May 2023


Modern Cat Furniture Market Size is Projected to Expand to a Valuation of US$ 3.7 Billion in 2023

  • May 31, 2023

The modern cat furniture market size is projected to expand to a valuation of US$ 3.7 billion in 2023 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.9% from 2023 to 2033 and reach US$ 6.69 billion in 2033.

The modern cat furniture market is the second largest segment in the pet furniture market, preceded by the dog furniture market. The market has witnessed a steady growth around the globe since more people, especially millennials, are adopting cats as domestic pets.

The report offers detailed insights on the Modern Cat Furniture Market through an extensive analysis of key growth drivers, latest trends, potential challenges, and revenue growth prospects based on historical data.

Crucial information and forecast statistics, in terms of value and volume, covered in the Modern Cat Furniture Market report will arm both existing and emerging market players with necessary insights to craft long-term strategies as well as maintain business continuity during a crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Modern Cat Furniture Market Scenario During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 has adversely affected various markets in the retail & consumer products industry. The Modern Cat Furniture Market is no different. Products which are deemed ‘essential’ continue to experience significant sales, while non-essential items faced a sharp decline in demand.

Following government’s measures, particularly social distancing norms and stay-at-home orders, companies operating in the Modern Cat Furniture Market have put their production on a halt.

Additionally, movement restrictions and supply chain disruptions have created a logistical nightmare for market players, leading to severe product shortages in the global marketplace.

The FMI’s report includes an interesting chapter on preliminary impact of the COVID-19 on the Modern Cat Furniture Market.

This allows both leading and emerging market players to understand

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Family-owned Lawrance Furniture still thriving after 80 years

  • May 30, 2023

Family-ownedLawrance Contemporary Furniture is thriving and earning new accolades, more than 80 years after it began serving customers in San Diego.

Earlier this month, Howard Haimsohn, the company’s current owner and president, was awarded the 2023 Retailer of the Year Trailblazer Award by the Home Furniture Association (HFA). The honor reflects Haimsohn’s 40-year tenure serving on retail industry association boards including the Western Home Furnishings Association, National Home Furniture Association and the HFA.

“It caught me a little by surprise,” Haimsohn said about the honor. “I’ve been in this industry all of my adult life and I have a passion for it. I don’t consider it work.”

Haimsohn — who with his father co-founded Contemporary Design Group, a national association of community furniture stores — said being hands-on is something he’s very proud of. He runs the business with his wife, Julie, and their children, Joel Haimsohn, and Bethany DelConte. He said his dedicated team and family are to thank for his recognition and success.

Lawrance Contemporary Furniture was founded by Haimsohn’s grandparents in 1937. Its original showroom in Hillcrest still stands on University Avenue. In 2018, the company’s second location, in Encinitas, relocated to a new space designed by local architect David Keitel with Domus Studio Architects.

Lawrance specializes in modern furniture made in the U.S., Canada and Italy. Haimsohn’s team makes sure to find the “perfect piece” in the right color, size and shape for each customer. Clearance items are listed online, and the company offers complimentary in-house interior design services, as well as shipping and delivery.

Visit and follow @lawrancefurniture on Instagram.

Roxana Becerril is a freelance writer.

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Seven Modern Design Tips You Haven’t About Heard Before

  • May 29, 2023

Modern homes are more popular than ever, but many of us think decorating one can be achieved by purchasing the right modern furniture and decor, as if it is a formula. However, this ultimately ends up looking like someone else’s Pinterest Board or worse—a showroom. If you are in the process of decorating a modern home and want to create a truly unique space, it’s crucial to consider the details in a new way. Here are seven modern design tips according to top interior designers that you probably haven’t heard about yet.

Have Fun With Modern Design


One of the biggest problems with modern homes is that they often feel cold and impersonal—almost museum-like. But according to Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini, designers, and co-founders of House of Nomad, modern design spaces don’t need to have that serious, stark aesthetic. “We love to layer on natural materials such as a woven light fixture, grasscloth, or an accent rattan chair and incorporate unexpected moments of interest throughout the space.”

