With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I feel so very blessed to be a mother. I have four children that I have had the opportunity of sharing my life with. They have taught me more than I could have ever imagine and I am who I am because of them. Likewise, I reflect on my mother who has been such an intricate part of my life for almost 50 years. Being a mother is not contained to toddlers, grade school children or teenagers. I have learned that regardless of the age, our love binds us together eternally. Mother’s Day is a great day that offers us an opportunity to pause and remember that love.
I recently saw a display that screamed my mom. My mother loves tea. I remember her teacups carefully set in the dinning room. To this day she carries a tea bag in her purse, ready in the event that a restaurant does not have her ideal beverage. When walking the Birmingham show in UK, I stumbled across an awe-inspiring display. Teacups were carefully displayed in domes, on tables and placed on chairs. The combination of cages, floral and teacups entertained the eye. It took a traditional product and revolutionized its potential.
Think tea this mother’s day. Buy some old teacups in antique stores and work them in your display. Use them to add femininity to a display, plant flowers in them, or fill them with your favorite treat. However you choose to use them, always remember, your mother knows best.
My husband and I decided to do some renovating in our house. When we started to design our basement he once again submitted the request to hang his deer heads. The larger than life, dusty morbid heads began to crush my ideal basement design. The request pulled me back in time remembering the days as a child that my family fed the deer and then to the reality of my husband’s extracurricular activities which included the excitement of the big hunt and killing them. I suppose this is truly an example of opposite sides of the pendulum. I have been able to separate our diverse stances on a deer’s life, but now, I am asked to look it directly in the eye and hang his trophy on the basement wall.
After getting past the abhorred idea, I began to embrace how I could once again honor both of our diverse ideas into one elegant design. I am a firm believer that just as in life opposites can extenuate and enhance designs. I decided to offset the poignant deer heads with crystal lamps, a transitional long table, and a contemporary mirror. These competing components created a stunning display that both my husband and I appreciate. It has become a focal point for guests and sparks quite a few interesting conversations. Incorporating opposites is a unique concept that is very important when contemplating design in both retail stores and homes. Individuals migrate towards the unique and carefully blending two distinctive styles can not only be intriguing, but also beautiful.
Almost 30 years of marriage has been quite a journey. It never seems to amaze me the things I learn about myself and others. What evolved from the meshing of our lives has changed the way I look at design and what is possible. When working on your next project, include the unexpected, think about opposites, and if need be, contact my husband . . . his “cool” design ideas are always unique!
It is show season in the wholesale gift market and that means that manufactures and vendors around the country are starting to think about how best to display their product. Showtime re-enforces that visual stimulation is a main force in every segment of our society. Vendors, just like consumers, want things to look good. At Tripar, we have been busy preparing our showrooms and booth spaces in preparation to inspire those who come to visit and or just pass by. Creating unique displays that capture your audiences is important. One way to draw attention is doing the unexpected. Hang trees upside down from the ceiling, use tires for shadow boxes or ladders for shelves. When your display is created with the unexpected, people gravitate to see the unexplained.
Recently, Tripar’s sales manager, Sara Medina, was at the Dallas Mart and inspired by another vendors display. La Te Da, a vendor who supplies hand decorated table top serving ware, utilized a metal tree to display their product. When is the last time you saw forks hanging from a tree? The arrangement lifted the product off the table and created a visual that customers needed to explore. The tree functioned as a center piece on a dining room table and was surrounded by a more traditionally displayed product line. Ironically, while passing through Neiman Marcus the other day, I was drawn to beautiful tea pots that were also carefully hung from a metal tree. Both designs offered an unforeseen option for display. When creating displays in your own home, store and or showroom, remember to explore unique ideas . . . sometimes incorporating the unexpected and breaking design rules adds significance and interest to the products we display!
It never seems to fail… wherever I go, good/bad designs follow. I spent Memorial Day weekend at a friend’s cabin in Minnesota on Horseshoe Lake. When we woke up on Monday morning, the weather beckoned us to head out for breakfast at a local café. The restaurant had a gift shop and I was immediately drawn to the displays. They were inspiring.
Color is an important concept to remember when creating displays that are eye catching. By incorporating a theme of color, you can take a variety of products and make them look as if they belong together. When decorating a room at home, it traditionally is helpful to identify three colors that are repeated in different textures and hues. These same principles apply when creating stand alone displays in your home or store. Pine-Peaks gift shop in Crosslake Minnesota grabbed my attention by incorporating these important concepts. Their displays carried a variety of products but tied everything together with clever color themes. One vignette highlighted blues, browns and green while another one boasted red, gold and brown. My eyes were entertained as I sorted through all the products, and yes, I did purchase something… how could I resist?
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We are so lucky to have an array of beautiful colors in this world. Don’t be afraid to use them as you create an environment that draws people to those things that you love.
My father started Tripar over 40 years ago. The world, and our company, has changed dramatically since that first day. Specialty items and personal expressions have replaced the mass production of years gone by. Individuals and businesses strive to express themselves with unique and compelling differentiation. We want to stand out. Through the years, Tripar has evolved as a leader in display for both retail stores and consumers. Our products not only accentuate some of the most recognized brands in the industry, but also create unique displays that enhance the ambiance of stores and homes. This quest to aid retailers and consumers in creating the ultimate displays has become a passion that propels Tripar. Today, my sister and I, with our product team, work diligently to design products that offer options for every display. Regardless if the needs are basic and or elaborate; our minds are always racing with ideas to enhance a collection, piece of art, or family treasure.
It is with this intent to learn and serve that we begin this blog. We are hopeful that this opportunity will allow us to exchange display ideas and challenges. Whether you are a designer, store owner and or manufacturer, we welcome you to share some of your success, as well as your frustrations regarding displays. Through this venue we will be able to link liked minds together and discuss a large facet of display issues, and ultimately share new concepts and innovative ideas that allow us to assist each other in developing inspiring displays. It is our desire that together we create displays and concepts that not only will enhance your displays, but likewise increase your sales.
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I am so excited about learning about visual display with you. The places we will go…