Traditional European Carpets and Damask Rugs, 6 Decorating Tips

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For the Sea Island Company in Georgia Lisa Torbett Interiors created a space that showcases traditional European carpets in various unique applications.  From floor to ceiling, these rugs capture one's attention.  Such original design work led us to ask Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons for tips on decorating with traditional European rugs and carpets.                    Lisa and Dee selected one very large rug for the main room in the club. The major pieces of furniture sit comfortably on the rug and expand the feeling of space. The choice of cream for the walls provides a restful backdrop for the colorful fabrics, rug and pillows as well as for the wood floor and ceiling. Lisa and Dee worked painstakingly to perfect the custom coloring of this very large handmade Morena carpet  inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug influenced by Renaissance damasks. Read More

Luxury Rugs, Geometric Rugs, 5 Decorating Tips

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Lisa Torbett Interiors* of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, is renowned for designing luxurious homes, clubs and hotels. This living room by the company's founder, president Lisa Torbett, and vice president Dee Simmons, is both luxurious and accessible. It teaches 5 valuable lessons on how to decorate with luxury rugs and geometric rugs. Read More

3 Tips on How to Start Decorating with Geometric Needlepoint Rugs

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Decorating with Needlepoint and Oushak rugs can be overwhelming.  With so many materials, accessories and furnishing available it is easy to feel stalled even before the design process begins.  To learn how experienced designers begin their design project I asked award winning Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons of Lisa Torbett Interiors, St. Simon's Island Georgia* for their advice. Lisa and Dee start with the most important things first: Read More

7 Things You Must Know Before Signing a Designer Rug Purchase Order

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Updated June 16, 2015 with new content. A fine quality handmade rug is a major purchase and when chosen wisely gives years of enjoyment. It is therefore surprising that many people don't ask a few simple questions that could greatly increase their enjoyment of the rug. Here are 7 tips that will help you choose the best rug for the room, avoid some common rug buying mistakes and know the pros and cons of hand-knotted versus hand-tufted rugs.   Read More