But as even the most experienced professional will tell you, style never comes easy. In fact, there is no such thing as the perfect sofa or the perfect fabric, as anyone who has ever sorted through the thousands of options at a fabric showroom can attest. Choosing is always hard.
Certainly it's nice to be able to have items specially made, but it's only one option. It's hardly a requirement of great style, and it doesn't even guarantee results. Provenance, as designer points out, is no substitute for taste.
Today's shoppers are more sophisticated than ever, and manufacturers have responded with great design and better quality. Every one of our issues is full of beautifully made furniture, objects, and accessories, all ready for purchase (many of them at very reasonable prices). And the Internet has brought a whole world of style—from rare antiques to the latest from artisans' workrooms—literally to our fingertips.
Whether your home is full of custom pieces, antiques, iconic furnishings by 20th-century masters, cutting-edge Italian design, crafts found on the Internet, flea-market discoveries, or goods from a chain store, what's important is that it works for you and your family and friends. As far as I'm concerned, if your home lifts your spirits when you walk through the door, reflects your passions and interests, and is full of people, art, and objects you love, then it is truly custom made.
Editor in Chief