.. Craft Trends - Garden
5% of consumers purchasing garden and patio accessories bought one or more gazing balls.
83% bought only one gazing ball.
1/2 of households planned their purchase.
47% paid less than $20.
1/3 paid between $20 and $30 for their gazing ball.
39% bought their gazing ball at Wal-Mart.
35% bought their gazing ball at either Home Depot or Lowe's.
3rd most frequently purchased patio or garden accessory bought as a gift, coming in behind wind chimes and plaques.
--Consumer Buying Trends Survey
Bringing the Indoors Out
Michelle Lamb, an international trend analyst, believes the appeal of outdoor rooms is not limited to those people who have large decorating budgets. Not too many years ago, she says, high-end decorative outdoor lighting was launched by Frederick Cooper, a Chicago-based manufacturer of top-quality artistic lamps, sconces and chandeliers. Today, similar lighting is being sold in discount department stores such as Target. "The bottom line is, it's not only a trend for some, it's for everybody," she says, and advances in solar lights have made illumination "an integral part of decorating outside." Also, since the advent of all-weather wicker, outdoor furniture "looks incredible, with wonderful shading and visual texture," Lamb says, "and excellent fabrics available for cushions."
A basic outdoor room including a quality grill, dining furniture, lighting and umbrellas can be had for about $2,500, says Donna Myers, spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association in Arlington, Va. If money is no object, costs can easily reach $50,000 with an in-ground pool, island grill and landscaping. Lamb says she finds that, in essence, "the trend of a few years ago toward bringing the outdoors in has reversed itself to bringing the indoors out."
Bringing the Outdoors In
Terrariums : Another 70's flashback - As many trends do, the hobby is making a comeback. Kelly Austin, curator of Cedar Crest College's arboretum and a professor at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township, Pa., says she sees articles on terrariums and the like popping up in gardening catalogs.
Craft stores are starting to carry glass and plastic shapes touted as terrarium containers.
The Philadelphia Flower Show almost doubled the number of competitions for terrariums this year.
Tabletop Greenhouses: Small greenhouses bring DIY herbs, greenery, and flowers to the kitchen counter
The outdoor living market, including outdoor living products and services, reached $62.5 billion in 2004, rising from $60.1 billion in 2003. Retail sales of plant materials accounted for $19.6 billion or 31 percent of the total market in 2004.
Growth categories are expected be the tools, equipment, supplies and accessories that enhance the outdoor living lifestyle experience.
Porch, patio, garden decorative accents
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