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Pin and Win Your Dream Dorm Room: The Back To Campus Giveaway

It’s the part of school that’s actually fun – making the space where  you will study, eat and rest from the exertions of college life into your own cozy little den.

We want to help you do it and have some Pinterest fun too! What are you taking with you this year? Show us on Pinterest and have a chance and winning one of 3 grand prize packages worth over $1000!


One of our assistant home buyers Natalie Avis, so kindly wrote a guest blog featuring the items we are giving away. Read on for her tips to help you decorate your dream dorm room.

There are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you what you need to wear to be in style this fall, but what do you need for your dorm room? Remember, this is the place where you will spend the majority of your time (whether sleeping, studying or entertaining new friends), so it’s important to feel comfortable and have all basic necessities to get you up and to class. Here are our must-have picks for Fall 2013 from the Dillard’s Home Buying team. (Scroll to the end to find out how you can win all of these items listed below and more!)

  • First things first! Treat yourself to a delicious dose of caffeine before your first class with the Keurig Black Mini Plus Personal Single-Serve Brewing System. This compact brewer is the perfect size for a small apartment or dorm room and will have your coffee ready in less than two minutes. It also features a removable drip tray, auto-off and cord storage.
  • Neutral walls and drab carpet begone! Exclusive to Dillard’s, the Candice Olson Loft “Whisper” bedding mini-set features a green ikat pattern that will brighten up the dimmest of dorm rooms. Bring the bright colors of spring inside your room with this mini-set featuring a duvet or comforter and two matching shams (one for twin size). Layer it with a Studio D Shag throw for movie-night cuddling.
  • Make a sweet impression on your first day with the scentsational Coach Poppy Eau de Parfume . Inspired by the playful spirit of the Poppy girl, sweetly scented jasmine and gardenia blended with with fresh cucumber and candied rose petal will keep you feeling flirty and vibrant for your after-class mixers.
  • Dorm spaces are often small, but you can help keep yours organized with an 18-piece storage collection from Pyrex . Useful not only for your take-out leftovers, these non-porous glass bowls also keep foods such as pretzels, dry cereal and nuts fresh for munching during late night study groups.
  • Make trips home for the holidays a little easier with the High Sierra AT6 Gray 26″ Expandable Trolley Duffel with Backpack Straps. Three bags in one, you can use it as a duffel, a wheeled upright or  a backpack on stairs or rough terrain. It also features a front pocket to keep study notes and textbooks within easy access.

Let us know your must-haves for Fall 2013 and you can win any of these items and more with our Back-to-Campus giveaway contest!


Between July 18 and July 31, pin any 5 items on to a pin board entitled “Dillard’s Back to Campus” and you will be entered to win one of 3 grand prizes valued over $1000.

Full rules and list of prizes can be found at

What’s on top of your dorm must-have list? 

Get pinning!

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Farm to Table Designer Spotlight: Andrew Cottrell

Our third and final designer spotlight for Dillard’s Farm to Table project is Andrew Cottrell.

Andrew designed the Meld Collection, an eclectic way to entertain. This convertible servingware can be used as one piece or separate bowls.


Currently residing in the greater Minneapolis area as an industrial designer, Andrew interned at Collins Design Inc. and studied at the University of Wisconsin.

Spotlight on: Andrew Cottrell

  • Loves exploring the outdoors, snowboarding
  • Enjoys music and photography
  • Skills include Industrial Design, Solidworks, Product Design, Sketching, Manufacturing, User Interface Design, Form Development, Cost Efficiency, Model Making, PDM, Photo Realistic Rendering

Shop the whole Farm to Table collection here. 

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Farm to Table Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Fisher

Today, our Farm to Table designer spotlight falls on Jennifer Fisher.


Jennifer designed our Acacia Wood Stacked Servers.

Shop the rest of the Farm to Table Collection here.

“ I love to design things that are approachable, playful and touchable,” she says of her work.

She owns her own tabletop ceramics company called JFish Designs, where she designs and produces handmade ceramic cups, vases, containers and planters.

Spotlight: Jennifer Fisher

  • Industrial designer with a background in ergonomics
  • Trained at Tufts University and Pratt Institute
  • Previous experience includes kitchenware design and design research
  • Skills include sketching, CAD modeling (SolidWorks) 2D technical drawings (Graphite or SolidWorks), computer rendering (Photoshop/Illustrator & SolidWorks), model making/sculpting, plaster mold making, slipcasting and ceramic finish work (glazing & firing)

Which is your favorite Farm to Table item? Let us know in the comments below!

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Farm to Table Designer Spotlight: Marco Gallegos

In case you missed it, our Farm to Table Collection you chose for this Spring has arrived in stores and online!

Today, we are spotlighting designer Marco Gallegos. His Acacia Wood OOO Collection was picked by consumers. Fans agreed his Acacia Wood OOO Collection distinctly represents the Farm to Table approach with its rich wood tone and organic shapes.


“With this collection I wanted to take advantage of modern manufacturing processes and do something interesting and unusual. All pieces in this set are intended to challenge our expectation,” Marco explained.

“Asymmetric yet simple, elegant forms make the observer keep their eyes on the object and its contents. Oak and walnut wood contrast with each other and have a beautiful grain that enhance the shape of the piece. This collection promises to be a highlight on your table and a perfect complement for you delicious food.”

Shop Marco’s Acacia Wood OOO Collection here.

Shop the Farm to Table Collection here.

