Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Early Buy Best-Sellers Spring/Summer 2017

October 24, 2016

Early Buy is almost over! If you’re a registered retailer, login to our website or contact your Territory manager to place an order before time runs out!

With free freight and extended dating, Early Buy is too good to pass up… and it ends on November 15th! If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 20 of the best-selling designs so far (in no particular order). I hope this helps you get your order going, and that you and your customers enjoy all of our new products for spring and summer!

 

“Morning Ride” by Susan Winget
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“Fancy Floral” by Jennifer Brinley
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“Splash of Color” by Gail Flores
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“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough
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“Patriotic Watering Can” by Susan Winget
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“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget
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“Baseball Season” by Susan Winget
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“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet
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“St. Pat’s Shamrocks” by Bethany Shackelford
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“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley
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“Easter Babies” by Susan Winget
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“Garden Bouquet” by Sally Eckman Roberts
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“Field of Butterflies” by Sally Eckman Roberts
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“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores
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“Cardinal Beauty” by Susan Bourdet
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“Pretty Pansies” by Jennifer Brinley
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“Vintage Watering Can” by Sally Eckman Roberts
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“Bluebonnet Dream” by Martha Collins
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“Easter Beauty” by Gail Flores
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“Planting Time” by Susan Winget
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Like what you see? Let us know your favorite designs in the comments! If you’re registered on our website, click here to login and order Early Buy online! Happy shopping!

Early Buy Sneak Peek – Spring & Summer 2017

August 30, 2016

Can you believe it’s almost time for Spring and Summer Early Buy?! 2017 may seem far away, but with free freight and extended dating, Early Buy is the best time to buy flag collections for this upcoming Spring and Summer. Our Early Buy program is the best deal of the season, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to save big! The official kickoff is coming up on September 6th, so make sure you make an appointment with your Territory Manager and get those orders in before Early Buy ends on November 15th!

Without further ado, here is a sneak peek of what you’ll see when you receive your Early Buy catalog in the next few weeks! We hope you and your customers enjoy these beautiful designs as much as we do.

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Fancy Floral” by Jennifer Brinley
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Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet
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“Mermaid” by Susan Winget
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BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template“Fresh Picked” by Sally Eckman Roberts
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“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough
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BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Preppy Pineapple” by Suzanne Nicoll
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“Herb Garden” by Stephanie Burgess
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Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley
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BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Topiary Gate” by Mary Engelbreit
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“Sweet Magnolias” by Patti Gay
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BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores
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“”Big Boats” by Lori McDonough
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Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Dublin Fisted” by Sydney Wright
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BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Spirit of Freedom” by Al Agnew
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“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget
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Thanks for checking out some of our new Spring and Summer designs for 2017. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites so far! 

Display & Merchandising Ideas From Our Atlanta Showroom – January 2016

February 16, 2016

Now that winter market season is over, it’s time to get ready for spring and summer! As all the products you ordered begin arriving at your store, you might be wondering how on earth you’ll be able to merchandise it all. While it may seem overwhelming to think about, merchandising is so important and not always as complicated as you think.

If you don’t where to start, you’ve come to the right place. This post is filled with tips on how to create attractive displays that are full of personality and give shoppers ideas on how to use products in their own home or garden. Let’s get started!

 

Art Planters

This display of Art Planters and MatMates is one of my favorites and it’s not too complicated to set up. The giant flowers are made from colored garden hoses; that’s what makes this display stand out – it’s clever! I can’t tell you how many people stopped in their tracks when they saw this display. It’s creative, colorful, and eye-catching.

Tip: Flowers aren’t the only shapes you can make – try spelling out a word like “grow” or “plant” with colorful hoses.

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HOW TO: You may want to start by drawing your design on the wall so you have a reference when you’re hanging up the hoses. The flowers are hung using hose clamps which were painted with a color close to that of the hose. For the center of the flower, use anything circular and colorful that you might have on hand – get creative! As for the fencing, don’t get hung up on finding the perfect white picket panels – try using chalk to draw fencing onto a dark wall.

This a great example of a well-balanced display with product at all levels – from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. If you don’t want to install any shelves, experiment with hanging Planters from the ceiling or affixing them to the wall. Then make sure you have some up off the floor where they won’t get missed, like we have on our two benches. Pop a few plants into some of your Art Planters, set the coordinating MatMates nearby, and your display is complete!

