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Furniture Today talked with Rebecca Mattie, vice president of design at Napa Home & Garden based in Duluth, Ga.
FT: Tell me about your background and how you landed this role at Napa Home & Garden?
Rebecca: My career is rooted in product development and design leadership in the home décor industry, where for 25 years I’ve enjoyed a broad range of experiences on both the wholesale and retail side. I’ve touched almost every category which makes me a great fit for Napa’s varied assortment.
Before Napa, some of the key home and lifestyle brands that I worked for include Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn and Pacific Market International, which develops products for brand giants like Starbucks.
FT: What trend research do you do/where do you seek information on trends to help influence new designs?
Rebecca: Trend research for me is the act of constant observation of pop culture, macro consumer and lifestyle trends. Trade shows such as Maison d’Object and Ambiente are also valuable resources. I still love to pour over magazines, particularly European home and fashion publications, but at the end of the day it’s how we interpret those trends that’s key.
FT: What are the top 3 merchandising tips you’d give retailers to help land a sale each time a customer comes into the store?
Rebecca: Have a concise point of view, commit to a focal point and create emotional appeal.
FT: Are there are any trending materials/colors you see on the horizon?
Rebecca: Natural materials such as rattan, marble, stone and eco-conscious recycled materials will be prominent. For color, we will see a shift from gray to brown for neutrals. In general, we’ll see earthy, warm undertones dominating. Lilacs and violets will remain important in 2023 as well as yellow. Pinks will lean more mauve.
FT: What would you say makes a company stand out from others from a creative standpoint?
Rebecca: Authenticity, brand integrity, a bold point of view.
Five fun facts about Rebecca Mattie:
- What is your favorite piece from Napa Home & Garden? At the moment, the Landon Planters, a stunningly handsome extension of our Normandy Collection, a Napa staple.
- Where is your favorite place to travel? India, for its a sensory overload, rich in texture and color.
- What is your favorite food? Truffle fries with Dijon mustard.
- Where are you from? I live in Marin County, just north of San Francisco and south of Napa Valley.
- What are you currently watching on TV? 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone. I’m fascinated by what people endured during that period as they searched for a place to call home.
Lauren Roses is Home Accents Today’s product editor, responsible for selecting and compiling product and trend stories, and for overseeing product submissions and coverage of intros and market debuts. Lauren studied at the University of Arizona and has lived in San Diego, California and New York City. Prior to joining Home Accents Today, she worked in marketing and project management for several prominent interior design and real estate professionals. In early 2018 Lauren moved back to her home state of North Carolina where she enjoys reading, animals, hiking and spending time with family.