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Early Buy Sneak Peek – Fall/Winter ’18

February 19, 2018

Want to make stocking up for fall and winter 2018 a breeze? Shop Early Buy to save time, money, and to lessen your stress during the busy Christmas season. For years, Early Buy has been our retailers’ secret to success. Get all your orders placed ahead of time and have them arrive just when you need them so you’re always stocked and ready for the coming holiday or season. With free freight and extended dating, you can’t afford to miss out!

Early Buy starts March 1st – make an appointment today!

We’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite new designs for a special Early Buy preview. Check them out below and let us know in the comments which ones you can’t wait to have in your store!

Whimsical Sunflower Door Décor by Jennifer Heynen (DD1767)


Neutral Pumpkins Standard Flag by Martha Collins (91757)


Vibrant Autumn Mix Yard DeSign by Jennifer Brinley (71754)

Pilgrim Thanksgiving MatMate by LoriLynn Simms (11800)


Pretty Reflection MailWrap by Susan Bourdet (01769)


Spiders and Bats Garden Flag by Lori Siebert (31797)


Farmhouse Sunflower Yard DeSign by Tim Coffey (71753)


Black & White Check Monogram Door Décor by Studio M (DD1791M)

Bringing Home the Puppies Standard Flag by Susan Winget (91779)

Homespun Christmas MatMate by Jennifer Brinley (11774)

Winter Pals MailWrap by Tim Bowers (01806)


Believe in Santa Garden Flag by Sally Eckman Roberts (31781)


Pretty Poinsettia Yard DeSign by Martha Collins (71777)


Peace on Earth Door Décor by Stephanie Burgess (DD1786)


Thanks for checking out some of our exciting new Fall & Winter Early Buy designs for 2018! We hope you and your customers enjoy them. Don’t forget to make an appointment with your Territory Manager and get those orders in!

Early Buy Sneak Peek Spring/Summer ’18

August 14, 2017

It’s time to get excited for the best deal of the season. Starting September 1, you can book orders for spring/summer 2018 flag collections with free freight and extended dating through our Early Buy Program. Our popular Door Decor line is now included in this great promotion, and there are tons of new designs to discover. Make sure to book an appointment with your Territory Manager soon so you don’t miss out!

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at some of our fabulous new items for spring and summer 2018!


Fairies Welcome Garden Flag by Mary Engelbreit (31730)


Butterflies in Check MailWrap by Jennifer Brinley (01636)


Flower Pickin’ Time Door Decor by Susan Winget (DD1668)


Peace Everywhere Standard Flag by Stephanie Burgess (91652)

Chickadee Fencepost MatMate by Susan Bourdet (11629)


Homemade Memories Garden Flag by Susan Winget (31681)


Hydrangea Beauties Yard DeSign by Sue Zipkin (71654)

Luck of the Irish Door Decor by Jennifer Heynen (DD1685)

Fresh Tulips Standard Flag by Sally Eckman Roberts (91666)

Morning Beach Ride MatMate by Suzanne Nicoll (11639)

Flamingo Gathering MailWrap by Patti Gay (01640)

Coastal Whale Garden Flag by Suzanne Nicoll (31719D)

Wheelbarrow Veggies by Susan Winget (71669)

Egg Toss Door Decor by Sally Eckman Roberts (DD1647)

Angels Keep Watch Garden Flag by Willie Green-Aldridge


Thanks for checking out some of our new spring and summer designs. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your Territory Manager to take advantage of big savings during Early Buy!


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

“Fancy Floral” by Jennifer Brinley

“Splash of Color” by Gail Flores

“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough

“Patriotic Watering Can” by Susan Winget

“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget

“Baseball Season” by Susan Winget

“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet

“St. Pat’s Shamrocks” by Bethany Shackelford

“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley

“Easter Babies” by Susan Winget

“Garden Bouquet” by Sally Eckman Roberts

“Field of Butterflies” by Sally Eckman Roberts

“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores

“Cardinal Beauty” by Susan Bourdet

“Pretty Pansies” by Jennifer Brinley

“Vintage Watering Can” by Sally Eckman Roberts

“Bluebonnet Dream” by Martha Collins

“Easter Beauty” by Gail Flores

“Planting Time” by Susan Winget

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

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet


“Mermaid” by Susan Winget


BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template“Fresh Picked” by Sally Eckman Roberts


“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Preppy Pineapple” by Suzanne Nicoll


“Herb Garden” by Stephanie Burgess

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Topiary Gate” by Mary Engelbreit


“Sweet Magnolias” by Patti Gay

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores


“”Big Boats” by Lori McDonough

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Dublin Fisted” by Sydney Wright

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Spirit of Freedom” by Al Agnew


“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget

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! 

Fall/Winter 2016 Early Buy Bestsellers

May 6, 2016

Quick! Get those Early Buy orders in before time runs out!

With free freight and extended dating, our Early Buy program is the best deal of the season, and it ends on May 15th! If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below are 20 of this season’s best-selling designs to help you get your order going. I hope you and your customers enjoy all of our new products for fall and winter!

