12 Oscar Stars: Brighten Homes with Decorative Rugs

As we get ready for the 2014 Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, lets look behind the scenes at how the stars of stage and screen relax at home. The twelve interiors in today’s post show how Oscar winners brighten their homes with a mix of rustic and sophisticated elements unified by well chosen decorative rugs.

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2014 Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres wanted her Beverly Hills, California, living room to feel light, airy, rustic, modern, traditional and sophisticated all at the same time. This has been achieved by using large expanses of white and juxtaposing highly contrasting styles and textures such as the southwestern fireplace with the Louis XVI bergères and gold oriental rug and modern art with antique textiles.

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The Pera Y Oushak Rug expresses a sophisticated antique pattern in beige, brown, tan and cream in a rustic texture of handspun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher brought the outdoors into their modern Beverly Hills, California home and at the same time created a cozy intimacy. This is done with window walls that open up spectacular garden views. Warmth is created by a gold rug, gold and red pillows and the honey colored wood paneling.

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 “Helen tends to go for more rococo stuff,” says husband Taylor Hackford of his Oscar winning wife Helen Mirren. The is living and dining space in their home in the French Quarter of New Orleans has combines classical English Regency style with warm golds, reds and creams all pulled together by cream and red oriental rugs.

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Calabasas, California living room opens to spectacular garden and mountain views. Designer Judith Lance and architect Stephen Samuelson created a sophisticated mix of tribal and modern elements with two seating areas one anchored by a silver grey contemporary rug and the other by a brown and silver contemporary rug.

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Mosaic T Oriental Rug expresses a 2000 year old Roman stone pavement in silver and grey wool and silk. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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A contemporary rug with brown and white silk strié anchors a pink custom sofa at the garden end of the living room in Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s California home.

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Woody Allen’s Manhattan townhouse designed by Stephen Shadley has two seating areas anchored by Oushak rugs that pull together traditional furniture and modern works by Robert Rauschenberg and Ed Ruscha and naive paintings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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The Kos Oushak Rug  expresses a sophisticated antique pattern in gold, beige, coral, green and cream in a rustic texture of handspun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox’s New York City living room designed by Brooke and Mariette Himes Gomez juxtaposes clean modern furniture with a sophisticated grey Oushak rug. Black and  brown wood tones add contrast and warmth.

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The Kiraz Oushak Rug expresses a sophisticated antique pattern in grey with touches of brown, blue and cream in a rustic texture of handspun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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Jennifer Aniston’s Beverly Hills living room designed by Stephen Shadley mixes vibrant purple, orange, peacock blue and yellow with Robert Motherwell’s 1963 A Throw of Dice No. 17 all anchored by a white contemporary rug.  Richly grained wood paneled walls and stone columns add contrast, texture and warmth.

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A living area of actor Hank Azaria’s barn in Bel Air, California designed by Trip Haenisch uses a cream, brown and grey Moroccan rug to pull together the texture of the flagstones, the tan velvet of the sofa and the pink and blues of the patterned pillows and chair.

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Diane Keaton is an avid collector of California art. Her mission style living room designed by Stephen Shadley has white walls, dark wood ceiling beams, brick accents and art by Maynard Dixon and William Ritschel. The Monterey daybed and blue pots from the teens and 1920s are anchored by a brown contemporary rug with a Navajo inspired pattern.

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Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos’s  Manhattan living room designed by Michael S. Smith is comfortable, colorful and elegant. An ornate gilded Regency mirror contrasts with the straight lines of the classical ceiling beams and the modernist coffee table. The apricot silk covered antique Swedish settee and red Kilim throw add pops of color and a time worn antique rug with blue and ivory pulls the entire composition together.   

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The Morena Oriental rug is inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug and resonates with Renaissance damask fabrics. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

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Will Ferrell and Swedish born actress (and art auctioneer) wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell’s New York apartment was designed by Shawn Henderson. The interplay between curved and rectangular shapes in tonal greys, black and white is enriched by a mix of textures- iron, steel, weathered wood, leather, glass and plaster. Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Mario Dal Fabbro and Sol LeWitt is anchored by a simple white contemporary rug with a grey silk border.

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The living room of Kelsey Grammer’s Bel Air house designed by Kenneth Alpert and Andrew Petronio of KA Design Group has beautiful garden views, dark beamed cathedral ceiling and several comfortable seating areas in beige and gold all pulled together by one large beige and silver oriental rug with a tonal damask pattern.

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The Saffron Oriental Rug expresses a sophisticated antique pattern in tonal shades of beige, silver, golden green and cream. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

All room images coutesy Architectural Digest.

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