“To the trade” is a phrase that makes me cringe a little. Not because I think it’s bad when things are exclusive or that working designers shouldn’t get a price break + commissions from items they source for their clients. It’s more because I know it’s not accessible and often it’s exactly what I’m looking for for a particular project.
I thought it might be fun to look at some “to the trade” only items and find comparables that us mere mortals can buy :).
Stark Antelope Rug/Carpet
I feel like this one of the ultimate to the trade item. I lust after this rug and this is so beautiful, timeless, and a super fun twist on the ubiquitous leopard (which, let’s be honest, I’m also a super big fan of).
Ballard does a good antelope rug in a myriad of sizes. If they only had it in a grey coloway it would be in my bedroom right now. I did buy a swatch once – here that is because I’m a hoarder.
Ya’ll know from my The wrong shade of green? post that I wanted to add some curtains with a fun trim. Maybe a greek key? I went to a local fabric shop and found the cutest Duralee brand one. See below.
So, I hopped over to Etsy and found this- which I will promptly be ordering. $17.50/yd – still pricey but muuuuch better!
Schumacher Fabrics and Wallcoverings
These fabrics are gorgeous! And their wallpaper is to die for. But there are tons of sources that can give you the same look without using a designer.
Thibault also has some gorgeous stuff. It looks like it is more readily available – but you still need to go through a design center or fabric store. My mom has this in her guest bathroom.
There’s even removable wallpaper now – which is pretty neat and great for those who rent or who just don’t want to fully commit to paper – because that stuff is a pain to get off!
How fun is this Spoonflower fabric for a boy nursery! 🙂
And Ballard has Imperial Trellis – which I love in any room.
But Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, online store/VA based Shades of Light and even your local lighting store are bound to have the look you want! Also – don’t overlook places like Joss and Main or One Kings Lane for discounts.
I think today you don’t have to have a designer to have access to the designer-grade resources – you just have to hunt a little bit. And, for me, the hunt is half the fun!