The Single File (Part 1)

Creating Cool Spaces for Bachelors and Bachelorettes (Part 1)
By Brian Patrick Flynn

From color palettes to labor costs, Brian Patrick Flynn shares tips and tricks for helping single first-time homebuyers turn their condos and houses into homes.

I have absolutely no idea how it happened, but at some point in my career I became the designer who specializes in designing for singles… and I kinda like it. There’s a fresh and exciting newness when it comes to working with guys and girls about town who’ve taken the plunge into first time home ownership. And as someone who’s bought four houses in seven years, I know a thing or two about the process.

Sure, hunting for that perfect chesterfield sofa or searching high and low for an art piece that really speaks to one’s taste is fun, but the truth is 70 percent of the design process is un-fun and having to say no a lot. And what I mean by that is (a) you have to use a lot of math, (b) it’s all about editing out things that won’t last, and (c) it’s a constant game of compromise. If you’re dealing with designing your own first place or helping a single client or friend navigate through a sea of endless decor options, maybe some of these projects will help you set sail and successfully make it to shore in record time and with change to spare.

Take More Chances

Photo: Christina Wedge

Hey, if you’re single right now and buying a home that’s all about Y-O-U, now’s your chance to truly push the envelope with your design decisions. This kitchen was created for a hard-working girl about town who wanted a bright, cheerful place to unwind after long days and to host friends on weekends. To make the kitchen feel more like a room, we swapped a backsplash and upper cabinets with classic floral wallpaper and clean, contemporary floating shelves. The result was a stylish spot to hang out that’s packed with personality and practicality. Should she ever grow tired of the wallpaper, it’s an easy change as opposed to changing out tile which is pricey, messy and a headache to deal with.


Home Office

Photo: Sarah Dorio

Nowadays, most urban professionals under age 40 are working from home at least half of the time. With that said, don’t just stick a desk in a room and call it a day, but instead truly make your home office a daily escape that gets you excited about your inbox. Here, I persuaded a bachelor client to buck the idea of a formal breakfast nook he’d never use and instead outfitted it as a polished place to work from home. I upholstered the walls with linen to help with sound absorption, installed statement lighting and mixed vintage casegoods with custom made pieces to turn the space into a showstopper. While these elements all work together now in a work-related space, they also can fit into any other room in the house should his lifestyle change later.

 

Photo: Sarah Dorio

Collected
When you’re not really sure what you’re overall style is, I say look to the things you’ve collected over the years, then find a way to pull them all together with colors and patterns. The guy who owns this master bedroom is a super athletic, well-traveled bachelor who doesn’t necessarily care for a “designed” home. The answer was to make it all about some key objects that speak to him like the vintage knight sculpture, resin taxidermy and African armchairs. By keeping the backdrop light and neutral, the textures and shapes standout and take center stage.

Photo: Robert Peterson/ Rustic White Photography

Retro
If you’re a single gal in the city and kids or large pets don’t factor into your current lifestyle, I say here’s your chance to go with some high glamour retro appeal. Swank 1960s elements are fun, pretty much forever and also flirty. I like to keep things light and bright with tons of ultra-white and sexy textures such as shag rugs mixed with super sleek finishes like high-gloss paint or shiny jolts of chrome. If you stick with white and silver, you’ll have pieces you can mix with just about everything under the sun for years to come.

Photo: Sarah Dorio

Make it Eclectic
Got a bunch of things you love that don’t go together in any way whatsoever? Well, that’s perfect! In fact, that’s how most of us live: we like lots of things and none of them are necessarily like the other. I created this home studio for a bachelor in Los Angeles packed with a brand new modern desk, a collection of old art, handed-down taxidermy and vintage schoolhouse objects. To tie it all together, I used an all-white backdrop, then updated worn-in wood floors with a 1960s inspired basketweave pattern in aqua, navy and ultra-white.

 

Photo: Sarah Dorio

Go all White
It sounds counter intuitive, but all-white wet spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms are remarkably practical for single people. Dark floors and cabinets tend to show every speck of dust and blemish, but high-gloss white wood floors and glossy white cabinets really just make a space feel more open and airy. If you are not dealing with super large dogs, white floors can really stand up to a lot of traffic, especially if you sand them first and stick with oil-based floor paint sealed with a non-yellowing sealant.

