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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Betsy Burnham, Beverly Hills

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Betsy Burnham, Beverly Hills “Betsy does a fantastic job using pattern and color in a way that is bold but not overwhelming.  It takes restraint and a trained eye to find that perfect balance.  She understands that every piece in a room cannot be a “wow” piece and that you have to mix some traditional antiques…

Pastels Re-Energized for Contemporary Modern Home Interiors

Soft pastels dominated the spring/summer 2014 runways. The shades can be incorporated into a space in a mature way by tempering them with clean lines, white walls and eclectic pieces. “Once associated with only femininity and children, pastel colors emerged in the 50’s and 60’s coupled with bold black and striking contrasting colors to make a powerful…

"Decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, makes life beautiful. That's what all this is about, not just what's in and what's out." ~ Albert Hadley

SAGE ADVICE FROM A DESIGN ICON

The internet and cable TV have taken interior design inspiration and aspirations to new heights. Along with this access comes undue pressure to measure up – “keeping up with the Jones’” on steroids. Fortunately, there are influential voices that sound the bell of reason and wisdom. READ MORE

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THESE BLUES ARE ANYTHING BUT SAD

Blue is the color of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming. It is the colour of clear communication.…

Join a Team of Professionals in the Home Interior Industry

NW RUGS – The West Coast Leader in Rugs, with locations in Oregon, Nevada and Southern California. We offer the West Coast’s largest collection of fine handmade, tufted and machine made rugs, along with high quality furniture. If you are looking for a career with a solid company, NW Rugs offers a unique environment that fosters individual growth…

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Ikats – The Colorful Siam Collection at NW Rugs

Experience the magic and splendor of the East with these beautiful Ikat rugs. The collection features bold and dramatic traditional patterns incorporating exciting colors with over-sized motifs. Bring elegance and style into any room with this vibrant, charming and ancient art. Great for any décor or room setting that would benefit from subtle tribal drama.  100%…

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Choosing a Rug VIDEO and Inforgraphic

Choosing a rug for your home needn’t be a hassle. Make 4 easy decisions and you will be enjoying your perfect rug sooner than you might think. Pass it on: -> We’d be thrilled and grateful if you clicked one of the buttons right below to share this blog post and/or pictures on Twitter, Facebook,…

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Which Rug Works Is Not The Problem….

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when rug shopping. The thing is … there is no one “right” rug for a space. More often than not there are several options that will all “work” in the room. Many get hung up on color matching, getting an exact shade match. This is probably the most common frustration.…

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Decorating Your Porch and Outdoor Living Spaces

“Never underestimate the power of a rug. Indoor/outdoor rugs in vibrant colors and patterns can make even the simplest of porches look magazine ready.”  ~ KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farm Whether you have a porch, pool, or patio, take advantage of the warm weather by giving it a decor boost with a colorful indoor outdoor area rug.…

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Store Area Rugs Properly to Avoid Damage

Area rugs, especially those made of wool, need to be cared for when stored to prevent damage. Just throwing them in the attic is not a good idea. Here’s a problem many people do not think of – Rodents. Rat problems in homes are more common than you might think. To a rat, a home…

Five Interior Design Books On My Nightstand

I don’t get a lot of spare time at work to fully review and enjoy books by designers and decorators so I am always thrilled when the warm season rolls around. One of the great things about simmer is the relaxing afternoons and evenings lounging around thumbing my way through inspiring interior design books. Heaven’s knows…

Rugs to Complement a Craftsman aka Arts & Crafts Home

Arts and Crafts, also known as Craftsman or Mission Style, is still popular in many parts of the United States, especially in the Northwest. Cities like Portland, OR are filled with a variety of designs and sizes, new and old construction. The colors of the period are drawn from nature and impart a muted, subtle…

Something we all should paste on the refrigerator

Our designer at Tanasbourne, Lisa Galligan, shared this handy info and list with the team at our last meeting. Being something we all should paste on the refrigerator or in our work spaces, we thought we’d share it with you. Happy people don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds. It…

What to Look for When Purchasing An Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs are a great choice when needing something more durable for high traffic areas, sun rooms, or the outdoors! People are creating wonderful outdoor retreats that feel like an extension of their home. To make a relaxing space feel like it belong outside it is all about the details, starting with the perfect indoor/outdoor…

New Collection; NEPAL by Nourison

Nepal Area Rugs and Broadloom Collection: The exotic art and splendor of the East comes alive with the Nepal Area Rugs and Broadloom Collection. This exciting new collection from Nourison features captivating designs in exotic hues and is hand-carved for unbelievable texture and dimension. The Nepal Collection is power loomed to replicate the traditional hand-woven…

