A Sumptuous Statement in an iPod World

A century from now, cultural historians will marvel at how a one Steve Jobs convinced much of Western Civilization to base its aesthetics on the shape and design of a tiny personal computer.

Today, you can find furniture, fireplaces and even commodes whose look is informed by the Apple aesthetic.

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But we’ve also reached a point where we’re realizing there’s such a thing as too much technology. Likewise, the pieces posted above are stunning stand alones, but a living space with too many elements that pay homage to minimalism runs the risk of feeling rather lifeless.

One way to make a truly forward-thrusting statement is to incorporate vintage items. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But think about this: Sustainability, localism and social consciousness may sound like the buzzwords of the yoga-and-farmers-market hipster set, but those were the same ideas that inspired the artisans of the Arts & Crafts movement starting from the middle of the Nineteenth Century.

Here are a few vintage pieces from our collection that are excellent representatives of the movement.

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Art Deco/Art Modern Rugs – Streamlined and Sleek

If you like the beauty of simple and clean lines in modern houses, as well as in various house furnishings, it means you appreciate the value of Art Deco/Art Modern. This style is characterized by streamlined artwork such as clean lines and curves as well as bright colors, as opposed to the traditional intricate lines and ornate curves and dark colors of the past. This modern style originated in the period between the two world wars mainly initiated by the Bauhaus movement. The term Art/Deco was first used in L ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes which was held in Paris after World War I.

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The curvy and clean lines in this Art Deco Rug separate the soft tones of beige and browns, to help create a modern standout pattern.

The excellent reception given by the public to the superior elegance of the custom made interiors at the expo paved the way for interior designers to follow suit. Aside from the interior designers, other craftsmen, artists, and manufacturers all over Europe and America began to incorporate the innovative aesthetic ideas of Art Deco/Art Modern in their works. The streamlined character of the decorative arts of what is called the Machine Age began to appear in rugs and carpets in the mid-1920s to the 1930s.

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 A second quarter 20th century Art Deco rug exemplifies the art deco style with layers of abstraction and color.

At this time, dramatic changes in styles and patterns began to appear in furnishings and other decorative products. But the fad died a natural death in the 1940s. However, it came bouncing back in the late 1980s and through the 1990s. This modern art style is captivating because of its combination of versatility, luxury, function and cacophony of colours.

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Art Deco/Art Modern is essentially eclectic in nature because it combines Aztec and Egyptian elements. It makes extensive use of pyramidal shapes and strong and sharp angles. This art style also combines metal furniture with lacquered woods, together with geometric glass shades. You would be correct to say that some of its elements are caricature-like in appearance.

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Geometric shapes mixed with sharp angles and in this early 20th century French Art Deco rug.

 

 

Designer Facebook Friends of DLB

Here at Doris Leslie Blau, we truly value being inspired and inspiring others in and beyond our design industry. We have some amazing Interior designers and architects who like to drop by the Doris Leslie Blau Facebook Page from time to time. So, today, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of these talented faces, and share within this community some of the amazing accomplishments they are achieving in our industry today.

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Charles Spada of Charles Spada Interiors is an interior designer who has been on the scene since the 1980s. He is known for his well-edited color palette use, fabrics that play with texture, and exposed stone and wood flooring. He has been mentioned in many renowned design publications (including House Beautiful, Traditional Home, etc…) but most recently including Elle Decor’s September 2013 issue. We adore the Paris-inspired loft, Charles.

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Custom Rugs: Animal Instincts

Who doesn’t love a mirrored console table, fabulous art and a little bit of animal print?  We find it hard to pass any of them up but love how the zebra rug tones down the feminine feel that a mirrored pieces to bring to a space.   And you can never go wrong with a touch of animal print in a space. Zebra print is one of our favorite classic go to print whether we want to bring in a sleek modern feel or go a bit over the top chic, it works perfectly with either look.

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Today we are showing of one of our favorite animal print rugs from the Dorris  Leslie Blau collection. We love how this 100% wool piece breaks the mold with its soft muted background instead of the stark white that we see more often. It works perfectly with muted blues, the mirrored accents we love so much and of course it brings in the wow factor.

This gorgeous room designed by Angie Hranowsky has inspired us to incorporate a few of our favorite design elements to compliment the Zebra rug.  We mixed the rug in with black and white art and touches of blue to keep this entry room soothing. The bold orb chandelier and nailhead detail on the ottomans add a warm modern touch and keep the mirrored console from taking over.  I love mixing multiple art pieces in a space and if you have the room in an entry, I say go for it. You can purchase pieces from local artist or mix in pieces from your children to make the space feel a bit more personal.

