The fall season is underway, which means luscious tones of chocolate, burnt orange, ochers and rustic-rich reds. Nourison is excited to present fabulous new designs and color palettes from Barclay Butera Lifestyle for the Maze, Medley and Ripple rug collection. We sat down with Barclay to learn more about the inspiration behind the designs, and his “go to” for this fall season.
We’re in love with the new autumn tones you introduced at High Point Market! What was your inspiration behind them?
BB: I have to say a few projects I am working on in Sun Valley and Park City right now really got the creative juices flowing with darker, richer, more autumnal shades. Certain spectacular rooms were calling for a more masculine sensibility. And while I think the Maze pattern satisfies the need for high design, the new colorways allow us to use these rugs in fabulous dens, game rooms, men’s dressing areas- the works. I am particularly thrilled with the way the chocolate and burnt-sienna orange combination in the Paris rug mixes with leopard- killer.
The new designs in the Maze rug collection are very intricate. Any design tips for someone wanting to include these fabulous rugs in their home?
BB: I love that design and honestly I think this pattern lends itself very well to mixing with other patterns. I have never been a very matchy-match guy; and I’m always mixing it up with a myriad of different pillows, throws and upholstery options. There really are no rules, I just follow my instincts and like to make sure the look is layered, glamorous, but always comfortable and inviting. If someone needs a bit of guidance mixing pattern, I always tell them to make sure the colors within each pattern complement each other. But absolutely do not be afraid to mix paisley with plaid, geometric with stripes. It’s the only way to go.
BB: Fashion and travel always get me thinking… An incredible suit off a Milan runway can end up as a rug, a fabulous fountain park in Paris can inspire a fabric. The stripes you see in my new Ripple collection are kind of evocative of men’s haberdashery, the thin pinstripe adds a chic bespoke feel. Recently I was looking at formal gardens in the French countryside and the geometric way the boxwood hedges were arranged made me think of Maze and how I can use it with other less structure patterns and designs.
What is your go-to home décor item for fall?
BB: For fall? For winter, spring, summer and fall…animal prints- of course! Leopard and zebra strip pillows, rugs, bedding are almost always a signature part of my interiors projects. It’s that little bit of added West Coast twist I love to toss to my otherwise all-America look. Anything leather/ or hide adds a rich warm feeling to a room; like my new Brindle Medley rug. That cream-in-coffee color combination is the bomb- elegant and rugged all at the same time. That, and you can’t beat having good barware, especially if you like to entertain.
To view the Barclay Butera Lifestyle Rug Collections, visit www.nourison.com