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…

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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!



Display Trends: Pinwheels & Paper Props

A quick poll on Facebook revealed that our readers want more do-it-yourself display ideas. We are happy to oblige. Pinwheels are one of my favorite DIY display items. They represent whimsy, fun and a party atmosphere. Typically, we think of them for Spring or Summer, but pinwheels are fun display components for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Back-To-School and December Holidays, too. Interesting paper choices make all the difference.


Just Be is a store in North Carolina that celebrates things handmade, fair trade and American made gifts in two locations, Burlington and Greensboro. Stocking jewelry, journals, candles and clothing, the gift stores truly have something unique for everyone on a gift-givers list. The shops are beautifully merchandised and they have fun windows. Here are a few pictures of their recent pinwheel displays and a couple of bonus store shots just for fun. Enjoy!


And in the store window…


We owe a shout-out of thanks to our friends at Crystal Media for telling us about the lovely Just Be shops and the fun displays!

Retail_Details_blog_visual_merchandising_Just_Be_4Just Be’s sign for a “window in progress” is cute and serves as a teaser to bring customers back to see the results.


Want to make some pinwheels for displays in your store? Do an internet search for “pinwheel tutorial” and you will find many templates, videos and step-by-step instructions. We’d love to see your results and consider your displays for inclusion in this blog or our social media (links in the sidebar). Thanks and, as always…

Stay Display Inspired!


Turn right on Spring Street and proceed 7 West

What do showroom displays and trade show booths have in common with retail store windows? They each have just a few short moments to catch a buyers attention.

Retail Details Blog Store Displays Spring Street Jewelry at Accessories Show April May 2012 Visual MerchandisingSpring Street Jewelry uses angular bright white tables and cubes with a single accent color in the booth at The Accessories Show. A single pop of color, subtly anchors the displays of precisely placed merchandise. When choosing the pop color, either use a color that is prominent in the collection or a color on the opposite side of the color wheel. Tips for using cubes for display units: stack them to create shelves or stagger them allowing the “spaces” to become additional cubes. If you purchase cubes in varying sizes, they can nest inside each other for travel or storage. Various sizes also stack easily into a pyramid shape display. BIG HINT for traveling displays: purchase or build cubes that slide into each other. Turn the interior cube into a drawer and store merchandise or supplies inside.

Retail Details Blog Store Displays Final Touches Redesign Real Deals April May 2012 Visual MerchandisingThere is nothing not to love about this spring display at Real Deals Home Decor in Granville, OH. It is a terrific example of well-placed merchandise, color patterning, thoughtful groupings and is a superior representation of how to create height in a focal display. Created by Beth Batke of Final Touches Redesign, this image is going into the Retail Details presentation file, so my display clients may see it as an example soon.

Problem solver: Structural Columns

Retail Details Blog Store Displays Fresh Store NYC April May 2012 Visual Merchandising

If your retail space has columns that cannot be removed due to weight-bearing reasons (or just because you love their charm), consider turning a column into a selling space.  At Fresh Store in New York City architectural interest added to the top and bottom allow for round retail shelves in the sell area. Most columns or posts are covered to appear much larger than they need to be. Ask your designer or architect if you could create some retail selling space and visual interest by stripping your columns down to the bare minimum diameter as a starting point.

Retail Details Blog Store Displays 7 west showroom NY April May 2012 Visual MerchandisingDuring the Tabletop show at 7 W New York,  Bess Wyrick, owner of Celadon & Celery transformed the lobby into a bright lemonade stand. Representing a theme of pop-up-shops, this idea could be modified for a store window or in-store display. Beyond spring, this could become a birthday party window (add balloons escaping from the mailboxes) a Halloween display (think candy and bats) and bring the mailboxes out again for the holidays to fill them with Christmas cards.

As always, thanks for reading the Retail Details blog and I hope you are inspired to create some fun displays in your shop! Join us on Facebook and you can read my Display Inspiration articles and trend reports in GIFT SHOP Magazine. Visit our Pinterest Page for lots more display pictures, but visit the blog often for ideas of how to modify the visual merchandising ideas for your store!

Stay display inspired!

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Getting in the swing of spring store displays

Stay display inspired! The Retail Details blog is a visual merchandising blog all about store displays and fixtures. We feature inspiring retail displays from around the world. Check the ABOUT tab to find out how to submit your store displays to be considered for blog inclusion.

store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog,At Retail Details we LOVE window display competitions. Becky frequently judges display contests and consults for retail stores and showrooms. This display is one of the winners from a competition sponsored by Skunkfunk. This window took second place and the store is Barabu’ in Madrid, Spain. Swings are a fun merchandising staple for spring and summer displays. The key to the success of this window is a single focus color, yellow.

Best Buddies Dog Boutique, St. Pete Beach, FL, Retail Details blog visual merchandisingBest Buddies Dog Boutique used a swing in their spring window in St. Pete Beach, FL. The swing hangs from a beautifully constructed window tree. The caninequins are looking out the window so realistically, you almost expect to see nose prints on the glass!

store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog,Winter white is the neutral in this store window at Massimo Dutti in Paris, France. Once again, a single color is featured and this time it is the orange that is so popular this year. Pantone has named Tangerine Tango as the Color of the Year for 2012.

Kathleens Gallery, Tryon, NC, store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog,Sometimes clients and friends post display idea requests on our facebook page. Silk, spring scarves were the latest display challenge from Kathleen’s Gallery in Tryon, NC. We suggested wine bottles with the scarves flowing out of them and this is what they did with it. Suspending the bottles in the air was a great interpretation of the idea and created an eye-catching window. This is what “Stay display inspired!” is all about!

Lamb & Flag, store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog,Another frequent request is for creative denim display ideas, so here’s one of our favorite jeans displays from Lamb & Flag in Brea, CA.

Southern Sisters & The Paper Fairy, Grayson, GAT-shirts can be a real display challenge and Southern Sisters and The Paper Fairy found a solution with this fixture that shows the color and design choices in a prominent manner. The t-shirts are rolled and stocked beside each design in the shop in Grayson, GA.

Mercy Hospital Gift Shop in Springfield, MO, store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog,The best display props are ones that can be used in multiple display scenarios. The Mercy Hospital Gift Shop in Springfield, MO uses a white lantern as a prop for tabletop displays. They filled it with flowers and fruit for two different colorful spring displays.

HomeArt, store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blogYou may have noticed quite a few pallets during the past year to accompany the repurposing trend in display props. This display utilizes grove baskets to hold merchandise in the HomArt showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA.

As always, thanks for reading the Retail Details blog and I hope you are inspired to create some fun displays in your shop! Join us on facebook at, see more display ideas on pinterest and you can read my display inspiration articles and trend reports in GIFT SHOP Magazine.

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