Aubusson Rugs Bring Chic Vibe to 7 Country Interiors

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Aubusson rugs ancient patterns have a timeless appeal. It might surprise you to learn that these rugs are as much at home in a rustic country interior as in a glamorous English country house, a French château or an Italian villa. Aubusson rugs were originally created in the 18th century for the French nobility. The patterns of these rugs are a combination of architectural notifs from classical Greece and Rome and French floral motifs. Aubusson rugs have a flat-woven texture which gives them a clean, almost contemporary look. The seven chic rooms in today's post illustrate several different ways of decorating with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Design Secrets of Martha’s Vineyard’s Top Architect Patrick Ahearn

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Architect Spotlight with Patrick Ahearn FAIA Owner of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC, Boston and Edgartown, Massachusetts Patrick Ahearn needs no introduction if you live on Martha's Vineyard or anywhere else in the world where they love classic New England architecture that has been updated for modern lifestyles. Patrick's portfolio of exquisite award-winning homes is endless. His impact on Martha's Vineyard has been profound with hundreds of beautifully designed homes and his enthusiastic engagement with the island's community. Patrick has won multiple Bulfinch and PRISM Awards, last year he was the selected architect for HGTV's Dream Home 2015, and is shortlisted for six International Design & Architecture 2016 Awards.  Join me as Patrick shares insights on designing numerous Bulfinch Award and PRISM Award winning houses in Martha's Vineyard and takes us on a tour of one of his recent favorite houses...  Read More

10 Best Blue Bedrooms and Blue Rugs in Architectural Digest

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Architectural Digest's 10 most highly pinned blue bedrooms with blue rugs showcase the work of Lorenzo Castillo on the northern coast of Spain, Martin Lawrence Bullard in Miami, Nicky Haslam in New Orleans, Jacobsen Architecure in Napa Valley, a 13th-century Irish Castle and four homes in the Hamptons by Steven Gambrel, Billy Cotton, Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio.   Read More

Best of May-June 2016 Veranda: 5 Rooms with Contemporary Rugs

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The five best rooms with contemporary rugs in the May-June 2016 Veranda magazine include Madeline Stuart's update of a 1930's Art Deco house belonging to a Hollywood power couple, Dennis & Leen owner of Richard Hallberg's Andalusian style house in Montecito, California and designer Quinn Pofahl's Hamptons house. Read More

How HGTV is Affecting Clients and Interior Designers – Janice Dietz

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Janice Dietz Owner of The Consulting House, Inc., Atlanta, GA Janice Dietz is an award winning interior designer with an architectural background who's been featured on HGTV and was named Best of HOUZZ 2016, 2015, & 2014. Janice has a long history of curating and purchasing museum quality art combined with business experience as executive of Fortune 500 companies. Join me as Janice shares her insights on how HGTV has changed client expectations, how interior designers are making better use of design technology and finding sources for more unique rugs, furniture, art, and fabrics... Read More

10 Fabulous Nantucket Blue and White Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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Nantucket is Martha's Vineyard's smaller neighbor to the west and is the island from where Melville’s fictional 19th century whale ship The Pequod sailed out in search of Moby Dick. Today it is an elite resort for those who prefer a quieter pace in a historical New England small town with spectacular ocean views. I have assembled the 10 most stylish blue and white Nantucket interiors each with a fabulous blue decorative rug for you to enjoyment and inspiration. Read More

House Beautiful May 2016: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

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The May 2016 House Beautiful has some exceptional seaside houses and the 5 five best rooms with designer rugs all have water views.  Gary McBournie's Nantucket cottage breaks from the expected blue and white color scheme by pairing vibrant blues with oranges and corals in the living room and chartreuse and apple green in the library and dining room. Kathryn M. Ireland creates a serene low-key atmosphere in a historic Cape Cod house that once belonged to Bunny Mellon. Finally, Summer Thornton designs a serene home in Naples, Florida. Read More

Why Designer Rugs Are the Hardest to Source — Jennifer Ribek

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Jennifer Ribek Owner of Jennifer Ribek Interior Design, Jupiter, FL Jennifer Ribek has been featured in Veranda, House, Design Times, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Luxe Interiors and was named Best of HOUZZ 2015 & 2016 for Design and Service. Jennifer was born on Long Island, New York, received a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked as an interior designer/kitchen designer on Long Island for ten years and then moved to Florida with her husband Richard.  Join me as Jennifer gives us the inside scoop on designer rugs, luxury interiors, and on satisfying a client... Read More

Why I Love Classic Traditional Design – Patricia McLean

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Patricia McLean Owner of Patricia McLean Interiors, Atlanta, GA Born in Atlanta and growing up in High Point, North Carolina home of the largest furnishings trade show in the world, it was not hard for Patricia McLean to fall in love with interior design. As a child she was deeply influenced when her parents were building their house. Her mother would take her to the Otto Zenke decorating studio. At this time Otto Zenke and his brother Henry were the preeminent designers of the southeast with offices in Palm Beach, Florida, Greensboro, North Carolina, and London, England. Her mom let her help select the furniture, wallpaper, fabrics and chandelier for her room. A graduate of the University of Georgia's renowned interior design program, Patricia established her business in 1985, two years after graduating. Her offices are in Buckhead, Atlanta. She has taken an active role in supporting her alma mater. She has received awards from the university including being recognized as one of the fastest growing businesses owned by an alumnus. Join me as Patricia explains what it means to be a true traditionalist, clears up common misconceptions about traditional style, and asserts how Atlanta's healthy economy has enhanced her business.   Read More