 

Brian Patrick Flynn

 

Brian Patrick Flynn is an interior designer, production designer and set decorator based in Atlanta, Ga. Flynn designs residential properties for private clients as well as sets for television networks, ad campaigns and major online retailers. He designs spaces locally as well as in New York and Los Angeles. Check out his residential and production work on his production company’s website flynnsideout.com.

CEU Shines This September  

More educational offerings than ever before

By Christina O’Flaherty

From nationally recognized design tastemakers to cooking and lifestyle gurus, July Market was full of unmatched learning opportunities—including a number of CEU-credited events.

As AmericasMart continues to expand the benefits of attending markets throughout the year in Atlanta, the influx of CEU seminars highlights a greater movement towards an experience designed around retailers and designers.

“We’re creating a destination for design in Atlanta, and bringing even more offerings to the table during the upcoming Fall Design Week” says Sarah Mount, AmericasMart executive director of home, gift & rug marketing. “From designer-focused programming and CEU courses to networking, parties, and leading lines—it’s everything designers and buyers need to set themselves up for success this fall.”

Fall Design Week Featuring Atlanta Gourmet & Gift, September 19 – 23, 2016, will continue this movement and feature even more learning opportunities anchored with CEU accreditation. All conferences that have an IDCEC approval number are recognized for CEU credit by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council and participating associations which include ASID, IIDA and IDC. Credits are easy to earn by simply attending approved Fall Design Week seminars. Just look for the CEU designation in your printed event calendar, online, or in your AmericasMart app.

What’s in store for September

September is truly one stop! On top of top product sourcing for your store or clients, delicious foodie events and festive parties, learn new tricks of the trade straight from leaders of the industry. Here’s a sampling of exciting CEU seminars being held:

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Wednesday, September 21

Noon  |  Building 1, Floor 1, Event Hall

A Salute to Southern Style: The Essence of Southern Design & Hospitality, Followed by The Art of Southern Living Book Signing (0.1 CEU)

Featuring the Region’s Most Celebrated Design Tastemakers: Lisa Mende (Charlotte, NC), Meredith Ellis (Austin, TX), Traci Zeller (Charlotte, NC), Paige Sumblin Schnell (Rosemary Beach, FL) and Jennifer Boles (Atlanta, GA)

Five nationally recognized talents, who individually embody the best of the region’s design sensibility, will share the definitive styles and influences that continue to capture a well-lived Southern lifestyle. See what inspires these celebrated design tastemakers, along with their favorite new twists in interiors, entertaining and true Southern hospitality.

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Thursday, September 22

10 a.m.  |  Building 1, Floor 1, Event Hall

Weddings-ish: Connecting with Millennials & Capturing the New Bridal Market (0.1 CEU)

Presented by Jove Meyer, Brooklyn-Based Wedding Planner, Designer and Podcaster, and Jesi Haack, LA-Based Event Planner

Passion, product, price, and personality are the new filters to grasp when connecting with today’s bridal customers. In this fun session, learn about the transformative hallmarks of today’s weddings and Pinterest-worthy designs that speak to millennials—including tips on personalization, signature installations, and fresh décor.

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Thursday, September 22

Noon  |  Building 1, Floor 1, Event Hall

2017 Trend Forecast: A Tour of Lifestyle, Interiors & Fashion Influences to Know in the Year Ahead (0.1 CEU)

Presented by Ali Lind, Senior Trend Consultant for WGSN

Fresh off the heels of Fall New York Fashion Week, get a one-hour tour of the hottest looks, colors, patterns and trends for women’s and menswear from the Summer/Spring 2017 runway shows. Straight from WGSN—the world’s top trend authority—get a front row seat to see how high fashion will inspire and translate into home interiors and accessories.

Ready to plan your visit? Register for Fall Design Week, taking place Monday,  September 19 – Friday, September 23, 2016, and visit AmericasMart.com/Events for details on these events and many more.

