Surprise Elements in Displays

I frequently stumble on store displays that make me stop and take note and well… take pictures, of course. When I step in for a closer look, I am occasionally thrilled by a surprise element. That happened recently in the charming town of Franklin, Tennessee.

anthropologie store display The staggered display tables at the Anthropologie on Main Street in Franklin were merchandised beautifully with a nice element of plants and an attractive height feature hanging above for visual interest.

Anthro Visual Merchandising

Here’s the view from above. Stunning from all angles.

Store display Anthropologie

When I got close enough to touch it, the flowers were made from paper cupcake liners, as I had suspected, but on closer look…

Anthro display franklin tn

The buds are actually balloons! Wow.

Leave a comment with your thoughts. Do you love Anthropologie displays as much as I do?

Stay display inspired!



Spring store displays – visual merchandising with flowers

Thanks to all the shops who sent in pictures of your spring displays. I’m saving the “bunny” ones for closer to Easter and will continue to share spring pictures on the Retail Details Facebook Page.  The blog will return to the normal format with more commentary soon. Until then, I’ll let the floral pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy. House Special Interiors, Retail Details blog, Visual merchandisingDid you know that an atichoke is a flower? I didn’t. This display is from The House Special Interiors in Fayetteville, AR.

Anastazia Geneva, Retail Details blog, Visual merchandisingThis window display at Anastazia Geneva, in Geneva, IL,  is a good example of how flowers can be used in a two-sided display.

RICE, Retail Details blog, Visual merchandisingThis picture is courtesy of RICE, a Danish Company and the picture is taken at Viddals Gartneri og Hagesenter in Ålesund, Norway.

Carr Gardens, Retail Details blog, store display ideas

Spring display at Carr Gardens, Blue Island, IL.

The Miller House, Retail Details blog, store display ideasWheelbarrow display at The Miller House in Stephens City, VA.

Twisted Sisters, Retail Details blog, store display ideasAnother two-sided window display. This one is from Twisted Sisters in Butte, Montana.

St John's Aux Gift Shop, Retail Details blog, Visual merchandising, store display ideasSt. John’s Auxiliary Gift Shop, located in the St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Casa Papel created this window for the recent Philadelphia Flower Show.

Add heighth to a display with flowers, like this display at Two Friends in Perry, GA.

Gatewood Hall, Retail Details blog, store display ideas, visual merchandisingSpring tablescape at Gatewood Hall Gracious Home in Blue Ridge, GA.

Classics and Country, Retail Details blogClassics and Country Home Decor in Alexandria, VA.

Wm King Clothiers, Retail Details blog, store display ideas, visual merchandisingFlower fun! Wm. King Clothiers in Bristol, TN

Philadelphia Flower Show March 2011Philadelphia Flower Show, March 2011

Flower dress courtesy of Alexander McQueen.

Happy Spring.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky

About the Retail Details blog: The Retail Details is a blog about visual merchandising and features store displays, tips and ideas from around the world. The blog is written by Becky Tyre. Becky is a visual merchandising consultant and a prop shopper for The Display Lab. Becky also writes for print publications and you can read recent articles by her in Gift Shop Magazine and InStore Magazine, a publication of the Dallas Market Center. In her travels, Becky visits many shops and showrooms. If you would like to submit pictures for blog consideration or suggest that she visit your shop, you can email her at 

Visual merchandising in bloom – celebrating flowers in store displays

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~Ruth Stout

Spring florals usually refer to a pattern on a dress, but today I want to celebrate flowers as used in retail store displays. Enjoy spring displays part one. If you have spring store display photos to submit for consideration for the Retail Details blog, you can email them to

The Silver Lining – Monroe, NC

The Candy Store – San Francisco, CA

Gracious Home – New York, NY

Sassy’s Boutique – Dysart, IA

A Vintage Bloom – Chicago, IL

Audrey K – Burbank, CA

AJ’s Clothing – Lexington, KY

Diane’s Art Gift Home  in Memphis, TN

Stay tuned for spring displays part two and a guest blog post in the next few weeks.  As always, thanks for taking time to read the blog and share with others.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky

STORE DISPLAYS: Male Mannequin Favorites, Bracelet Displays, Merchandising Clear Glass Items, and A Big Dose of PINK

NOTE: Click “Display Contest” under PAGES in the sidebar of this blog (on the right, over there>>>) to read about the Retail Details Store Display Contest and how to enter.

