Riding the wave of shipshape decor | The Republic
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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Get ready to be shellshocked. The International Home Furnishings Market was awash in all manner of sea life as manufacturers dove into an ocean of design ideas. Oyster-shell mirrors and chandeliers, seashell consoles, votives and lamps combined with coral, fish and watery hues had the spring market swimming in coastal style.

“One of the first things we noticed after seeing several showrooms was this very strong nautical theme,” observed Stacy Weiss, owner of Weisshouse furniture in Pittsburgh.

The store ended up taking home a massive iron anchor that stands upright like an instant sculpture. More than 100 years old and 200 pounds, it’s the ultimate way to anchor a room. You can have it for $ 2,250.

Neptune has surely risen and his trident is aimed directly at the world of interior design. For Currey & Co. this is not so much a trend as a tradition.

“The shells are part of our DNA,” said design director Cecil Adams.

The company is known for its shell designs on lamps, consoles, tables and mirrors. Its round coffee table, The Montauk, features a driftwood base.

“What we did for this market was take the very popular Moroccan look and include shells. I like to say it’s Montauk meets Morocco,” says Adams.

The Aladdin occasional table is just that, while the Silvio chandelier by Mar…………… continues on The Republic

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Terri Munselle recently used DocuSign’s eSignature technology to close a deal for a home buyer who had traveled to Mongolia.

Munselle’s son, Guy Jr., uses BombBomb email marketing software to package his face, voice, personality and message in videos, then responds via email to queries from prospective home buyers and sellers.

BombBomb software also lets him know who actually clicks on and views his videos.

“You have to stay on top of it,” Terri Munselle, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Reviews International in Indian Wells, said of embracing the latest technology in the real estate industry, which in the valley continues to see growth both in home prices and sales.

TG Gallaudet uses the square patterns that make up a QR Code — short for Quick Response Code — on home listing fliers to help potential home buyers get the information they need.

It’s a strategy that only recently began to make sense as more potential home buyers purchase smart phones that can access such QR readers.

The Munselles and Gallaudet are among Coachella Valley real estate professionals who increasingly are embracing everything from online marketing technology to social media.

The Munselles constantly evaluate technology that will help their team operate more efficiently, market the brokerage’s services and individual properties,…………… continues on The Desert Sun

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