Updated January 25, 2015 with new images of Veranda’s three most admired living rooms on Pinterest. The May-June 2014 issue of Veranda contains so many gorgeous rooms with decorative rugs, this blog post became one of the most popular of 2014.
Thomas Pheasat transformed a Southampton house with a history of illustrious owners including Consuelo Balsan, née Vanderbilt, former duchess of Marlborough, into a home that feels modern and traditional at the same time. A pale taupe and cream custom damask rug brings serenity and history to the living room.
A blue rug, blue ottoman and pale lavender French chairs bring an elegance and calm to a Connecticut living room designed by Suzanne Kasler. A taupe sofa and pale gray walls provide contrast.
A beige Greek key rug pulls together pale beige upholstery, java and coral accents and a mix of rounded and angular shapes in an elegant Connecticut family room designed by Suzanne Kasler.
A cream, blue and gold Oushak rug adds a refined pattern that contrasts with the rustic beams in the living room of a Los Angeles ranch house designed by Windsor Smith.
A cream and brown oriental rug with a parquet pattern adds interest and energy to the sitting room of the Los Angeles ranch house designed by Windsor Smith.
A medieval pigeonnier adds a mythical dimension to the garden of a 15th century farmhouse in the Dordogne region of southwestern France restored by Washington D.C. antiques dealer Marston Luce over a period of 15 years. See more of Luce’s farmhouse later in this post.
AD100 designer Victoria Hagan collaborated with architect Oscar Shamamian on a Colonial Revival style house which was designed to meld into an enclave of 19th and early 20th century houses in Greenwich, Connecticut.
A blue and grey ikat stripe contemporary rug provides a shimmering contrast to the blue and white hand-painted Gracie wallpaper, Maison Jansen dining table, Jean-Charles Moreux console and 1930’s Italian chandelier in the glamorous Greenwich dining room Victoria Hagan designed for a French family.
A blue and white stripped rug contrasts with dark brown lacquered floors and anchors a round dining table in the gleaming white kitchen by Hagan.
A navy and blue striped rug anchors blue, grey and brown fabrics and creates a clean tailored look in the Hagan designed family room in Greenwich.
The purple and white geometric pattern on the bed skirt brings a punch of color and pattern to any all white canopy bedroom anchored by a white rug in the Greenwich home designed by Victoria Hagan.
A white textured contemporary rug anchors pale blue and white fabrics and blue floral wallcovering in the Hagan designed guest bedroom in Greenwich. Green velvet seats on the Jean-Michel Frank benches add a complimentary color.
The pool in the Victoria Hagan-Oscar Shamamian designed Greenwich house.
A blue, white and gold Sultanabad oriental rug brings out the gleam in the gold accents and creates a vivid contrast with the modern lines of a Palm Beach living room designed by Nestor Santa Cruz.
A cream antique Turkish Oushak rug anchors purple, gold and orange Turkish textiles in the Nestor Santa-Cruz designed guest bedroom in Palm Beach.
A cream textured rug anchors a Régence canapé upholstered in coral linen and red, green and gold pillows in the sitting room of Marston Luce’s French farmhouse.
A table set for alfresco dining among boxwood, lavender and cypress in Marston Luce’s garden.
A cream textured rug complements rustic stone walls, wood beams and an 18th century blue and white toile de Jouy quilt in the master bedroom of Luce’s farmhouse.
Ann Bass created a colorful and fragrant garden in Litchfield County, Connecticut with the help of Madison Cox and Dan Kiley.
A cream antique Oushak rug with hints of pale green and coral contrasts with rustic weathered wood floors, refined neoclassical tables, white upholstery and brings out the beauty of spectacular ocean views from the living room of an Orange County, California beach house designed by Ohara Davies-Gaetano.
A cream Oushak rug provides soft contrast to rustic walls made of 18th-century rubble stone and a 19th century French country table in the Ohara Davies-Gaetano designed dining room in the Orange County beach house.
Images courtesy Veranda Magazine.