This was not exactly my day off. A local designer showroom had sent a notice that they were opening a new location for designers that had furniture available immediately. This is terrific idea for us because many times we have to custom order and wait the standard 8 weeks or more for our orders. Sometimes my clients need something right away and I have no choice but to shop retail. That can be good or not so good. But having this resource for immediate delivery is an excellent option.
So, two of my designer friends and I spent the afternoon exploring some of our local showrooms. First stop Judith Norman Now. This gigantic showroom showcases a large variety of furniture lines. Most of the furniture and art is contemporary.
I saw many very beautiful pieces. My friends were also looking for things for projects so they were also busy taking photos and measurements and getting quotes.
I happened to notice they had a nice selection of nests of tables. Isn't that odd? If I were looking for them, especially contemporary, I would have had to look all over. But now I know where to find them!
They had such a great collection of furniture. I noticed many wonderful chairs that reminded me of some of the chairs I saw at J.F. Chen in LA. ( I wrote about it in my first post about where designers shop.)
I love the way some of the chairs mix wood, metal and woven grass, leather and fabric.
After leaving this showroom we went on to Scalamandre. Scalamandre is a line of high end gorgeous fabrics and wallpaper. Recently they relocated from our local design center (DCOTA) and now they have added 3 other major "mini" showrooms.
In addition to their own lines they also house, Grange, Robert Allen/ Beacon Hill, and Steven Turner.
Robert Allen has been one of my favorite fabric companies for years. When I go to their showroom I can see many of their fabrics in full size samples and take smaller "memo samples" with me to show my clients or to work with as I build a design scheme.
This striking bedroom is on the floor at J. Nelson.
This uphostered bed is unique because it combines fabric, a painted finish and metalic trim.
In one display at J. Nelson the walls were covered in an amazing silver reflective wallpaper. It made the whole space glow.
If you look closely you will see the paper is adorned with clusters of crystals! This wallpaper makes quite a dramatic statement. Where would you like to use wallpaper like this?
Another showroom that relocated to the same center is Jerry Pair.Both Jerry Pair and J. Nelson are very upscale and their showrooms were fantastic.
This giant display greeted us when we walked in the door at Jerry Pair. If you look closely you will see large soft sculptures of animals. They are made as an exhibit from a silk fabric company in Thailand and have traveled around the country. Jerry Pair is the exhibit's last stop.
I have never seen an alligator eating a lamp before, have you?
Being a lover of sunburst mirrors I could not resist these two. Sunburst mirrors are frequently hung over a headboard.
You have to look close at this bar to see what caught my eye.
Here is a close up. It is decorated with tiny pieces of bone!
Can you figure out what the doors on this cabinet are made with? They are panels of mirror etched to look like wood planks. In tromp l'oile it would be called faux bois or fake wood.
It was tiring walking around so many square feet of display but we hardly noticed. It was a great day and now I am ready for any client who wants immediate delivery, beautiful fabrics and elegant furniture.
Where do you like to shop for your home or design products? Do you have designer showrooms in your area? Designer or "trade" showrooms are places that sell only to "the trade" (designers). They offer incredible selections of not just what you might find at better furniture stores, but other manufacturers that you may also see in popular decorating magazines. They also give designers special pricing so that we can give our clients excellent value along with our expertise.
Would you like me to discuss how interior designers charge in a future post? I find many people are interested in knowing more about how interior designers charge. Let me know what questions you may have.
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