Imagine you are leading guests on a tour of your home. As you walk from one room to the next do you see a consistent design aesthetic or do some rooms jump out because they have not yet been updated? If after this tour you decide to freshen the neglected rooms, where would you start? Many decorators start with the rug as it makes it easier to find complementary fabrics, paint colors and accessories. However, choosing a rug raises such questions as- how well matched do rugs in adjoining rooms have to be? Should you even try to match area rugs in adjoining rooms or should they all be different? Are there rules for how to coordinate different area rugs? how do you put oriental rugs in adjoining rooms? how to pick complementing rugs for one room? and how to have area rugs in adjoining living and dining rooms? I asked Jackie Ostrander, a highly sought after rug consultant to interior designers in Greenwich, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Naples, Florida to help me answer these questions.
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Each month I read all the top design magazine and choose one or two to highlight on this blog. This November Elle Decor surpassed with more outstanding rooms with designer rugs than any other national magazine. Here are the 7 best of the best.
The popularity of floral prints in women’s fashions has led to a spurt in demand for needlepoint rugs. But this comes at a time when needlepoint rug production has shut down in China where more than 99% of needlepoint rugs were being made. This happened due to a tripling of wages in a very short time due to the rapid industrialization of China. Unfortunately needlepoint skills cannot be transferred to other countries such as India or Nepal. To buy needlepoint rugs you need to seek out specialist importers who still have inventory from before the factories closed down. The two top needlepoint specialists are Asmara and Stark Carpet and there are seven dealers of antique needlepoint rugs, all are included in the list of the 9 top sources where you can buy needlepoint rugs (the list is at the end of this post). We start with the 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.
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Where to buy needlepoint rugs
In the second installment of 23 Styles of Designer Rugs we look at the history of Damask rugs and Dhurrie rugs and how to design stunning interiors with a Damask rug and a Dhurrie rug.
It is hard to imagine how an unattractive space can be utterly transformed until you have seen these before and after photos of the 6 best rooms with designer rugs in the November 2015 Architectural Digest. These gorgeous spaces are a testament to the vision of designers Elissa Cullman, Victoria Hagan and Shawn Henderson working in collaboration with architects John B. Murray, Stephen Lee and Peter Pennoyer, respectively.
Art Deco Rugs,
What do you do when every rug you try in a room doesn’t quite work? Does your client find the rug elsewhere? Or does it delay the completion of the room? Whenever I am stuck, I turn to friends who are plugged in to the top designer rug resources in New York, Los Angeles and overseas. Often I discover a new type of rug or a fresh way of decorating with a rug I already knew about. Having done this for over 30 years I keep an evolving list of the 23 most desirable designer rug styles. Here is Part 1 of the list, arranged alphabetically. Parts 2 and 3 will follow in coming weeks.
The 9 best rooms with decorative rugs in the October 2015 Architectural Digest are dominated by Michael S. Smith's renovation of the American Embassy Residence in Madrid and Bruce Budd mix of contemporary and traditional styles in a 1930's mansion in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.
Introducing his 2015 Fabric and Wallcovering Collection for Schumacher, Miles Redd said, "I have always been drawn to the graphic, but graphic doesn't sing unless you have something organic next to it. It's the tension of the two elements that makes decorating exciting." See how you can take the song to new heights by supporting Miles's 13 best graphic and organic patterns with the perfect red oriental rug or blue decorative rug.
“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.