Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

50 Shades of Grey and Contemporary Rugs Add Zip to 5 Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Dec 26, 2013 8:50:00 PM

When did people really and truly understand how incredibly beautiful and transformative decorating a home with grey could be? It may have been right around the time that the now-famous 2010 Oprah interview with J. Crew creative chief Jenna Lyons aired. With a collective gasp that was heard around the professional and wannabe interior design worlds, Lyons's Park Slope Brooklyn brownstone home exploded in wonder across the screens of design lovers around the world. Folks watched in awed, stunned silence as images of Lyons's home danced across the screen, salivating from the sight of all of the chevron prints, the pops of bright color and the luscious, glorious myriad shades of grey that draped the walls and furnishings in the brownstone from top to bottom. From the dark and dusky deep grey of the master bedroom walls to the lightest of light grey walls of the living room that were practically giving off sunshine, they were so bright. 

Decorating With Grey: In or Out?

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Tags: Monique Lhuillier, Jennie Abbott, Burnham Design, Design Inspiration, Contemporary rugs

Happy Holidays! 12 Memorable Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 24, 2013 4:04:00 PM

It is a sunny 36°F on Christmas even in Boston, my hometown, the snow has been swept off leaving shimmering brick pathways in historic Beacon hill. Image courtesy Traditional Home.

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Tags: Alessandra Branca, decorative rugs, Suzanne Rheinstein, David Stark, Design Inspiration, Holiday Interiors, Lucy Earl, Alexander Bogaerts

Great First Impression: Enrich Entry Halls with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 23, 2013 8:50:00 PM

We all know that first impression count the most, yet too often people give cursory attention to the entry and hallways of their homes. The bottom line is that decorating your entrance and hallway really does matter. Many people throw up a painting or two, slap down a decorative rug and call it a day, forgetting about the entrance as soon as the work is done. What's unfortunate about this approach is that they miss the unique opportunity to create a favorable first impression of their home and even of themselves.  Guests also feel more important if they enter a home from an impressive and welcoming entrance.  A half-heartedly decorated entrance is at best boring and forgettable and at worst, it can leave the wrong impression about you and your home.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Hallway, Entry, Kelly Wearstler, Commune

How to Add Style and Warmth with Decorative Rugs: 4 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 20, 2013 8:50:00 PM

When the weather gets colder it’s tempting to draw the curtains and hibernate; but no one can hide away forever. So today, we’re going to show you a series of magnificent rooms designed to keep the chill out of the air through clever use of color and sumptuous rugs.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Kelly Proxmire, Amanda Nesbit, Design Inspiration, Joan Rivers

4 Rooms Add Glamor and Warmth to Holidays with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 19, 2013 9:31:00 PM

Decorating a room for the Holidays, or just decorating your home can either be an adventure or feel very scary, depending on how you feel about your decorating skills and how willing you are to take chances and make mistakes in the process. One famous decorator told me that she takes a truck-load of accessories to the client’s home to try out, as even she, with years of practice cannot always pre-judge what will look the best without trying several objects in the room. Reading blogs with lots of beautiful rooms allows you to develop your eye and is also a good way to discover what you like and what you can’t stand. Over time, it can spark ideas which will pay off when you start your decorating project, whether it is by yourself or with the help of a professional decorator. Today we’ll look at four rooms by leading designers-they are enjoyable to look at and also offer insights that could help you succeed in your design project.

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4 Glamorous Dining Rooms with Metallic Accents and Decorative Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 18, 2013 11:48:00 PM

If you are looking for ideas for designing a glamorous dining room that will impress even the most discerning guests, then you will find lots of inspiration in the four gorgeous dining spaces in today's post. Each room has achieved it's distinctive stunning looks by skillful use of two elements- metallic finishes and amazing decorative rugs. We will learn how to use these two elements effectively to create a glamorous and memorable atmosphere in any room.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Michael Simon, Jessica Lagrange, David Delaunay, Jane Lockhart, Design Inspiration

How to Choose the Best Decorative Rug for a Room: 12 Tips

Posted by Caroline Bell on Dec 17, 2013 8:50:00 PM

You've done everything you needed to do for your living room. You saved your money in order to buy that ABC Carpet & Home sofa. You bought high-quality linen and silk and had drapes made by a seamstress. That vintage Charles Hollis Jones Lucite coffee table that you scored off of eBay couldn't have found a better home. The accessories you've collected from around the world have found happy homes on your bespoke bookshelves. Your final touch was the discount rug from the closeout store. 

