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16 Ways to Coordinate Designer Rugs in Open Plan Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 12, 2017 1:21:00 AM

It is easy to worry about breaking some unwritten rules when choosing designer rugs for open plan spaces and adjoining rooms. Readers have asked us if the rugs should be coordinated, or if they should be different. Should they choose rugs that have similar colors or contrasting colors? Can they mix contemporary rugs with traditional rugs in a great room? The 18 rooms in today's post will show you that the many exciting ways interior designers have devised for visually linking rooms and open spaces through rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. After seeing these 18 examples, you will feel freer to try your own ideas putting aside the fear of breaking some unknown design rules.

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Tags: Darryl Carter, Thomas Britt, Ralph Lauren, Juan Pablo Molyneux, Windsor Smith, Bunny Williams, David Easton, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O'Brien, Justine Sancho, Thomas Pheasant, Jeanne Blenkushin, Este Stanley Interiors, Francis D’Haene, D'Apostrophe Design

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 21, 2016 8:24:55 PM

We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project!

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Tags: Janet Simon, Jayne Wrightsman, designer rugs, Susan Zises Green, Lee Radziwill, Renzo Mongiardino, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, Downton Abbey, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Sister Parish, Richard Keith Langham, Stéphane Boudin, Leeds Castle, The Sedman House, Old Drawing Room, Patricia Altschul, oversized rugs, Elettra Wiedemann, The House of Windsor, Guy Morrison, The Little Lattern

31 Tips to Make a Large Room Stylish and Cozy with Large Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 8, 2015 3:30:00 AM

A large living room is great for hosting big parties but huge spaces present special decorating challenges of their own. Since you won't be entertaining every day you want to plan for how you will use the room for day to day living. Today's 31 decorating tips will help you make a large space stylish and cozy and enhance it with large rugs.

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Tags: David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Allison Paladino, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Ferguson & Shamamiam, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Asia Baker, Large rugs,, large living rooms

Ski and Mountain Homes Refined by Decorative Rugs: 22 Gorgeous Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 9, 2014 12:50:00 AM

A common mistake in decorating a mountain home is to make it look too 'mountainy', says White House interior designer Michael S. Smith. “So many places are decked out with red plaids and antler chandeliers, it’s like walking into a Christmas sweater," Smith told Architectural Digest. Smith is critical of mountain and beach homes that feel impersonal, “A lot of vacation homes feel unlayered, as if they don’t belong to anyone in particular. My goal was to impart personality to the decor, so it feels like a living home rather than a place that gets closed up for a large part of the year.”

The 22 ski and mountain home interiors featured below avoid decorating clichés, and exude a sophistication that reflects the urbanity of the owners. Designed by Smith and other great decorators such as Bill Sofield, David Easton, Markham Roberts and Stephen Sills, these homes have beautiful decorative rugs, custom made furniture, antiques and fine art that reflect the home's mountain setting as well as the history of the land.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Design Inspiration, David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Stephen Sills, Studio Sofield, Mountain Homes, Roderick Ashley

Aubusson Rugs Enhance 4 Modern and Traditional Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 7, 2013 7:43:00 AM

Aubusson rugs add a touch of luxury, opulence and warmth to interiors.  With their intricate details, classical patterns and artistic color palettes, Aubusson rugs can bring elegance and sophistication to both traditional and modern interiors as we will see in the four stunning interiors in today's post. With their wide range of color choices, Aubusson rugs have limitless decorating possibilities. Their classic looks feature floral elements combined with motifs derived from classical Greek and Roman architecture. Here are four interiors that show how top designers use Aubusson rugs to enhance traditional and modern spaces.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, David Easton, Scott Snyder, Kate Spade, Steven Sclaroff

Green Rugs Add Freshness and Style to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 6, 2013 8:50:00 PM

All colors have subtle meanings, quietly altering the mood and feeling of a room. Green is no exception, and has long been known as a color that promotes peace and a feeling of new life. Green is often associated with spring, and with spring comes happiness and a feeling of rebirth. This color is also known to freshen up a space and bring light to a room, creating a rejuvenating feeling of calmness. 

