Inspiration Boards for Interior Designs with Antique Rugs
Interior Designs with Antique Rugs – A few weeks ago I discovered the joys of Polyvore and wrote a post with inspiration boards created around our fantastic collection of antique rugs. And now, I present to you, Inspiration Boards Round Two! A stunning antique Kashan carpet is the centerpiece in this inspired interior decorating theme of the below dining room .
English and American antiques matched with brass and gilded accent pieces give this room a Gilded Age New York feel. I can totally see Edith Wharton’s Countess Olenska settling down into one of those rosewood dining chairs, sipping wine from a crystal glass, with a fabulous meal before her.
After all, Wharton did believe that a talented chef was the best investment a socialite could make, and the room that played host to the chef’s creations must measure up aesthetically. Perhaps my favorite piece included in this design scheme is the mid-century Maison Charles brass console table.
At first glance, it is a simple and elegant table, but when you look closer, you’ll discover whimsical horse heads on Lucite rings and a cleverly mirrored bottom shelf to reflect the items on the beveled glass shelf above. The chandelier is a French Empire-style of the 1940’s, composed of brass and crystal. The deep coral colored paint plays with the reds in the antique Kashan, tying both floor and ceiling together.
In the center of the dining table is a Chinese vase from the turn of the nineteenth century, painted with butterflies and goldfish symbolizing beauty, romance, dreams, and material success.
[above] Antique Kashan Carpet, Nazmiyal Collection; Mid-Century Rosewood Chinese Dining Room Set, The Antique & Artisan Center; Mahogany Tall Case Clock by Walter Durfee, The Stanley Weiss Collection; Vintage French Empire Style Red Tole Metal Brass Chandelier, Refined Furnishings; French Over Mantel Gilt Mirror, Golden & Associates; Maison Charles Brass and Glass Console Table, Jean-Marc Fray; Chinese Export Vase, Bardith
I know that this Antique Heriz Serapi inspiration board is just that—an interior decorating inspiration board (sigh), but it so thoroughly evokes the feeling of being in a cozy and luxurious hunting lodge.
If I stare at the computer screen hard enough, I could almost smell the pine fire crackling in the hearth (not included), as I snuggle into that leather bed with smooth cotton sheets, warmly colored velvet shams, and thick down comforter. An iron Quatrefoil chandelier gives off a gentle glow throughout the room, illuminating the boldly woven, deeply colored Heriz Serapi as you sink your feet into the thick pile.
The driftwood end table speaks of forests and the outdoors, while the weathered wood cambers soften the somewhat harsh lines and heavy wooden feel of the room. Seven similarly colored fabrics cover the armchair, with a quilted, camel-colored fabric stretching across the chair’s back.
Tassels hang above the intricately carved legs, and the floral embroidery lends a feminine touch to this very masculine room. An eighteenth century French painting of a masked woman is a playful touch, along with the pair of brass birds on the bedside table.
[above] Antique Heriz Serapi Rug, Nazmiyal Collection; Early 20th Century Five-light Iron Chandelier, Quatrefoil, Parc Monceau Fine Antiques & Accessories; Hand Crafted Oak Trunk, Ralph Lauren; Leather Panel Bed, Woolrich; Rare Oversized Tobacco Leaf, Resin and Brass Table Lamp, Gustavo Olivieri; Driftwood End Table, Crate & Barrel; Antique Tapestry Footstool, Inessa Stewart’s; Barbara Tight Back Chair, The Jeff Zimmerman Collection; “Masquerade” Oil Painting, French school, Florian Papp Incorporates; Pair of Brass Waterbirds, Robert Massello Antiques
This pretty bedroom done in soft pinks and greens is the fantasy of most girls, no matter how big or small they might be. In fact, it’s somewhat similar to the interior decorating feel of the bedroom I grew up with, but unfortunately my mother (God love her) could never design something so divine.
Woven through with soft pink accents, the border is a dusty peach that continues the floral theme of the rug. It melds deliciously with the turn-of-the-century French brass bed. The bed covering is simple, yet still makes a statement with the Aubusson needlepoint pillow trimmed with little balled tassels. A vanity table is something that I have always wanted, yet never had, and this pretty cream-colored vanity is perfect in this room.
I paired it with a floral upholstered swivel vanity stool. The light pink end table is nearly the same shade as the armoire, fronted with a full length mirror which is, to say the least, a necessity. I adore the whimsy of the 1930’s Italian table lamp and its rosy, fringed shade and porcelain figurines of musicians.
A rose scented Laduree candle beside the bed will bring sweet dreams of macaroons, as you rest your pained and tired feet, butchered from the heartbreakingly beautiful four and half inch Miu Miu heels, now discarded in one corner of the Oushak.
[above] Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Nazmiyal Collection; French Brass Bed, Bush Antiques; Handmade Aubusson Inspired Throw Pillow; Hollywood Regency Style Painted Ottoman, Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Centré; Caprice Scented Candle, Ladurée; Capo Di Monte Muscians Table Lamp, Brady’s Distinctive Lighting; Venini Chandelier, Fred Silberman; Pink Blush Louis XV Table, Sweetpea & Willow; Upholstered Swivel Stool, Ballard Designs; Cream French Glazed Dressing Table, Sweetpea & Willow; Petite Mirrored Armoire, Bradshaw Kirchofer; Light Pink Leather Day Bag, Dolce & Gabbana; Satin Peep Toes, Miu Miu
A Silk Ottoman embroidery is a true sight to behold, and this one, with a turquoise field, pink and red floral sprays, and a subtle millefleurs border is a precious addition to interior decorating approach. Sunflowers are scattered in the center and corners of the embroidery, framed by twists of vines and blossoms.
How I long to kick my feet up on that Nina Campbell couch with large, bold flowers and pomegranates, and simply admire the embroidery on the wall before me. The throw blanket on the sofa was made by a traditional Welsh knitting circle, and the pillows are upholstered in a lovely Batik fabric.
The weathered brass octagonal accent table has a cool, vintage feel and is topped by a transitional papaya colored lamp and a little porcelain candle holder in the shape of a peony. A French 19th century inspired cocktail table is painted in cracked black and has a mirrored top, accented with gold details.
Two matching mid-century blown glass vases stand between the painted gold swirls on the cocktail table. Across the room are a buttery tub chair and a unique pillow printed with a red snake, tying itself in a knot. A curious Giclee Octopus diptych adds just the sort of whimsical detail that I love so much.
[above] Antique Ottoman Embroidery, Nazmiyal Collection; Collingwood Sofa, Nina Campbell; Red Cwlwm Throw, Blodwen; Batik Tassel Pillows, Samantha Knapp for Tiger Lily’s; Tucker Accent Table, William & Harrel; Devon Accent Lamp, Ballard Designs; Porcelain Peony Pillar Holder, Roost; Mirror Top Cocktail Table, John Richard; Pair of Mid-century Art Glass Vases, Surfing Cowboys; Lyla Tub Chair, Pearson; Red Snake Pillow, Samantha Knapp for Tiger Lily’s; Silver Framed Octopus Diptych, Vintage Print Gallery