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Elle Decor's 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in November 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Oct 20, 2016 2:00:00 AM

Our rug experts have selected the five best rooms with designer rugs from the November edition of Elle Decor. See an international selection with Fabrizio Rollo designing a Brazilian apartment, Patricia Sanchiz designs a London apartment and Markham Roberts displays his talents in a Montana ski lodge. Enjoy these diverse and fabulous set of spaces!

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Tags: designer rugs, Geometric Rugs, Contemporary rugs, Markham Roberts, Elle Decor, Patricia Sanchiz, Fabrizio Rollo

Architectural Digest 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in November 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Oct 14, 2016 7:23:14 PM

We've hand-picked the five best rooms with designer rugs from the November edition of Architectural Digest. See a Brazilian home by designer Alberto Pinto, Meg Ryan’s New York loft and a Gothic revival house in the English countryside.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, designer rugs, Striped Rugs, Flatweave rugs, Architectual Digest, Meg Ryan

Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Sep 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy

Brian J. McCarthy, IncNew York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco

AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle DecorHouse Beautiful, VerandaNew York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint."

Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more...

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Tags: Brian J. McCarthy, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Elsie de Wolfe, Albert Hadley, Aubusson Rugs, Bunny Williams, Savonnerie Rugs, Mariette Himes Gomez, Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Designer Spotlight, Syrie Maugham, AD100

Elle Decor's 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in October 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Sep 8, 2016 10:11:04 PM

The October 2016 Elle Decor reminds us that designing rooms is a courageous undertaking for the decorator and the home owner. In some of these interiors they are one in the same. The following five rooms all take leaps of faith with unique combinations of pattern, color and designer rugs. Enjoy these inspiring interiors designed by Veronica Swanson Beard, Chiqui Woolworth, Brittany Bromley, Michael Carey and Ashe + Leandro.

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Tags: multicolor rugs, designer rugs, Geometric Rugs, Flat weave rugs, Ashe + Leandro, Elle Decor, Brittany Bromley, Veronica Swanson Beard, Chiqui Woolworth, Michael Carey

Clients Think My New House is Two Hundred Years Old – Patrick Ahearn

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Sep 1, 2016 10:28:27 PM

At the start of summer we interviewed Martha's Vineyard’s top award-winning architect Patrick Ahearn for our blog, Design Secrets of Martha's Vineyard's Top Architect Patrick Ahearn. We saved Patrick's most exciting design secret until now—his uncanny ability to design and build new houses that people think were built at the same time as 1790's and early 1800’s houses. Patrick's approach to architecture is not unlike that of a novelist or the writer of a script for a historical movie. Patrick spends hours writing, and then sketching what he calls a "script of implied history". Patrick researches the context of the house—the surroundings, the layout of the street, the other houses in the neighborhood and local history. From this, Patrick constructs the implied history of the house. The result is a new house that looks as if it was meticulously restored from a two hundred year old masterpiece.

Join me as Patrick shares the script he wrote for his own house on Martha's Vineyard.

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Tags: Martha's Vineyard, Patrick Ahearn, Martha's Vineyard Style, Designer Spotlight, Architect Spotlight

Architectural Digest's 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in September 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Sep 1, 2016 3:42:40 PM

It is with great pleasure to have selected a unique grouping of spaces with designer rugs in the September 2016 Architectural Digest. These rooms share an elegant simplicity, while featuring bold artwork, custom furnishings and imaginative home decor. Matthias Vriens-McGrath delights us with his dreamy talents being used on his own Los Angeles abode. Since 2012, designer Stephen Sills has been on the AD100 list, and you can experience his work in a Central Park apartment he remodeled. Marc Jacobs brings us his unabashed design with unexpected techniques in his New York apartment and Laure Hériard-Dubreuil and husband Aaron Young share with us a glimpse into their East Village rowhouse.


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Tags: designer rugs, oushak rugs, Marc Jacobs, William Haines, Striped Rugs, Stephen Sills, Directoire Rugs, Flatweave rugs, Architectual Digest, Aaron Young, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, Laure Hériard-Dubreuil

Mix of Patterns and Metals is Replacing "Whiteout" – Marlaina Teich

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 24, 2016 3:35:46 PM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Marlaina Teich

Marlaina Teich Designs: Manhattan, Long Island, Hamptons

MarlainaTeich is a premier Long Island and Hamptons interior designer with offices in Long Island and Manhattan. Featured in Traditional HomeHouse BeautifulCalifornia Home Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, Marlaina is a graduate of The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design, and has been invited by designer showhouses across the country from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse to the 2015 Palm Springs Show House at Christopher Kennedy Compound.

Join me as Marlaina explains why mixing patterns and metals is replacing the all white look, why she moved from fashion design to interiors, how High Point Market is helping designers collaborate, why she avoids disposable rugs in favor of quality designer rugs and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, oushak rugs, Custom Rugs, gold, mixing patterned rugs and fabrics, Mid Century Modern, Cowhide Rugs, Area rugs, Designer Spotlight, High Point Market, Instagram, Marlaina Teich, Christopher Kennedy Compound, Modernism Week, Hampton Designer Showhouse

Veranda's 6 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 24, 2016 2:21:50 PM

Summer is almost over and the August 2016 issue of Veranda delights us with six rooms that make us wish summer would last a lot longer. In these closing days of August we not only bring you nostalgia for summer, but also inspiration for designing rooms that make it easy to enjoy day-to-day living without compromising comfort or elegance. Amanda Nisbet is especially inspiring because she shows how custom designer rugs can help you bring the relaxing vibes of the sea inside the home. Mark D. Sikes and Nicky Haslam design director, Colette van den Thillart create chic and relaxing havens full of personality.

