I have traveled all over the world and recently received an invitation to visit China to attend the largest international interior design trade show. I had visited Asia a few times in the past, but had never been to China, so I was quick to say yes.

I've always been interested in visiting foreign countries to get inspiration for my own ideas and designs. Learning about and interpreting the styles found in China was fascinating. The multitude of colors and textures from this culture that I brought back gave me a wealth of fresh design concepts for our clients in America.

Since many of the vendors were International, I saw numerous design styles, current and upcoming trends in furniture design and the newest in fabrics from all over the world. It was very inspiring.

For our online store, STUDIO M, I was looking for companies that I could source for linens, fabrics (for our own custom made sofa line) and some casegoods from Italy, Belgium, France, South Africa and Thailand.

We explored different living environments from luxury beach living in Shenzhen, to the bustling city living of Shanghai, and Hanhang—where the condo skyscrapers go for miles and miles. We also visited Hong Kong for fun and inspiration seeing the mountains and ocean views.

It was surprising for me to discover that the Chinese love American made furniture and that they appreciate the style and expertise of American designers.