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Annual Trip to Nepal & India

Chad in Nepal

A week ago I returned from what has easily become my favorite part of my job: My annual trip to visit our mills in Nepal and India. While in Nepal, I created STARK’s first Instagram Story, giving everyone an inside look at the process of weaving our rugs! We saved the video, as it is a wonderful glimpse into the truly fascinating work our artisans do on a daily basis.

Check it out here: A Visit to Nepal!

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How to give a modern update to period homes

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picture via modernlivingla.com

Furniture

Strange shapes for furniture can look strange in an older home. Go for furniture with clean lines. Too much plastic can look out of place as well, so try to stick with modern furniture that is made with traditional materials. For example, a modern sofa that sets low to the floor can add modern style without going over the top. Lounge chairs can be a very comfortable modern alternative to an old-fashioned recliner chair.

Get creative with fabric

 Modern fabric designs can complement a period home. You might want to avoid exceptionally bright colors though. Muted tones are a more tasteful option that can help modern patterns fit right into your beautiful older home. If you have some classic old furniture that you can’t part with, consider reupholstering it with a more modern fabric. Getting sample swatches and comparing them against the background of the room the chair is to go in can help ensure you are happy with the final fabric.

Get rid of old wallpaper

 Wallpaper can make a house look stuck in the past, not to mention that at a certain age it can appear dilapidated and unsightly. Try removing wallpaper and replacing it with a wall painted in a neutral tone. On this new background you can add artwork or decorations that add a modern look to your home. Think of this as your blank canvas that you can change the look of whenever you want to change the décor that hangs on it.

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Photo via modernlivingla.com

 Update rugs

 Modern rugs can do a lot to modernize a period home. The great thing is that you can change designs and colors as often as you want. Rugs offer a quick update as well. With many older homes having wood floors, a rug can add warmth and comfort as well. Don’t be afraid to try out a great new pattern. Many people are inspired by current runway fashion trends when adding texture and color to their home.

 Make a room look larger

Many rooms were made smaller in period homes. You can make a small space appear larger with tastefully chosen art work and furniture. Larger pieces of art on a wall and larger furniture can update a room and make it appear larger than it is. It is all about balance. Have small art prints framed in larger frames to make ceilings appear taller. Just be sure not to try to cram too much into a small room.

 Keep it simple

 When modernizing a home it can be easy to get caught up in the moment, with the end result being rooms that are too full of furnishings from many eras. Remember that your home will look better with furnishings that have a modern touch but don’t look out of place. If you have furnishings from five different decades you risk having a room that looks more like a yard sale than updated.

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Rug Guide: Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Rug

Many of my friends have purchased Stark products over the last few years since I have been full time and every single one asks me how I recommend cleaning it. I figured this post originally from One Kings Lane might be helpful 🙂

Care instructions vary from rug to rug, but here are some general tips to keep in mind. For the best results, always refer to the care information that comes with your rug.

  • Rugs should be vacuumed without a beater bar. Some rugs, like tufted rugs, shed more than others. For these rugs, frequent vacuuming is a must.
  • Keep your rug out of direct sunlight to prevent colors from fading. If your rug is getting too much exposure, consider adding window treatments to shade the sun and keep colors bright.
  • To prevent your rug from showing wear, rotate it once a year. In higher-traffic areas, rotate your rug more often so it wears evenly. If your rug has constant exposure to the sun it will fade, but occasional rotation will equalize the effects.
  • How to treat spills depends on the material the rug is made of. But rule of thumb? Clean spills immediately. Always refer to the special care information included with your rug that Stark provides its clients.
  • For outdoor rugs, shake them to remove dirt, or hose them off with a garden hose. Then let them air-dry in the sun.
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11 Beautiful ways to use Area Rugs

11 Beautiful ways to use Area Rugs

Everyone loves area rugs. They make up the foundation of any room . In my role at Stark, I am often approached by clients and friends with questions about how to use area rugs effectively in their spaces. I found this great article on Houzz that addresses this. Check out the tips and suggestions in the slideshow below!

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My 1st International Business Trip

INDIA!!

I hope I’ll have time to see the Taj Mahal!

I have dreamed of going to India ever since I missed my high school sponsored ‘educational’ trip over New Years 2008…now this dream is finally coming true.

I leave for India tomorrow, October 6th 2012, for what promises to be an incredible learning experience. Stark manufactures and buys many handmade rugs in India, so my 10-day trip will be packed with business activities 24/7. I fly into New Delhi for a night, but am spending the majority of my time in Varanasi where I will be visiting different Rug vendors on Stark’s behalf. The pictures I take of all the beautiful rug samples will be incredible! Good thing I just bought this camera

I might be heading to China for 2 days from Varanasi to meet with a carpet mill but I’m having some issues with my Visa right now…That’s what I get for waiting until the last minute! #idiot

I’ll try to post an update on my blog during the trip with some cool pictures of the culture and maybe some new products. Can’t wait to learn more about the rug business in India and how different the culture is there!

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