 

Kaleidoscope

Our new Kaleidoscope outdoor kinetic art makes a show-stopping display. With bright colors and subtle movement to create interest, this is one item shoppers won’t be able to pass up!

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HOW TO: Putting together a Kaleidoscope display is so easy. Just choose a wall in your store and plan out where you’ll want each kinetic sculpture, then screw the brackets into the wall. The bracket system makes it easy to swap out sculptures and change things up. Just point a few fans on the Kaleidoscope sculptures and your display will come to life!

Tip: The best way to display Kaleidoscope is on a dark backdrop to help the product pop, and with enough critical mass to show the breadth of the line.

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Merriment

This display of our new Merriment fairy garden line, designed by Mary Engelbreit, was one of the most talked about displays in our showroom. It caught the attention of many passersby and was the star of tons of photos. It wasn’t a piece of cake to put together, but it was so worth it. When you’re merchandising products that are this small, you have to go big with the display.

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HOW TO: Our tree is made from an old round table and a sonotube concrete column form that is covered in artificial bark with accents of real moss to cover the seams. First, cut the sonotube in half and use one piece to cover the table base and secure the other piece on top of the table using L-brackets. Attach the bark and moss using industrial strength hot glue or another type of strong adhesive. After gluing the bark and moss onto the sonotube, wrap it tightly in wire while the glue dries. Once it’s dry, remove the wire and everything should remain in place.

Tip: If the table you’re using has legs that stretch out, make them into tree roots by covering each individually with moss and bark!

To add limbs to your tree, build a frame inside your sonotube with two-by-fours or other pieces of wood so you have a place to secure the limbs. Form the limbs using chicken wire and then cover them in the same moss and artificial bark used for the tree trunk.

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Use the tabletop as your mini garden planting space and create a magical world around your tree. If you’d rather not plant one big garden, you could plant a bunch of container gardens. Just set them on your tabletop and use moss to cover any parts of the table that peek through. Trim the table edge with some pretty fabric, more bark, or moss. Finish it off by hanging wood slices from the tree limbs and set up a little scene on each one. You may want to hot glue the products to the wood slices so they don’t fall down or go missing.

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There are a few different ways to create the top of your tree. In one of our showrooms, we used the top of a large artificial tree, but in our other showrooms we made treetops out of grapevine wreaths, fake leaves, and artificial foliage to create the illusion of a treetop. Have fun with it and get creative!

Merchandising can be a little daunting, but once you have an idea to work from it’s easy to let the creativity flow and see what works in your store. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautifully put together display that shoppers won’t be able to stop staring at. I hope these tips and ideas will be helpful as you get your shop ready for spring.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about our displays or want to share ideas of your own!

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Display Resources
Many people asked where we bought some of the resources for our displays, so I have included the info below!

Bulk Styrofoam (great for filling Art Planters and tons of other uses!)
Dallas Design Supply
http://www.dallasdesignsupply.com
2000 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
214-757-7715

Artificial Bark 
Autograph Foliages
http://www.autographfoliages.com
3631 Perkins Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
Office: 1-800-659-6151
Dallas Market Showroom: 214-752-7574

Mood Moss
Moss-4-U
http://www.moss4u.com
1492 Keyway Rd
Engelwood, FL 34223
941-662-5695

Atlanta Market January 2015 Displays

March 2, 2015

One of my favorite parts about market is getting to see all of the amazing displays. It’s so much fun to come up with creative ways to show our products. Hopefully we were able to give those who saw our showroom a few helpful merchandising ideas. For all of those who didn’t see our displays – this post is for you!

We Didn’t Reinvent the Wheel, We Just Painted It.

Frolic is our brand new collection designed by artist Lynn Morris. We are thrilled with the way this display turned out, and so were all of our showroom visitors! It got quite a bit of attention, and many people wondered how they could recreate this display in their own store. So, I included some tips below from our merchandising experts!

Frolic Display

The thing about this display that really turned heads was the creative, unexpected use of tires. The bold colors and festive polka dots were definitely a hit. If you want to create a tire display in your own store, ask around at local garage or tire center – often they have old tires they’re trying to get rid of, so you can offer to take some off their hands. Most likely they’ll be happy to give you the tires for free – otherwise the garage has to pay a fee to dispose of them.

