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Featured Designer – Candice Olson

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Interior designer and popular television host, Candice Olson has helped literally millions of people throughout the US and Canada to solve a huge variety of decorating problems with her fun, no-nonsense approach to furnishing your home. In addition to her broadcasts on HGTV and the W Network in Canada, Olson has also written two books that present her appealing and practical approch to home decor.

candice-olson2Her guide, Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths, is brimming with hundreds of full-color, before-and-after photos of Candice’s stunning room makeovers. Recommended by numerous Rugs Direct customers, this book invites you to choose colors, materials, and furnishings to achieve a dream kitchen or bathroom that fits your unique style. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Books a Million stores.

But that’s not all. Olson also has attached her name to a wide variety of home furnishings ranging from wood furniture to lighting, paint, wallpapers and area rugs. Her partnership with Surya, one of the country’s premiere manufacturers of top-quality area rugs, has been a highly successful endeavor. There are currently dozens of styles available, organized into five exciting collections.

The Fusion Collection is a set of lustrous ribbon shag rugs that are hand-woven out of 100% polyester. They are great for children’s bedrooms and play areas, as well as kitchens and bathrooms.

Her Modern Classics Collection is hand-made of 100% New Zealand wool. There are over 20 different styles with patterns that are graphic and flowing. You’ll find an array of hues ranging from warm red to cool blue color palettes.

The impressive Sculpture Collection consists of close to 40 different rugs that are very difficult to describe in words. The are mono-chromatic but, as the name implies, they have depth and texture that gives them a totally unique look and feel.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Olson’s Decadent Collection. Here you’ll find some rather wild patterns with mansion-size rugs available in the 9′ x 13′ size.

A new set of rugs from Candice Olson is called the Luminous Collection. They are classic and sophisticated, but with a contemporary edge. Rugs in this collection are hand-made of 100% wool and represent some of the finest craftsmanship available for your floors today.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch one of Candice Olson’s television programs, you know her approach to interior design is one of practicality, simplicity and durability. She takes the same approach to the area rugs bearing her name. If you want to decorate your floors with area rugs that have a timeless beauty that will serve you well for many years to come, explore the Candace Olson Collections available at the nation’s leading source for area rugs, Rugs Direct.

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Stunning Wildlife Impressions for Your Floor

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American rug manufacturer Milliken has long sought to put more on their floor coverings than beautiful patterns and colors. With their Wildlife Impressions Collection they have managed to capture some of the most stuffing wildlife art from two of the country’s premier studios on area rugs that are now available to you from Rugs Direct.

The Hautman Brothers

bird-rugJames, Robert and Joseph Hautman have established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have been a dominating presence in many state and national duck stamp competitions.

At last count, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal conservation stamps. Jim, Bob and Joe are the only brothers ever to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The talents of the Hautman Brothers as well as their unique family gift were mentioned in the motion picture “Fargo.” They have received national accolades on television and National Public Radio, and from newspapers such as USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as TIME, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, U.S. Art and North American Hunter magazines. The Hautmans’ creations have been displayed in the Oval Office of the White House and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

dog-rugMilliken has placed close to 30 of their top designs on area rugs that are available in two different sizes – a small 2’8″ x 3’10″ and convenient 3’10″ x 5′ 4″ size. Unlike many rugs featuring fine artwork, some of the Hautman Wildlife Impressions rugs are available in what is known as “portrait” orientation. That is, the image is taller than it is wider. The decision was made to honor the vision of the artists and create the rugs in the style of the original artwork. This gives you many more options and possibilities when deciding where to decorate with one of these beautiful rugs.

The Milliken Hautman rugs are made of 100% nylon for durability and longevity. They are suitable for an entry way, although for obvious reasons, many people don’t like to place these rugs in areas of high foot traffic. Another great location is in front of a fireplace – although it’s not uncommon to see one of these rugs hung on a wall in a den, family room or lodge-theme living room.

Eddie Leroy

deer-rugWell-known wildlife artist Eddie Leroy comes from Eufaula, Alabama. His career as an artist began in college in 1986 when he entered an Alabama Wildlife Federation art contest in Birmingham. He did not win but a collector purchased his painting, his first art sale. Just two years later, he won that Alabama contest and has been chosen as the artist for a number of stamp-print programs since then.

About of dozen of his most beautiful wildlife paintings are available in the Milliken Wildlife Impressions Collection. Interestingly, Leroy is known for “painting from life.” That is, each picture he paints is from an actual place in North America and there is a factual story behind the image.

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To explore the complete line of Hautman and Leroy Wildlife Impressions rugs from Milliken, take a look at Rugs Direct.

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Layered Rugs – a Hot, New Decorating Trend

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America’s top interior designers have hit upon a new technique that is greatly expanding their decorating options with area rugs – layers. That’s right – why settle for one rug on the floor when you can add one or two on top of it to make a totally new three-dimensional design?

Nicole Gibbons of So Haute in New York City calls this new look “a hot design trend.” She recommends placing multiple rugs on hardwood floors so that there is at least 12-18 inches of space on all sides. That way the contrast between the rugs is most evident. You want to stay away from placing two rugs on top of each other that are too close in their overall dimensions.

Some designers recommend looking for rugs that fall into the same pattern and color family so as to not create too “busy” of a layout on the floor. The same holds true for fabric. Most people find it more pleasing to put wool on wool rather than mixing in cotton or silk. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with using polypropylene and wool. They often match well enough not to create a problem.

Kristen Hutchins, a professional designer based in Los Angeles, sees a floor as a blank canvas on which to build a nice layer of art. Wh recommends starting with a large, neutral rug as the bottom layer and buiding up from there. You can add one patterned rug, or multiples to define seating or activity areas. The only limitation is your imagination!

