How to Design Cheery Interiors with Spring Color Needlepoint Rugs

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The last big storm of this winter has wrapped my house in a thick blanket of snow and in the soft silence I have begun dreaming of nestling with a good book in a warm library decorated in cheery spring colors instead of dark wintry tones. My inspiration is a happy needlepoint rug with fresh green, sea blue, yellow, coral and red. I have always wanted an antique English mahogany breakfront book case, but to give the room a more interesting look I paired it with a mid-century modern French settee and Art Deco pieces. The red fabric on the settee resonates nicely with the energizing coral and red in the needlepoint rug. This design scheme can be easily adapted for a cheerful living room by replacing the book case with sea green or sea blue upholstery. Read More

The Mysterious Bessarabian Rug in Brooke Astor’s Cozy Library

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The New York Times called Brooke Astor's Park Avenue library designed by Albert Hadley, "one of the most admired interiors of the 20th century." Today, I hope to surprise you by demonstrating that what made this library so memorable was not the red-lacquered shelves that everyone writes about, nor the Brunschwig & Fils La Portugaise fabric chosen by Sister Parish, but a fabulous Bessarabian rug that is never mentioned in any of the numerous articles on this famous room. Read More

Are Any Needlepoint Rugs Durable Enough for Active Rooms? 5 Tips

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When clients ask interior designer Mary Ann Hart Beardman if a needlepoint rug is durable enough for active living rooms and dining rooms, she recalls the day when a neighbor’s large dog ran all over her living room needlepoint rug leaving large, wet and muddy paw prints all over the pristine cream background of her Branches needlepoint rug. Others may have panicked, but Mary knew better. She waited a day until the wet mud had completely dried and then vacuumed off the dirt without leaving a trace! Read More

6 Exceptional Antique Needlepoint Rugs from New York’s Top Dealers

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There have never been so many beautiful antique needlepoint rugs on the market as now. It seems that New York's prestigious antique dealers have gathered the most attractive needlepoint rugs from all over the world. Given the dismal European economy, New York is pulling in the top antique rugs from all over the world. Read More

Valentino and Dior 2013 Couture Echoes Red Geometric and Floral Rugs

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It may surprise you to see the remarkable similarity in decorative rug fashions and couture. Below is a side by side comparison of red geometric and floral rugs and the 2013 couture fashions of Valentino, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Chloe. The reason for the remarkable similarity is that decorative rugs and couture fashions look for inspirations in the same classical sources- ancient textiles and architecture from around the world. The best designs are never direct copies of ancient designs, rather they are fresh interpretations that speak to us in a modern way. Read More

What Size Decorative Rug is Best for Living Rooms: 10 Tips

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When homeowners are reluctant to cover up too much of a nice wood or marble floor with a rug, they can make the mistake of buying a decorative that is too small. This has the effect of making the living room or dining room look smaller. We asked three leading interior designers how they determine what is the right size decorative rug for living rooms, open plan rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Here are their answers. Read More