Needlepoint Rugs Bring a Sense of History: 5 Chic Interiors

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If you desire to create a space in your home that breathes an air of history, needlepoint rugs are an excellent place to start. Many historic interiors you’re familiar with feature hand-stitched needlepoint rugs. When made with high-quality, lanolin-rich wool, needlepoint rugs are easy to care for and definitely made to last. Read More

Needlepoint Rugs Make it Easy to Mix Antique with Modern

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Is your vision of needlepoint rugs confined to subtly colored rugs with tame floral motifs? If so, prepare to get your mind blown away with the beauty of bold and colorful needlepoint rugs. Because they are flat-woven and have intricate patterns, needlepoint rugs are often thought of as being high on aesthetic and low on function, especially when compared to other types of rugs. What you may be surprised to learn is that you can find good quality needlepoint rugs in bold, vibrant colors that are also highly durable and suited for trafficked rooms. You may have a needlepoint rug that you're dying to use, but you're afraid. Use it. Billy Baldwin said, "Stick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date." Read More

Bunny Williams Designs Stunning Interiors with Needlepoint Rugs

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Venerable designer Bunny Williams once said, “I like an interior that defies labeling. I really don’t want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it.” Ms. Williams obviously wants to avoid a formulaic approach to her own designs, something she really doesn’t have to worry about given her prodigious talents. If there is one thing that Williams designed interiors show is that she has a penchant for needlepoint rugs. Since each room is so different, you will be hard put to identify them as a William’s design, but all these rooms do highlight the desirability of decorating with needlepoint rugs; they are a favorite of many leading interior designers including Bunny Williams, David Easton and Michael S. Smith. Read More

Needlepoint Rugs Make it Easy to Design Sunny Rooms

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If you tell people that black needlepoint rugs make it easy to design rooms that look sunny, you'll most likely be met with a blank stare followed by a dismissive wave of a hand. When people think of dark-colored needlepoint rugs, they usually imagine darker, moodier rooms with heavy furnishings and old books, but these rugs can bring sun and beauty into a room in wonderful and unique ways. Black needlepoint rugs allow you to bring your own sunshine. Read More

How to Design Chic Rooms with Aubusson Rugs and Needlepoint Rugs

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Albert Hadley once said, “Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” When you set to the task of decorating a room, you want to be able to step back and ponder Hadley’s words. You want the room to be a place that’s inviting and soothing to you on a personal level. Designing a room may seem like a difficult task, but it is becomes easier when you start off with the right rug.   The most important factor in decorating a room is to decide on the rug you want. The whole room will compliment or revolve around this rug, so it is imperative to begin here. Aubusson rugs promise you amazing quality and designs that will get your room started off on the right foot. Let’s take a look at three decorating styles that use Aubusson rugs and are very popular right now. Read More

How to Design Stylish Rooms in Blue with Needlepoint Rugs: 12 Tips

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In previous blog posts I have advised that a major quality to look for in a needlepoint rug is it's design flexibility. One of the virtues of good art, and a good needlepoint rug is a work of art, is that it never goes out of style. Another major quality of good art is that it works in many different settings and with many decorating styles. For today's blog post we will look at a blue and white needlepoint rug that was used to create two very different, yet equally stunning and original rooms by two highly original and talented decorators. Each room offers valuable decorating lessons. Read More

How to Go Beyond Your Fear And Decorate with Green Rugs

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Frank Lloyd Wright said, "Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation." It's true. Green rugs are a great way to bring a joyous, springlike vibe into a home; and green rug also makes it easy to add warm and cozy colors to the room because green is one of nature's most versatile colors and it works with all the colors of the rainbow. Think of the green that blankets a meadow on a spring day, and how it highlights the thousands of buttery yellow buttercups. The colors seem – and are – perfectly coordinated. Imagine the deep, rich green of a pine forest that looks stunning against the blue sky above and the rich browns of the trees' bark that always with the green leaves of the tree and the grass in the meadow. It seems like no other color works as well as a background color as green does. Read More

2 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Fuchsia and Orange on Green Rugs

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Have you ever wanted to design a glamorous living room in the bright colors of spring flowers that are coming out all around us now? With colorful new flowers making their appearance  all through spring and summer, I wanted our living room to be in sync with the wonderful happy colors of this time of the year. I started with a bright green rug that has small touches of yellow. The colors of this green rug remind me of delicate green leaves that have recently sprouted across New England. These greens are a great compliment for all the brightly colored flowers that come out in spring and summer. I created the color palette for the room with fuchsia, orange, yellow and purple because these are the colors we will be seeing through spring and summer. I found a stunning mid century modern sofa in a brilliant shade of fuchsia. The only way to go from there was to top it all off with bold Marimekko pillows in orange, yellow and purple. This makes a fun and glamorous living room. After completing this, I wondered what would I do in the fall. Would it be possible to easily change the look of the living room to be in sync with the colors we see in fall? I wanted make the seasonal change without having to change the green rug and the furniture. After some experimentation, the makeover turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. Read More