What’s new for 2013?

Celebrate the new year with Bronson Design Studio! We’ve been working hard adding all the exciting new products our manufacturing partners introduced at the winter markets in Atlanta, Dallas & Las Vegas last month. See over 1500 new intros from your favorite brands on our updated website – all added within the past 30 days:

New Intros

You’ll be pleased to find exciting new introductions across all of our product categories; Accent Furniture, Decorative Accessories, Artwork, Lighting, Mirrors, and now for the first time…Rugs! With the help of our convenient swatch program, you can be sure that the rug you choose is just right for your home. Order a 16″ x 16″ rug swatch from us and the $25 purchase price is fully refundable if you buy a rug from us and return the swatch.

Uttermost Rugs

How to Care for Area Rugs

You’ve done your research, measured your space, and selected the size and style you want. What’s next for your new area rug? Caring for it! Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of work to keep your rug in excellent condition. But here are some things to consider.


Unpacking – When first taken out of the packing and unrolled, the rug may have bulges that will prevent it from lying flat on the floor. This occurs due to tight rolling during packaging for shipment. It will disappear in a day or two. If the problem persists, simply put a heavy flat object on top of it for some time and it will help in solving the problem.

Rug Pads – Not just for slippage, a rug pad can help preserve the life of your rug. Rug pads protect the rug from everyday wear by giving it a soft, supportive foundation that keeps it in place. Most rug pads can also be cut with scissors to match the exact size and shape of your rug.

Vacuuming – Vacuuming as much as three times each week is recommended to remove dirt and dust. If you don’t vacuum regularly, dirt can be ground into your rug fibers, causing stains that are difficult to remove. Most manufacturers recommend disabling beater bars when vacuuming wool rugs.

Spills & Spots – Trying to rub out a stain just pushes the spill deeper into the pile and causes the fibers to mat. Instead, blot up spills by covering the area with a clean towel or a thick pad of paper towels. Press down with the heel of your hand. Repeat using dry towels until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Mix your own spot-cleaning solution by diluting a few drops of clear hand-dishwashing soap in water. Rinse the solution by misting the area with clean water, or blot it with a wet towel. Then blot area with a dry towel. Repeat these two steps until no more residue comes out. Do not rub, or the pile may become matted.

If dishwashing soap in water solution does not help, you can always use a solvent to remove a stain. Remember to pretest the solvent on a small area of the rug by applying a few drops, then blotting with a clean, white, absorbent cloth.

When dry, vacuum pile to restore texture. If the preceding steps do not get the stain out of the rug, send it to a reputable professional cleaner.

Sunlight – If possible, keep your rug out of direct sunlight, which can cause some rugs to fade. Close blinds or shades during the sunniest part of the day to prevent fading of your rug.

Regular Maintenance – Inspect your rug weekly for loose fibers or stains. Cut off loose fibers close to the rug surface to prevent pulls from developing in the rug. Rotating the rug every six months will prevent uneven wear from foot traffic and furniture weight.

Proper cleaning and maintenance of area rug can keep it looking like new and ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your new purchase for years to come.

How to Size an Area Rug

An area rug in the correct size can complement the whole room, accent furnishings, bring life to a dull room, or make a subtle statement. However, If the rug is too big, it just looks like wall-to-wall carpeting; if it’s too skimpy, it fails to draw the eye and make the room inviting.

Before you select a new area rug, be sure to measure your space carefully. Guessing can easily lead to mistakes. You want your rug to not only fit the space, but also make the most impact possible. Below are some helpful tips for you to choose the proper size rug for its intended space.

Dining Room Rugs

Dining Room Rugs

Dining Room
In the dining room, be sure the rug is large enough to fit beneath a chair that’s pushed back from the table, then add six more inches. Otherwise, your chairs may wobble on the uneven surface; not the most comfortable dining experience. An 8′ x 10′ rug is the most common size for dining rooms, but be sure to measure your space and the area around the table with chairs pulled out. It should be sized for when the table is set at it’s longest size.

Family Room Rugs

Family Room Rugs

Living & Family Rooms
In the living room or family room, personal preference rules. Furniture that’s half-on, half-off the rug creates a casual look; furniture entirely on or off is more formal. The bigger the rug, the more it’ll pull the other elements of the room together. Use the coffee table, or center of the room, as the primary focal point and plan outward from there.

Multiple rugs can break up an overly large space and add an element of coziness. If you’re working with a very large room and you have more than one seating arrangement, it is ok to use an area rug to define each seating arrangement.

Bedroom Rugs

Bedroom Rugs

Rugs are a great way to add extra softness and soundproofing to the bedroom. Allow three feet of rug on either side of the bed if you want a soft landing in the morning. Your nightstands should be on the rug as well.

