I love beginning a room with an Oriental rug as the foundation. There is no better rug in the world for durability and stain resistance, let alone beauty and craftsmanship. Furthermore, with so many Baby Boomers downsizing (many of whom bought some really nice heirloom pieces) the availability of quality Oriental rugs at auction and on […]

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  • Paula Moreshead

    As always, I love your ideas and appreciate all of the information. I’m in the process of looking for a living room rug myself, and this is helpful!

    Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Glad to be of help! Would love to see what you decide. 🙂ReplyCancel

So, I started writing a post about “Avoiding Oriental Rug Overkill” (because there can be too much of a good thing). As I was doing my research, I found an AMAZING rug auction coming up on June 26 that I had to post about instead. We’ll talk about avoiding overkill next week. I LOVE Oriental […]

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Laurel Bern recently did a post on that ever-fascinating, mind-bending topic — the trick to “the mix” of contemporary and traditional elements. Articles have been written on this topic ad nauseum. Even considering the fact that Laurel has major design creds (she’s a veteran-designer-turned-blogger rather than the other way around, like it often is), I was a little […]

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  • Hi Amy,

    What a wonderful way to start my day finding you had included me in this fabulous post! I agree wholeheartedly and have used ming and opium coffee tables in numerous designs. They always look terrific and add an element of sophisticated style.

    And yeah, the one in the red living room is an antique. I was so happy that the client loved it as much as I did.

    BTW, your library is fabulous!

    xo ~ LaurelReplyCancel

    • P.S. Thanks for the great graphic too. Beautiful round up of the best out there. It went straight to pinterest!ReplyCancel

      • Amy

        You are most welcome! Your post was great — you have a highly educated opinion, great style, and a writing voice that is totally unique. I’ve learned so much from you. And thanks for the compliments on the library. 😉

        And I LOVE the real antique table you found. I’m a sucker for authenticity.
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I forgot to mention it earlier, but my Artfully Fresh Foyer from the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge was featured in this past May’s issue of New Hampshire Magazine! NH Mag is a really well written publication with a huge, sometimes quirky, variety of content. And though it’s not a shelter magazine, I’m actually very excited and glad […]

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  • Mom

    Must be so satisfying to find that perfect one! Love the maple leaf door knocker!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      It was! If only I can get it hung now.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    You have a point about people’s lack of use of their front door. Why we have guests that enter by the front door but end up showing them out, by the side mudroom door. Sometimes due to bad weather, it is a better choice. However, more often than not, it is due to lackluster appeal of front doorway. Our foyer has large dark wood double six-panel sliding door opposite front door, small landing with stairs to the left, and large opening to the right into livingroom. Any suggestions for how to give this small space a much needed lift? Perhaps future blog?ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Without seeing pictures, it’s impossible to talk specifics. A happy foyer rug, a stair runner, new lighting, a small chair for putting shoes, coordinating art or great mirror — none of things require much space. Unfortunately, if ALL of your hard surfaces are dull and dark, you may have to make some bigger changes in order to get the look you crave. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.” If you are interested in some e-design suggestions, you are welcome to send me an email with specifics!ReplyCancel

  • Love the maple leaf knocker Amy!! And the little seed knocker- I have those ALL over the property right now. Yes, one little house thing on an antique house definitely is never “easy” and always opens up a whole new bucket of worms:) xxojoan
    kisses to Nanny!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks, Joan! Hopefully we — I mean our handyman — will get it up in July when he resurfaces our door and helps redo some electrical. He has to come back from his hunting trip in the north woods. Just part of the perils of being a decorator in NH … all the best contractors disappear on hunting and fishing trips just when you need them!ReplyCancel

The 2017 Southeastern Showhouse, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ second foray into the showhouse circuit, was a stunner, at least according to what I could see on all the Instagram feeds. Knowing their graciously well-heeled and well-mannered Southern audience, designers brought out the beautiful and left the daring at home. Gordon Dunning (I featured GD as one of my designers-to-watch in […]

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  • Hi Amy! Gorgeous post with so much room-candy! And I’m honored to have been included in your roundup. Many thanks! xo ~ LaurelReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Glad you liked, Laurel! I LOVED your yellow post. A truly under appreciated color. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sara Becker

    Such an awesome informative post with gorgeous examples! You should seriously consider lecturing. Your suggestions are always so well researched and easy to understand for those who are clueless like me!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      You are sweet!! But luckily for me, there are lots of other people out there from whom I’m learning. I’m just collecting info, putting various pieces together, and churning Out a couple new conclusions. 😉ReplyCancel

  • MelissaT

    Love these! Interesting choice to put “A Rake’s Progress” on the wall of the first bedroom by Sarah B. Not exactly what I would want to wake up to 🙂ReplyCancel