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

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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century.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

10 Reasons Flat Weave Rugs Are Adored by AD100 Designers

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Have you noticed how flat weave rugs are appearing more and more frequently in the interiors in Architectural Digest, Veranda and Elle Decor?  The reason for their growing popularity will become clearer as you view today's ten chic interiors with flat weave rugs. These rugs are amazingly flexible and work in all kinds of settings. If there is a common thread that runs through these rooms by AD100 designers it is that they feel comfortable, chic and unpretentious. These qualities are rarely found together but when they are the product becomes highly desirable.  Read More

7 Ways Oushak Rugs Help You Design Fashionable Interiors

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AD100 designers predict that a big trend for 2016 is combining the antique with the modern. Oushak rugs are the embodiment of this as they combine ancient motifs with colors that feel remarkably contemporary. This combination of opposites gives Oushak rugs the ability to complement all styles of furniture and art. They allow you to mix traditional furniture with mid-century and modern art with antiques and create unique and unforgettable interiors as the 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs show.   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

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

Architectural Digest June 2014: 19 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The June 2014 issue of Architectural Digest contains so many gorgeous rooms it deserves a blog post of its own. AD has improved the quality of its coverage despite a very challenging environment for print magazines. Here are my picks for the 19 best interiors with decorative rugs in extraordinary homes. Read More

Pinterest 20 Best Interiors with Stripes and Striped Rugs

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Pinterest's 20 best interiors with striped rugs, fabrics and wallcoverings were chosen because they offer the greatest inspiration for designing chic and stylish rooms. The 20 interiors show that stripes work equally well in traditional rooms as they do in contemporary spaces. Stripes will add zip to a beach house and also help bring a chic look to a Manhattan apartment. Stripes come in neutrals as well as in bold colors, and you will see how interior designers use each type of stripe to the best effect. Read More

14 Romantic Bedrooms Made Cozy by Fireplaces and Decorative Rugs

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There is nothing more romantic and rejuvenating than a bedroom with a fireplace seating area made cozy by a luxurious decorative rug. The moment the fireplace is lit, it's glow immediately puts us at ease and creates a feeling of connection and contentment. This year the icy grip of winter has extended farther south and lasted longer than at any time I can remember. It is sensible to start think of creating stylish, romantic and cozy retreats from the frigid outdoors. The 14 stylish bedrooms with fireplace seating areas and cozy decorative rugs offer lots of inspiration from the world's top decorators. Read More