Friday, August 20, 2010

7 killer resources to shop like a designer

Ever wonder why a designer can find the coolest things? And somehow, the homes we design just look different, but you can't put your thumb on it? Someway we find the most unique furniture, unusual accessories, lamps, art, etc, that you just can't seem to find. I know, we are just special in that way. Well it's because we have been trained by the CIA in a secret laboratory, and given classified information on a hand shake that only we know.... oooor it's because it's our job to present the best to you. We thrive on acceptance, and validating approval from you our devoted clients, because we love it when our magic creation makes you happy. {But I am certain it's the secret handshake.}
Christopher Guy

 I am here to tell you, handshake aside {although a snazzy hand swing, jiggle, or jim-jam, of the wrist never hurt advancement here in our office}, we have our trusty go-to's at AB HOME that always make us look like rockstars, superstars and everything in between...cause that's how we roll!
This company has the most amazing collection of furniture, lighting, wallpaper, lighting, and rugs. A true go-to, for all things unique, and special.

Elizabeth has a wide selection of ordinary pieces with a twist. Bright colors, unusual shapes, and always a surprise ending!

This line is the BEST line of furnishings when you are looking for high-end tradition with an alice-in-wonderland interpretation. His pieces are over exaggerated, distinct and exclusive. Nothing says designer like Christopher guy.

This line was developed by a group of designers and architects out of New York. They have so many awesome pieces that are stylish, unusual and super fun colors.

This line is a true favorite. The collection is the epitome of California cool and classic. It mixes raw woods, patina finishes, and oozes cool, easy style.

Everyone could use a little more bling in their life, right? This line is fashion forward, multifaceted and offers numerous unexpected surprises, even capable of wowing your mother-in-law!

I cannot say enough about this upholstery line. We use it again, and again, and again. It is the most consistent upholstery line I have ever used in quality, lead times, and customer satisfaction. I have client's that have LEE pieces they purchased thirty years ago, and still love them. Everyone who has a LEE piece loves it, and I have yet to receive a chair, or sofa that wasn't ridiculously comfortable!
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  1. It's a must to know who to go to, these are fabulous vendors to the trade....

  2. LOOOOOVE the canary yellow armoire! Thanks for the list. abby

  3. Great list of resources! Some new ones I haven't used but definitely putting on my resource list!

  4. You hit the nail on the head w/your question! That first pic (what is the name of that seat thingie ? :)) & the yellow armoire? SO fab!

  5. That first unique "settee" is just BEYOND!! Great post!

  6. O Amanda, you read my mind...that is what I am always wondering but it is more than that...after finding, how do I make sure it looks good in my home...

    Have a great weekend! xo

  7. Love the zebra rug of course! Well, maybe one of everything.
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  8. Very striking pieces.
    No goats, though.

  9. When pieces are that good looking and don't skimp on comfort, how could you not be a rockstar! The yellow...that is some mad sunshine and I have mad love for it :)

  10. Amanda

    You have shown three of my favorites...Christopher Guy, Oly Studios and Bungalow 5. I wanted to share a resource for you...LA Design Concepts. They are able to offer consumers, decorators and designers throughout the country access to design centers and/or order "trade only" items for you. Please look them up at as I think they would be a valuable tool for you and your readers.

  11. Now that four seated white chair just took my breath away...
    Wonderful post

  12. "thats how we roll...." so true ... the go tos.

    Nice cross section of merchandise. I'm liking the Bungalow 5 for our area. Must check that out further.


  13. Wow, you featured some great pieces. I'll be checking these links out, for sure!

  14. I love that chippendale armoire!

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