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Architectural Digest: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs in August 2014

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 22, 2014 3:01:00 PM

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.

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Tags: Miles Redd, decorative rugs, Juan Pablo Molyneux, Geometric Rugs, Jean-Louis Deniot, Orienal Rugs

How Jane Fonda Enriched Home by Mixing Oriental Rugs with Modern Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Jane Fonda, decorative rugs, oushak rugs, oriental rugs, Mixing Different Types of Rugs

Best of Veranda July-August 2014: 7 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Oscar de la Renta, David Kleinberg, Mark D. Sikes, Kelli Ford

Best of July 2014 Design Magazines: 14 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 24, 2014 4:18:00 PM

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. 

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Architectural Digest June 2014: 19 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 10, 2014 10:50:00 PM

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.

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Tags: Carrier and Company, Jacobsen Architecture, Michael S. Smith, Steven Gambrel, Robert A.M. Stern, Bette Midler, Fernando Santangelo, Dennis Rupert, Bunny Mellon, Furze Bard + Assoc, Manuel J. Diaz

How to Enhance Interiors with Antiques and Oriental Rugs: 19 Photos

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 2, 2014 12:56:00 AM

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:

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Tags: Amelia Handegan, oriental rugs, Antiques

How to Transform a French Château with Oriental Rugs: 28 Photos

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 25, 2014 9:05:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Timothy Corrigan, oriental rugs

Best of May-June 2014 Veranda: 14 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 16, 2014 7:16:00 PM

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!

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Tags: decorative rugs, Design Inspiration, Windsor Smith, Ferguson & Shamamian, Victoria Hagan, Nestor Santa Cruz, Marston Luce, Ann Bass, Ohara Davies-Gaetano

Intimate Retreats with Cozy Decorative Rugs: 17 Gorgeous Bedrooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 7, 2014 8:50:00 PM

Bedrooms can be be so much more than a place to sleep. The 18 gorgeous spaces by top designers show how you can create an intimate refuge from the noise and interruption of daily life with relaxing and soothing sitting and work areas and make them cozy with decorative rugs.

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Best of May 2014 Design Magazines: 15 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 29, 2014 9:05:00 PM

Architectural Digest has a dominant share of the 15 best rooms with decorative rugs in May 2014.  Another remarkable thing is how many of the rooms are over sized and how many feature custom silk rugs. These interiors may be telling us something about the divergence between the rarefied upper end and the rest of the market. 

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Tags: decorative rugs, Mark Gillette, Roger Thomas, Laura Santos, Veere Grenney, Francis Sultana, Lilly Bunn, Malcolm McKinstrie, Hubert Zandberg, Design Inspiration

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