It's that time of year again when the leaves are falling, the air is getting crisp and, best of all, the showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center and the San Francisco Mart are making way for next year's inventory. It's a great opportunity to pick up a few new things for your house in time for the holidays, and there are some great deals to be found for bargain hunters. Remember, these showrooms represent the best brands in the home decor business, where only the finest craftsmanship and most luxurious materials are found...this ain't K-Mart.
Here's a quick summary of a few of the items I saw yesterday while shopping...from Dunkirk, which specializes in outdoor furniture...4 bright orange dining chairs with 2 matching lounge chairs, a very pretty teak "Lyutens" style bench, and a lovely Henry Hall teak and steel bench. Henredon has lots of merchandise available, as does the Schumacher showroom. It's well worth a walk-around, and to make it easy, many showrooms have put their sample sale pieces in the hallways with prices clearly marked.
The Design Center is open on weekdays from 9-5. While many showrooms only sell "to-the-trade", sample sales are generally open to anyone interested in purchasing.