August 2014 Design Magazines: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs from the August 2014 issues of the top Design Magazines will inspire you in bringing elegance and warmth to living rooms, libraries and bedrooms. These 7 interiors were selected from Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, New York Cottages and Gardens, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. Read More

Hamptons Designer Showhouse: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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If you are looking for ideas for designing sophisticated and relaxing seaside interiors with decorative rugs, you will find plenty of great inspiration in the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse just published in the August 2014 issue of Traditional Home. Here are my picks for the 7 best rooms. Read More

How Jane Fonda Enriched Home by Mixing Oriental Rugs with Modern Rugs

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Recently a homeowner fell in love with a modern floral rug but was concerned it would not work with the traditional Oriental rugs she already had in the adjoining rooms. This worry arises from a common misconception that everything in a home should match, or at the very least be of the same style. We will learn why leading interior designers advise against "matchy matchy" decorating. To bring their advice home we will look at Jane Fonda's newly built northern New Mexico ranch home, recently featured in Architectural Digest, where Fonda deliberately juxtaposed objects that many people think do not belong together. Fonda chose this approach because she wanted the newly built home to look more sophisticated and historical. Her decorating was so effective that “When Robert Redford came to visit he thought the house was at least a hundred years old,” Fonda told Architectural Digest. Pictures of the rooms are accompanied by quotes from leading decorators explaining why this decorating approach works far better than the approach of matching every object. Read More

Best of July 2014 Design Magazines: 14 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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When first published yesterday, this post was focused entirely on Architectural Digest; however, I  learned today that Conde Nast policy limits a blog post to 5 of their images. With sincere apologies to Architectural Digest and my readers, I have replaced several of the images in this post with great new selections from the July issues of Elle Decor, Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Veranda. Here are my picks for the14 best interiors with decorative rugs plus gorgeous gardens, pools, porches and nature views from these leading design magazines.  Read More

Architectural Digest June 2014: 19 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The June 2014 issue of Architectural Digest contains so many gorgeous rooms it deserves a blog post of its own. AD has improved the quality of its coverage despite a very challenging environment for print magazines. Here are my picks for the 19 best interiors with decorative rugs in extraordinary homes. Read More

How to Transform a French Château with Oriental Rugs: 28 Photos

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AD100 interior designer Timothy Corrigan bought a neoclassical Loire Valley château from the French government in 2005 and after years of painstaking effort has transformed it into a home that is not only stylishly aristocratic but also surprisingly warm and livable. “It would have been very easy to design the room in true 18th-century style, with little spindly gold chairs and not a lot of places to sit,” Corrigan told Architectural Digest. Instead Corrigan used oriental rugs and comfortable furniture to create intimate spaces throughout the château. Corrigans rooms show us how to create warm and livable environments in any size home regardless of its style or setting. Read More

Best of May-June 2014 Veranda: 14 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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 Updated January 25, 2015 with new images of Veranda's three most admired living rooms on Pinterest. The May-June 2014 issue of Veranda contains so many gorgeous rooms with decorative rugs, this blog post became one of the most popular of 2014. Read More

Intimate Retreats with Cozy Decorative Rugs: 17 Gorgeous Bedrooms

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Bedrooms can be be so much more than a place to sleep. The 18 gorgeous spaces by top designers show how you can create an intimate refuge from the noise and interruption of daily life with relaxing and soothing sitting and work areas and make them cozy with decorative rugs. Read More