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.
A green and gold Aubusson tapestry, an arrangment of delphiniums and rustic objects make guests feel at ease in the entrance hall of a château in Normandy, France
Christian Dior VIP director Mathilde Favier-Meyer seated on a brown striped flat-weave stair runner rug in the entrance hall of her Paris home which she decorated herself.
“I didn’t care whether there were errors of taste—I just wanted it to reflect who I am,” Mathilde Favier-Meyer told AD. Such independence is all the more remarkable since she set aside the advice of design legends Madeleine Castaing, Hubert de Givenchy and Jacques Grange, all friends of her family.
Colorful floral and damask fabrics and a lively chain-stitch rug with realistic fish create a whimsical atmosphere in Mathilde Favier-Meyer’s bedroom.
“Since my youth I’ve been accustomed to living in places that had immense charm but were rather heavy,” Mathilde Favier-Meyer told AD. “This apartment is a reaction against all that. For example, I no longer host big dinners as in the past. Now I prefer to entertain small groups of friends in the kitchen.”
Ralph Lauren’s new West Village Home Collection recalls New York’s 1950’s bohemian art scene by juxtaposing an intricately patterned red and blue floral oriental rug with a black and white modernist coffee table, a traditional sofa upholstered in black and white mattress ticking and rustic wood floors and ceilings..
A cream and blue Oushak rug creates an atmosphere of easygoing elegance in Fashion designer Derek Lam’s library in his Gramercy Park apartment decorated by Neal Beckstedt.
The Oushak rug pulls together yellow, purple and charcoal upholstery in a mix of styles ranging from modern to French neoclassical.
In Derek Lam’s living room an even softer blue and cream Oushak rug pulls together modern artworks and contemporary and traditional furniture.
A brown and cream geometric rug adds soft texture and complementary pattern to the arboreal patterned wallcovering, linear four poster bed and traditional table.
The Connecticut retreat of Edie Parker accessories designer Brett Heyman. The interiors are designed by Mark Cunningham, a Ralph Lauren alumnus.
A wood floor adds warmth and a gray custom flat weave rug complements modern and traditional furniture and gray, green, blue and white fabrics in Brett Heyman’s master bedroom.