House Beautiful May 2016: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

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The May 2016 House Beautiful has some exceptional seaside houses and the 5 five best rooms with designer rugs all have water views.  Gary McBournie's Nantucket cottage breaks from the expected blue and white color scheme by pairing vibrant blues with oranges and corals in the living room and chartreuse and apple green in the library and dining room. Kathryn M. Ireland creates a serene low-key atmosphere in a historic Cape Cod house that once belonged to Bunny Mellon. Finally, Summer Thornton designs a serene home in Naples, Florida. Read More

How to Decorate with Scalamandre 2013 Fabrics and Aubusson Rugs

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When searching for the perfect Aubusson rug to pair with a historical Scalamandre fabric such as the beautiful Wynard Paisley from Scalamandre's Spring 2013 Kathryn M. Ireland Collection, it is fun to see if the history of the fabric can provide inspiration and point to the type of Aubusson rug that would look best with the fabric. But a historical relationship is not a sufficient reason to pair a fabric with a rug. The pairing of the Aubusson rug and fabric should also be aesthetically pleasing. If you can achieve both historical and aesthetic complementarity, the room will not only be pleasing to look at, but also look informed and sophisticated. Kathryn Ireland found the Wynward Paisley in its original red coloration in the archives of the 84 year old Scalamandre mill in Long Island, New York. The paisley pattern goes back hundreds of years back to Cashmere Shawls that were woven by hand in Kashmir, India.  What comes to mind is a Palempore Aubusson rug inspired by 19th century Indian fabrics that were popular in the England of Downton Abbey.    Read More