We Are Due for the Next Interior Design Trend – Christina Murphy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Christina Murphy  Christina Murphy Interiors: New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Bahamas Christina Murphy describes herself as a contemporary traditionalist. She not only creates amazing spaces for her loyal following of fashionable clients, but has an uncanny ability to help them visualize design schemes at the start of a project. A graduate of Georgetown University, The American Institute for Foreign Study in Italy and The New York School of Interior Design, Christina started her career in 1999 working with Celerie Kemble in the beginning years of Kemble Interiors's new New York office. In 2006 she launched Christina Murphy Interiors, and since then her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful (who named her among "America's Top 100 Designers"), Traditional Home, The New York Times and ABC's The View. Join me as Christina predicts the start of a new interior design trend, why organic furnishings are here to stay, what's inspiring about working in New York, why she rarely visits New York's Design buildings, how to brighten a dark room, when to use color and when to use a monochromatic palette and much more... Read More

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

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 Designer Rugs and Pantone 2016 Blue & Yellow Enrich Décor

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Every spring and fall Pantone announces 10 fashion colors for women’s, men’s and interiors. Four of Pantone Spring 2016 colors - a pale blue, a dark blue, a lilac-gray and yellow are especially important for interior design. To create maximum impact you need to pair these colors with the right designer rugs. Learn how 7 top designers create glamorous interiors by juxtaposing Pantone’s Spring 2016 blues, gray and yellow with the perfect designer rugs. Read More

Architectural Digest February 2015: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The February 2015 Architectural Digest's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs show how to create stunnng interiors by mixing modern art, traditional and contemporary furniture and sculptural shapes and volumes and then pulling everything together into a harmonious composition with custom rugs in geometric and abstract patterns made from luxurious materials such as silk and handspun wool. Steven Gambrel excels at interpreting traditional geometric patterns in large silk custom rugs that almost cover the entire floor. In contrast Rafael de Cárdenas uses contemporary silk rugs to define seating areas or the area around the bed while showing expanses of beautiful wood floor. This shows that rules are meant to broken as long as you know why you are breaking them. Read More

Elle Decor: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs in September 2014

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The September 2014 Elle Decor's 5 best rooms with decorative rugs have two things in common- a love of pattern and color. Yet, these 5 rooms cover a wide spectrum ranging from the boldness of Brazilian decorator Sig Bergamin's Paris apartment to Steven Gambrel's soft colored modern interpretations of historical patterns.  Read More

August 2014 Design Magazines: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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The 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs from the August 2014 issues of the top Design Magazines will inspire you in bringing elegance and warmth to living rooms, libraries and bedrooms. These 7 interiors were selected from Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, New York Cottages and Gardens, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. 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

14 Chic Hamptons, Nantucket Blue and White Interiors with Blue Rugs

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A common mistake when designing blue and white rooms in the Hamptons, Nantucket or any other seaside location is to use just blue and white. Confining the color palette to just blue and white can produce a cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. Interior designers have long known that cool colors such as blue and green need to be balanced by warm colors such as beige, yellow, brown, pink etc. The warm colors can be used as accents or in larger areas such as on walls or as accents in blue rugs. The 14 gorgeous rooms by top interior designers show several different ways you can design blue and white rooms that are not only elegant but are also warm and inviting. Read More