How 7 Fashion Designers Choose Decorative Rugs for Their Own Homes

How do fashion geniuses chose decorative rugs for their own homes? Are their homes as glorious as their fashions? Can we apply what we learn from their interiors to our own homes? We take a  look at the homes of 7 fashion leaders- Isaac Mizrahi, Jenni Kayne, Hubert de Givenchy, Josie Natori, Geoffrey Beene, Tory Burch and Liz Claiborne to learn from their decorating approach.

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Isaac Mizrahi chose a vibrant blue decorative rug to enhance the colors in the den of his newly decorated Manhattan apartment. The striped rug provides a contrast to the large red and black floral pattern on the upholstered chair and while making the abstract painting pop.

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Tory Burch’s chose a decorative rug with a small scale geometric pattern to complement the woven texture of the natural fibers on the chairs and to bring out the intricate blues of the Chinese porcelain in the solarium of her Gatsby era Southampton home.

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Geoffrey Beene was captivated by the geometric lines and bold colors of Art Deco whose influence can be seen in the clothing he designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Faye Dunaway, and Glenn Close. The bold circa-1928 lacquer screen contrasts with the smaller scale pattern of the upholstery fabric in his Manhattan bedroom. Unfortunately the rug is not visible. “I combine something artsy-craftsy with something very refined,” Beene said of his decorating approach in a 1988 article in AD. 

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Liz Claiborne’s garden and reflecting pool in St. Barts expresses her happy colors.

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White dining table and chairs, pale apricot drapes and forest green silk upholstery contrast with a yellow and blue Savonnerie rug containing a mix of geometric and floral motifs in Hubert de Givenchy’s Paris home, the Hôtel d’Orrouer. This room epitomizes the legendary fashion designer’s cultured approach to interior decorating.

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The rounded contours and angular pattern of the geometric rug embody  themes that both complement and contrast with the curving contours of the white upholstery in Josie Natori’s living room in Palm Beach.

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A faded red and blue oriental rug brings color, pattern and a sense of history to the fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s contemporary study in her Los Angeles home.

Images courtesy of Architectural Digest, Vogue and Pinterest.

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