36th Annual ASID Design Excellence Awards

The Georgia chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted its annual Design Excellence Awards Gala last week at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  More than 135 professional, allied, and associate ASID members and students from all over the state of Georgia submitted design projects from 2015 for consideration. Tyler Lynch, interior design sales manager at Codarus, was the evening’s emcee and Cathryn Miller, senior retail services manager – Designer Workspace, AmericasMart, presented the awards for the Product Residential category. Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors was bestowed silver, Contract Singular Space, for his design of the AmericasMart Buyer Lounge in Building 1, Floor 6. Congratulations to each of this year’s esteemed winners:

Nationalist Awards
Cherie Hoffman, Industry Partner with Knoll – National Industry Partner Merit Award recipient
Jerry Henderson, Industry Partner with Knoll  – Honorary Medalist Award recipient
Lynn Jones – National Educator Medalist Award
Karen League  – National Medalist Award recipient
Jo Rabaut – National Fellow

Design Achievement Award
William Peace

Lifetime Achievement/Career Contribution Award
Beverly Bush

Industry Partner Award
Joy Cook Coleman

ASID Awards

 

Best in Show Residential – Joel Kelly Design, Joel Kelly, Jonathan Alexander and Lauren Troutman for Jupiter Modern

Best in Show Contract – HOK, Betsy Nurse and Julia Busby for Porsche Cars North America Experience Center and Headquarters

 

Residential Singular Space
Gold – KMH Interiors, Kerry Howard for Piedmont Park Renovation
Silver – Mathews Furniture + Design, Nina Nash for Champagne Room
Bronze – C. Socci, Inc., Chris Socci for Nursery

Residential Kitchen
Gold – L. Kae Interiors, Inc., Lyndsy Woods for Liberty Hill Residence
Silver – SunDog Design Studio, LLC, Kathy Tonner for Masters Club Drive
Bronze – Terracotta Design Build Co., Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson and Lourdes Melarti for 420 Nelson Ferry

Residential Bath
Gold – Rabaut Design Associates, Jo Rabaut for Chastain Park Master Bath
Silver – Harrison Design, Karen Ferguson, Betsy McBride and Laura Hermes for Chic Retreat
Silver  – Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Interiors, Tish Mills for Her Master Bath
Bronze – Harrison Design, Karen Ferguson, Betsy McBride and Laura Hermes for Peaceful Haven

Residential Apartment, Condominium or Loft
Gold – Joel Kelly Design, Joel Kelly, Jonathan Alexander and Lauren Troutman for The Prado
Silver – Mark Williams Design Associates, Niki Papadopoulos, Mark Williams and Brent Pollock for Filstein Residence
Silver – Mark Williams Design Associates, Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos for Murphy-Spirt New York
Bronze – KMH Interiors, Kerry Howard for Serenbe Artist Cottages

Residence under 3,500 square feet
Gold – studio AC, LLC, Shawn C. Alshut and Edward J. Alshut for Atlanta Residence
Silver – Mark Williams Design Associates, Niki Papadopoulos for Turtle Pond
Bronze – Terracotta Design Build Co., Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson, Katelyn Rountree, Lourdes Melarti and Concepcion Martinez for 224 Superior

ASID AwardsResidence over 3,500 square feet
Gold Melanie Turner Interiors, Melanie Turner and Cristi Rajevac for Natchez
Gold – Joel Kelly Design, Joel Kelly, Jonathan Alexander and Lauren Troutman for Jupiter Modern
Silver – L. Kae interiors, Inc., Lyndsy Woods for Private Residence
Silver – J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC, Janie Hirsch for Dalbec-James Buckhead Home
Bronze – The Design Atelier, Melanie Millner for King Road Residence

Residential Model Home
Gold Melanie Turner Interiors, Melanie Turner and Cristi Rajevac for Long Leaf
Silver – Pineapple House Interior Design, Stephen Pararo and Zach Azpeitia for Golfers Getaway
Bronze – Mathews Furniture + Design, Nina Nash for Ritz Carlton Model Home

Residential Show House
Gold – Habachy Designs, Michael Habachy for Loggia Lounge
Silver – Melanie Turner Interiors, Melanie Turner and Jill Tompkins for Guest Room Showhouse
Silver – Harrison Design, Karen Ferguson for Showhouse Guest Suite
Bronze – Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Interiors, Tish Mills for Traditional Home Napa Valley Show House

Contract Singular Space
Gold – VeenendaalCave, Inc., Craig Anderchak, Tracey Sparger, and Erica Gorman for Martin Concrete
Silver – KMH Interiors, Kerry Howard for AmericasMart Buyers Lounge
Bronze – Rabaut Design Associates, Jo Rabaut for WITH/Sims Office Headquarters

