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Best of April 2016 Elle Décor: 6 Rooms with Designer Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 30, 2016 8:38:13 PM

Here are my picks for the 6 best interiors with designer rugs in the April 2016 Elle Décor. There is quite a variety of styles and locales and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Tags: designer rugs, Philip Gorrivan, Cynthia Wang, Rita Konig, Jamie Bush, Elle Decor, Gil Schafer, Martin Raffone, William McIntosh

Designer Rugs Add Glamour to Kips Bay Show House's 10 Best Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 29, 2016 3:00:00 AM

"Maximalism is thriving" proclaimed The New York Times in an article about the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. "The house .... reflects the lifestyle of today’s gazillionaires," intoned The Washington Post which was itself bought out by the super gazillionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just a few years ago. Let us take a look at how the 10 best rooms in this $35 million 1909 mansion were made glamorous, and comfortable by designer rugs.

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Tags: Tilton Fenwick, Alessandra Branca, Thom Filicia, Cathy Kincaid, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, McMillen, Mark D. Sikes, Suzana Monacella, Alan Tanksley, Bennett Leifer, Michael Herold, Charles Pavarini

Interior Design Suffers From Too Much Sameness - Benjamin Dhong

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Mar 28, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Benjamin Dhong

Founder-owner Benjamin Dhong InteriorsSan Francisco, CA

Benjamin Dhong has been featured numerous times in House Beautiful as well as in Elle Decor, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Open House, San Francisco Cottages & Gardens and internationally in Architectural Digest/Russia, Elle Decoration/ Germany, House Beautiful/Australia and House Beautiful/Turkey. Benjamin's passion for interior design and innovation is second to none. His popularity in Silicon Valley has landed him such prized commissions as the heads of Sony and 20th Century Fox.

Join me as Benjamin shares his insights on interior design, changes brought about by technology, online antiques and designer rug shopping and more...

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Tags: buy designer rugs online, Designer Spotlight, Benjamin Dhong, 1stdibs.com

Designer Barbara Gilbert Knows How Room Colors Affect Emotions

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Mar 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Barbara Gilbert

Founder-owner Barbara Gilbert Interiors, Dallas, TX.

After 22 years of owning an insurance agency, Barbara Gilbert decided to leave it all for her dream job as an interior designer. It was an easy change since she was already decorating many of her friends’ and relatives’ homes. She went back to school to study interior design. After a few years, things blossomed for Barbara and she formed Barbara Gilbert Interiors in Dallas, Texas, winning multiple prestigious awards, working as an HGTV Pro Network Designer, and serving on the executive committee of the Interior Design Society.

Join me as Barbara shares her insights on interior design and more...

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Tags: hand knotted rugs, House Beautiful, Houzz.com, HGTV, Designer Spotlight, Certified Dewey Color Specialist, Barbara Gilbert

Designer Rugs Enhance House Beautiful’s Top 5 Interiors in April 2016

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 22, 2016 3:00:00 AM

It is a mystery why every month one or two design magazine excel all the others in the quality of the interiors. It is hard to predict which magazine will be in the lead next month. In April we are lucky to have two front runners. We cover House Beautiful today and Traditional Home was featured earlier in the month, and if you missed it, you can read it here. I am excited to share my picks for the 5 best interiors with designer rugs in the April 2016 House Beautiful.

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15 Old Havana Interiors, Architecture and Geometric Floors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 21, 2016 1:09:31 AM

In celebration of President Obama's visit to Cuba, the first since Calvin Coolidge 88 years ago, we look hopefully to better times for the Cuban people whose creativity and flair is displayed in old Havana's vibrant music, architecture, interiors, gorgeous geometric floors, ballet, food and colorful old cars.

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Pinterest Helps Decorator Randy Trainor Share Ideas with Clients

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Mar 16, 2016 6:57:03 PM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Randy Trainor

Founder-owner C. Randolph Trainor Interiors, Franconia, NH.

For over 25 years Randy Trainor has done award-wining interior design for clients while teaching design students and giving lectures. Prior to starting her own company, Randy worked at the highly respected J. Taylor Hogan Interiors in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to her design work, Randy coaches ski racers all over the world as well as in nearby Cannon Mountain.

Join me as Randy shares her insights on interior design and how it is changing with Pinterest and new technologies.

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Tags: Pinterest, Cowhide Rugs, Ski House, Randy Trainor, Architectual Digest, Veranda

Designer Rugs in Architectural Digest’s 5 Best Rooms in April 2016

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 16, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Here are my picks for the top 5 interiors with designer rugs in the April 2016 Architectural Digest.

