Photographer’s name: FRANCIS AUGUSTINE
FENG SHUI AND INTERIOR DESIGN
THE PERFECT COMBINATION TO LIVE WELL
Photographer’s name: FRANCIS AUGUSTINE
Those unique customs Fire Features are designed by Colombo Construction.
The bronze, steel, stone, concrete and bone extends architecture further into the landscape by creating forms that are at once ancient and modern, simple and elegant, and which provide a way to satisfy a deep need to interact with the elements.
Those are custom, site-specific work, they include wonderful firebowls, water & wind features, memorials, markers, and environmental sculptures.
Photo Credit from www.firefeatures.com
A place of entertainment and social gathering, the dining room is where friends and
family come together to enjoy good food and conversation. Families who eat meals
together in this space are likely to have strong bonds and establish good
communication. According to members of the Chinese community, eating feeds the
spirit as well as the physical body.
The basic aim of a dining room is to provide an intimate setting for a social gathering
among friends and family. Using of Feng Shui, the dining room will provide an
environment free of distraction that strengthens every aspect of your life including
and health. Yin personalities must interact with its Yang counterparts in a Feng Shui
dining room. Display decorations that appeal to you and your familyʼs taste and of
course, welcoming to your guests.
Here are some great Feng Shui tips for transforming your dining room into a beautiful
space for social gatherings:
1- Use a round or square table to have more Yang and dynamic Chi energy. An oval
or rectangular table brings gentle energy, optimal for relaxing dinners.
2- Choose a wood table. Tables made from wood do not speed up Chi energy. To
increase Yin energy, soft woods such as elm or pine are the best choice for
relaxed family meals. For formal dinners, use tables made from dark woods such
as oak, teak and mahogany.
3- Place an even number of chairs around your dining room table, so, the person
sitting in the odd chair isnʼt left out of the conversation.
4- Select comfortable chairs with a strong back for support.
5- Use warm rather than cool colors for your dining room décor. Shades of red,
orange, burgundy, yellow, brown and cream are more conducive to the nourishing
and enjoyable experience of eating than are cool shades of grey, blue and green.
6- Adorn the buffet or sideboard with fresh flowers or fruits to bring abundance in all
areas of your life.
7- Display a crystal chandelier over the center of the dining table. This will help to
balance Chi in the room.
8- Put a mirror on the wall over the buffet or sideboard, reflecting the table. The
reflection of the food on the table, symbolizes wealth and abundance for the
household. Excellent energy expanders, mirrors enhance the healthy Chi energy
produced by food.
9- -Choose yellow rather than blue-based lighting which encourages the appetite.
The lighting style and effect should reinforce the energy and style.
10--Use candles to gently energize the dining room and create intimates settings for
parties and romantic meals for two.
1- Have too much furniture. The room should not be cramped, but easy to navigate
around the dining table.
2- Display too many accessories. Excessive accessorizing distract from the main activit
of enjoying of a meal with friends and family.
3- Display clocks and calendars, so time pressures from the day donʼt carry over to the
4-Use broken, chipped or cracked dishes or glasses. The dishes you serve your food in
increase your prosperity and abundance. Ornate or expensive looking dishes carry
wealth luck. Chinese or Asian dishes with fish designs or other wealth related designs
improve wealth energy.
5-Keep old, tarnished silverware, torn napkins and discolored place-mats
-Use a tablecloth rather than individual place mats, bringing closeness among the
--Make sure the dining table doesnʼt have any hard edged corners.
Fashion is not only about clothing!
The most recognized high-end Fashion Houses in the world today have each understood it perfectly - it is about transporting the audience into a fantasy and creating a dream-like atmosphere to complement and to enhance the clothing lines presented. What they achieve is mesmerizing, and although millions of dollars are invested each year to create the Fashion Week sets that live only for days at a time, the impact on our imagination will remain a lifetime!
We have selected some of the most breathtaking decor sets for you to enjoy, and congratulations to the designers, artists, and technicians from all over the world who make these stages come to life.
The entrance begins outside your door. Check if the entrance is clearly defined, assess
the surrounding environment, keeping it well lit and inviting. Watch out for big trees,
utility posts or roads which are responsible for sending negative energies into your
home. Ideally, you donʼt want to be located in front of a cemetery, a cross road, bar or
any disruptive establishment.
Called the “mouth of Chi”, an entrance is the space where Chi energy initially enters.
This is also the space where family and friends are greeted. Most important, the front door is where first impressions about your home are formed and the space you pass through following a long day from work.
This space should feel inviting, bright and free of clutter to allow energy flow to nourish your home and life.
1. Install good lighting which brightens up the space and is aesthetically pleasing.
2. Paint the walls in a light pastel color to bring in more light
3. Place a mirror on one of the side walls in your entry hall to enlarge the space and attract more energy.
4. Keep the entryway clutter free by removing shoes, boxes, luggage, and childrenʼs toys.
5. Display inspirational artwork which provides support for your aspirations
6. Use a console table to hold your keys and exhibit plants or fresh flowers for great energy and practicality.
7. Place a crystal chandelier in a large entry way to speed up the flow of Chi in your space and bounce natural light around the space.
