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C & F Enterprises and Gallerie II add four Markets to the Summer line up

Temporary exhibit space at these four markets will test the waters for a permanent exhibit calendar slot.

2011 The Chicago Market: Living and Giving
Booth #8-4083
Chicago, IL
July 30-August 3, 2011

New York International Gift Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Booth #1108, #1110
New York, New York
August 14-18, 2011

High Point Market
Booth #M-7046
High Point, NC
October 22-27, 2011

Wild Birds Unlimited Vendor Mart 2011
Booth #402
San Antonio, TX
June 27-29, 2011


C & F Tends a Summer Garden

June 6, 2011

New for summer 2011, C & F Enterprises is tending a seasonal garden of hooked floral pillows. The accent pillows feature bold, bright flowers in a rainbow of colors, perfect to brighten a couch, bring in spring to your bedroom or an outdoor living space.

Designs include a yellow sunflower, red poppy, purple dahlia , white magnolia, blue hydrangea, and orange gerbera daisy. Two blue and white nautical shell themed pillows have been designed for coastal homes. The pillows are a large 18" by 18" square with bold closeups of the flowers. The pillows have an allover hooked floral design with a white linen and cotton blend backing. The pillow covers zip off for easy cleaning. Suggested retail price is $39.00 each.

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Taylor Swift Chooses C & F Enterprises Linens

May 31, 2011

People Magazine's May 9th, 2011 edition features Taylor Swift's country chic decorating choices for her Nashville, Tennessee home. 86260 1257BMiss Swift purchased over fifteen fabric designs in Franklin, Tennesee's Harmony Home, a unique home furnishings store and retailer of C & F Enterprises. Three fabric designs from C & F Enterprises were highlighted in People magazine including: a "Jacobean Blue" placemat, "Brighton Red Toile" placemat and the "Berkeley Green" quilt.

The Jacobean Blue placemat is an allover blue floral design that is distinctly bold, imaginative and exotic, but the overall impression is very feminine. The pattern is available in tabletop, bedding, and draperies.

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Brighton Red Toile is a Williamsburg licensed design. Romantic red vines and berries trail sweetly across this eggshell round placemat. The collection includes round and rectangular placemats, runner, napkin, apron, rug, valance and full bedding set.

Berkeley Green is an allover floral pattern with classic and understated vintage elegance. The soft, sage green coloration is feminine and welcomes an ecru and chocolate floral toile design.

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Amy Simcik, the owner of Harmony Home notes, "Miss Swift has elegant taste, she created a beautiful tablescape with unique place settings for each of her guests from the C & F patterns we carry. She enjoys mixing patterns and her table will be a feast for the eyes." In addition to the three items featured in People, Harmony Home reports twelve additional tabletop patterns were selected by Miss Swift. These include C & F's Vivienne, Emma, Kona Bay, Stafford Royal, Marianna Cream, Brighton Green, Windsor, Windsor Yellow, Stafford, Deanna, Caspienne, and Bonita. She also purchased three quilted bedding sets including; Vivienne, Berkley Blue and Berkley Green.

Mr. Nelson Chow, Vice President, comments, "We are seeing growth in quilted linens and particularly in bedding as the choice for a younger generation. The quality, handcrafted texture and beautiful designs appeal to a classic trend that is crossing generations."


Mother/Daughter Ruffle Aprons

May 23, 2011

New for 2011, C & F is introducing a line of coordinating mother/daughter multi-tered ruffled aprons. image002The aprons are both flirty and flattering with five tiers of ruffles and a pocket. Matching half aprons are available in selected styles.

The coordinating children's aprons are embroidered with cute sayings for the budding chef such as "Little Miss Independent", "A cupcake a day keeps the sweet tooth away", and "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice". These are great gifts for Mother's Day or any occasion.

"The mother/daughter aprons are perfect gifts and complement the resurgence of cooking as a popular pastime," claims Kimberly Haden, Marketing Communications and Innovation Manager at C & F Enterprises.


Pillows With Some Punch From C & F Enterprises

May 9, 2011

Pillows are an easy way to updatea room without a huge investment.

image005C & F Enterprises offers several new pillow collections for 2011 including rice stitch designs, embroidered pillows, printed canvas with photo-realistic images, and hooked pillows offering a nubby, soft texture.

image006New designs in rice stitch feature coastal themed icons such as a crab, a starfish, shells, turtle, and seahorse. Other designs include owl and bird icons.

Graphic art, printed on cotton canvas, create photo-realistic images on pillows. Designs are by Paul Brent, Elena Vladykina, Lori Siebert and other licensed artists.

image007Solid color envelope pillows have a relaxed and simple design. Featuring one large button, they come in a range of colors.

image008Hooked pillows are handcrafted by our artisans for rich, thick texture. Designs are simple and eye-catching. Ask your sales representative for details on our new Parfait Collection of affordable, hooked pillows and washable hooked accent rugs.


