Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass?

Dec 18, 2019
The inventor of one of the most popular novelty toys looks back.
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Rent the Runway turns its attention to the home

Mar 25, 2019
The fashion rental company has partnered with West Elm to offer home accessories.
Starting this summer, Rent the Runway subscribers will be able to lease looks from home décor retailer West Elm.
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Students want upscale dorm accommodations; retailers take note

Aug 24, 2018
Gone are the days when a faded comforter from childhood was suitable for students.
An independent survey from consulting firm Deloitte estimates parents will spend $25.5 billion on back-to-college purchases in 2018. Above, a residential hall at the University of Central Florida.
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Post-war economic prosperity increased America’s interest in Christmas decor

Dec 2, 2016
Sarah Archer explores economic prosperity in post-war America in her book, "Midcentury Christmas."
A New Year's card issued in the USSR between the 1960s and 1970s.
Courtesy Sarah Archer

Restoration Hardware blames the markets for a bad quarter

Feb 25, 2016
Consumers might be spending more on their homes, but not necessarily on furnishings.
General view during the Restoration Hardware Spring 2012 Launch at Restoration Hardware on March 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Wallpaper makes a comeback

Feb 10, 2015
A story of “what’s old is new again.”

Formica: Coming to a table near you?

Jan 21, 2013
That staple of '50s kitchen counter tops is being embraced by young architects as a green alternative to stone.

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Making art affordable

Feb 10, 2012
Home decor businesses are following the fashion world's example, finding artists who'll mass produce their works and sell them in retail stores for a fraction of the cost.