LR Home names new VP, e-commerce and direct sales

DALTON, Ga. — LR Home, a leader in the textiles and furniture wholesale industry, has named Dana Stevens as its vice president of e-commerce and direct sales. She will report to Vinamra Laddha, chief operating officer.

An expert in analytics and sales veteran, Stevens began her career in the consumer electronics industry, where she led sales teams with Fortune 500 companies such as Sprint, Dell and DirecTV over the course of a decade.

Most recently, she was director of e-commerce for Amer Rugs. Previously, she had worked with Bradburn Home, a luxury lighting and home décor wholesaler.

Vicky Jarrett has worked with various furniture industry publications — including Furniture Today, Retail Ideas, Our State magazine and Casual Living — for more than 20 years and rejoined Furniture Today as Managing Editor in 2016.

LR Home names new VP, e-commerce and direct sales

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Beatriz Ball to move corporate offices and warehouse

New Orleans— Beatriz Ball currently operates in three buildings in New Orleans, but will consolidate operations in one new facility. The company’s warehouse will move this month and the office in February, after office renovations are complete. Warehouse space and shipping operations will increase greatly, the tabletop company said.

“We are in the process of hiring for every one of our departments and it is wonderful to see the atmosphere around our office, everybody is happy and cannot wait for 2022. We are very excited about this new chapter of Beatriz Ball,” said David Rive, general manager.

Beatriz Ball highlighted more than 100 new products recently in Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas and received the ARTS Award for the tabletop category in Dallas.

Lauren Roses is Home Accents Today’s product editor, responsible for selecting and compiling product and trend stories, and for overseeing product submissions and coverage of intros and market debuts. Lauren studied at the University of Arizona and has lived in San Diego, California and New York City. Prior to joining Home Accents Today, she worked in marketing and project management for several prominent interior design and real estate professionals. In early 2018 Lauren moved back to her

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Rove Concepts introduces new vegan fabric

Rove Concepts new vegan fabric, shown here in the Strato color, is machine washable in cold water and resistant to cracking and discoloration.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Rove Concepts, a direct-to-consumer, modern furniture company based in western Canada, has added a new sustainable fabric to its collection called Venice Vegan suede.

The fabric is composed of more than 50% recycled polyester and 5% spandex which results in an eco-friendly and cruelty-free alternative that’s made to last, according to the company.

“Unlike genuine leather, this high-quality vegan suede is machine washable in cold water, making it low maintenance and family friendly,” the company said in a statement.

The fabric is also resistant to cracking, fraying and discoloration, the company said, since it consists of millions of tightly woven synthetic fibers that are treated to be more water and stain proof than natural suede. Venice Vegan suede is also OKEO-TEX certified, meaning it is free of formaldehyde and other harmful substances.

The fabric is available in Caspian, Chiffon, Cider, Latte, Sage, Sepia and Strato colors and can be used on pieces in collections from Rove Concepts including Luca, Arya, Porter, Angelo, Aubrey, Mia and Nova as well as on the Ophelia and

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Hall of Fame Foundation opens nominations for Paul Broyhill Future Leaders Award

HIGH POINT — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation is seeking nominations for the Paul Broyhill Future Leaders Award, which will be presented during the April High Point Market.

The Paul Broyhill Future Leaders Award, named after one of the industry’s leading families and a company that focused on executive training, is given annually to five emerging leaders.

Each candidate must be under 40 years of age and will be selected based on a points-based evaluation of the candidate’s leadership, potential for personal growth, communications skills and their commitment to the industry.

“The future of the home furnishings industry sits on the shoulders of these bright young leaders and will be determined largely by their goals, creativity and determination,” said Caroline Hipple, president of the Foundation board of directors and president of Norwalk Furniture.  “These interactions set the stage for future conversations and relationships, which in turn benefit the industry for years to come.”

Paul Broyhill Future Leaders will gather with inducted members of the Hall of Fame during an intimate evening designed to bring together the today’s young leaders with the experience and wisdom of inducted members of the Hall of Fame.

A reception and dinner are

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WithIt names 2022 board of directors

HIGH POINT — WithIt, an association that fosters education, mentoring, and leadership opportunities for women in the home and furnishings industries, has named its 2022 board of directors, with Renee Loper-Boyd, International Market Centers president of marketing, as president.

In addition to Loper-Boyd, the board includes: WithIt Chair, Lorri Kelley, Lorri Kelley Advisors; Vice President/President-Elect, Emily Severson Boyst, Hooker Furnishings; Treasurer, Shelly Head, Liberty Furniture; and Secretary, Bonnie Wallace, International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.

Vice presidents and committee chairs are: membership, Sydney Harris, Furnitureland South; professional development, Jenny Barnhill, Culp Inc.; business development, Amanda Daubert, Furniture First; scholarship, Paris Gholston, Mattress Recycling Council; connections:,  Jessica Norby, Global Textile Alliance; events, Cathy Valent, Springs Creative Products Group; technology: Lori Dolnick, Frank Advertising; and emerging leaders, Victoria Valentinas, VLV Designs.

The organization also is celebrating its 25th year with increased opportunities for networking and education.

This year the market-based events expand to include Dallas and Atlanta as well as continuing their presence in Las Vegas and High Point. The 2022 schedule includes these first half events:

  • Networking event and dinner during Las Vegas Market, Jan. 24
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration during High Point Market, April 2
  • Semi-annual Educational Breakfast sponsored by Myriad Software
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ART Conference registration open | Home Accents Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — ART, the creative home furnishings network announces that registration is open now for its annual conference on May 12-15 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio.

The 2022 program will feature programming that includes seminars, hands on workshops, social events. ART also plans a community service project in the San Antonio area during the conference.

The 2022 program will be led by co-chairs Santhi Yarlagadda, of Kas Rugs, and Colleen Daly, of The Howard Elliott Collection.

“We’ve put together a curated schedule that we believe addresses challenges many home furnishing businesses face today”, said Yarlagadda. “We’re excited for the opportunity to build productive relationships among our members and the industry.”

“We are grateful for the support of a stellar group of sponsors so far,” said Daly.

The conference details are available here.  Registration will be open through April 14.

Thomas Lester is Retail Editor for Furniture Today and Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining

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