Irwin Weiner ASID - As a New York interior designer, I realize that I am part of a pool of home decorating resources for perhaps the world's most select group of homeowners. These people, whether they own a condo, an apartment, a townhouse, a house, a pied a terre, or a weekend home, are mostly Type A folks. They expect perfection, and they have a keen eye for detail. They keep a designer on his toes!
Having vendor resources like Samuel & Sons is an important part of the service we offer. If an upholstered piece of furniture or sets of luxe draperies are to be custom made, I try to design them with those special extras that please the eye, satisfy a hunger for beautiful details, and surpass my client's expectations. Having special trim or unique borders (passementerie) woven into the design elevates the whole piece.
The goal is not to look "too designer-y." (It can't look like an over-decorated space from Bonfire of the Vanities, for instance!) The finished piece must look natural, fit the mood of the room it's designed for, and add just the right color and texture elements my clients and I are looking for.