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Discovering vintage rugs from lands afar

Furniture may be the bread and butter of most interiors but a well-placed rug will have a surprisingly significant impact on the feel of a room. A colourful rug will lend a welcome dose of pattern and panache to a more neutral space. By contrast, calm down a busy decor scheme with a more simple model. A room full of similar tones, across furniture and the wider decor, can benefit from a rug which helps to break up the space. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of the iconic monochromatic Beni Ourain rug, although none can deny the timelessness of the world celebrated and richly coloured Persian rug tradition. Fortunately, the Vinterior collection encompasses a vast array of vintage rugs, from traditional to textured, patterned to plain.

Get the look: a kooky yet sophisticated Fifth Avenue townhouse

Located on the Upper East Side of New York City, this remarkable family home thrives on bold, risk-taking decorating decisions. The designer Steven Gambrel took what could, to the untrained eye, appear as a random mishmash of items and created a unified, one-of-a-kind eclectic paradise. He played around the decorating rules and clashed a variety of design eras, colours and patterns, only to end up with a timelessly elegant, yet very comfortable living space. Learn how to recreate this look in your own home.

‘You will never feel alone with an antique Mora.’ Will you also go cuckoo for these Swedish clocks?

Akin to the traditional grandfather clock more commonly seen in the UK, the curving Swedish Mora model is a highly unique design with a huge tradition of local craftsmanship behind it. We were intrigued to learn more about this enchanting area of Swedish design history and sat down with Jo Lee who told us just about everything you could wish to know – from the people who first made the Mora to what we should look for when buying one today.