5 GORGEOUS PLANTS FOR VIBRANT HOME ENERGY

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Credit West elm 

Winter is here to stay for a few months to come. If you live in a city, you might miss spending time in nature surrounded by bright colors! 

You can create a softer and more vibrant energy by bringing a beautiful piece of nature into your interior. Plus you will be surprise so see that plants can be so relaxing, they have the power to reduce stress levels and can also purify the indoor air! 

If you don’t have a plant yet, and want to make your home a tropical safe haven, check out our favorite home plants, those have all been approved by the Nasa research as Air Purifier plants and they also look gorgeous!! 

To learn more, the following are the armful chemicals that can be found in your interior which the plant below, as well as the other samples mentioned can help to enhance your environment. Definitely a welcome addition that every home needs to complete your design look and improve your personal space!  

1. Snake Plant: Purifies the Air from Trichloroethylene + Formaldehyde + Benzene + Xylene

Credit: Suburban Bees

Credit: Suburban Bees

2. Weeping Fig 

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Credit: Kuth / Ranieri Architects 

3. Bamboo 

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Credit: Toby long Design

4. Kimberley Queen Fern 

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Credit: Visi Magazine

5. Dwarf date Palm 

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Credit: Francis Augustine / MARIE BURGOS DESIGN 

 

 

 

How Michelle Obama influenced the White House Interior Design:

In a few days, the new president is moving into the White House. Traditionally, the first lady collaborates with an interior designer of her choice to add personal style to the living quarters. That means that after January 20th the Living quarters of in the White House are going to change!
 Before that happens, let’s have a glimpse of how Michelle Obama redesigned the space her family has lived in for 8 years.  To redesign the 2nd and 3rd floor, Michelle hired the renowned Interior Designer Michael S. Smith. She has put a more modern aesthetic imprint on the White House. The decor has been revamped with a collection of 20th-century artworks, among them Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)] by Robert Rauschenberg (1998), Resurrection by Alma Thomas (1966), and Homage to the Square by Josef Albers (1966).
 
Below the photos, you will find that we have put together a Mood Board channeling the atmosphere of the Obama's Family Sitting Room so that you, too, can recreate this look in your own home!
Also, we will continue to keep watch on the White House interior design to see the upcoming style and changes to come! 
 
 

The Solarium PhotoCredit Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

The Treaty Room Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

The Treaty Room Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

Photo Credit: Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest

Floor Lamp: https://www.bakerfurniture.com/living/lighting/arbor-floor-light-bsa121

Sofa : http://www.crateandbarrel.com/torino-velvet-3-seat-sofa/s156047

Side Table: https://www.studioa-home.com/product_groups/3843?category_id=89

Art piece: BomBon Choral by Victor Anicet: http://www.marieburgosdesign.com/victor-anicet

Art Work: Sean Scully

WallPaper: http://www.phillipjeffries.com/products/4882--abaca_mist_-_into_the_clouds.html Abaca Mist - Into the Clouds

Thoroughbred Mirror: http://www.houzz.com/photos/65180809/Thoroughbred-Mirror-contemporary-wall-mirrors

Rug: http://www.warpandweft.com/modern/concepts-1/mirageraisin

Cocktail Table: http://www.bernhardt.com/products/living-room/tables/cocktail-tables

Chandelier: http://www.ylighting.com/category/Lighting/Ceiling-Lighting/Chandeliers/_/N-16yuu?No=240&Nrpp=48

http://www.ylighting.com/kichler-erzo-8-light-1-tier-chandelier.html

8 TIPS TO START AN HARMONIOUS YEAR AT HOME!

The year is starting and so many times we forget to pay attention to the importance of our space.
2017 best resolutions should definitely start by taking care of your home - By clutter clearing! Clutter has the ability to affect the flow of Qi. And can profoundly impact on your mental and physical in so many ways: Stress, difficulties to focus and process information, difficulty to relax, waste of time and money. By definition in Feng Shui: when harmony is achieved, your mental and physical health will improve and thus, your life will improve.
Here are some tips that are easy to apply:
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Credit: http://nakirlu.blogg.se/2012/february/

1. Sort things into categorY bags: toss, recycle, donate, give to friendS, put in deep storage. 
2. Do not keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process.
3. Clear out anything you don’t like anymore. 
4. Clear out anything that is broken that can’t be quickly fixed or that is not worth fixing.
5. Clear source of irritation.    Ex: (Wires). If they can be bundled or hidden. A trash can that is too small for the needs of a space is an irritant when it is constantly full and overflowing.
6. Clear out items that immediately remind you of a painful relationship, event or time in your life.
7. Clear out items that are used less than once a year.
8. Clean out first, assessing what containers you really need, and then buy a few bins to start. You don't want a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home while you figure out where you might use them.
Wishing you to find harmony in the space you cherish the most: Your Home! Happy New Year! 