Do It Yourself…

First, coat the tires with Kilz primer/sealer/stainblocker spray – you can find it at your local hardware store. This will prevent the road oil from leaching out of the tires, giving you more clean, even base to work with. After the Kilz dries, choose some colors and paint your tires. You can use spray paint or a can & brush – either way will work. Once your paint dries you can add polka dots, stripes, zig-zags… get creative! Fill the tires with a thick base of craft styrofoam so that you have something to poke your yard stakes into. For a finished look, you’ll want to hot-glue moss to the foam to cover it up. Add in some plants (live or fake) and voila!

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You could also make a fun display by hanging your painted tires on a wall. We created a peace-themed display and then planted mini gardens inside the tires we hung. It was a great way to make a big statement and call attention to our smaller items.

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Seeing Double

One of the most fun ways to create a display is to base it off of a particular product. We chose one of our best-selling designs (Geraniums by the Dozen) and brought it to life in our showroom. It was such a great attention grabber for shoppers – it’s fun and unexpected to see a flat piece of artwork become a 3-dimensional display.

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Wood, White, & Blue

Our homemade American flag was definitely a hit. Some old wooden fencing, paint, and wooden stars made this the perfect centerpiece for our patriotic-themed display. Americana/patriotic displays are a must for summer. It’s so easy to pull these items together, and the celebratory red, white, and blue make it a display shoppers can’t pass up!

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An Absorbing Display

Art Coasters are one of the most fun things to play with for displays. They’re versatile, colorful, and sometimes witty! We built a bar and lined its edges with coasters so that visitors could get a sense of all the different themes we have to offer. By breaking some of the coasters out of their packaging, we were able to create an eye-catching display that showed off the product well and really drew people in.

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Pots You Can’t Pass Up

Our Art Pots are brand new this year, and we couldn’t be more excited about them! This display was perfect for showing off each of the 41 different designs we have. The tiers were great for creating an interesting display that drew the eye all the way from floor to ceiling.

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We merchandised some of the pots with plants, but wanted to show that they can also be used as containers or little gift baskets for occasions like Mother’s Day, housewarming, a “get well” gift, a present for a teacher, etc. These Art Pots are the perfect price point for a unique and thoughtful gift-to-go!

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The standing round display and the hanging display that we built for our showroom in The Gardens were perfect for shopping these pots. Customers could easily walk all the way around and see every pot at a glance, and the natural wood didn’t compete with the bright colors of the Art Pots. If you want to create these displays in your own store, get some old lumber or pallet wood, trim it into the shape you’d like, and put the boards together using screws, nails, or wood glue. We ran a pipe up the middle of the round display and used pipefittings to keep each shelf in place. The hanging display was suspended from the ceiling with rope.

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A Few Not-So-Mini Gardens

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to show a few pictures of the Gypsy Garden displays. Our display & merchandising team did an absolutely amazing job with these gardens. The life-size slide (below) definitely caught a lot of attention. It was bright, colorful, and, most importantly, it was unique. Displays that have this kind of “wow” factor can generate a lot of traffic for your store, so always be thinking of ways you can implement unique merchandising ideas!

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For our coastal-themed mini garden items, we used color to make an attractive, cohesive display. We incorporated a lot of bright oranges and blues by bringing in some of our Art Planters, Art Pots, and Art Poles, and by painting the bases of the display.

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Another popular display was our farm garden – complete with a wheelbarrow, seed packets, and hay bales. These Gypsy Garden items in particular speak to both the farm-to-table and buy local movements, which have been gaining a lot of momentum in recent years, so we really wanted to highlight this theme. Pulling in related products like the Buy Local Yard DeSign and Earth to Table Art Pole Garden by Stephanie Burgess really helped to complete the story.

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If you’re looking for a great way to display our Gypsy Garden products in your store, check out our new Gypsy Caravan display. It’s a simple way to make a big statement, and with everything all in one place, it’s really easy for customers to shop. The gift bags offer an easy way for shoppers to create a special gift-to-go for a birthday, get well wish, mother’s day, or “just because.” The display also comes with the 15″ Bloom Burst Art Planter, which is perfect for showing an example of a planted mini garden. Putting the items into a real mini garden will help tell the story of mini gardening to customers who may be unfamiliar with the concept.

