Here's the wide open space we were looking at just before we started unloading our store. Of course we had to add several more display pieces to help fill the space.
And here is a shot from the same area, taken last week. Needless to say, we have filled the space and continually look for better ways to show off our furniture while still adding more.
Luckily, I can't find any photos that might be titled "during" ;)
Now for some of our New Year's Resolutions:
~Our "Seasonal" items will consist of "Giftable" items, not so much decor that has to be stored by you or MLI. Although, we have had requests to carry some floral decor, and we do like orchids and carry quite a few stems already so we can keep the shop looking up-to-date.
~Our furniture inventory will increase. Our plan is to have more options to buy or at least try out before you place an order. There are several furniture pieces that can be made as a chair or a sofa, which helps us with space. Also adding consoles/sideboards, we hear a lot of customers looking for various sizes and styles.
~We will keep as much wall art as we can....we have the walls for it! Our starting prices are around $60, so there's definitely something for a wide range of homes and styles.
~Gift items we want to add include beautifully packaged soaps and notecards. Look for more books in the store, too. They range from kid's books to books for the graduate. There is no end to lovely items at market, and we want our customers to know how easy it is to find a special gift at MLI.
~We do intend on keeping up on all the continuing education we can, be it webinars, seminars, or updates from our reps. There is no time to fall behind on learning about the latest in window treatments, their control mechanisms just get better every year!
~Staying current with our fabrics has always been on our list, and it still is. I was informed this week by a fabric rep that the USA is finally starting to mill some fabrics again! That's definitely good news for all of us. If you've been on the other end of this, you know "discontinued" is a four-letter-word in our business.
We will be off to market next weekend, so be watching our Facebook page for more immediate updates.
If you have a suggestion for something you are looking for, give us a call or come in. We always take a list with us to market, and we might even send you a photo for a second opinion!