Miss Manners: Are modern workplaces really OK with tattoos?

  • May 3, 2024

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My 27-year-old granddaughter says most people her age have tattoos, and don’t even cover them up at work.

Is this the new norm? I thought legitimate businesses made employees cover them up.

GENTLE READER: There are two things here that Miss Manners would like to avoid: finding out what you believe constitutes a “legitimate business,” and challenging workplace policies that have already been established and with which everyone seems to be content.

As long as the tattoos are not actively offensive and the employers are fine with it, Miss Manners is not getting involved. Think of the tattoos as a chance to see firsthand that this generation loves their mothers — and butterflies.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: On many occasions over the course of my life, I’ve been approached in public settings by unfamiliar men who ask to know my height.

Without waiting for an answer, they say something like, “You must be at least 6 foot, because I am 5-foot-10.” These men are invariably much shorter than their stated heights, which further adds to the discomfort of the situation.

It’s happened many times, in nearly an identical way each time, and I am just as flummoxed for a response in my 40s as I was in my teens. How would Miss Manners suggest I respond?

GENTLE READER: “5-foot-10, you say? Weird. So am I.”

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I recently bought a fairly expensive set of deck furniture (sofa and chairs), which I use frequently. The problem is that there is always cat hair all over the furniture.

I don’t own a cat because I am severely allergic, and can’t have cat hair anywhere close to me without taking allergy meds (which only lessen the symptoms, not eliminate them). My children are just as allergic.

I’ve seen my

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imm cologne 2024 Showcases Contemporary Furniture from Northern Europe and Beyond

  • April 16, 2024

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Gone dark during Covid and switching to an abbreviated June edition for 2023, international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne returned this year to its usual January dates at the Koelnmesse for the first time since 2020. Themed as “Connecting Communities,” the 2024 fair brought together roughly 750 exhibitors from 42 countries, with an emphasis on Northern European furniture makers. Record’s selection of highlights includes durable, adaptable pieces with almost limitless customization possibilities, along with fresh takes on modern classics.



Canvas Cabinet.

Following a 2005 brand revamp, Bavarian furniture maker Schönbuch continues to surprise with this superlatively customizable product line. Comprising cabinets, consoles, and more, the fittings and finishes of the Christian Haas–designed Canvas series can be configured in a multitude of different ways. It includes three subframes, 29 matte and 21 high-gloss finishes, 20-door and 12-drawer options with seven types of grips, and more.


Audacious Side Table.

The defining feature of the six-piece Audacious collection (a TV bench, side table, cabinet, sideboard, highboard, and curvaceous desk, all crafted from solid oak), designed by Jonas Søndergaard for Copenhagen-based Umage, are its interchangeable tambour doors. Available in faux leather or fabric options, the doors can be replaced for DIY interior refreshes.


Palm Lounge.

Designed by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte for Parla, a century-old commercial-interiors brand based in Istanbul, Palm is a versatile line of low tables and seating/lounging options for indoor and outdoor environments. With pieces ranging from daybeds to armchairs and stools, the collection features what its designer describes as “dark, clean lines that flicker between light and shade.”


Echo Side Table.

New from family-run German furniture maker COR, Echo side tables are likened to colorful toadstools when arranged in a compact cluster of three, with “caps” of uniform diameters and “stems” available in a choice of thicknesses and heights. The bases

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New Orleans furniture store Hurwitz Mintz turns 100 | Blake Pontchartrain | Gambit Weekly

  • March 21, 2024

Hey Blake,

Hurwitz Mintz furniture store recently advertised its 100th anniversary sale. Who are (or were) the Hurwitz and Mintz in the store’s name?

Dear reader,

Joseph Hurwitz and Morris Mintz were brothers-in-law and Russian Jewish immigrants who came to New Orleans in 1920 and opened their furniture store together soon after. An Oct. 11, 1925 New Orleans Item article advertised their new store at 217-219 Royal St., across from the Hotel Monteleone. The location had been a furniture store in the past, operated by W.G. Tebault.

“Three fundamental principles underlie our business, frame our policy and constitute the essentials of our pledge (to the public),” the owners said in the Item article. “They are quality of merchandise, sound values and real service.”

In later years, Hurwitz Mintz expanded to include the building at 211 Royal St. The business’ name is still visible in tiles on the sidewalk out front, although the location closed after Hurricane Katrina.

Mintz died in 1945, while Hurwitz died in 1965. The business remained in the hands of family members, including Mintz’s son Ellis, who joined in the 1930s by working summers in the furniture warehouse. During his more than 60 years at the helm, the company became one of the leading furniture stores in the region. In the 1970s and 1980s, TV actors Barbara Feldon (best known for “Get Smart”) and “Batman” star Adam West even appeared in commercials for the store.

In 1971, Hurwitz Mintz opened another French Quarter furniture store, called Units, at 227 Chartres St. It sold more contemporary furniture before closing in 2004. In 1974, as the company marked its 50th anniversary, it also opened a new warehouse in the 6000 block of Press Street.