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That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at our showroom and that you are inspired to create unique displays in your own store! For more pictures of creative displays, Like us on Facebook and check out our photo albums in the “Photos” tab!

Retail Merchandising & Display Tips – Atlanta Market July 2014

July 23, 2014

If you didn’t make it to our showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta this July, we’ve got all the highlights for you right here. Our visual merchandising team did a fantastic job once again. The showroom looked phenomenal and shoppers were stopping in their tracks to ooh and aah over the eye-catching displays. Our team let me in on some of their secrets for creating these masterpieces, and I can’t wait to share them with you! So, without further ado…

To jump to Gypsy Garden displays, click here.
To jump to Art Pole displays, click here.
To jump to Art Coaster displays, click here.


Gypsy Garden – Mossed Couch

Gypsy Garden Moss Couch

Yep! That’s real, live moss. Spritzed with water each night to keep it looking fresh. This couch-turned-mini-garden was definitely a showstopper. A not-so-mini miniature garden planted on a couch covered in moss is certainly not something you see everyday. When you’re putting together your own displays, keep an eye out for one-of-a-kind pieces like this couch. Items like this create interest and draw shoppers in to see what you have to offer.

This couch didn’t always have the appeal that it had in our showroom. Let’s just say it had been through a lot when we found it… but our merchandising team saw its potential and was able to use it to create something beautiful. With a fresh coat of paint, lots of moss and hot glue, and a little planting help from our friends at Batson’s, this couch took on a whole new life. You know what they say… one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

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The mini garden appears to be planted directly in the couch, but to give ourselves a little more flexibility and extend the life of our garden, we planted in plastic under-the-bed storage containers. This way, we can easily move the containers and use them in another display if necessary. You could use any size container to do something like this – when you’re finished planting, just hot-glue some moss onto the edges, and voilà!

 

Gypsy Garden – Snowmen

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The Gypsy Garden snowmen displays were another huge hit. Mini garden items are small and could be easily missed by shoppers. This is a great way to make a big statement and really draw some attention to these tiny pieces.

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To recreate this display start by finding a few bubble bowl vases in different sizes (you could also use fish bowls). Create mini gardens in the largest two vases – lay some floral foam on the bottom (so you have something to stick your pick items in), cover it with fake snow, add in some moss, tiny evergreen trees, and mini garden items. You may want to use fake plants for these gardens to avoid the condensation that would occur if you had to water any real plants. The smallest vase can be filled with virtually anything white that you have laying around. We used white packing peanuts, but you could also use cotton balls, marshmallows, etc.

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Next step – accessorize! Get out your hot glue gun and give that snowman a classic, cheerful face and some other accessories like a hat or scarf. We used charcoal for his eyes, flat black vase gems for his mouth and (we steered clear of any potential rotting noses here…) a rubber costume carrot nose to complete the look.

Last, but certainly not least, build your product display around the snowman. To create a festive look, paint a few differently-sized terra cotta pots red, green, white, gold, etc. We finished by laying down some polyester pillow stuffing to create a snowy landscape on the display table. This holiday display will make your product pop right off the shelf and inspire your customers to get creative with their own mini gardens!

 

Gypsy Garden – Lemonade Stand

Gypsy Garden Lemonade Stand

Our lemonade stand display was perhaps the most refreshing one in our showrooms :) Its bright yellow color made it hard to miss and the theme was carried out very well – from the lemons strung under the sign to the mini garden planted in a beverage dispenser. Our visual merchandising team really nailed this one. I loved the idea of building a life-size version of one of our mini Gypsy Garden items and turning it into a display. So creative!

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We used plywood and printed vinyl to build this lemonade stand, but you could recreate this look in your store using something as simple as cardboard and paint. (Plywood is more sturdy and might last longer, but cardboard would do for a short term display.) Using a table you already have, cut pieces of cardboard to fit around it like a lemonade stand and paint on the stripes. You could build the “Lemonade” sign out of cardboard too, just make sure you reinforce it well enough so that it stands up straight.

String some fake lemons under the sign with a piece of twine, paint a few terra cotta pots with bright, whimsical colors, and your lemonade stand display will be complete! If you want to create a display with a different theme, choose another Gypsy Garden piece to base your structure on. Get creative and do what works best for your store!

