Denise Elmer might normally have decorated her apartment on her own, but instead she's meeting with the designers Joan and Jane Michaels.
She's found the duo at the New York Design Center. It is a trade-only building that is normally closed to the public. But the process of hiring designers there is now becoming more accessible to consumers.
If you are looking to give your home a makeover, you can access the Design Center's office where they'll matched you with one of the 30 designers in residence, like Chris Coleman. The initial consultation is free, and together you can check out some of the dozens of showrooms.
"We've had a lot of consumers come in, and we just point you in the right direction," said Coleman.
And all of this is good for the design industry, since it may generate more sales and may convince customers to not be so intimidated to hire designers.
Finding the perfect fabric or piece of furniture may still be a challenge, but trying a designer on for size may make the decorating process a little easier.
LINK: NYDC 212-679-9500 x19