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Tags: decorative rugs, Richard McGeehan, Marc Jacobs, Wendy Valliere, Design Inspiration

Gorgeous Holiday Décor Takes Inspiration from Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 15, 2013 8:50:00 PM

The Holidays are a wonderful time for celebrating with friends and family– and a creatively decorated room can greatly enhance the experience and create wonderful memories. But the Holiday Season is such a busy time of year, it is a great help to know of some easy and tasteful ways to dress up your interiors, without having to run around on December 27th removing tons of tinsel. Today we will bring you three ways of elevating your holiday decor by building on the objects that are already in the room such as a beautiful Aubusson rug, a lovely fabric or a stunning chandelier.

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Tags: Scot Meacham Wood, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Holiday Interiors

Radiant Orchid: Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year Adds Zip to 4 Rooms

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 13, 2013 9:17:00 PM

If you’re like to know what the color trends are and keep an eye on the fashion scene, this is a great time of year to think of creating a stylish interior that is up to date, but not trendy. The design world is in a whirr of festive indulgence, but also looking forward to the spring fashion events that kick off just after the New Year. One of the most anticipated announcements heralding the “new” season came from Pantone just a few days ago. The Color of the Year for 2014 is Pantone 18-3224, Radiant Orchid.

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Tags: Purple Rugs, Pantone 2014 Color Radiant Orchid, Lauren Seeman, May Daouk, Design Inspiration, Kelly Wearstler, Richard Mishaan

How to Infuse Global Style into Your Interior Design

Posted by Caroline Bell on Dec 12, 2013 11:06:00 PM

World décor, global design, exotic furnishings. Whether you're stalking the stalls of Clingnacourt (Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen) or Vanves in Paris in search of the perfect battered club chair, or you're haggling like a pro over colorful rugs adorned with intense geometric motifs in the markets of Fez or Marrakesh, your passion for global design guides you towards incredible finds. The distinct beauty of furniture and accessories from ports near and far affords you the opportunity to appreciate the art and design aesthetic of different cultures, all while giving you everlasting memories of your travels. When a beautiful piece, be it a small lamp or a sofa, catches your eye, you can barely stand the idea that you may have to wait to bring it home, especially when it comes to those larger pieces that need to be shipped. Getting your items home is step one. Step two is making sure that you're able to incorporate your new treasures into your existing décor in a way that enhances it, not overwhelms it. 

Become Your Own Curator

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Tags: decorative rugs, Design Inspiration

Pinterest 18 Most Gorgeous Dining Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 12, 2013 12:59:00 AM

If you are looking for ideas on how to design stylish and welcoming dining rooms, Pinterest offers a wealth of images, but depending on your taste, you may find the search quite time consuming. So I have selected 18 of the most gorgeous traditional dining rooms on Pinterest. These rooms show how to unify the entire design scheme by selecting a decorative rug that can pull together all the elements in the room.  

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Tags: Suzanne Kassler, Charlotte Moss, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, decorative rugs, Michael Carter, Maurice Fatio, Linda McDougald, Ann Holden, Ken Tate, Tony Duquette, Hutton Wilkinson, Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bunny Williams, Kelly Wearstler

7 Gorgeous Holiday Interiors Transformed by Red Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 9, 2013 9:22:00 PM

Red is a color that demands attention – solid or patterned, in any shade, red definitely has a tendency to stand out. If you’re looking for a way to punch up your holiday decorating, red can be used to create visual interest in a variety of ways – it can make a room richer, more playful or classier, depending on how you use it. The seven rooms below all use red rugs to create signature looks that are perfect for the holiday season. 

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Tags: Angie Hranowsky, Michele Bonan, Design Inspiration, red rugs, Jeffrey Bilhuber

3 Glamorous Holiday Interiors Enriched by Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 8, 2013 9:50:00 PM

At this time of year, when our decorative energies are focused on quick options to provide festive backdrops for memories with families and friends, it’s worth considering how to turn that seasonal chore into a longer-term solution for a detail-rich interior space. Today, we’ll look at four breathtaking rooms where Aubusson rugs set the stage for all seasons. The exuberant patterns and colors of Aubusson rugs were created for 18th and 19th French nobility who took the entertainment of family and guests seriously. Today's leading decorators have adapted these glorious rugs for modern life styles where they are used to bring a certain flair and glamour to a room. Aubusson rugs provide a unique atmosphere for Holiday entertaining.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Cathy Kincaid, Jacques Garcia

Add Style and Warmth to Rooms: 6 Chic Interiors with Oushak Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 7, 2013 10:20:00 PM

If you’re looking for ideas for designing rooms that look chic and also feel warm and welcoming, then you will find today's six rooms by top interior decorators highly instructive. As you view the images, look for the following five keys techniques the designers used to create these stunning rooms: 1. Juxtaposing rough materials with elegant objects; 2. Mixing objects of different styles, materials and textures 3. Using both cool and warm colors; 4. How the Oushak rug was used to pull together all the different styles and colors in the room and finally 5. How open plan rooms were made to look organized by defining different spaces with rugs.

