Thursday, February 27, 2014


Tripar International is a leading source for display pieces.  Not only will they enhance the beauty of your store, they are also great to sell to the consumer.  Here are just a few of the scarf displays available.  There are also easels, risers, stands, tables and much, much more!
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Monday, February 24, 2014


One of  my best selling lines - beautiful images by artist Darren Gygi.  For years Darren Gygi's artwork has only been available to private collectors but now his beautiful home collection is available to everyone.  They are gallery wrapped and fit any decor - in the living area, kitchen, office, hallway or bath.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

CLM COTTON & MORE! Beautiful tabletop and rugs

Our 100% cotton placemats, napkins and tablecloths are printed by hand, in a traditional technique that dates back to the late 18th century. skilled artisans hand-carve the teak wood blocks that are used to hand-print the vibrantly colored motifs on each design. Enjoy these beautifully hand-crafted table linens in casual as well as more formal settings.

These rugs are designed to go places…porches, dens, patios, dorms, entrance ways – right at home in virtually any room. Traditionally handwoven on pitlooms, the designs are of natural cotton using yarn-dyed colors, Durably constructed and eco-friendly.
Choose from perennial favorites and spirited new colors and textures.  Accent rugs are a fun, unexpected way to incorporate color into your space. for a wholesale catalog.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Wedding Hammock
Bring an intriguing novel and frosty iced tea...the soothing to and fro of this beautifully fringed garden bed will lull one into a restful state of serenity. Weather proofed fibers will endure summer's occasional thundershowers unscathed. Hand-woven from 100% natural, unbleached cotton. 11'with lace that hangs approximately 10". 
$74.90/ea (2+)$72.90 (4+)$69.90

Peacock Garden Seat
A poetic perch with fanciful scroll ironwork is jewelry for the garden. A place to read magazines, refresh and reflect upon nature. French White finish. Simple assembly. 45"w x 21.5"d x 45"h.  $154.90 (3+)$149.90

 Tree Hugger Bench
Out of a Parisian park, lovely scrolled ironwork invites a moment of reflection under a shade tree. French white. Simple assembly. 59 x 32 x 35".
$154.90 (3+)$149.90

Peacock Garden Chair
French White finish. Iron. Simple assembly. 28"w x 48"h.
$104.90 (3+)$99.90 

Peacock Garden Table

Coordinates with the Peacock Garden Seat #21155. French White finish. Iron.  Simple assembly required. 23"w x 16"d x 21"h.
$54.90/ea (3+)$49.90

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Monday, January 27, 2014

For Her Soul
Inspiration in an envelope

 I am so pleased to announce my new greeting card line.  For Her Soul speaks to a women's thoughts and feelings. I love the images and the greetings inside.  These are just a few of the many cards in the collection.  Please e-mail for more information.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I believe the ideas in this article that I wrote last year still apply to make 2014 your best year so I am reposting.  Here is the revised article:


We may not have a crystal ball but planning for the New Year, in good times and bad, brings a load of benefits to your business.  The first few months of the year are the most critical. The first quarter is the best time to plan for results that will last all year long.  

We all have a story, what is yours? For many years my story was that everything and everyone else came first before focusing on my business and I wasted way too much time on social media and busy work that was not revenue producing. 
Setting goals and focusing my actions to achieve those goals has made all the difference in the world.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started planning for a successful 2014:

  • Plan a brainstorming session.  Get together with a group of like-minded people and help each other come up with creative ideas to achieve your goals. Two years ago I asked a few entrepreneurs to join a mastermind group.  Since 2012 we have met monthly and shared our goals, got valuable advice from each other and set new goals to achieve and to be held accountable for by the next meeting.  The results to our businesses and creative endeavors has been phenomenal.  I cannot say enough about how effective this is as a tool.
  • If you haven't been using social media the new year would be a great time to start.  Create a blog; sign up for a business Facebook page and get customers to "like" your business; create a Twitter account; join Pinterest.  Then set a weekly appointment to blog. Tweeting and posting on Facebook should be done once a day or as time permits. Pinterest can be so addictive that you may have to set limits.  You will be amazed at what effective marketing tools these are.  And they're free!  I have customers that will only respond to texts or facebook messages and that’s alright by me.
  • Make reservations to attend the wholesale trade shows in January.  It's a great way to see the trends.  Make an appointment with a local sales representative.  They will be able to tell you about new lines, promotions, discounts and vendors that offer dating. Or it may be you are looking for a sales rep to sell your wares?
  • This is a great time to plan your yearly budget. Prepare a forecast for the entire year based on your previous year. Review the last year's sales on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.
  • Read your industry magazines and newsletters.
  • Change your story.  Discover what the payoff is for staying in the same place you’ve always been and be willing to let go of that payoff. 
  • Make the decision to follow through on your business plan.  This is where the hard works begins to make 2014 your best year ever!
You will be amazed at the results!

Friday, October 25, 2013


My top 10 Sales Tips - The New York Times
Here are my top 10 sales tips, all of which have served me and our staff.
You can sell only if you yourself are convinced: If you are not sold on the product or service, it will be an uphill battle to sell someone on else. Your lack of conviction will scream through.
  1. Be clear and direct: When pitching do not use complicated diction. Pride yourself instead on being able to explain the concept as quickly, clearly and simply as possible. This is important because the biggest problem in sales is client confusion. Confusion does not lead to a Yes.
  2. Pressure is an art: Creating FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) in your client’s mind can be a good thing because it will lead to serious consideration of your concept.   I often need to tell potential clients that their competition is also talking with us. The trick is to mention this once and to NOT rub it in, which is likely to anger them. No one who is angered into saying Yes.
  3. Know your client: Make sure to research your potential clients, know their challenges and their needs. One size hardly ever fits all, and you look much stronger if you care about the business enough to invest in the research. I can’t tell you how many times I get cold calls from sales people who don’t even know what our company does.
  4. It’s all about the presentation: Building an amazing deck is critical to the sales process. Practice it, memorize it and be prepared to shift your emphasis based on how the energy changes when you give the presentation. Internally, we always ask ourselves: “Is the flow of this deck right? Will it convince?”
  5. Be passionate and exciting: Most presentations are BORING! So create a show and make it exciting. Excitement is contagious – just like a yawn.
  6. If you don’t know the answer, do not guess: People will ask you tough questions, and you may not always know the answer. The person asking you may be testing you, knowing the answer full well. And if you fumble, it’s very hard to rebuild credibility. Do not guess.
  7. Answer questions directly and clearly: If you are asked a question and you give a “politician’s answer” – in other words, if you don’t answer the question – your credibility will decline, and you will hurt your chances of making the sale.
  8. Humor is a great lubricator: Funny stories always break the ice. Instead of using business cards, everyone in our company uses stamps (see right) to leave our contact info. It’s eco-friendly, it never runs out and it makes for a nice ice-breaker at the beginning of every meeting.
  9. You can always be better: Sales is an art, not a science. Which means it’s never perfect and can always improve. 
  10. Bottom line: sales is a critical function that is more art than science, so hone your art. And please share any of the sales tips you’ve learned.