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Creativity & Quality in Interior Design: The Rug Company

As I was reading the September/October issue of Lonny Magazine, I ran across this video created by The Rug Company. The video shows the extensive work that goes into the craftsmanship of all of their rugs handmade in Nepal. Wow! What an Fascinating process!

Untitled from Max McDonnell on Vimeo.

The Rug Company has several different rug collections to choose from with loads of unique and interesting designs to fit the style of almost any home. In addition, the company also offers rug customizations to satisfy specific size and color needs.

The Contemporary Collection includes these designs and many more (click the link to see the entire collection):

Blanket by Suzanne Sharp

Blanket by Suzanne Sharp

 

Sellarsbrook Yellow by Suzanne Sharp

Sellarsbrook Yellow by Suzanne Sharp

Cowhide Retro by The Rug Company

Cowhide Retro by The Rug Company

Tangle Black by The Rug Company

Tangle Black by The Rug Company

The Rug Company also offers a  Traditional Collection:

Yamamak Red as shown in House to Home

Yamamak Red as shown in House to Home. These rugs are all unique in that they are created from a patchwork of vintage rugs.
Akdamar Red by The Rug Company

Akdamar Red by The Rug Company

 

Ushak 506 by The Rug Company

Ushak 506 by The Rug Company

Aubusson 614 by The Rug Company

Aubusson 614 by The Rug Company

The Rug Company’s Designer Collection is perhaps what sets it apart from other companies. The rugs in this collection are all masterminded by well-known designers such as Paul Smith, Diane Von Furstenberg, Allegra Hicks, and Kelly Wearstler. The designs are fun, funky, interesting, and always creative!

 

Swirl by Paul Smith

Swirl by Paul Smith

VW Flag by Vivienne Westwood

VW Flag by Vivienne Westwood

Funky Zebra by Diane Von Furstenberg

Funky Zebra by Diane Von Furstenberg

Glamour Girl by Lulu Guinness

Glamour Girl by Lulu Guinness

Flytip by Committee

Flytip by Committee

Star Pink by Paul Smith

Star Pink by Paul Smith

Which collection is your favorite… And which rug? Where would you put your rug in your house?

Now, go have an “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

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Interior Design: Swan Chair Transformed for Breast Cancer Charity

You have likely seen photos of Swan chairs in popular interior design magazines (Or perhaps, you may have even run across “the real thing” somewhere?). If so, its iconic curves have likely made a lasting impression upon you!

Pictured in the May 2009 issue of House Beautiful, this Swan chair is fresh as ever!

Pictured in the May 2009 issue of House Beautiful, this Swan chair is fresh as ever!

Both timeless and modern, the Swan chair has been in existence since 1958, when its legendary designer, Arne Jacobsen, created it for the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.

Arne Jacobsen (1902 - 1971)

Arne Jacobsen (1902 - 1971)

Its Danish furniture manufacturer was Republic of Fritz Hansen whose artisans were able to execute the innovative and complex design. Take a look at this video showing all of the extensive detailing present in every original Swan chair.

 

SUITE New York has now launched the Pink Swan Project. This fundraiser features the work of nineteen renowned interior designers, architects, and fashion designers who have each customized an iconic Swan chair to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

These chairs are to be displayed at the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue, beginning October 1st, and then moved to SUITE New York’s Flatiron showroom on October 27th for an invitation-only cocktail party. However, the chairs will be available via online auction on charitybuzz.com for the entire month of October. Eighty percent of the proceeds from the chairs sales will go to BCRF.

 

swan chair

The collection of Swan chair custom designs

Some of my favorites include those that have the signature Breast Cancer Awareness pink color incorporated  into their designs.

Design by Vincent Wolf

Design by Vincent Wolf

Design by Madeline Weinrib

Design by Madeline Weinrib

However, it is hard to resist the creativity of some of these other unique designs, as well!

