Ask The Designer

The last Monday of every month, I blog “Ask The Designer” and answer any of your interior design questions!  You can read last months post here.  Feel free to leave your questions below or email them to me at and I will answer them next month!

By far, the most asked question this month was about “Market” (a.k.a. Dallas Market Center).  


Dallas Market Center is a business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home decor, furniture, gifts, lighting, and fashion.


“Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers seek industry trends, business education, and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participation in trade events held throughout the year!”

(birds eye view from google images)

Dallas Market Center offers the latest product trends in every category-but is a wholesale market, only open to buyers, not the general public.

Going to “Market” for the very first time can will be overwhelming!!!  


The minute you walk through the doors, you’ll for sure forget everything you came there to look for!  There are too many beautiful showrooms to count, and you can find anything and everything you would ever need!

Here are some of my favorite things I’ve seen at market recently…047




I attend market at least once a year!  Since I am an independent interior designer and I do not have a retail storefront, I don’t attend market to purchase inventory.  Most of the purchasing I do for my clients is not typically done during “market”.  I am fortunate to live in the Dallas area, giving me access to these showrooms and many others throughout the entire year (not just during “market”).

There is so much I love about market, but the guest speakers might be one of my favorites!  My mom and I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Lewis at a speaking engagement a couple years ago at Dallas Market Center.

jeff lewis

Jeff Lewis of Bravo TV’s Flipping Out is one of my favorite people, ever!!!!

If you’re not familiar with him, he’s an LA house flipper-turned-designer!

This was my second time (and hopefully not my last) to get to see him in person!  Several years ago, my mom, mother-in-law, and Avery saw him at the Home & Garden Show in Allen, TX-and he did not disappoint!

#i want to be jeff lewis when i grow up

In honor of “Market”,  one special person will get to attend a day at market with me in January!

Make sure you “like”/”follow” Ashley Pate Interior Design on Facebook and Instagram!

When you see this picture posted…


Tag 5 friends in the comments and ask them to “like”/”follow” Ashley Pate Interior Design!  You’ll be entered into the drawing!  

I will draw the winner on Friday!

Be sure to comment below or email me your design questions for next month!

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