50 Shades of Grey and Contemporary Rugs Add Zip to 5 Interiors

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When did people really and truly understand how incredibly beautiful and transformative decorating a home with grey could be? It may have been right around the time that the now-famous 2010 Oprah interview with J. Crew creative chief Jenna Lyons aired. With a collective gasp that was heard around the professional and wannabe interior design worlds, Lyons's Park Slope Brooklyn brownstone home exploded in wonder across the screens of design lovers around the world. Folks watched in awed, stunned silence as images of Lyons's home danced across the screen, salivating from the sight of all of the chevron prints, the pops of bright color and the luscious, glorious myriad shades of grey that draped the walls and furnishings in the brownstone from top to bottom. From the dark and dusky deep grey of the master bedroom walls to the lightest of light grey walls of the living room that were practically giving off sunshine, they were so bright.  Decorating With Grey: In or Out? Read More

Great First Impression: Enrich Entry Halls with Decorative Rugs

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We all know that first impression count the most, yet too often people give cursory attention to the entry and hallways of their homes. The bottom line is that decorating your entrance and hallway really does matter. Many people throw up a painting or two, slap down a decorative rug and call it a day, forgetting about the entrance as soon as the work is done. What's unfortunate about this approach is that they miss the unique opportunity to create a favorable first impression of their home and even of themselves.  Guests also feel more important if they enter a home from an impressive and welcoming entrance.  A half-heartedly decorated entrance is at best boring and forgettable and at worst, it can leave the wrong impression about you and your home. Read More

4 Rooms Add Glamor and Warmth to Holidays with Decorative Rugs

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Decorating a room for the Holidays, or just decorating your home can either be an adventure or feel very scary, depending on how you feel about your decorating skills and how willing you are to take chances and make mistakes in the process. One famous decorator told me that she takes a truck-load of accessories to the client’s home to try out, as even she, with years of practice cannot always pre-judge what will look the best without trying several objects in the room. Reading blogs with lots of beautiful rooms allows you to develop your eye and is also a good way to discover what you like and what you can’t stand. Over time, it can spark ideas which will pay off when you start your decorating project, whether it is by yourself or with the help of a professional decorator. Today we’ll look at four rooms by leading designers-they are enjoyable to look at and also offer insights that could help you succeed in your design project. Read More

4 Glamorous Dining Rooms with Metallic Accents and Decorative Rugs

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If you are looking for ideas for designing a glamorous dining room that will impress even the most discerning guests, then you will find lots of inspiration in the four gorgeous dining spaces in today's post. Each room has achieved it's distinctive stunning looks by skillful use of two elements- metallic finishes and amazing decorative rugs. We will learn how to use these two elements effectively to create a glamorous and memorable atmosphere in any room. Read More

How to Choose the Best Decorative Rug for a Room: 12 Tips

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You've done everything you needed to do for your living room. You saved your money in order to buy that ABC Carpet & Home sofa. You bought high-quality linen and silk and had drapes made by a seamstress. That vintage Charles Hollis Jones Lucite coffee table that you scored off of eBay couldn't have found a better home. The accessories you've collected from around the world have found happy homes on your bespoke bookshelves. Your final touch was the discount rug from the closeout store.  Read More

Gorgeous Holiday Décor Takes Inspiration from Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

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The Holidays are a wonderful time for celebrating with friends and family– and a creatively decorated room can greatly enhance the experience and create wonderful memories. But the Holiday Season is such a busy time of year, it is a great help to know of some easy and tasteful ways to dress up your interiors, without having to run around on December 27th removing tons of tinsel. Today we will bring you three ways of elevating your holiday decor by building on the objects that are already in the room such as a beautiful Aubusson rug, a lovely fabric or a stunning chandelier. Read More

Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Adds Zip to 4 Rooms

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If you’re like to know what the color trends are and keep an eye on the fashion scene, this is a great time of year to think of creating a stylish interior that is up to date, but not trendy. The design world is in a whirr of festive indulgence, but also looking forward to the spring fashion events that kick off just after the New Year. One of the most anticipated announcements heralding the “new” season came from Pantone just a few days ago. The Color of the Year for 2014 is Pantone 18-3224, Radiant Orchid. Read More

Pinterest 18 Most Gorgeous Dining Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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If you are looking for ideas on how to design stylish and welcoming dining rooms, Pinterest offers a wealth of images, but depending on your taste, you may find the search quite time consuming. So I have selected 18 of the most gorgeous traditional dining rooms on Pinterest. These rooms show how to unify the entire design scheme by selecting a decorative rug that can pull together all the elements in the room.   Read More