The designers also love to mix in what a client already has such as their travel finds, personal art, and vintage pieces. These elements are what can make a space feel more personal.

Lastly, they prefer to choose furniture and decor in a variety of shapes. “Try to balance sharp edges with some curves with a round coffee table or rounded back swivel chairs for instance.”

Quite simply, you don’t need a curved sofa, bookshelf, and chairs. Just choose one or two pieces.

Mix It Up With Natural Materials


Many designers use manmade materials such as quartz countertops or acrylic chairs when designing modern homes. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing—mixing it

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Midcentury Modern Furniture Owes Its Popularity to the Welfare State

  • May 27, 2023

Praise of Danish
design mounted quickly in the U.S. through exhibitions, magazine articles, and
word-of-mouth. Taft relates how Wegner was approached by a members-only club in
Chicago in 1949 hoping to acquire 400 chairs, a number far beyond the capacity
of the Copenhagen workshop that produced them. Danish chairs became a bragging
right with devotees memorizing the shapes and mentally cataloging the available
colors of upholstery. The appetite for Scandi furniture was so voracious that
knock-offs proliferated. Genuine producers began affixing metal plates, stamps,
and brands to the underside of their furniture. One would not be surprised to
see their dinner guest surreptitiously peering under the Chieftain looking for
where the wood had been marked by a hot iron in the Danish workshop.

The heyday of artisan
furniture, however, was brief. Keeping production in Denmark, or even in
Scandinavia, did not last long. In 1951, Juhl began designing for Baker, a
furniture company from Michigan; the idea was to sell his designs to a larger
mass market by scaling-up production. Yet it was never clear how the level of
quality could be maintained outside of the Scandinavian welfare state with its
unique compromises between government, industry, and labor. In an American mass
market, it would be difficult to make elegant joinery using Fordist production
techniques (and to pay artisan wages to assembly line workers). As the scale of
production increased, it was more difficult to maintain the myth of “Nordic
naturalness” and wood forms that represented a closeness to nature. In fact,
even the teak was being supplanted by razor-thin slices of rosewood pasted onto
furniture facades. 

Meanwhile, loose
legal protections for furniture design meant that fakes and copies
proliferated. Well-heeled tourists in Copenhagen could visit the immense
furniture showroom Den Permanente near the central station to see

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21 modern garden ideas for a truly beautiful outdoor space

  • May 24, 2023
 A modern garden, featuring stone walls, wild flowers and a seating area (Lizzie Orme)

A modern garden, featuring stone walls, wild flowers and a seating area (Lizzie Orme)

We all know, without even knowing we know, what modern garden ideas look like in the UK: narrow borders filled with bedding plants, garden ideas featuring a small patio or decking scattered with the best garden furniture, and a lot of freshly-mowed grass.

In the summer, there will likely be a washing line spinning lazily somewhere in view – unless the BBQ has been fired up, that is. And yet, despite these new additions, it still feels incredibly minimalist in design: it’s all straight lines, dip-treated fences, and right angles. It’s all about functionality… and, dare I say it, familiarity.

If this works for you, then brilliant. But if you’re in the market for something a bit different when it comes to creating a unique modern garden look this way: these expert-approved modern garden ideas are guaranteed to transform your outdoor space into something extraordinary.

Modern garden ideas

We spoke to a number of garden design experts to find out what the newest thing in modern garden trends is to help curate your outdoor space. Paired with our cumulative years of Ideal Home expertise (100 years and counting…) we’re pulled together the best modern garden ideas that are worth stealing for your own garden.

1. Opt for dark-coloured fences

Grey fence with yellow wire bench and pink stools

Grey fence with yellow wire bench and pink stools

Garden designer Matthew Childs advises that you inject some ‘imagination and intrigue’ into your garden by ‘painting fences a dark colour, training climbing plants up them, and creating deep planting borders in front.’ This, he says, will ‘allow boundaries to visually disappear.’

