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Traditional Home's 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 26, 2016 9:00:00 PM

We've hand-picked the five best rooms with designer rugs from the July/August edition of Traditional Home. See designer Jennifer Culp create a bohemian style living room, Patricia Fisher designs a soft modern room at The Hampton Designer Showhouse and Phillip Sides designs a family-friendly Alabama home.

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Tags: designer rugs, Geometric Rugs, Mario Buatta, Contemporary rugs, Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton, Traditional Home Magazine, Hamptons Designer Showhouse, oversized rugs, Patricia Fisher, Jennifer Culp, Jackie Nickerson, Phillip Sides

How to Choose Designer Rugs for Clients — Timothy Whealon

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 24, 2016 2:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Timothy Whealon

Owner of Timothy Whealon Interiors, New York, NY

The prestigious Franklin Report gives Timothy Whealon their highest 5 star rating saying, "In Whealon's hands, fussy traditional spaces become joyful homes, and modern rooms are elevated with warmth." The Report also includes comments from clients, such as "Top-drawer talent for a reasonable price." "Really went out of his way for us." "Tim deeply cares about giving you something that's perfect for you." Timothy is frequently featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, British House and Garden, Architectural Digest, the New York Times as well as in numerous design books. Timothy was hand-selected for the second time in 2016 by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee chaired by renowned interior designer Bunny Williams.

Join me as Timothy discuses how he chooses designer rugs for his clients, the pros and cons of Sotheby's verse 1stdibs, his thoughts on Instagram, and much more.

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Tags: Sotheby's, designer rugs, large custom rugs, Bunny Williams, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, Flatweave rugs, Architectual Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, New York City, 1stdibs.com, Instagram, wool rugs

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 21, 2016 8:24:55 PM

We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project!

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Tags: Janet Simon, Jayne Wrightsman, designer rugs, Susan Zises Green, Lee Radziwill, Renzo Mongiardino, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, Downton Abbey, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Sister Parish, Richard Keith Langham, Stéphane Boudin, Leeds Castle, The Sedman House, Old Drawing Room, Patricia Altschul, oversized rugs, Elettra Wiedemann, The House of Windsor, Guy Morrison, The Little Lattern

Cowhide Rugs Serve a Great Purpose — Hall of Famer Laura Bohn

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 14, 2016 6:07:44 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Laura Bohn

Laura Bohn Design, New York, NY

Laura Bohn was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1998, and has been featured in Luxe, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Interior Design, Country Home, Oprah Magazine, HGTV, CNN Style and A&E. Laura is a graduate of Pratt Institute and has taught at Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. She has been selected twice to design spaces at the nationally acclaimed Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseThe prestigious Franklin Report gives Laura a four star rating and quotes these three client comments and more: "She is a seasoned professional. What she sketched is exactly what you get, and it is always perfect." "Unbelievable sense of color, every room is gorgeous and exciting. She delivers the highest quality." "I was hysterical when she used six different shades of green in a single space, but she was absolutely right—it looks rich, yet homogeneous and peaceful."

Join me as Laura shares with us why she uses cowhide rugs, how she sources designer rugs, what it's like to design internationally, what it was like to do Kips Bay Decorator Show House and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Cowhide Rugs, HGTV, Designer Spotlight, Interior Design Hall of Fame, Laura Bohn

Traditional Home's 10 Summer Rooms with Designer Rugs

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

We've sought out 10 summer rooms from Traditional Home that showcase great designer rugs. As you'll see, there are many styles of rugs, colors and patterns that can be successful in any summer retreat. Get inspired by these rooms for the next time you need to design that perfect summer home.

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Tags: Suzanne Kasler, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Hamptons, Nantucket, Tammy Connor, Susan Zises Green, Beach Houses, Striped Rugs, Flat weave rugs, Cowhide Rugs, Traditional Home Magazine, Beth Webb

Corey Damen Jenkins Is Over the Beige-Greige-Gray Syndrome

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 7, 2016 9:25:39 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Corey Damen Jenkins

Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, LLC., Birmingham, MI

Since starting his interior design firm in 2009, Corey Damen Jenkins has been a rising star in the industry. Corey has already been featured in Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Dwell, our own designer rug blog, and more. Corey was voted the winner of HGTV's popular hit series Showhouse Showdown, and in 2012 he won “Designer Of The Year” in the Interiors category by FGI-Detroit. Corey has a rich interior design perspective with a unique ability to make deep connections with his clients and exceed their expectations. 

Join me as Corey shares with us current trends he avoids, how he incorporates rugs into his designs, his secrets to exceeding his client's expectations, and much more...

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Tags: Miles Redd, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton, HGTV, Designer Spotlight, 1stdibs.com, Corey Damen Jenkins, Oakland County

How to Use Oushak Rugs with Any Style of Interior Design

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 29, 2016 8:45:01 PM

We've collected 13 chic interiors from Luxe interior + design magazine that demonstrate Oushak rugs look fabulous with any style of interior design—country to contemporary. Luxe has reaffirmed that an Oushak is perfect just about anywhere. Whether you're looking at the more traditional star or medallion Oushak rugs, or the modern variety with soft colors, their transformative power cannot be understated. You'd never describe them as loud or overbearing. "Richly faded colors" seems like an oxymoron, and yet the phrase is one of the best ways to describe the beauty of fine Oushak rugs.

