Home décor experts look forward to new hobbies in 2022


Getting back in touch with nature is one of the pastimes home décor experts plan to add to their lives in 2022.

As retailers and designers begin gearing up for the New Year, we asked them what new hobbies they plan to try out in ’22.

• Pamela Burke, Global Sales Director, Blue Pheasant, “I’m going to try my hand at charcuterie art and food styling.”

• Pamela Cain, President, Chelsea House, “Pickleball (I’ve tried to resist but it’s becoming a great place to socialize and get a bit of exercise), and caring for a bonsai tree (I’m hoping it will teach me patience).”

• Sangeeta Gupta, US CEO and Owner, Dôme Deco, “Minimalism and sustainability. During the pandemic we have been spending so much time at home, it helped me notice how much clutter we have and how it affects productivity and performance. I have started focusing on minimalism and more sustainable products in my life.”

• David Pamer, CEO, Elk Home, “Consistent meditation practice.”

• Paul Thompson, Product Development and Design, Key Accounts, Global Views, “I recently completed a term on the board of my HOA that included treasurer and lead on the architectural control committee. This year I will be focusing my energy as a consultant on the grounds and landscaping of nearly 16 acres of park-like setting that is located along a creek. This is a labor of love, to say the least.”

• Vinamra Laddha, Owner and COO, LR Home, “Singing. My family loves to karaoke so my wife and I are taking classes to become “pros”.

• Lauren Brekke, Vice President of Merchandise, Mud Pie, “This year, I’ve told myself that I need to hop on the TikTok train.”

• Michelle Gee, President, Napa Home & Garden, “If nothing else, the last two years have emphasized the importance of taking care of one’s body as much as the mind and the soul. I’m looking forward to deepening my meditation practice while taking up tennis more seriously in the next year. Still looking for a fabulous Pilates studio in Atlanta if anyone has one to recommend!”

• Alan Buff, Marketing & Sales Executive, Pampa Bay, “More nature walks/hikes. I’ve got to eat better and exercise more and getting out on local Audubon trails will be a key part of that plan.”

• Steffan Craig, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pendulux, “I plan on installing more bird feeders and birdbaths in the yard. Wild birds have turned out to be a great source of entertainment during the last couple of years at home. And they make a great pseudo-pet. Don’t have to worry about having anyone take care of them when you pack your bag and head out of town.”

• Mark Abrams, VP of Design and Marketing, Port 68, “I really don’t have a hobby per se. I enjoy antiquing, travel and having a good meal with friends. I hope that COVIC and such will gradually go away so that we can all embrace venturing out again all over the world.”

• Angela Schmook, VP of Sales and Marketing, Roadrunners LLC, “Exploring my new community. I moved mid-pandemic from to the suburbs to downtown and became an empty nester at once. I’m ready to explore the shops, museums, parks and restaurants in Tampa.”

• David Zrike, President, The Zrike Company, “I am going to work hard on improving my mediocre golf game.”


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