The Art of Living

True North

True North

Following your inner compass        The premier issue of La Vie Claire debuted in the summer of 2004.  But, the idea had been conceived six years prior.  After she published her first coffee table book, Nantucket Inspirations, Claire realized that her followers and customers loved to know what inspired her designs.  She also knew that her catalog was a wishbook of ideas. But with the coming age of online shopping, La Vie Claire would present itself as a new way of staying in touch. So, for the next 6 years 19 issues were published full of the achievements of artists, crafters, writers, photographers...

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The story of the stores

The story of the stores

Over the years, Claire has had a presence in some of the most popular destinations in the country.  From Nantucket and Cape Cod, to Hilton Head, SC, Naples, FL, and Annapolis, MD, to Carmel, CA.  Rarely have they ever been in malls or big box shopping centers, except for a few in outlet or commons centers.  Her stores are a reflection of her unique design and merchandising identity focusing on blending her products with the region.  But, she is also fascinated with historic homes and buildings and has completed extensive renovations in the past.  The words "turn-key" have never really...

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Behind the Design - What is a Cat Boat?

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Behind the Design - What is a Cat Boat?

If you are from New England, or a mariner who loves to sail the waters of the islands off the Massachusetts coast, you will easily recognize the iconic sailboat affectionately called "The Cat Boat."  Distinguished by its single gaff-rigged sail set forward in the bow, the cat has a wide beam making it stable and roomy.  They generally range in size from 14' to 26' in length.  Orignially used as workboats for passenger ferries or fishing, legend says that the name "Catboat" comes from the fishermen having to "shoo" the cats away from the dead fish on the boat.  These...

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The Stories of Yarn

The Stories of Yarn

The following article appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of La Vie Claire magazine. Some women set down a record of their days in a journal, but not Claire Murray. Instead, Claire weaves the texture of her existence into rugs. Step into her home, and you literally walk into her life. More precisely, you encounter the flowers, boats, harbors, arbors, and patterns that populate Claire's reality. The shingles on her church, the sky over the water in a nearby bay, the nuances of color in a petal outside her door—all are woven into the rugs under foot. Sit down with...

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Behind the Design - Cape Contemporary Shells

Behind the Design - Cape Contemporary Shells

When you think of Claire Murray's beach-style rugs, you envision soft pastels of blues,greens, pinks and lavender.  But, when a customer asked for a very different take on the Contemporary Shells collection for her home, Claire was able to create a striking new look.  The dark blue becomes a bold background for the shells that are so recognizable in the Cape Contemporary Shell rugs.  Now available for all to enjoy, this collection comes in a myriad of sizes. Did you know that you can request a custom color or size of any Claire Murray area rug or runner larger than...

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