See our favorite Oushak looks here:

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Tags: oushak rugs, Contemporary Design, Traditional Style, Transitional Design, Eclectic Style, Country Transitional, Luxe, French Country Style

Why I Love to Start with a Designer Rug – Gideon Mendelson

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 27, 2016 11:58:26 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Gideon Mendelson

The Mendelson Group, New York, NY.

Since launching Mendelson Group in 2003, Gideon Mendelson has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors, Modern, and Coastal Living. Mendelson Group offers a broad range of services including interior architecture, construction management, interior design and custom furniture design. A Columbia University architecture graduate, Gideon also has a degree from The New York School of Interior Design. Gideon's early background in the classics and his later education in modernism provides him the ability to work in a wide range of styles. His 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House room, The Lady's Lair, won critical acclaim in the press. Gideon's down-to-earth manner is a refreshing break from the image of the decorator as a snooty arbiter of taste.

Join me as Gideon expresses surprise at Margaret Russell's sudden departure from Architectural Digest; why he loves starting a room with a designer rug; what it was like to work with Steven Gambrel when both were starting their career; how he responded to a challenging space in his first Kips Bay experience in 2014; why he avoids Viscose rugs; and much more...

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Tags: Gideon Mendelson, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Hamptons, Bruce Bierman, Geometric Rugs, New York Style, Steven Gambrel, Damask Rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Needlepoingt Rugs, Designer Spotlight, 1stdibs.com, Margaret Russell, Viscose

10 Best Rooms with Aubusson Rugs in Architectural Digest

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 23, 2016 9:33:26 PM

Architectural Digest's 10 most highly pinned Aubusson rugs showcase the work of William T. Georgis in a Manhattan townhouse, Jacques Garcia's Paris living room, Jorge Elias' 17,000-square-foot home in the Jardim Europa neighborhood of São Paulo, banking heir Pedro Espírito Santo's Lisbon residence, Nancy Morton's warm and fashionable living room, Mark Gillette's restored home in the English countryside, Michael Smith's bedroom in his New York penthouse, Inga Rubenstein's upper east side Manhattan townhouse and sitting room, and Kara Childress renovated 1933 Texas mansion.

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Tags: Kara Childress, Mark Gillette, Aubusson Rugs, Jorge Elias, Jacques Garcia, Pedro Espírito Santo, William T. Georgis, Architectual Digest, Inga Rubenstein, Michael Smith

Why Classic Design Will Replace Transitional – Gil Walsh

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 19, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Gil Walsh

Owner of Gil Walsh Interiors, The Palm Beaches - Martha's Vineyard - Pennsylvania.

Renowned for her keen eye for color, design and fabrics, Gil Walsh has directed over $200 million in design work in Palm Beach, Martha's Vineyard, and Pennsylvania. Growing up in homes filled with classic design Gil's first love was fashion, but she soon realized that interior design allowed her to broaden her love of fashion to include art history, antiques, and architecture. Her powder room in the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House called J. Lo's Jewel Box received wide acclaim and her home in Martha's Vineyard has been published numerous timesHer new book Gil Walsh Interiors – A Case for Color comes out in October. On top of heading a staff of 21 brainy designers, Gil finds the time to mentor new design graduates.

Join me as Gil Walsh delights us with her insights into Kips Bay, emerging interior design trends, deriving inspiration from nature, and what she loves about Asmara rugs.

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Tags: Martha's Vineyard, Gil Walsh, Patrick Ahearn, designer rugs, Palm Beach Style, Outdoor Living Areas, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, Houzz.com, Designer Spotlight, Edgartown, Powder Room, Yachts

15 Ways Foyer Rugs Can Glamorize an Entryway

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 16, 2016 11:55:01 PM

If first impressions are important then a foyer is one of the most important rooms in the house. An entryway is where visitors get a foretaste of the design delights awaiting them further inside the house. A foyer is also a place of transition from the world outside to inside the home and care should be taken to make this a welcoming experience. Well chosen foyer rugs are key to creating the right first impression in a foyer. These stunning entryways from Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Traditional Home illustrate 15 different foyer rug ideas and ways of designing glamorous and welcoming foyers.

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How to Design an Award Winning Show House Room – Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 13, 2016 8:44:50 PM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Owner of Owner of Indigo Interiors, Inc. and Stacey Lapuk Interiors, Novato, California

Stacey Lapuk is an internationally recognized, award-winning boutique interior designer with clients in San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties who give her a five star rating with comments such as “Stacey has an uncanny intuitive ability to zone in on the client's personality…after one consultation…something I never encountered before—I have worked with designers for over 30 years!” An ASID national award winner, Stacey has been featured in numerous design books and HGTV shows such as Interiors By Design and Curb Appeal and was named one of 10 Designers to Watch by Design Times Magazine. 

Join me as Stacey Lapuk shares how a designer rug inspired her show house room, what it takes to connect a room with the views outdoors, the benefits of Biophilic design, designing for divorced men, and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, HGTV, Designer Spotlight, Stacey Lapuk, San Francisco, ASID, Designer Showhouses, Biophilic Design

Designer Rugs Add Glamour to Vogue’s 5 Best Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 10, 2016 12:10:41 AM

Vogue’s interiors have an eccentric glamour you won't find in any interior design magazines. This is partly due to the highly individual tastes of the celebrities they feature and partly due to the outstanding quality of their fashion photography. I hope you enjoy this selection of eye catching interiors glamorized by unusual designer rugs

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