Ski and Mountain Homes Refined by Decorative Rugs: 22 Gorgeous Rooms

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A common mistake in decorating a mountain home is to make it look too 'mountainy', says AD100 interior designer Michael S. Smith. “So many places are decked out with red plaids and antler chandeliers, it’s like walking into a Christmas sweater," Smith told Architectural Digest. Smith is critical of mountain and beach homes that feel impersonal, “A lot of vacation homes feel unlayered, as if they don’t belong to anyone in particular. My goal was to impart personality to the decor, so it feels like a living home rather than a place that gets closed up for a large part of the year.”The 22 ski and mountain home interiors featured below avoid decorating clichés, and exude a sophistication that reflects the urbanity of the owners. Designed by Smith and other great decorators such as Bill Sofield, David Easton, Markham Roberts and Stephen Sills, these homes have beautiful decorative rugs, custom made furniture, antiques and fine art that reflect the home's mountain setting as well as the history of the land. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Enrich 17 Living and Dining Rooms, Bedrooms & Libraries

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Why do David Easton, Kate Spade, William T. Georgis, Jacques Garcia, Alidad, Michael Coorengel, Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, Scot Meacham Wood and David Hare have in common? They all chose Aubusson Rugs to bring glamour to traditional and modern living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and libraries. Aubusson area rugs are renowned for their elegance and sophistication. Favored by 18th century French aristocracy, you can find Aubusson rugs for sale in a variety of colors and sizes. Here are seventeen examples of how the design legends used them to create glamour. Read More

16 Ways to Coordinate Designer Rugs in Open Plan Rooms

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It is easy to worry about breaking some unwritten rules when choosing designer rugs for open plan spaces and adjoining rooms. Readers have asked us if the rugs should be coordinated, or if they should be different. Should they choose rugs that have similar colors or contrasting colors? Can they mix contemporary rugs with traditional rugs in a great room? The 18 rooms in today's post will show you that the many exciting ways interior designers have devised for visually linking rooms and open spaces through rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. After seeing these 18 examples, you will feel freer to try your own ideas putting aside the fear of breaking some unknown design rules. 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

31 Tips to Make a Large Room Stylish and Cozy with Large Rugs

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A large living room is great for hosting big parties but huge spaces present special decorating challenges of their own. Since you won't be entertaining every day you want to plan for how you will use the room for day to day living. Today's 31 decorating tips will help you make a large space stylish and cozy and enhance it with large rugs. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Enhance 4 Modern and Traditional Interiors

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Aubusson rugs add a touch of luxury, opulence and warmth to interiors.  With their intricate details, classical patterns and artistic color palettes, Aubusson rugs can bring elegance and sophistication to both traditional and modern interiors as we will see in the four stunning interiors in today's post. With their wide range of color choices, Aubusson rugs have limitless decorating possibilities. Their classic looks feature floral elements combined with motifs derived from classical Greek and Roman architecture. Here are four interiors that show how top designers use Aubusson rugs to enhance traditional and modern spaces. Read More

Green Rugs Add Freshness and Style to 4 Interiors

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All colors have subtle meanings, quietly altering the mood and feeling of a room. Green is no exception, and has long been known as a color that promotes peace and a feeling of new life. Green is often associated with spring, and with spring comes happiness and a feeling of rebirth. This color is also known to freshen up a space and bring light to a room, creating a rejuvenating feeling of calmness.  Read More

Aubusson Rugs Evoke Romantic Atmosphere of “Midnight in Paris”

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Some interior designers are particularly adept at creating interiors that have a romantic atmosphere. Often they start with an Aubusson rug because these rugs remind us of the romantic Paris of Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris. If you want your rooms to proclaim your desire for all things romantic, then the three stunning romantic interiors with Aubusson rugs can give you some great ideas. Designer Rachel Zoe once said “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Let your rooms speak of your romantic nature. Read More

Make a Statement with Geometric Rugs: 8 Chic Rooms Show How

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It’s easy to dismiss geometric rugs as a kitschy design trick or to assume they’re not for you because your home doesn’t feature a 60s Go-go style dance hall – but in doing so, you are overlooking an incredibly powerful design tool. Some of the world’s most fashionable interiors – both historic and modern – employ geometric rugs as subtle visual cues for visitors. Add Softness with Geometric Rugs Read More

How to Design Joyful Interiors with Orange Rugs

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The celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” That statement may bring to mind the verdant greens of gardens, the blues of the sky and sea, but orange is a color that nature uses only when it wants to make a dramatic statement. Orange rugs are a great way to bring the joyful energy and dramatic moods of nature to an interior, and we will explore how the different shades of orange rugs can be used to bring the invigorating energy and exciting moods of nature to the home. Read More