The Best & The Brightest

Home Accents Today is proud to present its 13th annual 50 Retail Stars list.

Sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, the Retail Stars list honors independent brick-and- mortar retailers of home accents and accessories. The list includes furniture stores, home décor boutiques and interior design retailers that are creative in their merchandising, contribute to their communities, and stand out from their competition.

This year’s Stars represents a bit more of a cross section of the country than in recent years, as 27 states have at least one representative on the compilation, up from last year’s total of 25 states. Regionally, the Southeast has the heaviest representation in this year’s list with stores in 11 states, followed by stores in six states each in the Northeast and Midwest regions while five Western U.S. states are included. California leads the way with eight Stars while Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Kentucky have three stores each. Washington, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Oklahoma and Louisiana each have two stores listed.

The 2017 Stars have a mix of old and new shops. Seventeen have been in business for less than 10 years, three stores have been in business for at least 50 years, and 17 have been open for between 20 and 49 years.

Of those legacy retailers in this year’s mix, Oskar Huber Furniture & Design, with stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has been in operation since 1927 and is in its fourth generation of Huber family ownership. Other notables include Barbara Stewart Interiors, which has been in business since 1952, and California powerhouse Jerome’s, which first opened in 1954. Speaking of Jerome’s, it has by far the highest sales volume among this year’s Stars with more than $230 million. It’s one of nine stores with sales exceed- ing $10 million, although the majority of Stars (37) posted annual sales at $5 million or below.

Another store with a larger sales volume, Nadeau, is easily the most widespread, with 32 stores nationwide. It’s one of 12 retailers that have multiple stores in this year’s list.

Interior design services continue to be a sales generator for our stores. In this year’s list, the ratio of stores that offer the services versus those that don’t is around 8-to-1.

E-commerce sales took a slight dip from last year’s list, as 21 retailers reported selling home furnishings online, versus half in 2016. Most reported online sales at less than 5 (Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, Sunnyland Patio Furniture, Smallhome and Modern Market each reported 1% of volume), while Biscuit Home said e-commerce accounts for around 40% of its total sales volume.

Social media is a part of every- day life in America and that’s reflected in the stores’ presence on a number of key channels. All 50 of this year’s Stars are on Facebook while Instagram – with a photo-based platform that plays well at the retail level – is next with 47 users. Thirty-six stores have their own Pinterest pages while 27 are on Twitter.

In the coming issues of Home Accents Today, we’ll share more of our Stars’ retail strategies, ideas and other areas that make them stand out from others. Until then, we hope you’ll find inspiration in the photos and summaries on the following pages.

Costa Mesa, Calif.
1 store
Estimated 2016 Total Sales: $1 million to $3 million rugsandcarpets.com

Home furnishings specialist, founded in 1995. Offers middle to high price points in 3,700 square feet of selling space. Total sales per square foot, $784. Home accents accounted for 35% of 2016 total sales; other merchandise, 65%. Has five employees, including four salespeople. Home accent products carried include accent furniture, lamps and area rugs. Other merchandise includes Miele vacuums and coffee makers. Key vendors include Uttermost for accent furniture; Knot & Company, Amer, Dalyn, Karastan, Masland, Fibreworks and Stanton for area rugs; Uttermost for decorative accessories; Surya, Uttermost and Safavieh for lamps and lighting. Attends High Point Market and Las Vegas Market. Has a social media presence through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and Houzz. Offers interior design services. Visual merchandising scheme includes a custom made flip board holding display more than 1,100 carpet samples and a custom wall mounted rug rack that holds 200 rugs.


www.RugsAndCarpets.ONLINE – Home Accessory Shopping Experience


Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets has a new online shopping experience to share with our clients. Our bricks & mortar showroom features floor covering products and home accessory items from over 80 vendors.  Have a glance at our latest online attempt to assist our retail and design clients.  Get ideas at home.  Shop directly off the website or venture into our Costa Mesa, CA showroom for an even broader selection of items. We have a searchable database based on style, color, size, price and more.  This website currently features all of the products from Nourison, Amer Rugs and Jaipur Living.  VISIT www.RugsAndCarpets.ONLINE and enjoy your shopping experience.


Designer Tips

Do you have a design dilemma pieces that fight, colors that are not quite right, a room that never seems to come together? You need help. You need inspiration. You need encouragement.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets offers a houseful of decorating and design tips to guide you to new peaks or just get you back on the right track. So read away. Learn, dream, and have fun.

Make your own design statement with the help of Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets. Our sales associates are brimming with ideas to help you take your spaces from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Here you’ll find tools such as our Rug Planner, which enables you to create your own room layouts, as well as tips on adding accent pieces to your rooms, bringing the outdoors in with strategic greenery, and using color from pillows to walls to create inviting décors.