 


Art Poles – Painted Peace Collection

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Art Poles and Peace Poles make a bold statement when they stand alone, but create a much larger impact when there are many shown together. Their brightly colored artwork and varying heights make for a beautiful display that cannot be ignored by shoppers. By pulling together your entire offering of a certain product type, it makes it a lot easier for customers to see what their options are, and an easier shopping experience is definitely a plus.

 

Art Poles – Dog & Cat Memorial Poles

Pet Memorial Art Poles

Another one of my favorite Art Pole displays was the one featuring our new Dog and Cat Memorial Art Poles. These poles are the perfect gift for someone who has lost a beloved pet. To pay homage to the dogs and cats we have lost, we got a variety of simple, wooden frames from the local craft store and placed them over pictures of our pets that have passed on. This gave our display a special, sentimental quality that supported the message of the Memorial Art Poles.

 

Art Poles – Birding Display

Birdhouses and Birdhouse Art Poles

Another great way to approach a display is to base it on a theme or hobby – like birding! Our team did a great job with this display, bringing in elements like the metal tree branch and bird, a bird-watching guide book, tree stumps, and birdseed. These subtle props don’t take any attention away from the Birdhouses and Birdhouse Art Poles, and they help to make the products feel like they’re in an outdoor setting. I love the way the “Love to Garden” MatMate is framed in weathered wood. It got a lot more attention hung on the wall than it would’ve if it were laying on the ground, and it’s a great way to cross-merchandise coordinating products.

 


Art Coasters – Bar

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Pull up a stool and let me pour you a drink! This bar-themed display looks like a good time just waiting to happen. Our visual merchandising team did a lot of crafting to make this display look its best, and they showed that there are more ways to use our Art Coasters than just as condensation catchers :) The letters that spell out “ART COASTERS” are made of… you guessed it, Art Coasters! They draw attention to the product, quickly communicate what’s on display, and showcase many of the different bar-themed coaster decks that we offer. This theme also communicates to shoppers that these coasters are the perfect party item – whether you’re hosting the soiree, or you’re attending and are in need of a hostess gift.

Keep in mind that you could tailor this idea to fit any themed display, and use the coasters to create a word that communicates it best. With over 120 decks in a variety of themes like floral, coastal, sports, holiday, etc. you’ll find just what you need to create the perfect display.

 

Art Coasters – Holiday

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Art Coasters are ultra-giftable. With such a wide variety of themes, there really is something for everyone. Shoppers will start looking through the display and see one deck after another that makes them think of friends and family members. It’s the kind of gift item that doesn’t necessarily need an occasion – it’s a “just because” present. So why not communicate this with customers via your display? Our display happens to be holiday themed, but yours doesn’t have to be. Just  drop a coaster deck into one of our white or black holders and tie a piece of ribbon around it. Customers will see the bows and instantly think, “gift idea!” without you or one of your employees having to suggest it to them.

Hopefully these photos gave you some inspiration to create beautiful, unique displays in your own store! Thanks for reading, and make sure to check out our Facebook page for more display ideas and pictures from our showrooms. Let us know in the comments which displays were your favorites!

Artist Feature: Stephanie Burgess

May 23, 2014

Meet Stephanie Burgess, the artist behind our Painted Peace collection! A former nurse, Stephanie embarked on a new career journey as an artist at age 50. She ditched her scrubs, picked up a paint brush, and never looked back. When she learned about Peace Poles for the first time, Stephanie was immediately drawn to their message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Peace Pole Project inspired her to create her own style of beautifully unique Peace Poles. Since then Stephanie has created a variety of decorative poles with inspirational messaging and bold artwork.

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Stephanie Burgess Q&A

Get to know Stephanie and see some of the work she has done with us at Studio M!

Tell us about your family! Any pets?! 

Have an 11-year-old daughter, Izze, who is my Rock Star.  Izze actually helps me quite a bit with my art.  She is a talented, budding artist (of course I am biased, but…) She draws images that I might be having a tough time with, especially animals!  She does a bang-up job at drawing a great dog with floppy ears.  She is also much better at color than me, and I follow her lead 100% of the time when I am stumped.  And it always works. I have 2 Boston Terriers.  Stella, who is my angel – I got her when I was finishing up chemo for Breast Cancer in 2012.  Yup, she was – and is – my angel dog. She was a vital force for me and Izze at a time when we needed one. Stella never does anything wrong.  And then there is Gidget, my 6-month-old Boston who is the EXTREME opposite. She just finished eating my couch! Yup….my couch. Her nickname is “Gidget Piper” because she likes to chew on pillows, expose the piping and then pull it out like a big spaghetti noodle. Love puppies!!!!  But actually, my kid and my dogs are my life, except art of course.  BTW….I’m healthy and cancer free.  And that’s good because my color is so much better off of chemo.

