The 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs from the August 2014 issues of the top Design Magazines will inspire you in bringing elegance and warmth to living rooms, libraries and bedrooms. These 7 interiors were selected from Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, New York Cottages and Gardens, Traditional Home and House Beautiful.
Juan Pablo Molyneux,
If you are looking for ideas for designing sophisticated and relaxing seaside interiors with decorative rugs, you will find plenty of great inspiration in the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse just published in the August 2014 issue of Traditional Home. Here are my picks for the 7 best rooms.
The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in Architectural Digest's August 2014 issue have two things in common- bold color and exuberant pattern-- a most welcome relief from an excess of neutral and minimalist interiors.
Juan Pablo Molyneux,
Recently a homeowner fell in love with a modern floral rug but was concerned it would not work with the traditional Oriental rugs she already had in the adjoining rooms. This worry arises from a common misconception that everything in a home should match, or at the very least be of the same style. We will learn why leading interior designers advise against "matchy matchy" decorating. To bring their advice home we will look at Jane Fonda's newly built northern New Mexico ranch home, recently featured in Architectural Digest, where Fonda deliberately juxtaposed objects that many people think do not belong together. Fonda chose this approach because she wanted the newly built home to look more sophisticated and historical. Her decorating was so effective that “When Robert Redford came to visit he thought the house was at least a hundred years old,” Fonda told Architectural Digest. Pictures of the rooms are accompanied by quotes from leading decorators explaining why this decorating approach works far better than the approach of matching every object.
Mixing Different Types of Rugs
The July-August issue of Veranda has an elegant mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Here are my picks for the 7 best interiors with decorative rugs.
Oscar de la Renta,
Mark D. Sikes,
When first published yesterday, this post was focused entirely on Architectural Digest; however, I learned today that Conde Nast policy limits a blog post to 5 of their images. With sincere apologies to Architectural Digest and my readers, I have replaced several of the images in this post with great new selections from the July issues of Elle Decor, Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Veranda. Here are my picks for the14 best interiors with decorative rugs plus gorgeous gardens, pools, porches and nature views from these leading design magazines.
The June 2014 issue of Architectural Digest contains so many gorgeous rooms it deserves a blog post of its own. AD has improved the quality of its coverage despite a very challenging environment for print magazines. Here are my picks for the 19 best interiors with decorative rugs in extraordinary homes.
Carrier and Company,
Michael S. Smith,
Robert A.M. Stern,
Furze Bard + Assoc,
Manuel J. Diaz
The sublime interiors of Charleston, South Carolina designer Amelia T. Handegan offer rich lessons on how to decorate with antiques and oriental rugs. The play of light on Handegan's lusciously colored walls, weathered antiques and subtle oriental rugs remind me of Vermeer paintings. Here are five key lessons:
AD100 interior designer Timothy Corrigan bought a neoclassical Loire Valley château from the French government in 2005 and after years of painstaking effort has transformed it into a home that is not only stylishly aristocratic but also surprisingly warm and livable. “It would have been very easy to design the room in true 18th-century style, with little spindly gold chairs and not a lot of places to sit,” Corrigan told Architectural Digest. Instead Corrigan used oriental rugs and comfortable furniture to create intimate spaces throughout the château. Corrigans rooms show us how to create warm and livable environments in any size home regardless of its style or setting.
The May-June 2014 issue of Veranda contains so many gorgeous rooms with decorative rugs it deserves a blog post of it's own. It is heartening to see it return to its former admired position among American interior design magazines. Now if they would only fix their website!
Ferguson & Shamamian,
Nestor Santa Cruz,