A Fine Kerman Carpet (Rug) at Beaverton Showroom

This is Jawid’s favorite rug at the Tanasbourne (beaverton) Showroom. It is a Kerman style rug. Kerman carpets (sometimes “Kirman”) are one of the traditional classifications of Persian carpets. They are named after Kerman, which is both a city and a province located in south central Iran. A rare and distinct variation of Kerman carpets is the Lavar or…

Design Tip: Adding Texture to a Room With Area Rugs

Rugs are more than something to look at. Textured rugs can be cozy and fluffy or tough and durable. A crucial but often overlooked component of interior design is texture: you can have the most beautiful décor in the world, but if it strikes the same visual tone throughout, it can feel flat. Healthy servings…

An Affordable All Purpose Hand Knotted Rug – The Bogart Collection by LOLOI

What’s special about the Bogart Collection by Loloi is it’s versatility. These muted, or patina’d as we say, rugs is that they go with and are appropriate in many different design style settings – from traditional to modern. They are soft, light weight, and in neutral colors that ground a room quite nicely. These rugs are a perfect complement…

What are the major types of rugs?

Hand-knotted rugs are the most unique, and since they require more effort and time to create, cost more. The benefit of these rugs is that no two would ever be exactly alike. You’re getting a piece of art. “These types of rugs are produced on big looms, quite similar to other fabrics, which are woven.…

Making An Inspiration Reality

Many of us browse interior design or home decorating magazines and websites looking for inspiration. Sometimes we find something. Sometimes we retreat, telling ourselves “I can’t get that look. I wouldn’t know where to begin.” Sometimes we tear a picture out and “file it away” for when we get around to the re-decorating project. One evening in…

Flatweave Rugs Tribal Traditions Fit for Today’s Interiors

Kilim is the Turkish word for a flatweave rug or a rug with no pile.    These marvelously decorated tribal weavings from the Kurdish peoples of north-west Iran to the exotically colourful pieces from Afghanistan, not only retain their distinctive, strong character and value, but have become spectacular and useful features of modern western interior…

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NW Rugs Rug Identification Service – Solve Your Rug Mystery

NW Rugs has just the right person to help you solve that mystery. Shervin Sotudeh, our Wilsonville showroom manager, is one of our most qualified and knowledgeable rug experts. His family has been weaving and selling rugs for more than three hundred years. Each generation passed their accumulated knowledge and expertise down to the next. Now, with all this great technology at our fingertips, Shervin and NW Rugs are pleased to share the knowledge with you.

Whimsical Rugs Just Right for Kids

Introducing a line of rugs perfect for any child’s room.  These kid friendly rug designs will brighten up any child’s room and bring a bit of whimsy into their world.  Rugs perfect for young boys or girls! Forest critters, retro robots and mod flowers, oh my! Hand-tufted of soft mod-acrylic, this collection features hand-carving for…

Eclectic Interior Design Style

The Eclectic style combines elements from at least two decorating styles. The beauty with an eclectically decorated home is that it does not adhere to one major style and it gives you the opportunity to be creative by incorporating other styles.

Wool is a non-allergenic fiber

Health professionals sometimes recommend that allergy and asthma patients remove rugs from their homes. But those recommendations are generally based on faulty assumptions. In fact, clean, dry, well-maintained rugs actually improve air quality. Professional Testing Labs studied the distribution of airborne dust associated with normal activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces. Their findings showed…

Jaipur Handmade Rugs

a Lakeside Palace, Jaipur, India Jaipur Rugs is one of the renowned market players engaged in the manufacturing and export business of superior quality wool, wool-silk, pure silk and contemporary rugs and carpets. Founded in the year 1999, by Mr. Nand Kishore Chaudhary, a person with an experience of 30 years in the carpet business,…

Theodore Alexander Veneers

DECORATIVE VENEERS – HISTORY AND TECHNIQUES: Theodore Alexander employs age-old techniques to create traditional and transitional furniture. One of the most technically challenging methods of embellishing furniture is to use veneers. Veneer refers to thinly sliced woods that are applied to a thicker core, replacing the need to use solid woods. They can be achieved…

The Benefits Of 100% Wool Area Rugs

Wool is very resilient and its texture allows it to very quickly recover from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. This natural resilience also keeps the rug looking new and fresh for longer periods of time. Wool has a natural ability to resist staining and soiling. In fact it has more than a…