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.
White lacquered ceiling, white walls and white upholstered chairs create a clean and airy look in the living room of Carrier and Co. designed Hamptons house. A Greek-key rug adds texture and layering. Green, blue and orange accents add pops of color and pattern.
Yellow wallcovering resonates with honey colored dining chairs while a white textured rug adds luxurious texture in the dining room of the Hamptons house by Carrier and Co.
A cream and peach antique Oushak rug and yellow and blue fabrics create a sunny atmosphere in the master bedroom of the Carrier and Co designed Hamptons home.
Outdoor fireplace and dining area in the Carrier and Co designed Hamptons home.
Black and white patchwork quilts pop against white and yellow fabrics and white rug in the guest bedroom of the Carrier and Co designed Hamptons home.
The living room of a Nantucket vacation compound designed by Jacobsen Architecture.
At the other end of the Nantucket living room, a boldly colored tapestry pops against white walls, white upholstery and a white rug.
Architects Robert A.M. Stern and interior designer Steven Gambrel collaborated on a stunning shingle style Hamptons Beach house which has “modern-meets-Victorian” interiors.
The living room of the Robert A.M. Stern and Steven Gambrel designed Hamptons Beach House features a lacquered cream paneled ceiling. Sophisticated upholstery fabrics in many shades of blue in a mix of textures and subtle patterns are balanced by warm beige walls. The entire scheme is pulled together by a blue and cream geometric rug.
A blue geometric rug brings color and pattern to the wood paneled library in the Hamptons Beach House and resonates with the geometric patterns on the ceiling, drapes and windows.
The family room’s scenic beach views are enhanced by a cathedral ceiling and upholstery in many shades of blue and in a variety of textures and subtle patterns. A taupe and gold wool and silk rug with a textured honeycomb pattern unifies the design scheme.
The Hamptons Beach House dining room’s stunning views through geometric patterned windows are enriched by a blue and gold wool and silk rug.
The master bath of the Hamptons Beach House has the “modern-meets-Victorian” theme of the rest of the house.
Bette Midler’s Fifth Avenue penthouse designed by Fernando Santangelo overlooks Central Park’s shimmering reservior. Midler found the living room’s Art Deco rug on a trip to Paris and paired it with ebonized furniture by Josef Hoffmann, the founder of the Wiener Werkstätte.
“I don’t make a study of anything—if I fall in love with something, I want it. For me, working in many media, it’s hard to just do one thing,” Midler told Architectural Digest.
In Bette Midler’s bedroom a cream and red Aubusson rug complements Wiener Werkstätte style furniture designed by Fernando Santangelo.
AD100 designer Michael S. Smith and Dennis Rupert of HBRA Architects transformed a boathouse on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake into a stylish waterfront home with Art Deco flair.
The living room’s custom Art deco style rug and upholstery in shades of blue resonate with the lake’s changing colors. A vintage Italian armchair in cherry complements a 1970s Karl Springer cocktail table.
A downstairs bedroom in the boathouse features a blue vintage Swedish flat-weave rug and a Jean de Merry custom bed.
Bunny Mellon’s Unpublished Interior Archives
Architectural Digest tells us that Washington Post columnist Maxine Cheshire noted that American heiress Bunny Mellon had “more influence shaping Jacqueline Kennedy’s taste than anyone else in her life.”
Never before published photographs from Bunny Mellon’s archive show tasteful and highly livable interiors from the family’s many residences in the U.S., France and the Caribbean done by such designers as John Fowler, Billy Baldwin, Paul Leonard, William Strom and Bruce Budd.
Mellon’s Manhattan living room had pink walls, floral chintz upholstered sofa and taupe armchairs and a cream and taupe oriental rug. John Singer Sargent’s 1882 Miss Beatrice Townsend hung above the fireplace.
Bunny Mellon’s garden in Oyster Harbors, a gated community in Osterville, Massachusetts features a tool shed inspired by privies at Mount Vernon.
The library in Oak Spring, the Mellon’s farm in Virginia was designed by modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. It held more than 13,000 landscape-design books.
John Fowler designed the blue and white rug for the Mellons Manhattan dining room. Édouard Manet’s circa-1879 George Moore in the Artist’s Garden hangs on lapis lazuli-blue walls with a cross-hatch pattern by Paul Leonard.
The living room of contemporary art collector Becky Mayer features a custom contemporary silk rug, an Anselm Kiefer landscape, a Christian Liaigre sofa and Wendell Castle low tables. Architect Manuel J. Diaz and interior designer Furze Bard + Assoc. collaborated on the design of the Jupiter, Florida home.
Images courtesy Architectural Digest.