Photo by Emily M. Redfield
Photo by Emily M. Redfield

What markets or design centers do you attend?

I go to the Denver Design Center regularly, and most recently went to the Paris Design Show (Maison & Objet). Altogether I have gone to many other markets, such as in Chicago and Los Angeles, the D & D Building in New York City and the London Design Centre.

Do you have a favorite style of rug?

I love the Tufenkian rugs, which are so beautifully made, mostly of wool but there are some blends with silk. The exact style depends on the project I am working on. Lately, I have been using a lot of transitional rugs in my projects, even the new overdyed and washed rugs. These are so interesting and popular right now.

Do you purchase many custom rugs?

I do a lot of custom sizes for particular spaces. I will also do custom colors to allow the rug to fit well in the room. I seldom design a custom rug from scratch, as I can find a rug I like and can “tweak” it to fit in the room.

Have you found that Houzz affects your business?

Yes. I like the fact that my clients are able to see concepts and look for styles of their own. It helps me to understand their direction. However, it can cause confusion in their thinking, with so many options from which to choose.


Do you discuss rug quality versus price with your clients?

Rugs can be very expensive, and a lot of people don’t have a dollar amount in mind. Yes, I do explain what constitutes quality in a rug, and how and why it justifies the price. Rugs can be a piece of artwork, and they can anchor the room together. Companies I like are Shaver Ramsey and Floor Coverings by CPA. I don’t use Wayfair much, because the colors online are so hard to be sure of, as well as the quality.

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