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Wool Carpets: The Best Carpets for Allergies

If you’re one of the nearly 30% of adults or 40% of children in the U.S. who lives with allergies, you don’t need a doctor telling you how the war against allergens is an everyday, uphill battle. Allergens are everywhere around the house – embedded in fabric, airborne in dust and lying in wait on hard surfaces.

It’s impossible to rid your home entirely of these microscopic particles, but you can minimize dust, pet dander, mold, pollen and other annoying allergens in the air that trigger allergic reactions. Did you know that natural wool carpet is an effective tool in your anti-allergy arsenal?

A properly maintained wool carpet can improve indoor air quality and have a beneficial effect on your health.
A properly maintained wool carpet can improve indoor air quality and have a beneficial effect on your health.

 

 

There’s a common misperception that people with allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies now suggest that a properly maintained wool carpet can have a beneficial effect on your health. Here’s how hypoallergenic carpeting works.

A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away.
A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away.

Hypoallergenic Wool Carpets

Indoor air purity – Acts as a passive air filter to trap dust, pollen and other particles. Wool carpets also absorb air pollutants and gases faster and better than other carpet fibers.

 

Non-irritating – Most wool fibers are too long and thick to be inhaled, so a wool carpet won’t irritate the respiratory system or cause allergic reactions.

 

Easy to keep clean – A wool carpet’s overlapping fibers form ridges that trap particles in the upper layer of the pile where they can be easily vacuumed away. In fact, regular vacuuming removes the food source of allergen-producing dust mites.

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Best Carpet for Allergies

Wool from sheep raised in New Zealand is recognized as the highest quality in the world. Sheep farmers there are passionate about their animals and their lands, using sustainable practices to raise free-range sheep bred for wool that’s ideally suited for carpets and upholstery. New Zealand wool is also naturally white so it readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns. And wool has built-in resistance to crushing, so carpet fibers bounce back even after repeated wear. Add to that its natural tendency to resist soil and stains and you can understand why wool makes the best carpet for allergy sufferers.

Naturally white, New Zealand wool readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns.
Naturally white, New Zealand wool readily accepts dyes for beautifully vibrant colors and patterns.

Karastan chooses to use New Zealand wool over any other types because of its superior beauty and strength as well as hypoallergenic properties. When shopping for wool carpeting, also look for the “Wool: Clean Air Certification” label that assures a carpet that removes contaminants from the air and contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Karastan was the first to carry the Wool: Clean Air Certified label on all of its wool carpets and rugs.

Wool: Clean Air Certified label assures a carpet that will remove contaminants from the air and improve the health of the indoor environment.
Wool: Clean Air Certified label assures a carpet that will remove contaminants from the air and improve the health of the indoor environment.

Despite the itching, sneezing and watery eyes, people with allergies and sensitivities to dust and other particles can still enjoy the warmth and comfort of carpeting in their home.

Do you suffer from allergies? Share your tips for allergy-proofing your home in the comments.

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Karastan Premier Designer Project: Chicago Retreat

We love it when Karastan Premier Designers share with us images from some of their gorgeous interiors. So when M. Grace Sielaff, Karastan Premier Designer and managing principal of M. Grace Designs, Inc. out of Chicago, sent us photos from one of her latest projects, we just knew we had to share it with our Live Beautifully readers!

Read on for our Q&A with Grace about this beautiful Chicago retreat, complete with Karastan’s luxury wool carpet.

Karastan: Where was this project?

Grace:  Chicago, IL

Karastan: What were you hired to do?

Grace: Our client is from Denver, Colorado. We were hired to design their two-bedroom unit condo in River North, Chicago. It is our client’s second home. They wanted a second home so they can visit their parents on the weekends.

Karastan: Sounds great! What was the look the client wanted? How were you able to translate their vision?

Grace: Our client wanted a transitional with a minimalist modern living space. From the client’s perspective, they wanted to leave it all to me to come up with ideas. So we created this space with touches of their favorite color and then translated their ideal look within the allocated budget.

Karastan: What was your approach to this project?

