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

Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy Brian J. McCarthy, Inc: New York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, New York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint." Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more... Read More

Best of February 2014 Design Magazines: 18 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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In Boston, February is when we begin to realize that it no longer becomes dark at 4PM and start hoping for spring, even though we will be in winter's grip for quite a bit longer. The February issues of Interior Design magazines are beginning to show more color. I have picked the 18 most inspiring interiors with decorative rugs from the current Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Décor, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. I hope you enjoy them. Read More

Enrich Holiday Decorating with Geometric Themes

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The holidays are all about geometric patterns. From the playful bulbs and berries to the pointed triangle of the traditional Christmas tree and the wondrous symmetry of the menorah. This festive geometry can be echoed in the choices we make when decorating for the Holidays. Geometric rugs are one of the most powerful tools for providing subtle interior queues to visitors for all your annual celebrations. Today we’ll look at four interiors where geometric rugs provide exquisite jumping off points for decorating during the Holidays. Read More

Oushak Rugs Enrich 7 Chic and Airy Interiors

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When interior designers are looking for ideas to create chic, airy and light filled rooms they often turn to Oushak rugs. These rugs have soft, tonal colors and subtle patterns which are great for bring a rich texture to contemporary interiors and a modern vibe to traditional rooms. The seven rooms in todays post show how top decorators use Oushak rugs to create a look that is rich, stylish, light-filled and airy. Read More

How to Design Fashionable Interiors with Oushak Rugs

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Oushak rugs hold a certain magic due to their blend of modern colorations and centuries old patterns. Oushak rugs seem to hold the mystery of the past and the charms of the most artful colors. Part of the mystique of Oushak rugs is that they seem to work effortlessly with many design styles. Whether you love modern lines or look to create a space with an exotic feel, Oushak rugs will help you make the room feel elegant and beautiful. Oushak rugs can be outrageously chic or they can be as warm and welcoming as a cozy country style home. Read More