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Tags: Eliza Gatfield, Janet Simon, Design Inspiration, David Easton, Green Rugs, Nina Yashar

Aubusson Rugs Evoke Romantic Atmosphere of "Midnight in Paris"

Posted by Kate Watson on Sep 30, 2013 9:05:00 PM

Some interior designers are particularly adept at creating interiors that have a romantic atmosphere. Often they start with an Aubusson rug because these rugs remind us of the romantic Paris of Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris. If you want your rooms to proclaim your desire for all things romantic, then the three stunning romantic interiors with Aubusson rugs can give you some great ideas. Designer Rachel Zoe once said “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Let your rooms speak of your romantic nature.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, David Easton, Koch Studio

Make a Statement with Geometric Rugs: 8 Chic Rooms Show How

Posted by Kate Watson on Aug 2, 2013 9:50:00 PM

It’s easy to dismiss geometric rugs as a kitschy design trick or to assume they’re not for you because your home doesn’t feature a 60s Go-go style dance hall – but in doing so, you are overlooking an incredibly powerful design tool. Some of the world’s most fashionable interiors – both historic and modern – employ geometric rugs as subtle visual cues for visitors.

Add Softness with Geometric Rugs

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Stephen Harvey, Perry Sayles, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, David Easton, Daniel Romualdez, Steven Gambrel

How to Design Joyful Interiors with Orange Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Aug 1, 2013 10:40:00 PM

The celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” That statement may bring to mind the verdant greens of gardens, the blues of the sky and sea, but orange is a color that nature uses only when it wants to make a dramatic statement. Orange rugs are a great way to bring the joyful energy and dramatic moods of nature to an interior, and we will explore how the different shades of orange rugs can be used to bring the invigorating energy and exciting moods of nature to the home.

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Tags: Garrison Hullinger, Design Inspiration, David Easton, coral rugs, Orange Rugs, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Steven Sclaroff

How to Design Glamorous Rooms with Aubusson Rugs in Yellow and Gold

Posted by Caroline Bell on Jul 22, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Aubusson Rugs can work within a wide variety of color and design combinations. If you're looking to create a warm and cozy room filled with yellow and gold tones, there are Aubusson rugs that can work with that design scheme. If you're designing a room filled with cool blues and greens intended to relax and cool, there are Aubusson rugs for that. 

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, David Easton, feng shui

Three Ways to Design Stunningly Beautiful Rooms with Green Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Jul 19, 2013 11:30:00 PM

Color is of vast importance, no matter what you are designing. The illustrious Coco Chanel once said, “The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you.” While the maven of fashion was referring to clothing, you can also translate the sentiment to the best color for your room is the one that looks the best.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, David Easton, Green Rugs, Geoffrey de Sousa

4 Ways to Decorate with Chic Bessarabian Rug in Blue, Green, Red

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2013 11:39:00 PM

Legendary designer Billy Baldwin said, "Stick to the things you really love, an honest room is always up to date." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design a stylish home. Famous designers and their celebrity clients such as Renzo Mongiardino for Lee Radziwill and Albert Hadley for Brooke Astor are widely admired for the gorgeous rooms they designed with Bessarabian carpets.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, David Easton, Eric Guenther, Jim Koch, Polly McKenna

How a Celebrity Created Different Looks with Same Bessarabian Rug

Posted by Caroline Bell on Jul 14, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Bessarabian rugs are 18th and 19th century Russian creations that have become a favorite with many designers over the years. Bessarabian rugs originated several hundred years ago in Russia where the Royal family commissioned local weavers to make copies of the grand French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs that were extremely popular amongst the Russian nobility. Bessarabian rugs have their own look. While French rug designers drew inspiration from major works of art, the Russian weavers copied the French designs in a more informal way which gave these rugs a less formal charm. Bessarabian rug have become highly desirable for very different modern decorating styles than what they were originally intended for.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, David Easton, Amanda Nisbet

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