“All of this is being done because in the coming years we feel that even

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Why furniture is getting cheaper

  • March 18, 2024

The furniture segment is one of a few to see prices go down lately, according to today’s CPI report. The furniture index fell 3.7% over the last year, and kept slipping last month. And Ikea, one of the biggest furniture retailers in the world, is no exception. The Swedish home store has been cutting prices on budget staples like the Billy bookcase and Kallax storage cubes, and executives say the price rollbacks will continue in 2024 across all markets where Ikea operates.

That weird supply and demand shock of the pandemic hit furniture sales harder than a sleep-deprived person stumbling into the corner of their bed the first morning of daylight savings.

First there was the pivot to working from home in 2020, said Marisa Ortega, a retail analyst at Mintel. Then in 2021 with record low mortgage rates, a lot of people upsized their homes.

“And you know that requires to fill more spaces in your home — more pieces for another living room and another bedroom,” she said.

That intense demand has subsided as mortgage rates have soared.

“If people are not buying houses, there is less need to look for furniture and home decor,” Ortega said.

At the same time, supply pressures like shipping costs have also eased. Most furniture is imported, said Michael Brown, a partner with Kearney Consulting.

“Coming in on ships that were very, very expensive. And that quickly dissipated,” he said.

Brown said Ikea has been uniquely positioned to save thanks to its clean modern designs, which are also more efficient to manufacture and transport.

“There’s not a lot of waste. There’s not a lot of shapes. They’re all pretty straight cuts, you know all connected by similar hardware,” he said.

Transportation and materials make up the bulk of furniture costs, which

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Lulu and Georgia Friends and Family Sale 2024: Save 25% on Furniture, Rugs and Decor

  • March 12, 2024

Lulu and Georgia is one of our favorite places to shop for stylish home essentials and rugs this season — and now, you can enjoy major deals on the brand’s gorgeous selection of furniture, decor and more. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home this spring or splurge on investment-worthy pieces at a discount, the Lulu and Georgia Friends and Family Sale is not one to miss.

Now through Tuesday, March 19, Lulu and Georgia is offering 25% off sitewide — including best-selling furniture, rugs and decor pieces that are perfect for a seasonal home refresh. 

Shop 25% Off Lulu and Georgia

Marked by luxurious textures, sleek silhouettes and elegant vintage-inspired touches, Lulu and Georgia’s designs are at once minimalist and warm. From modern and minimal to boho and vintage, the selection of elevated essentials and coveted statement pieces is hard to beat. 

The Friends and Family Sale also includes lighting, bedding and dinnerware to upgrade your entire home at a discount. No matter what room you’re looking to upgrade, there’s a good chance Lulu and Georgia will have just the right addition. Below, shop the best furniture and rug deals happening at Lulu and Georgia this week.

Best Furniture Deals at the Lulu and Georgia Sale

Corso Side Table

Corso Side Table

Lulu and Georgia

Corso Side Table

Sleek, modern and a little moody, this hand-carved mango wood side table offers lots of textural appeal and stylishly displays its artisan craftsmanship.

Best Rug Deals at the Lulu and Georgia Sale

Most of the brand’s pieces are crafted in soothing neutrals and earth tones, making them easy to incorporate into your home. Rugs can either make or break a room’s ambiance, so whether you’re after an eye-catching statement piece or a clean-yet-cozy Moroccan style, you can treat yourself to the gorgeous designs

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Best Amazon Furniture Deals Spring 2024: Shop End-of-Season Savings Up to 75% Off

  • March 2, 2024

The new season will be here soon — and our spring cleaning impulses along with it. Aside from welcoming the new season with clean floors and revamped wardrobe, there’s no better feeling than refreshing our homes with new furniture. Luckily, Amazon is making it easier to head into spring with a furniture upgrade in pretty much every room of your house—and yes, that includes outdoor spaces, too.

From Amazon’s outlet to its secret furniture storefront, there are currently massive deals on furniture worth getting excited about those home updates. No matter what room you’re trying to outfit, you’ll find something affordable for up to 75% off.

Shop Amazon’s Best Furniture Deals

The Amazon furniture sale is brimming with stylish and affordable homeware, including platform beds, sleeper sofas, coffee tables, outdoor dining sets and a lot more. To help you find the very best furniture deals, we did the digging for you and selected the top deals that’ll upgrade your home without breaking the bank.

From modern furniture to classic, rustic-style pieces, shop the best Amazon furniture deals in every category and save on top brands like Martha Stewart, Christopher Knight Home and more.

Best Living Room Furniture Deals

Best Kitchen and Dining Room Furniture Deals

Best Bedroom Furniture Deals

Antok Floor Mirror

Antok Floor Mirror


Antok Floor Mirror

One of the best ways to make a space feel bigger is with a truly great accent mirror. This gold arched full length mirror can be tilted to the wall or installed vertically on the wall.

Best Patio Furniture Deals

For even more savings on best-selling products, check out our ultimate guide to all the best Amazon deals on tech, fashion, beauty, home and more to shop today.


