A GLOBAL TOUCH FOR THE MODERN HOME Established in 2007, Blissliving® Home is the destination interior lifestyle brand for the stylish consumer seeking modern design with a global influence. Blissliving® Home was inspired by Creator and CEO Mei Xu’s passion for global travels, contemporary art, fashion and design. Envisaging a new line of home lifestyle products that would be modern in style yet globally inspired, Mei created Blissliving® Home to invite you on a sensory escape within the comforts of your home. Twice per year, in springtime and fall, Blissliving® Home introduces new, thoughtfully designed home lifestyle collections featuring culturally inspired motifs gathered from our journeys across the globe. Patterns and themes are updated in cheerful, stylish color stories, and cropped in unexpected and dramatic ways. Every collection is an invitation to experience the excitement of travel, the rush of the adventure, and the exploration of world cultures through design, texture, color and fragrance.
Mei Xu Creator & CEO
Mei Xu launches Blissliving® Home. Our premiere collection is unveiled at the New York International Gift Fair, our online boutique opens, and our premiere catalog reaches 100,000 select consumers.
MSNBC’s Your Business, a show focusing on America’s small business entrepreneurs, broadcasts a profile piece about Blissliving® Home documenting the company launch. The piece is later selected by United Airlines for in-flight entertainment on Pacific flights.
The New York International Gift Fair features the Blissliving® Home Amanda Green duvet set in its campaign for the summer market.
Blissliving Home unveils the fall/winter 2007 collection at the New York International Gift Fair and at Las Vegas Interior Lifestyle. Blissliving® Home enters the NY Home Textiles Market Week: Best New Product Awards, and our Corina duvet earns a finalist spot.
Blissliving® Home hosts an exclusive media event in New York City to unveil the spring/summer 2008 collection to media. The event is attended by representatives of the most renowned shelter and lifestyle publications and results in extensive media coverage.
Announcement of the Lan-Blissliving® Home Global Design Competition. We invite budding designers around the globe to design the next Blissliving® Home bedding collection and to score a once-in-a lifetime journey to our awards gala in Beijing.
Blissliving® Home formally unveils the spring/summer 2008 collection at the New York International Gift Fair. We enter the NY Home Textiles Market Week: Best New Product Awards, and our Carrie comforter set earns a finalist spot.
Blissliving® Home enters the Textiles Industry Awards hosted by Home Textiles Today, and wins the award for best new color story for the Ashley Citron duvet set.
The New York International Gift Fair features the Blissliving® Home Freya pillow in its advertising campaign.
Blissliving® Home formally unveils the fall/winter 2008 collection at the New York International Gift Fair.
Blissliving® Home unveils the spring/summer 2009 collection at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, the San Francisco International Gift Fair, the New York International Gift Fair, and World Market Las Vegas.
Blissliving® Home opens a showroom at World Market Las Vegas.
Blissliving® Home announces a Give & Receive Shopping Event benefitting Food for Others, a prominent food bank based in Northern Virginia. The event will run through the end of the year 2009.
Blissliving® Home announces the Bliss Kids Arts Festival, a national bedding design competition open to children 12 years of age and under. The winning design will be featured in the spring/ summer 2010 collection. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Children’s National Medical Center.
Blissliving® Home enters the Textiles Industry Awards hosted by Home Textiles Today, and wins the award for best new monochromatic product for the West Lake bedding ensemble.
Blissliving® Home announces a Give & Receive Shopping Event in honor of breast cancer awareness month to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global leader in the breast cancer movement. The event takes place from September 15 – October 31, 2009.
Blissliving® Home unveils the fall/winter 2009 collection at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, the New York International Gift Fair and World Market Center Las Vegas.
Blissliving® Home participates in the Fall Product Preview Press Event hosted by World Market Las Vegas at the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC. Blissliving® Home is selected as one of 18 brands to represent more than 1,500 companies exhibiting in Las Vegas.