Design by Kelly Hoppen

Design by Kelly Hoppen

Design by Chris Craig

Design by Chris Craig

Design by Jonathan Adler

Design by Jonathan Adler

Design by Campion Platt

Design by Campion Platt

There are just far too many to choose from! Click this LINK to see photos of each chair and to read about the individual designer inspirations!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SWAN CHAIR? FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BY POSTING A COMMENT!

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

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Quest for the Perfect Color!

I dare say that the hardest color I have ever selected was the one that was to grace the exterior of my fabulous new Knotting Hill Interiors location. Appropriately situated right out in the direct eyes of God and everyone … on THE main highway of Myrtle Beach, SC… this color had to live up to extremely high expectations! Even men in my community expressed an interest in it! Having been told over and over by many a prominent business people what a fabulous location I snagged, the job of selecting the ever-so-perfect color for the building became even more daunting! On the first day the primer went on the building, my phone nearly blew up with all the texts from people expressing their opinions about the shade of blue that I had selected!?  Let’s just say that the selection of this color could have been compared to me taking out a giant billboard announcing “WATCH TO SEE IF I CAN PICK A COLOR!!!!”

For months I tossed and turned and doubted every bit of training I have ever received about color selection.  Even my True Colour Expert certification seemed like a figment of my imagination. I was even physically sick when the primer went up!?!!

So…..here it is in all its glory… A loooooovely shade of blue that is a combination of navy, sapphire and cobalt all combined into one. The color is Benjamin Moore Van Deussen Blue .

Benjamin Moore Van Deussen Blue

Benjamin Moore Van Deussen Blue

Many challenges presented themselves as I selected the right color. The first was that I was stuck with a hot pink sign from the previous building. I don’t know how many of you have checked the price of signs lately, but a new one was NOT in the budget, especially in this economy! I desperately NEEDED a color that didn’t look “cute” with the hot pink. That eliminated the entire green family. I began to explore the other options and each and every time, the colors appeared “cute”, rather than elegant, like the vision in my head. The next challenge was to include our staple brown that has become our signature color as a company.  Brown and white striped paper, as well as our “little brown box”, has become a statement of elegance in our community.  In addition, my staff is particularly attached to our brown… PLUS, the “frugal in me” was not about to donate 5000 brown boxes that we already own simply for the purpose of incorporating a new color. I knew that brown had to be a part of our new look…somehow!

Taking all of those factors into consideration, what did I end up with?! How about a lovely shade of sapphire that makes hot pink look rich and inviting, while also blending brown and white striped awnings into the design?

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Please excuse the missing letter in the sign... We are working on matching it to the correct color!

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Side View of building

Knotting Hill Interiors

Knotting Hill Interiors

Opening SOON!

Vavavavoom… I think we nailed it! What do YOU think?

We are over the moon about our new home! We all especially like the draperies at the front door. Coming soon are topiaries with hot pink flowers along with our signature “WELCOME to KNOTTING HILL” hot pink rugs for in front of the doors!

Stay tuned in for the remaining unveiling. We have high hopes of being open in just a few weeks! Let us know what you think of our new color choices!!!

Now, go have an “It’s So Fabulous!” day!

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6 comments to Quest for the Perfect Color!

  • Susan

    What a “FABULOUS” new design studio and shoppe….I simply LOVE every choice you made! I mean that! Over the top! I haven’t commented on here in a long time, but have been reading many times. So glad I did today! My fave color is hot pink and I do think this blue paint choice makes it elegant AND inviting. The striped awnings and draperies also helps set the style. Great job and I hope to visit again the next time I get to Myrtle Beach. I simply MUST see those hot pink rugs out front…you go girl!!!

  • How exciting, Kimberly ! I love the colors, the awnings and drapery really pop on the blue. Next time I’m in Myrtle Beach I must come by and see you.

  • It looks great! Love those pops of pink ;)

  • Kimberly,

    Love the color! What a fun and elegant look! If I am ever in Myrtle Beach I will make it a point to stop by. Best of luck and success in your new location.

