Jane Abernathy Hahn, ASID
Interiors by the Sea, Beaufort, NC
How do you start on your projects?
First and foremost I talk with my client to satisfy their needs. I am trying to help them by thinking of the whole picture and by saving them time and money—time, because we can eliminate many choi
Where do you shop?
As I live miles away from a major city or design center, I shop primarily on online or by catalog. Taking a client to a major market, such as Atlanta, can be overwhelming for them. There is too much to see and absorb.
I go to manufacturers/dealer websites that I am familar with. Distinctive Carpets is one of my favorites. They are easy to work with. I also like the Company C line. I want the room to be more interesting. In the past I have sold a lot of Shaw Rugs and like the Michaelian Home catalog. If I find a company that I like and they are good to work with, they will get a lot of repeat business from me.
Do you have a favorite fiber?
My favorite is a wool rug. It is so practical. A medium-toned oriental rug hides a multitude of sins and lasts for a long time. I try to stick with all wool. Cotton can be good for certain things, but you have to be careful with synthetics.
Do you buy many custom rugs?
Not too many. A wonderful resource is Masland. For more expensive rugs, New River Artisans is amazing. Occasionally I will do a Designer Showhouse and need the “Wow” factor that a custom rug can offer, but showhouse rooms are not meant to be practical. They are not for a living, breathing client but are designed to impress and get attention.
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