Feb 14

Three designers inspire with Tailormade

Here at Merida we are inspired by artists and artisans We view the work of designers in the same vein. Creating an interior is an art form, and we are proud to play a key role in that process. We asked three influential designers how they would creatively use patterns from our new Tailormade collection of flatweave rugs in their work. The results range from reserved to whimsical.

Liz Caan Interiors
Newton, Massachusetts –

Liz Caan created a lively, bold, room design that is a blend of chic, gorgeous, and inviting. From blue lacquered walls to powerful black and whites, her design board is a vibrant reflection of her aesthetic. With a custom black and white Harris wool rug, Liz took one of our Tailormade classics in an exciting new direction.

With a belief in “stylish and luxurious design that factors in balance, contrast, function, and fun with the details,” Liz Caan Interiors believes in unique and personal design that mixes high and low.

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Dunn & Tighe Interiors
Bronxville, NY –

Leslie Dunn and Ann Tighe bring together complementary skills to “blend antique with contemporary in a minimalist manner, but always with an element of the unexpected to enliven a room and its personality.” They brought this philosophy to the forefront in their design board, a stunning great room with a mix of reserved masculinity and evocative details.

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Lori Graham Design
Washington, DC –

lori-graham-portrait With a different take on a masculine space, Lori envisioned a subtly designed gentleman’s office with all the right details. The room is perfect for work or play, with elements ranging from a stunning bar cart to black lacquered Viennese bookshelves. With rich, multi-tonal grays and small pops of vivid reds, Lori’s design takes full advantage of her “chic-yet-comfortable” aesthetic.

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Feb 14

Liz Caan inspires with “Preppy Town”

Several top designers were asked to give their take on a creative use for patterns from our new Tailormade collection. Liz Caan of Liz Caan Interiors in Newton, Massachusetts, created a chic and energetic design that is as inviting as it is fashionable.Liz caan interiors

Liz Caan: I call it  Preppy Town.

Liz caan design board for tailormade Merida: Explain why you chose this particular Tailormade pattern and color combination, and theme.

LC: I chose the Tailormade product Harris in a custom black and white because it is a classic pattern, the colors are graphic, neutral, and timeless, and they give the room the perfect base to add bold, bright colors. They are not muddy, and I love that. I chose this theme because it mirrors my inherent design aesthetic; lots of color, a graphic base and a mix of traditional and modern. I like to think of it as uptown meets downtown.

M: What kinds of people do you envision living in this particular space?

LC: I see this as a great family room in an historic building where the ceilings are high, the moldings are generous and detailed, and the floors have a perfect patina. A very fashionable family lives here with kids and pets – nothing is off limits.

M: How does this design board reflect your aesthetic?

LC: My design board shows color, scale and a collected mix of furnishings. I chose blue lacquered walls, bright and fun Murano lamps by Joe Cariati, fun pillows, a deep green velvet classic sofa and some comfy side chairs. The lacquer and brass coffee table give the space a playful yet modern spin.

M: What other types of projects do you think Tailormade would work for?

LC: There are lots of fun projects I can see using Tailormade for including children’s bedrooms, dressing rooms, stair runners and great family friendly spaces.

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Feb 14

Dunn & Tighe inspire with a blend of modern and classic

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Several top designers were asked to give their take on a creative use for patterns from our new Tailormade collection. Dunn & Tighe Interiors of Bronxville, New York envisioned a refined Great Room space that mixes a neutral palette with pops of color.

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Merida: How does this reflect your unique style, and the style of the client? Can you see Tailormade in other types of designs?

Dunn & Tighe: With a design philosophy resulting in sophisticated, elegant environments infused with warmth and ease, we blended our appreciation of contemporary in a minimalist manner along with the simplicity and elegance of classic designs. The result is an interplay of form and function that enlivens a room revealing the client’s personality.

These aesthetics lend themselves beautifully to the Tailormade collection, which is both versatile and unique.  The undyed wools are rich, textural, and dynamic – which we feel is a great starting point in building a room.

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Feb 14

Lori Graham inspires with a handsome home office


Several designers were asked to give their take on a creative use for patterns from our new Tailormade collection. Lori Graham Design envisioned a distinguished gentleman’s home office, complete with chic yet subdued essentials and subtle pops of vibrant red.

Tailormade Flint-Persimmon Design Board

Merida: Explain why you chose this particular Tailormade pattern and color combination, and theme.

Lori Graham: We simply adore this bespoke-inspired collection from Merida. The clean lines and rich textiles of classic menswear regularly inspire and influence our designs. Specifically, we chose Flint-Persimmon from Merida’s Tailormade collection because of the unexpected spot of color running through the traditional grey wool. Much like a perfectly paired pocket square alongside an impeccable blazer, the combination of a classic, traditional piece with a daring dose of color is always in style. Well-dressed men have one thing in common: They do the essentials right; they do not go overboard on trends or loud accessories. The same is true in design; allow classic lines and familiar fabrics to play a dominate role in each piece and the room as a whole and then use a dash of daring details and pops of vibrancy. Merida’s Flint-Persimmon does just this.

What better way to illustrate the interplay between men’s fashion and home décor than a distinguished gentleman’s home office? Starting with the Flint-Persimmon rug, we complement the wool floorcovering with Ralph Lauren’s Clifton Tattersall upholstered wallcovering in Jet. We further ground the room with turn of the century Viennese bookshelves in black lacquer. Vintage club chairs in a crisp white cotton duck provide a handsome seating option and serve as a clean backdrop for a toss pillow in Donghia’s mohair velvet in cinnamon. We continue layering textiles by including a throw in a glen plaid. To polish up the space, we pair Ralph Lauren’s Highbridge desk in polished stainless steel with an  Eames chair in black leather and polished aluminum frame, and include a Stainless Steel Industrial Bar Cart from Lori Graham Home. Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort’s French Cuff Double Pendant in Polished Nickel is the “cufflink” of the room and provides sophisticated overhead lighting. We accent these key pieces with eye-popping rare finds and thoughtful details: a Murano glass pheasant and Vintage silver banded high ball glasses  – both available through Sixteen Fifty Nine for Lori Graham Home, Christopher Spitzmiller Anthony table lamps, Tom Ford coffee table book (from Lori Graham Home), and artist Tim Conlon’s, Blank Canvas #27 – B&O, 2013, available through Contemporary Wing.

M: What kinds of people do you see living in this particular space?

LG: The sophistication of this home office is well-suited for bachelors and couples alike. This office could dual as a chic entertaining space and home cocktail lounge for a couple who finds beauty in details and appreciates thoughtful design.

M: How does this design board reflect your design aesthetic?

LG: We embrace the idea of pairing clean, classic key pieces with vibrant details and accents.  Additionally, layering color and textiles through a room is crucial.  Finally, one of the key elements to our design philosophy at Lori Graham Design + Home is combining modern and vintage pieces to create an eclectic mix that is well-curated and unique.

M: What are some other types of projects you could see Tailormade being used for?

LG: The Tailormade collection is extremely versatile. We envision using it in Home Offices, Libraries, and Dressing Rooms, as well as Family Rooms, Game Rooms,  and casual entertaining spaces. The collection embodies great sophistication and celebrates detail while promoting casual, comfortable living.

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