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Happy Holidays from everyone at Marie Burgos Design!

As we approach the end of 2016, we reflect back on this current year and are so deeply grateful to everyone for your ongoing business. 

 On behalf of everyone at Marie Burgos Design, we wish everyone a safe and memorable Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We look forward to all that 2017 will bring, and are excited to share it with you!

 

 

 

 

On our Way to LA!

Marie Burgos Design (MBD) is proud to announce that we will now be expanding to Los Angeles, ca! This will become the third office for the MBD company, with offices currently in Manhattan and in Paris.

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I am very excited to grow to the West coast,” said Burgos. “This is something we have been looking forward to doing as a company for quite some time and we are excited to work with the many new clients we will have the privilege of serving in the LA and in the CA area.

Space Saving and Modern Home Office Design Concepts

Space Saving and Modern Home Office Design Concepts

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Credit: appen.com

Working from home is something that a lot of people dream about doing some day, but that doesn’t mean that you necessarily have the space for a large home office or all of the equipment you may need to get your work done. Many people find that they need to create a home office by carving out space from other areas, such as closets or the area beneath the stairs. When this happens, you need to make sure you’re utilizing every inch of available space to make your home office as functional as possible. While you may not be able to recreate a commercial office design at home, these space-saving home office design ideas will help you to make the most of the space you do have.

Vertical Desk and Shelf Combinations

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Credit: crateandbarrel

Depending on the type of work you do at home, you likely need some type of work table or desk. You most likely also need some form of storage, either to hold your printer paper or your crafting tools. So why not combine the two areas into one, vertical desk and shelving combination?

Desk/shelf combos are becoming more popular as more people turn toward home offices. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles, with shelving that ranges from all three sides of the desk, to simply stacking up the back. Choose a model that has enough width to be a functional work surface, then stack the rest of the items you use each day on the shelves above to save space.

Rolling Furniture

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Credit: Wayfair.com

If your needs change on a regular basis in your home office, and you’re short on space, consider some rolling furniture options. Rolling carts and work surfaces offer storage and additional table space when you need them, but roll into another room or into a closet when they aren’t in use. This can help you get the space you need when you need it, while keeping your home office as functional as possible. For example, invest in a printer cart that has space for all your paper, ink, and files. Roll it out when it’s time to print, and roll it back when you’re done.

Shelving

If you don’t have the space for cabinetry, shelves can be a real life-saver in small spaces. Shelving can often hold just as much as a cabinet, but is more shallow, allowing you to fit more shelving into a smaller space. Remember that you can adjust where shelves hang, so you can fit taller or longer items on them simply by rearranging their position on the wall. For the most versatile use, go for wall-long shelves spaced far enough apart vertically to allow for tall binders to be fit onto them. You’ll hold more than cabinets and take up less space.

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Credit: Housenumber1.blogspot.se

Avoid getting hanging “storage units” or shelves that are enclosed on top. While they look great, they limit how much you can actually store in them. When space is at a premium, you need your storage solutions to be as versatile and flexible as possible. Open shelving gives you that flexibility in a way that other options do not.

Under Desk Pull-Outs

If you have room for a desk in your home office, you may be able to utilize some of the space beneath it for storage. Obviously, some of the room beneath your desk is going to be needed for legroom, but more and more people are turning toward work tables, instead of traditional desks. And work tables are fairly open underneath, giving you a lot of opportunity for storage.

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Credit: Homedit

Consider pull-out storage options that can stack and slide. For example, baskets, bins, and other hanging organizers so that you can maximize every inch of available space, putting it to use exactly where and how you need it.

Pegboards

Credit: Regards et Maison

Credit: Regards et Maison

If you use a lot of small items on a regular basis, consider investing in a pegboard system for your home office. Pegboards take up very little space, but are infinitely flexible and changeable. You can hang things directly onto the board using hooks, or hang things like baskets, bins, or shelves for more storage options. Because the board is so thin, it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your office, and can give you a lot of storage solutions you may not have had otherwise. This type of system works best for crafters and people use a lot of different, smaller items throughout the course of their day.

