Mad for Madison – GardenRant

Mad for Madison – GardenRant
Madison private garden We’re not exactly known as “fly-over” states, but some of us in the Great Lakes area have to try harder to convince out-of-towners we’re cool. It shouldn’t be necessary. Thanks to, in part, glacial activity, we’re blessed with spectacular scenery. Thanks to the inland seas we surround, we have abundant access to fresh water. Thanks also to those inland seas, as well as other factors, we have rich farmland and warm summers—in addition to lake effect snow in winter.  Grounds of Epic Systems If you live in Buffalo, as I do, you’re all too familiar with this narrative. Buffalonians have managed to overcome it, to some degree, by defiantly redefining ourselves as a garden destination. Partly because of that struggle, we’re sympathetic to the other underdogs throughout the Great Lakes region. Cleveland is a great city, for example. Not only does … Read More

Howard Elliott names new sales director

Howard Elliott names new sales director
Addison, Ill.,-based Howard Elliott Collection has hired a new director of sales. Stephen Becker, a 22-year veteran of the home furnishings industry, will serve as director of sales for the designer, manufacturer and importer of decorative mirrors, accessories, accent furniture, artwork and pillows. He comes to Howard Elliott from Majestic Mirrors. “I am looking forward to working with the Howard Elliott team and continuing to work with my friends and customers in the industry,” Becker said. “I’m excited to have access to such a broad selection of home accent products and working with a company that has such a strong reputation for partnerships.” Howard Elliott President Brian Berk said Becker’s tenure in the industry would be beneficial. “As we continue to grow the company and develop new programs for our customers, Stephen’s experience and relationships in the industry will be a tremendous asset,” he said. “Colleen Daly (vice president) and... Read More