Sporty New Travel Totes

April 25, 2011

TotesC & F Enterprises introduces new solid and stripe travel totes. The new sporty, nautical designs are made with a sturdy canvas material. The bags are large with a drawstring, corded, white rope tie, reminiscent of a sailors rope. They are washable and come with several interior pockets for organizing those essentials. Carry your bag with the double-short handle straps or sling it over your shoulder with the shoulder strap for a jaunty look. Ahoy!


Designer Dialogue: Travel-Inspired Merchandise

April 11, 2011

Question: What is new in the industry?
(submitted by Carrie—New Jersey)

Pillow GroupingAnswer: Travel inspired merchandise is a new trend in the decorative accessories marketplace. Paris seemed to take the lead with graphic icons of the Eiffel Tower, fleur de lis, Arc de Triomphe, French phrases, or locations on decorative pillows, rugs, furniture, and accessories. With Great Britain's royal wedding in the news, crests and crowns are also on the rise. Surrounded by reminders of faraway places, escape on a vacation without leaving the home.

– Cindi Steele
Creative Manager


"Perfect" Parfait Pillows and Rugs

April 4, 2011

Parfait LogoC & F Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to introduce the Parfait Collection of hand hooked pillows and washable rugs. The Parfait line features clean, simple lines for a more updated look. The original meaning of Parfait is "perfect", but is better known for the layered deliciousness of a dessert, just as the new C & F Parfait Collection layers pillows and rugs.

Rug RackThe rugs are hand hooked with a slip resistant backing and offer seasonal and fresh looks to spice up any décor. Parfait Collection rugs are washable, adding value to the homeowner. Hand crafted looping creates warmth and texture on the pillows and accent rugs. The accent rugs measure 22" by 34". Pillows are available in 14" and 18" square sizes and have a removable cover.

A well crafted, eye-catching wood display will hang the rugs in retail stores for easy shopping.

Cindi Steele, Creative Manager for C & F Enterprises, Inc. comments, "The Parfait collection is the perfect accent for any room. The new designs will appeal to retailers with their updated, clean look." Retailers can offer Coastal, Nautical, & Lodge looks as well as Harvest and Spring design choices. Mr. Nelson Chow, Vice President of Sales for C & F Enterprises, Inc., notes, "We have had a strong response to the Parfait Collection at the January Markets."

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Five Tips From Our Accounting/Credit Office

March 21, 2011

Shop OnlineEmail us! In addition to an 8-5 p.m. EST call center, for your convenience, the accounting department is happy to answer any questions via our email address at creditdepartment@cnfei.com

Buy online! We operate a full on-line catalog store front. Visit www.gallereii.com and create a Merchant login to place orders online. Then contact our customer service department either by phone or email (customerservice@cnfei.com) to activate your account. Place reorders or select new items at your convenience.

Lets Talk MoneyNote it! To insure timely payment processing, please remember to reference the invoice number on your payment.

Charge it! C & F and Gallerie II accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.

Get Credit! Requests for Net 30 payment and dating terms can be made by completing and signing our credit application. Contact your Independent Sales Representative for the application. (Dating terms must qualify under approved Sales Programs).


Designer Dialogue

March 14, 2011

Question: How should a store display your bedding
(submitted by Michelle—Charlotte, North Carolina)

Answer: For retailers, it is important to create lifestyle settings, in vignettes, by theme or color. The initial, visual display is what attracts the consumer. They need to see the bedding as it will look in the room of their dreams. Layering product is a great way to make a statement. Begin with a solid matelasse as a base and then add a quilt for the next layer, with coordinating standard pillow and accent Euro shams. Drape a throw on the bed, or fold an additional matelasse or quilt at the foot of the bed. Accent pillows in various sizes, patterns and textures can be added in odd numbers (such as 1, 3, or 5) to complete the look. This will add drama to the display as well as increase the sale with the accent pillows. Good Question!

– Textile Design Team


New Collection: Barbados

Feb 21, 2011

C & F Enterprises is proud to introduce a highly anticipated collection in collaboration with licensing partner WILLIAMSBURG.

Barbados Bed"We are so honored to continue to work with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Our textile designers are inspired by archived fabrics, fashion and the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg. It is amazing how a printed toile fabric taken from the 18th century can be so relevant and on trend today. Good design is absolutely timeless!" states Jennifer Sheridan, National Sales Manager for C & F Enterprises.

Barbados ApronBarbados, a Caribbean Island inspired collection, features leafy palms, warm natural colors and authentic images from the island nation's history in two radiant bedding collections, table linens and pillows. C & F Enterprises brings the Caribbean into the home with Barbados, a new bedding collection boasting a pattern of rustling palm trees in two colorways: calm, neutral Sand and warm, vibrant Sunset. The design, which illustrates the timeless fascination and romance of the tropics, is inspired by a 19th-century palm toile fabric, while the coordinating pillows and rug are inspired by an 18th-century antique map and rare botanical prints.

Barbados PillowThe purchase of WILLIAMSBURG products supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's award-winning educational programs and mission, helping Americans interact with history in a way that is simultaneously engaging and entertaining.


