Thursday, September 6, 2012

Great Day at SOFA...

Today, I was up at SOFA with at least 50 other designers & decorators to view the recently opened New Showrooms and they are amazing.  We had lovely refreshments (always a great idea for us) and then had tours.  They are really putting it out there for designers and decorators and they recognize the importance of dealing with 'trades' only and not selling to the public. They really support us in our businesses.   Great place to deal with and all due to the Marketing Director, Linda Kafka who has changed the face of SOFA since she arrived.  We had a meeting outlining all the fabulous changes and events coming before we visited the wonderful showrooms.  Some are new and some have been there a while.

 Now on to the fabulous tour.....
Thought I would start with Distinctive Appliances who have opened a huge showroom featuring 13 high end brands from Europe including condo size appliances.  They will be hosting cooking demos and lessons as well as private client appreciation dinners in future.

 So many fan hoods...

 And how about this outdoor cooking centre...

 Out next stop was the marketplace where there will be several companies displaying their products
 One I love is the  French Market Collection of  Furniture, located within the Marketplace, display....
 A new showroom will be Ultra Luxe Linens who by the way are President Obama's preferred supplier!  They  had some sample books, however product lines will arrive very soon.  The offered these delicious cupcakes to tide us over!
 Another new showroom is Dudson Group which features high end tableware from England including a "green product' which has been fired only once, to cut down on the carbon footprint.  Good for them!!
 Some of their 'buffet' type serving pieces
 Love this "appetizer" tree where you attach individual appetizers for everyone to select from.
 How fun!!
 Beautiful China

Durham Furniture  - great Canadian Made pieces with so many options. 
Minster Interiors offers the most gorgeous area rugs available from all over the world.  They offer every price point from machine knotted to hand knotted, silk, wool, etc.  They have a wonderful designer/decorator program

 As well as area rugs they now offer gorgeous chandeliers of Swarovski Crystals
 And very unique Metal Art....
 Another new addition to SOFA is Surya Rugs  who also have gorgeous offerings and a wonderful Designer/Decorator program.  they also have original art, pillows that are 'color matched' to the rugs and throws & 'pouffs'.  A beautiful showroom
 This interesting rug looks like rocks

 Some of their pillows...
We finished off with Canadel, a furniture maker who not only creates beautiful pieces, but they have their own forest where they grow the trees, harvest the wood and dry it so that it stands up to Canadian temperature changes.  How unique!! 
Jane Lockhart just re-designed their showroom and it is lovely

Some of the different wood finishes available.


So if you are reading this blog and are either a designer, decorator or someone who wants to make some changes in their home, get  yourself a designer/decorator and head on up to SOFA, located in the International Centre. You will be glad you did!!
Thanks to everyone who welcomed us today.  It was fabulous!!

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