Grace: I listened to their needs, and then presented the ideas, color palette, and furnishings one room at a time. I’m passionate about the outcome because the client was so easy to work with.

Karastan: Why did you decide to use a Karastan carpet?

Grace: I’ve incorporated Karastan’s Woolston Plaid in Castle Wall because of its nice transitional modern look. It has a bold yet subtle pattern, and it’s the first thing you notice when you walk into the room.

Karastan: Why did you decide to cut and bind the rug as opposed to going wall to wall?

Grace: Our client wanted area rugs in all the room.

Karastan:  Tell us about this room – what’s the focal point? What look did you achieve?

Grace: We achieved a dramatic, minimal yet subtle living environment. The focal point is in the living room. Everything’s anchored with the space, including the art, the loveseat and the area rug.

Karastan: What was the client’s response to the bedroom?

Grace: The bedroom was a haven to them. They feel like it’s a home away from home. We ended up with a successful project because they were just a remarkable couple to work with.

Thanks, Grace for sharing your beautiful work with us, too!

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About M. Grace Sielaff:

Grace, a Karastan Premier Designer, is a recognized expert in color and is the recipient of the ASID Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, (ASID). Grace’s interiors have been published and featured in: Luxury Home Quarterly, Design Bureau Magazine, CS Interiors,The MTV Production, HGTV- Home & Garden Television, Chicago Luxury Home and Condo, StyleChicago, Garden Design magazine, Spectacular HOMES, Chicago Tribune, and DreamHome at Design Center Merchandise Mart. For additional information about Grace, visit her website here!

Follow Grace on social media using the links below, and visit her Premier Designer profile on the Designer Match section of Karastan’s website.

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Shabu Cheetah at The Pink Clutch Blog

Paige Minear, the brilliant interior designer behind The Pink Clutch blog, had one of the most colorful room transformation in Spring 2016 The One Room Challenge™. It was no easy task to transform an already beautiful wood paneled den and we were astonished by what Paige was able to accomplish in six weeks!

Paige opted to use Karastan’s Shabu Cheetah carpet from our now discontinued Exotics Collection, and if was a choice that truly pulled this colorful room together. The attention to detail was remarkable, Paige put thought into every single piece – from the pink cushioned stools to the Limoges bowls from her own collection.

We were fortunate to sit down and chat with Paige about her The One Room Challenge™ room transformation. Read on!

 

Karastan: Tell us about your blog, the Pink Clutch. What type of blog is it, what do you primarily write about, is this also your profession or a hobby?

 

Paige: The Pink Clutch is a design blog with posts five days a week on a number of design topics.  My goal is to provide inspiration to my readers on the many aspects of design. I write about designers, design trends, travel, food and drink, fashion and our home.  In the past two years the blog has transitioned into a brand and become a full time profession.  I am blessed and incredibly lucky to make a living doing something I love.

 

Karastan: Is this your first time participating in the One Room Challenge? If no, please tell us about your previous room makeover.

 

Paige: This was not my first The One Room Challenge™ but my sixth.  The first four were as a linking participant and I transformed our Guest Suite, Porch, Master Bathroom and Laundry Room.  I was incredibly lucky to be chosen as an invited participant for the last round and I transformed our Kitchen and Breakfast room and now once again our Den.  Each time I take on the project I think it will be a smooth ride and it always comes with hurdles and struggles but is so worth it in the end.

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Karastan: Why did you choose to makeover this particular room in the home?

 

Paige: Our Den was the last room on the main floor to be transformed.  I loved the space but the wood judges paneling kept the space dated in its 1982 glory.  For 12 years we enjoyed the space as it was but I was ready for white walls and a massive change.  My husband was the one to fall in love with the space when we bought the home and I was sure he would expect it to remain wood for the duration.  I was thrilled when he suggested we paint it and I jumped at the chance before he could change his mind.

 

Karastan: What was your inspiration/approach to this project?

 

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Paige: I knew I wanted a white room, which is very outside my comfort zone, with tons of color.  I have always wanted a green velvet sofa so that was a must have, along with using some of the furniture from our original den.  There is no need to completely replace every single item in a new room, especially when a lot of the pieces still work.  We completely reworked the space for more seating and to create a U shape which would be more conducive to conversations.