Make the Most of Your Space

No matter how big or small your home office, you may find that you fill it up pretty quickly when you’re using it on a daily basis. Invest in space-saving storage solutions to keep your office as functional as possible, while retaining your floor plan and space.

Thank you Zach Williams from http://www.kireiusa.com for writing this great article! 

 

Artistic Inspiration: Photography

Artistic Inspiration: Photography

We have worked repeatedly on our Design Projects with the very talented and versatile Photographer, Francis Augustine.

Born on the Island of Martinique surrounded by beauty, he captures simplicity and perspective in everything from architecture, to fashion, to fine art.

Below are several samples of his work and how they have been beautifully integrated into Marie Burgos’ design.
  CAPPUCCINO Metallic print mounted on acrylic- Edition Limited Francis captured this moment on a plane above the clouds between Paris and New York .

 

CAPPUCCINO Metallic print mounted on acrylic- Edition Limited

Francis captured this moment on a plane above the clouds between Paris and New York .

The artwork, Cappuccino, captured the color tone throughout the room from the vintage brick, to the window view, and the furniture elements and finishes. It’s a perfect color palette that blends color and texture.
EDGE LIGHT:  METALLIC PRINT MOUNTED ON ACRYLIC- EDITION LIMITED

EDGE LIGHT:  METALLIC PRINT MOUNTED ON ACRYLIC- EDITION LIMITED

Edge Light featured in The Bachelor Loft Project - the office / guest room.  Combined with Marie Burgos Design custom-made side tables,  the Edge Light Photography gives a rich and deep atmosphere that fits perfectly with the room. 

Edge Light featured in The Bachelor Loft Project - the office / guest room.  Combined with Marie Burgos Design custom-made side tables,  the Edge Light Photography gives a rich and deep atmosphere that fits perfectly with the room. 

6 AM As the name says, this shot was taken early in the morning in the Hamptons at Sag Harbour. As the warm sun is slowly rising, sky and sea mirror themselves in perfect tones of cream.  

6 AM

As the name says, this shot was taken early in the morning in the Hamptons at Sag Harbour. As the warm sun is slowly rising, sky and sea mirror themselves in perfect tones of cream.  

6 AM at the Chelsea Duplex  The calm and natural colors of the Hamptons featured into this sunny Bedroom. 

6 AM at the Chelsea Duplex

 The calm and natural colors of the Hamptons featured into this sunny Bedroom. 

BEFORE AND AFTER WEST VILLAGE TAILORED RESIDENCE - Bedroom

BEFORE AND AFTER WEST VILLAGE TAILORED RESIDENCE - Bedroom

The Inspiration behind the Design

Our french born client was inspired by The Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan. Where each room feels like an apartment, luxurious and casual at the same time.
The inspiration: French touch at the Greenwich Hotel. Credit: www.greenwichhotel.com 

The inspiration: French touch at the Greenwich Hotel.

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After Master bedroom
We brought in this casual luxury with the mix of the whole woods, rich fabrics, leathers, metal and lighting.

Furnishings in the bedroom are drawn from a wide range of cultural influences, from Maroccan hand-loomed Wool rugs , to English Leather Accent wall tiles or Italian designed Bed.

Marie Burgos Design also wanted to create a space with comfort.

The millwork for the Nightstands and cabinetry and all window drapes and pillows were entirely custom-made by Marie Burgos Design for the client space and needs.
Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

After
There is never too much storage! We created a large and confortable walking closet by opening the space.  A wall and and two little closets were removed and replaced by a fully custom-made wood cabinetry. 

There is never too much storage! We created a large and confortable walking closet by opening the space.  A wall and and two little closets were removed and replaced by a fully custom-made wood cabinetry. 

Difference between Ceramic and Porcelain tiles

Porcelain and ceramic may belong to the same family, but they are two slightly different products. 

Both porcelain and ceramic can be used to cover walls, ceilings, countertops, showers and backsplashes. 

Ceramic Tiles

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Credit: Cruzine.com

 

Ceramic Tile is a mixture of clays, sands, water and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, molded to form square or rectangular tiles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of the moisture.

Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta.  

Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta.

 

Or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish.  

Or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish.

 

Porcelain Tiles

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Credit: Surface.fr

Porcelain tile is a newer form of ceramic tile.

Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. 

Porcelains fall into two broad categories:

 

Through body porcelains: They have the color all the way through the body of the tile and as such do not have any glazing on the top to wear off.