January 2011 Market Review

February 14, 2011

TabletopWe are happy to report the C & F Enterprises' showrooms had their best January market in years - a positive sign of the recovering economy and testimony to C & F Enterprises' great new collections for 2011. Despite snow and ice in Atlanta and Dallas, the market was well attended and ran smoothly. Sales representatives are delivering catalogs now! Call us if you have not received yours.

Fish Outta WaterProduct Highlights

  • Reversible, washable, quilted table linens continue to be a top category.
  • The new "Fish Outta Water" collection hooked great interest for everyday décor.
  • Parfait washable rugs delighted the crowds with its price points.
  • TurtlesThe Williamsburg Collections of Barbados, The Embroidered Garden and Through the Woods had timeless appeal.
  • The new Christmas introductions were met with great success.
  • Gorgeous new quilt patterns were well covered.
  • Coastal décor kept us all dreaming of the sun.

Email us your best or worst market storyThanks to everyone who joined us for January Markets. Contact your sales representative for more details on our top sellers.

We want to hear from you! E-mail newsletter@cnfei.com with your best/worst January 2011 market story.


Trends In Christmas Trim

February 7, 2011

Knitted ornaments and ornaments made of felt, wool, and cotton add a handcrafted warmth to the holiday tree. The two color stories most seen for Christmas 2011 are traditional reds and greens, along with classic plaids, and a lodge inspired neutral palette, with cream, taupe, beige, and browns. Patterns in knits include stripes and polka dots, as well as Nordic patterns. Texture is key with surface interest in nubby or curly fabrics and faux fur. Add warmth to your holiday tree with Gallerie II's Homespun, Plaid Greetings, and Winter Forest themes.

The gingerbread and "sweets" theme offers plenty of tasty treats. Ice cream cone ornaments are the newest addition to gingerbread children, cookies, cakes, and candy. Gallerie II's Sugar and Spice will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Customers are becoming more interested in eco friendly items, indicating ornaments in natural materials, such as buri, will be successful in 2011. All of our forest friends, including owls, squirrels, deer, moose, bears, and more, can be found in Winter Forest, made of sustainable buri fiber.

Brightly colored ornaments in turquoise, purple, fuschia, bright green, and orange, often with foil or glitter finish, continue to be on trend. Gallerie II's Making Spirits Bright is a fun, whimsical collection featuring snowmen and colorful birds amidst foiled ball ornaments in six bright colors.

Snowmen bedecked in brightly colored hats, mittens and scarves are having winter fun throwing snowballs, sledding, and ice skating in Gallerie II Flurries collection.

-Cindi Steele, Creative Manager


Bring The Garden Indoors: The Embroidered Garden

January 24, 2011

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own." ~ Alice Walker

The Embroidered Garden features Kate McRostie's brushwork, inspired by the gardens and exquisite floral needlework in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The Embroidered Garden adorns bedding, tabletop and home accessories from both Gallerie II and C & F.

*The purchase of WILLIAMSBURG products supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's award-winning educational programs and mission, helping Americans interact with history in a way that is simultaneously engaging and entertaining.


Fish Outta Water

January 17, 2011

C & F Enterprises, Inc. and Gallerie II announce a new introduction "Fish Outta Water" featuring bold and contemporary tabletop, home décor and accessories. The exclusive line, with coordinating products from both companies, is designed by artist, Lori Siebert, of Olika Studios.

Cindi Steele, Creative Manager for C & F Enterprises, Inc. and Gallerie II, comments, "We selected Lori's art because of her ability to combine bright colors and pattern in a very creative way that adds a whimsical touch to a traditional icon. It's fun and gives you a reason to smile".

The collection features bright, graphic fish imagery and is interpreted on guest and kitchen towels, hooked rugs, photo realistic pillows as well as a throw for C & F Enterprises, Inc. Fanciful figurines, wall art and ornaments as well as ceramic serving pieces for entertaining round out the coordinated collection for Gallerie II. Lori Siebert's distinctly modern, yet whimsical and hand-crafted style, gives "Fish Outta Water" a vibrant personality.


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January 10, 2011

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Artist Signings at Atlanta Show

Jan 3, 2011

Meet our licensed artists at AmericasMart Atlanta Gift Show and receive a small gift, related to their art, while supplies last.
AmericasMart Building 2, Suite 1435

Signing Dates:

Lori Siebert for Fish Outta Water
Saturday, January 15th, 2011, 4-5pm

Lori Siebert's distinctly modern and handcrafted style, adds a whimsical touch to a traditional fish icon across tabletop, home decor and accessories.

Kate McRostie for The Embroidered Garden
Friday, January 14th, 2011, 4-6pm

McRostie's brushwork is inspired by the gardens and exquisite floral needlework in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The Embroidered Garden adorns bedding, tabletop and home accessories.

Carol Eldridge for Dem Bones
Sunday, January 16th, 2011, 3-5pm

Funky, fun accessorized Halloween figures give the Dem Bones collection a touch of fanciful fright.

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