If you are a bit bolder and more adventurous in your decorating, you might try an animal-skin print or a natural fabric such as jute or seagrass. It’s amazing what a black-and-white zebra pattern rug can do to enliven a room, especially when placed over a darker contrasting color. Give it a try!

Some people are afraid of layering because it means they are going to need to buy two or three rugs instead of just one. However, the fact of the matter is you end up buying smaller rugs than you would if you were covering the floor with only one. It’s pretty easy to do a cost comparison when starting with a room with nothing but a hardwood floor. Sketch out the areas, figure out how many rugs you will need and in what sizes. The go to Rugs Direct and have a ball figuring out what goes with what, and what will look fantastic on TOP of something else.

There are some very practical benefits to layering area rugs, especially over wall-to-wall carpeting. In a kid’s room, the extra layer will add a protective cushion to the inevitable falls. It also protects the carpeting from spills and stains. It is certainly more economical to have a rug cleaned than to call in the carpet specialists or rent a steam cleaner from the local hardware store.

As you experiment with layering your rugs, don’t fall into the trap of always aligning the edges parallel or perpendicular to one another. There’s nothing that says you can’t lay one rug on top of another at an angle. Also don’t be afraid to lay two small rugs side-by-side on top of a larger one. This effect can sometimes be very striking in that you are creating a design that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

So the next time you find yourself looking at a large, blank floor in your home, consider layering two or three rugs in the space to make it uniquely your own. Your options truly are limitless, and the potential unlimited. Visit Rugs Direct and start exploring.

 

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Featured Designer – Kathy Ireland Rugs

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Katherine Marie Ireland is considered by many to be the world’s first supermodel. At age 17, this tall (5′ 11″) “California girl” was discovered by an Elite Modeling talent scout and no sooner did she graduate from high school than she was flying to Europe for major magazine photo shoots. However, it was Kathy’s appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s 1984 Swimsuit Edition that launched her career into the stratosphere.

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This was, as they say, only the beginning. She appeared on three additional covers of Sports Illustrated and has been featured in the magazine more than any other model – a total of 13 times. Of course Kathy was a major part of the publication’s 25th Anniversary Special in 1989. Many other fashion magazines sought the services of Kathy Ireland and she appeared on the covers of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Shape, Seventeen and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. You could even find her face on a box of Cheerios!

Somehow in between photo shoots Kathy managed to find time to appear in several motion pictures and television programs. She has also created several very popular fitness videos and even became a certified fitness instructor in 1994.

In the early 1990s Kathy began her transition from model to mogul. She wanted to help busy moms find products and solutions to help improve their lives. Being a new mom herself, Kathy felt she had a perspective that she could apply to a wide range of consumer products. She also soon discovered that she was going to have to create many of them herself.

Thus was born Kathy Ireland Worldwide (KIWW), of which Kathy Ireland is the chief executive, chief designer and chief product tester. Annual sales currently exceed $1.4 billion and the company’s product line is expanding rapidly. Kathy’s website, www.kathyireland.com, is a good place to go for ideas and “solutions” related to home, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle.

Kathy is active in a wide range of non-profit organizations and
charitable causes. She is an ambassador for the National Women’s Cancer
Research Alliance and honorary chairperson for the March of Dimes Walk
America program.

Kathy Ireland teamed with Shaw Floors to create a comprehensive line of area rugs, marketed under the Kathy Ireland Home brand. There are eight different collections that run the gamut from rich, elegant, traditional styles to brightly colored, whimsical designs. They are among the most popular area rugs available at Rugs Direct and are highly affordable.

These eight collections are:

  • Aloha
  • Essentials
  • First Lady
  • Gallery
  • Gee’s Bend
  • Innovations
  • Jardin Du Jour
  • Young Attitudes

If you would like to explore the exciting styles of area rugs created by Kathy Ireland, please click here to visit Rugs Direct.

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Featured Designer – Liora Manne

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One of the most exciting designers creating area rugs today is Liora Manné. A native of Jerusalem, Israel, Manné moved to Atlanta with her family at age 16. After graduating from Georgia State University she completed her Masters Program in Textile Design and Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Manné moved to New York and began to design textiles for the fashion industry. As her career progressed she longed to use her talent in textile design in a new, different and unique manner. Inspired by exploration of new media and materials, Manné developed a revolutionary process called Lamontage. In this process acrylic fibers are layered and then interlocked by hand-needle-punching to create custom blended colors. Lamontage allowed Manné to create patterns that could not be achieved through traditional printing, weaving or knitting. Her distinctive rugs and upholstery quickly gained popularity. In fact, her flat format and intricate patterns started to change the face of the area-rug industry! It wasn’t long before Manné could open her own design studio in New York City.

The word “Lamontage” is derived from “lamina” for layering and “montage” for image. It is a patented medium for creating textiles that combines the ancient art of felting with modern materials. A Lamontage product is specially created by blending and mixing custom dyed acrylic fibers, which results in a rich palette of over six hundred hues. These are then manipulated to generate intricate colors and patterns.

If you would like to learn more about Liora Manné’s work and vision, you can visit her website: www.lioramanne.com.

Recently Manné patented a new medium for creating textiles called Montique. This encases Lamontage fabric designs between two layers of clear molded plastic, creating a translucent and fresh texture. Montique is being used for such items as handbags, shoes, placemats and platters.

Rugs Direct carries over 200 of Liora Manné’s unique area-rug designs. They range from classic, traditional styles that look good in any environment to bright, colorful, contemporary designs to add excitement and flair. Click here to explore the area rugs Liora Manné has created for your home.

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