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Do you have a favorite style or fiber?
The project program and rug application will help me determine the rug style and fiber. I design a lot of rustic and country homes in resort and mountain areas, so I use wool as much as I can. These are often second homes with kids, animals, and high use, so the fiber needs to be durable, which wool is. I particularly like hand knotted, 100% wool rugs, which perform under years of use. These rugs are also available in lots of designs, colors and their price points are great. Occasionally I incorporate antique Orientals. Many of my clients bring antique Oriental rugs they already own to their new homes, which we love to incorporate and work around. A rug can neutralize and soften, or it can accentuate and strengthen.With the mountain homes, we may incorporate themes relating to the local area. With these I select rugs with images, or perhaps Indian or Southwestern patterns or motifs. Several manufacturers make great themed accent rugs, such as Michaelian Home or Chandlers 4 Corners. Many times I incorporate natural animal hides, and love those from Yerra Rug and B&S Trading in Texas. Yerra has great designs for sewn and patterned natural hide rugs.
Do you purchase a custom rug often?
Custom Rugs are a great way to personalize a design, creating a “one-of-a-kind” space special for the client. I design both commercial and residential and have designed quite a few custom rugs in the past for both markets. Lacey Champion and Eve Oxford are two companies I particularly like for custom work.
Do you have any design rules you particularly like or any you like to break?
I was trained on and brought up in the more classical work of architecture, which was full of rules. Today we are mixing rules, blending styles, “re-purposing” spaces, mixing old, new, traditional, contemporary, rustic and refined in the same spaces. It is a time to flex our design muscles and put old rules aside to create new, eclectic and refreshing designs.