Day: February 9, 2021

A’ Design Awards & Competition

It’s fast approaching: the deadline for the A’ Design Award and Competition is February 28, 2021! The results of the competition will be announced on May 1st and we’ll be sharing our favorite designs. Until then, register here to enter your design.

The A’ Design Award & Competition is one worth taking the time to enter. You’ll be submitting your design under a design category (there are over 100, including special categories like the Good Architecture Design Award and the Good Industrial Design Award). Your design will be judged by an esteemed panel of scholars, design professionals, press members and academics, so the feedback you receive can be invaluable. For the winners, the prize package is quite substantial. Not only will they receive a unique trophy and international recognition, but they’ll also be included in world design rankings, given extensive PR coverage amongst design media, and even a chance to sell their winning design. Even runner-ups and participants will receive benefits! Learn more about them here.

To get you inspired to submit your design, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite eye-catching designs from last year’s competition:

Featured image: Sfumato Shelving System Shelving System by Nedim Mutevelic

Retail Star spotlight: Southern Charm Furniture & Design

Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars list recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents – including furniture stores, home accessories boutique stores and interior design showrooms – that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.

View the complete list here.

To nominate a retailer for our 2021 list, email Thomas Lester at

Southern Charm Furniture & Design

Gulfport, Miss.

1 store

Estimated 2019 total sales: $1.8 million-$3 million

Home accents specialist, founded in 2017. Key suppliers are Crestview Collection and Moe’s Home Collection for accent furniture; Kas Rugs for area rugs; Stylecraft for decorative accessories and lamps/lighting; K&K Interiors for wall décor; India’s Heritage for soft goods. Merchandises in full room settings, including chandeliers and drapes. Gives back to the community through programs such as Crusaders for Veterans and Tired Dog Rescue. Also was a sponsor of this year’s St. Jude Dream Home in Gulfport.

In their own words

Please describe your visual merchandising scheme.

We have a beautiful warm and inviting store where everyone feels at home as soon as they walk in the door. The furniture is displayed in settings throughout the rooms, showcasing many different

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