Best of April 2014 Design Magazines: 15 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

The quality of interiors in the April 2014 issues of major design magazines was greatly improved over the March issues. The 15 best interiors with decorative rugs include stunning vacation homes in Umbria and Puglia, Italy, Lier, Belgium, The Bahamas and Carmel Valley, California as well as homes in New York and San Francisco. Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, Vogue, Traditional Home and House Beautiful all had great interiors to choose from. Enjoy!

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The stunning contrast between the 17th century farmhouse’s rustic wood beams and the intricately colorful Ikat oriental rug creates an atmosphere of sophistication and comfort in the living room of a vacation home in Umbria, Italy designed by Eric Egan.

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An intricately patterned brown and cream oriental rug contrasts with a sleek round dining table in the 17th century farmhouse transformed by Eric Egan. A Claude Lalanne chandelier contrasts with a round contemporary photograph and an arched window lets in the spectacular Umbrian countryside.

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A cream and red antique Chinese rug and a black and gold Chinese cabinet contrast with curving European sofa and rose and gold wall covering in the magically cozy Pink Salon of Dries Van Noten’s Lier, Belgium home set amidst lyrical gardens.

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Dries Van Noten’s home in the storybook city of Lier, Belgium.

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A cream Oushak rug, creamy-gold ceiling and mirrored walls amplify the light in the Hall of Mirrors in Dries Van Noten’s Belgian home. Green arched doors add contrast.

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A white and charcoal grey plush Moroccan rug anchors antique furniture, abstract art and Nancy Lancaster inspired yellow walls in the Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky designed living room in Sotheby’s first ever Designer Showhouse in New York.

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A red, gold and black geometric Moroccan straw rug anchors blue, gold and purple Ikat pillows from Uzbekistan in the white washed Veranda of Beachwear designer Liza Bruce’s vacation home in southern Puglia, Italy.

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In Bruce’s living room, a red and gold Moroccan straw rug anchors a straw sofa, white wood screen doors and hexagonal table all from Morocco as well as an Ethiopian chair and a painting by Bruce’s husband Alvis Vega.

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A modernized French country style home on 34 acres in Carmel Valley, California designed by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates.

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A pale blue and cream Oushak rug compliments a blue abstract painting in a seating area of the modern French style country home in Carmel Valley, California designed by Greg Stewart of Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates.

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Pale blue and cream Oushak rugs define seating areas in the living room of the Carmel Valley, California home. Pale green drapes provide a soothing contrast to white walls and white ceiling.

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A round sea-grass rug anchors whimsical white metal palms, Chippendale inspired fan chairs and blue and white ginger jars in the foyer of Amanda Lindroth’s Bahamas home.

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A cream and charcoal grey Moroccan rug anchors modern art, taupe sofa, and mid-century modern chairs in white and zebra patterned fabrics in the Manhattan living room of architect Steven Harris and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts. Wall paneling of sandblasted white oak adds subtle color, pattern and texture.

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A blue oriental rug adds color, pattern and warmth to the closet in event designer and decorator Ken Fulk’s rustic hilltop San Francisco home. Clothes in garment bags hang on modified British Colonial hospital dividing screens. On the right are vintage shoe display cabinets from London.

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The great room in Ken Fulk’s San Fransisco home has spectacular hilltop views from 27 foot high windows. A beige East Turkestan oriental rug pulls together a cozy tan leather sectional sofa, black coffee table and a baby grand piano.

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A pale cream Oushak rug anchors blue sofas in a Buckhead, Atlanta living room designed by Heather Dewberry and Will Huff. The pale beige striped wallcovering is inspired by the work of famed Atlanta decorator Dan Carithers. Yellow and white plaid pillows add warmth and resonate with the walls.

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A grey, coral and brown Neoclassical rug anchors white and dark brown mid-century modern furniture in the living room of Shenandoah House, Dallas designed by Emily Summers.

Images courtesy of Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, Vogue, Sotheby’s, Traditional Home and House Beautiful.

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