As a member of the design community in South Florida, The Design Center of the Americas, otherwise known as DCOTA is a major resource for just about everything I need to take my design projects from inspiration to installation.
There are showrooms for many manufacturers of furniture, fabrics, lighting, flooring, art and accessories, stone, kitchens and baths, window treatment et al. The resources are from all over the world. There are 3 buildings of 4 floors each. It can be overwhelming, (not to mention exhausting) not just for my clients but even sometimes for me!
Yesterday I attended their Winter Market. There were presentations in showrooms, keynote programs and even a gala opening of the new showcase house based on The Golden Age of Hollywood. We even went to High Tea in the new exciting Andrew Martin showroom. It is so much fun to participate in these events with my designer friends. By the end of the day our heads are literally swimming with new ideas, inspirations and resources. It is a great way to stay current on the upcoming trends and new introductions to the lines the showrooms carry.