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    Flat Weaves That Don’t Fall Flat

    When The Rug Company opened up it’s Dallas showroom in 2011 I quickly became smitten with their gorgeous collection of heirloom quality rugs, especially the pieces by fabulous designers like Kelly Wearstler, Dian Von Furstenburg, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Alexander McQueen to name a few.  Prices point range from high dollar to super affordable and everything in between depending on the construction of the rug.

    I thought it would be fun to get a little more insight on flat weave rugs from one of my local showroom reps here in Dallas! I  am often asked about flat weave rugs by most of my clients. They are everywhere now and with all of the gorgeous colors and graphic patterns, it’s hard not to take notice.  So I went directly to my showroom rep, Oscar for the real scoop on these fab little rugs and here is what he had to say….

     

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    Abbe-Is there anything important I should know about flat rugs before I plunge into the great unknown and purchase one?

    Oscar-A flat weave is exactly what it is. A flat rug with not much cushion for the feet. It’s a different feel, a  more relaxed look.

     

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    Abbe - How are these rugs cleaned? Should I consider special cleaning or are they easy to spot clean?

    Oscar – Depending on the material, they can be taken to a professional rug cleaner or can be washed at home if you have an industrial sized washer and hung to dry. Most are cotton, talk to your salesperson about the cleaning instructions. Not all rugs are created equal! If you are purchasing from a known retailer, check the cleaning instructions carefully.

     

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    Abbe-What kind of rug pad should I use? Can I make the rug feel more cushy under foot?Oscar -Many rugs pads are available. Different height for cushion, sticky ones that stick to your floor and rug to help with rug movement. Since they do not naturally provide lots of cushion, they are great options for dining rooms, bathrooms and entry spaces. If you don’t mind a rug without any pile, they look great in main family rooms too.

     

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    Abbe-Can I install a flat weave rug over carpet and then put furniture on top with out it puckering under the legs of the furniture?

    Oscar – You can always be creative with this one… adding additional support for the furniture legs under the flat rug can even out the puckering.

     

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    Jali Dove Rug from The Rug Company
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    Abbe -Is it a good plan to get a flat woven rug for spring through fall, and to switch to a regular thick wool (or shag) rug during the cold months?

    Oscar- It really depends on what your needs are or if you just want a different look for the Fall.

     

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    Abbe -If my clients have kids, a husband, and a few puppy dogs. Would thick wool rugs be better for that busy family? I don’t want to buy anything that is delicate for them. I also don’t want to use an indoor/outdoor rug or one made from jute or sisal.

    Oscar- I would suggest buying a rug that is well made and cleans up easily. A rug rich in lanolin would be best. The lanolin repeals water and dirt so the richer in the lanolin the easier to maintain the rug. A hand knotted rug can last for many generations.

    For more affordable flat weave and hand knotted options…check out the entire Studio Collection! Jonathan Adler recently launched a fabulous collection of rugs here…and don’t forget the pillows! Or as they call them, cushions!

     

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    Big D’s Big Sales

    The weather is great for running around and shopping, especially if you are looking to snag a few deals!

    DWELL WITH DIGNITY’s Thrift studio began their big  50% off markdown yesterday.  If you have had your eye on something….hurry before it walks outta there! This is the last week for this Thrift Studio pop-up so you still have a few days to stop by. Stop by Thrift Studio at 1100 Slocum, suite 590, in the Dallas Design Center from 10 – 5:30 Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday from 12-5:30. 

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    And if that isn’t big enough…MECOX DALLAS’ huge warehouse sale is on and full of fabulous finds at super big discounts!! Up to 75% off??? Yes please! I need to get my self over there to make sure I don’t miss anything!

     

     


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    Ornare

    Yesterday I stopped by the new Ornare showroom in the Dallas Design District to take a peek at their collection of closets, kitchens, baths, home and office pieces. Ornare hails from Brazil, where the brand is highly revered for its well designed and quality products with tons of gorgeous details to choose from. Here is a little look at the new showroom and a few of my favorites.

     

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    From the moment you walk into the showroom, you are greeted by the fabulous sleek and modern kitchen. I immediately became obsess with the wood plank wall and oversized butcher block cutting board across the front island. Need storage? My goodness, there are options that make moving around the kitchen super easy and help to keep you organized.

     

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    Maybe you are thinking about updating your bathrooms. I am so obsessed with the Manhattan line…I mean obsessed!  The black lacquered beauty in the Dallas showroom is a show stopper and on my “to-do” list for my next dream house. Customizable finish, countertop and mirrors help to create a look that screams penthouse!

