Feature Article - January/February 2018

There's No Place Like Home

Home Goods & Housewares to Inspire Success

By Emily Tipping

The Hamilton Beach 8 Quart Slow Cooker features an extra-large capacity that is perfect for large crowds. It fits a 10-pound turkey or a 12-pound roast, and features dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass lid. It offers warm, low and high settings, and its full-grip folding handles make for easy carrying and storage.

"We continue to see cookware sets and cutlery sets do extremely well," added Weaver. "The industry has gone to larger set configurations over the years, with 12 or 13 pieces, as opposed to seven- or eight-piece sets 10 years ago. The value proposition must be there to grab the attention of the consumer. Staples in the kitchen such as toasters and coffeemakers continue to do extremely well, especially higher-quality machines."

In addition, he said, "Copper Ceramic like the T-Fal Endura Copper Series has been very hot. The new twist on nonstick is playing off the less-oil, more convenient and easy cooking."

Anderson agreed that cookware sets are hot, and added some additional trends: knife sets, immersion blenders and air fryers, or minimal oil fryers.

For those who love to cook, the Lodge Skillet Bundle, available through Incentive Concepts, includes skillets in three sizes to cook everything from cornbread to steak. The classic size for scrambled eggs or a batch of cornbread, the Lodge 8-inch skillet combines timeless design and flawless function. Hailed as an essential kitchen tool by the country's leading chefs and publications, the Lodge 10.25-inch cast iron skillet is crafted to cook memorable meals for generations. And the Lodge 12-inch skillet will be your go-to skillet for years to come, and features an assist handle for easier handling.

Going Casual

Asked about trends, Trudeau emphasized a casual trend, "… where people are looking for things they can use not only for special occasions but also for every day." She added, "People are moving toward that tiny movement. They want everything to be multipurpose—to work not only for a Thanksgiving meal, but for a Friday night dinner as well. We've added to that by bringing in new dishware that's more fun and casual, and then also having items that do double duty."

Laura Perri, director of marketing for Nambé, agreed, adding, "We're seeing this shift toward casual entertaining. People are now registering for just one set of dinnerware that is heavy-duty, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. It serves all purposes. We're also seeing that they want beautiful product, but they also want it to be functional."

The POP Dinnerware Collection from Nambé brings together sophisticated neutrals and vibrant color in a beautiful stoneware collection that is perfect for mixing and matching. With its clean lines and timeless design, POP embraces casual dining.

Ellen DeGeneres, the world-renowned and beloved television host and entrepreneur partnered with Royal Doulton to create a full tableware collection. The ED Crafted by Royal Doulton Collection, available through WWRD, expands the ED by Ellen brand into contemporary tableware. Handcrafted and artisanal qualities are very much at the forefront, creating a unique collection of eight different tableware designs and a range of mix and match sets. The Collection is priced from $10 to $167 at retail. There are textured patterns inspired by Ellen's love of nature while highlighting natural imperfections. There is a collection of patterns with distinct colored glazes. Shown are the Words mugs, which are sold as singles and also as a boxed set of four. "Words" design is rooted in Ellen's values and personality as well as her passion for simple, artisanal designs, perfectly in line with Royal Doulton. These pieces are to be enjoyed by family and friends for everyday occasions.

Simple and elegant, the KNORK Satin Brass 5-Piece Titanium Coated Hand Forged Flatware Set features Knork's contemporary curves, fitting for everyday elegance or a sparkling special occasion. Features titanium alloy coating, forged from a single stainless-steel bar. Designed to elevate your meal and your tabletop, Knork's unique line of flatware is centered on a whole new concept that modernizes the place setting.

The Juliska Qunita Hugo Chip n Dip, available through Rymax, is a hostess's dream. It features a handcrafted 15-inch cork chip bowl with a small crackle glass dip bowl insert.

Part of Nambé's "Your Choice" Collection, a series of three generously sized bowls at just the right price, the Round Bowl's classic shape makes this item a go-to for any occasion. Made of Nambé Alloy, it can be heated in the oven up to 500 degrees or chilled in the freezer to keep its contents' temperature longer. It's a great serving or décor piece.

New for Spring 2018, Waterford's Ogham Short Stories are fabulous representations of Irish culture. Spoken, written or sung, the Irish are famously verbose. A social people known for their warmth, conviviality and generosity, the Irish live in the spirit of togetherness and sharing. The Short Stories barware collection/tale continues with a series of DOFs featuring the Celtic alphabet, known as Ogham. Inspired by the ancient Irish God of Ogham, or "God of Eloquence," Waterford celebrates Irish heritage using Ogham to express four key sentiments on this new barware collection: Happiness, Joy, Love, and Peace.

Nothing glints, glistens or shimmers quite like the crackled glass of the Juliska Qunita Hugo Ice Bucket, available through Rymax. A cork top and matching ice scoop balances the act with their inherent natural warmth for a result that is both earthy and glamorous. Features a three-quart capacity and is dishwasher-safe.