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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

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

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

2 Top Designers Create Fashionable Rooms with Damask Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on Nov 27, 2013 8:50:00 PM

Damask is an incredibly rich silk fabric that lights up everything from walls to drapery to upholstery with its combination of shiny and matte weaves. Damask rugs derive their patterns from damask fabrics and the best damask rugs also have a cut and loop texture which brings out the beauty of the pattern. You can use damask rugs as part of a full-fledged exotic theme within a room, or they can be the only exotic element in a room. How you use them depends on the look that you're trying to create. Damask rugs often have tonal patterns which look very subtle even thought they may have a lot of detail. The best damask rugs have a cut and loop texture that looks fascinating when light falls on the rug. Some damask rugs are shaded so artfully that some details of the pattern shimmer like silk, even though the rug is made entirely of wool. The shimmery section of the pattern reflects beautifully against the more matte portion of the design and in this way damask rugs mimic the effect created by damask fabrics. Today we will learn how Victoria Hagan and Steven Gambrel, both AD100 interior designers, created very different looks with damask rugs.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Steven Gambrel, Damask Rugs, Victoria Hagan

Bring Modern Vibe to Interiors with Damask Red Rugs: 8 Tips

Posted by Caroline Bell on Nov 22, 2013 8:50:00 PM

If people talk about decorating rooms with red rugs, your automatic assumption may be that they're talking about adding spicy, red-hot décor to their space. You hear the term "red rugs", and you'd be forgiven if your mind automatically went to "red carpet." The red carpet is synonymous with Hollywood razzle-dazzle, so it's understandable to assume that anyone using red rugs is trying to create a hot, over-the-top, ultra glamorous space. It's true that you can get a very vibrant, hot look with red rugs; you can also create cooler, calmer spaces with red rugs that still have an air of decadence about them.

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Tags: Angie Hranowsky, Robert and Courtney Novogratz, Design Inspiration, red rugs

Stunning Interiors Pair Geometric Rugs and Vibrant Colors: 7 Tips

Posted by Caroline Bell on Nov 21, 2013 8:53:00 PM

Geometric rugs offer a great way for adding some razzle-dazzle to your room's design. The interplay of geometric forms can turn even the blandest room into a space worth talking about. Geometric patterns create visual interest in a room; they draw the eye and bring a young energy to an interior. You can further elevate the impact of geometric rugs by pairing them with boldly colored fabrics and vibrantly colored walls. Using geometric rugs in brightly colored rooms is akin to having your cake and eating it too. Far from overwhelming a space, carefully chosen wall and fabric colors can work together harmoniously with a geometric rug to create a powerful effect. Listed below are images of rooms and tips for how you can make geometric rugs and vibrant colors a winning combination in your next interior design.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Mary McDonald

Mixing Savonnerie Rugs and Modern Art Creates 2 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 10, 2013 9:40:00 PM

There's something thrilling about decorating your home with Savonnerie rugs and modern art. The juxtaposition of old and new, or traditional and modern, can really pack a punch in a room. Savonnerie rugs feature lush patterns that can range from French baroque to Neoclassical and romantic. Savonnerie rugs feature medallions and floral elements within architectural borders. Imagine one of these luscious rugs spread out in a room with dark wood floors. Your first instinct may be to fill the room with Louis XVI furnishings. Savonnerie rugs would obviously look great within that sort of design scheme since that was how they were originally used. Now, imagine that you've got your heart set on a favorite Mark Rothko painting. The rich and densely hued horizontal blocks of color appeal to you, and you wonder if it would work in the room with your classic rug and furnishings. The answer is a resounding "yes." Savonnerie rugs work beautifully with modern art, no matter what type of art it is. You could almost look at Savonnerie rugs as modern art themselves, with their bold designs and vibrant colors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jorge Elias, Michael Siller

Geometric Rugs Add Drama to 2 Chic Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 7, 2013 9:05:00 AM

Decorating with geometric rugs is a great way to add visual interest to a room. Plain rooms can literally come alive with the mere presence of fabulously patterned geometric rugs. Geometric rugs have patterns that you either love, or you don’t, so they end up being very personal. If you’re planning on decorating with geometric rugs, keep the following information in mind:

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Mary McDonald, Robert Passal

Orange Rugs Add Chic Energy to 2 Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 5, 2013 11:56:00 PM

Orange is one of the most beautiful and vibrant colors on the color wheel and it has the ability to energize or soothe. It’s often said that orange is the color of revitalization, hope and energy. In color therapy, orange is often used to nurture and awaken a depressed soul. When decorating with orange rugs, you can create any mood in a room that you wish. 

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Tags: Jason Arnold, Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Billy Baldwin

Aubusson Rugs: How to Decorate in Your Own Style

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 1, 2013 9:53:00 PM

Decorating with Aubusson rugs doesn't have to be tricky. Some people become overwhelmed by the patterns present in many Aubusson rugs, and others believe that they're limited by what they "should" and "shouldn’t" do. Aubusson rugs can have intricate designs, or they can have more subdued graphics. There's no rulebook as to how you should decorate with them.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

Aubusson Rugs Adorn Coco Chanel's and Valentino's Homes

Posted by Caroline Bell on Sep 17, 2013 10:04:00 AM

We expect iconic fashion designers homes to be as fabulous as the clothes they design, and they never disappoint. Aubusson rugs figure prominently in the homes of many of the most important fashion designers in history. The elegant patterns of Aubusson rugs make them a perfect accessory in the homes of people who pay great attention to style.

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Tags: Valentino Garavani, Design Inspiration, Renzo Mongiardino, Aubusson Rugs, Coco Chanel

Warm Colored Oushak Rugs Bring Cozy Luxury to 2 Bedrooms

Posted by Caroline Bell on Sep 13, 2013 9:41:00 AM

Oushak rugs can transform simple and beautiful bedrooms into deliciously cozy and luxurious resting places. Oushak rugs offer rich color or deliciously faded hues. Add in their soft wool textures, and Oushak rugs are a great way to dress up your sleeping place. Many people, spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, using them as alternate office spaces, quiet spaces to get away from the rest of the family or even spaces for the family to gather in the evening and watch television. If this is how you live, you want to make sure that you make your bedroom as beautiful and inviting as possible. Oushak rugs can help you meet that goal.

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Tags: William Yeoward, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Michael S. Smith

Blue Geometric Rugs Bring Modern Vibe to 2 Traditional Homes

Posted by Caroline Bell on Sep 12, 2013 4:28:00 PM

Decorating with geometric rugs is a great way to bring a modern energy into traditional spaces. Designers are increasingly turning to geometric rugs wen to want to give traditional décor a modern and more youthful vibe. Today we feature the work of two designers Lynne Scalo and Betsy Burnham, who have mastered the art of using geometric rugs to give a modern look to traditional homes.

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Tags: Lynne Scalo, Betsy Burnham, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration

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