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What We Loved This Week

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What We Love from Around the Web…

Proof that tons of style can be packed into a truly tiny space.

A fresh summer salad with a wonderfully decadent addition.

This photographer’s account of visiting a French château has us dreaming of a Provençal getaway.

Emily Henderson makes the case for an upgraded lampshade (and we agree!).

Every inch of this Stockholm home exudes dramatic style.

Large-scale art is a hot trend right now—and a perennial designer favorite.

Large-scale art is a hot trend right now—and a perennial designer favorite.

What We’ve Been Up To…

Over the years we’ve hit up countless decorators for their sage advice (and to get a peek inside their homes!) and carefully taken note anytime they imparted a gem of design wisdom. Though every designer has his or her signature style, there are some key pieces many turn to time and time again.

Oversize art is a particular favorite for the luxurious and statement-making layer it adds to a space. Extra-large rugs have proven popular too, especially if they’re one of a kind. And while by no means new, bookshelves and étagères, when filled out with stylish coffee table books, bring in that special, collected touch designers so often aim for. On a smaller scale, we’ve never met a decorator who doesn’t love a beautiful candle—and a delightfully fragrant one at that. After all, is there anything that makes a house feel more like a home than a signature scent?

Laura Resen at home in Sonoma County, CA. Photo by Cloud Devine.

Laura Resen at home in Sonoma County, CA. Photo by Cloud Devine.

We Caught Up With…

… and toured the home of photographer Laura Resen.

There are things that I love, and they’ve followed everywhere I’ve lived. There’s no reason to replace them, because they’re beautiful—they remind me of the people I love and places I’ve been.

— Laura Resen

Step inside Laura’s light-filled abode →

A Beni Ourain rug warms up the floors of a neutral, modernist home office. Photo by Nicole LaMotte. 

A Beni Ourain rug warms up the floors of a neutral, modernist home office. Photo by Nicole LaMotte. 

A Parting Piece of Knowledge…

Arguably the most popular of the traditional Moroccan rugs, Beni Ourains have a rich origin story. Made of undyed sheep’s wool with a thick, fluffy pile—and often adorned with dark-brown geometric motifs—they’ve been handcrafted for centuries in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco by the Beni Ourain people, a subset of the indigenous Berber tribe. Only recently have the rugs become objects of fascination worldwide, beginning when 20th-century modernists such as Le Corbusier began featuring them in interiors. They’re still a foolproof choice for contemporary, minimalist spaces—but we’ve found that they feel just as right in traditional rooms too.

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