I source at the Decorative Center of Houston and the Houston Design Center. Both are convenient and are excellent resources. I also visit the World Trade Center in Dallas and the D&D Building in New York City on a regular basis.
Do you use the computer to learn about, or buy a rug?
Occasionally, I use online resources for sourcing rugs. However, I still prefer to deal with an actual person when placing orders. My favorite resources for rugs are Madison Lilly, Stark Carpets and Abrahams Oriental Rugs.
What features in the rug are most important to you?
I would say the quality, texture and overall feel of the rug are the features I find most important.
How often do you purchase a custom rug and why?
Fairly often, especially when I need a custom size or certain color and pattern. I prefer to integrate floor coverings into a design concept rather than design around it.
Do you have any favorite style or fiber of area rug?
I prefer natural fibers, such as wool and silk. For the style of rug, it depends on the project. If the room is more traditional and I am using a traditional style rug, I prefer more muted tones. If the room is more modern, I prefer a contemporary style rug with a bold pattern and possibly bold colors.
Do you have any particular tricks to bring a dull room to life?
Art is a great way to add interest to a space. The right piece of art becomes a focal point and inspires conversation. Painting is often a simple and effective way to breathe life into a dull space. The right wall color can make everything in front of it pop.
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