Kit Kemp: 9 Tips for Bringing a Modern Vibe to Interiors with Red Rugs

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“Never use anything you wouldn’t want to sit on without any clothes on. It should always feel glorious against your skin” says Kit Kemp, the British designer whom The Sunday Times calls "The Guru of modern hotel design." Kit Kemp's London home is the finest example of her playful and irreverent decorating style which mixes red oriental rugs with modern furniture and boldly patterned fabrics. Kemp's modern take on the English Country House can be seen in the 9 boutique hotels she co-owns with husband Tim Kemp including New York's fantastical art filled Crosby Street Hotel and London's sensational Ham Yard Hotel. "My aim as a designer is to make surroundings a joyful thing - to bring in elements of intrigue and curiosity that create a sense of adventure and fun" writes Kemp in her book "A Living Space. "This is not to be mistaken for gimmicky however, comfort and quality are at the core too", she concludes. I have distilled the 9 Tips from Kemp’s book and from her London home. Read More

Architectural Digest September 2015: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The 7 best rooms with decorative rugs in the September 2015 Architectural Digest include the chic Paris apartment of Christian Dior's Mathilde Favier-Meyer who ignored advice from three legendary Parisian decorators to follow her own instincts; Ralph Lauren’s new West Village Home Collection recalling 1950s Bohemian style; The easy going elegance of Derek Lam’s Gramercy Park apartment and Brett Heyman’s peaceful Connecticut retreat. Read More

Best of July-August 2015 Veranda: 7 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The July-August 2015 Veranda's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs are dedicated to illustrating how to create relaxed and elegant interiors by mixing the old and the new, juxtaposing the classic and the contemporary, creating a contrast between rustic and refined and between matte and smooth. The 7 rooms show how the same design principles hold true for a seaside home and a formal mansion.   Read More