the hottest colors from fashion, the coolest colors from nature and the trend setting color combinations nobody has seen yet!

May your cup runneth over with creativity and inspiration……start your own colorful conversations by posting a photo of your unique seasonal displays here and on Facebook or Pinterest to share and inspire others.

” I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keefe

For suggestions on colorful products and designs contact your Ivystone and Simblist rep

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CompanyC-Inspiration

 

 

Stay on Trend With the Pantone 2014 Fashion Color Report

For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. We are bringing you the report of the most prominent hues for spring 2014.

Designers are taking a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful balance. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.

“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.”

Be the trend setter you want to be by using and introducing these beautiful hues into your 2014 gift, home décor and fashion merchandise.

Pantone 2014 Fashion Color Report

If you are looking for direction on 2014 products for your business, please contact the professionals at  Ivystone and Simblist  for assistance.

Pantone Fashion Color Report-Spring 2014

Pantone Fashion Color Report-Spring 2014

 

 

How to Make a Lasting First Impression for Your Business

A good first impression is the way to start a great relationship.  A negative first impression can often be overcome, but why give yourself the extra work?  

Make the best first impression possible by using your store entrance and windows as a first rate introduction to your business.  Imagine your store entrance as the “date of your dreams”  and create a space that is so attractive  and welcoming that everyone

will want to keep coming back to get to know your store better!

When Kathy Hampton bought Ice Cream Renaissance in 2010, she inherited an inefficiently designed shop. Customers walked in and were greeted by a cash register on a small pedestal table, a giant sink full of dirty dishes and a cavernous seating area that was usually vacant.

A year later, when she moved the Vancouver, Wash.-based ice cream parlor to a new location down the street, Hampton didn’t repeat those design mistakes. She built a long, more functional checkout counter, concealed the kitchen behind a swinging door and placed seating in front under accent lighting. Since the change, sales have increased by 20 percent.

Unfortunately, many retailers don’t notice poorly designed areas of their stores until it’s too late.

 Retail Disaster Zones Every Storeowner Should Avoid

  • Don’t clutter your entry and exit
  • Spend money on lighting
  • Display clear signs

Read more of the 7 most common store spaces that retailers botch up and ways to avoid making the same mistakes.

Let us hear of successful money making changes you have made to your store layout and don’t forget to send us your photos so we can share the good news!