Other Area Rugs

Other Area Rugs

Kitchen, Hallway & Foyer
Consider adding rugs to areas where you stand most often, including near the sink, stove top and refrigerator. Many homes have tile or hardwood floors in the foyer. A foyer rug adds a welcoming feel and softness to the space, while still keeping the practicality of the tile or hardwood floor. Look for runners and round area rugs to fill the narrower spaces and nooks throughout your home.

TIP: To help visualize how a rug will fit, lay out towels or use painters tape to create a border on the floor where the rug will lie. Standard sizes for area rugs run from 2-by-3 feet, 3-by-5 feet, 4-by-6 feet, 6-by-9 feet, 8-by-10 feet and 9-by-12 feet. You don’t want the rug to be too big or too small for the intended area. Be sure to measure carefully. To paraphrase the old carpenter’s adage, measure twice, buy once.

Related: Learn about area rug construction techniques

Area Rug Construction Techniques

Area rugs provide maximum impact in minimum space, sparking visual interest, adding welcome cushioning, and muffling the sounds of foot traffic. Learn about the various construction techniques of area rugs. See the advantages and disadvantages of the different constructions to find what works best for you.



Flat weave rugs are woven on a loom, with fibers threaded back and forth across the warp to create a flat weave similar to a blanket or tapestry. Although they are not as comfortable underfoot as those with a pile, you can usually see the pattern on both sides of the rug therefore they are often reversible. Depending on the denseness of the weave and the material used, price points range from economical to high-end.



Process by which a loom is operated by hand, rather than machine, to interlace two or more sets of threads or yarn. A variety of colors and yarn thicknesses are intricately handwoven to create contemporary or traditional designs. Each step of construction is hand-finished by skilled artisans.



A hand tufted rug takes much less time to make than a hand–knotted rug does because there are no knots that need tying. Instead, loops of yarn are simply passed through a rug’s backing material using a “tufting gun”. The loops are then sheared to create a smooth, cut-pile surface, plush to the touch. Once finished, a scrim is applied to the backside with glue and then a canvas backing is usually attached to that. Note that tufted rugs tend to shed more than other rugs, which may require more frequent vacuuming.



In a technique that has been handed down from generation to generation, hand-knotting is the most labor-intensive rug-making technique. Master weavers tie individual knots to the warp yarns that make up the length of a rug. Together, these knots form the actual surface, or pile, of the rug. In general, the more knots, the more durable and valuable the rug. Their unrivaled longevity allows hand made rugs to last for decades if cared for properly. Also, no two hand-knotted rugs are exactly alike.


Green with Envy

Emerald green for 2013. That’s the news if you were waiting to plan any decorating updates around Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement made last week.


“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.” Described by the color authority as “lively, radiant, lush,” the selected color, Pantone 17-5641, is projected to be prevalent in fashion, home decor and beauty products next year. “This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall.

In that spirit, we’d like to share some ideas how you can incorporate this sophisticated and luxurious color into your home this coming year.

Currey & Company 9266 – Draped orbs of green glass balls make the Goddess Chandelier something special. The wrought iron frame and wooden components are finished with Cupertino. The zing of the green glass makes it a standout in any setting.

Currey & Company’s matching Goddess Wall Sconce (5266). The hand finishing process used on these fixtures lends an air of depth and richness not achieved by less time-consuming methods.

Arteriors Home 17035-859 – Arteriors Home strives to offer unique accessories, furniture and lighting with timeless appeal and a nod to latest trends. Everything starts with the product and it must be unique. This Austin Apple Green Honeycomb Etched Glass Lamp is just that!

Paragon 7405 – These beautiful framed prints are by Paragon, a five-time winner of the coveted ARTS Award in Wall Decor Manufacturing. The ARTS Award is the only international program recognizing excellence in the retailing, manufacturing, and product design of decorative accessories.

Hickory Manor House KT003LG – Hand crafted from antique castings, Hickory Manor House mirrors have a timeless quality and capture the original look and feel of period pieces. Made in the USA (North Carolina) from a durable pecan shell resin material, this mirror has the appearance of natural wood and will grace your walls for many years to come. Shown in a luau green finish.

Uttermost 60109 – Preserved while freshly picked, natural evergreen foliage looks and feels like living boxwood.

Howard Elliott 26043 – The Sagittarius Mirror is a round contemporary piece featuring a sleek frame finished in a moss green lacquer.

Cyan Design 05198 – The lovely Large Oslo Glass Vase, finished in Emerald Green, stands tall at 30.75″ high.

Quoizel MC410T – Features a green mica shade with leaf design and a bronze patina base.

Uttermost 70002-8 – Hand knotted wool in an over dyed aged green with weathered brown details. Available in three sizes (6×9, 8×10, or 9×12) from Uttermost’s highly acclaimed rug collection which made its debut at the October High Point Market.

Let’s hope a little more green will soon be coming to us all!