Glazed porcelains have the porcelain clay with a glazed top like most non-porcelain ceramic tiles.

PROS AND CONS

Pros:

-Porcelain can safely be used indoors or outdoors.

-Porcelain  is less likely to crack due to freezing.

-Porcelain tiles are more dense so they absorb less water.

-Porcelain tile are less prone to stain absorption than ceramic tiles.

-Porcelain tiles are also harder and have higher breaking strengths due to their density.

-Ceramic tiles are easier to cut,  so easier to use when working in an oddly shaped area that requires a large number of special cuts.

 

Cons:

-Ceramic is designed only for indoor use.

-Ceramic tile is more susceptible to freezing- and thawing-related cracks. 

 

4 Complete and useful tips to chose the perfect rug for your interior

Those tips should help you to make the perfect choice. Wether it is to define an area in your space, bring a peaceful and relaxed feeling, or add some character and colourful twist to your decor. 

As Feng Shui concepts confirm: Rugs can help to add a homey feel and create a good Chi flow.

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TIP 1: THE SIZE

Dining room
Bedroom
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Credit: Home Decor and Staging and Interior Design 


TIP 2: THE RIGHT COLORS 

In order to chose the best colour tone that will integrate your rug harmoniously with the colour of each other pieces of the room, you will need to take into account the energy that these colours can bring into your space and how you would like them to influence you. Be sure to choose the quality of energy that works best for you and your family. 

 

Start by considering who uses a room most often:

Credit: femina.ch This is a very important thing to consider before making color choices. "If you are decorating a nursery, for example, most people innately understand that four walls of red are not conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for baby” says Laura Benko, holistic Feng Shui expert.

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This is a very important thing to consider before making color choices. "If you are decorating a nursery, for example, most people innately understand that four walls of red are not conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for baby” says Laura Benko, holistic Feng Shui expert.

Step outside your comfort zone and play with different hues to get the right feel

Credit: Decouvrirdesign.com If you lack motivation and are dwelling in a sea of calming, quieting neutrals, adding some pops of dynamic color and fiery tones can enhance your sense of drive and enthusiasm."Using color in this way is how this ancient art of placement has been updated from thousands of years ago," Benko says. "Tap into the colors you subconsciously need the most in order to create a more balanced home that supports your goals and desires.”  

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If you lack motivation and are dwelling in a sea of calming, quieting neutrals, adding some pops of dynamic color and fiery tones can enhance your sense of drive and enthusiasm."Using color in this way is how this ancient art of placement has been updated from thousands of years ago," Benko says. "Tap into the colors you subconsciously need the most in order to create a more balanced home that supports your goals and desires.”

 

Fire colors in lively spaces

Credit: theeverygirl.com Rug can also bring a pop of color to your decor.Active rooms like dining rooms , hallways or foyer can benefit more from dynamic colors. People circulate through the space and the movement can be expressed with a dynamic color.

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Rug can also bring a pop of color to your decor.Active rooms like dining rooms , hallways or foyer can benefit more from dynamic colors. People circulate through the space and the movement can be expressed with a dynamic color.

 

Neutrals, greens, and blues

Credit:  Frenchifancy.com Those colors tend to meet needs best for Bedrooms and living rooms.  

Credit:  Frenchifancy.com

Those colors tend to meet needs best for Bedrooms and living rooms.

 

          All natural

Credit: Cotémaison An all-neutral palette feels richer and more balanced if you mix textures, such as a course jute rug or a furry sheepskin rug.

Credit: Cotémaison

An all-neutral palette feels richer and more balanced if you mix textures, such as a course jute rug or a furry sheepskin rug.

           


TIP 3: MATERIAL

How much traffic and use does the room get? 

Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.

 

Natural

Credit: turbulences-deco.fr Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

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Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

Tufted

Credit: La redoute Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.  

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Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.

 

Dhurries + Kilims

Credit: Marieke.fr Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

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Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

Overdyed + Distressed Rugs

Credit: Overstock.com Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.  

Credit: Overstock.com

Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.

 


TIP 4: THE PATTERNS

What color is your furniture? If your bed's got a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug to bring things down to earth—or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.

Versatil neutrals

Credit: Domaine Home A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Credit: Domaine Home

A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Solid Colors

Credit : Attendsmoissousladouche A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

Credit : Attendsmoissousladouche

A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

Playfull Patterns

Credit: Tempo da Delicadeza  If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.    

Credit: Tempo da Delicadeza 

If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.