Photo by Kimberly Kay Interiors

Welcome to the 6th good reason for hiring an interior designer.

Many don’t realize the abundant resources that are made available to designers through designer discounts and “To the Trade” programs. The furniture and design industry has realized the impact that a professional designer’s eye has had on society. They have reached out to us and set up wonderful programs to make their products available in new ways.

Not only do designers receive great discounts on retail items like Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel, to name a few — but there are hundreds of thousands of smaller furniture companies withe American made furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs and decor that have chosen not to produce large quantities for retail sale — but instead produce on a smaller scale to designers only. These are companies you would never see or hear about because they are exclusive to our industry as designers. The savings and custom fabric choices in these lines is well worth it and a choice that many don’t ever realize is available.

Before settling for a retail store or a cheap Wayfair product, try checking with your local designer to see what excellent pricing they can help you with as well as their professional eye of experience.