 

Karastan: Did you think you would be able to complete your vision in only 6 weeks?

 

Paige: When I started I didn’t have any concerns, but about week 3 I began to panic and then at week 4.5 I was truly stressed I would not finish.  There is nothing like doing something in the public eye to add many layers of stress to an already stressful situation.  I was truly panicked for about a week I would not pull it off.

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Karastan: What were some of your project concerns?

 

Paige: The biggest challenge for me was the paint.  After the second painter quit I truly began to panic.  I could not reveal a white lacquered den without the white lacquer.  I reached out to every single designer I knew and asked for their painters and I was truly lucky to not only get one that would fit me in but turned out to be better than any painter I had found on my own.  He was incredible and finished the job in half the time with a better result than had been previously promised.  My next challenge was wallpaper.  When we worked on our kitchen the wallpaper was a disaster and I was very worried about wallpapering another space.  It turned out to be the easiest contractor I used and I think he was in the house for maybe a total of two hours.

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Karastan: Tell us  – why did you select a Karastan product for this room?

 

Paige: I love Karastan rugs and it was an honor to be able to work with Karastan for The One Room Challenge™.  I love animal prints and the Shabu Cheetah carpet was an obvious choice for me.  When I learned that the pattern I chose was being discontinued I was even more excited knowing I would be one of the last to use it.  I could not be happier with the contrast it provides.

 

Karastan: What’s your favorite thing about the Karastan product you selected?

 

Paige: The pattern is by far my favorite thing about my Karastan carpet.  The Shabu Cheetah is just the balance of neutral I was looking for to balance a room I knew would scream color.  I have always felt an animal print was a perfect neutral and this carpet might be my new favorite thing.

 

Karastan: What were the features important to you when selecting a Karastan carpet/rug for this room makeover?

 

Paige: We are a family of six with two dogs so I was drawn to the durability and stain resistance of the Karastan products.  I want to make sure any rug or piece of furniture we invest in will stand the test of time and family.  So far I have been thrilled with the stain resistance.  I was the first to spill a drink and it cleaned up beautifully.  I could not be happier.

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Karastan: How do you feel about the final result? We loved your reveal, were you happy with it too? How would you describe your room makeover stylistically?

 

Paige: We LOVE the space.  The bright color of the walls greets me every single morning with a smile.  I am thrilled with the change it has given our main floor and the larger feel and seating area it has given us for entertaining.  We love it so much and I still have to pinch myself every day when I see it that it is truly ours.  Oh, and that I really did finish the space.  I was truly very concerned.

 

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All photos courtesy of Paige Minear and The Pink Clutch Blog, photos taken by Christina Wedge.

To see Paige’s room transformation, from start to finish, check out these blog posts on The Pink Clutch.

Week 1: Before

Week 2: The Plan and Fabric

Week 3: Paint, Art and Accessories

Week 4: Lighting, Drapery and Fabric

Week 5: Paint, Wallpaper and the Finish Line

Final Reveal

 

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Behind the Blue Ceiling: One on One with One Room Challenge Participant Thou Swell

For six weeks in the Spring of 2016, twenty design bloggers participated in the the One Room Challenge™, a biannual event where the bloggers transformed one room and documented the complete redesign. For the second challenge in a row, Karastan has been the official carpet sponsor, and we had the privilege of working with these talented design bloggers.

Kevin O’Gara, design blogger behind acclaimed home and lifestyle blog  Thou Swell, is the youngest participant of the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge. In less that three years, Thou Swell has become a must-visit destination for interior lovers and entertaining enthusiasts. Sharing home and garden, decor, food and entertaining, and a little of his hometown Atlanta, Kevin shares his fresh eye for design and passion for beauty.

Recently, Karastan sat down with the recent High School graduate to discuss the design inspiration behind his One Room Challenge transformation. Read on!

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Karastan: Tell us about your blog, Thou Swell. What type of blog is it, what do you primarily write about, is this also your (future) profession or a hobby?

