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 Decorate with Pierre Frey Spring 2013 Fabrics and Blue Rugs

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The most beautiful of Pierre Frey's Spring 2013 fabrics are the hand crafted, indigo dyed Collection Shibao. Blue rugs that go best with these fabrics are made of handspun wool yarn which produces natural variations in color and texture. Avoid blue rugs with overly shiny, smooth and uniform textures and colors, as they will look incompatible with the handcrafted textures of the Shibao fabrics. The pattern of the blue rug should be chosen with care so it enhances the organic and geometric patterns of Pierre Frey's blue fabrics. Today we look at a selection of Pierre Frey's new fabrics and gain an appreciation of their ethnic origins. This will help us in selecting the most suitable blue rugs for decorating. Read More

How to Bring in Warm Sunny Colors with Grey, Blue and Gold Rugs

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Fall has arrived in Boston. Each day the sun sets a little earlier and the evenings have become cooler. Last night someone sprinkled orange and crimson on the tall Maple tree on the road to the Arnold Arboretum. 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

Geometric Decorative Rugs Set Trend in Mary McDonald’s Kips Bay 2011

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I visited the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House last Sunday as I do each year, to forecast fashion trends in the best quality decorative rugs. I was most impressed by Mary McDonald's entrance hall. It is one of the two trend setting rooms in the entire show house, the other being Celerie Kemble's Lady's Library, featured in yesterdays post. Read More