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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Old Glory Living Room

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.

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

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…

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.

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