Remove the Objects to Trouble Free Carpet Installation

High Tech bed. Check out three oversights that can ruin your carpet installation and your day.

Beautiful Choices

Faux silk abstract area rug. How to prevent beautiful choices from coming back to haunt you.

Rug and Carpet Glossary

Illustration of warp and weft. Trade terms you need to know.

A Special Custom Stair Runner

Hand-knotted stair runner approaching landing. A custom hand-knotted stair runner.

What Covid Is Doing to Trade Shows

Vendor rug display Covid made big gatherings impossible, including large trade shows. This disruption gave rise to new thinking about trade shows.

Where Are the Workers?

Chart of declining labor participation rate. Everyone we know, whether they are our venders or our interior design clients, all despair over the lack of workers.

Design Outlook: Continued Warming

Sample: light brown hardwood flooring in two styles.

We don't do interior design forecasting or trend picking. We spend our time taking care of the current needs of our interior design customer base.

We don't pretend to know what's coming up, but we are right on the money with what's happening.

A few months back we covered here a new interest in warmer colors in rugs.

Breaking In Your New Hand-knotted Rug

Dealing with popups (sprouting) on hand-knotted rugs.

Hand-knotted rugs have characteristics that make them seem to be alive. All cause problems. All are easily fixed.

Popups

Also known as "sprouting" little strands of yarn pop up through the top of the pile and can look like your rug is sprouting bits of yarn. 

It's a normal event in the young life of a hand-knotted rug. Here's why.

 

Rug First

Modern gray rug with modern furniture.

Addison/Dicus & Bailey founder, Gary Dicus, gave a great discourse on picking hand-knotted area rugs. We are in the business of selling rugs, but we don't consider it a sales pitch,

It's just damn good advice.

 

Better Interior Shots with Your Cell Phone

Cell phone picture in natural light.

How many times do you as a designer pull out your cell phone and snap a picture?

Maybe you just finished a room and you need for the shot to show your work in the best possible light.

Here are a few tips that can optimize cell phone photography without bogging you down in photography arcana.

These tips are suggested by Edward Chittenden, a photographer who specializes in interior work and who also (full disclosure) is my son.