  • Thank you for this blog. Thats all I can say. You most positively have made this weblog into something thats eye opening and important. You clearly know a lot in regards to the subject, youve lined so many bases. Great stuff from this part of the internet. Once more, thanks for this blog.

  • Patty

    I think you nailed it too Kimberly…..I love the color!

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Lounging Around Interior Design

With all of the projects I am juggling right now, well, sometimes I just need a darn cocktail!  Can anyone out there relate?! Whew! My life has been CRAAAZZZY lately! (This week-end I will be sure to post pictures of the exterior of my new and expanded retail space at Knotting Hill Interiors, the project that has been sucking up the majority of my time and brain-power lately! And for any of you locals out there who have been wondering about the bold, new color of my building, stay tuned  for details!)

Okay, so back to my original topic of needing a cocktail…. Whether it’s a  glass of red wine, a salty-sweet margarita, an extra dirty martini, or a fruity daiquiri, cocktails always taste better to me when served in a beautiful glass. I also feel extra sassy sipping my drink from a chic lounge area, whether at home or out on the town. In most situations, I believe in the motto, “Presentation is everything!”.

Take a look at this lounge (below) that I created for a Myrtle Beach interior design client from Knotting Hill Interiors….

Lounge area - Knotting Hill Interiors

I love the gray walls with white and navy accessories and furniture. The combination is both soothing and chic!

 

Lounge area - Knotting Hill Interiors

The classic navy upholstery blends beautifully with the contemporary styling and shape of these chairs to create an interesting combination. The zebra rug adds an unexpected, edgy element in the space.

Lounge area - Knotting Hill Interiors

The bold acid green sofa is balanced by the deep blue and soothing gray throughout the space.

So, what do YOU think about this home lounge? Can you see yourself sipping an evening cocktail in this space? Tell me what you like – or dislike – about it by posting a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

If you need help making  your home even more fabulous – or if you would like to add a lounge to a new or existing space! – contact me for an online or in-home consultation at kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

 

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  • Kathrine

    Great color on walls, trim and ceiling! It looks very close to one I am using on a project. Always hard to tell in photos, but it looks like a much warmer & richer tone of gray and not the chalkier/flatter grays that other designers are doing so much of right now. Beautiful space!

    For one of your blog topics, would like your perspective on the european look of painting trim darker than the wall color.

  • Patty

    I love this “lounge”….what a luxury! Would love to have a cocktail there. You did a beautiful job. I have a thing for lantern fixtures, so I would love to see how big lanterns would have looked. Thanks for sharing this space.

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Happy Labor Day to my Fellow Interior Design Lovers!

Happy Labor Day, Everyone!

I have missed you all! Since I first started blogging almost 2 years ago (this December), I have never gone more than a couple of days without posting. However, the combination of some major computer glitches, travelling with my family, and organizing a move to my much larger retail location has kept me scrambling! As many of you already know, it is always an adventure juggling a busy life as a business owner, wife, and Momma!

Since it is Labor Day, I am posting some  “fruits of my labor” portfolio photos from my design work at Knotting Hill Interiors.

I would love to know…. Which styles and designs are YOUR favorites? Which are your least favorites? Post a comment with YOUR opinions!

 

BEDROOMS

master bedroom

guest bedroom

master bedroom

bedroom

 

STUDY

STUDY

KITCHENS

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

BATHROOMS

BATH

BATH

CONSERVATORY

CONSERVATORY

CONSERVATORY

DINING ROOMS

DINING ROOMS

DINING ROOM

LIVING ROOMS & FAMILY ROOMS

FAMILY ROOM

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

If you would like help making YOUR home even more fabulous – or if you would like to incorporate a round table into your home! – contact me for an online or in-home consultation at Kimberly@Knottinghillinteriors.com

Now, go have an “It’s so Fabulous!” day!

 

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