 

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6′ and 4′ Peace Poles

 

How do you spend your Sundays?

I spend Sundays doing or thinking about ART.

 

What are your three favorite foods?

Hamburgers, pizza and pasta.  Good for my figure.

 

Are you obsessed with any one fashion item? (shoes, purses…)

I am absolutely obsessed with boots.  Big, tall, leather, EXPENSIVE boots.  I have 7 pair.  One for each day of the week.

 

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20″ Art Poles

 

What are three words that best describe your Painted Peace products?

My art is colorful, unique and creative.

 

What are three words that best describe you?

I am colorful, unique and creative.  My art and I have a lot in common.  I think that’s why it works.

 

Is there a creative mind that inspires you? (artist, writer, poet…)

I’m inspired by John Lennon… used to do Peace Art way before “peace” was in and hip. I’m kinda an old ex-hippie. Much of my art is images with lyrics of his songs.”Imagine all the people, living life in peace….” was a BIG INSPIRATION for my initial efforts doing art. I started this art gig at 50 – I used to be a midwife and Labor and Delivery Nurse. Threw away my scrubs and pager, and picked up a painting brush. It was kind of a mid life transition. It’s working for me!!!!!

 

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6′ Birdhouse Poles

 

Do you work from life, photographs, or your imagination?

I work from my imagination!

 

Do you listen to music when you create? If so, what?

I listen to all kinds of music – from opera to rap, from indie to blues….sky’s the limit. I listen carefully to what these artists have to say because many of them help me say what I want to say.  They’re the poets.

 

What’s your favorite thing about your studio?

My favorite thing about my studio is that it is right in my home. I’m home with my kid and my Boston’s.  Then I can make sure Gidget Piper is not eating my couch!

 

Thanks for reading :) I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the artist behind our Painted Peace collection! If you’re a retailer and would like to see more of Stephanie’s work, click here to shop!

Artist Feature: Stephanie Ryan

January 28, 2014

It’s time for our first Artist Feature of 2014!

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Meet Stephanie Ryan, January’s Feature Artist and the woman behind Studio M’s brand new Fleur collection. This line is so much fun! It blends classic, floral watercolors with a bohemian mix of patterns. Each of Stephanie’s pieces tells a story, as if it were one-of-a-kind. Teacup birdfeeders. Spoon plant stakes. Wine bottle luminaries. Nothing is what you’d expect. Fleur is a joyful curation of tabletop and home décor elements that make every day feel like a celebration!

Read on to get to know more about Stephanie & see some of her new Studio M products!

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Fleur by Stephanie Ryan

Do you work from life, photographs, or your imagination?
I mainly work from my imagination. When painting my flowers I let my intuition guide my brush and the shapes of the flowers start to appear. It is a pretty wonderful process.

How do you spend your Sundays?
My Sundays are like any other day. I work from home, so all of my days blend together. My days are mainly spent on my business. I feel blessed to be a working artist – my creative life is my work life and they blend together in the most beautiful ways.

Fleur Spoon Plant Stakes

Fleur Spoon Plant Stakes

What are your three favorite foods?
Oh…any kind of soup or stew, pizza and mashed potatoes. Clearly, I go for the comfort foods.

Are you obsessed with any one fashion item?
No, I’m more obsessed with techy things. Although, I do love boots.

What scent brings you back to your childhood?
Ocean breezes remind me of our family vacations at the Jersey Shore.

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Fleur Candle Holders

What are three words that best describe this product line?
Pretty, happy and uplifting.

What are three words that best describe you?
Hmmm, just three words! Let’s see, I am nurturer, encourager and cultivator of the soul.

Is there a creative mind that inspires you?
I love the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, she was so brave, bold and strong. I love the lyrics of Deb Talan.

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Fleur Pendant Chandelier

Do you listen to music when you create?
Yes, sometimes. Sometimes it is still and quiet. I love listening to Deb Talan, Brandi Carlile, Birdy, and Stevie Nicks.

