World décor, global design, exotic furnishings. Whether you're stalking the stalls of Clingnacourt (Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen) or Vanves in Paris in search of the perfect battered club chair, or you're haggling like a pro over colorful rugs adorned with intense geometric motifs in the markets of Fez or Marrakesh, your passion for global design guides you towards incredible finds. The distinct beauty of furniture and accessories from ports near and far affords you the opportunity to appreciate the art and design aesthetic of different cultures, all while giving you everlasting memories of your travels. When a beautiful piece, be it a small lamp or a sofa, catches your eye, you can barely stand the idea that you may have to wait to bring it home, especially when it comes to those larger pieces that need to be shipped. Getting your items home is step one. Step two is making sure that you're able to incorporate your new treasures into your existing décor in a way that enhances it, not overwhelms it. Become Your Own Curator Read More
Archive: Dec 2013
Red is a color that demands attention – solid or patterned, in any shade, red definitely has a tendency to stand out. If you’re looking for a way to punch up your holiday decorating, red can be used to create visual interest in a variety of ways – it can make a room richer, more playful or classier, depending on how you use it. The seven rooms below all use red rugs to create signature looks that are perfect for the holiday season. Read More
At this time of year, when our decorative energies are focused on quick options to provide festive backdrops for memories with families and friends, it’s worth considering how to turn that seasonal chore into a longer-term solution for a detail-rich interior space. Today, we’ll look at four breathtaking rooms where Aubusson rugs set the stage for all seasons. The exuberant patterns and colors of Aubusson rugs were created for 18th and 19th French nobility who took the entertainment of family and guests seriously. Today's leading decorators have adapted these glorious rugs for modern life styles where they are used to bring a certain flair and glamour to a room. Aubusson rugs provide a unique atmosphere for Holiday entertaining. Read More
If you’re looking for ideas for designing rooms that look chic and also feel warm and welcoming, then you will find today's six rooms by top interior decorators highly instructive. As you view the images, look for the following five keys techniques the designers used to create these stunning rooms: 1. Juxtaposing rough materials with elegant objects; 2. Mixing objects of different styles, materials and textures 3. Using both cool and warm colors; 4. How the Oushak rug was used to pull together all the different styles and colors in the room and finally 5. How open plan rooms were made to look organized by defining different spaces with rugs. Read More
If you are looking for ways to design an interior that not only looks good, but also makes you feel happier to be there, then the five rooms in today's post will appeal to you. Each of these rooms has a distinct personality and great style, but what stands out in each case is that they make you want to live in them. In each case the designer has used an Aubusson rug to bring sophistication and a feeling of comfort. Read More
The holiday season only comes once a year (terrible news - or great news - depending on who you ask), and the warmth of the holidays comes from homey, rich touches that add a vibrant, cozy energy- Holly and mistletoe, bright ornaments, red wool sweaters and shiny bows. Red is a shade that perfectly captures the holiday season and red rugs are a great way to make your guests feel special and spread the holiday cheer all year round as you will see in these four stylish rooms.
The holidays are all about geometric patterns. From the playful bulbs and berries to the pointed triangle of the traditional Christmas tree and the wondrous symmetry of the menorah. This festive geometry can be echoed in the choices we make when decorating for the Holidays. Geometric rugs are one of the most powerful tools for providing subtle interior queues to visitors for all your annual celebrations. Today we’ll look at four interiors where geometric rugs provide exquisite jumping off points for decorating during the Holidays. Read More
Winter weather is upon us, and if you, like me live in the northern part of the country, you're already anticipating the return of spring. But if you are lucky enough to be in Florida, California or Arizona, you're probably asking, "What's winter weather?" Read More
According to the authoritative Mayo Clinic, "The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests- stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands- parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few". The Mayo Clinic's 10 Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression includes this advice: "Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do". Finding a space in your home that makes you feel relaxed and where you can get away from it all is very important to have at any time of the year, but never more so than during the holidays. Each of us has different preferences for places that feel restful and replenishing. Some like the cozy privacy that only a bedroom can provide while others may find it more relaxing to be among family in a traditional dining room. Rugs are an important factor in creating a feeling of security and calm in any room. Oushak rugs are particularly effective because their luxurious texture, soft colors and ancient patterns are excellent at creating both calmness and elegance in a room as the four rooms below demonstrate.
When it comes to mid-century modern interior design, there are a few colors that can make as big a difference as orange. Orange rugs and orange fabrics can add zip and warmth to the spare angular lines of mid-century modern furniture. Even in soft shades, orange does not act like a pastel, but has an inherent funkiness and edge. The six rooms below show how you can create very different looks by pairing orange rugs with such colors as aqua, yellow, blue, beige, charcoal and silver. Each pairing of orange with another color produces a different atmosphere and feeling tone. These rooms will help you come up with ideas for designing your own fabulous interior by mixing mid-century modern and orange rugs with different styles and colors. Read More