Retail Details, Store displays blog, Visual merchandising, My Suit
MY SUIT – New York, NY

In a made-to-measure men’s suit store, you expect to choose between single or double breasted, two buttons or three, pleated or flat front, buttons or cuff-links,  but at My Suit in New York City, you can choose the vest as shown on the orange or on the blue mannequin. WHAT? (insert sound effect *here* tires screeching to a halt). Brightly colored mannequins in a men’s tailor shop? Absolutely, if done correctly. The poses are the key to this mannequin success story at My Suit.  Maybe the Yankee’s won or the DOW is up, but these mannequins are pumped up and ready to celebrate amidst a world of navy, black and gray. It’s refreshing to see a modern store design in this fashion genre. Hat tip to the store designers and visual merchandisers! (Cue the theme from Rocky *here*).

Home decor stores, florists and gift shops struggle with clear glass containers and how to display them. A few ideas to consider:

2000 A.D. Concepts in Floral Art (left) in Atlanta, GA and The Miller House (right) in Stephens City, VA

Flowers, fruits and vegetables bring life to clear glass vases, bowls, cylinders, pitchers and other glass vessels whether they are part of your product mix or used as display props to enhance other merchandise. With apologies, in advance, to my friend J M.H. Schwanke over at UBloom, you can use fresh or faux fruit, flowers & veggies. Use fresh if you are able to monitor and change the display frequently or you can use paraffin oil to preserve the items if you are displaying them submerged. Another idea is to use obviously “fake” products like sparkly glass apples or cloth tomatoes. I am currently researching faux food display prop sources for the guys at The Display Lab. If you know of any good sources, please email me the link or contact info. Thanks!

Retail Details - At Mary's - Store display blog, October 2010

Which way is up? I look through a lot of pictures every week. You are all so kind to send them via email or link me to your facebook albums. I get so excited when I see the same prop in various settings and configurations. In this case, At Mary’s, a “much-more-than-just-gifts” shop in Bardstown, KY, features china inside a crown – or is it a cake plate? In good visual merchandising, there are no labels. Intended uses can be ignored. Be creative. Disregard “this side up” stickers.

Retail Details - Unique Expressions - Store display blog, October 2010 Fence posts, cut in various lengths make up these  jewelry displays at UniquExpressions in Pine Mountain, GA. It’s such a simple way to create texture and height in a display and I like that they are used vertically and horizontally. I especially appreciate the way the watch bands are featured more prominently as they are positioned around the posts.

Retail Details - Brussels Sprouts - Store display blog, October 2010
Brussels Sprouts – Newton, MA

Three mannequin forms. Three clothing colors. It’s not a display rule, but it is an effective technique as shown at Brussels Sprouts Kids in Newton, MA. Actually, there are numerous things “done right” in this display. Note that the are skirts are placed on both sides with pants in the middle. Note that the center form is taller. Note how the outerwear, both in black, bookends the display story.

Retail Details, Store displays blog, Visual merchandising, Painted Door

The Painted Door in Oklahoma City shows a little whimsy in this display of bracelets and watches. Besides, why display on two arms, when you can use eight?  This is a fun example of a full-round display, as well.

Retail Details - Amberella - Store display blog

 In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ve been waiting to share Amberella with my blog readers. Amberella Gallery and Boutique  in Philadelphia, PA takes their pink so seriously that they painted ALL their display items – furniture, fixtures, frames, forms and even the floor – PINK. Perhaps it’s not the right shade for everyone, but it certainly has impact. Gotta love a shop with personality!

As always, thanks for taking the time to read the Retail Details blog. I hope you will consider entering the current Retail Details New Year Store Display Contest  sponsored by Midwest CBK, Gully’s Discount Store Fixtures, Country Business Magazine, and The Display Lab. Finalists will be provided with props to keep and check out the great prizes, too.

Until next time… stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing