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2018 Outdoor Trends

outdoorlivinggraphicfinalIf there ever was a year to give outdoor living spaces a fresh look, 2018 is it! With the economy on the upswing, consumers are feeling confident, and are already showing signs of spending more on entertaining at home, both indoors and out. Come next spring, if economic predictions are right, this spending will continue, and outdoor spaces are expected to become a priority for consumers.

The trend is to extend interior spaces outside with a smoothcustomdecorspring transition, not a jolt into another color palette. That being said, the minimalistic, Scandinavian, natural fiber look is expected to hang on as an expression of consumers feeling more carefree and unconcerned, as is the much loved, and still very-much-in-demand farmhouse decor with its tone on tone and soft hues of greys and taupes. However, with the excitement of brighter days ahead, consumers will be inclined to add reds, blues, and greens for pops of color, and as underlying symbols of celebration.

 

Millennials, with their penchant for travel and interest in other cultures, more than any other consumer group, will be on the hunt for global inspiration for their outdoor textiles and decorative items. So, artisan items from, outdoorbohospaceor appearing to be from, other cultures will be flooding store shelves. Also, this group prefers hand-crafted items with stories or causes behind them. They will combine multi-colored fabrics and richly patterned textiles with clusters of pottery, plants and decorative items to recreate the feel of a favorite faraway destination.

Coastal decor is always big in outdoor spaces but, it will be enhanced in 2018 with more elaborate patterns and some handmade appeal with textiles and fabrics having a water-colored effect.

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Consumers are expected to be more interested in decorative garden lights and statement-making statuary, like those above from Regal Art & Gift, placed around their outdoor living spaces and seasonal outdoor decor from Custom Decor. It’s going to be quite a year for the industry with all of these fun and unexpected design elements!

Holiday Gift Ideas 2017

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Look at all those gifts up there! It seems like we just got through the holidays, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not too early to get moving on this year’s holiday season. We’ve got some great gift ideas for everyone. Click on each link to learn more about the items pictured.  Add them to your list and start stocking up now!

  1. Skinny Coconut Oil personal care products! Once customers start using these products, they’ll want them all. Click on the link to learn the many reasons why.
  2. Second Nature by Hand reclaimed wood wall art  fits right in with the popular farmhouse style. And, everyone needs at least one of these rustic signs somewhere in their house.
  3. Duke Cannon personal care products for men pack in a lot of masculinity! And, they are made in the USA.
  4. Galleria umbrellas, scarves and totes have vibrant patterns based on designs from master artists!
  5. Candle Warmers essential oil diffusers sell fast! There’s a lot of talk about the health benefits of essential oils and people are looking for decorative diffusers for their homes.
  6. Lizzy James wrap bracelets double as necklaces! Customers are drawn to their quality and creativity.
  7. Trapp Fragrances guarantee their products will fill a room with fragrance within minutes! It’s difficult to pass by a Trapp display without stopping!
  8. Pure Drinkware keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12! Click the link to learn more!

Farmhouse Chic Style

Customers are on the hunt for home decor to add to their farmhouse style! The hit show, “Fixer Upper” has truly resonated with a lot of viewers! It’s difficult to resist the Joanna Gaines’ coined style –the mix of rustic, modern, and a touch of industrial. The white on white is cozy, the neutrals and the layered shelf groupings make it so easy to add pieces and trade out pieces seasonally.
 
We’ve picked a few home decor items from our amazing vendors to showcase this style here and on Pinterest but their catalogs are filled with many more farmhouse style items for your customers. Take a look at the farmhouse style at Melrose, SplitP, Second Nature by Hand, and Park Designs! Looking for a particular item? Leave us a comment and we’ll hunt it down for you!
 
Farmhouse Style available from The Southern Link

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Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

PantoneColorGreenery, the Pantone color of the year, is fresh and vibrant and so easy to work into any home decor with plants, especially succulents  and air plants which are in stores everywhere. Incorporating the greenery color using actual greenery  is super easy even if you don’t have a green thumb because there’s so much really well done faux greenery available this year! Faux succulents available from The Southern Link

 

These faux succulents  (right) from Melrose look so real. They are easy to group on a table, mantle or windowsill (and they won’t die). I’m seeing these faux gems in various sizes, in stores everywhere. Even those who prefer live plants will find these faux succulents hard to resist because you can group them in low light areas in your house and they won’t die! No watering required!

Below are some other ways to incorporate the Pantone color of the year into decor with some items from our amazing vendors. A grouping of items of this color will make an eye-catching store display.

 

 

Add a cozy throw from Park Designs to living room or porch decor.

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Group decorative lanterns from Melrose. Aren’t these green lanterns awesome?

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It’s easy to add the Pantone color of the year to tablescapes with beautiful table linens from Split P.

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Melamine tableware by Merritt. Lovin’ that green!

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Throw pillows and other greenery-colored goodies  from Melrose.

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Accent your outdoor decor with greenery-colored garden decor from Melrose and Regal.

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Take a look below at the Pantone color of the year rooms! Visit Pantone for more information on Greenery and its color pairings. And visit our Pinterest board for more ideas! What do you think? Do you like this year’s color of the year? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

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