Home Staging At Gregorian Oriental Rugs

I’m on the board of the New England Chapter of the IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association) and we have regular events for networking and learning. Last week, we were treated to an evening at Gregorian Oriental Rugs for a talk on home staging. Interim Furnishings’ Sharon MacDonald and Susan Durfee offered some interesting pointers … Read more

Medallion Rug Gallery

Medallion Rug Gallery – New Contemporary Sultanbad Rug, hand knotted area rug, total knot count 1.65Million Buying area rugs can be one of the hardest investments to make for many of us. A decent rug – which should be hand knotted for the best quality – is not inexpensive.  However, a good quality rug can … Read more

Passport To Design Bloggers Tour – Great resources on the No. Shore!

I attended a wonderful design bloggers day yesterday courtesy of Boston Magazine’s “Passport To Design” program and organized by fellow blogger Yvonne Blacker.  The Passport To Design event is a series of design seminars hosted by these five design industry stores and showrooms on the North Shore here in Massachusetts. The event has been going … Read more

Meet the artist: Kim Parker, textile artist

Spode, that bastion of English country style has released a fresh new pattern, create by textile artist Kim Parker. I just love this whimsical set called Emma’s Garland. So light and breezy!Kim also designs for The Rug Company: …and has a line of cute pillows available on her website:These wall panels are available through Horchow.Beautiful … Read more

Meeting Thom Felicia

This was a fun weekend! I attended Thom Felicia’s talk on “Decorating from the Floor Up” sponsored by Karastan rugs. Billed as an interactive workshop, Thom went through the process of creating a design plan starting with the rug and how to bring in colors and textures for the floor, walls and furnishings that will … Read more

Welcome New Sponsor: Donna Elle Seaside Living

I wanted to take a moment to welcome a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::. Donna Elle Seaside Living is based, fittingly, on Nantucket. Surrounded as she is with such natural beauty, its not wonder that Donna, an interior designer, was inspired to create a collection of beautiful textiles, pillows rugs and more. Life’s a Breeze™ began … Read more

Attention New England Readers!

The folks over at Landry and Arcari just sent me a note about their annual sidewalk sale which is this weekend. Might be a great time to pick up a deal on a beautiful new carpet!Click here for more information.

Zollanvari Rugs – Art underfoot!

I just love rugs and am always amazed at how intricate the patterns can be. Plus, no matter how traditional the rug – they are at home in even the most ultra modern rooms. I have the Zollanvari catalogue and have been browsing it like a coffee table artbook. It’s stunning! Their website isn’t as … Read more