Up on the blog this week, I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss our furniture procurement services that are an extension of our interior design services. It is an extremely important service we provide not only because of the intense effort, amount of time and detail that goes into it, but also because the furniture, art and accessories are the finishing touches that create the emotional experience in the space.
Furniture is not your organization’s focus; it is, however, ours.
Whatever your need, having someone with a solid understanding of furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E ) purchasing on your side is essential. Acquiring furnishings, for anything from a small renovation project to selecting a new furniture standard for your organization, can be a challenge. With so many variables and options, how do you ensure you make the right decision, both functionally and financially, for your company? Delia Designs helps organizations with all their furniture procurement needs by tailoring a solution that aligns with their unique business goals and objectives.
Bringing a design concept to reality requires a team with FF&E experience specifically for the hospitality industry. Using established vendor relationships, our Product procurement method is tailored around a client’s unique needs.
Product procurement simply means we purchase all corresponding goods on your behalf. Sounds so simple. And yet this aspect of an interior design project can be a logistical nightmare unless it’s tightly managed by an experienced professional.
That’s why we make sure you can leverage our knowledge and savvy when it comes time to start pulling together the pieces of your project.
For example, on a smaller project like a room renovation, we can work with your preferred General Contractor if you don’t have one or we can recommend one. Our service would include selecting the product, coordinating finishes and fabrics on specifications and reviewing quotes on your behalf.
In a larger project scenario, we use a spreadsheet to prepare and manage finishes and furniture as well as purchase orders, arrange deliveries, inspections, organize installations with single or multiple vendors and review goods for acceptance.
A Popular Misconception
One thing we are not is automatic ticket to fully discounted product.
Can we purchase furnishings for less than our clients? Yes. But there is a cost of getting those products in good order from the manufacturer to your home, business or hotel. So, while we do offer a discounted rate, we reserve a portion to pay for our services.
For example , when furniture arrives, it needs to be an inspected, coordinated and facilitated. If the wrong carpet was shipped or something is damaged in shipment – we step in and handle these situations for you.
When you work with professionals, it appears that everything is seamless and runs smoothly. That’s never the case. Many people “touch” each facet of every order. We take control and keep your stressful moments to a minimum by making sure the process runs smoothly.
Re-selecting the fabric or getting involved in numerous visits or phone calls to the manufacturer are needed to make sure your expectations are met. Even though these issues were unexpected, someone has to deal with them. We make sure it isn’t you.
Here are product procurement services we offer:
Curation: Relationships with a vast number of artisans and manufacturers, we bring together accessories and furniture options from across the world to help create a unique space for each client.
Procurement: Clients aren’t limited to specific product lines. We have made a point to be brand-agnostic, which offers clients greater freedom to create their own unique spaces.
Sourcing: For the client that just has to have the chair they saw in the latest Wes Anderson movie, we will track down the illusive or unique.
Installation: The procurement process right through the finishing touches. We partner with install teams to manage the receiving, warehousing, freight claims, delivery and installation processes.
Custom Solutions: When no product seems quite right, we help clients execute their own original design vision with a network of trusted fabricators, woodworkers and artisans.
Supervision of installation of all purchased items, including mounting of all art.
Continuous Quality Control. Follow up with vendors for any product not up to standards established.
When you own, operate or manage a business, you need to make sure the location looks great and remains functional. Furniture procurement is the perfect option for business owners who want a company with an established track record to take care of all their furnishing needs. Don't take our word for it, listen to one of our clients in this video.
With more than 10 years of serving the commercial hospitality industry, Delia Designs has furnished countless spaces with FF&E.
Here are the top three reasons why furniture procurement can be more beneficial than purchasing furniture on your own:
Interior Design Expertise.
Trying to purchase furniture on your own can be a guessing game that puts the reputation of your business at risk if you make a mistake. Companies specializing in furniture procurement have interior design professionals with experience handling commercial accounts. Delia Designs knows what furniture to buy and where to place it to maximize the appeal of your hospitality business.
Purchasing furniture is a huge investment. We have an established network of top-rated suppliers that we work with on a regular basis. This means that we get the lowest priced deals. We then offer our clients a savings.
The customer service doesn’t stop once you purchase furniture with a procurement specialist. Delia Designs offers quick and efficient furniture repair to extend the life of all of your purchases. This is critical in ensuring your business stays looking perfect for years to come.
To learn more about how we can simplify your product procurement process, call us at 609.977.0820 or visit our site to learn about our full range of offerings for the tri state area.
In addition to hospitality design, we also design multi family development projects, other commercial spaces such as offices and retail spaces, and fitness center projects. We work here in Philadelphia, the main line, the tri state area and Nationally! If you enjoyed reading this piece please leave a comment and let us know. AND, let's get social. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and connect on LinkedIn!
About our Founder
Tina Delia, a native of Ocean County, NJ, current resident of Philadelphia, is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Delia Designs. For the past nine years, Tina has been steadfast in her vision and continues to develop herself personally and professionally. She is dedicated to excellence and insistence on forward thinking design.
At the forefront of her designs is the idea that our spaces have the ability to transform our lives. She is looking to move us, inspire us to see, think and create freely. After all, it's not only about creating beautiful spaces, it's about touching the lives of the people who live, work and walk through those spaces.
About the Intern
Eleni Palamidis, a native to Philadelphia, is currently a student at Community College of Philadelphia and will be transferring to Moore College of Art and Design in the Fall. She has always had a passion for interior design and creative ventures. While at Moore she will be pursuing a major in Interior Design with a minor in Graphic Design and Business.
Growing up in the Greek community has shaped Eleni to be the person she is today. She has been fortunate enough to have visited many of the islands in Greece, to which she credits her love for Architecture. Eleni hopes to one day open her own Interior Design studio and continue to do what she loves.