Nov 14

Hillary Thomas inspires with dusky pink chic

Hillary Thomas Design BoardHillary Thomas creates a stylish bedroom with luxurious texture and feminine flair, using a Rift rug in Foxglove from the Crosspoint Collection.

Merida: Explain why you chose this particular Crosspoint pattern and color combination.

Hillary Thomas: I’m a sucker for anything pink and striped so this particular rug immediately jumped out at me. I love the slight chevron pattern to it – so fun!

M: Who do you see living in this space?

HT: A chic & successful woman, early 30′s…perhaps a stylist living in Los Angeles. A gal who isn’t afraid to let her hair down and takes her cocktail shaken not stirred!

M: How does your design board reflect your design philosophy?

HT: I love playing with different textures and mixing styles for a fresh & modern approach. I love the combo of the wool rug with a velvet chair, a silk pillow, brass light fixtures and fur throw. Heavenly!

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

HT: It is such a versatile line!  You could use these designs anywhere from a beach front property to a cabin in Aspen. The colors and designs are so unique and give the perfect pop to any space.

Hillary is the inspiration and original founder of Hillary Thomas. Ten years ago, she “officially” took the plunge (but she’s been decorating her entire life!) and launched a traditional interior design business in Santa Monica, CA. The business has evolved from a successful interior design firm into a vibrant product and lifestyle company.

Hillary believes that good design isn’t something off-the-shelf or necessarily one particular style. Rather, it’s an eclectic mix of the high and the low, where inexpensive flea market finds and fine antiques can effortlessly coexist.

Originally from Locust Valley, Long Island, Hillary brings her passion for design and her open spirit to all her projects. Her goal is to bring out the inner-creative in even her most left-brained clients and friends. Rooted in her belief that life is multicultural, multilayered, and inspiring, Hillary loves nothing more than harmonizing different lifestyles, tastes, and beloved objects into a thoughtfully designed and highly individualized living space.

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Nov 14

Beth Webb inspires with stylish rustic neutrals

Beth Webb Designs creates a calming, neutral space with a rustic feel, using a Diamant rug in Desert Taupe with a woven Rift border.

Merida: Explain why you chose this particular Crosspoint pattern and color combination.

Beth: It’s classic, effortlessly comfortable and totally timelessly traditional.  I loved the soft neutral colorways with this pared down rustic design.

M: Who do you see living in this space?

B: With Fall in the air, “Comfort is key.”  Maybe it’s a getaway at the little new residences in Aspen for a young couple from New York.  A heavily textured linen curtain wall anchors the space with rustic reclaimed wood surfaces.  Christian Liagre upholstery, always decadently comfortable and at the same time sculptural, ensures luxurious living at its very best. Along with a bespoke coffee table by Gregorius Pineo, the fabrics by C&C Milano and trim by Samuel and Sons, all juxtapose with a decadent chinchilla throw from Loro Piana.  Bring on the snow….

M: How your design board reflect your design philosophy?

B: Soft, serene, edited and comfortable with some decadently luxurious, sensual touches.

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

B: Crosspoint is a chameleon, I can see it going into a formal as well as a causal room setting.

Beth Webb has a penchant for great art, beautiful proportions, and comfortable, yet luxurious touches. Beth believes that proper scale and a sense of timelessness are the foundation of any successful interior–whether it’s traditional, eclectic, or contemporary. Her guiding philosophy on interior design lies in her core belief that any space created for a client should be respectful of their lifestyle and their passions. Hence, listening is of the utmost importance in order to craft a home that embodies a client’s true character and personality. Based in Atlanta, GA, Beth Webb’s projects include homes throughout the southeast, as well as residences in Los Angeles, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan, and Costa Rica.

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Nov 14

Gary McBournie inspires with strong hues and patterns

Gary McBournie Design board

Gary McBournie designs a colorful living space utilizing a Diamant rug in Laguna, from the Crosspoint Collection.

Merida:  Explain why you chose this particular Crosspoint pattern and color combination.

Gary: I love geometric patterns and blue is one of my favorite colors.  With the diamond pattern, I wanted to mix in a more complex print but with strong colors in the same tone as the blue in the carpet.

M: Who do you see living in this space?

G: I see this as the living room for a professional couple living in the city who possess a certain joie de vivre.

M: How does your design board fit reflect your design philosophy?

G: I am primarily a “transitional” designer with a strong affinity for color and pattern.  Need I say more?

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

G: This Crosspoint pattern could be used almost anywhere.  I can see myself using it in urban, suburban, country and beach settings.  The diamond pattern is a classic!

Gary McBournie Inc., is a residential, interior design firm with offices in Boston, Nantucket and Palm Beach working with an exclusive clientele on design projects around the globe. McBournie strategically employs a hand-selected cache of outside resources to provide site-appropriate architecture, inspired backgrounds and luxurious custom upholstery. Each project is finished with a final layer of art and unique decorative objects, which results in a home that is a personal reflection of the client.

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Nov 14

Antwerp: Where beauty is the fabric of life


antwerp storefronts

There are few places that combine beauty, sophistication and quality of life like Antwerp, Belgium. Home to the Renaissance master Rubens, the city today is a thriving hub for art, textiles and fashion. Antwerp also happens to be the base of operations for our long-time sisal partner, whom we visited in September. Collaborating with them is such an inspirational experience: not only do we get to see the Belgian heritage of craftsmanship up close in their factory, we get to experience the city and its culture through the eyes of local artisans.

tonga on the loom in belgium

"Tonga" on the loom in Belgium

Earlier this year, we introduced a new sisal which we named Antwerp in homage to our Belgian collaborator. One of the many things they excel at is their knowledge of natural materials and their ability to mix fibers to create the most amazing colors for our sisal rugs. The result is a product of exceptional depth and beauty, but also subtle imperfection that is true testament to their incredible skill and masterful eye.


You find this quality everywhere you look in Antwerp. The evening we arrived we had dinner at the magnificent Sir Anthony Van Dijck restaurant, located on the oldest and narrowest street in Antwerp (dating to Medieval times). Designed by Axel Vervoordt, the restaurant is sophisticated but emanates natural warmth. The walls seem to reflect the glow of candlelight and yet up close you once again see the artful skill of combining colors imperfectly to create unexpected depth. The delicious food and the leisurely pace of our meal also spoke volumes about the Flemish way of life and their love for lingering and conversation.

Sir Anthony Van Dijck Restaurant

The next day we made a point of visiting Ganterie Boon—a family-owned glove shop in Belgium that has been owned and operated by three generations. The 120-year-old shop—one of the few remaining glove businesses in Belgium—is understated, elegant and rich in heritage. All their gloves are handmade and come in six sizes. We went in thinking we were “just looking” but once inside we knew we would each be leaving with a pair of gloves.

ganterie boon

The experience was unforgettable—from the personal hand fitting to ensure the perfect size to the presentation and packaging. As the cooler weather approaches, our bespoke gloves will serve as a “fitting” reminder of the attention to detail and eye for beauty that are the fabric of life in Antwerp.

antwerp streets