Design centers nationwide may let you shop for wholesale only items through their staff
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Design centers nationwide

You spy the perfect paper for that bedroom accent wall. Then you discover it's "available to the trade only." Assistant editor Natalie Rodriguez found a way around such old-school rules. Many high-end design centers now offer on-staff buyers to do the shopping for you—no decorator required. You pay what the pros pay, about 25 percent over wholesale, saving the additional 30 percent decorator markup. For 10 yards of wallpaper at about $30 per yard, that's about $90 in your pocket. A few to try: L.A. Mart Design Center; Decorative Center Houston; New York Design Center
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