Resilient Bostonians Are Up And Running Again

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As I drove to work yesterday, I watched teenagers in bold T shirts cross the street to walk over to Beacon Street to watch the event that symbolizes the coming of spring and when Boston welcomes thousand of runners and their families from all over the world to the oldest Marathon in the world. I promised myself that even though I was going to miss seeing the marathon in person, I would get over to Commonwealth Avenue to see the blooming of pink magnolias that usually coincide with Marathon day. Read More

10 Classic David Easton Interiors with Needlepoint Rugs

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David Easton masterfully recaptures the elegance of the classic English country house with quintessentially English needlepoint rugs. What is even more fascinating is how David pairs the classical order and symmetry of neoclassical architecture with floral needlepoint rugs and thereby creates a modern rendition of the English Georgian style. David's design approach is continuously evolving as he incorporates changes in technology to create what he calls “an envelope for a lifestyle". Read More

Pinterest’s 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Luxury Savonnerie Rugs

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To qualify for Pinterest's 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Savonnerie Rugs, the interiors had to be both gorgeous and over the top. I rejected Napolean's bedroom at Malmaison because it was definitely way over the top, but I did not find it beautiful. I am pleased that more than half of the top 7 interiors are by American decorators, and if you did not know which ones are American, it would be hard to tell them apart from the European. As you go through these rooms, pay special attention to the rooms in which the colors of the fabrics and the walls are deliberately not coordianted with colors of the Savonnerie rugs. This freedom from the iron clad rules of color coordination gives these rooms a fresh, airy and timeless feeling. Since the attributions of the images on Pinterest are frequently missing or inaccurate, I apologize in advance for any errors that I might have unknowingly picked up from Pinterest.  Read More

How to Enrich Scalamandre Kathryn Ireland Fabrics with Blue Rugs

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In order to learn how to enrich Scalamandre's Kathryn Ireland fabrics with blue rugs, it is important to first learn what not to do. Each year with the onset of summer, home design magazines feature eye catching interiors with blue and white fabrics and blue rugs. What these magazines fail to mention are some major decorating errors in some of these rooms. We will examine the impact of these errors and illustrate how to avoid them when decorating with Scalamandre's Kathryn M. Ireland Duden Lodge fabrics and blue rugs. Read More

How to Glamorize Brunschwig & Fils Ikat Fabrics with Aubusson Rugs

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Oscar de la Renta was the first fashion designer to introduce Ikat dresses on fashion runways in 2005, and ever since then he has demonstrated his love for Ikats by working directly with Ikat weavers in Uzbeksitan (see video). So when I was looking for confirmation for the idea of pairing Brunschwig & Fils Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug, I researched de la Renta's Fall 2013 Ready to Wear Collection and was very pleased to find that he had combined geometric and floral Ikat patterns in a fabulous dress. Oscar de la Renta had done exactly what Asmara designer Alexis McDermott did when she paired Brunschwig & Fils geometric Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug featured in today's post. Geometric Ikat fabrics have a naturalistic and comfortable look that contrasts with the refined curves of a floral Aubusson rug. The combination of two such contrasting looks makes a room feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It is the interior design equivalent of wearing blue jeans with a silk top. When this is done well, the result is both chic and comfortable. On the opposite end of the spectrum are rooms that look boring because everything is of the same style and from the same design period. Interior designer Cindy Rinfret calls this type of decorating "embassy style decorating." Read More

How to Enhance Pierre Frey Chinoiserie Fabrics with Green Rugs

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Green rugs in geometric patterns inspired by Chinoiserie drawings of Jean Pillement are ideal companions for Pierre Frey's Spring 2013 fabrics Les Indes Galantes and Mandchou. The geometric patterned green rugs and Pierre Frey's fabrics are inspired by Chinoiserie drawings of the 17th and 18th centuries when Europe's imagination was fired up by images of the Far East brought back by travelers returning from India and China. A craze for exotic imported luxury goods soon grew so large, it created a desire to make copies of eastern textiles within Europe. Within a short time French artists began painting a fantasy version of the East which had only a tenuous connection to the real China. One of the greatest Chinoiserie artists was Jean Pillement who personally spread the fashion for Chinoiserie through his travels during the 18th century from Paris to Lisbon, Madrid, London, Vienna, Warsaw and St. Petersburg where he worked for royal patrons. Read More