Besides a natural talent for Interior Design, the Sources that we Interior designers draw from are the single most important tool to bring to the creative project table. Besides thousands of fabric sample books maintained in our fabric libraries, there are furniture, cabinetry, casegoods, accessories, plumbing, lighting, and hardware books at our fingertips. Most successful Interior design firms maintain an elaborate library of tried and true sources, and I maintain catalogues including glossy pictures and actual finish samples to afford the client the best visualization of the products I select for their home or office. Sources are constantly changing, and library management is an ongoing activity for most designers.
In addition to maintaining a current functioning library, there are additional new sources to add on an ongoing basis. Every day, I receive literature and emails from many new sources, all wanting a space on the library shelf. Also, I attend local and national furniture and gift shows several times per year, where we selectively accumulate new and exciting sources to add to our already vast library. There are different shows throughout the United States where new sources are showcased for the designers approval including; floor coverings, carpets, tile, stone, draperies, building materials, floral, and specialty sources.
In addition to a large resource library, I maintain a database of Architects, Contractors, Carpenters, Specialty installers, and qualified Artisans that specialize in everything from interior decorative paint and plasters, to clock repair. Frank Pitman Designs has a vast library of sources accumulated over the past 25 years, and although the sources are constantly being updated, there are still tried and true companies that have stood the test of time, evolving when necessary, to remain as valuable tools of quality and fine design.