Kevin: On Thou Swell, I share home, garden, and entertaining inspiration. I post projects and photoshoots from other sources, and also create original projects ranging from full interior design projects to tablescapes and DIY projects. It’s a mix of curation and creation, but the international projects I share definitely translate to my personal style in the projects I produce myself. As a student, I use my blog primarily as a business hobby and a creative outlet, but I’m also learning a lot about photography, marketing, and branding. It will continue to be a hobby for me, though I can’t predict how it will evolve as I go off to college and beyond.

Karastan: Is this your first time participating in the One Room Challenge? If not, please tell us about your previous room makeover.

Kevin: This was my third One Room Challenge makeover, although my first time participating in the designer group. My previous makeovers included a sunroom in my father’s house and the living room in my mother’s house. My first makeover was a small space which had no existing furniture, so I created a tropical-inspired oasis with a blue velvet sofa, zebra hide rug, and a diptych painting I created for the room. It was super fun, but I definitely had a lot to learn about timing a One Room Challenge as I shot the room the day it was supposed to be posted! My living room makeover was better planned, and I used existing furniture in the design so I initially had furniture to work with. It was more a fusion of me and my mom’s styles, and it was fun to work with her on a room that we use so often.

Karastan: Why did you choose to makeover this particular room in the home?

Kevin: I chose my father’s bedroom for this makeover because it was basically the last room that I hadn’t decorated in his house. He moved at the beginning of 2015, and let me decorate all of the main living areas in the house. I later decorated the back (sun) room for my first One Room Challenge and my sisters’ bedroom for a separate blog post, so his own bedroom desperately needed some attention!

Karastan: What was your inspiration/approach to this project?

Kevin: When I approached this project, I wanted to create a masculine retreat that was moody like the rest of his home, but light enough that the one window in the room wouldn’t feel lacking. I started with the high-gloss blue ceiling, then moved to the curtain fabric that covered 120 inches of the wall behind the bed. I knew that these elements had the most impact, so the rest of the room was designed to balance and complement these pieces.

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Karastan: Did you think you would be able to complete your vision in only 6 weeks?

Kevin: I’m pretty proud of how smoothly the room came together. I was initially worried about creating a solid game plan for the space in time for product ordering, but it worked out perfectly and all the major pieces were in place long before the photoshoot date. I would possibly change some of the details, like the accent pillow on the bed or the flowers I used in the shoot, but these are minor regrets for sure!

Karastan: What were some of your project concerns?

Kevin: My main concern for the project was dealing with the one window in the room. Although there was just this one source of natural light, the room layout only worked with the bed against the window, which I worried would block too much light. Fortunately, the headboard had a low-profile and kept most of the window clear, and the new chandelier easily lights up the room as well.

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Karastan: Why did you select a Karastan product for this room?

Kevin: I selected a Karastan product for the room, because the selection of subtle, neutral patterns in the Karastan collection was exactly what I needed for the room. I was looking for a rug that would complement the bold curtains, so I knew a soft pattern would be just the ticket on the floor. I found exactly what I was looking for in the Violetta Wall Street rug, which I was able to custom order (another plus) for the perfect size rug for the room.

Karastan: What’s your favorite thing about the Karastan product you selected?

Kevin: Besides being incredibly soft and comfortable to walk on (just what a bedroom needs), I love the hand drawn quality to the pattern on the rug. It’s a subtle design that alludes to plaid with a contemporary feel, and the warm grey is just the right shade to keep the room light, airy, yet grounded.

Karastan: What were the features important to you when selecting a Karastan carpet/rug for this room makeover?

Kevin: When I searched for a rug, I was looking for a pattern that would complement the other textiles in the room, and provide a neutral backdrop for the space. Although I wanted it to be the backdrop, I didn’t want a solid rug – I wanted the rug to have enough pattern to have a noticeable effect on the look of the room. The small-scale pattern of the Violetta rug fit the room perfectly.

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Karastan: How do you feel about the final result? We loved your reveal, were you happy with it too? How would you describe your room makeover stylistically?