Holy Family by Susan Winget (31393)

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Woodland Santa by Susan Winget (71394)

5-71394-Woodland Santa-Susan Winget


Denim Sunflowers by Jennifer Brinley (31440)

16-31440-Denim Sunflowers-Jennifer Brinley


Red Barn Snowman by Susan Winget (11434)

2-11434-Red Barn Snowman-Susan Winget


Winter Gathering by Susan Winget (91388)

3-91388-Winter Gathering-Susan Winget


Cardinal Christmas by Diane Kater (71439)

9-71439-Cardinal Christmas-Diane Kater


Snowman Birdfeeder by Jane Shasky (91374)

8-91374-Snowman Birdfeeder-Jane Shasky


Welcome Neighbors by Susan Winget (01423)

6-01423-Welcome Neighbors-Susan Winget


Time to Rake by Jennifer Brinley (31401)

4-31401-Time to Rake-Jennifer Brinley


Autumn Gate by Sally Eckman Roberts (01414)

10-01414-Autumn Gate-Sally Eckman Roberts


Lantern Festival by Sally Eckman Roberts (11411)

12-11411-Lantern Festival-Sally Eckman Roberts


Cardinal in Snow by Hautman Brothers (71385)

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Mum’s the Word by Sally Eckman Roberts (91415)

14-91415-Mum's the Word-Sally Eckman Roberts


Autumn Porch by Susan Winget (31412)

7-31412-Autumn Porch-Susan Winget


Santa Wishes by Diane Kater (11390)

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Harvest Pumpkins by Martha Collins (71416)

17-71416-Harvest Pumpkins-Martha Collins


Santa’s Porch by Susan Winget (91392)

18-91392-Santa's Porch-Susan Winget


Winter Wreath by Sally Eckman Roberts (31433)

19-31433-Winter Wreath-Sally Eckman Roberts


Meeting Place by Two Can Art (11387)

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Old Glory Barn by Susan Winget (31420)

11-31420-Old Glory Barn-Susan Winget


Like what you see? Let us know your favorite designs in the comments! Registered retailers can login and order Early Buy online now! Click here. Happy shopping!

Fall Winter 2016 Early Buy Sneak Peek

February 18, 2016

Early Buy is going to start earlier than ever before and it’s approaching fast. This year, Early Buy will start on March 1st and end on May 15th. With free freight and extended dating, it’s the best deal of the season. But don’t take our word for it – read a few testimonials from retailers across the country:

“Early Buy keeps me from procrastinating. I sell more because I get my product in early, and reorder more. Win-win for all of us.”
-Pam L., A Home-Garden Shop

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Meeting Place” by Two Can Art [31387]

“I love the Early Buy program – it is always exciting to see the new designs. Plus, the ability to have multiple ship dates, dating, and free freight also secures my success with the product. As a business owner, I often get wrapped up in the day-to-day responsibilities and forget to order things we need. This program makes my job easier because I can financially and logistically preplan for the seasonal/holiday-specific inventory. And it always arrives right on time, just when I need it!”
-Pamela S., Cattail Cottage

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“Santa Wishes” by Diane Kater [31390]

“I love to take advantage of the Studio M Early Buy promotion. I appreciate the opportunity to get additional terms. Doing this early in the season helps me manage my time better. I can take my time, get my order done, and then not have to rush when my other vendors’ deadlines come due. It also gives me an opportunity to see trends and designs that I might be incorporating in themes for my stores. Thanks Studio M!” -Claire D., Lynn’s Hallmark


Now that you’ve heard what’s so great about Early Buy, let’s check out some of the new designs! We’ve picked out some of our favorites for you to see.


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“Santa Says” by Victoria Hutto [31395]

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“Time to Rake” by Jennifer Brinley [31401]

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“Thankful” by Two Can Art [31404]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Autumn Gate” by Sally Eckman Roberts [31414]

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“Touchdown” by Lori McDonough [31417]

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“Old Glory Barn” by Susan Winget [31420]

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“Proud Turkey” by Gail Flores [31419]

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“Baby It’s Cold” by Lori McDonough [31422]

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“Snowman Whimsy” by Denise Urban [31435]

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“Think Pink” by Lori McDonough [31437]
All proceeds benefit Siteman Cancer Center.

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Cardinal Christmas” by Diane Kater [31439]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Jolly Santa” by Mary Engelbreit [31441]

Thanks for taking some time to preview this special sample of our new flag collection designs for Fall & Winter 2016! We hope you’re as excited for Early Buy as we are :) Let us know what your favorite designs are in the comments!


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.

Art Planters

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!



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!


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.




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.

Merriment Tree-B

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.


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.


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
2000 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207

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

Mood Moss
1492 Keyway Rd
Engelwood, FL 34223

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!

Gypsy Garden Moss Couch 2

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

Gypsy Garden Snowman

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.

Gypsy Garden Snowman 2

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.