Contract Corporate Office under 25,000 square feet
Gold – ai3, Lucy Aiken-Johnson, Elisa Gangone and Kerry Wittwer for SignatureFD
Silver – Perkins + Will, David Sheehan, Joyce Fownes, Meena Krenek for Confidential Client Executive Offices
Bronze – Heery International, Karen McCallum, Melissa McCarriagher, Derrick Rowe, Evan Burch and Steve Hart for Intercontinental Exchange – Conference Center

Contract Corporate Office over 25,000 square feet
Gold – HOK, Betsy Nurse and Julia Busby for Porsche Cars North America Experience Center and Headquarters
Gold – IA Interior Architects, Alexandra Miller and David Ramsey for McKesson Richmond
Silver – IA Interior Architects, Alexandra Miller for Sapient Miami
Silver – Perkins + Will, Joyce Fownes, Nicole Sheffield and David Sheehan for The Weather Channel
Bronze – tvs Design, Steve Clem, Elizabeth Levine and Eunhye Lee for Jackson Spalding

Corporate Healthcare over 10,000 square feet
Gold – Perkins + Will, David Sheehan, Brenda Smith, Laura Weirick, Keith Curtis and Katie Janson for CARTI Cancer Center
Silver – LeVino Jones Medical Interiors, Inc., Alison Jones and Sandy Boyette for Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center
Bronze – LeVino Jones Medical Interiors, Inc., Alison Jones and Sandy Boyette for Wendy & Keith Wellin Head & Neck Clinic at MUSC

Contract Hospitality: Resorts
Silver – HLGstudio, Shelly Hughes, Sabrina Tate and Sam Farra for Rosemary Beach Owners Club

Contract Hospitality: Restaurants
Gold – ai3, Lucy Aiken-Johnson, Ethan Lewis and Kellen Minor for Cooks & Soldiers
Silver – Studio Trimble, Cindy Trimble for Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill
Bronze – Habachy Designs, Michael Habachy for East Wave

Contract Hospitality: Country Clubs
Gold – Image Design, Inc., Sandra Berg, Kirk Christenson, Debbie Loomis and Kristin Nichols for Rosedale Golf Club
Bronze – Image Design, Inc., Bob Francisco and Shannon McCurdy for Woodmont Country Club

Contract Institutional
Gold – Perkins + Will, David Sheehan, Lauren Prickett, Marcia Knight and Leigh Anne Higbee for University of North Texas, University Union
Silver – Heery International, Steve Hart and Lydia O’Neal for University of Texas DKR Volleyball Development Center
Bronze – Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio, Scott Kirk and Erin Moser for Junior Achievement Gwinnett

Contract Retail
Gold – Perkins + Will, David Sheehan, Joyce Fownes and Ping Wong for Kids II – European Headquarters and Showroom
Silver – ai3, Lucy Aiken-Johnson, Ethan Lewis and Heather Rice for turnerboone showroom

ASID Awards

 

Product Residential
Gold – Joel Kelly Design, Joel Kelly and Jonathan Alexander for Sticks and Stones
Bronze – LittleFISH Think Tank, Tara Rae Hill for Myrtles + Mint Juleps

 

 

Product Contract
Gold – LittleFISH Think Tank, Tara Rae Hill for Oliver Tandem Series
Silver – IDEA ǀ SPAN, Christy Cain and Elaine Pham for Branded Entries – Opening the door to the Power of the Path
Bronze – Mark Williams Design Associates, Mark Williams for Nymbus by Mark Williams for Silestone

Product Industry Partner
Gold – Hansgrobe, Antonio Citterio for Axor Citterio E
Gold – Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, Matthew Quinn for Social Corner Sink

ASID Awards

Student Awards
Best in Show
Traci Moore, Art Institute of Atlanta

Best Rendering/Hand Drawn – Individual
Traci Moore, Art Institute of Atlanta – Winner
Saera Yoo, Georgia State University – Award of Merit
Vrunda Kansara, SCAD – Award of Merit

Best Rendering/Computer Generated – Individual
Vy Dang Thuy Ngo, SCAD – Winner
Kathryn Decker, Art Institute of Atlanta – Award of Merit
Preethi Hannah, SCAD – Award of Merit

Best Residential Design Concept – Individual
Vy Dang Thuy Ngo, SCAD – Award of Merit

Best Commercial Design Concept – Individual
Kristy Cho, SCAD – Award of Merit
Tara Headley, SCAD – Award of Merit
Jennifer Stanton, Art Institute of Atlanta – Award of Merit

Grace Jordan Howard Scholarship Awards
Avonlea Pye, Georgia Southern University – 1 Year ASID dues
Yuchen Shao, SCAD Atlanta – $1,000 Scholarship
Kayley Barker, University of Georgia – $5,000 Scholarship

The Global Lens

By Patti Carpenter, AmericasMart Global Trend Ambassador

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
GK Chesterson

Patti CarpenterI love color! It makes me happy. You might say I am passionate about palettes…..of color. There. I said it and I’m proud of it! Color can literally make me salivate. In fact, I often refer to colors as tasty or delicious.