Blissliving® Home unveils the Humanity by Blissliving® Home collection, a collaboration with LA based fashion house, Humanity™ for All, at MAGIC marketplace in Las Vegas. The collection features sentiment-themed accessories and the brands’ shared commitment for a better world.
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1 DESIGN PHILOSOPHY NY ME: A GLOBAL COMPA O H G IN IV SL IS BL 2 IBUTION CHANNELS TR IS D E RE TH , D AN 3 BUSINESS MODEL: ONE BR 4 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 5 COLLABORATIONS 6 BRAND RECOGNITION 7 BLISS PEOPLE: THE TEAM 速
In the Blissliving® Home design studio, we give a great deal of thought to “the bedroom”–it’s not only a very personal space to each individual, but it’s the room that we spend most of our time in (albeit sleeping), and deserves to be decked out in your favorite colors, patterns, textures and fragrances. What’s unique about bringing Blissliving® Home into your bedroom is that each of our collections are inspired by different global destinations. This allows us to create an inspiring variety of looks and materials-all designed with a common thread–to marry eclectic styles with modern design execution. A beautiful bedroom isn’t just a treat - it’s a necessity! Blissliving® Home offers a range of home lifestlye products to create your modern sanctuary where you can rest and recharge, with stylish, simple solutions.
Left: Modern Tree House Inspiration Board, inspired by verdant western Canada. Right: Amelie Green duvet set and accessories.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE SCENES AT OUR MARYLAND STUDIO
“If the living room is the little black dress of a house, and the kitchen equals jeans and a T-shirt, then the master bedroom is surely lingerie territory. Like all fine intimate apparel, a bedroom should be impeccably maintained, subtly scented, soft to the touch, visually inspiring and frankly seductive.” -Domino Magazine
Blissliving® Home goods are distributed to all our customers – consumers, trade partners, and interior designers – from our third party distribution center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our distribution partner has been recognized with numerous awards for their exceptional logistics.
Our American offices direct all sales & marketing, product development & design, public relations, supply chain management and customer service.
We participate in all major home and lifestyle trade shows and maintain Blissliving® Home showrooms in Atlanta (International Gift & Home Furnishings Market), Las Vegas (World Market Center) and Chicago (Merchandise Mart), to connect with buyers and sales representatives nationwide.
BLISSLIVING HOME ®
A GLOBAL COMPANY
Blissliving® Home is a global company with vertically integrated operations to best service our customers’ needs.
Responsible for scouting the finest materials for Blissliving® Home premium quality products, our Sourcing Center is located in Shanghai, China.
The Blissliving® Home state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are located two hours south of Shanghai, in Hangzhou, and are equipped with the latest machinery and technology. All Blissliving® Home products are manufactured to meet the strictest quality standards.
A behind the scenes peek into our design studio. Objects in photo are our desgn team’s inspiration for our FW09 collection, Icelandic Dream.
ONE BRAND, THREE CHANNELS The Blissliving® Home brand is available to consumers, trade, and interior designers – and we service all three channels with the same enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to superior service. Consumers today are looking for memorable brand and shopping experiences – they want to have a good time, get excited, and feel inspired. We invite you to escape from the everyday and enjoy pleasurable moments at home browsing the Blissliving® Home online boutique and our exclusive print catalog. At the heart of the Blissliving® Home brand experience is our product – stylish designs with global influences crafted from the finest high-quality materials. Stunning lifestyle photography and captivating stories invite you to indulge in home lifestyle luxuries that are out of the ordinary. Trade partners and interior designers are an integral part of our business. Sales representatives and trade partners are invited to participate in our training programs and have access to the full menu of Blissliving® Home marketing collateral. Our exclusive sales binder includes captivating lifestyle photography, along with complete product descriptions, pricing information and fabric swatches. Also available free of charge to our trade partners are our high-end print catalog as well as postcards and select e-marketing materials. We work with our key accounts to organize custom events and offer our creative services for advertising production. Trade partners also benefit from our consulting services in consumer lifestyle trend, sales, and design. Current Blissliving® Home trade partners include The Great Indoors (an eleven-door home décor chain), Gracious Home (an exclusive three-door home chain in New York City), Mobilia (a seventeen-door contemporary home furnishings chain in Canada), PillowsandThrows. com (a notable online boutique dedicated to contemporary home textiles), and Chiasso (a print catalog for stylish, modern home décor).
