Ever wonder where design professionals source their furniture, accessories and appliances? H&H’s Margot Austin and Mark Challen go behind the scenes and explore SOFA, Source of Furniture & Accessories. It’s a trade-only design centre exclusively for design professionals, and features 40 permanent showrooms that carry interior design and decorating solutions. Designers can find everything from textiles to furniture, art and appliances in the space.

The International Centre at SOFA, located in Mississauga, Ontario, hosts three annual industry-only trade shows – the Canadian Furniture Show in June and the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association Show in January and again in August. A resource centre is also available for design professionals where they can bring clients to discuss decorating ideas.