Store display ideas and visual merchandising solutions

Looking for display ideas for the holidays?

Snowmen make cute store window props. Accessorized accordingly, they can even be left up after Christmas. Make your own snowmen out of anything round that can be altered and stacked in various sizes.  Image courtesy of Beehive Co-op.

Candelabras and candle sticks are ideal for featuring small round items, like ornaments during the holidays. This also makes a cute Easter display with eggs. I got this idea from French Nest, a lovely shop in Orlando, FL and also located inside one of our newer favorite stores, Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs.

On our recent trip through NY, CT and MA, it was exciting to find many small towns that had at least 5 independent retailers to visit. One of the larger towns on our New England tour, New Canaan CT was having a chamber-of-commerce sponsored retail & restaurant event on the day we visited. Sadly, many of the retailers were not open after 7pm even though the event was scheduled until 9pm. However, we found several nice shops with displays worthy of notice.

Barely open a year, The Summer House is a lovely home decor store with furnishings, gifts and art. It is one of those stores where everything has a place and looks like it belongs there. You can imagine each item in your home — a tribute to good merchandising. A favorite display piece is the drum pictured above.

We fell in love with their long credenza display, too. Next door to The Summer House is a stationery and gift store, M Milestones. One of the busier stores on our stroll through town, M Milestones had a clever hanging cell phone display, but unfortunately the picture did not come out well.

One of the most frequent display topic requests are ideas for jewelry displays. While in New Canaan, we saw this bracelet display made from paint rollers at the upstairs shop, Caren Forbes. We have to admit that although we have created entire stores full of displays using items found in home improvement stores, it never occurred to us to use spare paint rollers for bracelet displays. Bravo, Caren Forbes!

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Holiday store display ideas 2011

In fashion, you hear about wardrobe staples or must-haves in your closet. In retail, there are a number of such visual merchandising essentials. I’d like to add red and white striped ANYTHING to the list. Case in point: this holiday display at Little Paper Lane in Mona Vale, Australia.

The red and white striped bowls fit nicely into this Christmas display, but can also be used for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, nautical displays and whimsical displays with a cartoon or circus theme. In the US, they would be brought out for 4th of July, Memorial Day and various other patriotic celebrations. Can you think of other versatile display staples?

Holiday gift idea windows for…

…girls (above) and for boys (below). Both pictures are from Fiddlesticks in San Francisco, CA, and are fun examples of December store windows without traditional holiday color schemes.

Music for your eyes!

My favorite part of this display are the music books used as place mats, but if you look closely you will see a number of unique display element examples. HiHo Home Market in Gardiner, NY has been featured in the blog before and we always look forward to what the HiHo elves come up with for the holidays!

Where do you get your display inspirations?

Many of the display ideas that I share on the blog and on the Retail Details blog facebook page, come from catalogs and websites of vendors. This charming display idea comes from the Kringle Candle Company. Staged for a photo shoot, a few simple props set the tone for a cozy display.

Bold shapes and letters catch the attention of the passersby at Roost in Salem, MA. Good lighting adds to the effectiveness of displays. I recommend checking your window lighting during the day and at night.

Planning ahead: If you are attending the gift show in Atlanta in January 2012 and would like to schedule a consultation or display tour, please email Becky at

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White Christmas: store display ideas

We have so many wonderful holiday displays to share again this year. If you want to submit your store displays to be considered for the blog, you can email your display pictures to

The FASHION DIVA TREE greets customers at Style in Waynesville, NC.

Are you enjoying the trend of White Christmas displays? This fabulous window display at CHANEL celebrates with a doilies motif. The dolls dressed in traditional CHANEL suits are a nice touch.

Another monochromatic display. This one uses various textures to create interest and adds drama to an all-white display.

Silver fits well with a white display theme that has a polar theme including some cute bears and a fabulous igloo prop.

A vintage Christmas at Feathernesters in Richmond, VA. The have some lovely displays in the shop and it’s rumored that you can enjoy a yummy brunch in the tea room, too!

Last, but not least are SWIRLS – one of our very FAVORITE THINGS at Retail Details (note the web address 😉 Becky has always been fond of swirls and continues to live up to her nickname as Swirl Girl!

Lots more display pictures to come, so stay tuned for many more and for bonus display ideas visit the Retail Details blog facebook page.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky

Becky Tyre is a visual merchandising consultant and the owner of the Retail Details blog at . Becky is also the Trends Editor at GIFT SHOP Magazine. You can join Becky for discussions about trends in retail, products and displays as one of the contributors on the GIFT SHOP Magazine facebook page.

Retail Details New Year Store Display Contest Finalists Announcement

Since September, over 40 retail stores submitted pictures of their store displays for phase one of the Retail Details New Year Store Display Contest. Phase two starts right after Christmas. Congratulations to these five stores who have been chosen to participate:

The Miller House sells seasonal decor, hand-made furniture and home accessories in their single shop in the Shenandoah Valley area in Stephens, Virginia.

Peek… Aren’t You Curious sells children’s clothing in several shops in California, one in Scottsdale, Arizona and one in Dallas, Texas. They are known for using playground equipment as store fixtures.

HiHo Home Market  is a grand multi-level store with more than a dozen themed rooms filled with elaborate displays of home decor, old and new. Located in the Hudson Valley in Gardiner, New York.

Greetings From Geralyn opened in the summer of 2010. They sell cards, gourmet food, candy, gift wrap and scrapbooking supplies in a small shop in Asbury, New Jersey.

A Dodson’s is a destination shop in Suffolk, Virginia. They sell apparel, home furnishings and gifts that you may find unpredictable and quirky, as are their displays.

In a few weeks, each of the five finalist stores will receive an identical box of props to build a New Year’s display.  All displays will be judged on creativity, originality, product representation, and visual merchandising techniques. Finalists must use all provided props and may choose to add additional props when positioning and photographing their display design in either a store window or an in-store display. Judges will review the displays and the winners will be announced in mid-January. First prize is a $250 gift certificate from Gully’s Discount Store Fixtures. Second prize is a custom-designed store display from The Display Lab. Judges include experts in the areas of home decor, floral design, product development, and visual merchandising. Good luck and thanks to all who entered.

Special THANKS to the following sponsors, who are supplying prizes, props and advertising for the store display contest. Gully’s Discount Store Fixtures, The Display Lab, Midwest CBK, and Country Business Magazine.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky