The sublime interiors of Charleston, South Carolina designer Amelia T. Handegan offer rich lessons on how to design glamorous rooms with oriental rugs and antique furniture. 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:
Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” Wright could have been talking about green rugs and how they can be an inspiration for a room in any decorating style from clean contemporary to formal traditional. Green is the base color for nature and nature is where all great decorators learn color composition. Green is in the foliage of every tree, flower, shrub and meadow. In fact a green meadow is nature's green rug on which every color looks its best. So a green rug will serve as a strong base for the styling of a room in any color palette. Today we will learn about three chic ways to decorate with green rugs.
The September 2017 Veranda has so many beautiful interiors it was hard to pick just five so I stretched it to the seven best. These include three stunning rooms by Miles Redd in an updated 1901 Victorian house in New Jersey, a luxurious Park Avenue apartment rendered in pale whites and grays by Thomas Pheasant, a classic Atlanta house updated by architect Yong Park and interior designer Melanie Turner. Finally, architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Carolyn Malone evoke the peacefulness of a rustic English country house in a newly built home in Atlanta. Our focus as always is on the role designer rugs play in adding glamour to these living rooms, dining rooms and bedroom.
D. Stanley Dixon
A common mistake in decorating a mountain home is to make it look too 'mountainy', says AD100 interior designer Michael S. Smith. “So many places are decked out with red plaids and antler chandeliers, it’s like walking into a Christmas sweater," Smith told Architectural Digest. Smith is critical of mountain and beach homes that feel impersonal, “A lot of vacation homes feel unlayered, as if they don’t belong to anyone in particular. My goal was to impart personality to the decor, so it feels like a living home rather than a place that gets closed up for a large part of the year.”
The 22 ski and mountain home interiors featured below avoid decorating clichés, and exude a sophistication that reflects the urbanity of the owners. Designed by Smith and other great decorators such as Bill Sofield, David Easton, Markham Roberts and Stephen Sills, these homes have beautiful decorative rugs, custom made furniture, antiques and fine art that reflect the home's mountain setting as well as the history of the land.
Michael S. Smith,
The September 2017 House Beautiful is a celebration of lively color and youthful energy in traditional design and includes designer Sara Gilbane's playful design for her parent's home in Palm Beach and designer Mary McGee's stunning use of color in a Georgian-style house in Wellesley, Massachusetts. As always we zero in is on how designer rugs were used to pull the room into a stylish whole. Here are my picks for the 5 best interiors in the September 2017 House Beautiful.
Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms.
Robert and Courtney Novogratz,
The September 2017 Traditional Home is the magazine's best issue in a very long time. It features a Manhattan apartment by Ellie Cullman and Alyssa Urban, a Buckhead, Atlanta home by Suzanne Kasler, the New York apartment of designer Thomas Burak and noted fabric designer Michael Devine where they create magic with pattern, texture and color and finally and entire Minnesota lake house designed by famed Chicago kitchen designer Mick De Giulio. As usual our focus is on how designer rugs added sophistication to the living rooms, family room, dining room and bedroom in this post. Here are the 7 best interiors from the September 2017 Traditional Home.
Traditional Home Magazine,
Mick de Giulio,
Through three marriages, several life style changes, many homes including a townhouse near Buckingham Palace, an English country manor house in Buckinghamshire, a Fifth Avenue penthouse, a Park Avenue duplex and a Paris apartment near the Bois de Boulogne, Lee Radziwill has changed her decor many times, but the few things she has kept are her favorite antique Bessarabian rugs, paintings and select antiques. In today's post we discover how her favorite objects helped her stay at the peak of chic for so many years.
The September 2017 Architectural Digest features the homes of fashion celebrities and we take a peek at how they use designer rugs to adorn living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and media rooms. Here are the 7 best interiors from the September 2017 Architectural Digest.
Finley Grace Design
The September 2017 Elle Decor celebrates the exuberant enjoyment of life depicted in French interiors and once again this issue surpasses the other major design magazines in the high quality of its interiors with designer rugs. Here are the 6 best from the September Elle Decor.
The 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead is arguably the second most influential American showhouse after New York's Kips Bay. Atlanta influences not just the entire southeast, but all of Florida, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. It is home to the country's most passionate interior design community as is readily evident by the quality of the seven best interiors in the 2017 Showhouse. As always we focus on how designer rugs enrich the designs of Phoebe Howard, Tristan Harston, Jackye Lanham, Jennifer Ferguson, Stan Topol, Tammy Conner, Margaret Kirkland and Lauren DeLoach.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse,
Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home.
Rug Decorating Tips,