Thursday, January 31, 2013

What’s New in Kitchen Appliances?

Designers and architects, are you wondering what new kitchen appliances are being introduced this year, to ensure your clients have the latest technology? Wonder no more, because ECPR set out on a mission to find some of the newest and most innovative kitchen appliances on the market. Scroll down the page to view three new products our team found most intriguing!

La Cornue's CornuFé 1908 

The newest range in the La Cornue family, the CornuFé 1908 has a sleek, old-world look and features a patented gas vault oven and a 5-burner cooktop. This new oven range is made from enameled steel and measures 36” in width. In addition, it has a large, soft-close drawer that enables ample storage for racks, trays and other over accessories. The CornuFé 1908 is available in seven colors and three trim combinations. For more information about the CornuFé 1908, or to view other products from La Cornue, visit www.lacornueusa.com.

Photo Credit: La Cornue
Kohler’s Whitehaven Sink 

The Whitehaven sink, by Kohler, is made from enameled cast iron, making it durable and long-lasting. This apron-front kitchen sink features a streamlined and versatile farmhouse style to complement any decor. Whitehaven has a shortened apron that allows for installation on most new or existing 36” standard cabinetry. The sink is available in approximately 20 different colors, as well as four brand new colors designed by Jonathan Adler. In addition the Whitehurst has a lifetime warranty, guaranteeing it won’t crack, scratch, burn, or stain. To learn more, visit www.kohler.com

Photo Credit: Kohler
LG Electronics’ HDTV Refrigerator 

LG Electronics; HDTV Refrigerator gives a whole new perspective on innovation. The side-by-side model incorporates LG's fifth-generation digital television tuner to deliver digital broadcast to a 15-inch screen. It also includes remote-control operation, cable and DVD connection, and FM radio. On the left door is a 4-inch weather-center LCD display above the ice and water dispenser. For more information about the HDTV Refrigerator, visit www.lg.com.

Photo Credit: LG Electronics
These new designs are just three among many inventive products being introduced to consumers in 2013. New technologies are being designed everyday, and we can't wait to see what the future holds. Friends and fans of ECPR, which of these new products will you be incorporating in your next project?

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Perennials on the Rise

Better Homes and Gardens  recently featured on its website, a slideshow of must-grow new perennials for 2013. The brand new varieties offer exciting colors and more flowers that will make any perennial garden the best yet. The slideshow includes a large array of varieties such as hibiscus, echinacea, sedum, and coreopsis as well as many other eye-catching varieties. Echinacea ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’ from our client, Terra Nova Nurseries, was one of the many echinaceas mentioned.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe'
Photo Credit: Terra Nova Nurseries
Echinacea ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’ is part of the Supreme™ Series, which includes two other varieties, Echinacea ‘Supreme Elegance’ and Echinacea ‘Supreme Flamingo’. Terra Nova Nurseries teamed up with Blooms of Bressingham to create these heavy bloomers with strong saturation in its large, but proportionate flowers. Retailers, learn more about these beauties here

For those reading our blog who are garden center retailers, you do not want to miss out on purchasing these varieties to have in your garden center for 2013. Consumers will see these lovely new plants on Better Homes and Gardens’ website and you will not want to miss out on stocking these trending perennials for spring gardens. No matter what type of retail you might be working in, it is important to stay abreast of consumer trends and demands in your related industry. This will help you keep up with competitors as well as reach your company’s sales goals.

A note for our landscape designer blog readers, many of the plants featured by our editor friends with Better Homes & Gardens magazine are popular trend-setters. So, keep them in mind as you begin to plan your clients' landscape designs for spring. - For everyone else, these plants just might add some living color to your own lawns and gardens in 2013. 

Be sure to check out several of our top picks from Better Homes and Gardens’ selections below. Also, if you want to view the whole slideshow visit its website.

Belamcanda 'Gone with the Wind' Photo Credit: Plant Delights

Hibiscus 'Heartthrob'
Photo Credit: Perennial Resource 

Lavender 'Phenomenal'
Photo Credit: Garden Plants

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Warm Welcome!

With a new year ahead of us, it means many new and exciting opportunities to look forward to here at Eberly & Collard Public Relations. One that we are thrilled about is the addition of our most recent client, Kimberly Grigg of Knotting Hill Interiors. Many of you who read our blog and keep up with our social media sites might recognize her name from the Southern Vernacular Architecture and Southern Interior Design Panel our team hosted at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in October.

Kimberly Grigg is the talented and much sought-after lead designer of her firm called Knotting Hill Interiors. She also owns a retail store in Myrtle Beach, SC, of the same name. Kimberley believes her design mission is to create living spaces that are genteel, welcoming, comfortable, and authentically expressive of those living in them. One of the many traits we admire about Kimberly is the fact she forms a relationship with every client and brings fresh and inspired ideas that are responsive to each client’s needs and visions. Whether working on an entire home renovation project or planning the interior design of a new room or guesthouse, she has earned a reputation of delivering on all of her promises along with a dash of flair and fun.

Her popular and fun-to-browse retail store, Knotting Hill Interiors, is an extension of her design process. From unique accents for the home to personal adornments, her store is the go-to spot for fabulous gifts, fabrics and home accessories. In addition, her talented staff is always available to assist customers with any of their design needs. 

