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.
The blurb on this page echoes Miles Redd’s famous saying – “Juxtaposition: high/low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.”
Trend Alert A fresh approach to Coral motifs
Coral motifs are in vogue again but with a freshness that affirms Miles Redd’s dictum. The pictured fabric is Zimmer and Rohde’s Sea Island Linen which juxtaposes delicate embroidery on a rustic linen fabric.
Asmara’s Flowing Coral 1214CR needlepoint rug is handmade in gros point and has the grainy texture of a time worn-antique rug- a great compliment for fine furniture.
The Flowing Coral CR needlepoint rug has coral, red, yellow, green and aqua motifs on a creamy-yellow background and is available in a wide range of sizes.
The Flowing Coral CG needlepoint rug has green, aqua, yellow and orange motifs on a creamy-yellow background and is available in a wide range of sizes.
Designer J. Randall Powers mixes Italian and French styles in a newly built limestone clad mansion in Houston’s tony River Oaks neighborhood.
J. Randall Powers chose a custom neoclassical rug to pull together a mix of ornate traditional pieces and contemporary art in the living room of the River Oaks mansion he decorated.
In the family room a custom cream neoclassical rug provides a calm backdrop for cream and grey upholstery. Powers added pop with a cobalt blue velvet upholstered French neoclassical chair and an abstract oil with vibrant splashes of yellow and orange.
A custom gray and coral neoclassical rugs softens the formality of the ornate and gilded furnishings in the dining room. The neoclassical table can be expanded to seat 26 in a pinch.
Blue velvet upholstery, gray blue drapes and a custom tan, gold and blue neoclassical rug create a calm and softly welcoming atmosphere in the wood paneled library.
Los Angeles based designer Richard Hallberg chose a custom gray striped rug to pull together expansive cream and gray furnishings and created a relaxed west coast atmosphere in the great room of a vacation house on a Massachusetts island favored by Boston Brahmans.
A vacation house overlooking the Atlantic by Ike Kligerman, Barkley Architects combines contemporary styling with classic New England materials such as granite and cedar shingles.
A blue flat weave rug echoes the changing colors of the sea and sky and the coffee tables recall driftwood.