It’s been a long winter indeed. Between near-record snow fall and days upon days without a single ray of sunshine, I’ve pretty much exhausted all my favorite indoor activities, and my cold-weather wardrobe is tired and in desperate need of a trip to Happy Cleaners.
But as the tulips and hyacinth along Michigan Avenue will attest, spring has finally arrived. And not a moment too soon. Now that we’ve all packed our stale togs away to make room for the glorious trappings of the vernal season, it seems fitting and refreshing that this month’s issue hosts more than one way for your customers to get some much-needed fresh air.
Despite a few logistical challenges, I had a lot of fun watching our special outdoor feature come to fruition. Having been born just a bit too early to be completely entranced by Nintendo, I was one of those wild-haired hooligans running around playing Ghost in the Graveyard until I inevitably heard my name echoing through my suburban neighborhood, a signal that it was time to return home. Now, years later, I still enjoy spending time outdoors—even though these days, the park across the street is the closest thing I have to a back yard. In our feature “Yard Sale” beginning on page 48, Contributing Writer Christy L. Bonstell makes her lighting debut, exploring the growing demand for sophisticated landscape lighting design and what the maturing trend means for your showroom.
While it’s certainly a great time of year to think about delving into a new enterprise, especially when it means boosting your bottom line, spring also presents the perfect opportunity to clean house a bit and freshen up your current range of offerings, even if you’re not completely ready to jump into foreign territory. Out with the old, in with the new: Prized finds from High Point Market and Maison & Objet should do the trick. Otherwise, why not spice things up by adding sustainable design to your lighting mix. In this issue we highlight some of our favorite sources (“Green House,” page 58) and arm you with the knowledge to distinguish the true green from the imposters (“Illuminations,” page 38).
However you choose to celebrate the arrival of spring, be sure to do it with gusto. Time flies when you’re having fun.