Posts Tagged: design trends

Sep 10

Traditional Home Bridgehampton Makeover

Traditional Home Cover Sept. 10

If you’ve picked up this month’s issue of Traditional Home then you’ve likely noticed the stunning and inviting Bridgehampton home on the cover. Our gorgeous Merida Madagascar sisal rug is front and center, adding texture and warmth to the space. Not surprisingly, this 1980’s Bridgehampton spec house needed a little (ok, maybe a lot of!) TLC from architect Stuart Disston and interior designer Ken Gemes. The two teamed up to transform the original rustic country-style barn into a cozy, elegant European style summer get-away for the Richter family.

We’re delighted to say that the results were well worth their efforts! We love how all the walls in this house are light and airy, giving each room an open, clean, fresh feel. The white walls make the dark wood floors pop allowing the bold pieces of furniture – like the oversized yellow striped armchairs in the living room — to make a statement.

Gemes selected Merida’s Madagascar sisal area rug for the living room, foyer, and bedroom to add subtle texture and help marry the light walls and the dark furniture. All three rugs have a unique color binding, giving each room a sense of individuality without detracting from the house’s unifying themes or ambiance.

The final result shows how a little creativity can go a long way. Check out the before and after photos below to see what a huge difference the rounded staircase makes and how minor adjustments in the floor plan resulted in major space!

Let us know what you think of this Hamptons haven!

Stairs Before

Stairs After

Stairs After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Floorplan Before & After

Outside Before

Outside After

Sep 10

Audrey Drought Design, Inc. Puts a Contemporary Spin on a Traditional Space

Links area rug in family room

Nestled amid beautiful mature oak trees in a prominent Houston, Texas, neighborhood, this traditional Red Brick Georgian architecture residence offers an delightfully unexpected interior. Audrey Drought Design, Inc. rose to the challenge of incorporating their client’s bold contemporary style into this beautiful, traditional setting for a look that is at once dramatic and cozy.

This sophisticated and efficient space features perfectly proportioned furniture in an overall neutral palette. Pops of color and an exciting variety of shapes, sizes and textures add warmth and visual interest to the space. For added dramatic impact the room features intricate moldings, twelve foot ceilings and an abundance of natural light.

With its traditional construction and bold, unique pattern, Merida’s Links area rug was the perfect compliment to this contemporary yet traditional interior. The repetitive, soothing pattern helps create an intimate and inviting space. We love what Audrey Drought Design, Inc. has done and admire their consistent ability to put a fresh spin on traditional interiors throughout the country.

Houston, Texas, based Audrey Drought Design, Inc.. is active in residential and commercial Interior Design projects throughout the country.

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Aug 10

Maegan gets married…part II

I couldn’t forget to share with you the details of my reception and all that went into making my wedding a memorable time!  After the ceremony guests made there way down towards cocktail hour on the pool deck and finally to our party tent on the water’s edge.  I was so thankful the weather was incredible that weekend.  The Maine coast was a prefect backdrop for the pops of fuchsia and turquoise decor!

One of my favorite Merida Viewpoint rugs, Hydrangea Red Star, welcomed each guest as they walked into the tent. I chose to use Hydrangea Nikko Blue as an accent rug to help define the gift and cake tables.

Special touches of my vintage inspired theme popped up here and there throughout the tent. My table seating chart was made from an old frame we spray painted gold and made into a cork board. The cork was lined with digitally printed fabric inspired by the invitation created by Spoonflower.

Aug 10

Perfectly Pure!

As many of you know, our new Pure rug collection launched this week and is officially off the ground! This collection has been a long time in the making, but after two years of development with our partners in Belgium, Pure is finally here – and it was well worth the wait.

Our Pure Collection marks another innovative leap forward for Merida as our first 100% natural, compostable wool rug. Made from 100% un-dyed wool, Pure comes in five naturally occurring sheep colors and has a natural Jute backing. I was shocked to compare the difference between the back of a Pure rug and the back of a synthetic rug…it just looked so much healthier.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; there must be a hefty price-tag that comes along with a natural, organic rug that has a beautiful traditional construction. As it turns out, after years of troubleshooting this issue we finally hit the nail on the head. At one of our best price points to date (retailing around $6.64 per square foot), these rugs won’t break your bank.

Available as area rugs or for wall-to-wall installations, these rugs have low VOC-emissions and are a great way to naturally carpet family rooms, playrooms, nurseries, and bedrooms.

So what’s behind the name “Pure”?

Pure Collection by Merida

Pure Stone rug in wall-to-wall application

We wanted to select a name for Pure that truly conveyed the most incredible part of these rugs, being that they are 100% natural, biodegradable, and compostable. We came up with a lot of different ideas, from “Breathe”, to “Serene” (for its calm, peaceful and worry free nature), to “GeaCare” (gea is Latin for earth, and care since this product represents caring for the world we live in).
Ultimately we decided that the name “Pure” sums things up nicely. The materials in this collection are in their purest, natural state. They have not been treated with chemicals, they are 100% un-dyed, and they contain no harmful glues. They are 100% pure!

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