Posts Tagged: interior designers

Sep 10

Fall in Manhattan with Merida!

Fall in Manhattan is one our favorite times. With vacation season over the humidity is displaced by crisp fall air and the hustle and bustle unique to Manhattan is re-energized. Fall is also the time for fashion in Manhattan, when exciting new fashion trends appear and the year’s best products are proudly displayed ahead of what the entire city hopes will be a busy holiday season.

In 2010 Merida is thrilled to be part of the fall fashion and energy in Manhattan. One can see Merida showcased in three premier spots for less than an $8 cab fare. Merida will also be holding an invitation only party at a fourth location to celebrate a groundbreaking year of unique products.

ABC Carpet and Home

In September Merida completed its new boutique inside ABC. With nearly eight acres of selling space, ABC is the largest rug and carpet store in the world, attracting about a million visitors each year.

At 881 Broadway you’ll find more than 35,000 rugs in neat piles and on racks lining every inch of the 350,000 square foot building. Walk straight ahead and take the escalator up and before you the Merida Boutique will appear like an island in a sea of carpet.

The Merida Boutique features Veledo, our recycled leather flooring which by the way, is the only hard flooring sold in the building. Along with the innovative new Veledo you can see Merida’s new designer sample boxes, signage, shelving units and a generous supply of new products including Sweater, Pure and Broadway and our new Brazilian sisals.

Merida Boutique at ABC Carpet

Showtime House

At 70 West 45th Street stands the CASSA Hotel and Residences, NYC – “the newest iconic building in the heart of Manhattan”. Within the CASSA Hotel you’ll find the 2010 Showtime House open now through October 24th. Cable’s Showtime Network celebrates its hit television series each year by challenging celebrity interior designers to use their most creative, edgy and artistic ideas to design no-holds-barred rooms that embody the spirit of the shows they represent.

Two of the most acclaimed rooms are the meticulous “Weeds” room by John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Brooklyn and the dangerously cool “Dexter” room by Los Angeles designer Jeff Andrews. Both designers chose Merida to play very integral parts in their creative visions.

The Weeds room features a Merida Viewpoint Gardenia rug to ground the tightly arranged patterns and colors. Viewpoint is one of our favorite rugs and we are thrilled to see it included. Viewpoint is incredibly durable and customizable and is really heating up as a popular hospitality product so perhaps it’s fitting that its being showcased as the CASSA Hotel and Residences, NYC!

Showtime House Weeds Room

The Dexter room uses our innovative new recycled leather flooring, Veledo. For this room the entire space is covered with our black-as-night crocodile pattern. This is the same product used in the ABC boutique and it’s interesting to note the different feel the colors and patters each bring to their respective spaces.

Showtime House Dexter Room

Merida Soirée at The London Hotel

Heading over to 151 West 54th St. you may find us setting up for our first ever press event featuring our new ground breaking products for 2010: Sweater, Veledo and Pure. This event will be attended by some of the top editors and designers in the industry. Merida will also simulcast the event to another launch party happening in their home offices back in Boston.

The London Hotel NYC Atrium

If you are located in Manhattan or can get there you should definitely check out these amazing Merida products on display. If you do check them out we’d love to hear from you.

It’s a busy time at Merida but stay tuned because Manhattan is just the beginning. Next up: Merida Style in San Francisco!

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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Jul 10

Brock Moran Home Chooses an Agave Superior Rug to Achieve Livable Luxury

This week we found another gorgeous and inviting North Carolina home that we think you will enjoy. Brock Moran Home, a Charlotte, North Carolina based home furnishing store founded by Brock McLendon, designed this beautiful lakeside home with a vision of livable luxury. To achieve the look, they paired unique textures together in a sophisticated color palette of tans, browns, grays and greens and topped it off with a few inviting splashes of color.

Merida’s Agave Superior rug in Quarry adds natural texture that offsets the plush velvety surface of the sofa and smooth hardwood floors. The rug adds visual interest and dimension to the room without distracting from the striking zebra ottoman resting on it. The Quarry color picks up coloring throughout the room without blending or getting lost in the other pieces.

Brock Moran Home did a fantastic job on this house – we’re dying to cozy up on the couch and take in the beautiful surroundings.

View additional Agave Superior colorways, see specs, and create a rug quote here.