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Trendy Words: Curated, Bespoke & Procure… What do they actually mean?

If you’ve spent some time reading interior design blogs, websites, and magazine articles, there are three words that are very trendy… Curated, Bespoke, and Procure. They sound like fancy designer terms, but what do they actually mean and, should you add them to your vocabulary? 

Let’s start with some definitions: 


Even though these three words all have different meanings, they are woven into a common thread – each word speaks to quality, consideration, and care. 

When a design is curated, each architectural detail, each finish, each fixture, each piece of furniture and each accessory is brought together to create a beautiful, cohesive outcome. The result is that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts (Gestalt – my grade 12 English teacher would be so proud that I’ve held onto that word all these years). 

A well curated space, generally requires a least one bespoke piece in order for it to feel truly unique and special. This could be a custom-detailed furniture or millwork piece, a one-of-a-kind area rug or fabric, or a commissioned piece of art. Bespoke pieces give your space a personalized story and may become family heirlooms.   

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Tessier Waggoner Custom Table

In order to achieve a well curated space with bespoke pieces to come together it needs to be procured. A knowledgeable (preferably detail oriented) individual or team needs to spend time sourcing, ordering, and attentively tracking all your items so that they can come together in your space. 

Creating custom, personalized interiors is a labour of love. It begins by getting to know you and how you live, learning your story, discovering what you find beautiful, and how you want to feel in your space. The end result is a very special, emotional experience. 

Here are a few curated spaces that we’re especially excited about. 

As a turn-key design firm, we love designing everything down to the smallest detail and then bringing that design to life. We are constantly sourcing new products, suppliers, and local artisans so that we can offer unique pieces to our clients.  

This month we’ll be attending High Point Market in North Carolina, the largest furniture & décor show in North America. We can’t wait to discover new and interesting pieces that we can use as we curate your very special space.  

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