If there is a common theme running through the 7 best rooms with decorative rugs in the May-June 2015 Veranda it is the artful mix of traditional and contemporary and calming blues paired with white, beige, silver and grey. These 7 rooms will start you dreaming of peaceful days by the sea. The Malibu getaway by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and the Destin, Florida retreat by Susan Lovelace are truly outstanding.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard,
"Blue is one of the easiest colors to live with and its most people favorite hue," said AD100 designer Bunny Williams in an interview with Elle Decor. "There are so many beautiful shades of blue--- some cool, some warm and they mix well together." The same can be said of blue rugs. The most desirable blue rugs are those with a mix of cool and warm colors. These rug allow you to use a wider range of fabrics and create more sophisticated looks as these 19 rooms demonstrate.
The June 2015 Architectural Digest’s 8 best interiors with decorative rugs provide insights into how Giorgio Armani decorated with colorful flat-weave oriental rugs to promote relaxation in his recently updated Saint-Tropez country house and how AD100 Designer Douglas Durkin brought a refreshing elegance to a famous 1920’s Beaux-Arts style house with custom decorative rugs.
If you think antique rugs are old-fashioned you will be surprised to see what 13 top interiors did with them in the 2015 Sotheby's Designer Showhouse that just ended in New York. Their work demonstrates that when antique rugs are artfully mixed with modern art and contemporary pieces the rooms convey a level of imagination and sophistication that cannot be achieved by merely following trends. For their show house Sotheby's gave 13 top interior designers carte blanche to choose antiques, contemporary art and modern furniture from Sotheby's upcoming auctions. Here are my picks for the 7 best interiors with decorative rugs from the 2015 Designer Showhouse.
Cullman & Kravis,
The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in the November 2014 Elle Decor feature the work of three emerging interior designers with uniquely contemporary approaches to traditional design.
Since the choice of decorative rug plays such a key role in these room designs, I have introduced selections from the Asmara Rug Collection to suggest ways you could personalize and enhance the look and feel of a room.
Kate Rheinstein Brodsky
The May 2015 Architectural Digest's 6 best interiors with decorative rugs include Portugal's leading decorator's majestic traditional house in Lisbon and a London fashion designer's contemporary penthouse.
Pedro Espírito Santo,
In celebration of the first 60°F day in Boston and hoping that this record breaking winter is finally retreating, I share with you my favorite spring inspired living rooms inspired by colorful contemporary rugs.
Jennifer Cohler Mason
The April 2015 House Beautiful's 5 best rooms with decorative rugs include Cathy Kincaid's bright, light-filled sunroom with gorgeous treillage inspired by Bunny Mellon's New York townhouse and her orientalist fantasy family room with Robert Kime floral fabrics. Also among the top five are Gregory Shano's sunny living room and sea green dining room in his newly renovated Hamptons house.
I have called these 11 chic bedrooms masculine because many, but not all, were designed for men. It is interesting to note that many of the rooms are anchored by a brown and white geometric rug. The next most popular color combination is blue or navy with white.
J. Randall Powers,
The February 2015 Architectural Digest's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs show how to create stunnng interiors by mixing modern art, traditional and contemporary furniture and sculptural shapes and volumes and then pulling everything together into a harmonious composition with custom rugs in geometric and abstract patterns made from luxurious materials such as silk and handspun wool. Steven Gambrel excels at interpreting traditional geometric patterns in large silk custom rugs that almost cover the entire floor. In contrast Rafael de Cárdenas uses contemporary silk rugs to define seating areas or the area around the bed while showing expanses of beautiful wood floor. This shows that rules are meant to broken as long as you know why you are breaking them.
Rafael de Cárdenas,
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Leroy Street Studio