A Designer's Golden List

OK!!  As promised in my last post, here is a (QUITE) complete list of the Professionals that I use in my Interior Design work to complete projects.  These tradesmen, artisans, service people also help clients maintain, replace and repair, update and upgrade homes, offices -- whatever the spaces may be...including their outdoor spaces.



I dare say that an experienced Design Professional should have all, or nearly all, of these resources available either through personal experience (for me, Yes! all of these) or by association.

And..as I typed the last sentence, I thought of 4 more.....STOPPING NOW!  Oh, I also try to do as much work with local sources as I can; it's so much easier for everyone involved.

These are Specialists.  In some "categories", many in fact, I could supply several recommendations (like GC, MANY types of showrooms and manufacturers), but in the same way, I have favorites..."first stringers".  I love looking for more resources (much more so in the product items, not the service providers); it's the fun part of my job...There are categories below that describe some of the coolest, most unique places in the world for me to "shop" as well as some vendors that are like family after years and years and years of amazing collaboration.

General Contractor (GC)

Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect
Flower gardening specialist

For Electrical/Lighting (recessed, structural)
    Showrooms (retail, wholesale, light bulbs)
For Plumbing
    Outside Reps.

For kitchen/bath/laundry
     Kitchen/ cabinet planner/designer
     Manufacturers and reps.
     Faucets, cabinet hardware,
          medicine chests, mirrors (old, new, custom)

Appliance sales rep. (also portable appliances)
      Installation companies

Stair company, millwork (for crown molding, etc) suppliers/cabinet shop

Flooring suppliers
     (sustainable?), hardwood, tile, stone
     Vendors & installers, traditional, contemp. styles
     Specialists and designers, wholesale and retail showrooms, stone warehouses
     Floor and walls for baths, kitchens
     Manufacturers (standard and custom)
     Showrooms, sales reps

Painter, paper hanger
      Custom painted finishes and painters --showrooms

Glass and mirror suppliers
      Mirrors, shower enclosures, windows
      custom shops for etched, figured, textured glass

Lighting (decorative/not built-in)
     Contemporary, Vintage
     Antique, Primitive styles

     Tile, Stone and (maybe) woodworking
     Supplier, fireplace millwork
     Built-in/decorative screening

Closet specialists
     Design/layout and materials (sustainable?)

Window coverings: 
     Designer and specialized workrooms
     "Hard" window coverings: blinds, shades, tracks/panels
     Fabric manufacturers and  showrooms
     Drapery hardware:  standard and custom

 Furniture:  portable and built-in, upholstered and case goods/cabinetry, glass
     Showroom reps, manufacturers, local workrooms for custom design & fabrication:     
     woodworkers, upholsterers, refinishers, refurbishers of antiques               
     (including replating metal);
     outdoor furniture
     delivery companies and installers, movers
Asian, Primitive, Country, English, French Antiques
"Art" furniture - painted, metals, wood

Area Rugs, dealers & showrooms
     Antiques, Primitive, Contemporary, Custom

Fine Art:  Paintings, prints, posters and other 2D art; sculpture, outdoor,
     Galleries, artists, dealers, showrooms,
     Framers, installers
     Tableware, linens

Decorative pillows, tablecloths, bedding
     Fabricators and materials

Furniture/drapery/textile treatment specialist

Handyman, licensed electrician, plumber and other individual tradesmen (as needed)

AV, layout and set up; IT specialist; alarms

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