Architectural Digest October 2014: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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My picks for the 5 best rooms with decorative rugs in Architectural Digest's October 2014 issue all happen to be contemporary. I have noticed that in some months it is the traditional rooms that are the stars, and in the next issue it is all the contemporary spaces that take center stage. If you know why styles fluctuate from month to month, please share your insight in the comments section. Read More

How to Pick the Perfect the Wall Color, Decorative Rug and Fabric: 6 Tips

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It is nearly impossible to pick a perfect paint color if you have not yet selected a decorative rug and fabrics. People who try to choose a wall color first, are disappointed when the rug and furniture are placed in the room and the overall effect is not what they expected. A proven way to avoid costly decorating mistakes is to first ask yourself these questions: “How do I want to feel when I am in the room? and what mood do I want to create when guests are in the room? Each color has a different impact on how we feel. Once you learn the feeling different colors produce, it will become easy to pick the perfect combination of paint color, decorative rug and fabrics. Here are six different moods you can create by choosing the right combination of colors. Read More

Best of September-October 2014 Veranda: 5 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The September-October 2014 issue of Veranda has five gorgeous rooms that offer valuable insights on how to create the feeling tone and look you desire. The key lies in the thoughtful pairing of fabrics, furniture and decorative rugs and paying attention to scale, color palettes, textures, design styles and materials. I have summarized the insights in the caption under each room image. Read More

How to Pick the Perfect Decorative Rug for a Living Room: 6 Tips

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To pick the perfect decorative rug for a living room, you first need to chose the look and feeling you would like to create in the room. The internet is full of generalized tips for choosing the best rug for a room, but such advice is likely to produce generic looks. These 5 tips for choosing the best rug for a living room will help you create the style and personality you desire. Read More

How 7 Fashion Designers Choose Decorative Rugs for Their Own Homes

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How do fashion geniuses chose decorative rugs for their own homes? Are their homes as glorious as their fashions? Can we apply what we learn from their interiors to our own homes? We take a  look at the homes of 7 fashion leaders- Isaac Mizrahi, Jenni Kayne, Hubert de Givenchy, Josie Natori, Geoffrey Beene, Tory Burch and Liz Claiborne to learn from their decorating approach. Read More

Elle Decor: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs in September 2014

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The September 2014 Elle Decor's 5 best rooms with decorative rugs have two things in common- a love of pattern and color. Yet, these 5 rooms cover a wide spectrum ranging from the boldness of Brazilian decorator Sig Bergamin's Paris apartment to Steven Gambrel's soft colored modern interpretations of historical patterns.  Read More

How Jane Fonda Enriched Home by Mixing Oriental Rugs with Modern Rugs

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Recently a homeowner fell in love with a modern floral rug but was concerned it would not work with the traditional Oriental rugs she already had in the adjoining rooms. This worry arises from a common misconception that everything in a home should match, or at the very least be of the same style. We will learn why leading interior designers advise against "matchy matchy" decorating. To bring their advice home we will look at Jane Fonda's newly built northern New Mexico ranch home, recently featured in Architectural Digest, where Fonda deliberately juxtaposed objects that many people think do not belong together. Fonda chose this approach because she wanted the newly built home to look more sophisticated and historical. Her decorating was so effective that “When Robert Redford came to visit he thought the house was at least a hundred years old,” Fonda told Architectural Digest. Pictures of the rooms are accompanied by quotes from leading decorators explaining why this decorating approach works far better than the approach of matching every object. Read More