Do you start with a sketch, paint, or a broad idea?
I never know what is going to come out! When I do plan, it is pretty broad.

What’s your favorite thing about your studio?
I recently re-designed my studio so, there are many things that I love about it. I think my favorite thing is the neutral colors that are so peaceful and uplifting especially during the day when the room is flooded in light. I smile every day when I walk into my studio.

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Fleur Wall Vases with Hooks

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think of the new Fleur collection in the comments! 

To see the full Fleur collection, visit our Studio M website:
http://www.magnetworks.com/c-1211-fleur.aspx

To learn more about Stephanie & her work, visit her website:
http://www.stephanieryandesign.com/

Artist Feature: Tammy Smith

December 26, 2013

TammySmithDecember’s feature artist is the very talented Tammy Smith.

Her brand new Studio M collection, Patina, will be released in January, so we thought you’d like to get to know her a little bit better! Tammy’s ability to give character and life to a simple piece of wire is truly remarkable. Her handcrafted collection is full of beautifully unique home and garden décor that we can’t wait for everyone to see.

There are a few sneak peeks of the collection throughout the interview… we hope you enjoy!

Do you work from life, photographs, or your imagination?
Mostly my imagination, but once in awhile, I’ll need to reference a photo just to get started.

Tell us about your family! Any pets?
I have a husband and son who are both musicians. My son is graduating this year from high school, so we’ll probably be empty nesters next year… although that seems really weird to think about right now! And we have a Springer Spaniel named Lucky and a cat named Gary. My pets are both black-and-white, so people always comment on the fact that we have matching pets (and since we got them both the same day, that wasn’t a complete coincidence.)

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Patina Drum Shade Chandelier

How do you spend your Sundays?
Sunday is my day off from working out, so I feel like I have more free time that day. Usually the day starts with something “bad” for breakfast, like cinnamon rolls, and we love watching CBS Sunday Morning. Then, I go to work in my studio–I tend to be always in the middle of an art project or assignment of some sort, and Sunday is no exception. Later in the day, we might visit one of our parents or take our time making something nice for dinner.

What are your three favorite foods?
Ice cream, ice cream, and then there’s ice cream…but seriously, if I had to add two more things it would be guacamole and cookies, not together of course!  (And that’s the reason I have to work out 6 days a week:)

Are you obsessed with any one fashion item? (shoes, purses…)
My obsession is with coats or jackets. I love vintage coats, and I even have a black, boiled wool midi/maxi coat from the 70s. I could have a different jacket for each day of the week and not mind it at all. Only problem would be fitting them in my closet!

Patina Birdhouse Baskets

Patina Birdhouse Baskets

What scent brings you back to your childhood?
What a great question that is…hmmm, I think it would be the smell of cookies baking because my mom was always making them. That’s probably who I inherited my sweet tooth from.

What are three words that best describe your Patina Collection?
Textural, whimsical, colorful.

What are three words that best describe you?
Introverted extrovert, LOLer, dancer wannabe.

Is there a creative mind that inspires you? (artist, writer, poet…)
One of my faves is Maxine Sutton, along with anyone who is in the St. Jude’s Gallery. They’re all amazing printmakers, seamstresses, artists, and makers.

Do you listen to music when you create? If so, what?
I listen to a mix of several Pandora stations with artists like Jakob Dylan, Broken Anchor, or Van Morrison. I also like listening to This American Life with Ira Glass.

Patina Garden Sculpture

Patina Garden Sculpture

Do you start with a sketch, paint, or a broad idea?
I start with a sketch and a broad idea, then usually can’t stop myself from doing a whole line plan of pieces or products. I LOVE creating coordinating ideas around a theme.

What’s your favorite thing about your studio?
I have two favorite things because I just remodeled my studio, and now I have a giant worktable and a seating nook. We took out a closet, made it a nook, and I bought these 2 fantastic velvet Hollywood Regency chairs and reupholstered them for the nook. So I’m no longer going to work in my studio, I’m just going to sit in one of those chairs all day.

Patina Hanging Baskets

Patina Hanging Baskets

Thanks for reading :) Let us know in the comments which piece is your favorite!  Also, check out Tammy’s DrinkBlots coaster deck here

To see more of what’s coming in January from Studio M, click here.


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