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

Architectural Digest January 2015: 10 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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I would like to explain why I am writing about the January 2015 Architectural Digest’s 10 best interiors with decorative rugs In the middle of March instead of three months ago. The January issue was truly outstanding I regret I was unable to publish it earlier as I have been in the midst of a major redesign of the Asmara website.  To do full justice, I have been expanded the list to the 10 best from the usual 5. Read More

Traditional Home 2014: 7 Best Holiday Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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Each November, Traditional Home features the best holiday interiors with decorative rugs from around the country, and this year is no exception. My picks for the 7 best holiday interiors of 2014 ranges from the stunning new traditional style of Gerald Pomeroy in Dover, Massachusetts to a classic New England Christmas in Lisa Hilderbrand's 18th-Century Connecticut farmhouse. Nora Marra fills a 1937 Chicago home with light and Holiday colors, Emily Sullivan evokes the Northern Christmases of her childhood in her new Los Angeles home and Patrik Lönn conjures up a stately Scottish library in New York’s Holiday House Showhouse. Read More

House Beautiful November 2014: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in the November 2014 House Beautiful demonstrate that when vivid colors are used appropriately, the rooms feel happy and uplifting rather than overwhelming or garish.  "People say I am fearless with color, but if I see it in nature, I know it will work in a home," Miles Redd explained to House Beautiful. "Truthfully, color makes me happy and that was the direction with this apartment--to make a happy family home," says Miles Redd about his three interiors in today's post. Read More

Remembering Oscar de la Renta’s Stylish Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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The interiors and decorative rugs in Oscar de la Renta’s many homes reflect the same classical elegance as his beautiful dresses cherished by women all over the world and favored by every American first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Vogue in their tribute to de la Renta, last week, noted that his elegant interiors seemed to be in a constant dialog with his runway fashions. de la Renta had a passion for patterns and colors and his urbane taste ranged from exotic Central Asian silk Ikat to intricate Elizabethan Palempore; from jewel-like Chinoiserie to stately Greek architectural motifs. Today we celebrate de la Renta’s most memorable interiors with decorative rugs. Oscar and Annette de la Renta at their home in Connecticut in 2008. Read More

Mario Buatta Creates 7 Happy Palm Beach Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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Mario Buatta can transform any dull space into a happy one by a deft pairing of pastel colors and decorative rugs in a way that makes a room come alive like a garden in spring. Buatta's artistry finds its fullest expression in Palm Beach where he has created memorable homes for celebrities and the society set. Today’s 7 interiors are among his happiest. Read More

2014 Kips Bay’s Top 7 Interiors with Decorative Rugs on Pinterest

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The 20 interiors with decorative rugs in the 2014 Kips Bay Show House tell a story about the desires and fantasies of New York's top 0.1%. But do these cutting edge interiors tell us anything about what the rest of the country likes? One way to find out is to visit Pinterest and see which Kips Bay rooms get pinned most often as these are the interiors that will be emulated in the future. I did some research, and here are the 7 most highly pinned Kips Bay interiors on Pinterest.   Read More

7 Ways to Make a Room Cozy and Gorgeous for Fall with Decorative Rugs

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Fall has brought cooler nights to New England and the maples are ablaze with fiery oranges and reds. I treasure each sunny day knowing that once winter settles in it will not leave till late April. The change in seasons is a perfect time to look for ways to make our home cozy for autumn and gorgeous year-round. Below are 7 chic rooms that illustrate several different ways to achieve this by choosing the right combination of decorative rug, fabrics, wall color, textures and scale. Read More