Loloi Zharah Berry Rug

How to Choose the Right Rug for Every Room in Your New House

Walk into any room.  Does it feel comfortable or unfinished?  Does everything tie together, or does it feel jarring?

Chances are, the difference is in the rug.  As one of the biggest items in any room — larger than all the furniture and the art — the rug defines the room.  The right rug can define your space, bring your design together, and warm it up for people to relax and linger.  The wrong rug can look oddly out of place or contrast harshly with the rest of your room.

But choosing a rug could be a bear, with all the materials, sizes, colors, and patterns.  And choosing rugs for a whole new house?  Ugh!  After doing that numerous times, I decided to jot down what I’ve learned, spoke with several rug makers, and looked at how we live today.  Finally, I also read up on what the world’s top designers suggested (which I summarized here).

In the end, I came up with these simple, room-by-room guidelines on how to choose an area rug for your new house.

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Geoffrey Bradfield

16 World Famous Interior Designers’ Tips on Area Rugs

After working on hundreds of projects, designers are full of practical advice on choosing area rugs.   As one of the largest pieces in any room, rugs will immediately make or break the space and everything you layer in afterward. That’s why many designers, like Martyn Lawrence Bullard, won’t start working on a space until they’ve selected the rug.

Here’s a selection of their best tips:

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Naturally warm and lightweight, Downright comforters and pillows will ensure a good night's sleep.

A Complete Guide to Downright’s Comforters and Pillows

As one of the country’s foremost manufacturers of down products, Downright offers many different types of fill, support, and warmth level to meet your needs.  In fact, since they’re based in New York, they can even create custom comforters and pillows (if you’d like one, let us know).

But we understand that sometimes too much choice makes choosing a little confusing.  So we asked our friends at Downright to help us better understand the world of down and guide us through their collections.  As it turns out, it’s quite simple.

Naturally warm and lightweight, Downright comforters and pillows will ensure a good night's sleep.

Naturally warm and lightweight, Downright comforters and pillows will ensure a good night’s sleep.

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Bamboo placemats in chino and Basketweave placemats in khaki used at Le Bernardin in New York

9 Reasons Why Top Restaurants Love Chilewich Placemats

What do Le Bernardin, Fred at Barney’s, and the Mandarin Oriental Miami have in common?  They’re all uber stylish, and they all use Chilewich placemats in their dining rooms.

Bamboo placemats in chino and Basketweave placemats in khaki used at Le Bernardin in New York

Bamboo placemats in chino and Basketweave placemats in khaki used at Le Bernardin in New York

All three shops run thousands of covers a year, which means that their tableware has to be both beautiful and practical.  And because mealtimes are so busy, they all need easy ways to keep tables clean and ready.  Which, when you think about it, is exactly what every home needs.  We love having guests over, but instead of cringing every time little Joey and Amanda spill ketchup on the table, we’ve learned to be smart and use the same Chilewich woven vinyl placemats these beautiful restaurants use.

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HGTV November 2017

Moser Cubism Double Old Fashioned Feature in HGTV Magazine

Ready for some fun decorating?  HGTV Magazine sure looks like it is…

HGTV November 2017

HGTV November 2017

And featured in this colorful issue is our Moser Cubism Double Old Fashioned glass:

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