Mix of Patterns and Metals is Replacing “Whiteout” – Marlaina Teich

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Marlaina Teich Marlaina Teich Designs: Manhattan, Long Island, Hamptons Marlaina Teich is a premier Long Island and Hamptons interior designer with offices in Long Island and Manhattan. Featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, California Home Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, Marlaina is a graduate of The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design, and has been invited by designer showhouses across the country from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse to the 2015 Palm Springs Show House at Christopher Kennedy Compound. Join me as Marlaina explains why mixing patterns and metals is replacing the all white look, why she moved from fashion design to interiors, how High Point Market is helping designers collaborate, why she avoids disposable rugs in favor of quality designer rugs and much more... Read More

House Beautiful: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in September

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The September 2016 House Beautiful treats us with five rooms that display an incredible mix of colors, patterns and designer rugs. Each room has its own unique style, levels of saturation, degrees of layering and beautiful designer rugs. Enjoy these inspiring interiors designed by Celerie Kemble, Mark D. Sikes, Mona Hajj with a special treat at the end from Suellen Gregory. Read More

We Are Due for the Next Interior Design Trend – Christina Murphy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Christina Murphy  Christina Murphy Interiors: New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Bahamas Christina Murphy describes herself as a contemporary traditionalist. She not only creates amazing spaces for her loyal following of fashionable clients, but has an uncanny ability to help them visualize design schemes at the start of a project. A graduate of Georgetown University, The American Institute for Foreign Study in Italy and The New York School of Interior Design, Christina started her career in 1999 working with Celerie Kemble in the beginning years of Kemble Interiors's new New York office. In 2006 she launched Christina Murphy Interiors, and since then her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful (who named her among "America's Top 100 Designers"), Traditional Home, The New York Times and ABC's The View. Join me as Christina predicts the start of a new interior design trend, why organic furnishings are here to stay, what's inspiring about working in New York, why she rarely visits New York's Design buildings, how to brighten a dark room, when to use color and when to use a monochromatic palette and much more... Read More

2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse 10 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

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The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse features 10,000 sq. ft. on three verdant acres in Sag Harbor, New York. The 8 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and numerous well lit spaces are a great showcase for the work of 26 interior designers who have artfully mixed tasteful furniture, elegant designer rugs and eye catching art. I was particularly attracted to the spaces by Liliane Hart, Michael Del Piero, McGrath II, Wolf Interior Design, Kate Singer, Mabley Handler, Julie Dodson, The Rinfret Group, Tilton Fenwick and Mikel Welch. Saunders Realty is marketing the house for $5,300,000 including such solar powered amenities as an elevator, home theater, gym, wine cellar, folding glass wall system and a 45' pool and hot tub. Read More

My Clients Want Traditional, Not Restoration Hardware — Kay Genua

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  Interior Designer Spotlight with Kay Genua Kay Genua Designs: Fort Worth, Boston, Houston, Beaver Creek, Miami Kay Genua's multimillion dollar interior design firm has been on the Best Designers in Dallas list for two years running. After receiving her business degree from Tulane, Kay joined Bloomingdale's New York buying office and later moved to Bloomingdale's, Dallas. After developing an interest in interior design Kay joined Market Antiques & Furnishings in Fort Worth, Texas where she soon became known as the resident rug expert. She later founded Kay Genua Design where she has placed over 20 Asmara rugs in the homes of clients in Texas, Florida, Colorado, California and Massachusetts. Kay's passion for mixing color, pattern, antiques and bespoke furnishings has led many happy clients to keep coming back for their multiple homes. Join me as Kay shares why her clients prefer personalized traditional design over the bleached Restoration Hardware look prevalent in magazines, how she shops for large new projects, why she loves the Paris Flea Market and much more...  Read More

Architectural Digest’s 7 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2016

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Designer Sig Bergamin has been on the AD100 list for several years now. You can experience his work all over the world from Paris to New York to Brazil. Our selection of the seven best rooms with designer rugs in the August 2016 Architectural Digest, are all from Sig's work on a Portuguese colonial house located in a historic plantation just outside São Paulo, Brazil. The estate includes horse stables, a royal pool and its own farm chapel. Sig, a master at mixing bold patterns, vivid colors and fabulous oversized rugs is the type of designer Architectural Digest is likely to feature more often under newly installed editor in chief, Amy Astley who recently wrote, "....there is nothing that delights me more than a riot of vivid pattern and hues..."  Emblematic of this new regime at AD is a quote in the August AD by Swiss-born, Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti, “If people who can afford incredible decors keep commissioning bland minimalist interiors—which, I admit, are much easier to sell—it’s the end of decoration.” Fasten your seat belts AD readers! Read More

Today’s Client Has Different Expectations — Susan Zises Green

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Susan Zises Green Susan Zises Green Interior Design: Manhattan, Nantucket, Connecticut, Palm Beach, Southhampton For almost 40 years Susan Zises Green has been delighting clients with her elegant taste for interior design. Susan has taken part in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House an amazing nine times, honored as one of House Beautiful America’s Top 100 Designers and has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, The New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and many others. The prestigious Franklin Report gives Susan a four star rating and quotes these three client comments and more: "Such a refined and elegant look, but amazingly comfortable and inviting." "I can always look to her for solid, tasteful design." "Susan is impervious to fashion, much to our delight." Join me as Susan shares her thoughts around client expectations, types of designer rugs she uses, her use of florals, how gardening helps her interior design and much more... Read More

Traditional Home’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2016

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We've hand-picked the five best rooms with designer rugs from the July/August edition of Traditional Home. See designer Jennifer Culp create a bohemian style living room, Patricia Fisher designs a soft modern room at The Hampton Designer Showhouse and Phillip Sides designs a family-friendly Alabama home. Read More

How to Choose Designer Rugs for Clients — Timothy Whealon

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Timothy Whealon Owner of Timothy Whealon Interiors, New York, NY The prestigious Franklin Report gives Timothy Whealon their highest 5 star rating saying, "In Whealon's hands, fussy traditional spaces become joyful homes, and modern rooms are elevated with warmth." The Report also includes comments from clients, such as "Top-drawer talent for a reasonable price." "Really went out of his way for us." "Tim deeply cares about giving you something that's perfect for you." Timothy is frequently featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, British House and Garden, Architectural Digest, the New York Times as well as in numerous design books. Timothy was hand-selected for the second time in 2016 by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee chaired by renowned interior designer Bunny Williams. Join me as Timothy discuses how he chooses designer rugs for his clients, the pros and cons of Sotheby's verse 1stdibs, his thoughts on Instagram, and much more. Read More

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project! Read More