Reader Question: Why is the decor world so exclusive?
A reader emailed me saying this:
I absolutely love your blog and your fabulous eye. Oh and the RHOBH and Jersey Shore recaps. I’m dying for Kelsey to drop the bomb on Camille. Is that bad of me? Oh well!
Anyway, I have been debating whether to email you to ask this question for a while, and I figured I would just go for it. I hope I’m not asking for you to divulge too many of your trade secrets. About three years ago, we purchased a large house. I have been progressing through the house room by room, and rather slowly at that. At first I thought I wanted to use a designer/decorator to help me, but I either did not click with anyone I interviewed or found that they wanted me to pay retail for any purchases while they collected the designer discount. I didn’t like that at all. I have been trying to get into showrooms here but I am repeatedly turned away unless I am accompanied by a designer (a process I have used but really don’t like). I can’t order (or even search) online from certain designer only websites. It’s really frustrating, and even more so now when I’m ready to pull the trigger and do a full revamp of our living room. I want it to be fabulous, but I can’t get fabulous because I’m not a “designer.” Do you have any advice for me as to how I can go about getting access to shop at the places or for the items that I want? I would really appreciate any help or advice you can offer.
Thanks, and keep up the great work with the blog!
I, like Jennifer, find it strange that the world of high end furniture is so damn exclusive! I get that showrooms dont want to deal with indecisive amateurish dodos but turning business away seems like a bad business model to me. UNLESS, the SOLE purpose of having a trade only business is to protect designers with whom you cultivate a relationship that could potentially last years, not just on one house. I get that. BUT, I find it kind of sad that fabulous is out of reach for people who want to do their own homes because they LOVE design but dont want to make it a profession. Especially for people who live in places where fabulous furniture boutiques do not abound.
Does anyone have any advice for Jennifer? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this!