Similarly, I love sumptuous textiles and beautifully thrown or decorated ceramics and furniture; the beautiful curve of well-balanced seating, the stateliness of a well-designed table. I love a good wood grain and perfectly polished metals. I love humble materials made into extraordinary treasures. I love creativity and functional design made fabulous. It’s in my DNA. It’s what inspires me and stirs me to get up and get out every day. Without it all, life would be diminished in some way. This I know for sure.

So when AmericasMart Atlanta approached me to be its Global Trend Ambassador, I was more than delighted. I put on my global glasses and got to work. As I travel around the world, 54 countries and counting, I’ll review design, color, print/pattern and materials and share my impressions with you. Come journey with me through the ethos and the ether of the current trends, distill them, and discover the subtle, salable sensibilities in what we find.

To begin, here are the color-related categories clamoring for my creative attention for the coming season.

Color: As we collectively focus on the environment and the climate, the warming of the world draws our attention to that side of the color palette countered by a coolly confident blue. I’m focused on…

  • Orange – warmed and reddened, scorched and sultrySultry Orange
  • Yellow – from red-tinged Ochre to shocking Lemon Zest whitened like a sunspot.Sunspot Yellow
  • Inky Indigo – deep, saturated and newer than navy
    Inky Indigo

Palettes: Colors play together in complex collaborations

  • Pales – pretty pastels that pack a modern, yet softly feminine punchPerfectly Pale
  • Mid Tones – perfectly pitched between pastels and bright; a Frank Stella retro-influence inspiresModern Midtones
  • Black and White – classic to cosmic, these opposites continue to attractOpposites Attract

Till the next time, I hope my reportage engages and inspires you; that it touches you in some visceral way…that is rouses you to join the creative conversation.


See these trends and more at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 12-19, 2016. Learn more at www.AmericasMart.com/January

Join Global Trend Ambassador Patti Carpenter for “Through the Looking Glass: A Study In Contrasts”, an interactive journey through emerging international macro trends in color, print, surface design and materials with a focus on the influence of European trends on the current US home and gift industries. Your guide at the crossroads of business and creativity, Patti distills the broad-based themes directing trends around the world and their impact on American markets, while offering a first look at the must-see product innovations people will be talking about in the seasons ahead. Patti’s insightful, carefully curated presentations continue to be an indispensable resource for US-retailers and designers looking to stay abreast of groundbreaking trends on the global horizon. Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 11 a.m  | Building 1, Floor 15, Designer Workspace.

Center Stage: HD Home

HDHome opened at the January 2013 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market with a flourish. New exhibitors and design favorites fill the space in the Center Hall of Floor 1 of Building 1 with stunning, high-end home decor. It’s an absolute must see for all Market attendees. The premier juried home decor collection in the country. Be inspired through Tuesday, Jan. 15.

French Heritage

French Heritage

 

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith

emporium home

Emporium Home

Lowcountry Originals

Lowcountry Originals

 

Camilla House

Camilla House

Modern History

Modern History

Jamie Young

Jamie Young

 

Amy Howard Home

Amy Howard

The Power of Color with David Bromstad

By David Bromstad

david-bromstadSome of you may know me from a few of my shows on HGTV such as “Design Star,” “Design Star All Stars,” “Color Splash” and “White Room Challenge.” I’m really looking forward to coming to AmericasMart Atlanta and talking to all of you about design: What I love and how to bring design you love into your home!

Nowadays, when not on television, I work solely in Interior Design and in fine art with my paintings and mural work; but when I started my career it was as an artist for Disney and Universal Studios.

I still love bringing an element of over-the-top fantasy to my design, but when I am creating for someone’s home it’s also super important to make the space livable but still fabulous beyond words. One of the easiest ways to bring interest and excitement into a room is with color! Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of color.  If you want to use bright color in your home, it’s important to know HOW to use it! I always recommend keeping the biggest and most expensive elements of the room neutral and using pops of color as an accent. But if you want to be bold and cover a piece of furniture with a color, don’t let me stop you!

