Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

Jamie Drake's Romance with Coral Oushak Rugs & Bold Color Antiques

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 30, 2011 1:04:00 AM

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Tags: Design Inspiration, New York Style, Jamie Drake, Coral Oushak Rugs

How Lee Radziwill Changed Fashion, Keeping the Same Bessarabian Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 29, 2011 1:22:00 AM

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Tags: London Style, Paris Style, Palempore rugs, Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Renzo Mongiardino, Bessarabian Rugs

Add Zip to Mid Century Modern with Brown & Green Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 23, 2011 12:56:00 AM

When choosing a rug to go with mid-century modern furniture, the predictable thing to do would be to select a mid-century modern rug such as the two rugs shown below. Asmara Design Consultant Alexis McDermott chose the Istana decorative rug because it brings the excitement of the unexpected and creates a richer mix.

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Tags: Mid-Century Modern Style, Design Inspiration, Brown Rugs

Muriel Brandolini's Exotic and Colorful Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 22, 2011 12:32:00 AM

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Tags: Muriel Brandolini, Design Inspiration, Contemporary rugs

Mica Ertugun Interior Design Tips Video with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 20, 2011 1:58:00 AM


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Tags: Art Deco Rugs, MACII, Design Inspiration, New York Style, Mica Ertegun

How to Decorate a Breakers Penthouse with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 19, 2011 9:22:00 PM

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Tags: Bierman Designs, Neutral Rugs, Design Inspiration, Palm Beach Style, Interior Designers

Bierman Design Invites Nature with Fern Botanical Needlepoint Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 18, 2011 1:04:00 AM

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Tags: Botanical Rugs, needlepoint rugs, Bruce Bierman, Bierman Designs, Cream and Green Rugs, Fern Rugs, Design Inspiration, Palm Beach Style

How To Modernize Tradition with Brown, Green & Purple Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 17, 2011 1:04:00 AM

Asmara Design Consultant Alexis McDermott has taken a modern, updated and relaxed approach to tradition in this living room scheme with brown, taupe,  green and purple accents pulled together by an Istana decorative rug.

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Tags: Alessandra Branca, Design Inspiration, Design Schemes, Brown Rugs, Hybrid Contemporary-Traditional Rugs

Brad Ford Gives "Modern a Warm Soul" with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 15, 2011 11:48:00 PM

The plush undulating stripes of the sea blue contemporary wool rug give this living room a warm and comfortable feel. Try this thought experiment- imagine how this room would feel if the rug was removed. Image courtesy Brad Ford.

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Tags: Brad Ford, Modern Design, Contemporary Design, Design Inspiration, New York Style, contemporary wool rugs

Branca adds Zip with Striped Rugs, Pompeian Red, Hot Pink and Grey

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 15, 2011 1:49:00 AM


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Tags: Alessandra Branca, Chicago Style, Roman Continental Style, Pompeian Red, Hot Pink, Grey, Design Inspiration, Striped Rugs

Amanda Nisbet's Upbeat Play on Red and Cream Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 14, 2011 12:59:00 AM

I have never seen an interior designer who can play with color and shapes so elegantly, simply and with such powerful impact as Amanda Nisbet. The cream, red, brown and tan oval swirls in the contemporary wool rug impart a dancing energy to this living room. Image courtesy Amanda Nisbet.

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Tags: Red, Amanda Nesbit, Design Inspiration, New York Style, Colorful Living Rooms, contemporary wool rugs

Suzanne Tucker's Intimate Realm Nests on a Red & Gold Oriental Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 12, 2011 12:23:00 AM

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Ferg-Shamamian's Mansion Gains Pedigree from Red Gold Oushak Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 10, 2011 1:04:00 AM

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Tags: Red, gold, striped oriental rug, Blue and gold rugs, Los Angeles Style, cream Oushak rugs, Instant pedigree decorating, Design Inspiration, Ferguson & Shamamian

Melanie Elston's Fashionable Tradition with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 9, 2011 1:04:00 AM

The gray contemporary wool and silk rug is a surprise in this otherwise tradtional room. By selecting a contemporay rug Melanie Elston energized this room with a clean and fresh feel.

Rooms that are too contemporary feel cold and rooms that only have traditional furnishings tend towards the stuffy. Interior designers who have mastered the art of mixing different styles, textures, colors and materials are the most sought after today. Their work looks fresh and timeless. Today we feature one such designer- Melanie Elston, recognized by both Traditional Home Magazine and House Beautiful Magazine as one of the young interior designers to watch in 2011.

In an interview with Traditional Home, Melanie Elston explained, “I really love to design an eclectic interior, using unexpected pieces.  I like to work in vintage houses, but to bring in modern pieces of furniture and accessories as well as antiques.”

Melanie Elston demonstrates her ability to blend traditional and contemporary styles in this living room.  The furniture, moldings and fireplace are all traditional, but they are antchored by a contemporary wool and silk rug.The contemporary wool and silk rug gives this traditional room a clean and fresh look.

Notice how Melanie has balanced the the cool gray colors of the contemporary rug with the warm dark brown tones of the wood floor and the fireplace mantle. The seating area is defined by the contemporary rug and it is surrrounded by the warmth of the dark wood floor. The walls are again a cool gray and the white cieling creates pleasing relief.

In this hallway Melanie Elston placed a gray-blue wool contemporay rug runner on a dark brown wood floor. In the room to the right she juxtaposed a traditional wallpaper in a vibrant blue damask pattern.