Learning how to paint a fence isn’t tricky, but make sure you do your prep work so you’re not repainting every summer.

2. Cut

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Art Hounds: Mid-century modern weekend

  • May 23, 2023

Kate Lawson, a former arts administrator and current arts enthusiast living in Minneapolis, is excited for Art-A-Whirl, the sprawling northeast Minneapolis open studio art tour that begins Friday. 

In particular, she wants to point people to Hossle Woodworks. Founder Justin Hossle creates mid-century modern furniture and home decor. “The clean lines and natural finishes of his pieces really let the beauty of the woods stand out,” she said. “And it’s a really fun experience to get to see how the pieces are put together in his workshop.”

Hossle Woodworks will offer demonstrations and classes throughout the weekend.

Sarah McGrill is an art consultant and educator in Minneapolis. She is a fan of visual artist Tammy Ortegon, who she says “has been a force in south Minneapolis, as she’s owned her own gallery for 20 years and realized that she had never had a solo exhibition.” 

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To remedy this, Ortegon is offering a retrospective of her work in her own space, called the ColorWheel Gallery. The exhibit is called “30years Reflect Back/30years Inspired Forward,” and, according to McGrill, “it’s just an experience to walk in and see the inspiration that she has in her shop to support local and regional artists.”

The exhibit begins Saturday.

Shannon Twohy is a curator and fiber artist from Minneapolis. She recommends “Living on the Edge,” presented by the North Shore Artists League.

“As an artist myself, I think events that are pro-artists are so important,” she says. “I also love that the artwork and the exhibition are featuring the beauty of the North Shore.”

The exhibition runs Friday through July 9 at the Phipps Center

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What outdoor furniture lasts the longest? Every landscape designer we asked picked one of these 5 durable options

  • May 22, 2023
 A decked outdoor area with resin wicker outdoor furniture

A decked outdoor area with resin wicker outdoor furniture

Now that the sun has finally decided to make itself known again, it’s time to brush off the outdoor furniture and embrace the alfresco lifestyle once more. All’s well and good until you realize last year’s dining set has been slowly crumbling away in the corner of your backyard, now discolored, cracked, or covered in mold. It’s time for an upgrade – and this time, you’ll want to know which outdoor furniture lasts the longest.

Outdoor furniture doesn’t come cheap, so we all want to be confident that we’re choosing a material that lasts more than just a single summer. Exposure to the elements means that our outdoor chairs, tables, and sofas have to be extra durable to withstand the likes of rain, wind, and changes in temperature. Typically, exterior furniture is made of wood, metal, or plastic, but there are certain types that are better than others – and for furniture that lasts, you’ll need to know what they are.

The good news is, thanks to the help of some experts, we’ve done the work for you. We’ve rustled up a list of materials to look for in your modern outdoor furniture that promise to endure, so you can have a stylish outdoor setting that stands the test of time. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Wood

A patio with wooden outdoor table and chairs

A patio with wooden outdoor table and chairs

One of the most popular material choices for garden furniture is wood, and for good reason. This natural option not only has a classic, understated appearance that makes it perfect for your backyard, but it’s durable and hardwearing too.

‘Wood is always a popular choice thanks to its timeless appeal and ability to pair with any style of décor or color scheme,’ says

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20 Modern Rustic Design Ideas That Combine Simple and Sleek

  • May 20, 2023

Bring this updated rustic style to each room of your home.

<p>Werner Straube</p>

While modern design is all about streamlined, functional elements with clean lines, combining it with rustic style brings a neutral color palette, natural textures, and warm, earthy tones. Think lots of natural wood, exposed beams, stonework, and leather furniture with accents of bright, modern colors, white walls, and open floor plans. Bringing these two styles together can create the ultimate relaxed, cozy room. Modern rustic design is easy to adapt into most rooms, including living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and even bathrooms, because it often highlights features your home already has, like a vaulted ceiling or natural wood flooring. The blend of modern and rustic can also fit with other design styles, so if you want to incorporate modern rustic decor into your home, you don’t have to change every room to fit it in. Let these modern rustic rooms provide inspiration for bringing a touch of the style into your space.

