January 2015

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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