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Las Vegas Market

S23 E4 – Nick May and Polywood at Las Vegas Market

For this season’s coverage of Las Vegas Market, the Chaise Lounge presents a panel where Nick chats with Polywood’s design ambassadors Shayla Copas, Farah Merhi and Angelo Adamo.

The panel covers one of your host’s favorite topics: Branding. The panel discusses how they built their brands, how they leveraged their talents and situations and how they turn their branding into marketing into work.
This show and panel are sponsored by Polywood, which makes outdoor furniture from recycled milk jugs.

241 – Live from Las Vegas Market: Outdoor Living Discussion

Today, Nick is live from the 2018 Las Vegas Market talking exterior design with a panel including Waynette Goodson, Editor in Chief of Casual Living and Exterior Design, Kelli Ellis, Shay Geyer, and Shayla Copas. Get to know these incredible designers while learning why outdoor living is so important and exciting.

240 – Live From Las Vegas Market: Your Style Your Brand

Welcome back! Today in The Lounge we’ve got another special episode recorded from Las Vegas Market at SunPan Modern Home: “Your Style, Your Brand,” a live forum on cultivating and how that plays into your success as a designer! For this discussion, Nick got together with designers Shayla Copas and Kelli Ellis as well as Aaron Perkins, an image consultant at Face Your Day Salon, and photographer Kristen Mayfield.

239 – Live from Las Vegas Market: From Creation to Consumer

Today, Nick is live from the 2018 Las Vegas Market in an all-star panel with Julia Buckingham, Angela Pickens, Joshua Rose and Rafael Kalichstein, Kelli Ellis and Katherine Kalen of Sunpan. Get to know these incredible designers and marketers while learning just why collaboration can be so valuable during this IFDA DesignEDGE panel: “From Creation to Consumer.”

Vegas Market Trends Summer 2018

Vegas Market Trends Summer 2018

By Elizabeth Aaron | July 31, 2018
I just returned from Vegas Market and boy, are my feet tired! I visited over 110 showrooms in four days. I’m honored to have been a Style Spotter for Nick May’s The Chaise Lounge Podcast. In covering so much ground, I noticed the following trends:
  • Whitest Whites & Lots of Color
  • Texture
  • Whimsy
  • Made in America
  • Multi-taskers


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I provide regular color consultations for clients and have noticed this year that everyone wants white walls. So it’s fortunate that vendors are featuring lots of color in furniture, accessories and area rugs to make homes cheerful. Things like upholstery in fun colorways as well as family-friendly stain-resistant white fabrics, lacquered mirrors in every color of the rainbow, casegoods in unexpected colors, and rugs made from silk saris all brighten the home. And while it might not be time to cue the disco music, plexiglass is back in a big way as a chair leg or complete table.


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Texture was everywhere this Market – from upholstery to lighting and accessories. Accessories are smooth, shiny, spiky or spotted. Upholstery is fluffy faux fur, pleated or channel quilted velvet. Light fixtures and tabletop accessories feature colored, bubble & leaded glass. Another noticeable trend is concrete for use indoors and out.


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I believe a good sense of humor is one of life’s most important skills. So I’m thrilled to see so much whimsy in this season’s furniture, art and accessories. Whether a nod to vintage graphics featured in photographic prints or bold patterns in casegoods, it’s easy to infuse fun in a space simply by placing a special piece. Be on the lookout for lions, tigers and bears – animals are big this season in art and accessories.

Made in America

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It was notable that many companies are returning to source and manufacture in America. While you might expect to pay more for domestic production, that’s not necessarily the case. So buying American is something we can not only feel good about but also afford!


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Our busy lives have us working longer hours to juggle everything. So it only makes sense that we demand our furniture multitask with us. Our desks can go from sitting to standing with the push of a button. People aging in place can benefit from lift chairs. If you have a significant other who snores, an adjustable bed just might fix that problem!

Elizabeth Aaron is an acclaimed interior designer, founder of Elizabeth Aaron Interior Design, and author of the Four Friends Design Blog