• Autumnal Equinox

    Here is the yellow, orange, green, brown, red and bright pink of autumn leaves in the Midwest that inspired the colors in our Harvest colorway. Sometimes when I am talking to customers on the phone and their computer monitor is not showing the colors very well, I ask them to visualize an autumn hillside at the height of fall when the colors are their most varied and vibrant.  When they ask how the carpets will coordinate with their hardwood floors, I say “beautifully”.  Any floor made of real wood is a color combination already found in nature.  It follows effortlessly then that all the autumn leave colors, and the rugs…

  • Donnemara Photoshoot

    Michelle Nelson Design staged a photo shoot for a Motawi fireplace installation that was designed, installed and executed by three Artistic License Guild members: Michelle Nelson, Riley Doty and Christopher Yerke. Also featured in the shot is the Donnemara Harvest, designed by the English arts and crafts designer, C.F.A. Voysey, and manufactured by GuildCraft Carpets. Room photography by Daniel Moore. And what a fabulous one it is!    

  • Danielle’s Living Room Re-do

      We finally had our living room repainted. A Benjamin Moore color named “Cork”, recommended by Michelle Nelson Design in Berkeley, CA. The room was too dark for MN winter so we brightened it up a bit. Now it has a warm glow all day and in the evening too. I brought in a different rug, of course. This one is Donnemara 8×10 in Harvest colors. Now I’m cozied up on the couch- Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.   Originally published 12/7/2012

  • English Arts & Crafts Carpet Snapped Up At Twin Cities A&C Show

    An original Arts & Craft design from Donegal Carpets of Killybegs, Ireland circa 1895. This rug, named “Banks” is now at home in St. Paul, MN after it was purchased at the 13th Annual Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale.  Mighty oak trees in the border and a simple, repeating lattice in the field, with a fabulous Green and a Plum color so dark it looks brown. I don’t think a rug design can get more English Arts & Crafts than this. We had about 10 rugs at the show, but the Banks rug stayed rolled up under a table almost until the end. I had forgotten how beautiful…

  • Our Voysey Collection Rug “Magnolia 2” by Voorhees Craftsman

    Voorhees Craftsman in Pasadena, CA are true Arts & Crafts furniture makers who made these two mission style oak settles and then paired them with our green version of the Magnolia 2 design. Shown here in 8×10 from the GuildCraft Carpets Voysey Collection and one of our strongest sellers. What a beautiful combination.