So we are going ahead with that fabulous Italian sectional sofa after all! I brought my client to the showroom to see it in person. The Roche Bobois piece is beautifully proportioned with a fine bronze nickel metal frame, just perfect for the room. And, although it doesn’t work so well in the budget, she also realized it’s perfect. So we finalized the fabric and selected two accent fabrics for the decorative pillows.

Onward then to the Dennis Miller showroom at 200 Lexington to see a walnut dining table. Also: Perfect! We shopped for dining chairs, looking for just the right scale, lines and finish. I think we found them, also at Roche Bobois. But that hasn’t been finalized yet.

My client and I then went on to Kravet Fabrics to shop for a fabric for an existing sofa that is to be reupholstered. Yes, we found a delicate brocade in a creamy color that works great with the damask pattern wallcovering we’re using. Last stop for the day was the Baker showroom. They have a wonderful display of beautifully crafted furniture. The price tag is often high, but the quality merits it. It’s great to see such high quality pieces: great design, beautifully made. There’s so much furniture out there that’s poor quality and knockoffs that are poorly made, that it’s always refreshing to see the real thing.

So, the afternoon was spent on my own: back to the Kravet showroom to find a coordinating velvet for the brocade. Afterwards at the showroom, I switched gears to find an alternate wallcovering for a different client. We have on order an elegant metallic wallcovering for the Master Bedroom. Problem is that there’s an 8-10 week lead time and we just don’t have that. The client is working towards moving in 10 weeks. So I did find a number of fabulous things: handmade papers ($249/roll…ouch!), and a couple of more textural papers with some sheen. I ordered samples because I don’t want to respecify it without seeing it in the right light (showroom lighting doesn’t cut it) and in a larger piece. I should have those on hand in 3 days. No, I’m not going to show him the $249/roll paper…that for sure is not in the budget!)

Then on to my next stop: Strand Bookstore. I need to fill out the shelves in the library I designed in Long Island City. So where else to find inexpensive, great reads (well, good covers, anyway)! I love that store: Great art, architecture and design books…all well priced! I’ll deliver them and set up the space some time next week.

I’m truly exhausted…but also exhilarated by today’s successful day!