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DESIGN WITH A HEART
Giving back is an important element of our mission and passion. At Blissliving® Home, we believe quality is more than captivating design crafted from the best materials – we believe quality goods have a heart.
Bliss Kids Arts Festival 11yr old Aria Curameng’s ‘Thailand’ design translated into a duvet set and two decorative pillows.
Blissliving® Home continuously partners with a variety of local and national organizations working effortlessly towards making a difference in the world. Our non-profit partners include Food for Others, the largest food bank in Northern Virginia, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global leader in the movement against breast cancer. We host seasonal and year-round Give & Receive shopping events benefitting these organizations, inviting our customers to enjoy free shipping on purchases made during the event, while giving a portion of our proceeds to our partners. In a different initiative, we have joined forces with Children’s National Medical Center, one of the finest pediatric hospitals in the United States. Together, we have hosted the Bliss Kids Arts Festival, a nationwide bedding design competition open to kids twelve years of age and under. The winning design was made into a bedding ensemble and will be featured within the Blissliving® Home spring 2010 collection. Part of the proceeds from the sales of this collection will be donated to Children’s National Medical Center. Mei Xu, the Creator and CEO of Blissliving® Home, has taken on a leadership role within Vital Voices Global Partnership, an organization empowering emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. Blissliving® Home will carry select products made by Vital Voices women artisans in Africa within the spring 2010 collection. Mei has also offered to share her experience and business expertise with Vital Voices business leaders in developing nations to promote the role of women in these countries. Another initiative, currently in planning, is a candle for peace benefitting Women for Women, an organization providing women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts, with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.
COLLABORATIONS LIFESTYLE + FASHION
Blissliving® Home collections are inspired through our creative team’s journeys around the globe–and our passion for travel is only matched by our obsession with fashion.
The Humanity™ by Blissliving® Home collection features decorative pillows and throws as well as a complete range of home fragrance products, each featuring a distinct sentiment and color story.
We could not have been more excited when Humanity for All, an emerging fashion house based in Los Angeles, invited us to join them for a special collaboration. Established in 2008, Humanity for All is a tapestry of art and written text that unfolds the stories of individuals, social justice, and the environment on fashion design. When Humanity for All cofounders Helena Cho and Tammy Hotsenpiller met Mei Xu, the Creator & CEO of Blissliving® Home, they quickly felt the synergy between our two brands. As a result, the Humanity by Blissliving® Home Collection was unveiled at the MAGIC market place in Las Vegas in September 2009. The Humanity by Blissliving® Home Collection includes a line of highly detailed decorative pillows, sumptuously soft throw blankets, and a complete line of home fragrance products. A bold interpretation of Humanity for All signature fashion designs, the collection is a mix of cause and couture speaking about seven distinct sentiments – humanity, peace, freedom, love, hope, dream, and unity. The Humanity by Blissliving® Home Collection is currently available through our online boutique.
