How interior design procurement can save you time, energy, and money!
Have you ever wondered, “Where do interior designers buy furniture?”
How do they pick out the exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces that they use to decorate your home with? And how does it help YOU, the homeowner and client get the very best and intentionally-chosen pieces for your space?
Interior designers are typically not shopping online at Wayfair and Pottery Barn, but do shop from a wide range of resources, most of which are exclusive trade resources and workrooms where customization is an option.
This blog will walk you through the process of purchasing through an interior designers to help you understand one of the many ways that working with an interior designers is well worth the investment.
I recently had the opportunity to check out the High Point Market, a trade-only showroom in High Point, NC and was awed by an array of beautiful furniture and statement pieces that I can’t wait to start bringing into the homes of my clients.
The High Point Market is an interior designer’s DisneyWorld; it has everything! It’s colorful, fun, and a lot of walking. Accent furniture, home theater furniture, mattresses, lighting, kitchen and bath, patio and outdoor furniture, home decor and accessories, textiles, antiques and reproductions, and so much more!
Sometimes I attend trade events like this with a few specific things in mind I’m looking for for clients and other times I go in looking to gain inspiration and connect with retailers to ask questions.
As an interior designer, the ability to attend trade-only showrooms and events allows you access to higher quality than the average layperson and you also get to incorporate details and customization into so many different pieces.
I love being able to spend time asking questions about proper care, performance and durability, and seeing, touching, and experiencing it in person before bringing it into my client’s space.
Why Standard Retail Doesn’t Always Cut It
Most retail furniture (the stuff you can buy in stores and online) is produced by a small number of manufacturers selling mass quantities of furniture and distributing it in retail stores. What you see is not always what you get.
You might assume that higher price equals higher quality and choose Pottery Barn over TJ Maxx, but you might actually just be purchasing the same imported piece from both places!
It’s not easy, without a trained eye, to determine quality and it’s especially complicated when you try to do it based on pricing or the retailer alone.
Don’t just assume that because it costs more, or comes from a higher value brand, it’s better.
This is why I love attending events like High Point because I personally can attest to the quality of a piece, and see it up close and personal. I can learn about the manufacturer, origin, and process and then pass that insider scoop to YOU, the client, to tell you what’s worth incorporating into your design, and what’s not.
Save Yourself Time, Money, and Mistakes!
By using an interior designer to help you through the furniturepurchasing process, you can save yourself time, money, and durability (aka long-term headaches) with your furniture selections.
By using an interior designer to help you through the furniture-purchasing process, you can save yourself time, money, and durability (aka long-term headaches) with your furniture selections.
I help guide you every step of the way, choose pieces based on your individual lifestyle and needs, and work to customize the things that need to be 100% unique to you and your space.
Not to mention, I keep track of all the shipping and arrival times so you don’t have to be the only one home when the new sofa arrives!
The way you feel at home affects every aspect of your life, even when you’re not in it!
Your home fosters creativity, health, inspiration, focus, and connection and when it’s intentionally designed in a way to support you, your entire life will be better. That’s where working with me as your interior designer comes in and why I support you every step of the way.