Modern Rustic Interior Design

<p>Brie Williams</p>

Blend two styles together to create a transition from a living area into a kitchen. Natural wood walls in neutral colors give the space a distinctively rustic feel. And while the sliding barn door also seems rustic at first, the gray chevron paneling updates it for modern style.

Modern Rustic Kitchen Design

<p>Brie Williams</p>

Give a farmhouse kitchen a modern update with sleek black pendant lights and matching barstools. White paneled walls have elements of both modern and rustic style, while the exposed wood beams in the ceiling enhance the farmhouse elements of the room. Lots of windows also give the room plenty of natural light.

Modern Rustic Living Room

<p>David Greer</p>

At first glance, this living room definitely appears more modern than rustic. But in addition to the black walls and modern art decorating the room,

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What is the most durable type of outdoor furniture? Experts reveal the best material to buy

  • May 17, 2023
 Black decking area covered with pergola

Black decking area covered with pergola

Before you go investing in a new set of garden tables and chairs, it’s important to get clued up on the different materials outdoor furniture is made from, and which of these is going to last the longest. Having a clear answer to the question, ‘What is the most durable type of outdoor furniture’, will help you invest wisely.

The best garden furniture is worth every penny if it allows you to enjoy your garden during the warmer months for years to come. But with so many different outdoor furniture options to choose from, from beautiful wooden garden furniture sets to ornate metal designs, it’s hard to know which of these is going to stand the test of time.

‘Researching the best materials for garden furniture is essential when transforming your outdoors with a new dining or lounging set,’ says Francesca Hadland, Interiors Expert, Bridgman. ‘What’s inside is just as important as what’s out, and quality is key.’

What is the most durable type of outdoor furniture?

We’ve asked the experts to tell us what is the most durable type of outdoor furniture, so you can choose wisely. We’ll look at the four most common materials used to build garden furniture sets, which are aluminium, powder-coated steel, hardwood and softwood. The best rattan garden furniture tends to have a base frame made from one of these materials, so don’t worry, our list doesn’t exclude this popular choice.


Patio with white metal table and four matching chairs

Patio with white metal table and four matching chairs

When it comes to metal garden furniture sets, or rattan furniture with metal bases, aluminium is by far the more durable option. The metal forms a barrier that prevents moisture from penetrating the surface, so you won’t see signs of rusting or damp.

There’s some

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Looking for Luxury Furniture? You’re Gonna Want to Check Out These 22 Brands

  • May 16, 2023
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Luxury Furniture Brands? Thought You’d Never AskCourtesy Lulu & Georgia

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Just saying: I really hope you’re reading this because you’re in the process of renovating your home/apartment/cupboard under the stairs. Yes, it can be stressful, but if you can keep your wits about you, there’s no greater joy in this life than a good ol’ home makeover, if ya ask me. Your living space should be a reflection of who you are, and I know you’re fabulous (don’t argue, I’m sure), so your home should be too. And to make that happen, you’re going to need some good furniture.

Whether you’re knees deep in a reno or just perusing for a potential project, you need to know the best luxury furniture brands out there, and that’s where I come in. I shop for home schtuff for a living (it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it), so I’m preeeetty well in tune with the best stores out there, trust. I know exactly where you should be spending your cold hard cash—both in-store and online—if you want high-quality, chic products that will last you through many phases of life and all the painful moves in between. And to make it easy, I popped ’em all here, below.

Read on for 22 of the best luxury furniture brands, and prepare your credit card accordingly. Your home is about to become a hell of a lot cuter.

Suzette Wide Dresser

When I think “where would I shop for furniture if I had an unlimited budget,” I immediately think Lulu and Georgia. The L.A.-based brand is just so cool, with trendy pieces that are still somehow so classic you can feel good about making the

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