“Just received the new catalog–love, love, love it!” - Mary Gerlach, Associate Editor, Giftware News magazine
“…Love to take a closer look at this because Blissliving® Home always has the best colors...so on-trend!” - Joanna Linberg, Assistant Home Design Editor, Better Homes and Gardens
BRAND RECOGNITION THERE’S A BUZZ ABOUT BLISSLIVING® HOME
From the very beginning, Blissliving® Home has engaged in an extensive public relations campaign spanning across all media channels to reach consumer, trade and designers alike. Today we continue to enjoy vivid interest throughout the media world–earning us the reputation of a media darling. The Blissliving® Home company launch was documented by MSNBC’s Your Business – a show focusing on America’s small business entrepreneurs. Your Business followed Mei Xu and the Blissliving® Home team to the New York International Gift Fair in January 2007 where our premier collection was unveiled. The piece was broadcasted a few weeks later and was also selected by United Airlines for their in-flight entertainment program. Starting with our premier participation in the New York International Gift Fair, industry publications such as Giftware News, Gift & Decorative Accessories, HomeFashion & Furniture Trends, HFN, and Home Textiles Today began taking notice of Blissliving® Home. Our collections have been featured on the covers of the most notable trade books including Accessory Merchandising, Design and Décor, and LDB Interior Textiles – reflecting our reputation as a fashion leader in the industry. Consumer media outlets including Better Homes & Gardens, Chatelaine, Country Living, DailyCandy, Domino, Everyday with Racheal Ray, Family Circle, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Lucky, Marie Claire, OK! Magazine, People, People Stylewatch, Point Click Home, Self, Seventeen, Star, Traditional Home, Ty Pennington at Home, USA Today, and the Washington Post continue to feature Blissliving® Home products and consumer events on an ongoing basis. We are delighted about the ongoing interest in the Blissliving® Home brand and continue to look for fresh ways to connect with our audience and the public at large to raise awareness not only for our brand but for the entire home textile industry.
MEI XU Creator & CEO Blissliving速 Home
ARTHUR VIENTE Sales & Business Manager Blissliving速 Home
DIANE CROCKER Sales Account Coordinator Blissliving速 Home
RENELDER DUNCAN Customer Service Coordinator Blissliving速 Home
WHO WE ARE THE BLISSLIVING® HOME TEAM Owned and created by Mei Xu, a Chinese-American, Blissliving® Home is truly an international company. Sharing a passion for design, fashion, color, travel and home lifestyle, the members of our small team come from all corners of the globe. At Blissliving® Home, we love what we do. The Creative team’s mission and passion is to surprise our audience with fresh designs that delight the heart. Our Sales and Customer Service team are some of the best in the business. Their only goal is to sweeten your day through exceptional service. To us, the Blissliving Home experience is about continuously exceeding our customer’s expectations. MAREIKE FINCK PR/Marketing Manager Blissliving® Home
SARAH CONSTANTYN Product Manager Blissliving® Home
AMBER KLEINER Design Manager Blissliving® Home
CARMEN POSADA DeSENNE
VP of PD&D Blissliving® Home
PR/Marketing Assistant Blissliving® Home
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A selection of Blissliving速 Home homepages from 2009 including our annual bed giveaway promotion and various seasonal introductions. Visit www.blisslivinghome.com
WWW.BLISSLIVINGHOME.COM Launched in January 2007, the Blissliving速 Home online boutique is the primary destination for everything and anything about our company, brand, product designs, and inspirations. Servicing all of our audiences alike (consumers, trade partners, and interior designers) the online boutique conveys the Blissliving速 Home brand experience through breathtaking, oversized photography and enticing product descriptions to provide an easy and inspiring shopping experience. Two and a half years after the grand opening, we are now revamping the website to become a destination for the home lifestyle community as a whole. Leveraging the latest technology in social media, the new site is designed as an interactive environment, inviting our audience to participate directly in the Blissliving速 Home brand experience and to help shape and mold our product design and assortment. The new Blissliving速 Home website will launch in November of 2009.
Our print catalog is available as a consumer edition as well as a trade edition. Published three times a year, the Blissliving Home catalog has a spring issue, a fall issue and a holiday issue. Every issue includes a personal greeting from Blissliving速 Home Creator & CEO Mei Xu, introducing the themes of our latest collections. Stunning lifestyle photography and captivating product descriptions tell the stories of every collection, inviting our audience to escape to our blissful destinations.
PRINT CATALOG CONSUMER AND TRADE
Enjoying great popularity with consumers, trade partners, and interior designers alike, the Blissliving速 Home print catalog is a key component of our marketing collateral menu.