Kevin: I’m so thrilled with my room’s transformation, and I think my dad loves it too! The blue ceiling turned out better than I could have ever hoped, my risky curtain fabric choice turned out beautifully, and the room is light and inviting thanks to the beautiful rug underfoot. If I were to describe the room’s style, I would say that it’s bold, masculine, and traditional with a twist.thou-swell-one-room-challenge-bedroom-5

 

Karastan: We loved this bedroom makeover too! To see Kevin’s room transformation, click here! To read his step-by-step process, visit Intro, Design, Paint, Artwork, and Styling.

What do you think of Kevin’s bedroom transformation? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Premier Designers at the Design Bloggers Conference

This week, at the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, we launched our Premier Designers program to hundreds of interior designers, members of the American Society of Interior Designers, and design bloggers. It was an absolute #woollove fest at the Karastan booth, where our Lady Baa Baa sheep greeted conference participants on our 100% New Zealand Wool Woolston Plaid carpet in Worldly Gray.

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Interior Design bloggers were also invited to join Premier Designers, Karastan’s exclusive group of interior designers who earn rewards for their design services. Interior Designers who join Premier Designers while at the booth were automatically entered into a contest where they could win their choice of Karastan carpet or rug up to 8’x10’.

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Premier Designers are featured on the Karastan website, and can earn rewards including features on Karastan’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and profiles on Live Beautifully, Karastan’s interior design blog. The highest earning Premier Designer will get national recognition in Elle Décor magazine.

There were plenty of Instagrammable moments at our booth, as conference attendees took selfies with our Karastan sheep to enter our Instagram contest. To enter the contest, all Karastan sheep selfies on Instagram must include the hashtags: #Karastan #livebeautifully and #woollove. The contest winner will be chosen on Thursday, March 10, 2016 and will receive a $250 Visa gift card.

Here are some fun photos from the Karastan booth!

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Interior Designer Spotlight: M. Grace Sielaff’s Luxury Great Room

Chicago based interior designer M. Grace Sielaff of M. Grace Designs, Inc. is a visionary. She’s an award winning Interior Designer, a member of Karastan Premier Designers, and was named one of the Best 15 Interior Designers in Chicago in 2014. Recently, we sat down with Grace to discuss a custom design project for a client in Oak Brook, IL. In the following interview, Grace shares with us some of her inspiration and process when it comes to approaching this interior design project.

 

Live Beautifully: Grace, this room is gorgeous! How did you approach this project and what did your client want from this room?

Grace Sielaff: This great room provided us with plentiful daylight and open space. Our client wanted a minimal space to entertain guests, as well as a sectional seating facing the fireplace. So, we used neutral colors with a punch of luxurious yellow, and texture throughout the space to add warmth and love.

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Live Beautifully: What was your inspiration for the interior design?

Grace Sielaff: We came up with a color scheme that the client absolutely loves, which radiates with both happiness and warmth!

 

Live Beautifully: Did you pick one element and then design the room around that piece, such as the existing fireplace? What was your design process?

Grace Sielaff: We knew we were keeping the fireplace but first we determined paint selection. From there, we came up with the overall color scheme. After that, we presented our client with a color concept and incorporated all other materials.

Live Beautifully: Why did you select our Exotics Majestic Leopard carpet, which you had cut and bound to fit this space?

Grace Sielaff: The Majestic Leopard carpet was ideal for this traditional space. It provides warmth, texture, and anchors the space with a significant wow factor!

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Live Beautifully: We love the artwork in this room, can you tell us more about it?

Grace Sielaff: The art is from Gallerique and is an oil on canvas painting by Ted Stanuga called “Torso.”

 

Live Beautifully: How long does a project like this usually take?

Grace Sielaff: This particular project took 4-6 months because everything had to be custom made.

 

Live Beautifully: Thanks for sharing this beautiful room with us! The photography really captures the warmth and light in the room.

Grace Sielaff: Absolutely! Chris Bradley Photography did a great job photographing this space.

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Karastan Showroom at Winter Market 2016

From January 24-28, 2016, Karastan set up a showroom at the World Market Center in Las Vegas during Winter Market 2016, where we displayed our collection of luxury rugs. We debuted new Wool and Wool Blend rugs, new collections, and new additions to some of our most popular collections. It was a wonderful week!  Rug News and Design absolutely loved the vignettes at our showroom, proclaiming the desire to go travel.

