I work alone, so unfortunately, do not have the time to attend markets. I do shop at more local design centers, such as the Market Place in Philadelphia and ADAC in Atlanta. The vendors I most appreciate are those who produce quality products and stand behind them. Recently I visited the Stark showroom in Atlanta for the first time. It was superb. I always find a wonderful selection at Kravet/Lee Jofa.
Do you have a favorite style of rug?
I like clean lines and the more contemporary and geometric styles. I particularly like natural fibers, such as wool, seagrass, and sisal. Fibreworks and Merida Meridian often have great styles readily available at the price point and the quality level I expect. When I buy a rug, I look for design, longevity and durability. I want the rug to be kid and pet-friendly too, particularly in a beach environment. Barrier Island is my go-to wool rug vendor for coastal rugs.
Do you purchase many custom rugs?
No, not really, as they can take a year or longer to make, which is just too long for most of my clients. I work with both residential clients and developers, and they generally are not patient. Oftentimes, I order rugs cut to size, but that is about it.
What about the internet?
I do search for to-the-trade products on the Internet and order my samples that way, but I don’t buy online. I generally go to the Internet for research. No, I don’t purchase any items from places like Wayfair, as I can’t determine the quality of the product I am going to receive and the products are available to the masses. I try to source the beautiful and unusual for my clients—the things they cannot buy online or that are only available to the trade.