Gypsy Garden Snowman 3

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!

Gypsy Garden Lemonade Stand 2

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

Art Poles Painted Peace

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

Art Coasters Bar

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

Art Coasters Holiday

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.


Peace Poles

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.


20" Art Poles

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!!!!!



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!

Retail Display and Merchandising Tips

April 7, 2014

Our Fall/Winter 2014 catalog is now shipping! This book is chock-full of easy, affordable merchandising ideas that will intrigue and interest your customers. Read on to see some photos from this catalog that will help you get display-inspired, but get creative and cater these ideas to fit your store. As a specialty retailer, you have something to offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else, so show it off in a way that no one else does!


Don’t be intimidated by creating a display – it can be a lot of fun if you have everything you need and a plan to make it happen. Before you jump into setting up a display, take time to think about props you have that you may want to use and/or materials you may need to buy. If you’re organized, set up will be quick and easy! Some essentials we used were: twine/rope, raffia, dowel rods, clothespins, seasonal decor items, and lots of plants.

A display doesn’t have to take hours to put together to be effective. Keep it simple and it will be easier for customers to shop – like this BreezeArt garden flag display we put together using an old ladder, rope, dowel rods, and twine. This is a great way to show off a variety of designs, and you can easily freshen up the display by switching out the flags!

Flags over ladder

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Another easy way to set up a display is to show how different products that you carry coordinate. Telling the whole story makes it easy for shoppers to see how the items fit together in a collection and will likely increase sales. We really made a statement with this collection by Susan Winget – and we even added some DrinkBlots art coasters to the display! [We used straight pins to secure coasters around a styrofoam circle to make this DrinkBlots wreath… it was so easy!]

Bringing Home the Tree V1_adjusted

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Make shopping a breeze for your customers by providing a variety of “gift-to-go” options. In the display pictured below, we pulled related products together to create an ultra-giftable item. For example, we rolled up our “Kitchen Rules” MatMate and tied it together with a wooden spoon and measuring cups – a perfect housewarming present or gift for someone who loves to cook! We used our “Love to Garden” MatMate to create a gift for a gardener, complete with a hand trowel, gloves, and seed packet. Our “Wine” MatMate makes for a perfect hostess gift when paired with a corkscrew and a bottle of wine. Whichever MatMate you choose to roll up as a gift-to-go, make sure you show it flat as well, so shoppers can see the entire design.

Gift 2 Go

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A great way to get your customers’ attention is to show off products in an unexpected way. We used MatMates and BreezeArt flags to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind table setting. This was so much fun to play with! Since we were shooting at a nursery/greenhouse (Bowood Farms), we created a rustic-themed setting with a garden twist. We wanted to reflect the store’s personality and use items they sell instead of setting the table with traditional dishes, placemats, etc. Clay saucers stood in as dinner and salad plates, MatMates became placemats, and air plants made the perfect garnish. We accented the table with natural items like pinecones, succulents, and tree slices. To give the display some height, we rolled up MatMates to place on the windows that hung above the table.  This unconventional display is sure to interest customers and is a fun way for them to shop for items that would otherwise be hanging on a rack!

Give Thanks Table

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Give Thanks Tight V1

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Window displays are the perfect place to show off the unique products you offer in your store. The one we put together was so simple – we  just hung two long pieces of rope behind the window and clipped on our “Fall Follies” monogram flags with clothespins! To complete the display, we flew our “Maize” standard flag and filled the bench in front of the store window with other products offered inside, like garden tools, MatMates, and succulents.

Give Thanks Window

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With our Halloween window display, we chose one standard flag as the centerpiece and hung smaller garden flags to complement it. To make a ghost, we blew up a white balloon and covered it with a white drop cloth, cinching the fabric at the base of the balloon to create the “neck.” This could also easily be done with a white sheet or any other white fabric you might have laying around. To finish, we added some color to the base of the window display with faux leaves and pumpkins.

Hall Window With Ghost

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Last, but certainly not least, we created an Open House display. If you do not usually have an Open House at your store, you may want to consider it! Hosting an event like this is a great opportunity to strengthen relationships with existing customers and create relationships with newcomers, not to mention it’s a great way to boost sales! Invite customers to enjoy a day (or night!) of fun games, yummy treats, live music… do whatever works best for your store. Get connected with shoppers by setting out a guestbook where they can signup to receive emails and promotions from you. Be sure to offer special discounts and deals to those who attend! For this display we set up a hot chocolate, cupcake, and candy bar complete with a winter themed mini garden in a large glass container. Our “Letters From Santa” monogram flags added a nice touch of color to the front of the table and were a great way to tie in the coordinating MatMate on the tabletop. This welcoming setup is a fun way to show off products while customers snack on delicious sweets!

Open House

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Open House Tight

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I hope these photos and merchandising tips were a source of inspiration and will help you set up creative displays of your own! Thanks for reading!

Have any tips of your own that you’d like to share? Which one of our displays did you like the best? Let us know in the comments!

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