Hot Holiday Trends are what savvy buyers are looking for during the upcoming June Total Home & Gift Market (June 19-25, 2013). Trends expert J Schwanke AIFD, PFCI, AAF shares his Top Ten list of trends you'll find in Dallas.
10. Humorous Halloween – Scary things happen everyday in the real world... So Halloween is taking on a humorous tone. It’s SCARE-RIFFIC! Don’t forget ZOMBIES are on trend thanks to the Popular AMC Series: The Walking Dead!
Humorous Halloween from Seasons Direct
9. Sweet Treats – We can’t get enough of candy-covered confections and this trend in vintage colors directions. Donuts seem to be the new cupcake! Mmm Donuts…
Donut Ornaments from Old World Christmas
8. RICE Lights – Teeny tiny LED lights on strings adorning trees, wreaths, and icy spheres. Rice-sized lights are the NEW Christmas light for 2013 adding textural nuances like wire spheres adornments or cubes of acrylic – spot on!
Rice Lights from Arty Imports 
7. Ribbon Rosettes – Victorian style ribbon accents look great on Christmas trees, packages, vases, & more... This Vintage look is grabbing hold!
Ribbon Rosettes at Direct Export
6. Pumpkins – Not just for Halloween anymore, pumpkins are the NEW Icon for fall. Irregular Heirloom Gourds in giant sizes and decked out in just about any textile you can imagine… leather, burlap, tweed, raffia, straw, wood.
Heirloom Pumpkins at Park Hill
5. Rhinestones & Brooches – Diamond-like gems and broaches covering everything from ribbon and reindeer to frames and Christmas decorations – it’s truly dazzling! We love anything bejeweled!!!
Rhinestone/Brooch Christmas Tree at Allstate Floral & Crafy
4. Vintage – Park Hill defined this look and now it's gone main stream! Window frames, nostalgic signs, re-purposed furniture, "Vintage Glam" or "Rustic Chic" are terms heard over and over again to describe this Antiqu-esque Look...
Vintage Collection with LIVE Sweet Potatoes at Park Hill
3. Cloche' – Botanical-based and most commonly seen harboring a plant… Cloches are everywhere whether its housing candles, nativity sets, flowers, ferns and more!
Santa Under Glass Cloches at Seasons Direct
2. Owls are BIG – Not only abundant... but in size, this “Harry Potter” trend isn’t slowing down. It’s evolved into an environmental statement and we are seeing Owls in every shape, color and texture. If you give a HOOT about trends, you'll be stocking up on OWLS!
One of my favorite owls at Direct Export 
1. Burlap – Make no Mistake… the Market is BURSTING with BURLAP! You can find just about everything made out of this natural, earthy-feeling material... ribbon, pillows, accessories, furniture, flowers and even foliage. Don’t forget the significant updates to this trend… we see this material maturing, partnering and mashing-up with other textures! Ceramic burlap, burlap printed with French monograms… or even paired with vintage lace… My Advice… BUY burlap BABY!!!
Burlap Everything

J Schwanke is a Design Expert for Dallas Market Center, specializing in flowers, foliage, accessories, display and merchandising. J’s Website offers continuing education for Everything Flowers!