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Pacific Design Center open to public Saturday

February 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Pacific Design Center on Melrose and San Vicente is an iconic blue building well known for holding some of the finest furniture designs, and it's usually open only to design professionals. But it's open to the public Saturday.

If you've never been to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, it's not too surprising. That's because it's usually open only to interior design professionals.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the general public is welcome to shop like a pro. But make sure you bring your comfortable shoes.

"This is the epicenter of the interior design world for the West Coast. We have 120 showrooms. It's a 1.2-million-square-foot building, and we are on 14 acres," said Elizabeth Chamberlain, marketing director for Pacific Design Center.

That's a lot of space for all of the high-end furnishings from designer showrooms like Baker Furniture, carpets and rugs from J.H. Minassian, and even kitchen cabinetry from Euroconcepts.

You'll see everything from traditional to contemporary to whimsical, much of it on sale as floor samples.

"Everything on the floor can be purchased off the floor exactly as it is," said Malynnda Nielsen, Andrew Martin International. "If somebody just wants to come in and pick up an accessory or a pillow to decorate their house, or they just need a whole room full of furniture, we can do that for them."

If you feel you're going to be overwhelmed by all the furniture styles and colors and fabrics, don't worry, because the Pacific Design Center is going to have professional designers on site to help you out.

"They may not be familiar on how to put things together, how to mix it up a little bit, what are the trends, helping pick out fabrics, and really finding what their needs are for the home to put the whole package together," said Joey Trbovich, Baker Furniture.

The only cost to enter the Design Center is for parking. The event is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.