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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.

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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.

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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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Instagram: The New Runway

instagramrunwayWe recently partnered with Gifts and Dec to host a round table discussion with 12 amazing retailers to talk about where they look to learn about new products and trends. We learned that good reps are important but that “Instagram is the new runway.” Retailers no longer wait for fashion reports or trade shows. They see what their customers want through their Instagram feeds! Fads have become so short that they can start and end before you ever see the customer.

One retailer explained, “Instagram, is set up for my business. So, I can stand at the booth, take my notes in my phone, go back  later through my pictures, and then directly, with a button, click and say which vendors to follow up with.”

With the changing economy, gift retailers are also focusing their efforts on enhancing the customer experience by finding ways to make shopping fun and enjoyable. Promoting the message of “supporting local” among customers is important for gift retailers. Many of the retailers stated that their customer base will pay higher prices at their store because they want to ensure their business continues to thrive.

But the user experience starts long before they walk into your business. With 52% of consumers researching purchases online before shopping, the retail experience starts with your website and social sites. Instagram, is easy and can quickly communicate to a shopper that you carry products that relate to their lifestyle. So, if you aren’t already on Instagram, go check it out and see why it’s being called the “new runway.”

2018 Outdoor Trends

outdoorlivinggraphicfinalIf there ever was a year to give outdoor living spaces a fresh look, 2018 is it! With the economy on the upswing, consumers are feeling confident, and are already showing signs of spending more on entertaining at home, both indoors and out. Come next spring, if economic predictions are right, this spending will continue, and outdoor spaces are expected to become a priority for consumers.

The trend is to extend interior spaces outside with a smoothcustomdecorspring transition, not a jolt into another color palette. That being said, the minimalistic, Scandinavian, natural fiber look is expected to hang on as an expression of consumers feeling more carefree and unconcerned, as is the much loved, and still very-much-in-demand farmhouse decor with its tone on tone and soft hues of greys and taupes. However, with the excitement of brighter days ahead, consumers will be inclined to add reds, blues, and greens for pops of color, and as underlying symbols of celebration.


Millennials, with their penchant for travel and interest in other cultures, more than any other consumer group, will be on the hunt for global inspiration for their outdoor textiles and decorative items. So, artisan items from, outdoorbohospaceor appearing to be from, other cultures will be flooding store shelves. Also, this group prefers hand-crafted items with stories or causes behind them. They will combine multi-colored fabrics and richly patterned textiles with clusters of pottery, plants and decorative items to recreate the feel of a favorite faraway destination.

Coastal decor is always big in outdoor spaces but, it will be enhanced in 2018 with more elaborate patterns and some handmade appeal with textiles and fabrics having a water-colored effect.
Consumers are expected to be more interested in decorative garden lights and statement-making statuary, like those above from Regal Art & Gift, placed around their outdoor living spaces and seasonal outdoor decor from Custom Decor. It’s going to be quite a year for the industry with all of these fun and unexpected design elements!

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.


October Market Trend


Be on the look out at the October Apparel Market for intricate embroidery and floral patterns! Both are big on fall 2017 apparel and handbags and will remain so through spring 2018. The runway shows for spring 2018 spotlighted embroidery and floral designs running the gamut from dainty and subtle to colorful and attention grabbing.

Embroidered Shirt

At our Total Accessories showroom, there are lovely apparel items and handbags from Mary Frances, Coco + Carmen, Steve Madden and more. Come take a look during market, we’ll be happy to show you our beautiful embroidered and floral patterned items. Or, call our showroom for assistance at 404-523-4418. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about this trend.


Fall 2017 Handbag Trends

2017 trends patternsWell, fall 2017 accessories sure are exciting! Fall Fashion Week 2017 was brimming with patterns, so many that we’re not sure which one we like best. But, here are four that made quite a few appearances on the runways and in top fashion blogs: plaids, animal prints, florals and ruffles!

Don’t they sound fun? Handbags of all shapes and sizes are sporting these patterns. So, there is a style and a pattern for  everyone. Contact your rep and take a look at the latest handbags from Accent AccessoriesCoco + Carmen and Chala.

Other trends this fall include fur, fringe, crazy graphics and over-the-topredpatternpurse embellishments! See our Pinterest board! We told you, fall is going to be so much fun!

Pictured above, left to right: Tori Burch plaid, Ralph Lauren animal print, Ferretti floral, and Fendi ruffle.

Spring Handbag Trends 2017

Spring handbag styles are so much fun this season. You’ll see some of the fabulous fringe you saw in the fall but other than that, the styles are fresh and exciting. Here are some of the top handbag trends for spring 2017.


The Tiny Bag

A bag doesn’t have to be big to make a statement! Tiny handbags are hugely popular this season and though you can sondrarobertsminifit maybe some lip gloss and some change in these bags, they are in demand. Sondra Roberts has some irresistible Thumbelina bags this season. So does Coco + Carmen, of course!



The Cinch Bag

These less formal drawstring bags are perfect for carefree summer days and cococarmencinchgetaways. They typically have wide openings so you can throw in a swimsuit and a towel and be on your way. These bags are popping up in florals and metallics and other fun prints and trendy patterns. Coco + Carmen has a variety from which to choose.


The Floral Print Bag

sondrarobertsfloralFeminine and  pretty, these bags can add a little color to a basic wardrobe. A floral clutch can pair nicely with a dress or jeans this season.  You must see the Sondra Roberts florals as well as the richly embellished florals of Mary Frances bags –two distinctive floral looks for spring 2017!


Bag Add-Ons

Like we said, this is a fun season! Charms, scarves, and other cute add-cococarmencharmsons are on trend this spring. Tassels and furry pom poms, bold flowers, faux fruit and so many other fun and colorful (and fabulously frivolous) add-ons are available from Coco + Carmen.

Check out all these great handbag styles and more at Sondra Roberts, Mary Frances, and Coco + Carmen. What’s your favorite handbag trend? Leave us a note in the comments.


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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The Magic of Magic Pantz


It’s no wonder they’re called Magic Pantz! These palazzo pants from Accent Accessories are flirty, fun AND comfortable! Comfortable! The prints are vibrant and they feel soft and silky while giving customers an on-trend chic look. Other magical features include:

  • Great sellers
  • One size fits most (2-16)
  • Plus sizes available
  • Two front pockets
  • Lightweight, wrinkle resistant material
  • 2″ wide black elastic waistband
  • Machine washable
  • No need to hem, if they are too long, they can be cut to the right length without fraying

There are so many colors and patterns to choose from! See them all here!

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