What was the inspiration behind our Chelsea rug?

The namesake of New York’s famed flower market, our new Chelsea rug is a welcome breath of spring-time inspiration as snow continues to blanket much of the country.  This botanical beauty was a blast to design, and the process anything but traditional.  The first step was to collect the floral specimens and greens from which to build a diverse and vivid color story.

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We then “placed” these spiked blooms and leaves on our canvas, and moved them over and over again until we struck the right balance of height, color and texture.  This created the inspiration to be shared with our rug craftsmen. We combined various yarn textures with several tufting techniques, creating visual delight.

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The final version of the Chelsea rug features a strong statement  of navy and burgundy, two of this season’s most on-trend colors.  And like the sidewalks of New York’s flower district, a textural and tweedy background of un-dyed wool pops the saturated colors of flowers bringing spring indoors a little early this year.

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Chelsea Rug

Creating Your Own Bedding Oasis

At Company C, we love layers of color, texture, and pattern whenever we are designing the dreamiest beds.   Whatever your style, we have the bedding layers you’ll need to design your own oasis, and a place to retreat as winter takes hold.  Here are our top five layering tips, sure to entice you to keep that New Years’ resolution to get more sleep.

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Painted Medallion Quilt
  • Select sheets that reflect your personal style. Some prefer cotton percale’s crisp cool feel, while others love cotton sateen for is softer, smoother hand. Either way, we use only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create our luxurious bedding so you can sleep more soundly.
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Fountain Sheet Set
  • Add warmth and texture with cotton matelasses. These heavily-stitched “blanket” layers are a nice way to add lightweight warmth. Select a matelasse color to accent your sheets or to anchor any other elements you add to your bedding design.
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Ellora Matelasse Coverlet
  • Lay on a duvet cover or a quilt…for both warmth and contrast. Quilts and duvet covers are your bed’s topcoat, and highlight everything underneath.  Duvet covers encase a down, cotton, or poly-filled comforter. Duvet covers can be used without a top sheet—where the duvet cover is washed with the fitted sheet. A quilt is used with a full set of sheets, where the flat sheet protects the quilt from frequent laundering.
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Aria Duvet Cover
  • Pile on the accent pillows and watch them bring everything together! We love European squares in the back to anchor the pillows and shams (and to prop yourself up for pre-slumber reading).  Pillows create visual interest between your sheets and all your top-of-bed elements. Decorative pillows that contrast with your bedding placed near the front of the cases and shams add dimension. Position them as you like, there are no rules…use concepts of symmetry only if they apply to you.  For even more visual interest and warmth, add a complimenting throw.
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Braided Velvet Accent Pillow
  • Remember to conceal the box spring to keep your bed from being woefully under-dressed. Our Waterfall linen chambray bed skirt comes in six lighter shades that coordinate with all our bedding and are oh-so-easy to install. It’s a tailored finish that will compliment your style!
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Waterfall Bedskirt

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Need Some Holiday Inspiration?

The Fells, situated on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside in Newbury NH overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee, served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Hay family. John M Hay served as Secretary of State under both Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and in August of 1902 President Roosevelt stayed overnight at the Fells while on a Presidential tour of New England. Now included in the National Register of Historic Places, charitable donations and volunteers help to preserve this historic estate and nature preserve.

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Our friend and rug design contest winner Liz Hause is not only a talented interior designer, but also a passionate volunteer supporting the Fells.  And this was her year to shine! Liz chose to decorate the Roosevelt bedroom for the annual Christmas at the Fells event, one of the largest fundraisers of the year.  She anchored the room using Reflections, the signature rug she designed.

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Liz is an amazing source of inspiration, whether it’s for holiday decorating or for a complete interior design project.  Working with our Concord, NH retail team, Liz pulled just the right pieces to pair with her own elements to create a memorable Christmas masterpiece President Roosevelt would be thrilled to visit again.  Great tips from Liz:  natural elements paired with a soft palette of accents creates an environment that welcomes Christmas and the holiday season.

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To learn more about Liz Hause design visit www.lizhausedesign.com
To learn more about The Fells visit www.thefells.org

Welcome guests with a warm and easy to make apple crisp!

The season is here to celebrate friends and family, and to welcome guests with something a little special and warm from the oven.  The holidays find many people short on time, ruling out the “from scratch” crust that makes a pie a stand out.  The Company C work-around?  Try this simple Apple Crisp, a seasonally perfect dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Here’s what you will need to assemble:

1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 10 cups Cortland apples (Macintosh are worthy here, too), 1 cup quick cooking oats, ½ cup water, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup brown sugar packed tightly, ½ cup melted butter.

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Combine the granulated sugar, tablespoon of flour and ground cinnamon.  Arrange cored, peeled, and sliced apples in a 9” x 13” baking dish.  Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon/flour mixture over the apples and pour the ½  cup of water over all.  Mix oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, and melted butter together.  Layer the crumble evenly over the apples.

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Place pan into an oven preheated to 350 degrees, and cook for 45 minutes.

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Serve the apple crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  You can’t beat this easy treat during the holidays.  Enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and the beginning of the holiday season.  It’s a time for giving, and also an opportunity to slow down a little and appreciate all that we have.  Giving thanks, being grateful, and heart-felt appreciation mean different things to everyone.  Here are some interesting and thought-provoking thoughts and observations from people regarding what it means to be thankful and Celebrate Thanksgiving.  Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving day.