Here are just a sampling of images from our Las Vegas Market showroom featuring our new collections and new rugs in warm, soft, naturally renewable New Zealand wool and silky wool/viscose blends.

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Were you at Winter Market 2016 in Las Vegas? What did you think about our Showroom?

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Highlights from the Fall One Room Challenge

One of our highlights for 2015 was our carpet sponsorship of the Fall One Room Challenge™, is a biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty designers are invited to take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. Eight bloggers selected Karastan carpets to feature in their room makeover, and the results were absolutely gorgeous! Here are some of the highlights from their projects:

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A PARISIAN BEDROOM

Vanessa Francis is an interior decorator living in a suburb of Toronto, Canada with her husband and teenage daughter. She chose to makeover her master bedroom into a little Parisian getaway. The end result was a pretty and serene room featuring a palette that was fairly neutral. The varying textures from linen, velvet, and wool from her Karastan Woolcraft Nouveau carpet in Metro Grey provided a unique element to her new bedroom sanctuary. The Alexanian Carpet and Flooring in Toronto did a great job serging Vanessa’s new area rug.

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

 An interior designer from Texas, Jennifer Beshears blogs at The Pink Pagoda. In her One Room Challenge project she showcased not one but two Karastan carpets. She chose to redo the entranceway of her friend Jane’s home, and the resulting stairwell is stunning. The herringbone pattern of Karastan’s Cobble Ridge in Driftwood is a beautiful neutral color for the home’s entryway.

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Beneath the secretary desk is our Wool Crochet carpet in French Beige that was cut and bound to fit the entryway. The stripes in the rug are a nice contrast to the herringbone pattern of the stair runner. Clifton Carpet did an amazing job installing the stair runner!

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FROM BEIGE TO BEAUTIFUL

Mallory is a fashion and décor blogger at Style Your Senses, a life and style blog for the modern millennial. For her master bedroom redo, Mallory swapped beige for a mostly neutral and soft color palette with lots of plays on texture. Our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, cut and bound to fit beneath her bed, brightens up the entire bedroom.

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WILD AND EXOTIC

You could spend hours scrolling through the pictures of Holly’s room makeover and you still won’t discover all of the hidden elements that puts the wow factor into this living room. The room is bright, bold and colorful with different textures and patterns, exotic artwork and accessories.

 

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Holly selected a carpet from our Exotics Collection in Aberdale Antelope and it’s the perfect foundation for the entire room.

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Arianna of Arianna Belle is an interior design blogger living in California who makes custom high-end decorative pillows. Her room redesign features large pieces that are neutral in color with purple and blue pillows, art and other accessories throughout the room. The Area Rug Factory in Ventura County cut and bound the rug, our new Patola carpet in Almond Cream, which is a beautifully fit to the room.

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AT THE RANCH

Inspired by a photo of a black and white check room that looks like it is right at home in the English Countryside, our celebrity interior design blogger Kimberly Schlegel Whitman completely transformed the living room at her White Oaks Ranch. The room boasts mixed metallics, plenty of equine accents and artwork, and even a pair of retired polo mallets.

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The foundation of the room features our Woolston Plaid cut and bound rug in Redefined Khaki; the print compliments the beautiful pattern on the drapery as well as the animal pattern textiles scattered throughout the room.

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BLACK AND WHITE LIVING SPACE

Sherry is an interior designer living in Atlanta who blogs at Design Indulgence. For her One Room Challenge, she transformed the living room and dining room of her sister’s home mixing new furniture and accessories with various fabrics and textiles. The living room features our Woolston Plaid carpet in Shoreline, which provided a unique pattern that really complimented the space. From the light walls to the urbane bronze on the built-ins, this new living space boasts a beautiful black and white modern decor with a cozy feel.

What do you think of all of the before and after shots from these blogger projects? We love them all! Let us know which ones were your favorite in the comments.

