House Beautiful May 2016: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

The May 2016 House Beautiful has some exceptional seaside houses and the 5 five best rooms with designer rugs all have water views.  Gary McBournie’s Nantucket cottage breaks from the expected blue and white color scheme by pairing vibrant blues with oranges and corals in the living room and chartreuse and apple green in the library and dining room. Kathryn M. Ireland creates a serene low-key atmosphere in a historic Cape Cod house that once belonged to Bunny Mellon. Finally, Summer Thornton designs a serene home in Naples, Florida.

 designer rug with blue and coral geometric pattern in contemporary living room of Nantucket house of Gary McBournie

Coral accents in the blue geometric rug, vibrant abstract painting, 1970’s furniture and coral pillows add pizazz to the Nantucket living room of Boston designer Gary McBournie.

cowhide rug, vibrant green wallcovering and orange pillows in library of Nantucket beach house of Gary McBournie

Walls and book cases covered in a vibrant green and coral Bob Collins & Sons fabric, orange and blue pillows all anchored by a cowhide rug enliven the library in Gary McBournie’s Nantucket beach house.

blue and coral striped rug, green chairs in dining room of Nantucket beach house of Gary McBournie

Apple green dining chairs and metallic wall covering complemented by a blue, gray and coral striped rug create a serene and stylish atmosphere in the Nantucket dining room.


blue, coral and geen striped rug in dining room of Nantucket beach house of Gary McBournie


gray flat weave rug and pale uphostery in traditional living room of Bunny Mellons former Cape Cod house updated by Kathryn M. Ireland 

Pale aqua walls, cream, gray and blue upholstery and pops of pink complemented by a Swedish flat weave rug create a calm and unpretentious atmosphere for enjoying spectacular ocean views from the living room of a Kathryn M. Ireland designed historic Cape Cod house that once belonged to Bunny Mellon.

blue striped rug in dining room of naples florida house designed by summer thornton  

A vintage blue striped rug on dark wood floors anchors white wicker chairs creating a serene and crisp atmosphere in the dining room of a Naples, Florida house designed by Summer Thornton. 

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