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Sullivans’ Recipe for Design Success

Spring Birdbath

On April 10th and 11th, Sullivans held its annual Customer Appreciation event in Sioux Falls, using the theme of “Transitions.” Designers Carolyn Sheppard and Sullivans’ own Dusky Turner showed how one can create amazing floral designs using the four seasons as inspiration.

Sullivans Fall
Fall Wreath

Using the same core group of botanicals, Carolyn and Dusky showed the attendees, from 76 different accounts, how they can create multiple pieces for different seasons, uses, and price points. The design recipes feature a simple listing of ingredients, featuring gorgeous planters, buckets, and trays from the Sullivans collection that show off their lush and leafy florals.

Sullivans Summer
Summer Arrangements


Spring designs feature everything from multi-tiered, arrangements bursting with color, to small birdbath potpourri holders that are adorable bathroom accents.

For fall, try the receipe for this beautiful, leafy wreath with golden-orange hues and pumpkin details.

Summer designs are bright and bountiful with overflowing florals in wall sconces, and dripping from the edges of a wooden tray.

Sullivans Winter
Holiday Design

And, be sure to order your Christmas materials soon, as these gorgeous pieces are selling fast! The holiday arrangements feature interesting touches like this metallic geometric ball amongst the traditional festive holly berries.


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2018 Color Trends

Next year is about having fun by exploring your passions. The 2018 color palette contains both brights, like reds and yellows, and pastels, like soft mauves and blues. The tomato red we are seeing in a lot of the geometric patterns represents confidence, fun and attention-grabbing. Yellow is also the same kind of bold choice for color and is seen as both a traffic light bright and a flower petal pastel. On the softer side, the pastel mauves and hints of blue are both nostalgic and yet give the promise of a new era.

Textures and patterns for 2018 also have similar color combinations with the effect of stark geometric lines and, on the reverse, florals that can be as retro as grandma’s basement curtains.

These hues will compliment apparel and accessory combinations and will be seen throughout the home décor world.  What do you think of the 2018 color palettes? Let us know in the comments.


Farmhouse Chic Decor is Here

Customers are on the hunt for decor to add to their farmhouse style! The hit show, “Fixer Upper” has truly resonated with a lot of viewers! It’s difficult to resist the Joanna Gaines’ coined style –the mix of rustic, modern, and a touch of industrial. The white on white is cozy, the neutrals and the layered shelf groupings make it so easy to add and trade out pieces often.
We’ve picked a few items from our vendors to showcase this style here and on Pinterest but their catalogs are filled with many more farmhouse style items for your customers. Take a look at the farmhouse style at Melrose, SplitP, Second Nature by Hand, and Park Designs!

Farmhouse Style available from The Southern Link



Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

PantoneColorGreenery, the Pantone color of the year, is fresh and vibrant and so easy to work into any home decor with plants, especially succulents  and air plants which are in stores everywhere. Incorporating the greenery color using actual greenery  is super easy even if you don’t have a green thumb because there’s so much really well done faux greenery available this year! Faux succulents available from The Southern Link


These faux succulents  (right) from Melrose look so real. They are easy to group on a table, mantle or windowsill (and they won’t die). I’m seeing these faux gems in various sizes, in stores everywhere. And even if you prefer live plants, you’ll find these faux succulents hard to resist because you can group them in low light areas in your house and they won’t die! No watering required!

Below are some other ways to incorporate the Pantone color of the year into home decor with some items from our vendors. A grouping of items of this color will make an eye-catching store display.



Add a cozy throw from Park Designs to living room or porch decor.

park green throw


Group decorative lanterns from Melrose. Aren’t these green lanterns awesome?

regal lanterns


It’s easy to add the Pantone color of the year to tablescapes with beautiful table linens from Split P.




Melamine tableware by Merritt. Lovin’ that green!



Throw pillows and other greenery-colored goodies  from Melrose.



Accent your outdoor decor with greenery-colored garden decor from Melrose and Regal.

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Take a look below at the Pantone color of the year rooms! Visit Pantone for more information on Greenery and its color pairings. And visit our Pinterest board for more ideas! What do you think? Do you like this year’s color of the year? Leave a comment and let us know!


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