From the Floor Up: Banana Manor founder leans into personality to promote newest venture

Industry veteran Scott McKearn started Banana Manor, a wholesale and direct-to-consumer rug venture based out of Louisiana.

Industry veteran Scott McKearn had an “aha” moment while watching “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Freddie Mercury biopic, which helped guide the creation of his latest venture, Banana Manor.

In the film, McKearn noted that Mercury didn’t shine until he got on stage and let his personality come out. Along those lines, as he began developing the new brand, which offers rug and poufs for wholesale, private labeling and direct to consumer, McKearn decided to just be himself and brought lessons learned over the years while playing a role with Bramble Furniture, Dauphine Mirror Co., Flambeau Lighting, Gilded Nola and Lucas & McKearn, among others.

“My take away from it was what any artist needs to do is spend as much time in that zone. For me, I can’t sing, but my passion is concept development,” McKearn told me. “I love creating a brand and piecing together ideas and integrating them into one concept. It’s a canvas. You’re constantly tweaking and refining it and improving.”

As part of the concept, McKearn opted to go all-in on personality, naming products after 1970s and 1980s television

10 Best Sewing Kits 2020 — Best Sewing Kit for Beginners and Pros

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A solid sewing kit is something everyone should have on hand — there’s no need to throw away a shirt with one small tear or a missing button, just stitch it back up! Whether you’re trying to sew up some holes, make protective face masks at home, or experiment with some DIY fashion, the proper sewing kit is something you must have on hand. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never picked up a needle and thread before — this is one quarantine hobby that’s easy to get started with, and it’s so satisfying to learn.

That being said, newbies should know where and when to breakout their sewing kit. If you’re looking tackle torn fabric, reattach buttons or learn the basics on how to sew, a hand sewing kit is best for you. However, if you’re looking to make clothes from scratch or start quilting, you probably want to invest in a sewing machine. For beginners to experts, here are the best sewing kits that you can buy.

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68-Piece Okom Sewing Kit

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15 Dwelling Decor Developments For 2020

Ever puzzled what kind of intense stress Christiano Ronaldo must be going by way of every time he walks on to the sector while taking part in for the hugely common Manchester United? Beginning with the pieces of furnishings you want to reupholster, you need to begin with an idea of the home decor model you’re going for. Do you want to create an earthy look to the home or are you searching for a more contemporary look that gives new-age aptitude? There are a number of colors and patterns of cloth you may choose from, the selection based on the overall fashion of the home or the precise room. In case you are unsure of what is going to look greatest, you possibly can at all times get sample swatches of cloth to convey dwelling and examine to the decor throughout the room or the present theme of the room. This will prevent a big purchase of nugatory fabric.

The white walls and muted flooring permit the items of designer kitchen furniture to be the centre of consideration. For those who aren’t shopping for specifically themed furnishings, I recommend sticking to plenty of black or white wooden furniture, or …

Moe’s expands showroom for October High Point Market

Full line wholesaler and retailer Moe’s Home Collection will be in a new showroom for October’s High Point Market.

This move comes on the heels of the opening of its American flagship location in Seattle, ongoing success with its Digital Market webinars and virtual showroom, and the launching of its new, fully transactional B2B website.

“Being a lifestyle brand & product-focused company, we are always excited to bring hundreds of new products & our collections to High Point,” said Moe Samieian Jr., president of wholesale. “Now, we are even more excited with our move into a larger showroom that allows even more opportunity to stage the products.”

Around 50% larger than its previous showroom with more than 15,000 square feet, Moe’s new space is situated right by the escalators at IHFC C302. Fall’s High Point Market will be the company’s third home furnishings show in 2020, having also attended Las Vegas in January and August.

“Not only are we excited that the growth of our company required us to get a bigger space to showcase our products properly, but this new, larger showroom hosts a premium location for us to display to a wider audience,” said Seth King, vice president

How to Store Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs add depth to recipes when added in the beginning and brightness at the end. They add color to otherwise drab-looking pasta, and can be used as a sauce for everything from grains to meat and veggies – pesto or chimichurri, anyone? As beautiful as herbs are, they don’t last long, but here’s how you can store them and use every last leaf.

What’s the difference between tender and hardy herbs?

  • Tender herbs include leafy varieties with soft stems, like basil, parsley, cilantro, and dill. (Mint can be classified as a tender herb, too, but we’ve found that it can be stored well like a hardy herb, too!).
  • Hardy herbs include types with woodier stems, like rosemary, thyme, and oregano. They’re also the ones that require less water to grow. Think: Rosemary growing in the clay-like soil of the Mediterranean and oregano growing on the sandy mountains of Greece.

    Where should you store herbs — on the counter or in the fridge?

    • Tender herbs benefit from being treated like live flowers and stored in water at room temperature – the fridge’s temperature and air can bruise bare, delicate leaves (two exceptions: Parsley and cilantro can stand