8. Introduce uplighting to lift up the energy and spirit of a dark entry way.
Each year in September, Paris hosts DESIGN WEEK for eight incredible days! For this 6th Edition, the city becomes immersed in promenades, cocktails and exhibitions, culminating into the celebration of emerging talents at "now! le Off!"
As it just ended last Friday, we have highlighted the most memorable moments!
During this week, Paris mobilizes five neighborhoods and over 200 spaces: art galleries, showrooms, museums and concept stores who participate and share their passion for design. “Promenades” and Design itineraries are organized in the trendiest spots.
Interior Designers, Architect offices and concept stores share their knowledge to boost your inner creativity! Plenty of workshops and DIY sessions are open to the public.
Great Co-Working spaces are available for design-related talks and conferences.
Here, a reinvention of the workspace as a cross between a boutique-hotel, an art gallery and a theater set.
The now! le Off is an exhibition held at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design and has become a major springboard for designer creativity. It presents the New Design Talents and Emerging Design Brands from around the world and provides a space open to young design and the avant-garde.
20 nationalities were represented with several foreign delegations taking to the stage throughout the city.
This year, China, Ukraine, Estonia with Finland, Flanders, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Denmark all took part in the eight-day celebration that turned Paris into the international capital of design.
The design event of the season turned Paris into a citywide treasure hunt called "House of Games" where you could step into the game, world full of signs, shapes, colors and tales, to reinitiate the creative mind. The playfulness is fed by the aesthetics of board games: chessboards, pawns, playing cards, dice, dominos, tarot, etc.
THE RADO STAR PRIZE
Rado is a competition supporting young creative talent. It also takes place at the heart of "now! le Off" in the riverside complex Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design. It aims to bring together the best creative inspirations from the younger generation of designers. Those are some of the finalists designs.
The jury of the Rado Star Prize France has named the winner of the Rado Star Prize France 2016. This year the prix du jury went to Elodie Rampazzo, a talented young designer who impressed the jury with her project entitled “Nomade.”
It was such a wonderful experience and we look forward to all that is to come for this exciting event again next year!
Interview with Photographer Francis Augustine
Together with his wife, Interior Designer Marie Burgos, the couple has worked from sketch to production to create the Heritage Collection - a unique, modern compilation of home décor items that embrace their Martinique origins.
The Tray is part of your design signature, what are the origins of the tray?
If you look at the line of the tray, it has a Caribbean origin, sending you back to the West Indies colonial period. In the XIXth century, when slavery was abolished, the Martiniquan authorities, seeking to replace former slave laborers who had abandoned plantation work once they were provided their liberty, recruited several thousand laborers from the Indian French colonial settlements of Madras, Pondichéry, Chandernagor and Karaikal.
This wave of new arrivals brought to the Island a rich, colorful and folkloric variety of custom, cuisine and religion - the classic spicy Colombo dish, the Hindi religion, the Madras fabrics, and the tray, just a few examples of their powerful influence.
The tray was also used by the Indian Tamil natives for religious celebrations. They arranged the tray with fruits and flowers. However, each inhabitant of the island would use it in its own unique way. Whites used it to serve beverage and juices, African descendants to carry objects, food, and even newborns. In fact, Indians felt offended to see how this very religious items could be desacralized.
Why did you name your collection Heritage?
Your culture is your heritage.
In Martinique, we have a very wide cultural heritage. It transcends from our ancestors and our family in the Caribbean Islands. It is all a part of my personal childhood memories.
What is your personal vision of the tray?
It is a heritage, but I added my personal touch into it. I brought my culture to New York. The same way the Indians brought the tray to Martinique.
I wanted to adapt the tray to its new destination, giving it a contemporary twist with clean lines so it could fit more easily into New York’s modern lifestyle.
Published on Wayfair.com We caught up with Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Design in New York and chatted about this gorgeous loft space. She gave us the scoop on the history of this 1895 warehouse turned upscale residence. Keep reading to see how she used Feng Shui principles to bring a feeling of calm to this open concept space.
1. What were you trying to accomplish with the design of this project? The main objective for the space was to mix function with a stunning design that highlights the building's original charisma. The open floor plan transformed the home into a modern Tribeca city lifestyle haven, which revolves around entertaining, relaxation, and working. The design also highlights the stunning architectural features.
2. Can you talk about the history of the building? Established in 1895 as a warehouse for the spice trade, 481 Washington was built to last. With its 25-inch-thick base and enchanting Beaux Arts facade, this regal structure later housed a thriving Hudson Square printing company. After an impeccable renovation, the magnificent loft building's original arched windows and exquisite cornice remain a testament to the grandeur of days past. Perfectly anchored between Soho and Tribeca, Spice Warehouse has been converted into 12 spacious full-floor lofts that seamlessly fuse old-world character with modern convenience.
3. What was the inspiration for the project? The inspiration blossomed out of the building's history and charm. A tailored, old-world look was the perfect fit to harmonize with the existing features.
