Remember how Oprah used to do her Favorite Things show? Well, I decided it might be a good time to highlight a few of the great companies that I love to use as design resources. But before you ask — unlike on Oprah’s show, unfortunately, there’s not a free gift under your seat or coming down the aisle in the hands of an intern. Darn!
If you’ve never worked with a designer before, this will be a good introduction to some of the options available to you only when you employ a designer. As a professional, I have access to some great resources for products that can become stunning additions to your home’s interior design. As it’s also a great time of year to give some extra thought to the things for which we’re grateful, I’m sharing my gratitude for beautiful interior design, all the elements that go into it, and some of the great companies that make it possible!
Carole Fabrics, based in Augusta, GA, is one of my favorite go-to sources for fabric and trim when I’m looking for a fair price on great quality fabrics. They offer a wide assortment of trims and fabrics, making it easy to find a textile that has just the right touch.
Here are just a few selections from their Fall 2014 Collection:
The See the Light collection (above) features light colored fabrics with a variety of embroideries on linen.
These fabrics are from the Radiant Poppy Carole Reserve Collection and feature all different gorgeous shades of red.
Aren’t these trims to die for?
All pictures above come from Carole Fabrics
New York based Samuel and Sons has showrooms in numerous locations, but I LOVE the variety and unique quality of their designs. When you work with a designer, you should get something that doesn’t look like it came off a store rack, so having lovely, unusual trims to use makes creating something new and beautiful much easier to accomplish. Take a look at their Facebook page or their website link above.
Charles Stewart, based in Hickory, NC, is one of my go to resources for custom furniture. They don’t sell retail, so their one-of-a-kind furniture is something you’ll only get by working with a designer, but it’s SO worth it!
Hallman Furniture in Taylorsville, NC is another one of my favorite suppliers for custom furniture. They can do everything from alterations to an existing style to custom building furniture from the frame up, even creating antique replicas with hand carving. Both Hallman and Charles Stewart are great companies to work with and offer quick turn-around time, which means that I can give my clients something fantastic and unique without them having to wait excessively for it!
John-Richard offers wonderful high-end accessories that I frequently use in my designs. Finishing touches are so important, and finding just the right one is part of the value that a designer offers her clients. If you read the blog regularly, you may remember we talked about coffee table styling recently and how the right tray can be a huge asset in that. This beautiful mirrored silver tray is just one of many offered by John-Richard.
Isn’t this a gorgeous mirror?
Global Views, out of Dallas, TX, is another great resource for fantastic accessories. Can you imagine how a little corner of your room could be enhanced by this sophisticated sconce?
Or, going back to our coffee table styling example – how about this beautiful succulent in bisque to sit atop a pile of pretty books? No need to water this one!
Both pictures above from Global Views
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little favorite things list — aren’t they all so pretty?? I’d love to show you how I can put any of these to work in making your home just that much more beautiful!
CT Interior Designer, All About Interiors