Last Saturday, the Washington Design Center threw its biannual Sample Sale. I've been wanting to go to one of these FOREVER, yet somehow have never gotten around to it. Since my mom was in town and she's also a design enthusiast, we decided it was finally time to check things out!
The sale is open to the trade only on Thursday and Friday, then to the public on Saturday. Not all of the showrooms participate, and the degree of the "sale" definitely varies by showroom. But since the Design Center is normally only open to the trade, it's a great chance to get a sneak peek inside and check out the gorgeous furniture, rugs, and fabrics. And admittedly, most of the furniture shopping I do is at resale stores and on Craigslist- so it's nice to survey the high-end market in person and see what's on trend.
Maybe it's just DC, what with our super famous obelisk...but obelisk pairs seem to be all the rage right now!
The true bargain basement items were rug samples (perfect for doormats!), wallpaper rolls, and some fabrics (though nothing in huge yardages). But I did notice some pretty good deals on upholstered furniture- I think this Anthro-esque fern chair was $700 or so.
And these trellis chairs were around $800 each, I think...I was surprised they weren't sold!
Hard to tell from the pic but this chair gave off a crazy Alice-in-Wonderland vibe- it was huge and had the most interesting lines. I think it was around $600.
This gorgeous trio of chairs at Duralee had me reconsidering my new apartment's color scheme...for a hot moment I was about to throw my muted blues and creams out the window and think PINK! These were around $600 each.
This chair wasn't on sale but I just loved the lines and the fabric.
Something that I saw in more than one showroom- tortoise! What an awesome trend- tortoise is one of my favorite finishes. These were in the Century showroom- I think they were from the Oscar De La Renta collection, which I was of course drooling over.
And, correct me if I'm wrong (which I may well be) but I believe these tortoise chairs were at Kravet.
All in all, it was a wonderful morning at the Design Center. Even if you don't expect to buy anything, it's a fabulous way to gain some inspiration and see what's on the market. There should be another sample sale in the fall and we'll definitely post about it as soon as we find out the date!