E-MAIL MARKETING YOU’VE GOT (BLISS) MAIL
The Blissliving® Home e-mail marketing program includes weekly e-campaigns to our consumer database as well as periodic e-campaigns to our trade partners and interior designers. Our consumer e-mail campaigns feature editorial topics such as seasonal decorating ideas or product tips, as well special shopping offers including our popular “Spend More, Save More” and “The Quicker You Click, The Better The Deal” promotions. All special events such as collection launches, our Give & Receive Shopping Events, or our bedding design competition, and the Bliss Kids Arts Festival, are included in this successful consumer marketing initiative. Our e-mail campaigns are similarly successful with our trade partners and interior designers. Trade campaign topics include new showroom openings, trade show alerts, and special promotional offers for our business partners.
PRINT ADVERTISING CONSUMER MAGAZINES
Our consumer magazine print advertising campaign is an important supplement to our primary consumer marketing tools, the print catalog and consumer e-mail marketing program. Launched in November 2008, Blissliving® Home has enjoyed immense success with our full-page-four-color advertisements in popular shelter magazines. Blissliving® Home advertisement outlets include Elle Décor, Loftlife Magazine, Metropolitan Home, and O At Home.
“I continue to receive a ton of magazine referrals – a lot of people are calling and saying they tore out our ad from a magazine at a friend’s house or the doctor’s office.” - Renelder Duncan, Blissliving® Home Retail Customer Service
SALES BINDER TRADE TOOLS
Our exclusive Sales Binder is the most important sales tool available to our trade partners and interior designers. Filled with lifestyle photography, silhouette shots, product descriptions and fabric swatches, our Sales Binder is the ultimate resource into the complete Blissliving® Home product line – and our trade partners’ best friend. Valued at $150, the Blissliving® Home Sales Binder is available free of charge to qualifying business partners meeting our annual minimum order quantity.
POSTCARDS The primary objective of our postcard program is to promote the Blissliving速 Home trade show presence and to drive traffic to our showrooms and booths. Other events included in our postcard program are consumer shopping promotions and custom postcards for special events hosted in collaboration with our trade partners.
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PASSPORT PILLOWS At BlisslivingÂŽ Home we know you love to travel. How do we know? Because we love it too! Last fall 2009, we launched the first three in a series of collectible passport stamp pillows, capturing everything you love about your favorite pastimeâ€“the adventure and excitement, experiencing new cultures, seeing new things and meeting new people. Watch for new passport pillows each season! Iceland Passport Pillow The romance of travel is captured in the customs stamp embroidery of our Icelandic Passport Pillow. Embroidery continues from the whisper blue cotton velvet front to the slate blue silk dupioni back.
Morocco Passport Pillow Dream of exotic destinations without leaving the comfort of your boudoir. Embroidered images of authentic Moroccan passport stamps cover the front and back of this accent pillow in lilac silk dupioni.
Canada Passport Pillow Shimmering silk dupioni inspires hazy dreams of wandering through pristine, sun-dappled woods. Authentic passport stamp design embroidery enhances the butter yellow front as well as the moss green reverse.
ICELANDIC DREAM DUVET & SHAMS SET
Inspiration. The perfection of winter warmth is found on a snowy night in a cabin at the top of the world. Our Icelandic Dream collection created an aura of exquisite coziness with a mix of shimmery and deeply textured fabrics. Tones of ice blue and frosty white are accented with hemp yellow, a color evocative of the midnight sun. Our Icelandic Dream cotton sateen collection finds its inspiration in Icelandâ€™s spare, pristine landscapes as well as its modern design influence. Etched motifs of blue birds resting on branches seem to float above a mosaic pattern in tone-on-tone slate blue. Duvet is accented with, and reverses to, hemp yellow; matching shams are designed to form a continuous design when placed side-by-side. Duvet and shams are finished with a tailored flange in ivory. 300 thread count, 100% cotton, button duvet closure, machine wash, imported.