Welcome Guests with a Smile and a Sense of Whimsy!

Sometimes home interiors can get very serious and formal, be sure you let your sense of humor show. This can mean showcasing your children’s artwork in an ever changing wall collage, or simply finding pieces that have an inherent sense of fun and can bring a smile. The colorful chest of drawers featured in this foyer looks like something straight out of Dr. Seuss. The lamp is crafted of crushed fuschia paper and has metal grommets that allow the light to peak through in an entertaining way. Certainly the table almost dances in place on its curved legs, and the assorted sculptural pieces fairly burst with stories of their own. Stories and humor engage people, and will make them feel at home often much sooner than a formal, stiff setting missing the smile. Look for ways to add a dash of wit and whimsy to your home.

White Trim

White Trim Makes Everything Look Fresher

White trim makes everything look fresher and when paired with bold color, it veritably pops! Whether you are contemporary or traditional matters not, white in high gloss is the best color and finish to truly frame any room. Molding is designed to shape a space architecturally and when it is painted either the same color as the walls or a beige or ivory hue it lacks the emphasis and definition that white brings. High gloss gives an almost wet look and adds an extra richness to any design. High gloss is also a harder and more durable finish that semi-gloss or flat. You can certainly choose from a range of whites, a favorite among the design trade is Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White. It has a drop of black in it for an even more intense brilliance to make any color it frames appear clearer and brighter. White becomes far less of a neutral and more of an image maker, whether you want an elegant formal look, a relaxed blue and white beach casual, or a colorful contemporary collage. Including white on the trim of windows, doors, built-ins and more will be sure to keep your interior up to date longer.

Family Heirloom

Creative Ways to Display Family Heirlooms and Treasured Collectibles

Often collections get banished to storage because of a lack of a creative solution to showcase them. Quilts are a great example of this, in fact any textile from lace to a kimono, from hats to Indian blankets can be easily and beautifully featured on a wall. While it would have been simple to leave this collection of quilts folded in a chest, they provided such great color, texture, and pattern they become artwork on the walls. Clearly this is a bold focal point in the dining room complemented by the art glass light fixture; another was placed in the hallway and still another as a headboard over a bed in the guest bedroom. Think outside-of-the-box when it comes to showcasing favorite treasures. Textiles, in particular, add a great acoustical buffer, can provide bold or subtle pattern and color depending on the piece, and it is a great way to balance a lot of framed artwork and pieces under glass. Quilt holders can be easily found online, either hand crafted often through Amish resources, or at one of the large linen and bedding retailers. Hooks and decorative hangars can be found in similar places. Get your cherished textile mementos out of their boxes and free from the closet, adorn your walls and your mind with precious memories.

Home Theater

Save Time and Money with Your Own Home Theater!

It can be as simple as a big screen TV and surround sound in front of a sofa and chairs, or you can truly make it a destination within your home with plush movie seating, movie themed posters adorning the walls, and a custom built-in wall unit to contain not only the screen but all the latest electronics for a complete movie experience.

With tickets often well past $12/person and once you add in a jumbo popcorn, a box of candy, and a soda you’ve invested close to $25 per person, creating a space that feels theatre like, but the munchies come from Sam’s Club and the movies from Netflix or Redbox really makes an economical difference! Add to that the gas you save by not leaving the house, and the comfort of knowing where you kids are when they’ve got their friends at your place, and it adds up to convenience, cost effective fun, and parental peace of mind.

You can add themed lighting, signage, even a red velvet rope for those Academy Award evenings. Popcorn carts, soda fountains, and snacks can be added or not depending on dietary desires and needs. Since you are likely to already be investing in the technology of a flat screen, go a step farther and create your own home theatre.

Game Nook

Create a Game Nook

Too often old fashioned board games, cards, and pastimes like dominos are replaced or hidden by the electronic gameboys, gadgets, and gizmos of the tech age. To return to that time when games were social, and family and friends from gathered after dinner or on a Saturday afternoon to play Monopoly, Scrabble, or Chess carve out a nook just for game playing. Crafting a cozy place that is just right for two or more to embrace a true game without the distraction of electronics is bound the bring your family closer together, as well as bridge the generational gap.

Whether you make room for two or twelve is up to you, but by decorating a space specifically for these types of activities, you’ll foster greater family interaction and even encourage learning beyond the confines of a computer and a keyboard. A game nook can be as simple as a table and a couple of chairs, or as elaborate as multiple tables with a variety of seating and a wall unit stocked with a variety of board games, cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and more. Make it a tech free zone to encourage non-electronic interaction and learning!


