An exciting new development at the 2012 Design Blogger Conference I attended last month in Los Angeles, was the announcement by Traditional Home Magazine that they had recognized the extensive reach, knowledge and influence of interior design bloggers by reaching out to them to “nominate designers whose evolved traditional aesthetic represents that of a New Trad. After pouring through hundreds of amazing submissions, we are pleased to announce both our 10 New Trads and the bloggers who nominated them” wrote Traditional Home. Several of the bloggers who had nominated the “10 New Trad Designers” were present at the Design Bloggers Conference and received resounding applause.
The work of the 10 New Trads shows that traditional design is going through some very exciting and innovative developments. The 10 New Trad’s use high contrast and vibrant colors in decorative rugs and their rooms have a youthful energy.
I will be exploring how the 10 New Trads decorate differently with decorator rugs. Today’s post focuses on Palmer Weiss and Christina Murphy. You may have seen Christina Murphy’s room in last month’s post How to Decorate with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs.
Palmer Weiss now based in San Francisco was raised in Charleston, South Carolina and worked in North Carolina for 14 years. She says she “admires the way Southerners embrace family heritage, formality and tradition in their homes but are also not afraid to express a few of their eccentricities as well”. Images and quote courtesy Palmer Weiss.
Palmer Weiss uses just yellow and blue against white to make this room feel colorful without competing with the beauty of nature outside. There is a luscious juxtaposition of the smooth glossy yellow of the chair seat with the deep texture of the Moroccan rug.
This living room is all about indulging in natural light, warm oranges, red, brown and yellow green. The decorator rug has highly contrasting colors in a bold geometric pattern.
Yellow, orange and brown are balanced by the cool sea blue of the sofa. There is a delicious range of textures from the deep lustrous pile of the Moroccan rug to the soft velvet sofa to the shiny hard plastic of the mobile like light fixture.
By now we can see that soft blue, orange and yellow are a favorite of Palmer Weiss and the neutrals- taupe, black and white help bring out colorfulness of the blue and orange. The textural contrast is more muted beteen the blue silk fabric and the zebra rug.
Another view of the living room. Note the blue bands on the cream and orange damask drapes.
Natural light plays a big role in Palmer Weiss’s interiors. The yellow drapery and white walls accentuate the warmth of the sunlight and the soft blue of the upholstery and decorator rug provide a cooling balance.
Christina Murphy, based in New York makes classic and traditional objects exciting by dialing up the color and contrast. Her clients are young, urban and with children, so her interiors are kid friendly. After studying at Georgetown she went to the New York School of Interior Design and began working in 1999 for Kemble Interiors who she credits for her training. She loves Muriel Brandolini’s fabrics (featured in this blog). Photo and room images courtesy Christina Murphy Interiors.
Ornage, coral, salmon and warm pink appear frequently in Christina Murphy’s interiors as in New York East Side apartment. A coral and cream Oushak rug on a dark brown floor calmly grounds the room.
High drama is created by the dark wine walls, and fantastical painting and and energetically patterned, hiigh contrast plum and white decorator rug.
The 10 New Trad Designers vibrant color and high contrast, patterned decorator rugs and fabrics.
A beautiful play of light and dark, neutrals and reflected colors. The shimmering gray decorator rug harmonizes with the large etched glass panels.
Christina Murphy dials up the contrast with the intricate black and white damask rug and the pink upholstery. Here the black and white serve two opposite roles- as calming neutrals as well as bringing energy high contrast in the decorator rug.
The decorator rug again provides most of the high energy, pattern and contrast in this media room.