Updated: Jul 11, 2021
The Official Blog of Victoria Rue Interiors
by Vicky Rubert Karcich
Style, Color, Pattern, and Usability for your Life
"Everything in stores and catalogs looks the same"
"My furniture doesn't last more than a few years"
"I don't like any of the options I see out there"
You're not alone if these statements ring true with you! Many clients are frustrated by the same things. You want your home to speak to you and feel personal, not like you walked into a retail showroom. This is why we offer custom furnishings and fabrics. Whether you have a specific design need, or are simply looking for an elevated, bespoke home feel, we have many options to assist you in achieving your interior design needs.
If you're curious to learn more about selecting and ordering custom furnishings and want more information, keep reading.
"how will I know if it's comfortable if I can't sit in it first?"
Because custom upholstery can't always be tested on-site, we totally understand the concern. To solve it, we attend trade shows and design markets to personally test furniture from custom manufacturers. We also develop relationships with other designers and trade representatives to keep our knowledge updated on all things interior, so you can rest assured as your interior designer, we pass our information along to you. Part of that knowledge is knowing which vendors have the qualities suited to each client's personal needs and wants. Part of being an excellent designer, is listening to your requirements, i.e. cushion softness or firmness, fabric performance, seat height, arm style etc. and how you will be using the piece. Mid to High End manufacturers typically offer options for their seat and their back cushion fills, so we have many custom options available. Bonus points, these custom vendors we use are proudly made in the U.S.A.!
"how do I know if I will like it if I can't see it?"
We carefully select the right pieces for your home and collaborate with you on finishes and details. The goal of custom furniture design is to give you a curated, bespoke feeling to your space. We want your home to look solely like You. As your designer, we choose fabric colors, prints, textures and furniture finishes that all work harmoniously together, and make the whole room flow beautifully together. During our presentation process, we will show you case good finishes, and actual fabric memos so you start seeing The Big Picture. We also present mood boards and mockups whenever possible to assist in the vision where necessary.
"I can find cheaper furniture elsewhere"
While this may be true, the saying "you get what you pay for" is 100% true when it comes to furnishings. And sure, you are paying less right now, but this goes back to the complaint we hear often of "my furniture doesn't last very long". A custom luxury piece may have a bit more of a price tag, but when you look at it from the perspective of it being an investment, then you will find it is well worth it. The quality of high end furnishings and the craftsmanship that goes hand in hand with "Made in the U.S.A." will provide you a piece that lasts. And the value is not only in the quality, but also in your time saved to actually enjoying your home, instead of seeking new furniture every few years. Also note that with less expensive items, you are limited to what they offer only. That is one of the ways they keep their costs low.
When you factor all of these points in, you see that custom luxury furnishings are really worth looking into. You'd be surprised how much design weight even just one of these custom pieces will carry in your room. So if you are trying to watch your investment dollars, picking even one item to customize will give your room an upgrade!
PRO TIP OF THE MONTH:
Select a solid performance fabric with a hint of texture for larger upholstery items like sofas and sectionals. Luxury furniture has longevity, and there is a greater chance you will tire of a print long before your high end sofa needs to be replaced. Add patterns in side chairs, ottomans, and/or accent pillows and window treatments.
Vicky Rubert Karcich