The design team at Knotting Hill Interiors offers many different services including: 
  • Luxury interior design 
  • Home remodeling and renovation 
  • Green / eco-friendly interior design 
  • Children’s rooms and nurseries 
  • Construction services including all specifications, paint and color selections, furniture layout, electrical plans,    
  • and project management 
  • Commercial applications for hospitality, restaurants and offices 
  • Condo furniture packages 
  • Furniture and fabric specification 
  • Space planning 
  • Expert color and accessory consultation 

To learn more about Kimberly Grigg and Knotting Hill Interiors, please visit her website or check out her blog. Also, be on the look-out for more posts about projects and events featuring Knotting Hill Interiors as we kick-off publicity and speaking engagement planning for Kimberly during 2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 International Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market

The anticipation is over, buyers and exhibitors are finally traveling south this week for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® at AmericasMart®Atlanta . This year’s attendees will have the chance to view 2,500 exhibiting companies across 34 product categories for AmericasMart’s most expansive collection to date. The International Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and goes through Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

In preparation for this year’s market, AmericasMart and parent company AMC, Inc., partnered with Verizon Wireless to create a fully functional wireless communications environment, allowing attendees to easily access the Internet on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

President and chief operating officer of AMC Jeffrey Portman spoke with the editors at Home Furnishings News to share his excitement for the advancement, and that more will be done to adapt to the opportunities technological innovations provide in the business environment.

“We are working on several opportunities to enhance the AmericasMart market experience, plus other new advancements to come, all resulting from this strategic technology investment,” said Portman.

More news to be excited about this week are new product lines and first time exhibitors! One first-time exhibitor at AmericasMart is Pelican Reef, Panama Jack’s outdoor manufacturer, who will be showcasing its 2013 line. Celebrating a return to AmericasMart is C. Jeré by Artisan House, who will introduce 30 pieces of artwork for walls, floors and tabletops.

Check out the complete directory of exhibitors attending The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market here

On top of featuring exhibitors’ new lines for 2013, the market will be hosting some fabulous events! A few must-do events for this week will be a Timeless Interiors book sale and signing with author Kathryn Ireland; the “Decorating from Top to Bottom” event with Kenneth Brown of HGTV’s Redesign; and “In the Kitchen with Adam Richman” with Travel Channel’s star of Man vs. Food Adam Richman.

View the entire schedule of market events here.

If you’re attending this year’s market, AmericasMart is also full of January market promotions, so be sure to check out which exhibitors are promoting unbeatable market offers during your visit by clicking here.

For a complete list of market dates and hours please see below:

Permanent Showrooms:

Wednesday, Jan. 9 – Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 – Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Temporary Exhibitors:

Friday, Jan. 11 – Monday, Jan. 14, 2013: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

It’s That Time of Year Again…

As we steam roll into 2013, many of us map out personal New Year’s resolutions to improve quality of life and happiness. Whether your goal is to travel to a worldly destination or learn a new craft, New Year’s resolutions are made to be accomplished. The same can be true for businesses that set realistic resolutions to achieve during the fiscal year.

At ECPR, we too have strategically brainstormed company goals and objectives for 2013. One of which is to establish and enhance relationships with our traditional advertising, marketing, public relations, and branding counterparts. During 2013, we also plan to connect with and learn more about various trade and consumer publications and editors on deeper levels, in addition to staying abreast of the latest online media resources.

If you are in the process of conceptualizing New Year’s resolutions for your business, our team has come up with a few ideas to help rejuvenate your company’s marketing plan for 2013.
  • Allocate ample time and funds to your company’s social media channels. Interacting with your customers through Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and Pinterest is a great way to establish customer loyalty and relationships, which in turn can result in increased product or service sales. Be sure to post meaningful and relative content on a consistent basis that will keep your fans (and customers / clients) eager for more interaction with you. – Isn’t that really what we all seek in business? 
  • Aim to connect with editors of trade and consumer publications by submitting new product launches, company press releases, case-studies, etc. This New Year’s resolution will help your company stay in the limelight and create more brand awareness among your consumer-based customers as well as retailers, dealers and fellow trade professionals. To do this, we suggest employing a staff member to take initiative and be responsible for generating company buzz. Or, consider hiring an outside firm that specializes in publicity and marketing in your industry – Um, that would be us. As the song of the year says, “Call Me Maybe.” 
  • Make plans for your company’s sales and marketing teams to strategically and regularly collaborate on building brand awareness. Often times, marketing and sales department staffers are consumed with their own goals and tasks, and can struggle to have time to work side by side. This can result in non-effective marketing and decreased sales productivity. But, by working together, this resolution will ensure your company’s new products and services are being released to the media and targeted customers in a timely and unified manner. – Ah, synergy! Gotta love it. 
These New Year’s resolutions are just three among many. Our goal at ECPR is to help clients create new forms of strategic, integrated marketing in 2013 and beyond by using effective marketing tools and creative inspiration. If you are interested in learning more about Eberly & Collard Public Relations, please visit our website at www.eberlycollardpr.com. – From our team to yours, we wish all of you a prosperous and happy New Year!