A wave of antique Turkish rugs in unexpected colors has landed on our shores, and interior designers are using them in spaces from traditional to contemporary. The rugs are well-worn antiques that have been redyed in eye-catching bold hues, elegant grays and even black, to freshen up the look and mix old and new. "Overdyed rugs are one of my favorite ways to add a pop of color to a room," says interior designer Melanie Coddington. "They are a fresh, modern take on the antique rug."
Climbing the windy roads to Javier and Gladys Gracia’s new house, one thing is clear: building in Westlake is not for the faint of heart. Craggy drop-offs abound. Teens peel around sharp turns. Deer flit across the road. For those who want to live in this tony Austin neighborhood, the challenges that accompany hill-set lots make construction projects expensive and downright daunting.
Ever since the former Threshold Interiors united last year with Urbanspace, owner Kevin Burns’ real estate company, business has been booming for the country’s only company where you can buy your house and decorate it, too. “We’ve added a kitchen and breakfast bar for early morning meetings, as well as a conference room,” say Urbanspace Interiors’ Vice President Emily Basham-Hoelscher, who admits she tries every day to make the world as beautiful as it is in her head. Soon, the patio will be enclosed to create more showroom space.