A new view of comfort

Color - Looking Ahead to 1992-1993: Yellows and golds, see colors above, are pivotal to the 1992-1993 interior colors forecast, according to Margoret Wolch, associate director of the Color Assn. of the U.S. These yellow tonalties, evoking natural flax and fruitwood colors, lighten and brighten the entire palette. Rose, violet, lavenders and plum purples complement the rising … [Read more...]

The new specialists lifestyle: People are looking to upgrade their furnishings in their new environment

While the bridal market represents only 3 percent of U.S. households, according to Howard Friedberg, associate publisher, it makes up 10 to 20 percent of all home furnishing sales. "Bridal is an upscale market," pointed out Friedberg, who said home furnishings make up 25 percent of their ad linage, with high-end tabletop being one of the largest categories. "Couples getting … [Read more...]

The new specialists lifestyle: Consumers know what they want

  The New Specialists While magazines that discuss cooking and home furnishings have been around as long as readers have been making meat loaf and moving furniture in the den, the market has taken a dynamic new turn. A mushrooming group of home and culinary magazines has emerged in recent years -- slicker, feistier and, in some cases, even healthier than the magazines … [Read more...]

Button up your house

More than half of the houses people live in today were designed and built in an era of cheap energy. Energy efficiency wasn't a high priority until the mid-1970s, when fuel prices surged. As a result, many of today's homes are energy hogs. With fuel prices at an all-time high, that means those inefficient designs are costing people dearly. Some government estimates … [Read more...]