Red Interior: Still Life on a Blue Table, Oil on Canvas, 1947 Matisse in the Studio, MFA, Boston

Henri Matisse Interiors + Design
Matisse is my favorite colorist. While visiting my family in my hometown of Newton, MA, I went to see the new “Matisse in the Studio” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
What strikes me most about this series of paintings is Matisse’s use of shape and color. In his contemplation and depiction of textiles, treasured objects and stylized studio space — he shows himself as a designer and decorator.
His paintings of everyday life in his studio transcend the mundane by elevating mere objects into works of art. What an inspiring vision to consider: that our simple, personal objects transform our homes into artwork.

 

Bring on Spring with greenery and sunshine, like in this beautiful Riverside Drive kitchen. See more photos on our website!

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Rug:

1. Size matters. Consider the size of your room and scale of your furniture, and select a rug that relates to both. Read more on selecting the perfect-sized rug in our recent blog post.

2. High-fiber for your home.  Wool or silk pile rugs add a luxurious cushion under your feet and wear very well. Flat weaves or natural fiber rugs like jute are crisp, casual and add texture.

3. Celebrate your style! A graphic, patterned rug adds visual interest and character to a space–and is a clever way to play with scale. Be it a Beni Ourain picked up in Marrakech or a traditional treasure you remember from your grandparents’ home, your rug acts as a canvas upon which your life is painted.