How to Work Color and Texture into Fall Decorating

Fall is the entryway to the holiday season – friends, family and entertaining. If you’re looking to dress up your space, adding in some texture and warm color is a great way to do it. Consider the floor, your starting point.

Did you know that most designers use a colorful rug to set the tone for the entire room they are pulling together for a client? We’ve created a few examples from our Fall 2017 Collection to show you how to DIY a look that works for you.

Love the idea of including jacquard woven rugs but not sure where they’d fit in your home? You can use them to add a hint of luxury to your living room, library or den, even the bedroom.

Inspired by our vintage fabric, our jacquard-woven rugs feature a lustrous design crafted of wool with a cut-pile design in a luxurious viscose. A true study in texture and tone, our new Crescendo jacquard-woven rug will dress up any space. Have you ever tried layering two rugs?

It’s actually easy to do. First, you need to select a more refined foundational rug, perhaps with a single, consistent pattern, like our Tweedy (shown below), and pair it with a larger print that has some additional texture, like Crescendo. The result is a plush, rich look that adds drama to your space.

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Not ready to try layering woven rugs?

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Try a single piece. Bold, yet elegant, our Palazzo rug works beautifully on its own to dress up a room. Taking its cue from vintage fabric, Palazzo features a trellis pattern crafted of wool with a cut-pile design in luxurious viscose. Plus, the neutral colors mean you can play more with a variety of colorful accents.

Another great option would be to take our Giardino rug which, on its own, ushers in sophistication. The floral motif may be all the pattern you want to play with in your space, but when you want to take the next step, you can easily add a  foundational rug underneath later.

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The rich blue found in Giardino can be considered a base tone, which means there are a variety of colors that you can use to compliment it. Think gray, lighter blues, orange, deep pink, or look to the greens.

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you out.

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If you also like to switch out accessories with the season, you can really pull a look together by adding in some Zoe, Sloan and Cassandra pillows for a study in contrast and texture. Concentric squares of multicolored satin ribbons lend graphic impact on our lovely Zoe pillow. Layer in the sloan accent pillow for additional texture and dimension. Not one, but two hand-embroidery techniques pop atop our Cassandra pillows sumptuous silken fabric to create a beautifully exotic damask motif-and a work of art for your sofa.

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Once you feel a comfort level working with color, texture and pattern, you can pull together some really fabulous spaces in your own home.

Have a design dilemma involving a color or texture you love but don’t know how to bring it into your home? Put your questions in the comment section below and we’ll give you some tips!

Celebrate your independence with our Old Glory Rug

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The Inspiration Behind Old Glory
We found an antique rug at a vintage textile show— and wanted to use the great motifs in a new design concept and, of course, Company C colors.

The classic design and border provided inspiration for the layout. We then used a red, white, and blue color concept — with deep navy contrasting against faded denim blues and reds for a fresh, timeless look!

A Fresh Take on a Classic Look
A vibrant palette of red, white and blue lends a modern vibe to our Old Glory rug, evoking the beauty of traditional rug motifs in a new way. Expertly hand hooked oftie-dye wool yards, Old Glory is infused with the vintage appeal of a treasured heirloom, a classic with a contemporary twist for any space you place it.

Old Glory is the perfect statement rug to build your room around. Add in the Beacon and Saybrook chairs and the Whistler sofa and our braided velvet pillows to pull the whole room together.

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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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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