1. Better sources and better valueMost interior designers insist on taking you to a Design Center, where it seems most everything is expensive and you have to wait 4-6 months while your selection comes over on a slow-moving boat from Italy.But it doesn't have to be that way. A good designer will have many sources that have items currently in stock and should even be able to make a decision in one day if you are on a tight schedule. Handsome furnishings come from many diverse sources. Consumers forget they are actually paying over 300% markup on items sold by retail stores. Design Centers have products at all price points. It is important to remember that most To The Trade showrooms provide better quality selections than what is typically found in shops open to the public.