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Hearth & Home January 2015

Who Reads Hearth & Home?
Maverick Pickering, for one!

Overland Park, Kansas

Occupation: Outdoor Living Design/Build

Special Interests/Hobbies: “I’m passionate about movies, food and time with my three daughters.”  

Status of the Outdoor Room Trend: “The Outdoor Room trend is hot, and it will stay that way. Clients are going from one Outdoor Room to several and the projects are bigger and bolder. The transition from inside living to outdoor living is getting blurred.”

Most Coveted Amenities in Outdoor Rooms: “Bold fireplaces, water fountains and outdoor kitchens are essential. We are seeing more pergolas and solid porch structures integrated into projects.”

Years Reading Hearth & Home: “10-plus years.”

Reasons for Reading Hearth & Home:Hearth & Home is the bible for our industry. No other publication provides the insight to help me, as a designer, to sell more projects. I read all the feedback from all the other retailers/builders to determine what is selling, and how they are selling.”

Article(s) Ideas: “I absolutely love the Outdoor Room edition (August) and the inspirational section called ‘Outdoor Room Design Ideas.’ The information that’s provided about other designers really helps me gauge where the trends are going. I would love to see that integrated into regular issues. Also, how about an article on Front Entryways?”

More Stories in this Issue

Perspective: The Fast Pace of Electric Fires

It required two-and-a-half years of patience on our part to get an interview with Denis Normand, president and CEO of Dimplex North America. He wanted to first develop a comprehensive understanding of the company, its products and channels of distribution.

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Into the Lap of Luxury

By Tom Lassiter

Brown Jordan is taking its brand and company store to the Miami Design District, while expanding into the Outdoor Room from “A to Z.”

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Ethereal Flames

By Richard Wright

A conversation with Denis Normand, who is at the helm of the North American arm of Dimplex, the highly innovative company that created the present electric fireplace category.

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Burning Bridges

By Richard Wright

With one brief letter to a number of its dealers, New England Wood Pellet sent many of its customers on a frantic search for more pellets.

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Hitting the Gas

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Strong sales in 2014, along with healthy early-buys, signal good news for grill manufacturers and dealers in the coming year.

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One Hot Product!

By Tom Lassiter

As if plastic furniture isn’t hot enough, now we have plastic fire tables that add real flames to the category.

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Unflappable!

By Tom Lassiter

Bill Herren, creative director at Woodard, has a huge load to carry, but as part of a three-person team he’s able to carry it ever so lightly.

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2014 November Business Climate

In early December, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,370 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and/or patio products, asking them to compare November 2014 sales to November 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 204 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Living Art

Not everyone can realize their dreams, but for those who have the means to do so, Nancy Mullineaux of Dezign Inspirations/Home Design Resource is available to help.

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