“Sometimes I open my mouth and the truth, it just comes out!”
You do not need to be an interior designer to shop like one, and I am going to spill the secret and tell you where we shop and how we shop. Being an ASID designer and a general contractor has its perks and I am always asked “How do I become a designer so I can get designer discounts?” You can get them now!
First, we are people, not superheroes. We spend hours sourcing and googling just like you. We walk into the same stores that you do and shop at the same stores …tada that’s it! Orient Express furniture is all over the internet on sites like Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair. We may have a connection here and there and know about some really cool places but that just comes with experience!
Second, all you need is a resale number and a business card, and you can buy just like us. You get the same discount, the same products, and the same service. When we walk into the design center that’s all we have, we aren’t armed with portfolios, degrees or referrals…we have a resale number and a business card…boom…that’s it!
Third, do not ever be afraid to walk into a store, ask online or call a company to see what their requirements are…I promise, they are not going to give you a test on interior design!
Fourth, most of your home stores have a discount if you ask, but many of them have a “designers” discount of a little more. Restoration hardware, pottery barn and living spaces all give designer discounts. But many times, we are shopping where you are shopping!
Fifth, we live at TJ Max, Home Depot, and all of the other stores you already shop at. We just take off the tags and present it differently.
That’s all the secrets I have to spill today but check back as I reveal “How to work with contractors!”
I think everyone should love their surroundings so please email me with any questions!!