“Never use anything you wouldn’t want to sit on without any clothes on. It should always feel glorious against your skin” says Kit Kemp, the British designer whom The Sunday Times calls "The Guru of modern hotel design." Kit Kemp's London home is the finest example of her playful and irreverent decorating style which mixes red oriental rugs with modern furniture and boldly patterned fabrics. Kemp's modern take on the English Country House can be seen in the 9 boutique hotels she co-owns with husband Tim Kemp including New York's fantastical art filled Crosby Street Hotel and London's sensational Ham Yard Hotel. "My aim as a designer is to make surroundings a joyful thing - to bring in elements of intrigue and curiosity that create a sense of adventure and fun" writes Kemp in her book "A Living Space. "This is not to be mistaken for gimmicky however, comfort and quality are at the core too", she concludes. I have distilled the 9 Tips from Kemp’s book and from her London home.
" A sexy blend of masculine and feminine" is how Kelly Wearstler describes the atmosphere you can create with aqua rugs, fabrics, art and accessories in an article in the September 2015 Traditional Home. Her four edgy interiors illustrate her decorating advice and her bold juxtapositions of modern art, accessories and aqua rugs.
The 6 best rooms with decorative rugs from the September Traditional Home are comfortable and very stylish and will inspire you to decorate for the fall.
The 6 best rooms with decorative rugs in the September 2015 Elle Decor feature simplicity of design, exquisite materials and museum quality art and antiques.
The 7 best rooms with decorative rugs in the September 2015 Architectural Digest include the chic Paris apartment of Christian Dior's Mathilde Favier-Meyer who ignored advice from three legendary Parisian decorators to follow her own instincts; Ralph Lauren’s new West Village Home Collection recalling 1950s Bohemian style; The easy going elegance of Derek Lam’s Gramercy Park apartment and Brett Heyman’s peaceful Connecticut retreat.
The July-August 2015 Veranda's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs are dedicated to illustrating how to create relaxed and elegant interiors by mixing the old and the new, juxtaposing the classic and the contemporary, creating a contrast between rustic and refined and between matte and smooth. The 7 rooms show how the same design principles hold true for a seaside home and a formal mansion.
J. Randall Powers,
Ike Kligerman Barkley
The August 2015 Architectural Digest's 10 best rooms with decorative rugs are all about relaxing vacation homes and country retreats in Martha's Vineyard, Lake Placid, The Hudson Valley and Southern California. The common challenge in vacation homes and country retreats is how to mix the rustic and the sophisticated in way that feels both relaxing and stylish. Learn how Rose Tarlow, Katie Ridder, Ashe + Leandro and former Miles Redd protege Nick Olsen do this in four very different ways that fit life styles of the homeowners.
Ashe + Leandro,
G. P. Schafer,
A large living room is great for hosting big parties but huge spaces present special decorating challenges of their own. Since you won't be entertaining every day you want to plan for how you will use the room for day to day living. Today's 31 decorating tips will help you make a large space stylish and cozy and enhance it with large rugs
Michael S. Smith,
Martyn Lawrence Bullard,
Lisa Torbett Interiors,
Ferguson & Shamamiam,
McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors,
large living rooms
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.