 

 

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Instagram #DesignerTakeover

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This is M. Grace Sielaff, the founder of @mgracedesigns. On September 26-27, Grace took over the Karastan Instagram account for a #DesignerTakeover for the entire weekend! In case you missed it, we pulled together all of Grace’s images and commentary for this blog post on Live Beautifully. If you haven’t already, make sure you start following us on Instagram @karastancarpet and let us know what you think of Grace’s images!

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“I’m super excited to be taking over the Karastan Instagram account for the weekend. Get ready for some design inspiration, a behind-the-scenes look at my life as an interior designer, and the reasons why I love @karastancarpet!

Help me kickoff #NationalKarastanMonth by visiting this link. You can download the Karastan rebate coupon and get up to $1,000 back on your purchase of beautiful and luxurious @KarastanCarpet!”

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“Here’s a look at my little project from today—a vintage-inspired glass table all set for dinner. Loving the Woolston Plaid area rug. Makes it a classic statement.” Photo by @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #National KarastanMonth

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“Sneak peek of a fun decor project I’m working on for tonight!”

Photo by M. Grace Sielaff of @mgracedesigns. #DesignerTakeover #NationalKarastanMonth

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“This is what I call understated luxury. It’s Karastan’s Violetta pattern, made of 100% New Zealand wool and is the perfect choice when looking for soft neutrals. Right now during #NationalKarastanMonth, you can get up to $1,000 off Karastan carpets.”

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“As an interior designer, much of my inspiration comes from my travels. I spotted this gorgeous architectural detail in Orvieto, Italy. The sophisticated structure and gray color reminded me of the textured Karastan wool #carpet, Woolcraft Nouveau in Metro Gray.”

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“In the showroom with some of my favorite Karastan styles today! From top to bottom: Patola in Denim Wash; Woolcraft Nouveau in Windsor Tan; Astor Row in Fleece; Woolspun in Silver Sage. Let me know in the comments which of these textures/colors you like the best!”

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“I’m often designing and decorating in very unique spaces. I love that I can get custom cut-and-bound Karastan carpets as rugs.”

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“I’m always looking for color and pattern #inspiration. Would love to see this one as an area rug! I took this photo during my trip to Barcelona. Have you ever found decor inspiration in an expected place? Where?”

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“Thanks for joining me for the @KarastanCarpet #DesignerTakeover! Remember to look for inspiration in unexpected places. It makes a difference to find the right, high-quality decor items that reflect your style and your lifestyle.

This is Grace, signing off! You can keep up with my life and #interiordesign projects at @mgracedesigns. Don’t forget to take advantage of #NationalKarastanMonth, the lowest prices of the season on luxury #carpet.”

 

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Four Decades with Karastan

Today, we spotlight two men who have both spent more than 42 years at Karastan! Harold Giles started as a floor hand at Karastan when he was a young man, and moved to the threading department, where he works today. Eddie Thomas, meanwhile, has seen a lot of the rug business! He began his career at Karastan as a warehouse man, and then progressed to become a carpet wrapper, rug splitter, order filler, shipper/receiver and, today, a crew leader.

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During his four decades with the company, Harold Giles says that he’s seen new machinery, new ideas, many new colors and new patterns. Throughout the years, Karastan’s legendary quality has been the consistent thread that runs through every rug. When asked what makes Karastan a special place to work, Harold attributed it to “seeing how we make rugs and carpet from scratch, right from the start to the end.”

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Eddie Thomas felt similarly about the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each and every Karastan rug. According to Eddie, it’s “the workmanship that goes into making this product and the people who work here,” that makes Karastan such a special place to work.

At Karastan, people have come and gone over forty years, but what has truly impressed Eddie has been all of the advancements made in technology. Eddie fondly recalled the washing process, where “we used to make our own washing solution with lime and chlorine. Today, it’s all done automatically, and what would take 12-16 hours in the dryer now takes no more than 15 minutes!”

Looking back at his four decades at Karastan, Eddie fondly remembers “the people here, through the years, who have been good to work with.” At the end of the day, though, Eddie proudly boasts, “We always produce a great product.”

We thank you, Harold and Eddie, for 42 years of exceptional service at Karastan!