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Decorator Alexa Hampton lays down the law on area rugs.


Rugs also exert influence on the rooms in which they are placed. They protect the floors, they muffle sound and they lend softness to the hardscape.


As a rule, I choose a square or a rectangle.  In rooms with attractive floors, I prefer area rugs that show some of the surface underneath—if it's a big room, this means leaving a foot (and sometimes up to 18 inches) of floor exposed around the perimeter. If the room's floors have their own border, I try to keep it visible. However, I am always leery of leaving too big of a space around my rugs. Often the result is that the rug appears to be a postage stamp floating on the floor instead of being tied in to the room itself. In smaller rooms, I reduce the floor exposure to 6 to 12 inches.


The biggest determining factor for sizing a rug is where the walkways in the room will be. You must either cover the walkways or not. You cannot bisect a walkway, because it will cause people to trip.


I also think it is important to have some of the furniture be half-on and half-off the rug, to tie all the room's elements together. Big pieces of furniture at a room's edge—like a sofa, club chair or console table—are perfect candidates for this approach. The obvious exception is in dining rooms. Here, the rug must extend well beyond the table and chairs so that when the chairs are pulled out, they're still on the rug.

Working At Home In Style

March 12th, 2012


Photo credit: Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal


By CHERYL LU-LIEN TAN (Excerpts from The Wall Street Journal article)


Decorator Jeffrey Alan Marks believes in what he calls "the accidental home office." He adds, "I don't want you walking in and thinking, 'Oh, that's his home office.' It should be a pretty space."


Striking just the right tone in home office decor can be difficult. The space should be conducive to work but not intrusive in home life.


It's important, if possible, to have the office "away from anywhere you do any rest," says Mr. Marks, since working where you sleep could disrupt your sleep. "I just find that you don't want to mix the two." Having the office too close to where your family spends time or children play can be a problem as well, he says.


Mr. Marks believes a home-office desk should be stylish and practical but doesn't look like it belongs in a corporate office.  The kind of desk you choose—from a simple table to a multi-drawer desk—depends on how much storage space you need.


Mr. Marks skips the cold metal filing cabinets in many offices and commits as many of his files as possible to electronic storage, keeping the rest in well-organized drawer space. He keeps equipment to a minimum as well, buying a very small printer with a wireless connection to his computer. He tries to keep chargers for his phone and many other gadgets away from his home office space so they don't clutter it up.


Above all, the home office should be a pleasant environment. "Make it so you walk in and want to be there," he says. "And remember that if you work from home, you've got to respect your home and respect your environment, otherwise it's a recipe for you to go crazy."

Bourgeois Boheme

March 6th, 2012


Bourgeois Bohème Atelier, owned by Frederic Lazare and Dale Skoz is an exclusive furniture and lighting showroom in Los Angeles, California.  The showroom features French inspired collections for the residential, commercial and hospitality markets.  Drawing from the modernist and classical style of singular antiques, Bourgeois Bohème Atelier produces new furnishings of innovative character and cultivated, timeless appeal, blending a European sensibility of modernism with tradition.  The Los Angeles showroom is located at 7266 Beverly Boulevard, a street known for its diverse home furnishing stores.  They are also represented at the New York Design Center in the 1stDibs@NYDC showroom on the 10th floor.  To learn more about Bourgeois Boheme visit their website


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