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1. Orb Chandelier  2. Blue Block Canvas   3. Charcoal Drawing  4. Watercolor Wall Art  5. Framed Bird Wall Art  6. Black & White Wall Art  7.White Tassel Table Lamp   8. Metallic Jewelry Box  9. Flared Vase  10. Geometric Vase  11. Mirrored Circle Console  12. Linen Turquoise Stools  13. Zebra Wool Rug

Antique Persian Senneh Rugs: Elegance and Delicacy

Antique Senneh rugs come from the northwest region of Iran. The weavers who created Senneh rugs speak the Senneh dialect, and this language identity provides the classification for the type of rugs. Created by hand, these rugs exemplify tapestry as artistic artifacts. These Persian tapestries are some of the most beautiful in existence, and they are also one of the easiest types to identify.
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The construction of antique Senneh rugs provides insight into the elegance of the tapestries. These rugs are the thinnest of Persian rugs, often with a single layer. They range in color from brilliant to muted, and they also range in design from a central focal design to intricately patterned types. While the design and color are always beautiful and painstakingly created, the unique aspects of the weaving process make Antique Senneh rugs different from other types of Persian rugs. The threads used in the process of weaving are ultra-fine. Created from fine wool, the threads are spun very tightly and thin. Antique Senneh rugs are also easily identifiable due to the difference in texture between the front and the back. The front pile is silky and smooth, but the back is coarse and scratchy. This difference is unique to older Senneh rugs. Antique Senneh rugs are treasures. The beauty of their color, design, and texture identify these rugs as unique and lovely, but the most significant aspect to these rugs is the delicacy of the creation.

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Antique Senneh rugs have a lengthy history. Documentation proves that these rugs were produced as early as 1870 and probably earlier. In fact, the Persian knotting technique typical of Persian rugs is also referred to as Senneh knots. These antique treasures provide a link to cultural history and artistry by their beauty, design, and originality in weaving technique and materials.

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View our collection of Persian Senneh Rugs:
http://www.dorisleslieblau.com/senneh-persian-rugs

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/)

It’s Time to DECO-rate

What do you get when you combine a few of my favorite things: Paris, the 1920s, and interior design? Well, you get Art Deco of course! So many works of art come from this inspiring time in our creative history, and rug + interior design are no exception to this rule. Many of the most innovative and elegant rug designs to ever exist, stem from this era, and can be found right here at Doris Leslie Blau.

Art Deco rug design is characterized by dramatic yet elegant patterns such as these:

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And also by stunning visual interest and detail.

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If you are looking to incorporate some innovative aesthetics into your home or business, I strongly urge you to browse through the extensive collection of Art Deco rugs that we offer here at Doris Leslie Blau.

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Spring Has Sprung!

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The air is feeling a little more fresh, the skies are looking a little more blue, and the wardrobe is starting to feel a bit too bulky. Is anyone with me?

The reason of course, is that spring is upon us, and change is all around!

It’s time to turn in those woolen suit pants for a light weight pencil skirt, people. I am a huge believer that embracing the change in seasons by embracing slight changes in your wardrobe, can boost your self-confidence + give your personal styling woes a big kick in the bottom.

In the same way, a slight change in your home can also work wonders for your inspirational woes. I know from personal experience, that changes in the season effect my home interior just as much as they effect what I choose to wear every morning. I want to move things around, bring in some fresh flowers, add some new accent pillows to my couch, inspired by the beauty happening outside my front door.

Though all these interior updates are amazing and can do a mind/body/soul a great deal of good, nothing can transform a space in your home like a new rug.

So in honor of spring, in honor of change, and in honor of you…

Here are some lovely ideas to incorporate some change into your life this spring.

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I hope that you are inspired to change.

Something small or something big.

In my opinion, I think an interior transformation with the help of a Doris Leslie Blau rug is a great place to start.

By: Maddie Richardson of http://thriftary.blogspot.com/

A Colorful Rug Study: Emerald Green

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Lively, radiant, lush, and elegant.  These are all of the words that describe Pantone’s color of the year for 2013 – Emerald.  A luxurious jewel-tone, this rich shade can can enliven any room, and is an excellent choice for making a colorful statement at home.  Whether you’re decorating with a colorful emerald settee, deep malachite curtains, or the latest emerald green rugs, it’s a wonderful way to bring a bit of elegance into your space.

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Color is a powerful accessory. Look for pieces that combine bright shades and deep and intriguing patterns to make a strong statement.  As a larger accessory, a colorful rug featuring today’s trendiest shade can also be the basis for an entire room’s color palette.  This black, beige and emerald green rug does the trick in a sophisticated black and white living room with a touch of emerald.

In addition to creating a color palette, colorful rugs can also be used to set an emotional tone or bring in a cultural touch.  In this Melbourne home, an over dyed emerald green rug adds to the room’s eclectic design aesthetic.  Exploring rugs by color can turn up one-of-a-kind pieces that can add to your room’s diverse color palette.  Here are a few of my favorites in Pantone’s color of the year:

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A modern rug like this one featuring an architectural design can be a great option for a structured room with hard edges. The blocks of vivid greens come together like a city skyscraper.

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This beautiful multicolored rug mixing emerald green, gold and gray rug is a perfect example of a floor covering that will help you build a room’s color palette from the ground up.  In addition to its sophisticated color palette, the mix of geometric shapes present in this piece can help to tie in other patterned textiles – such as pillows – and even works of art to create a room that fits together magically.

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In neutral spaces, look for emerald green to brighten things up.  Beige is no longer boring when emerald green details are introduced. This rug would shine in even the most neutral interior.

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Eskayel’s Festival Feast rug features striking patterns that stand out in Pantone’s color of the year. With a colorful pattern that is unconventional and edgy, this rug would be the perfect colorful accessory for a room filled with modern details.

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This Chinese deco rug is absolutely gorgeous framing bold blooms in an emerald green landscape.  A rug like this brings the outdoors in, and adds a whimsical feminine detail to a space.  Pair it with traditional pieces to create a beautiful room with old-school style.

Explore more rugs in shades of emerald green!

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