     

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    Details always pull everything together and this showroom is a detail candy land for sure. Mother of pearl, bone, top stitched leather, suede lining, monogramed door pulls and the list goes on and on. These elements give Ornare it’s high style and exquisite design that is sure to sweep Dallas of their feet! It is a MUST SEE if you are in the Dallas Design District and if you are in the market for a start to finish custom kitchen, closet, entertainment are or bathroom.

     

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    One of my favorites, the oversized pull for closet doors.

     

     

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    Monogramed door pulls…so fancy!

     

     

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    The vanity legs were even detailed, such a sophisticated touch.

     

     

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    Individual metal pieces make up this built-in trivet to protect the solid surface countertop.

     

     

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    And who doesn’t love a full length mirror next to a full length hat rack?? 

     

    Designer Lunch {John Robshaw}

    I am super excited that John Robshaw is finally going to make a stop in Dallas next week to sign copies of his new book!!! I have been a huge fan of his latest collection from Duralee and am planning on using a few of the gorgeous fabrics in client’s homes as well as my own!!

    If you are in Dallas, you  must stop by next Thursday April 30th!!

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    Lunch will be served

    Please RSVP to 214-748-7080 or dallas@duralee.com

    April 30, 2013

    11:30am – 2:30pm

    Duralee Dallas Showroom

    Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 742

    Dallas, TX 75207

     

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    Spotted On My Soap Opera

    Yes, I watch a Soap Opera….and Yes…I really am posting about it today.   The Young & The Restless has been part of my dvr scheduled recordings since that was available and before that, I used my my VCR to record the show everyday. I would like to blame my mother for getting me hooked on this show. Back in the 80′s I would come home from school and sit down to do my homework at our kitchen table. My mother would turn on the Young & The Restless and it became part of my afternoon each day from that point on.

    As an interior designer, I am always noticing details on my favorite T.V. shows, but my soap has always been pretty bad. I mean seriously, these people are supposto be wealthy and sophisticated but their homes have always been awful! I will spare you the icky images!

    But, this year The Young and The Restless has kicked it up a bit, probably because they are celebrating 40 years on the air. The dapper Martyn Lawrence Bullard stopped by to help Sharon  update The Ranch Mansion…too bad she was divorced soon after and kicked out before he was able to work his magic…UGH!!! I was really hoping to see him “million dollar decorator” up that house!! This was the second time that MLB came in to help Sharon, he was also asked to update another mansion…from another marriage that she had…shocker!

     

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    And if that wasn’t exciting enough….Billy & Victoria recently painted their living room and updated their furniture. I was excited when I noticed Duralee’s Aqua print from their Westbury Collection! I have been working on a Lake House project and we are using this fabric on a few accent pillows too!  So, I had to snap a pic and share it with you guys!

     

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    Here is a peek of the fabric from our Lake House project! Soothing colors and modern graphics, looks like Y&R is stepping it up and I can’t wait to see what else they decide to update on the set!

     

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    Something New To Talk About

    Tomorrow is the big day for Dallas’ latest furniture showroom opening! Adriana Hoyos is the latest addition to the Dallas Design District and tomorrow they finally open their doors.  I have been working with their showroom manager, Baron Farah on the new DTV set and have fallen in love with their pieces…and Baron isn’t so bad either! Boys knows his stuff and is a blast to work with!

    Don’t let their location in the Design District run you off, they are also open to the public!  I love that they even have an in stock and ready to ship program so if you are looking for a killer sofa, dining table or something new for your bedroom you can snag it now! Although they call their pieces “high end”, their prices are affordable and their finish options are GORGEOUS!!!! I have my eye on a few pieces…

     

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    As a furniture designer, Adriana Hoyos has created collections inspired by her native Latin America –dark and vibrant –colored woods, earthy tones and exotic materials- along with an international taste for elegance and simplicity of clean lines. The cornerstone of her inspiration is this melding of global textures and arts. Hoyos’ work has caught the attention of the international press and has been featured in media such as Architectural Digest, Florida Design, Interior Design, Ocean Drive, Hola Decoracion, CNN Espanol and numerous periodicals in the US, Latin America and Europe.

    Hospitality design has become a specialty delivering interiors for international hoteliers such as TRUMP, Starwood, Swissotel, Marriott and Hilton.

     

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    The Grafito chair is one of my favorite pieces and makes the perfect lounge chair! I love how the design on the back incorporates the Adriana Hoyos logo too…so sleek and a little sneaky!

     

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    We used the Coco rectangular coffee table in Mink, two of the Chocolate end tables in Champagne and the Carmelo Console table in Mink on The DTV set.  We love the pieces so much that we went back for the Cafe Sofa in a white lacquer to use in the opening for D The Broadcast!

