Here is my pick for the five best rooms in the May 2016 Elle Decor. These rooms offer wonderful inspiration for enhancing rooms with unusual designer rugs. Virginia Tupker unifies contemporary and rustic elements in an 1870’s carriage house with a 19th century Dhurrie rug and Val Nikitin complements 19th century English and Chinese furniture with a Swedish flat weave rug.
In the living room of an 1870’s carriage house in Bedford, New York designed by former Vogue editor turned designer Virginia Tupker, a 19th century lilac Dhurrie rug unifies a contemporary sectional upholstered in white cotton, pillows covered in ethnic textiles, a sleek blue contemporary cocktail table, rustic wood ceiling and green Egyptian ceiling light fixture.
In the sitting room of the Virginia Tupker designed carriage house a custom designer rug with bluish-gray and brown stripes contrasts with rustic field stone walls, mid-century French tile top coffee table by Roger Capron and chairs by Pierre Jeanneret the brother of Le Corbusier.
In the living room of the Paris pied-à-terre of designer Christopher Noto, a custom sofa upholstered in chartreuse velvet pops against a gray textured flat weave rug. Louis XV chairs upholstered in antique linen, a 17th century Bhudda from Thailand and a 1960’s Italian pendant light create a sophisticated mix of cultural influences.
In the living room of a Scarsdale, New York house designed by Val Nikitin, a Swedish flat weave rug with blue, orange and coral accents pulls together blue 19th century English settee and chairs, 19th century Chinese tables and coral fabric covered walls. A pair of blue vintage Orrefors table lamps create pop.
In the living room of the Pacific Palisades house of designer Alison Palevsky, a gray raw silk designer rug with a rustic texture complements the room’s Art Deco influenced fireplace, cream custom sofas, 1950’s Brazilian chairs and an Adesso Studio cocktail table.