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

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 31, 2017 9:03:00 PM

A common mistake in decorating a mountain home is to make it look too 'mountainy', says AD100 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

Architectural Digest January 2015: 10 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 18, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I would like to explain why I am writing about the January 2015 Architectural Digest’s 10 best interiors with decorative rugs In the middle of March instead of three months ago. The January issue was truly outstanding I regret I was unable to publish it earlier as I have been in the midst of a major redesign of the Asmara website.  To do full justice, I have been expanded the list to the 10 best from the usual 5.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Michael S. Smith, Jan Showers, Tom Kundig

Architectural Digest March 2015: 9 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 13, 2015 3:30:00 AM

The March 2015 Architectural Digest's 9 best interiors with decorative rugs are all about combining traditonal and modern sensibilities to create memorable interiors.

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Tags: Ingrao, decorative rugs, Lynda Murray., Lorraine Letendre, Trace Lehnhoff, Katch I.D., Natalia Bianchi

Veranda December 2014: 7 Best Holiday Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Veranda's November-December 2014 issue is full of stunning holiday decor. Here are my picks for the 7 best holiday interiors with decorative rugs.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Veere Grenney, Hutton Wilkinson, Holiday Interiors, Michelle Nussbaumer, Selina van der Geest

Traditional Home 2014: 7 Best Holiday Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 4, 2014 2:58:21 PM

Each November, Traditional Home features the best holiday interiors with decorative rugs from around the country, and this year is no exception. My picks for the 7 best holiday interiors of 2014 ranges from the stunning new traditional style of Gerald Pomeroy in Dover, Massachusetts to a classic New England Christmas in Lisa Hilderbrand's 18th-Century Connecticut farmhouse. Nora Marra fills a 1937 Chicago home with light and Holiday colors, Emily Sullivan evokes the Northern Christmases of her childhood in her new Los Angeles home and Patrik Lönn conjures up a stately Scottish library in New York’s Holiday House Showhouse.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Geometric Rugs, oriental rugs, Blue Rugs, Damask Rugs, Gerald Pomeroy, Patrik Lönn, Lisa Hilderbrand, Emily Sullivan

House Beautiful November 2014: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 29, 2014 1:02:00 PM

The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in the November 2014 House Beautiful demonstrate that when vivid colors are used appropriately, the rooms feel happy and uplifting rather than overwhelming or garish.  "People say I am fearless with color, but if I see it in nature, I know it will work in a home," Miles Redd explained to House Beautiful. "Truthfully, color makes me happy and that was the direction with this apartment--to make a happy family home," says Miles Redd about his three interiors in today's post.

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Tags: Miles Redd, Amanda Lindroth, decorative rugs, oushak rugs, Orange Rugs, Grey Rugs

Remembering Oscar de la Renta’s Stylish Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 28, 2014 11:02:00 AM

The interiors and decorative rugs in Oscar de la Renta’s many homes reflect the same classical elegance as his beautiful dresses cherished by women all over the world and favored by every American first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Vogue in their tribute to de la Renta, last week, noted that his elegant interiors seemed to be in a constant dialog with his runway fashions. de la Renta had a passion for patterns and colors and his urbane taste ranged from exotic Central Asian silk Ikat to intricate Elizabethan Palempore; from jewel-like Chinoiserie to stately Greek architectural motifs. Today we celebrate de la Renta’s most memorable interiors with decorative rugs.

Oscar and Annette de la Renta at their home in Connecticut in 2008.

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Tags: Oscar de la Renta, decorative rugs, Geometric Rugs, Aubusson Rugs, floral rugs, English Rugs

Mario Buatta Creates 7 Happy Palm Beach Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 23, 2014 1:51:00 AM

Mario Buatta can transform any dull space into a happy one by a deft pairing of pastel colors and decorative rugs in a way that makes a room come alive like a garden in spring. Buatta's artistry finds its fullest expression in Palm Beach where he has created memorable homes for celebrities and the society set. Today’s 7 interiors are among his happiest.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, decorative rugs, Aubusson Rugs, Mario Buatta, Palm Beach Style, floral rugs

2014 Kips Bay’s Top 7 Interiors with Decorative Rugs on Pinterest

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The 20 interiors with decorative rugs in the 2014 Kips Bay Show House tell a story about the desires and fantasies of New York's top 0.1%. But do these cutting edge interiors tell us anything about what the rest of the country likes? One way to find out is to visit Pinterest and see which Kips Bay rooms get pinned most often as these are the interiors that will be emulated in the future. I did some research, and here are the 7 most highly pinned Kips Bay interiors on Pinterest.  

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Tags: decorative rugs, Alexa Hampton, Matthew Quinn, Christopher Peacock, Edward Lobrano

7 Ways to Make a Room Cozy and Gorgeous for Fall with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 29, 2014 2:59:00 AM

Fall has brought cooler nights to New England and the maples are ablaze with fiery oranges and reds. I treasure each sunny day knowing that once winter settles in it will not leave till late April. The change in seasons is a perfect time to look for ways to make our home cozy for autumn and gorgeous year-round. Below are 7 chic rooms that illustrate several different ways to achieve this by choosing the right combination of decorative rug, fabrics, wall color, textures and scale.

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Tags: Lisa Torbett, decorative rugs, Cullman & Kravis, Markham Roberts, Polly McKenna

Architectural Digest October 2014: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 26, 2014 4:00:00 AM

My picks for the 5 best rooms with decorative rugs in Architectural Digest's October 2014 issue all happen to be contemporary. I have noticed that in some months it is the traditional rooms that are the stars, and in the next issue it is all the contemporary spaces that take center stage. If you know why styles fluctuate from month to month, please share your insight in the comments section.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Vicente Wolf, Richard Mishaan, Charles Churchward, Tristan Auer, India Mahdavi

How to Pick the Perfect the Wall Color, Decorative Rug and Fabric: 6 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 16, 2014 2:27:00 AM

It is nearly impossible to pick a perfect paint color if you have not yet selected a decorative rug and fabrics. People who try to choose a wall color first, are disappointed when the rug and furniture are placed in the room and the overall effect is not what they expected.

A proven way to avoid costly decorating mistakes is to first ask yourself these questions: “How do I want to feel when I am in the room? and what mood do I want to create when guests are in the room? Each color has a different impact on how we feel. Once you learn the feeling different colors produce, it will become easy to pick the perfect combination of paint color, decorative rug and fabrics. Here are six different moods you can create by choosing the right combination of colors.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Eric Guenther, Susan Nelson, Polly McKenna, William Hodgins, Paint Colors, Debbie Blair, Amelia Perez

Best of September-October 2014 Veranda: 5 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 12, 2014 3:59:00 PM

The September-October 2014 issue of Veranda has five gorgeous rooms that offer valuable insights on how to create the feeling tone and look you desire. The key lies in the thoughtful pairing of fabrics, furniture and decorative rugs and paying attention to scale, color palettes, textures, design styles and materials. I have summarized the insights in the caption under each room image.

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Tags: decorative rugs, oushak rugs, Amelia T. Handegan, Geometric Rugs, Striped Rugs, Orienal Rugs, James Huniford, Cheryl Skoog Tague, Timothy Whealon

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