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How Chic Oushak Rugs Make it Easy to Freshen Decor

Posted by Kate Watson on Jan 6, 2017 1:40:00 AM

Oushak rugs are amazingly flexible because of their ability to work in both both modern and traditional settings and because their soft color palettes often contain many accent colors that allow you to create different color palettes in the room. Let us look at some fabulous interiors with Oushak rugs.

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Tags: Amy Howard, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Melanie Elston

How to Design Stunning Rooms with Oushak Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 30, 2013 11:04:00 PM

Fashion legend Bill Blass once said “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” These words encourage us trust our instincts whether we are designing a cozy den or a stately living room. If you are looking for great ideas for decorating with Oushak rugs, a great place to start is Southern California interior designer Eric Guenther's tips on decorating with Oushak rugs. Then take Bill Blass' advice and follow your instincts. To stir up your imagination, view the following rooms and see how famous decorators have used Oushak rugs to design stunning rooms.

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Melanie Elston, John Saladino

16 Elegant and Fashionable Rooms with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 19, 2012 11:21:00 PM

Last month I predicted that Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs will soon become highly fashionable because these colors were a hot new trend in women's fashion for Spring-Summer 2012 on the January and February runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York. When I made that prediction, I had no idea that just a month after appearing on fashion runways these colors would be dominating the offerings at home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel. I discovered the speed at which trends are jumping from women fashion to home furnishing last Saturday while taling a casual walk through Boston's upscale Chestnut Hill Mall.

Poorly designed orange rugs and coral rugs have been rushed to market to catch the hot new trend

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Tags: Cole Prevost, Design Inspiration, Elissa Cullman, coral rugs, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Melanie Elston, John Fowler, Jamie Drake, Nancy Lancaster, Meg Braff, John Saladino, Suzanne Tucker, Susan Nelson, Markham Roberts, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks

16 Chic Interiors: How to Decorate with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 6, 2012 11:21:00 AM

Updated August, 2016. Orange, Coral and Tangerine have recently been hits on the fashion runways in Paris, Milan and London and we even see celebrities appearing in orange. So you might think that orange is a new fashion color. But just look at the rooms from the 1960's and 70's by legendary decorators Billy Baldwin and David Hicks and you will see that orange rugs, coral rugs, terracotta rugs, tangerine walls, and citrus colored fabrics were just as fashionable in the 60's and 70's as they are today with decorators such as Jamie Drake, Mary McDonald, Katie Ridder and David Easton... The 16 stylish interiors in this post show us how to decorate with orange rugs and with the many mellower shades of orange.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Chistina Murphy, D'Aquino Monaco, Betty Sherrill, Eldon Wong, Design Inspiration, David Easton, coral rugs, Orange Rugs, Melanie Elston, Jamie Drake, Coral Oushak Rugs, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Meg Braff, Mary McDonald, McMillen, Inc., Susan Nelson, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks

9 Top Decorators Show How to Decorate with Best Rugs in Brown

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 31, 2011 1:04:00 PM

Years ago, working with neutral rugs meant working with infinite variations of white, beige and taupe rugs. All of this has changed, now leading interior designers are adding vibrant color to make a room "pop" . The best brown rugs have become the favorite neutral rugs. Today we will learn from 9 top designers what accent colors go best with brown rugs and how to use brown rugs in living rooms, family rooms, library and bedrooms. A reliable guide is to think of the colors found in nature alongside brown.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Melanie Elston, Brown Rugs, Sara Story, Garrow Kedigian, Kelly Wearstler, Amanda Nisbet, Ann Jones, Leta Foster

Melanie Elston's Fashionable Tradition with Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 9, 2011 1:04:00 AM

The gray contemporary wool and silk rug is a surprise in this otherwise tradtional room. By selecting a contemporay rug Melanie Elston energized this room with a clean and fresh feel.

Rooms that are too contemporary feel cold and rooms that only have traditional furnishings tend towards the stuffy. Interior designers who have mastered the art of mixing different styles, textures, colors and materials are the most sought after today. Their work looks fresh and timeless. Today we feature one such designer- Melanie Elston, recognized by both Traditional Home Magazine and House Beautiful Magazine as one of the young interior designers to watch in 2011.

In an interview with Traditional Home, Melanie Elston explained, “I really love to design an eclectic interior, using unexpected pieces.  I like to work in vintage houses, but to bring in modern pieces of furniture and accessories as well as antiques.”

Melanie Elston demonstrates her ability to blend traditional and contemporary styles in this living room.  The furniture, moldings and fireplace are all traditional, but they are antchored by a contemporary wool and silk rug.The contemporary wool and silk rug gives this traditional room a clean and fresh look.

Notice how Melanie has balanced the the cool gray colors of the contemporary rug with the warm dark brown tones of the wood floor and the fireplace mantle. The seating area is defined by the contemporary rug and it is surrrounded by the warmth of the dark wood floor. The walls are again a cool gray and the white cieling creates pleasing relief.

In this hallway Melanie Elston placed a gray-blue wool contemporay rug runner on a dark brown wood floor. In the room to the right she juxtaposed a traditional wallpaper in a vibrant blue damask pattern.

The energy of Melanie Elston's mix of contemporary and traditional elements is powerful.


Melanie Elston worked with Oprah Winfrey's Nate Berkus before starting her own firm

Melanie Elston Quotes:

“When a friend or family member enters my client’s house and says ‘this is so you!’ I know I’ve done my job well,” says Elston. “Home should be a comfortable reflection of our best self. My goal and greatest joy is to understand what makes each client unique and to translate that essence into a beautiful space.”

"I also love bringing spaces to life with textiles-great mixtures of textures, colors, and patterns. My personal favorite is neutral backgrounds with punches of color".

Melanie told Traditional Home Magazine that her favoirite design period was 1940's French and Italian. The magazine then followed with this question "Given carte blanche, would you design an entire interior in '40s vintage pieces?

Melanie holding true to her genius for mixing replied:
"I would never do a whole room in it. But I would use a '40s table and other '40s pieces as accents". 

Bravo Melanie!

Mosaic a contemporary wool rug in 1940's French style with silk highlights and hand spun wool in many shades of gray-blue.


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Tags: Chicago Style, Design Inspiration, Contemporary rugs, Melanie Elston

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