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    My Bucket List {A Chic Mountain Home}

    One of my favorite vacation spots is the  snow covered mountains in Colorado. I’m not a huge fan of skiing (I’m actually horrible at it) or being cold;  but I love the simplicity of the small towns, watching the snow fall and of course the gorgeous interiors. I try to grab a few of the local real estate and design magazines and bring them back to the hotel.  I love poring over them and taking in all of the rustic details, wide open windows and of course seeing the views that each home boasts.  Views sell in the mountains for sure and I love seeing how they bring the outside in to many of the stunning homes.

    We were not able to visit the Colorado mountains this winter, but we definitely going to plan a trip to visit this summer!  Here are a few of my favorite Colorado spaces. I personally prefer more of the modern rustic feel with updated appliances and sleek lines while still staying true to the mountain environment!  So for now, my stacks of magazines will have to wait until we can check this one off the bucket list!  Here are a few of my favorite inspiration images. Who knows, maybe someday soon we can put them to use!

     

     

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    Here are a few pics of us taking in a Colorado fall. It was on this trip that I realized how much I loved the mountains. Peace, quite and a world full of beautiful and natural surroundings. Sure does make it hard to return to the busy city life!  Image Via: Annie X Photography

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    Why I {heart} Kelly Wearstler

    If you haven’t heard of Kelly Wearstler, sit back and prepare to have your world rocked.

    From books and blog to fabrics, fashion and killer interiors – Kelly is the ultimate decorista-fashionista. Everything she does is utterly fabulous: I have used her fabrics and home accessories for a ton of projects and have a few pieces from her jewelry and clothing line. Her blog is overflowing with inspiration, and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how she works and becomes inspired. I am obsessed with her fashion and furniture; I would let her to take over my home and my wardrobe in a heartbeat! (We’ll just throw in some antlers and a great bar to get my husband on board.)

     

    Here’s Kelly wearing a skirt made from her own fabric..seriously, could she be any more pulled together?

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    How gorgeous is this?! I’m not much of a drinker, but I could seriously live in this lounge. It’s glamorous but also has a funky, retro feel.

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    Her fabric lines from Lee Jofa and Schumacher are a mix of classic patterns, rich textural solids and total luxury.

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    Love the colors, textures and finishes in this room!

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    The Rug Company collection from Kelly Wearstler has beautiful basics as well as off the wall color.  I have used a few of the rugs from her collections…there are no words..they just complete the space.

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    Details, details, details! Here pieces are art and the composition is always unique and visually interesting!

     

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    Totally enamored with this color palette and all the chic, modern touches.

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    Those shoes! Those walls! That carpet! My eyes go wide every single time I look at this staircase.

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    Her latest book and an image of her inspiration project trays! I was totally inspired so I started using acrylic trays when working on the design development phase of a project. It’s the little things!

     

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    Get The Look {A Fashionista’s Closet}

    I think it’s safe to say that most girls dream about having a huge walk-in closet. Beautifully organized shelves to display all of our shoes, a cozy chair or ottoman to sit on while we are getting dressed and of course a fabulous chandelier to top it all off! I love that fashion and interiors come together so easily.  There are Decoristas and Fashionistas out there that blend the two together seamlessly.  They can bring us to our knees swooning over chic baubles and glitzy accessories, so I thought it was time to channel them both on today’s Get The Look!!!

     

     

     

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    1. Blush Murano Glass Chandelier  2.Antiqued Silver Leaf Mirror  3. White Lacquered Chest  4. Flokati Pastel Pink Rug  5. White Mongolian Fur Pillow  6.  Versailles Wing Chair

     

     

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    Chic Custom Pillows

    It’s no secret that I’m digging animal accents for 2013 (just check out the DHome and Shoebox Decor articles) and I am so excited to finally share these custom Belgian Nubby Linen pillows with the embroidered rams head.

    First, a little background info about this project. The concept was directly inspired by the client’s zodiac sign, aries. She has a few special pieces of jewelry and accessories that she’s collected over the years. We though it would be fun to incorporate this into the space, but didn’t want it to scream “zodiac sign.”

     

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    The custom-made pillows from Ankasa used a special embroidery technique to create the stunning 3D effect. These are the  initial sketches of the concept for the pillows. Pictured below is the strike off that we approved for the final design.

     

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    And here’s the finished product: a chic interpretation of the aries sign. I love how this represents something near and dear to the client’s heart and creates a one-of-a-kind animal accent (one of my very favorite trends for 2013).

     

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