AMELIE GREEN DUVET & SHAMS SET
Inspiration. You may have grown up and tamed the world, but you have never lost your childhood dream of living high above it all in a tree house of your own. Our Modern Tree House collection lets you transform your bedroom into a private retreat outfitted with luxurious fabrics, nostalgic details and natureâ€™s rustic charm. Lofty aspirations scale high in graphic treetop silhouettes layered in tonal greens over a gradated background in fresh green cloud-soft cotton sateen. Matching pillow shams suggest a canopy of cascading branches. And should you prefer a look thatâ€™s a little more grounded, the entire set reverses to solid sage green. 300 thread count, 100% cotton, button duvet closure, machine wash, imported.
MAX PLUM & GOLD COMFORTER & SHAMS SET
Inspiration. Deep, jewel tone colors, lavish silken fabrics and dreamy textures melt away the cares of the day. Our Arabian Bazaar collection translates the eclectic treasures, geometric motifs and decadent spices found in a Moroccan souk into a sleekly romantic, feminine look for you boudoir. Decorative pillows in festive colors provide eye-catching accents for your holiday home. Our Max Plum & Gold comforter set brightens your bedroom with a look thatâ€™s tailored, refined and as sumptuous as a Pashaâ€™s harem. Solid plum satin reverses to gold, with channel quilting that enhances the mirage-like sheen while adding depth and softness. Includes matching quilted pillow shams with satin ribbon-tie closures. Reversible satin poly, side tie sham closure, dry clean only, imported.
DUVET & SHAMS SET Inspiration. Romantic pagodas and bridges appear to float on the serene waters of Hangzhou’s West Lake in China, thus setting the scene for a refreshing take on “East meets West.” Our West Lake collection uses a palette of clean blues and crisp whites, reminiscent of centuries old Ming vases, to capture these traditional motifs in grand scale. Inspired by east China’s water wonderland, our West Lake duet set translates the tranquil waters of Hangzhou’s storied West Lake into a modern depiction of brilliant blues. Traditional blue and white toile meets stunning scale as the lake’s authentic motifs cast ombré-printed reflections over the water’s clean white surface. A canopy of willow branches sway gently over matching pillow shams. Sewn of silken cotton sateen, duvet and shams reverse to the striped pattern of our Balance euro shams. 300 thread count, 100% cotton, button duvet closure, machine wash, imported.
ANIS YELLOW DUVET & SHAMS SET
Inspiration. Setting a stylish scene of urban chic, playful spots meet botanical silhouettes in contrasting black and white. New York Cityâ€™s Central Park and graphic skyline inspired our dramatic Off the Park collection. Taxi cab yellow interjects and brightens, offering a surprising pop of color to this classic palette. Our trendsetting Anis Yellow duvet set gets an urban update with playful, embroidered songbirds in pop yellow amidst the bold contrast of black and white. A must-have for any city socialite, our Anis duvet set brings the modern movement of flat art into the bedroom with graphic silhouettes of branches and botanicals. Inspired by New Yorkâ€™s urban loft sophistication, both duvet cover and flanged shams are sewn of pure cotton sateen. 300 thread count, 100% cotton, button duvet closure, machine wash, imported.
ASHLEY CITRON DUVET & SHAMS SET
Inspiration. Think of springtime in Paris. Our Le Jardin collection is inspired by the cityâ€™s colorful flower shops and refined fashion runways, reflected in unpredictable details and sophisticated execution. Prepare your French press and enjoy the bright palette and rich finishes of stylish bedding, sumptuous pillows and fresh scents. Your most stunning spring outfut has just met its match. A graphic print in a French fashion palette, our Ashley Citron duvet set is a springtime twist on a fourseason favorite. Defying standard repeat patterns, our signature chrysanthemums are rendered in stunning scale across the entire surface of the set. We call it engineered design; you can call it a piece of art for your bedroom. Crisp pure white and bright citron green bloom against a refined base of pewter grey. Maching pillow shams feature a double flange. Set reverses to solid grey. 300 thread count, 100% cotton, button duvet closure, machine wash, imported.