Needlepoint Rug, 3 Tips for Decorating with Green, Whites and Yellows

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When used skillfully, greens, whites and yellows make a room feel soothingly cool in summer and sunny and warm in winter. Today we will gain 3 decorating insights from the work of two interior designers who started with two very different green, white and yellow needlepoint rugs. Interior Designer Jere Bradwell started with the Bamboo geometric needlepoint rug becuase it's fresh greens, whites and butter yellows harmonize all the whites, green and yellows in the fabrics, furniture and walls. These greens and whites make are soothing and cooling in summer and the yellows make the room feel sunny and warm even on a cloudy winter day. Jere Bradwell, senior designer at European Home Collection, Holicong PA, wrote to Asmara "I am attaching pictures of our morning room from the (2011) Bucks County Designer House that opened last night to a gala preview party. We really got rave reviews from everyone on the green and white room, which is something you don’t see every day. Lots of people commented on the (needlepoint) rug, and many thought it must be a $10,000 rug, so maybe we will be selling it as well". Read More

Traditional European Carpets and Damask Rugs, 6 Decorating Tips

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For the Sea Island Company in Georgia Lisa Torbett Interiors created a space that showcases traditional European carpets in various unique applications.  From floor to ceiling, these rugs capture one's attention.  Such original design work led us to ask Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons for tips on decorating with traditional European rugs and carpets.                    Lisa and Dee selected one very large rug for the main room in the club. The major pieces of furniture sit comfortably on the rug and expand the feeling of space. The choice of cream for the walls provides a restful backdrop for the colorful fabrics, rug and pillows as well as for the wood floor and ceiling. Lisa and Dee worked painstakingly to perfect the custom coloring of this very large handmade Morena carpet  inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug influenced by Renaissance damasks. Read More

Luxury Rugs, Geometric Rugs, 5 Decorating Tips

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Lisa Torbett Interiors* of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, is renowned for designing luxurious homes, clubs and hotels. This living room by the company's founder, president Lisa Torbett, and vice president Dee Simmons, is both luxurious and accessible. It teaches 5 valuable lessons on how to decorate with luxury rugs and geometric rugs. Read More

3 Tips on How to Start Decorating with Geometric Needlepoint Rugs

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Decorating with Needlepoint and Oushak rugs can be overwhelming.  With so many materials, accessories and furnishing available it is easy to feel stalled even before the design process begins.  To learn how experienced designers begin their design project I asked award winning Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons of Lisa Torbett Interiors, St. Simon's Island Georgia* for their advice. Lisa and Dee start with the most important things first: Read More

7 Things You Must Know Before Signing a Designer Rug Purchase Order

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Updated June 16, 2015 with new content. A fine quality handmade rug is a major purchase and when chosen wisely gives years of enjoyment. It is therefore surprising that many people don't ask a few simple questions that could greatly increase their enjoyment of the rug. Here are 7 tips that will help you choose the best rug for the room, avoid some common rug buying mistakes and know the pros and cons of hand-knotted versus hand-tufted rugs.   Read More

Contemporary and Traditional Wool Rugs, Decorating Tips by Bill Barr

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Interior Designer Bill Barr writes a stylish blog on Interior Design and has a deep understanding of decorating with both contemporary wool rugs and traditional wool rugs. I invited Bill to share his advice on decorating with rugs. Read More