Introducing – The Exclusive Bunny Williams Rug Collection!

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Doris Leslie Blau has always been committed to providing you with the highest quality rugs, in both design and material. Over the past few years, we have also introduced many designer rug lines, featuring renowned rug designers, interior designers, and architects, each bringing their own unique custom rug designs to contribute to our extensive designer collection.

This week is a very exciting week, as we continue to strive to bring you the highest quality rugs, along with fresh new designs.

We are happy to present to you the exclusive Bunny Williams collection for Doris Leslie Blau. We are honored and ecstatic to be presenting Bunny’s first ever designer rug collection.

Prolific American interior designer Bunny Williams has spent the past 25 years designing beautiful and personalized interiors.  Her home decor line, Bunny Williams Home and her series of home decor books have been influential in showing us how to make every house feel like a home.  Adding to her growing collection of home decor products, Bunny has released a new collection of rugs with Doris Leslie Blau.

As a true reflection of Bunny’s truly magnificent design work, the Bunny Williams designer rug collection includes an eclectic and expressive mix of hemp pile, cut pile, silk/wool blends, aloe/wool blends, looped pile and flat weaves.

The colors within the collection range from tone-on-tone neutrals and muted blues and greens, to rich blues and deep hues, seemingly borrowed from the sea itself.

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The collection was inspired by Bunny’s love of rugs – the pieces she uses as inspirations for a room’s design.  “Rugs are the magic of every room.  For me, they are where I begin every project.  I choose a beautiful rug then select paint colors and fabrics that complement it. For years I have come to Doris Leslie Blau because I know they have rugs, both old and new, that a designer can really build a room around. When I began working on my own rug collection, there was no hesitation in my choice to collaborate with Nader and Doris Leslie Blau,” Says Williams.

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The collection features cultural designs that have a timeless appeal.  From modernist takes on chevrons, ikats and Native American designs to Moroccan-inspired patterns, each rug can be used to add a cultural touch to your home

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This Wednesday, April 17th, we will be celebrating the release of the Bunny Williams collection with a launch party here at Doris Leslie Blau. Please join us between 5:30 and 8pm ET for a drink and a chance to view this gorgeous collection first-hand. We look forward to meeting you!

Explore Bunny Williams’ Bespoke Collection for Doris Leslie Blau > (http://www.dorisleslieblau.com/bunny-williams/)

Thanks to Jeanine of Aphro Chic and Maddie of Thriftary  for this post!

Design Trend: Rorschach Prints on Rugs

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There is a new design trend popping up in home decor.  Ever since Jay-Z Decoded was released in 2010, the famous Andy Warhol rorschach print that decorated the book’s cover is now popping up in the world of fashion and home decor.  In fact, abstract rorschach prints, or ink blots, are suddenly appearing in home decor as art prints, paintings, and are even being featured on today’s hottest wallpaper, pillow and rug designs.  The unconventional rorschach designs have a unique appeal that’s hard to pin down.  Maybe that’s because we all see something different when we look at them! Each design presents us with a dazzling array of attention-grabbing shapes that are both organic and intriguing.  And as the trend develops, we’re starting to see these mesmerizing designs in the homes of today’s top designers, and bloggers.

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Textile designer Amy Butler is known for her beautiful prints.  Her love of intricate patterns is just as apparent in her home where innovative prints continue to hold a special place.  Here, rorschach prints make an appearance as framed art above Butler’s buffet.  Classic in clean black and white, they are quite sophisticated works of art.

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This homeowner was so inspired by the cover of Jay-Z Decoded, that she took some DIY ingenuity to recreate the Andy Warhol rorschach print for her own home.  Positioned above the fireplace mantel, the painting is a stunning statement piece.

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And Shaleah from the home decor blog, The Gold Jellybean, also decided to test her DIY skills to create a rorschach print to hang above the bed in her master bedroom.  The ink blot painting has been used to tie together the room’s ultra-modern black and white color palette.

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In the world of textiles, rorschach prints can take center stage as beautiful rugs in interiors.  Eskayel’s collection for Doris Leslie Blau features the company’s famed rorschach prints as rugs that create they eye-catching patterns that these ink blot prints are known for.

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Though the classic ink-blot test is a strictly black and white affair, what make these prints so perfect for textiles is the variety of colors that can be used to create a stunning artistic statement.  Best of all the effect is the same whether you choose to decorate your walls or your floors. Here, this rug in yellow and gray takes the ink blot concept to a whole new level in vivid color.

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Even in a more neutral palette, each rug offers soft and distinctive designs that are sure to enliven any room that they are placed in.

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Explore the rorschach trend for yourself and dazzling ink blot designs inside the Doris Leslie Blau Eskayel Rug Collection > (http://www.dorisleslieblau.com/eskayel-rugs/)

By Jeanine Hays (http://www.aphrochicshop.com/)

CHANEL Couture – For your Living Space!

If you are at all interested in high fashion, I am sure that you are no stranger to the elegant and edgy musings of renowned fashion designer, CHANEL. Created and inspired by Coco “Gabrielle” Chanel, in 1909, CHANEL started as a small clothing boutique in Paris in 1910. The style and inspiration of the CHANEL brand has evolved from a classy, simple, every-day wear line to a full spectrum fashion dynasty, including everything from ready-to-wear collections to couture. Whether you are a designer, or a design enthusiast, so much can be drawn from the life and work of Coco Chanel, as it is carried on today through one of the most well known and respected fashion labels, CHANEL. They have set trends among peers within their industry, as well as designers everywhere. Rug design, does not count as any exception.

Because of the classy and modern elements incorporated into CHANEL designs, this inspiration carries over to the Rug Design realm very beautifully. Below are a few examples of surprising design correlations between CHANEL‘s Spring/Summer 2013 couture line, and some of our very own vintage & designer rugs provided right here at Doris Leslie Blau.

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The Persian Tabriz rug (pictured above, left) embodies a whimsical floral pattern, with a vast range of hues, seemingly inspired by the sky and sea. It is delicate, intricate, and classy, much like it’s CHANEL look-alike (pictured above, right).

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Black and white is a timeless combination that oozes of class and sophistication. That is very indicative of both this CHANEL floor length beauty (pictured above, left) and the antique Persian Tabriz carpet (pictured above, right).

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This lovely Cloud Lilac rug (pictured above, right) is light and ethereal, with a dose of femininity. It’s couture counterpart (pictured above, left) also embodies these notions through a similar pattern, color scheme, and unique textures.

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And last but not least, is the edgy + classy use of the absence of color. White often portrays class and sophistication within the fashion realm. That has also carried over into the interior + rug design industry as well. The CHANEL ensemble (pictured above, left) screams modern and fashion-forward, while still embodying the signature classy stamp of the CHANEL brand. The white silk shaggy rug (pictured above, right) also shows edge through texture, yet remains classy because of the simplicity in it’s pure white color.

Much like the timeless sophistication of the CHANEL brand, Doris Leslie Blau offers a wide range of rugs that can add class, sophistication, and edge to your living space, whether it be an every-day or couture area of your home or business.