The Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago (our home base) is known for it's unique loft apartments. We're getting a lot of inspiration from this photo series from "A House & Garden Book: Decorating with Plants
Trend Report: Is Navajo the New Persian? via I say yes. I think navajo rugs add a distinct shot of unique American graphics. They work best in spaces like the one pictured, however--elegant, restrained, and otherwise paired down color-wise.