Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy Brian J. McCarthy, Inc: New York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, New York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint." Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more... Read More

Blue Rugs Add Personality to 4 Gorgeous Interiors

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Adding personal touches to a room makes it more inviting and memorable. Traditional interiors, with their classic architecture and antique flair, can benefit from modern, unique touches that give them a distinctive personality. You can create an individual look in many ways such as juxtaposing unexpected combination of styles and using contrasting colors to create pop and bring a fresh energy to the room.  Blue rugs come in a variety of hues and many different styles. These rugs are oftern used by interior designers to add verve and excitement to traditional rooms and give them a distinctive personality. The four gorgeous interiors in today's post are a feast for the eyes and hopefully will spark new ideas for decorating with blue rugs. Read More

Blue Rugs Create Quintessential Color Combinations in 4 Interiors

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In her book A Passion for Blue and White, Carolyne Roehm observes, “ Nature’s quintessential color combination of blue and white never ceases to amaze me.” Blue and white is a classic combination that can be conventional or unexpected, but it is always a crowd-pleaser. The secret to pulling off this classic look is choosing the perfect blue rug. The rooms featured today utilize four expertly chosen blue rugs that demonstrate how you can use blue and white in almost any room in your home. Read More

Orange Rugs Add Chic Energy to 2 Interiors

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Orange is one of the most beautiful and vibrant colors on the color wheel and it has the ability to energize or soothe. It’s often said that orange is the color of revitalization, hope and energy. In color therapy, orange is often used to nurture and awaken a depressed soul. When decorating with orange rugs, you can create any mood in a room that you wish.  Read More

Green Rugs: 5 Chic Interiors by Top Designers

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Nature has made green the most abundant color for a reason – it soothes our eyes and rejuvinates our spirits. This makes decorating with green rugs an attractive prospect for many interiors. Enven small amounts of green in a rug can have the beneficial effects of this color. You do not have to flood the room with lots of green as you will see in the 5 chic rooms in today's post. Read More

Stylish and Engaging Interiors with Blue Rugs: 3 Decorating Tips

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Pairing blue rugs with white accents creates a clean and crisp look and the juxtaposition of the two can be used in both classic and contemporary interiors. Utilizing blue rugs with white or cream furniture and accessories is flattering.  However, blue and white can feel cold and you should add warmth and cheer by adding warm colors such as yellow, gold and red. Read More

How to Design Chic Interiors with Blue Rugs

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Interior designers that use blue rugs have often emulated how nature uses blue.  Apart from blue’s domination in the sky and oceans, the color accentuates animals and plants in a way that draws attention to their makeup.  It is this style that has caught the attention of great interior designers, namely, emphasizing design with the use of blue.  If applied proportionately and in the correct hue, blue rugs can add depth, glamor and expose features of an interior design that may otherwise go unnoticed.  Aesthetically pleasing use of blue accents is found in perfect proportions throughout nature.  To quote Frank Lloyd Wright, ‘Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation’. Read More

How to Design Stylish and Captivating Rooms with Green Rugs: 5 Tips

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Green rugs and rugs with green accent colors are the easiest to decorate with since green goes with every color of the rainbow. If you need proof of this statement, just look at any flower and regardless of whether is is yellow, red, purple or blue it is always supported by green leaves. Of course there are an infinite number of shades of green in nature and this is how nature makes sure it pairs just the right shade of green to go with a particular shade of yellow or an orange. While nature is the greatest teacher, we can learn how to apply nature's decorating wisdom to interiors by looking at rooms designed by talented interior designers. The interior designers featured in today's psot show us numerous ways to decorate with green rugs in captivating ways. After perusing these rooms, green rugs will be an option you will not want to pass over!  Read More

5 Design Tips: How to Make Interiors with Blue Rugs Warm and Inviting

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If you are searching for ideas on how to decorate with blue rugs, you will have to look for a long time before you find an example of a blue room that feels warm and inviting. I discovered this today. I had to search through more than 400 images before I found two rooms that were genuinely warm and inviting. I found hundreds of beautiful interiors with blue rugs and blue fabrics, but they all looked cold. I wouldn't want to spend much time in them, except during the hottest summer days. If you live in the northern half of the country, you will find these rooms feel cold and un-welcoming during the spring, fall and winter. And yet, each summer Design magazines fill their pages with blue and white rooms. These rooms will be used for at most three months of the year and stay unused for most of the year. The surprising thing is that it is not at all difficult to design rooms with blue rugs that feel warm and welcoming all year round. I feature two masterpieces today, one is by Billy Baldwin and the other by Walter Lees. These interiors are great illustrations of our five design tips for making interiors with blue rugs feel warm and inviting all year round.   Read More

How to Pair Brunschwig & Fils Fabrics with Blue, Pink and Green Rug

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Brunschwig & Fils, Le Touches fabric was a favorite of Billy Baldwin, Geoffrey Beene and Tiffany's legendary Director, Van Day Truex. In today's post we will show how to pair blue, pink and green fabrics with small scale animal print patterns with blue, pink and green rugs using Les Touches as an example. We will learn the three criteria for pairing rugs and fabrics so they resonate as well as balance each other in color as well as pattern. For example Les Touches animal print motifs form an S shape that resonates particularly well with large scale curving vines in a floral rug. At the same time the open ground between the large scale vines provides a counterpoint to the dense animal print pattern of Les Touches. Read More