Lively Color is In, Gray is Out, Predicts Interior Designer Sam Ciardi

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Sam Ciardi Founder-owner of Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, Millburn, NJ. Before Sam made a splash in the Manhattan and New Jersey interior design scene, he spent 17 years in fashion. Most notably he was invited by Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen to join their company Dualstar Entertainment in Los Angeles. He became the Executive Design Director and was responsible for creating the vision for the mary-kateandashley brand.  Join me in this chat with Sam as he shares insights into the changes coming to the world of fashion and interior design. Read More

Traditional Home’s Top 6 Interiors with Designer Rugs in April 2016

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The April 2016 Traditional Home tops this month's interior design magazines so it was hard to pick the six best rooms with designer rugs. There is a seventh room that belongs here, but it was already published in yesterday's blog which you can see hereRead More

How a Converted Church Became an Ultra Stylish Home

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What an opportunity Chicago's Linc Thelen was presented when a busy family with three young children contacted Linc with the task of converting their recently purchased Church into a single-family home. "This was a challenge I jumped on right away, said Linc. I knew the project was going to allow me to carry out my unique design visions." The church, boasts 7 bedrooms and 6 baths.  The great room has ceiling heights soaring at 25’ while more intimate spaces like a playroom has a ceiling height perfectly proportioned for children at 7’. Let's take a look... Read More

11 Blue Rugs Enliven Decorator Showhouses

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The April 2016 Traditional Home has such an eye catching selection of blue fabrics, trim and furniture, it inspired me to search out the best blue rooms and rugs in designer showhouses. Here is my selection of the 11 best blue rooms and blue rugs and in designer showhouses across America. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Add Glamour to 12 Downton Abbey Style Interiors

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As Downton Abbey enters its sixth and final season we pay homage to interior designers who evoked the English Country house style decades before Downton Abbey came to these shores. What we call Downton Abbey Style today has flourished not just in America and England but also in France, Spain and Italy. Savonnerie rugs hold a special place for adding glamour to Downton Abbey Style interiors. Read More

Designer Rugs Enrich Architect Digest’s Top 11 Bedrooms on Pinterest

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Each year Architectural Digest publishes hundreds of beautiful interiors, yet only a handful attract most of the love from Pinterest pinners. I wanted to know what was different about these bedrooms, so I did some research. Here are Architectural Digest’s 11 most pinned bedrooms on Pinterest and notice what a major role the designer rug plays in creating the right atmopshere and feeling tone in the room. Read More

10 Reasons Flat Weave Rugs Are Adored by AD100 Designers

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Have you noticed how flat weave rugs are appearing more and more frequently in the interiors in Architectural Digest, Veranda and Elle Decor?  The reason for their growing popularity will become clearer as you view today's ten chic interiors with flat weave rugs. These rugs are amazingly flexible and work in all kinds of settings. If there is a common thread that runs through these rooms by AD100 designers it is that they feel comfortable, chic and unpretentious. These qualities are rarely found together but when they are the product becomes highly desirable.  Read More

7 Ways Designer Rugs and Pantone 2016 Blue & Yellow Enrich Décor

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Every spring and fall Pantone announces 10 fashion colors for women’s, men’s and interiors. Four of Pantone Spring 2016 colors - a pale blue, a dark blue, a lilac-gray and yellow are especially important for interior design. To create maximum impact you need to pair these colors with the right designer rugs. Learn how 7 top designers create glamorous interiors by juxtaposing Pantone’s Spring 2016 blues, gray and yellow with the perfect designer rugs. Read More