Install of the Day !

Hey There.

Finished installing at Lisa Hick's home yesterday.  A new build in much need of color and furniture! When we met, I could see they needed help with a game plan to mix her love of teal and eclectic furnishings in four spaces.  My deadline, Thanksgiving.  So finished just under the wire and just before I split town for my much anticipated vacation with the family.

The Hick's style is definitely eclectic.  A little bit of modern, a little rustic, saturated color.  I was thrilled to help this couple pull it all together, as this combination style can be tricky.

I started in her family room and kitchen which soon bleed into the foyer and front living - turned home office - space.  The goal was to combine a very modern and sleek kitchen with a few rustic pieces she already had.  I kept the color teal for two chairs and fabrics, but brought it back into the front office on the walls for a little drama.  Take a look at all the design boards and details, this client certainly isn't afraid of a little color !

This brand new home has a great layout, open with tall ceilings and plenty of space.  Painted though out in a pale grey I decided to add the pop color in the furniture and a few accent walls.  As you enter the foyer we added a grey graphic wall paper for a welcoming bit of drama, but on the subtle side and saved the color for the office walls and furniture in the living room.  

As you walk straight back into the living room we created a focal wall in the niche with this amazing wall paper by Amanda Talley.  Available through us and at Hidell Brooks Gallery, this paper is the showstopper in the room.  Amanda is an amazing artist and her pieces are so beautiful.  This paper has the style and feel of her art, yet with a smaller, continuous pattern.  I loved it so much I used a bit in our office as well.  We framed it out and added a large sideboard against it with two teal and grey glass lamps.  Layering more art and sculptures gives the feeling of collected an only gives your focal wall more attention.  The key though - knowing how to edit !

On a site note - Check out more of Amanda Talley's work on both her site and Hidell Brooks !

The living space has a big punch of color in the two new upholstered swivel chairs, red and teal ikat rug and amazing curtains, another big focal point you see from the front foyer.

Lisa's large, distressed wood pieces, I feel, are complimented by the rustic and strong color palette.  We are pondering adding horizontal "wood" tile on the TV and fireplace wall, an additional that I think would be perfect in this space - giving it a little more depth.   Stay tuned for that !

Take a look at a few of the details in this space.

The living room is open to the dining and kitchen area.  Using the same colors we added splashy curtains and a strong rug under this new dining table, all tying back to the colors in the family room (foyer and office).

It was fun pulling this look together for the Hicks.  We have painted and installed the front living room turned office.  With a few other added pieces it will be completed soon.  Stay tuned !


Spotlight: Florence Broadhurst

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Cadrys has translated a selection of Florence Broadhurst's iconic designs into exquisite hand-woven rugs and is just one of the lines Couture Knots represents.  Huge fan.  Unfamiliar with  Ms. Broadhurst?  You might have seen her designs in the Kate Spade Showrooms back in 2012 and didn't know it.  Kate Spade carried a line of dinnerware and their entire showroom was filled with her signature pattern, the ginko leaf (a.k.a Japanese Floral).

Florence Broadhurst has such an amazing story and is a true design icon.  In my coffee table book library, this is a must read.

I haven't seen her rugs up close, so it was a delight to see them at Couture Knots.  Made in Nepal using Tibetan wool, silk and natural fibers, these are showstoppers. Her Japanese Floral one of my favorites and one of her most celebrated designs.  Inlaid silk married together with a lush palette of colors.  How gorgeous !

Take a look at a few of her other amazing patterns.

And it doesn't stop there, fabrics and wall papers are just as gorgeous !  Always been a fan of the Deco inspired.

Her story is fascinating and her style - way ahead of her time!

Years ahead of her time, the complex, eccentric and talented Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899.
By the time of her death in 1977 Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs.
A multi-talented legend, Broadhurst expressed herself creatively through multiple mediums, platforms and continents around the world. After winning a singing competition in 1915, Broadhurst started performing in various towns and cities in Queensland.
By the early 1920s, she was performing in India, South-East Asia and China. In 1926, Broadhurst founded a modern academy of arts in Shanghai, known as the Broadhurst Academy, offering tuition in violin, pianoforte, voice production, modern ballroom dancing, classical dancing, musical culture and journalism. Never one to settle, Broadhurst moved to London and reinvented herself as Madame Pellier, running a dress salon on Bond Street in 1933.
After spending more than a decade in the United Kingdom, Broadhurst returned to Australia and settled in Sydney where she started painting enthusiastically and prolifically. Transforming her creative talent into a business opportunity, she started a revolutionary wallpaper business in 1959, creating hundreds of unique and luxurious patterns with rich and vibrant colours all perfectly matching her flamboyant personality.
By the mid 1960s, her company monopolised the Australian market and started exporting to America, Peru, Paris, the Middle East and Norway. She continued to work actively until her death in 1977 at the age of 78.
Florence’s life and personal experiences reads like the script of a romantic Hollywood fairytale; the life of a girl from a remote Queensland cattle station who travels the world and becomes a flamboyant performer, socialite, artist, entrepreneur and internationally successful business woman in the process.
Florence made her mark as a globetrotting entertainer during a time when travel around the world was still seen as something that was inaccessible, mysterious and somewhat magical. Places in the far east were still shrouded with a sense of romantic idealism in many people’s eyes. Celebrity and mixing in the elite of social circles was still highly exclusive and not so readily obtained as it is today.
Florence was a renegade and a forward thinking individual for her time. More remarkable for the fact that she was also a woman in a strongly male dominated society. She played by her own rules, was highly ambitious and entrepreneurial in her business pursuits. She was spurred on by obstacles and challenges and would not let them stand in the way of her goals and ambitions.
She once stated that she wanted to “colour Australia”. Florence was a flamboyant individual and the life of the party who commanded attention wherever she went. This is reflected in the boldness, brashness, scale and colour in many of her designs.
Her designs were distinctively bold and timeless, still remaining relevant even to this day when reinterpreted for our and future generations. You can see a discernible evolution of her style reflecting the times, travels, personal experiences and influences they were created against.


