Why I Love to Start with a Designer Rug – Gideon Mendelson

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Gideon Mendelson The Mendelson Group, New York, NY. Since launching Mendelson Group in 2003, Gideon Mendelson has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors, Modern, and Coastal Living. Mendelson Group offers a broad range of services including interior architecture, construction management, interior design and custom furniture design. A Columbia University architecture graduate, Gideon also has a degree from The New York School of Interior Design. Gideon's early background in the classics and his later education in modernism provides him the ability to work in a wide range of styles. His 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House room, The Lady's Lair, won critical acclaim in the press. Gideon's down-to-earth manner is a refreshing break from the image of the decorator as a snooty arbiter of taste. Join me as Gideon expresses surprise at Margaret Russell's sudden departure from Architectural Digest; why he loves starting a room with a designer rug; what it was like to work with Steven Gambrel when both were starting their career; how he responded to a challenging space in his first Kips Bay experience in 2014; why he avoids Viscose rugs; and much more... Read More

Advice to Young Interior Designers — Hall of Famer Bruce Bierman

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Bruce Bierman Owner of Bruce Bierman Design Inc., New York, NY Bruce Bierman was inducted to the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2000, and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Interior Design, and The New York Times Magazine. Bruce has earned double degrees in architecture and fine arts from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). The prestigious Franklin Report gives Bruce their highest five star rating and quotes these three client comments and more — "I have used many well-known designers over the years, and I felt that Bruce was the only one committed to the project and our family for the long haul." "Bruce is a very special person—mature, calm and generous. I am happy to say that he is now a friend." "I am a very opinionated client. I interviewed 30 people for this job, and I will definitely go back to Bruce for the next one." Join me as Bruce Bierman shares how he started, the advice he would give to to a beginning decorator, the importance of listening to clients closely, the pleasure of working on second, third and fourth homes, and why he doesn't get flustered... Read More

New York is the Best City for Interior Design – Debbie Lori Travin

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Debbie Lori Travin Owner of DLT Interiors, New York, NY Debbie has been immersed in design and fashion all her life. Growing up in a family in haute couture, Debbie always had an innate sense of style and a keen eye for color. Frequently she would accompany her family on business trips to Italy where she bought high end men's couture. Later while remodeling her home in New York, Debbie noticed that when her architect did house showings, people always wanted to know who the designer was. When her three kids got older, Debbie decided to study interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. Now she runs a successful interior design firm in the city.   Join me as Debbie shares her excitement in being an interior designer in New York. Read More

How to Create Grand Rooms with Aubusson and Needlepoint Rugs

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AD100 interior designer Scott Snyder has no peer when it comes to infusing grandeur and magnificence to interiors. He chooses majestic Aubusson rugs, colorful Needlepoint rugs and lyrical Savonnerie rugs to give his interiors a look of classic elegance and symmetry.The Franklin Report (considered the Zagat Guide for Interior Designers) quotes Scott Snyder's clients:"It's amazing--the rooms appear to have a grandeur and symmetry, even though they began as fairly odd shapes." reports one client. Another exclaims "The place looks so much bigger than it did when it was completely empty. We were impressed." “He is excellent at understanding the just-so Palm Beach look", concludes another According to the Franklin Report "... Snyder has such an instinctual eye for design, he can decide the layout and general direction after just a few minutes of observation” ...”Snyder is noted by insiders as "making the most" out of New York's tight living spaces by utilizing grand mirrors and crafty color schemes to greatly enhance the perception of open space. We are told he is also amazing at melding the interior of any given home--be it in the subtropics of Southern Florida or the concrete jungle of Manhattan--into the existing landscape to create a harmonious balance'. Read More

Amanda Nisbet’s Upbeat Play on Red and Cream Contemporary Wool Rugs

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I have never seen an interior designer who can play with color and shapes so elegantly, simply and with such powerful impact as Amanda Nisbet. The cream, red, brown and tan oval swirls in the contemporary wool rug impart a dancing energy to this living room. Image courtesy Amanda Nisbet. Read More