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Tags: Tom Scheerer, Timothy Corrigan, Lorenzo Castillo

Lively Color is In, Gray is Out, Predicts Interior Designer Sam Ciardi

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Mar 13, 2016 6:39:46 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Sam Ciardi

Founder-owner of Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, Millburn, NJ.

Before Sam made a splash in the Manhattan and New Jersey interior design scene, he spent 17 years in fashion. Most notably he was invited by Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen to join their company Dualstar Entertainment in Los Angeles. He became the Executive Design Director and was responsible for creating the vision for the mary-kateandashley brand. 

Join me in this chat with Sam as he shares insights into the changes coming to the world of fashion and interior design.

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Tags: Architectual Digest, mary-kateandashley, Elle Decor, Fashion, Designer Spotlight, Sam Ciardi, Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, interior design, Brightly Colored Rooms

How a Converted Church Became an Ultra Stylish Home

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Mar 9, 2016 6:17:33 PM

What an opportunity Chicago's Linc Thelen was presented when a busy family with three young children contacted Linc with the task of converting their recently purchased Church into a single-family home. "This was a challenge I jumped on right away, said Linc. I knew the project was going to allow me to carry out my unique design visions." The church, boasts 7 bedrooms and 6 baths.  The great room has ceiling heights soaring at 25’ while more intimate spaces like a playroom has a ceiling height perfectly proportioned for children at 7’. Let's take a look...

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Tags: Linc Thelen, Scrafano Architects, Inspiration Station collective, LLC (ISc), Church Conversion, Jim Tschetter

Traditional Home’s Top 6 Interiors with Designer Rugs in April 2016

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 9, 2016 1:00:00 AM

The April 2016 Traditional Home tops this month's interior design magazines so it was hard to pick the six best rooms with designer rugs. There is a seventh room that belongs here, but it was already published in yesterday's blog which you can see here

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Tags: John Loecke, Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Showhouse, Michel Smith Boyd, Traditional Home Magazine, Jason Oliver Nixon, Vern Yip, Barbara Westbrook

11 Blue Rugs Enliven Decorator Showhouses

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 8, 2016 2:00:00 AM

The April 2016 Traditional Home has such an eye catching selection of blue fabrics, trim and furniture, it inspired me to search out the best blue rooms and rugs in designer showhouses. Here is my selection of the 11 best blue rooms and blue rugs and in designer showhouses across America.

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Tags: Miles Redd, Eric Cohler, Aman & Carson, Patricia McLean Interiors, Blue Rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Showhouse, Napa Valley Showhouse, Hamptons Designer Showhouse, San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Cathy Rhodes, Kathy Geissler, Jennifer McConnell, Amy D. Morris, David Scott, Jonathan Rachman

Savonnerie Rugs Add Glamour to 12 Downton Abbey Style Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 4, 2016 12:12:28 AM

As Downton Abbey enters its sixth and final season we pay homage to interior designers who evoked the English Country house style decades before Downton Abbey came to these shores. What we call Downton Abbey Style today has flourished not just in America and England but also in France, Spain and Italy. Savonnerie rugs hold a special place for adding glamour to Downton Abbey Style interiors.

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Designer Rugs Enrich Architect Digest’s Top 11 Bedrooms on Pinterest

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 2, 2016 11:52:36 PM

Each year Architectural Digest publishes hundreds of beautiful interiors, yet only a handful attract most of the love from Pinterest pinners. I wanted to know what was different about these bedrooms, so I did some research. Here are Architectural Digest’s 11 most pinned bedrooms on Pinterest and notice what a major role the designer rug plays in creating the right atmopshere and feeling tone in the room.

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Tags: Sandy Gallin, Mathew Patrick Smyth, Veere Grenney, Lee Ledbetter, Bedrooms, Jean-Louis Deniot, Anouska Hempel, Marshall Watson, Victoria Hagan, Peter Pennoyer, Janson Goldstein

Veranda’s Top 5 Interiors with Designer Rugs in March 2016

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 1, 2016 11:25:33 PM

Veranda’s top 5 interiors with designer rugs in March 2016 include a contemporary Manhattan apartment by Vicente Wolf, a classical house nestled in the hills of Santa Barbara updated by Ann Holden and a colorful getaway in Duchess County, New York by Nick Olsen.

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Tags: Ann Holden, Vicente Wolf, Nick Olsen, Veranda

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