Mud Pie Lake Decor

The final splashes of summer are here. We’ve sipped cocktails, lounged on the beach, vacationed near and far, BBQ’d every weekend, and a personal favorite – jumped in the lake all day before sailing away on a sunset boat cruise. For some of us, the coming of fall is just the start of lake days. The weather and water begin to cool off, and it’s the perfect season for long weekends on the boat.

But even when fall creeps into winter, lake days don’t disappear. Instead, the lake house becomes a cabin escape to curl up in during the cold. The boat may stay covered, but the fire pit gets lit and the hot tub is always in play.

One thing is a fact – no matter the season, the lake house is a home away from home. It’s a place to escape with family and a place to entertain guests. It’s a sanctuary with open doors to relaxation. And with that, comes lake decor that sets the theme.

Mud Pie lake decor is evergreen. Every piece is an ideal fit no matter the time of year. It’s ageless, homey and inviting to any feet that walk through the door.

Here are some of the best Mud Pie lake decor items from this years collection. mppiclakedecor

Reblogged with permissions from Mud Pie; Slice of Pie Blog.

 

Gold Trend Alert: Going for Gold

Bring in the bling with the hot, growing trend in gold. Gold can be found throughout the OneCoast showrooms from all-over gold pieces to accents and dainty details. The gold trend goes well beyond the jewelry and apparel industry. Gold is hot in the home décor and casual entertaining cate. To help you stay trend-ready, check out some of our top picks in the gold trend for the season.

081016_GoldTrend_BlogImg1. C.R.Gibson Leatherette Flex Journal

2. DEMDACO Gold Heart Giving Pin

3. Mad Style Rose Gold Layered String Bracelet

4. About Face Designs Pineapple Tea Towel

5. Jane Marie Gold Clover Pendent Necklace with Black Diamond Bead

6. Mud Pie Gold Salad Servers

7. Mad Style ELLY Judgement Necklace

8. Woodstock Chimes Starlight Gold Chime

9. Mud Pie Colette Infinity Scarf

10. Mud Pie Holiday Glitter Collection

11. Mud Pie Something Sparkly Jute Cases

12. DEMDACO Infinity Scarf Twist

13. C.R. Gibson Happy Everything Beverage Napkins

14. 8 Oak Lane Rectangle Tray Gold Honeycomb

15. 8 Oak Lane Initial Key Chains

Fun Ideas for Creating a Tailgate Display

By Marc Dudley, Director of Visual Merchandising

Originally posted 9/13/2010

stadiumHEY, SPORTS FANS!!!  It’s that time of year again when every town in the country is kicking the ball on opening day of Football Season.  It is also time for you, the retailer, to get in the Team Spirit and cash in with your own Tailgate party. Whatever you sell, from paper products to entertaining items, pillows to jewelry, you can create a fun and exciting look in your store for the season.

chalkboardIf acquiring the tail end of an old pickup truck is not possible, then build your own “bleachers” style display by using crates and pieces of wood.

Set the mood by using a large photo of a stadium, the one in your own town if possible. This will let your customer know that it is Football time and you are selling something for the Season. You don’t have to sell “team oriented” items for you to create a “Tailgate” party.  Many different items can fall into this category, such as canvas totes, platters, glassware, insulated bags, or throws to keep you warm on Friday nights at the game.

By painting the wall area with Chalk Board paint, available from your local Home Center, you can then write on the wall about specials or attract an eye-catching display.

displayAlways try to use PROPS in your display.  This will break up the merchandise that you are selling and help to enhance it.  Back to school props such as an old football helmet, a school megaphone or pom-poms help set the mood.  This in an easy attention-getter that will draw your customer to the display and make them want to see what is there.

Old Crates and soda boxes are good to use for props and risers. And for that Back to College look, use vintage suitcases to put your merchandise on. All of this is an easy and cost effective way to grab the attention of your customer for quick and impulsive buying in your store and also sets the tone for the Fall Season. By doing this, you are showing support for your local team, which is so important to many people during Football Season.

Why Entrepreneurs Need To Create With Design In Mind

There once was a time when consumers bought items out of necessity. For example, we used to buy outerwear for the sake of protecting ourselves from the elements; or we bought cell phones to stay in touch with our friends, family and acquaintances. And product design focused on an object’s functionality and ability to efficiently serve a purpose.
Designers and entrepreneurs recognize the dual purpose an object serves. Not only are consumers looking for goods that satisfy a need, they also seek items that can be considered an extension of the buyer’s personality.
Home buyers are always looking to balance function with design. “Everything from mixers, to cutting boards to dog

Heart Serving Set

Mad Style Heart Serving Set

bowls need to be cool and visually appealing and fashionable,” remarks Doug Stein, founder and owner of Mad Style, an on-trend fashion and lifestyle brand. “Instead of hiding our home appliances in the cupboard or in our pantries, we find people treating their appliances and functional items as pieces of art that are meant to be displayed.”

