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A favorite design memory from the year- Meghan's experience with Kravet in NYC

As a designer, there's always that once in a lifetime project that comes our way or perhaps that favorite fabric that a client went for that makes you feel on top of the world. When I entered the interior design world, I knew I wanted to back companies that were high-quality, made in America, and beautiful. Kravet has always been a #1 vendor that our design team pulls from. It’s versatile, classic, and unique- the perfect combos. Plus, it holds true to the characteristics listed above.

Kravet granted a couple of designers around the country who were the top account sellers of their products. Kravet has always been a Meghan Blum Interiors go-to for their designer, and historical collections and it was neat to be recognized for that. Kravet gifted me with a New York Experience, and it was quite the experience from every last detail.

We stayed at the Pierre Hotel, which is a historical hotel to NYC. I really brought the vibe of the trip and you could feel the design impact the rooms gave. I stayed in the Rotunda Room and it was a beautiful place! After settling in, we had a welcome dinner at Cipriani Dolci Grand Central Terminal and it was great meeting others in the industry.

A couple of highlights were a private tour of The Met and seeing stunning artwork and artifacts. The history was surreal and craftsmanship on some of the pieces. Inspiration all around!

My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Kravet Design Studio. It illustrates the thought that goes into every design and the sources of their inspiration. They had large tapestries of designs where they pull the elements or overall motif, and then they were able to alter color and scale to best fit what they are trying to create. Whether it's fabric or wallpaper, each piece goes through a similar process. We learned about their buying trips to Belgium for the perfect linens, silks, etc. The integrity of Kravet was beautiful to see as an insider and makes me proud to rep such a remarkable brand. Brunschwig & Fils is a well-known brand that we have used quite a bit to pack the punch in our spaces. We were able to see a few of their fabrics in the works which felt top-secret! It’s exciting to see new colorways and patterns that are coming into the design world.

At the end of our trip we got to see the Kravet Headquarters and that was another top favorite on my list. One thing I learned about the Kravet business as a whole was the internal operations. Kravet employees have stayed in the company for decades and their integrity really showed. We were all wined and dined and it all felt very celebratory. Being in a city where fashion and design are so prominent was inspiring and the perfect backdrop to the week!

It wasn’t all work! David joined me for a couple of days to sightsee and take in the city. We’ve never experienced NYC, so it was fun to do together. We saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral- a place I will never forget. The architecture and history of this church was amazing. You could feel the presence and energy. We did an evening cruise to see the Statue of Liberty which was stunning! With the city lights behind us, it was the perfect way to end a trip!


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