The energy of Melanie Elston's mix of contemporary and traditional elements is powerful.

Melanie Elston worked with Oprah Winfrey's Nate Berkus before starting her own firm

Melanie Elston Quotes:

“When a friend or family member enters my client’s house and says ‘this is so you!’ I know I’ve done my job well,” says Elston. “Home should be a comfortable reflection of our best self. My goal and greatest joy is to understand what makes each client unique and to translate that essence into a beautiful space.”

"I also love bringing spaces to life with textiles-great mixtures of textures, colors, and patterns. My personal favorite is neutral backgrounds with punches of color".

Melanie told Traditional Home Magazine that her favoirite design period was 1940's French and Italian. The magazine then followed with this question "Given carte blanche, would you design an entire interior in '40s vintage pieces?

Melanie holding true to her genius for mixing replied:
"I would never do a whole room in it. But I would use a '40s table and other '40s pieces as accents". 

Bravo Melanie!

Mosaic a contemporary wool rug in 1940's French style with silk highlights and hand spun wool in many shades of gray-blue.

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Tags: Chicago Style, Design Inspiration, Contemporary rugs, Melanie Elston

Carrier & Co. Sleek Stylish Room on Striped Pastel Oriental Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 8, 2011 2:12:00 AM

Carrier and Company unified this sleek and stylish living room with a pastel striped Oriental rug for the 2011 Elle Decor Concept House. Image courtesy Carrier & Co.

Jessie Carrier and Mara Miller are among three of Elle Decor’s top designers to watch in 2011. The striped oriental rug has blue, greenish yellow, copper, brass and dark brown stripes to pull together all the colors in the room. Image courtesy Carrier & Co.

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Tags: multicolor rugs, Carrier and Company, Blue, gold, cream, striped oriental rug, Design Inspiration, Colorful Living Rooms, green, Striped Rugs

Bunny Williams Stylish Decor on Oriental Rugs & Needlepoint Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 7, 2011 1:09:00 AM

The vibrant colors in this Provence living room are in the sofa and the abstract painting and these are balanced by the cream walls and the muted gold, beige and persimmon in the oriental rug. Read Bunny's quotes below for insights into her decorating approach. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

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Jeannie Balsam's Clean Modern Tradition with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 6, 2011 2:03:00 AM

Jeannie Balsam was selected from among Chicago's leading interior designers to be showcased in the Merchandise Mart's DreamHOME. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, the 2007 and 2010 Winnetka Woman's Club Housewalks, and the 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. Today we learn how Jeannie updates Traditional design by mixing contemporary wool rugs with traditional furniture and patterned fabrics in an elegant sunny residence in Winnetka, Illinois.
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Tags: Chicago Style, Jeannie Balsam, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Contemporary rugs, coordinating patterned rugs and fabrics, contemporary wool rugs

Two David Kleinberg Libraries with Gray Geometric Oriental Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 5, 2011 12:59:00 AM

David Kleinberg chose a grey and taupe geometric fretwork oriental rug to unify all  the elements in this library of a Park Avenue, New York apartment. Image courtesy David Kleinberg.

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Tags: Park Avenue Style, David Kleinberg, Geometric fretwork rugs, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, New York Style, textured rugs

Kara Mann's Poetic Mix on Gold, Yellow and Peach Oushak Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 4, 2011 12:50:00 AM

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Tags: Kara Mann, Peach Oushak rug, Chicago Style, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, gold Oushak rug

Phoebe Howard Sun Room Floats on Blue White Geometric Oriental Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 2, 2011 6:56:00 PM

Sun rooms should welcome and relax you and your guests and promote a pleasant social atmosphere for smiles and lively conversation.  But sun rooms can be a challenge when decorating because it is easy to over emphasize the sun and make the room less inviting in the summer. A sunroom with too many warm colors can feel hot in summer and decorators plan for this by using a mix of warm and cool colors.  Phoebe Howard does an amazing job in this sun room by using cool blues and aqua in the larger areas such as the rug and the upholstery and then adding warm accent colors such yellow and orange in the painting.
  • Phoebe Howard begins by laying a cooling and soothing blue and white small scale geometric oriental rug.  This rug can gives the feeling of a refreshing pond to cool your feet while relaxing and enjoying the sun and the garden views outside.
  • Carrying the pond analogy further, aqua cushions on dark wicker sofas and chairs offer a cool place to rest and feel calm.
  • The lighting too is calming, and the blue colors make the room feel cooler on hot days. Tall green plants filter the sunlight and connect the sunroom to the garden.
  • Carrying the pond metaphor further, the coffee table is a small "island" for resting drinks.
  • To bring in just enough warmth, Phoebe Howard chose a still life with yellow, orange and plum tones to warm the color palette just enough.

A room like this allows you to wade slowly into deep serenity while enjoying a wonderful day with friends, or just spend a few quiet hours relaxing.

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Tags: seaside homes, Sea Island Georgia Style, Phoebe Howard, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Striped Rugs, Gold Rugs

Elizabeth Dinkel Color Drama on Beige Geometric Needlepoint Rug

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 1, 2011 1:04:00 AM


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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Decorating with needlepoint rugs, Hollywood Style, Elizabeth Dinkel, beige and cream rugs, geometric needlepoint rugs, Design Inspiration, California Style, textured rugs, mixing patterned rugs and fabrics

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