I love referring to current trends Pantone when it comes to color. They are a fantastic resource. Pantone has declared the color of 2013 Emerald. Emerald is an awesome color that they describe as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”  I always consider the psychology behind a color when choosing a palette for a room. Greens are perfect for a bedroom and pairing it with earthy tones keeps the décor sexy, delicious and fabulous!

Bromstad2Another element that raises home décor to another level is the addition of “art.” That can be a lot of different things. Most people think of art as a painting but art is everything, lighting, sculpture and even furniture. One design trick I frequently recommend is finding a theme and repeating a color scheme and theme and repeating it throughout your home.  Whether it’s patterns, rugs, flooring or pillows.

If you know me you know I love an animal head, but to keep it modern I like to keep it all in one color scheme; I used white and black below but I’m also a huge fan of metallic.

Bromstad3These are just a few of the things I love to incorporate in my designs and I’m really looking forward to talking about this and so much more at AmericasMart!

Come see David Bromstad present “The Power of Color” on Saturday, January 12 at 3 p.m. in Building 2, Floor 9. Click here for a full list of events and seminars.

Handmade Rugs—the Orphans of the Decorative Rug Trade?

Photos Alix 5-30-2010 034Ever since I became immersed in the rug world in the 1980s working for HALI and later The Oriental Rug Magazine, I was frustrated that the decorative application of handmade rugs was basically ignored. Although rugs are designed for the floor—either as the focus or as the backdrop of the room’s décor—they were rarely featured in their decorative context. Instead, they were typically displayed as isolated objects hanging on a wall or on the floor. Yes, there are plentiful and admirable books on rugs’ history, construction, and designs but these are geared to the rug aficionado, not to the decorative buyer or user focused on finding out what rugs would work best in their home or their client’s. Moreover, shelter magazines feature beautiful handmade rugs, both antique and contemporary, but how often are they mentioned in the article or even in the caption?

And so, you may ask, why should anyone care? Actually, the decorative application of handmade rugs does matter. For one thing, they represent one third of the usable space and are the first element that catches your eye upon entering the room. Secondly, aside from furniture, they outlive any other furnishing in the home—including window treatments, wall paint and coverings, and upholstery. Their resilience to wear-and-tear and virtually all forms of human abuse is second to none in essence guaranteeing that they can not only move with you from house to house but also be passed down from one generation to the next. Hence they are the most-effective investment furnishing investment in the home. Last but not least, they are the greenest of floor coverings being produced with renewable organic materials such as cotton and wool, and free of from adhesives and petroleum-based products, present in most machinemade carpeting products that produce off-gassing. Still, despite these attributes, handmade rugs have been treated as the orphans of the decorative trade.

When editor of The Oriental Rug Magazine and later consulting editor on AREA Magazine, I sought to redress the image of handmade rugs as important elements in the décor with an ongoing article series featuring  the country’s most prestigious designers’ use of rugs in their work. I knew I was onto something when they all responded with unquestionable enthusiasm. “Finally! It’s about time to publish articles on how rugs are actually used in interior design!” they exclaimed. When helping my clients buy rugs, I always was a bit at a loss when trying to recommend books helping them identify rugs they would like to buy.  Most found rug books too intimidating. Some sent me photocopies of illustrations of rare collector’s items that they wanted in oversizes. Not surprisingly, they were frustrated when I told them these did not exist in the market only in the hands of a few collectors and museums. Other clients, desperate for a visual guide, created their own “look book” with ads and images of rugs in rooms torn out of magazines.

And so, buoyed by the encouragement of my clients and featured interior designers, I took on the project of The Decorative Carpet—Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors, a monumental but very rewarding task. I was lucky to find Monacelli Press/Random House who believed in the project. My 32 featured celebrity designers—including Samuel Botero, Clodagh, Jamie Drake, David Easton, and   Bunny Williams—were overwhelmingly as enthusiastic as I about giving decorative handmade rugs at long last their deserved place in the interior design world. Today, handmade decorative rugs are orphans no more.

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Learn more from Alix at her presentation on Friday, January 14 during Market at 2 p.m. Here she’ll discuss “The Decorative Carpet in Interior Design.” Plus, stay around and purchase a book for her to sign. Find her in Building 1, Floor 4, 4-G-7