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Tags: William Yeoward, oushak rugs, Jauregui Architects, Annelle Barnett, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Lane-McCook & Associates, Jay Jeffers

5 Interiors Enhance Beauty and Enjoyment with Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 6, 2013 6:02:00 AM

If you are looking for ways to design an interior that not only looks good, but also makes you feel happier to be there, then the five rooms in today's post will appeal to you. Each of these rooms has a distinct personality and great style, but what stands out in each case is that they make you want to live in them. In each case the designer has used an Aubusson rug to bring sophistication and a feeling of comfort.

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Tags: David Hare, TEA2 Architects, Tom Catalano, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

Enrich Holiday Decorating with Geometric Themes

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 5, 2013 9:40:00 PM

The holidays are all about geometric patterns. From the playful bulbs and berries to the pointed triangle of the traditional Christmas tree and the wondrous symmetry of the menorah. This festive geometry can be echoed in the choices we make when decorating for the Holidays. Geometric rugs are one of the most powerful tools for providing subtle interior queues to visitors for all your annual celebrations. Today we’ll look at four interiors where geometric rugs provide exquisite jumping off points for decorating during the Holidays.

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Tags: Terry Hunziker, Design Inspiration, Green Rugs, Mariette Himes Gomez, Gomez Associates

Welcome Guests in Style: 4 Holiday Interiors with Red Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 5, 2013 6:02:00 AM

The holiday season only comes once a year (terrible news - or great news - depending on who you ask), and the warmth of the holidays comes from homey, rich touches that add a vibrant, cozy energy- Holly and mistletoe, bright ornaments, red wool sweaters and shiny bows. Red is a shade that perfectly captures the holiday season and red rugs are a great way to make your guests feel special and spread the holiday cheer all year round as you will see in these four stylish rooms.

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Tags: Christian Louboutin, Kelly Proxmire, Design Inspiration, red rugs, Carolina Irving

Antidotes for Winter Blues: 4 Spring Happy Interiors with Green Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 4, 2013 9:15:00 PM

Winter weather is upon us, and if you, like me live in the northern part of the country, you're already anticipating the return of spring.  But if you are lucky enough to be in Florida, California or Arizona, you're probably asking, "What's winter weather?"

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Green Rugs, Geoffrey de Sousa

Reduce Holiday Stress in 4 Spaces Calmed by Oushak Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 3, 2013 10:07:00 PM

According to the authoritative Mayo Clinic, "The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests- stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands- parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few". The Mayo Clinic's 10
Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression
includes this advice: "Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do". Finding a space in your home that makes you feel relaxed and where you can get away from it all is very important to have at any time of the year, but never more so than during the holidays. Each of us has different preferences for places that feel restful and replenishing. Some like the cozy privacy that only a bedroom can provide while others may find it more relaxing to be among family in a traditional dining room. Rugs are an important factor in creating a feeling of security and calm in any room. Oushak rugs are particularly effective because their luxurious texture, soft colors and ancient patterns are excellent at creating both calmness and elegance in a room as the four rooms below demonstrate.

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Tags: oushak rugs, John Bobbitt, Tammy Connor, Risteárd Keating, Design Inspiration, Milly de Cabrol, Richard Keith Langham

Add Flair to Mid-Century Modern with Orange Rugs: 6 Chic Rooms

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 2, 2013 8:50:00 PM

When it comes to mid-century modern interior design, there are a few colors that can make as big a difference as orange. Orange rugs and orange fabrics can add zip and warmth to the spare angular lines of mid-century modern furniture. Even in soft shades, orange does not act like a pastel, but has an inherent funkiness and edge. The six rooms below show how you can create very different looks by pairing orange rugs with such colors as aqua, yellow, blue, beige, charcoal and silver. Each pairing of orange with another color produces a different atmosphere and feeling tone. These rooms will help you come up with ideas for designing your own fabulous interior by mixing mid-century modern and orange rugs with different styles and colors.

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Tags: Charles Todd Helton, Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Mabley Handler Interior Design, Gabhan Okeeffe, Bryn Alexandra

Make Holiday Guests Feel Welcome: 4 Chic Rooms with Red Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Dec 1, 2013 8:50:00 AM

Red is a color that makes guests feel warmly welcomed and it is most effective at doing this during the cold winter months and especially during the holiday season.  I am not even thinking of holiday decorations in which red plays a prominent part. But any amount of red feels warm and welcoming at this time of the year. So today we are going to look at four rooms that will make your guests feel welcomed and each of these rooms has a red rug or a rug with red accent colors.

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Tags: Ryan Burke, Eric Barth, Design Inspiration, red rugs, Lorenzo Castillo, Susan Nelson

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