  1. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie
  2. “The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” -Michael Josephson
  3. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward
  4. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
  5. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” -H.A. Ironside
  6. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” -Charles Schwab
  7. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks”.-Unknown
  8. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”–Marcel Proust
  9. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.” -Gertrude Stein
  10. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” -Alphonse Karr

Celebrate The Season with Gifts for the Home…

With the holidays knocking, it’s time to think about gathering friends and family to celebrate the season … and of course about the gifts that we all love to give … and receive!  Thoughtful and sentimental offerings let people know you think of them throughout the year, but what about the place you love most…your home!  Here’s what’s topping the inspired gift lists of impeccable residences this gift-giving season:

Stylish sofas can’t get enough of dazzlingly detailed pillows!  Artisanal hand-crafted embellishments lend a worldly vibe, hand beading nods to stylish sophistication, and appliqué brings tactile and visual texture…jewelry for all your upholstered pieces.

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Decorative pillows liven up any sofa

Beds revel in layers upon layers… and your holiday guests will appreciate the added warmth of a place to repose with duvets elegantly covered and matelasse crisply complementing bed tops.  And no bedscape can resist the gift of accenting shams!

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Duvets will help make your guests feel welcome

The front door deserves all the attention at Christmas!  But why stop with a beautiful wreath?  2 x 3 accent rugs are the perfect way to welcome guests, accent the craftsmanship of your home’s entry, corral snow and debris, and convey the personality of your home.  And they are easy to change by season….or your mood!

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accent rugs are the perfect way to welcome guests

No home would be complete at the holidays, or the whole winter through, without a luxurious throw ( or three or four) to accent furniture in any room, and banish chills all season long.

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throws are the perfect gift to keep you warm all winter long

Easy accents, these are the gifts your home will welcome all year.

Recipe for the coziest autumn afternoon…

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Our Hickory Hand Tufted Rug & Confetti Throw

Whether with a good book by your side, or binge-watching your new favorite programming on Netflix, some week-ends are made for total relaxation… the inspiration for our Weekender collection, and our Hickory hand-tufted rug. Snuggled up in our sumptuous Confetti throw with the first fire of the season crackling is something to savor, and begs for the perfect lunch. Hearty, flavorful, and easy… here are the key steps to a delicious grilled cheese sandwich that will pair nicely with a novel… or the remote control.

What you will need: bread or brioche of choice, butter and/or mayonnaise, brie cheese with rind removed, and fig jam.

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Preheat a skillet to medium-low heat. While the skillet warms:

  • Butter one side of each slice of bread. Some of our “Company C chefs” swear mayonnaise browns more evenly, the choice is yours
  • Remove the rind from the brie, and cut into slices
  • Once the skillet is evenly hot, place a slice of bread “butter (or mayonnaise) side” down in the pan. Add brie slices and an even, light layer of fig jam to the bread in the pan, then place the second piece of bread on top “butter (or mayonnaise) side” up

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  • Allow the cheese to melt and the bottom of the sandwich to attain a golden brown

Then flip and repeat. Each side, dependent on stove and pan, may require up to three minutes. The key is a medium low temperature for melty cheese and golden browning. Higher heats will speed the process… but burn the bread.

This recipe can be augmented based on what is in the kitchen. We love the sweet savory nature of the brie and the fig jam, but even fresh blue berries with the brie would work. Enjoy… the sandwich and your lazy cozy fall week-end!

The Inspiration Behind Our New Reflections Rug

Interior designer Liz Hause dreamed of her Reflections Rug  during our Design-a-Rug contest last year.

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Reflections Hand Tufted Rug

Inspired by the view from an airplane window, Liz began the design process to re-create the cloud formations and geometric patterns created on the ground, mimicking blue sky above and land below in dappled sunlight. Liz and Chris Chapin, Company C’s Chief Color Officer, then set out to bring the design to life.

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Chris Chapin & Liz Hause bring our Reflections rug to life

Initial color concepts were soft cool blues and greens to represent water and the spring-time vibrancy of the ground, while warm oranges, yellows, and reds conveyed the reflection of the setting sun. Hand-tufted cut and loop pile and the use of hand-spun bamboo viscose bring shine and dimension to this winning design.

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An acclaimed interior designer throughout New England, Liz created her design to bring a sophisticated look and color palette to her clients’ homes… and yours! To learn more about Liz’s work, visit www.lizhausedesign.com.

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Reflections Rug Living Room

Decorating with Accent Pillows

Pillows are an easy way to update a living room sofa or a bed’s pillowscape.  It’s fun and fresh to seasonally change out your furniture and bed’s “jewelry”…just like you might your own.  Let’s take a peek at some of your home’s most coveted trinkets and baubles.

Contrast and visual interest can be amplified by use of a single color story across varied coordinated designs.

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Artisanal hand-crafted attention to detail creates a curated and worldly one-of-a-kind look

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Monochromatic patterning creates coordination, depth, and unity

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Deja Vu Pillows

Velvet adds a warm and elegant feel

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Galleria Pillows

Motifs add a sense of whimsy and spark great conversations………and make great gifts!  Have fun with pillows this fall, and pile them on for comfort, color, and texture as we begin to spend more time indoors.

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Don’t forget all decorative pillows are 20% off & select pillows 50% off during our Columbus Day Sale… Through October 12, 2016.

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The Inspiration Behind our Hickory Rug

The visual texture created by leaves on the forest’s floor inspired our Hickory rug design.   We love the way that nature organically creates its own design philosophy each season.

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Hickory rug with accent pillows

We recreated nature’s seemingly haphazard surface texture using mottled wool yarns of varying thicknesses in a hand-tufted loop pile construction.  Naturally neutral tones highlight our Hickory rug, the star of our “weekender” collection.

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Hickory rug

Nature got the design off on the right foot, but we finished strong using on-trend hues of toffee, platinum, and pewter…perfect to compliment a variety of room styles.

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Hickory rug living room