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Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales 2024

  • February 15, 2024

Furniture is an investment, but you don’t have to pay full price to decorate your dream space. This year’s best Presidents’ Day furniture sales can help you save on just about anything you need to update your home—from one of Floyd’s modern sectionals for your living room to a complete patio refresh. Top brands like Allmodern, Design Within Reach and Pottery Barn have already kicked off their Presidents’ Day events with steep discounts on pieces for every room of your home.

With so many Presidents’ Day furniture sales out there, hunting down the best offers can take hours. To help streamline your search, we rounded up the best Presidents’ Day furniture sales you can shop ahead of the weekend. (If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, we also hand-picked some of our favorite deals for each room.)

The Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales At A Glance

The Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales: Bedroom

The Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales: Living Room

The Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales: Dining Room

The Best Presidents’ Day Furniture Sales: Outdoor

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Why are new homes, furniture burning faster than decades ago?

  • February 11, 2024

The way newer homes and furniture are constructed, makes them burn faster, thus impacting how fast firefighters need to work when putting out a fire.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Here at the Fire Academy of the South in Jacksonville, the next generation of firefighters are gearing up for any kind of emergency they may arrive at after getting their firefighting certificate.

While their training may look traditional, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Captain Eric Prosswimmer, putting out house fires now is much different than decades ago.

“It heats up faster and the materials that it’s heating, are made up of different materials that they used to be made of and they will heat up faster,” Prosswimmer said.

Nowadays, lightweight materials are used to build new homes and furniture.

If you live in a home built in the 2000s or have newer furniture that you assembled yourself, chances are it’s made primarily of synthetic materials.

“It’s for cost,” Prosswimmer said. “Structurally, it’s just as sound as before, but this way they can construct it faster and lighter.”

Duval County firefighters are seeing fires in modern homes igniting everything in a room faster.

The Fire Safety Research Institute says modern homes burn eight times faster than 50 years ago and produce 200 times more smoke.

“The smoke that’s emitted from these new materials is much more dangerous than it used to be,” Prosswimmer told First Coast News.

From the synthetic boards that make up the structure of a home, to the adhesive that’s gluing new furniture together, not only are these materials more flammable, but they allow more chemicals to see into the smoke.

“We then have to pull firefighters out a lot sooner than we used to because of the construction,” said Prosswimmer.

You can see in this fire

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STOCKROOM Ignites New Furniture Epoch With Tailoring To Modern Lifestyle Preferences Of Home And Office Owners

  • February 7, 2024

(MENAFN- GetNews) STOCKROOM presents long lasting and timeless pieces of furniture carefully crafted with attention to detail, making it perfect for modern living and workspaces.

The new furniture presented by STOCKROOM is designed to keep up with the evolving trends in interior design and furniture fashion. With the rise of online shopping, STOCKROOM brings convenience and accessibility as it allows customers to browse and purchase high-quality furniture from the comfort of their own homes. With a wide range of products, from modern and minimalist designs to more traditional and classic styles, it caters to all types of homes and offices. Every piece of furniture is carefully crafted by skilled artisans, using the finest materials to ensure durability and functionality. The shop also offers customizable options to cater to customers’ specific needs and preferences. Buyers always praise the exceptional customer service provided by the team, making it a top choice for furniture shopping. They have rated this shop highly in terms of quality, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Stockroom supplies a great variety of Industrial furniture with a modern touch. With clean lines and edgy designs, industrial furniture Hong Kong
adds character to any space. The use of metal, wood and leather in their creation gives them a timeless appeal that never goes out of style, making it perfect for those who want to create a unique and stylish look in their home or office. It is also a great addition to any minimalist or modern-themed space, adding a touch of warmth and texture to an otherwise sleek and simple design.

The Lounge chairs offered here are designed to provide ultimate comfort and relaxation. Made with top-quality materials, they are built to last and withstand frequent use. The ergonomic designs of these pieces prioritize the user’s comfort while maintaining a

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Expensive-Looking Furniture Pieces You Can Shop at Walmart Right Now

  • January 30, 2024

If you love the look of expensive, coveted furniture retailers such as Pottery Barn and West Elm furniture — but not the price tag — you need to start shopping at Walmart. The retailer has elevated their furniture game and is selling luxurious-looking designs that won’t break the bank, including bed frames, mattresses, sleeper sofas, couches, dining sets and dressers, all at an affordable price point.

Like got-it-all retailers like Amazon and Target, Walmart’s inventory is massive. To help you find a new stylish piece fit for your home, ET selected some of the best affordable furniture at Walmart that you can buy right now. From expensive-looking home decor to design-forward furniture pieces from brands such as Nathan James, Gap Home and Queer Eye, our list has something for everyone whether you can’t get enough of mid-century modern, boho, farmhouse or glam decor.

Keep scrolling to discover chic, expensive-looking furniture from Walmart.

Queer Eye Liam Futon

Queer Eye Liam Futon


Queer Eye Liam Futon

Who said futons only belong in dorm rooms? This green velvet sleeper sofa from Netflix’s Fab Five passes as a regular couch. Measuring 79 inches long and 33 inches deep, it easily converts between sitting, lounging and sleeping positions.


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