Shades and More…

Shades and more…..

For designers and decorators south of Boston and along the SouthCoast
I just spent the last 90 minutes and $217 (my designer cost) for 3 beautiful lamp shades. King Lamps 1 And I did that while sitting and having a cup of coffee as Danny, one of the owners of King’s Lamps and Shades, tried different harp sizes and shade styles as I enjoyed being waited on. 
His selections were outstanding…and as I am one who enters an establishment with a solid idea of what I am looking for, I had to relax and be open to what else was available.  I left there withKing Lamps 3 shades that I liked more than the originals; shades that I would not have selected if l had searched on my own.  Plus, I left 2 Baldwin Brass candlestick lamps there (that I bought yesterday at another New Bedford
fave: Acushnet River Antiques) to get new candle sleeves. They are black with gold liner shades and new finials. I had a BALL and it was such a great experience that I had to tell you about it so that YOU can experience it, too.
Kings’s has been in the same New Bedford location for over 50 years. They repair lamps, King Lamps 2sell lamps, make lamps and drill vases, and have a huge stock of glass, metal, paper, textile, as well as shades – and can also special order. They have antique lighting that is as lovely as I have seen anywhere. Since King’s doesn’t have a website yet (they are still working on it…but, who isn’t?) you would have to make the trip over to browse or bring your lamps for shades, repair, or to create a beautiful lamp from something wonderful that was originally designed for another purpose. And their prices are insanely good…and even better with our 15% discount!Kings lamps sign
Come and visit the SouthCoast! King’s is open Tuesday – Saturday 9-5. 580 Hathaway Road. 508-994-9784. Just off Exit 3 / Hathaway Road on Route 140. 
Now, go sell something !

Here’s to Success !

Congratulations to all of the wonderful designers who made this years Kips Bay Show House another resounding success!
A fabulous painter friend of mine, Troy Henriksen, has a painting at :04 in the video…. It’s a 2008 self portrait.  Check it out. AND his story is wonderful.
A former fisherman from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Henriksen wanted to be a painter and moved to Paris to paint. He has become wildly successful, and all the young professional Parisians ‘get a Troy’ when they cross that line into ‘the have’s’.
Here is another link to his work and some newer works:

Featured Designer: Larry Deutsch

December 2014

Featured Designer: Larry Deutsch

I met Larry in the late 80’s….he and Bill Parker (my best friend and an earlier Featured Designer) had just startedLD headshot seeing each other and naturally, Bill wanted us to meet.  We had a drink at the Westin in downtown Boston and began what would become a decades long friendship.

Larry is an old lion in the Chicago design scene.  He’s boldly intelligent and a very smart business person and we have spent hours discussing the industry and its changes and challenges.  I am delighted to share him with you today…enjoy.

Love, love, love,

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1.  What are the biggest changes I have seen to the industry and to your business in the last five years?

In 2008 the Design World, as I had known it for 45 years, collapsed.  It took me over a year to realize that nothing would ever be the same.  Client calls disappeared, sales diminished to an extreme, Trade Sources went under.  Networking was difficult as many Designers and Trade Sources didn’t want to face or discuss the new reality!Hinsdale Powder Room

2.  What have you done in your business to respond to those changes and how is that working for you? 

When the Great Recession hit my once lofty place in the Design field, I realized that I needed to be proactive in making my design services available to a broader spectrum of potential clients.  The pie was smaller so my slice needed to be larger.  Gone was the minimum size project of whole homes; gone was the attitude that only I could design well; gone was the day of failing to negotiate and mediate with my clients and trade sources on a regular basis.  Open-mindedness and resolution to any issues became my motto!
Highland Park Dining Room3.  What do you predict for the interior design industry?  And how will you prepare for it? 

The Design industry is still in upheaval.  Many designers and Trade Sources have gone under.   New methods for creating sales such as inventorying unique and well priced product have emerged.  Carrying greater inventory of basics has improved.  No client willingly waits for product.  Excellent service in, and to, the Trade has begun to be a main catalyst for the business that exists.  On Mondays I feel the Economy is turning around.  On Wednesdays I am unsure of that.  On Fridays, I find myself examining how Mondays can continue and Wednesdays can go away.  I prepare for the new Design World by being very open to change but determined to strengthen my basic business principles.

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