Marco Gallegos at a glance

  • From: Costa Rica
  • Studied at: Costa Rica’s Institute of Technology, Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Germany, currently an MFA candidate for Furniture Design program at the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Skills: Product Design, Industrial Design, CAD, Solidworks, Sketching, Photoshop, Illustrator, Furniture, Interior Design, Rendering, Prototyping, Product Development, InDesign, Model Making, Concept Development, Microsoft Office, Hypershot, Digital Rendering, Sketchbook Pro, MIG welding, Plywood, Tube Bending, CNC Programming, CNC operation, Mastercam, Rapid Prototyping

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You Voted, Now It’s Here: The Farm To Table Collection

Back in 2012, we asked you to vote on your favorite homeware designs submitted through Red Clay for our Farm to Table Collection– and now it’s  here!


Jennifer Fisher, Marco Gallegos and Andrew Cottrell created the winning designs chosen by you to be part of our Farm To Table Collection, which has just hit stores!

Shop the Farm To Table collection here and check back in the next few days for some insight into why the designers created the dishes that they did.

Did you vote for any of these dishes in the Farm to Table Collection?


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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Cari Coffman, Director of Corporate Registry for Dillard’s


Q: What are some of the hottest registry items for this year?
A: Single-serve coffee makers like Nespresso and the new Starbucks Verismo machine are hot. Healthy living seems to be a trend right now, too. Juicers, blenders and steamers are showing up in greater numbers on registries. Bright, fun bedding like Trina Turk has captured our couple’s attention as well. We are seeing more bedding collections on registries this year.

Q: What are the most fun things you’ve seen on the registry?
A: The Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker is so much fun and makes a great gift. I love the new Rogaska Luxe collection, especially the chess candlestick collection. It puts a fun twist on classic items.

Q: What are some of the most popular items you sell?
A: Fiesta dinnerware is the favorite dinnerware choice of our brides. They love to mix all the colors, and there are tons of great accessories. Luggage is always a popular choice. Wally Bags are loved by both brides and grooms; they are so functional. The famous garment bag comes in a 52″ dress length. And, the clean lines of Lenox Tuscany stemware make it really popular right now.

Q: What are 5 registry essentials that every couple needs?

  1. A set of quality cookware that will last for many years.
  2. High-quality casual dinnerware. Cheap dinnerware will chip, crack and discolor over time. Invest in quality everyday dinnerware.
  3. Dillard’s Luxury Hotel 700-thread-count sateen sheets. They’re amazing.
  4. A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. You won’t believe how many uses there are for this machine.
  5. Plush bath towels are a definite must-have and don’t skimp on the quantity requested.

Q: How should couples choose what to put on their registry?
A: They should start by thinking about their lifestyle. For example, if they like to entertain, then they will want to make sure they have plenty of serveware on the registry. They should think about their lives 5 and 10 years from now as well. Do they envision hosting the holidays with their families? Maybe they need 18 place settings instead of 12. We provide a checklist to guide our couples as they go through the home store to make sure they don’t leave important items off the registry.

Q: There are tons of registry options on the web and at brick-and-mortar department stores. What sets Dillard’s registry apart from competitors?
A: One of the best kept secrets around is our completion program. After the wedding, we offer 20% off most remaining items on the registry. We offer the option of personal registries, which are private registries only available by request in store. These are perfect for lingerie and cosmetics; anything the couple does not want all guests to view. Plus, our brides can register for anything in the store. We also have exclusive registry incentive gifts from our vendors.

Q: How far in advance should the bride/groom to-be register?
A: We recommend registering 6 months before the wedding, but at least 3 weeks before the first shower. Couples need to remember to update their registry after each shower and 2-3 weeks before the wedding to make sure there are enough items at varying price points available for purchase at all times.

Q: What about those folks looking for last-minute wedding gifts? What items do you recommend?
A: We always recommend purchasing a gift off the couple’s registry. If you can’t find an item on the couple’s registry to purchase, try and add on to an existing item. For example, if the couple’s Keurig coffee maker has already been purchased, how about some accessories like a milk frother and coffee caddy?

Q: What are some wedding gift ideas for those who are on a budget?
A: Nambe offers some beautiful pieces, which are a great value. The Yaro Salad bowl and the Mikko Bar tray are fantastic pieces. For the wine lover, there’s the Cuisinart’s Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar. Anything from the Marquis by Waterford Vintage Mixology collection is a great value.

Shop the Dillard’s online registry.

What has become your most used or most cherished registry item? Tell us about it.

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Americana Style for Memorial Day

Show off your patriotic side this Memorial Day with some Americana-themed items. All it takes is a little red, white, blue and maybe even a dusting of stars to pull off a patriotic look, if you’re hosting a barbecue or just trying to set a festive mood.


1. Cremieux Double-Breasted Striped Blazer: Style this festive blue-striped jacket with a red skirt and navy top for a sophisticated take on the Americana theme.

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Short-Sleeved Polo Shirt: This versatile polo shirt is one to wear with pride. Pair it with jeans, khakis or blue shorts for an All-American look.

3. Bonnie Jean Mixed-Print Party Pants: For the little girl in your life, these adorable party pants keep the party rolling. A red striped bodice and a dusting of white stars on blue ground offers some playful allegiance to the flag.

4. Cremieux Stanford Quilt Collection: A patchwork quilt of red, white and blue embodies Americana: rugged, nostalgic, homespun and festive. Create a focal point for the bedroom while celebrating the holiday year-round with this bedding.

5. Tag Mystic Star-Shaped Table Runner: Wake up your table with this celebratory table runner.  As clever as old-fashioned American ingenuity, this table runner, held together by buttons, separates into individual place mats for dining.

6. Formation Star Tumbler with Lid: Imagine sipping your favorite beverage outdoors with the hearty aroma of burgers and hot dogs roasting on the grill. This nostalgic tumbler keeps hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold and works as a great companion piece for your Memorial Day celebration.

How do you like to celebrate Memorial Day? Tell us in the comment section.

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