Greenery Adds Life

Greenery adds life! Now you may have a black thumb or the challenge of pets in the house that would make a real mess with live plants, but silk botanicals are a great option. It is vital to add greenery to every room as it represents life in the room even when no one is in it. If you can use live plants, you’ll get the added benefit of an air cleaner, as healthy live plants (no dead or dying ones please) will act as air purifiers. Including even a tree in the corner or greenery nestled in a bookcase or on the mantel will really renew the energy in a room.

Do get creative and go for more than the standard ficus or fern. Today there are a wealth of lush live and permanent trees and plants available for your home interiors. Consider a mango tree (no fruit!), or a raffia palm, bamboo is also a fresh option most often in a brighter green and symbolizes long life. Take your cue from the area you live in, indoor plants should mirror what is possible outside. One or two plants in every room is a good rule of thumb, you can overdo it. And if you include a floral, no more than one floral arrangement or plant per room or it is too much. Have fun and get growing or just place selected permanent plants.

Dining Room

Add Invitation to Your Dining Room

Add invitation to your dining room! Most dining rooms are very static; they have a big table just stuck in the middle of the room surrounded by chairs. Most dining rooms also are large enough that you can turn the table (without the leaves) on a 45 degree angle and immediately open up the room. Turning the dining table creates a sense of motion and invitation that truly beckons family and friends to come in and sit down at the table. Often you can also change the direction of the rug to also be on an angle, but it isn’t essential as long as the rug is large enough if left on the straight.

Now most often, this change will feel a little strange at first, so be sure to leave it alone for three days as you get used to it. You can always move it back again and certainly you can adjust it as needed for larger gatherings when you need to add the leaves.

Be sure to keep your dining table dressed at all times with at least a runner (and this must literally run off the ends of the table, otherwise you’ve got a sprinter!) And you need a centerpiece. The easy way out is candle holders and a permanent floral arrangement. If you want to get creative you can instead use a collection of porcelain objects, art glass pieces, or even a metal sculpture. Do not keep the table set as that looks too much like a model home and simply collects dust.


Add a Mirror to Add Space

Add a mirror to add space, or at least the illusion of space. Mirrors are an invaluable tool in decorating to make a room feel longer, wider, or even taller. The key with mirrors is to realize that the art of the mirror is in the frame. A beautifully framed mirror can truly make a room. The frame is the art of surrounding the reflection.

Avoid using mirrors as a substitute for artwork, they aren’t! Instead look closely at your rooms and think carefully about where you truly need a mirror to expand space. Over the mantel is often the worst place to put a mirror as it usually reflects and empty wall, the stairway, or a ceiling fan! None are worth of reflection.

Be sure that the mirror reflects something worthwhile at all times, not just your good looking face passing by occasionally. In a dining room it needs to reflect a well dressed table. In a bedroom perhaps it reflects a beautifully made bed; in a foyer it can reflect a piece or art or lovely botanical arrangement. Mirrors expand what they reflect so you want to use them to reflect abundance, style, and beauty.


Repetition Makes It Easy!

One of the five essential principles of design is repetition but it is often lost in an attempt to be eclectic, an excuse for adding everything to your interior. Using repetition to pull a room together is as easy as featuring a collection you have.

Collections are always much more dramatic and more important when they are kept together in one room rather than scattered throughout the house. Take a look at this kitchen. The collection is roosters! The fun part is that the window treatment fabric has tiny roosters scattered across it, there is a great big canvas with a rooster portrait, and in the glassed in cabinet are blown glass roosters. By repeating the rooster motif and showcasing the collection it is fun, stylish, and easy to see that the homeowner enjoys roosters in their many forms. For an easy way to pull a room together, find a collection or one element that you can effectively repeat.

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Showroom Vignettes Inspire Ideas for Flooring

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Vignettes such as this are scattered throughout our showroom which feature a mix of products available from Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets Orange County California.  Enjoy viewing a variety of hardwood floors mixed with an accessory such as a throw or Vovito candle.  Always featured is a unique carpet sample or area rug to compliment the color scheme.  Our vignettes are every changing as we receive new products and samples several times a week.  Come visit our showroom and get inspired!


Offering over 70 name brands of sisal, seagrass, jute, abaca, wool, wood, premium vinyl, outdoor rugs, carpet, oriental rugs, contemporary area rugs, shags and more.

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Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets does not sell the Time Out Chair – but we do offer this seagrass along with a bunch of other sisal and jute choices.

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Our showroom features natural fiber products from Fibreworks, Stanton, Merida Meridian, Design Materials, Unique Carpets, Prestige Mills and Natural Carpet Company.

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