Ruggables

 

We love rugs – they are an essential part of all home décor.  We often tell our clients to start with the rug when designing a room as they provide the foundation upon which furniture and the rest of the room sit.  Their aesthetic appeal can be truly amazing.  While rugs do come in many styles, price points, and materials, they all may be difficult to maintain.  Ruggables may be a very stylish and affordable solution for people on a budget and for families with young children or pets.

Jeneva Bell, the founder of Ruggables, tells the story of how her dog ruined her new, very expensive rug.  She, along with her team of industry experts, came up with this innovative two -piece rug system. With one removable rug cover and one cushioned non-slip pad, this technology makes it possible for area rugs to be washed as easily and frequently as bedding.

Connie Chen from Business Insider tried out a Ruggable rug in her own apartment, and she found that the system was as easy to assemble and to maintain as was touted on the Ruggables site. Take a look at their website to see all of the sizes and styles that are available.  Just a few of the many designs are traditional Persian ones, contemporary geometric patterns, nautical and coastal designs, and fun patterns for kid’s rooms and playrooms.  These area rugs and runners can be purchased at many online sites or stores such as Wayfair, Amazon, Home Depot, and Target.  We have not seen these in person yet, but we are planning to check them out for ourselves soon.

Photo Credits:

   Noor Rug in Ruby, one of the traditional designs – www.ruggables.com

   This rug system is put together easily – www.businessinsider.com

   Ruggable in a child’s room – www.akronohiomoms.com

Florals Fabrics for Spring

After another long Pittsburgh winter, spring is officially and finally here – and what do our thoughts turn to but beautiful gardens that are just beginning to bloom.  Gorgeous floral fabrics and wallpapers can transform any room into a delightfully fresh and lush garden.  We love to balance florals with softened geometric patterns, stripes or solids for an eye appealing and sophisticated design. Mixing these patterns in a space will add interest, color, and depth.  Even though the patterns don’t necessarily match each other, the scheme can work as long as they go together. The main thing to remember when mixing florals and other patterns is for them to complement each other and not compete.

We always follow these guidelines so the room will not look jarring or uncoordinated. Odd numbers look best so using three different patterns in varying scales is a good way to begin. The largest pattern can be the anchor pattern with all of the colors in the selected palette.  Then add a medium scale pattern with some of the colors and finally a small scale one with two or three of the colors. The intensity of the colors should be the same – for example, do not mix pastels with jewel tones. Also, it is always a good idea to break up the patterns with some solids or tone-on-tone fabrics. 

One of our favorite companies for fabrics and wallpaper is Thibaut.  We love their new Paramount Collection of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics. With its highly styled nouveau flower motifs, and beautiful colorways, it is perfect for spring.  This lovely dining room with patterns in aqua and green really says spring to us.  Notice how the mix of floral and other patterns in this room demonstrates the importance of varying the scale – the Desmond fabric in the drapery panels is a really large-scale pattern with an 18” horizontal repeat and a 44.5” vertical repeat while the Hillock wallpaper pattern is very small with only a 2” repeat.  The chairs are upholstered in Ebru which has a vertical repeat of 15” and a horizontal repeat of 25.75.  ( www.thibaut.com )

These pictures from www.tidbitsandtwine.com  illustrate the importance of intensity as well as of scale. The fabrics in the picture of the headboard and pillows are in pastel colors with the floral being the largest scale with the most colors while the chevron and the geometric print are smaller scale and have one or two of the colors.  The other picture shows a wallpaper background in a bold and bright print behind the bed. It is the large anchor pattern with a mix of smaller patterns in coordinating colors.

 These vignettes are all so lovely for spring.  And, the best part will be when winter returns, your room will still speak spring to you.

 

The Minimalist versus The Maximalist

Over the years, design trends have waxed and waned and there have been many times when minimalism was popular as well as times when maximalism was in vogue.  Today, we have been seeing both styles in shelter magazines. There are often spreads on beautiful and sleek contemporary spaces as well as wonderful “over the top” maximalist rooms.  “Less is more” is absolutely the way to go for some while others follow architect Robert Venturi’s credo that “less is a bore.”  We say to each his own.

Minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.  Designing a beautiful, functional home in a minimal way is not easy. Skill, restraint, and a great deal of discipline are needed to pull it off.  We love this living room by Tara Benet Design in New York City.

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Maximalism is the antithesis of minimalism with its audacious display of bright colors, bold patterns, and a love of artful clutter. Maximalist spaces reflect their occupants’ travels, pasts, and quirks. Exotic Bohemian glamour comes to mind when thinking about maximalist design - rather than trying to achieve a perfectly coordinated space, maximalists strive for a layered look to embrace a beautiful, cozy chaos as can be seen in this photo from Architectural Digest.

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For more examples, take a look at the White Glove section of the May/June issue of Traditional Homeor the April issue of House Beautiful which featured a home in Philadelphia.

Which style speaks to you?

 

 

Tie Pillow

Ellen had this patchwork pillow made from her retired pediatrician husband’s old ties.  When he was practicing, he always liked to wear “kid-friendly” or doctor themed ties.  But, since he had retired, they were just hanging unworn in the closet.  Our wonderful seamstress made the pillow. It was a fun project, and a huge success with Ellen’s husband.  Let us know what you think!

 

 

Bedroom Colors

What is your favorite color for a bedroom?  Should it be light and airy or dark and dreamy? Personal taste is so different for everyone, and it is important to get it right so your surroundings are perfect for YOU!

 

We saw this beautiful smoky blue bedroom in House Beautiful. It was designed by one of our favorite designers, Tobi Fairley, for a client who wanted a little bit of Hollywood glam with a soft and airy color scheme.

We saw this beautiful smoky blue bedroom in House Beautiful. It was designed by one of our favorite designers, Tobi Fairley, for a client who wanted a little bit of Hollywood glam with a soft and airy color scheme.

We saw this bedroom on Pinterest, and loved the contrast between the dark blue walls, bedding, and window treatments and the light carpeting and tufted headboard. 

We saw this bedroom on Pinterest, and loved the contrast between the dark blue walls, bedding, and window treatments and the light carpeting and tufted headboard. 

Fabric Extravaganza

We loved stopping down at Design Trade back in March as they hosted their annual Fabric Extravaganza. Vendor reps from many companies were on hand to present new products and to show their road line samples.   It is definitely a treat to talk to the reps and ask for their expert opinions about the products. Seeing, touching, and feeling the beautiful silks and embroideries along with the more practical wovens and upholstery fabrics is a designer’s delight.  There were so many beautiful new fabrics in all of the latest colorways from many of our favorite manufacturers such as Thibaut, Kravet, Scalamandre, Duralee, and many others. There is truly something for every taste and budget in these new collections.

 

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