Have you ever wondered how an interior designer shops? All those fabulous pieces and accessories you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Similarly, maybe you’re thinking, I would love to know how they find all those amazing treasures. Do they have a map or book they follow? As an interior design professional, I can tell you I wish it was that easy as following a map or guidebook! Let’s jump right in and talk about the way we choose our vendors, showrooms, and stores for those gorgeous pieces.
Selecting Where an Interior Designer Shops
A few of the key points when selecting a vendor or shop to source for our clients. First, our firm does not source or shop at Homegoods. We have nothing against Homegoods. However, we need a certain level of conscientiousness in the products we order to complete a design. Secondly, we work with vendors and shops that we have a history with and trust their quality and workmanship. And finally, we also work with artists and craftsmen for custom, one-of-a-kind pieces.
It’s all About the Edit when Shopping
When we are in the design shops or selecting furniture. We are always looking and taking in the newest styles. As a matter of fact, recently I was working with my clients on selecting the perfect accent chairs for their newly constructed home. After presenting several options in my design trade-only showrooms. The client asked me ” how I knew of the different versions of the same style chair from several manufactures to show them and have them do the sit-in/ comfort test?” Well, the long and short of it is. I am in the market looking, sourcing, and testing out furniture daily. Therefore, I know exactly which chair to show them based on the way they would like it would sit.
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