4. How did you choose the color palette? I opted for a neutral color palette to establish a peaceful and cohesive space. The color palette also creates the perfect platform to highlight the incredible original brickwork, exposed wood beams, and iron columns.
5. What is your favorite part of the project and why? It is always hard to pick a favorite part of a project since each element is important to the overall energy of the space, but I think the living area of this space is extra special due to research behind each furniture piece and accessory. Since the building was oozing with industrial appeal and a rich history, each item of decor needed to tell a story of its own. For instance, an oversized mirror was handcrafted out of salvaged wooden boat planks, the Indonesian coffee table is full of detailed charm, and a traditional milking stool has been repurposed as a side table.
6. There are a lot of natural elements. What was the inspiration behind those choices? The natural elements throughout the design support the philosophy of Feng Shui, where it is believed that water, wood, fire, earth, and metal create an impact on one's life and must be present to promote balance and harmony. Within the living space water is represented by the mirror, glass table top, and artwork; wood is found in the chairs, side tables and driftwood accessory; the rustic antler candelabras and shapes on the cowhide rug and pillows speak for fire; the brick wall contributes to earth; and the horse head sculpture and iron clock display metal.
7. What are your tips for someone trying to recreate the look of this project? Focus your efforts on gathering extraordinary furniture and decor pieces that are full of character to anchor the design. Create a flowing and open floor plan that is free of clutter to ensure the proper circulation of Chi energy. Balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. For example, balance yang items such as wood coffee table or a brick wall, with yin items like soft throw pillows, plush rugs or flowing curtains.
8. What is your favorite designer trick? Utilizing Feng Shui in all of my designs is my fail-safe designer trick. Through its principles I extract and activate the best potential energy in the home which in turn activates the client's positive energy, leading to a happy and prosperous life.
9. Finish the sentence: Every room needs _______. Balance and harmony.
10. How would you describe your aesthetic? I would describe my design aesthetic as a mix of contemporary and transitional.
11. What is your best piece of advice for someone who is redecorating their home? I would suggest that the individual start by making a list of the needs they have for the space and then collect inspiration images that reflect the look and feel they wish to achieve. Essentially this research becomes a mood board for the room and can help keep the design on track.
by Jonathan Sapir, managing director of WoodandBeyond.com Real wood is a versatile flooring material, which is the perfect backdrop to many interiors. Should you decide to venture in the direction of wood flooring, you will soon come across technical and industry buzzwords that may sound confusing at first. In this visual guide we aim to explain your options.
Solid and Engineered Natural Wood Floors There are two options when it comes to the floorboard construction. One made entirely of solid wood, while an alternative that is made from solid wood and artificial materials. Your first decision is choosing one type over the other, but don’t worry it is easier than it seems.
Solid Wood – Each floorboard is made from 100% natural hardwood. Species vary from the common European Oak to the exotic African Teak. Solid wood floors are suitable in most parts of your interior, with the one exclusion of wet or humid areas.
Engineered Wood – Each floorboard is made from 3mm to 6mm layer of natural hardwood. Underneath this layer you will find MDF, Plywood and softwood. The use of hardwood externally and artificial materials internally ensures that the floorboard retains the look of real wood. The big difference is that engineered wood can be fitted across the entire project, even in humid or wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.
Natural Wood Floors Grade The visual appearance of the floorboard is heavily influenced by the grade. Natural wood includes features such as Sapwood, Knots, grain markings and colour fluctuations. How many of these features are visibly present in the floorboard is measured and cataloged as grade. Grade has no bearing on quality, merely a visual indication.
Prime and Select Grades – These are the two premium grades in which the floorboards benefit from a uniform look. Sapwood and knots are minimal, while colour is persistent across the entire length of the board.
Natural and Rustic Grades – These are the two basic grades where sapwood and knots are randomly visible. Furthermore, colour fluctuations are to be expected and overall the abundance of these features makes the natural and rustic grades more affordable.
Natural Wood Floors Colours Natural hardwoods are available in shades of honey golden colour. The species of hardwood whether it is Oak, Walnut or any other hardwood will determine the precise shade. The problem is that golden honey isn’t suitable in every interior, which is why there are many colour techniques nowadays that can change the natural colour of wood. Here are a few examples.
White Wood Flooring – Perfect in making your interior appear bigger and brighter by spreading natural light around. Ideal for dark rooms that receive very little natural light.
Dark Wood Flooring – Perfect for making your floor the focal point by creating a contrast against white or off white fixtures. Can also enhance a rustic interior using bulky and chunky furniture.
Grey Wood Flooring – Perfect for creating sophisticated and modern interior and avoiding color clash against dark fixtures, which can happen in the case of dark wood flooring.
Natural Wood Floors Finish The very last consideration is your choice of finish. This refers to the clear chemical layer that is applied onto the floorboard. It is meant to offer basics protection from common causes of damage and comes in the form of oil or lacquer.
Oil Finish – Oil will often result in a matt finish. This can be enhanced by coating the floorboard in several coats of oil, or lessened by using only one coat.
Lacquered Finish - Lacquer will often result in a semi-gloss (satin) or glossy finish. Again it can be enhanced or lessened depending on the number of applications.
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