As an Interior Designer, one of the most valuable assets I offer to my clients are all of my resources. There are labor people, artists, and workrooms that I have great relationships with who are there for me to create what I need. Above and beyond that are all the companies and resources where I actually purchase furnishing, accessories, art etc.
It dawned on me the other day that I am so lucky to be a designer in this moment in time. Even though I have the youth and energy to wonder around countless stores….I don’t have to!! I can’t think of even 1 thing that I cannot resource online. Everything I need is available…and sometimes more than what I need.
Don’t get me wrong though…there is no substitute for going to a store and physically touching the furniture or fabric you are planning on purchasing. But once you are so familiar with materials, colors, and manufacturers, that need slowly goes away. Online shopping has gotten so sophisticated that I can tell what grade of fabric is on a chair and what material is framing a mirror just my looking at the picture and reading the description.
I can’t imagine the days when a designer had to literally drive around to source all of their items and then revisit all of the stores to make all these purchases!! It must have made them nuts and taken triple the amount of time!
Due to the vast resources from the internet I can literally design a living room or bedroom for someone across the globe, source everything out for them to buy and have delivered to their home, and never leave my office in Los Angeles. This even applies to working on an all green project or even a style specific project.
So, in honor of my enthusiasm for online shopping, below are some links to my favorite online stores….enjoy!