Entrepreneurs need to create with design in mind. In today’s competitive market, almost 50% of new businesses will not survive longer than four years and failure could be attributed to multiple external factors. Survival in oversaturated markets depends heavily on a business’ ability to differentiate themselves from the crowd; entrepreneurs need to find a way to appeal to their customer who are already used to some iteration of your product or service offering.
An industry that is supersaturated shouldn’t be seen as a turn-off. Think of it this way: a market that has thousands of businesses vying for the top spot means that industry is healthy and in demand. In the automobile industry alone there are over 600 model vehicles a customer can choose from.
In 1950, there were only 65 models or so available, but since then we’ve seen the market expand and now consumers can choose from hundreds of options. In an over-saturated market, whoever adapts to consumer needs the best will outlast the competition.
Vintage Light-Up Whisk Sign

Vintage Light-Up Whisk Sign

Businesses must be able to change. Customer needs can change on a dime, and companies who hope to survive the next five to 10 years have to be able to adapt and keep up with trends and expectations. Startups in particular have a slight upper hand when it comes to identifying and exploiting the gaps that established businesses have yet to notice; startups are less rigid and better able to pivot than big corporations.

Take, for example, the healthcare industry and the buying and selling of healthcare products. Previously, when a doctor told you to buy a humidifier, you bought one because you were told to do so and didn’t pay much attention to what it looked like or how it fit into your home decor. Once you didn’t need the humidifier anymore, you presumably stored it away. But what if that humidifier looked like a piece of art that could be displayed in your home or your bedroom?
Crane-USA set about rethinking the design of a humidifier and showing customers how functional items could be fun, cute and serve a purpose at the same time. This innovative company released their collection of whimsical animal humidifiers called “Adorables” to fit in a nursery-setting or a children’s room. It was an idea that revolutionized how customers view functional items like humidifiers; now, customers can choose products that not only serve their actual purpose but can be viewed as an extension of a person’s identity. “Design for better living is Crane’s mantra,” says Katie Sotor, VP of Marketing and co-founder of Crane. “We believe design is an attitude and the home is a expression of an individual style.
Crane products are good quality at an affordable price. Why purchase ordinary when you can purchase extraordinary.  Style is a statement, a choice –  even if all you need is way to relieve your dry skin or stuffy nose.”
Heart of Flowers Color me Cushion

Heart of Flowers Color Me Cushion

Something as simple as redesigning the way an item looks can open up a world of opportunity for a business. This is what is meant by change – in a highly competitive market, businesses need to change to meet the consumer need while also appealing to their desire to express who they are through their material goods. You could easily create something that is functional and works perfectly, but if it doesn’t look visually stunning it may not be appealing to certain customers.

Industries today are saturated with businesses who are eager to launch the “next big thing”. In order to stand out, you need to not only have a product that works great but is appealing to the customer in more ways than one. Design is more than just a product’s functionality; it’s also about looks and how a product will fit into a customer’s lifestyle. In the case of standing out, looks can help launch your product to the front of the line.

Happy Independent Retailer Month!  We hope this blog post helped you recognize the value of the outdoor décor category. If you’d like to find out more about Mad Style, contact your OneCoast Territory Manager.

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Original article can be found here.

Tips to Take the Perfect Flat Lay Instagram like a Pro Blogger

With content being posted on Instagram every minute, daily bloggers, stores and social media lovers are in constant search of attractive ways to share their favorite products. Flat lays are have become a standard for product displays and the favorite way to share content for many bloggers. Anybody can take a lay down shot but only the pros know how to make it stand out! Here are some tips to help your Instagram gallery perfectly polished.

 

Flat lay tip #1: Have a flat lay theme. True, you have a bunch of random objects grouped together, but those objects should have a purpose, and they should tell a story. For example, your theme could be vacation packing, date night, or beauty bag goodies. Pick a theme then snap away!Flat lay Shot Tip 1

Flat lay tip #2: Create a posh Instagram feed and poised to perfection with a neutral background as a backdrop. Remember, your items should be the main focus in the photo so white sheets, rugs, countertops and the trending marble surfaces, make for great backdrops.

Flat lay Shot Tip 2

Flat lay tip #3: This is a simple tip, but effective all the same. When you are arranging your items in your flat lay, make sure to leave some space in-between each item. This way, the image you capture looks both organized and pretty.

Flat lay Shot Tip 3

What are some of your favorite lay down shot tips?

Happy Independent Retailer Month!  We hope this blog post helped you recognize the value of the outdoor décor category. If you’d like to find out more about All For Color, contact your OneCoast Territory Manager.

Read more articles from #onecoast (see what I did there!) vendors here!