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Tags: designer rugs, needlepoint rugs, oushak rugs, Custom Rugs, Hamptons, Geometric Rugs, Amanda Nisbet, Mark D. Sikes, Veranda, Colette van den Thillart

House Beautiful: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in September

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 18, 2016 8:54:41 AM

The September 2016 House Beautiful treats us with five rooms that display an incredible mix of colors, patterns and designer rugs. Each room has its own unique style, levels of saturation, degrees of layering and beautiful designer rugs. Enjoy these inspiring interiors designed by Celerie Kemble, Mark D. Sikes, Mona Hajj with a special treat at the end from Suellen Gregory.

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Tags: Celerie Kemble, designer rugs, oushak rugs, Suellen Gregory, Mark D. Sikes, Mona Hajj, House Beautiful, oversized rugs, Tabriz Rugs

We Are Due for the Next Interior Design Trend - Christina Murphy

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 16, 2016 10:01:29 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Christina Murphy 

Christina Murphy Interiors: New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Bahamas

Christina Murphy describes herself as a contemporary traditionalist. She not only creates amazing spaces for her loyal following of fashionable clients, but has an uncanny ability to help them visualize design schemes at the start of a project. A graduate of Georgetown University, The American Institute for Foreign Study in Italy and The New York School of Interior Design, Christina started her career in 1999 working with Celerie Kemble in the beginning years of Kemble Interiors's new New York office. In 2006 she launched Christina Murphy Interiorsand since then her work has been featured in Architectural DigestHouse Beautiful (who named her among "America's Top 100 Designers"), Traditional Home, The New York Times and ABC's The View.

Join me as Christina predicts the start of a new interior design trend, why organic furnishings are here to stay, what's inspiring about working in New York, why she rarely visits New York's Design buildings, how to brighten a dark room, when to use color and when to use a monochromatic palette and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Tom Scheerer, hand knotted rugs, Steven Gambrel, Christina Murphy, Kemble Interiors, Victoria Hagan, Designer Spotlight

2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse 10 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 11, 2016 7:50:42 AM

The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse features 10,000 sq. ft. on three verdant acres in Sag Harbor, New York. The 8 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and numerous well lit spaces are a great showcase for the work of 26 interior designers who have artfully mixed tasteful furniture, elegant designer rugs and eye catching art. I was particularly attracted to the spaces by Liliane Hart, Michael Del Piero, McGrath II, Wolf Interior Design, Kate Singer, Mabley Handler, Julie Dodson, The Rinfret Group, Tilton Fenwick and Mikel Welch. Saunders Realty is marketing the house for $5,300,000 including such solar powered amenities as an elevator, home theater, gym, wine cellar, folding glass wall system and a 45' pool and hot tub.

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Tags: Tilton Fenwick, designer rugs, oushak rugs, Hamptons, Mabley Handler Interior Design, Flat weave rugs, Michael Del Piero, Liliane Hart, McGrath II, Julie Dodson, Wolf Interior Design, Kate Singer, Mikel Welch, The Rinfret Group, Hampton Designer Showhouse

My Clients Want Traditional, Not Restoration Hardware — Kay Genua

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 8, 2016 1:22:45 PM


Interior Designer Spotlight with Kay Genua

Kay Genua Designs: Fort Worth, Boston, Houston, Beaver Creek, Miami

Kay Genua's multimillion dollar interior design firm has been on the Best Designers in Dallas list for two years running. After receiving her business degree from Tulane, Kay joined Bloomingdale's New York buying office and later moved to Bloomingdale's, Dallas. After developing an interest in interior design Kay joined Market Antiques & Furnishings in Fort Worth, Texas where she soon became known as the resident rug expert. She later founded Kay Genua Design where she has placed over 20 Asmara rugs in the homes of clients in Texas, Florida, Colorado, California and Massachusetts. Kay's passion for mixing color, pattern, antiques and bespoke furnishings has led many happy clients to keep coming back for their multiple homes.

Join me as Kay shares why her clients prefer personalized traditional design over the bleached Restoration Hardware look prevalent in magazines, how she shops for large new projects, why she loves the Paris Flea Market and much more... 

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Tags: designer rugs, needlepoint rugs, oushak rugs, Designer Spotlight, Veranda, Kay Genua

Architectural Digest's 7 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2016

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 4, 2016 10:05:04 AM

Designer Sig Bergamin has been on the AD100 list for several years now. You can experience his work all over the world from Paris to New York to Brazil. Our selection of the seven best rooms with designer rugs in the August 2016 Architectural Digest, are all from Sig's work on a Portuguese colonial house located in a historic plantation just outside São Paulo, Brazil. The estate includes horse stables, a royal pool and its own farm chapel. Sig, a master at mixing bold patterns, vivid colors and fabulous oversized rugs is the type of designer Architectural Digest is likely to feature more often under newly installed editor in chief, Amy Astley who recently wrote, "....there is nothing that delights me more than a riot of vivid pattern and hues..."  Emblematic of this new regime at AD is a quote in the August AD by Swiss-born, Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti, “If people who can afford incredible decors keep commissioning bland minimalist interiors—which, I admit, are much easier to sell—it’s the end of decoration.” Fasten your seat belts AD readers!

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Tags: designer rugs, needlepoint rugs, Sig Bergamin, Architectual Digest, oversized rugs, Lula Cardoso Ayres, Nathalie Morhange

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