12 Oscar Stars: Brighten Homes with Decorative Rugs

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As we get ready for the 2014 Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, lets look behind the scenes at how the stars of stage and screen relax at home. The twelve interiors in today's post show how Oscar winners brighten their homes with a mix of rustic and sophisticated elements unified by well chosen decorative rugs. Read More

Exiled to Paris: Windsors Devise Regal Style with Needlepoint Rugs

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Decades before the press became enamored by Princess Diana, there was a romantic British royal couple who had an even more engaging story. It starts with the dashingly handsome Edward VIII, king of the world's most powerful empire. Edward decided to marry Wallis Simpson, a bewitching American divorcée, but British law did not permit such a marriage. Against determined opposition from the Royal Family and the British government, Edward held steadfast and abdicated from the throne of England in a dramatic radio address on December 11, 1936. The young King spoke to a stunned world “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.” The couple married in France six months later and lived in exile for the rest of their lives, mostly in Paris but also in the Bahamas and New York. With Stephane Boudin of Maison Jansen as adviser and guide, the Duchess set about designing a regal home that mixed French antiques with English needlepoint rugs to remind the Duke of the English palaces he had left behind. She scoured the antique shops of Paris and hired the finest artisans to create the rooms featured below. Read More

14 Romantic Bedrooms Made Cozy by Fireplaces and Decorative Rugs

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There is nothing more romantic and rejuvenating than a bedroom with a fireplace seating area made cozy by a luxurious decorative rug. The moment the fireplace is lit, it's glow immediately puts us at ease and creates a feeling of connection and contentment. This year the icy grip of winter has extended farther south and lasted longer than at any time I can remember. It is sensible to start think of creating stylish, romantic and cozy retreats from the frigid outdoors. The 14 stylish bedrooms with fireplace seating areas and cozy decorative rugs offer lots of inspiration from the world's top decorators. Read More

16 Gorgeous Rooms: How to Decorate with Aubusson Rugs and Red Rugs

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In the 18th and 19th centuries Aubusson rugs were designed by artists some of whom were established painters for the King of France. Because Aubusson rugs are designed by fine artists, they have highly sophisticated color palettes. This makes them easy to decorate with as long as you keep these guidelines at the back of your mind: Read More

Europe’s It Designer Renews 16th Century Palace with Decorative Rugs

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Lorenzo Castillo widely considered Europe's "It" interior designer, was asked by a client to modernize a palace in Seville while staying faithful to it's history. The palace was built during Spain's golden age, the 16th century, when the nation ruled the trade routes to the New World. Today's post will show how Castillo used beautiful fabrics, antique furniture and classsic decorative rugs to create interiors that combine 21st century comfort with sophisticated historical touches. Read More

Best of February 2014 Design Magazines: 18 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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In Boston, February is when we begin to realize that it no longer becomes dark at 4PM and start hoping for spring, even though we will be in winter's grip for quite a bit longer. The February issues of Interior Design magazines are beginning to show more color. I have picked the 18 most inspiring interiors with decorative rugs from the current Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Décor, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. I hope you enjoy them. Read More

14 Gorgeous Interiors: How to Pair Bold Colors with Decorative Rugs

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If you are tired of winter you will find these 14 colorful rooms energizing and inspiring. They show how top interior designers bring lively colors into a room in fresh new ways and how they unify the room with the right decorative rug. Each room has something different to teach and I will share with you what I see in each room.  Read More

Thomas Pheasant Refines 30 Interiors with Custom Decorative Rugs

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Thomas Pheasant's interiors have a calm refinement and a quiet sophistication. Pheasant acknowledges the influence of French designers of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. His furniture and custom rugs are grounded in classical architecture, but with a clean and modern sensibility. He creates “things that have kind of a familiar look but are still fresh,” Pheasant told Architectural Digest.  Here is my pick of Pheasant's 30 finest interiors. Read More

12 Chic Rooms: Bunny Williams Refines an Estate with Decorative Rugs

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If you are about to decorate a home you can benefit from learning how Bunny Williams decorated an entire house in Virginia. Bunny told House Beautiful she begins a design project by asking clients, "How do you want to live in a house? That's the most important thing to know before you buy or build." "Do you cook? Entertain? Are you going to maintain it yourself?" Read More