Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 1

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home.  Read More

Elle Decor July 2017: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

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Every month I read Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful and Traditional Home as soon as they come out and each month I feature the two magazines that have the best rooms that month. This July Elle Decor once again surpassed with more outstanding rooms with designer rugs than any other magazine. Here are the 5 best of the best in July. Read More

How to Pick the Best Rugs for Adjacent and Adjoining Rooms

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Imagine you are leading guests on a tour of your home. As you walk from one room to the next do you see a consistent design aesthetic or do some rooms jump out because they have not yet been updated? If after this tour you decide to freshen the neglected rooms, where would you start? Many decorators start with the rug as it makes it easier to find complementary fabrics, paint colors and accessories. However, choosing a rug raises such questions as- how well matched do rugs in adjoining rooms have to be? Should you even try to match area rugs in adjoining rooms or should they all be different? Are there rules for how to coordinate different area rugs? how do you put oriental rugs in adjoining rooms? how to pick complementing designer rugs for one room? and how to have area rugs in adjoining living and dining rooms? I asked Jackie Ostrander, a highly sought after rug consultant to interior designers in Greenwich, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Naples, Florida to help me answer these questions.  Read More

Elle Decor’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in May 2017

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Elle Decor's 5 best rooms with designer rugs in May include an elegant and warm apartment overlooking New York's Grammercy Park designed by Bennett Leifer, an alumnus of Robert A. M. Stern, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Scott Snyder, as well as fashion designer Erin Beatty's colorful West Village duplex designed by Lara Apponyi and Michael Woodcock.   Read More

Elle Decor’s 6 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in March 2017

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Elle Decor's 6 best rooms with designer rugs in March include a light filled Greenwich Village penthouse inspired by Robert Kime fabrics, a color saturated Madrid apartment where ancient and modern art sit side by side, a San Francisco art dealers apartment fashioned out of a converted warehouse by designer Stephan Jones and a landmarked Italianate townhouse in the West Village transformed into light-filled exquisiteness by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Read More

10 Best Blue Bedrooms and Blue Rugs in Architectural Digest

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Architectural Digest's 10 most highly pinned blue bedrooms with blue rugs showcase the work of Lorenzo Castillo on the northern coast of Spain, Martin Lawrence Bullard in Miami, Nicky Haslam in New Orleans, Jacobsen Architecure in Napa Valley, a 13th-century Irish Castle and four homes in the Hamptons by Steven Gambrel, Billy Cotton, Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio.   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

Best of May-June 2015 Veranda: 7 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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If there is a common theme running through the 7 best rooms with decorative rugs in the May-June 2015 Veranda it is the artful mix of traditional and contemporary and calming blues paired with white, beige, silver and grey. These 7 rooms will start you dreaming of peaceful days by the sea. The Malibu getaway by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and the Destin, Florida retreat by Susan Lovelace are truly outstanding. Read More

19 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Blue Rugs

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"Blue is one of the easiest colors to live with and its most people favorite hue," said AD100 designer Bunny Williams in an interview with Elle Decor. "There are so many beautiful shades of blue--- some cool, some warm and they mix well together." The same can be said of blue rugs. The most desirable blue rugs are those with a mix of cool and warm colors. These rug allow you to use a wider range of fabrics and create more sophisticated looks as these 19 rooms demonstrate.    Read More

Elle Decor December 2014: 7 Best Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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Elle Décor is famous for contemporary décor so it is remarkable to see the December 2014 issue filled with stunning traditional styles. The 7 best interiors show how you can use oriental rugs, geometric rugs and flat weave rugs to create rooms that feel both authentic and fresh. Read More