Spotlight: Couture Knots


- Ali Nikrooz, Owner of Couture Knots 

Hi There,

Showed off a few of Couture Knots gorgeous floral rugs in a recent post (Stop and Smell the Boho Roses), but wanted to take a minute to let you see some of the other images Mekenzie captured that day. 

Representing Florence Broadhurst, Jan Kath,  Cadrys, Woven Accents and Tamarian, Ali gave us an up close look at several samples he has on hand (and you can almost feel the softness in these photos).  A gorgeous rug, in my opinion, is as important as the furniture.  Not only does it add texture, warmth and color, it defines a space.  Rugs add warmth, and visually pull it all together.

Take a look !

Custom rugs are of course available - look at the amazing color choices.

all photos by mekenzie france

Couture Knots, is the culmination of a journey into the rug world for someone that was not always involved in rugs.  Usually the typical story is that of a rug merchant, who’s father was a rug merchant, and his father was a rug merchant, and so on, and so forth.  My story, started with a Biology Major, and history minor, from UNC.  A career started in a Chemistry lab, which translated into Chemical Sales, and then a fateful trip to visit a relative in Europe for vacation.  This relative, a rug merchant,  had decided to do away with the old way of selling rugs, and was designing contemporary rugs, which were handmade in Nepal.  These designs were truly beautiful, and could be customized to any color, shape, and size.  It was there that I decided to quit my job, and see if I could start a business of marketing these beautiful designs in the United States.  Since I had very little knowledge of the rug world, I had a very steep learning curve, which started with exhibiting in trade shows for the rug industry.  I came to learn very quickly that there was a huge difference between quality of rugs and quality of rug showrooms.  Due to my rugs being of higher end, I attracted high end showrooms that were based in design centers across the country, along with high end retail.  As the network and my exposure grew,  two loves were born, and not of rugs, but of design and of people.  By growing a business selling beautiful design, I discovered my passion of providing great service to my clients which always became my friends.   After becoming established in the industry, I was invited to Sydney, Australia to visit an old friend, Bob Cadry.  Bob was the owner of Cadrys rugs, the first oriental rug showroom established in that county.  He had acquired the rights to translate the revered designs of Australian Wall paper designer, Florence Broadhurst, to the medium of hand knotted rugs.  He asked if I would be interested in bringing this brand to the United States.  I agreed to the  honor of representing Cadrys, and Australia, as Florence was considered a national treasure.  The business grew as an exclusive distributor of international rug brands.  In 2013,  the US economy was rebounding, and having lived in Charlotte for most of my adult life, I decided that it was time for Charlotte to get a taste of high design, but not necessarily high price.  My rugs were being sold in places like New York, LA, Miami, and San Francisco, but Charlotte had access to very little of what I offered.  After some research, I realized that the local Interior Designers would make frequent trips to places like Atlanta to do their shopping.  As I had grown up in Charlotte and with Charlotte, I wanted to provide an accessible local showroom where great handmade rugs, would be available to interior designers, and retail clients alike.  By acquiring some of the most beautiful, exclusive, and trusted names in the rug industry, such as Jan-Kath, Cadrys, Tamarian, and Woven Accents . . . Couture Knots was born.  A rug showroom where exclusive lines, that are not offered on the Internet, can be shopped, and customized.  The journey of your rug will be tracked from the wool of sheep grazing at the foothills of Everest, to your beautiful hardwood floor.  Whether its creating a custom rug, acquiring an antique heirloom, or anything in between, Couture Knots, will make your interior, a personal Couture statement.  

Ali Nikrooz, Owner of Couture Knots.

Couture Knots, located at 1920 Cleveland Avenue in Charlotte.  Representing Florence Broadhurst, Jan Kath,  Cadrys, Woven Accents and Tamarian.