Before and After Pictures of the Spicy Warehouse Project Designed by Feng Shui Master Marie Burgos

Before and After Pictures of the Spicy Warehouse Project Designed by Feng Shui Master Marie Burgos

Spice Warehouse -Tribeca New York City 

Spice Warehouse -Tribeca New York City 

The style of this design was guided by its history. Established in 1895 as a warehouse for the spice trade, this building had a character that no other building had and it was important to keep this feel.
It was very important to keep the authenticity of the building and keep its history alive with the right design ellements for the client. Tribeca is a very trendy neighborhood where designers tend to go very modern or plain industrial which I previously did in other designs. But the clients wanted their property to be different from all the other properties around in the sense that this space had been a Spice House and it had to be reflected in the design.
Before - Living Room 

Before - Living Room 

Living Room
The iron columns were revived to their former glory and the layers of paint were removed from the beam to explore the beauty of the original oak.
This living room design reflects a tailored “old world” look, respecting the original features of the Spice Warehouse.
I wanted the original brick wall to be revealed so this space could be a testament of ancient time and old world elegant.
— Marie Burgos
Before- Living Room Previous Columns - brick wall - Beam 

Before- Living Room

Previous Columns - brick wall - Beam 

The layout is open and flowing to keep the feel of grandeur of the space so each piece and design finish can be admired individually.

Feng Shui was used to create balance and harmony in a very monochromatic space. The fact that I used light colors as the Benjamin Moore Decorators white walls, white cabinets, natural oak floors throughout the whole space and even whiten the original brick wall in the living room, promotes caliming energy into the room.

I also focused on creating a free of clutter, open floor plan to ensure proper circulation o Chi energy. The Chi needs to move freely into your home to nourish every area of your home to benefit you. If the current of energy meets blockages such as clutter, too much furniture of a bad layout,the chi flow will be impeded, creating a detrimental effect for people living in this home.




The Chinese believes that we are surrounded by 5 natural elements. Those are water, wood, fire, earth and metal.

All those elements have to be present in your environment to create balance and harmony. They can be represented by a color, a shape or the element itself.
It was important to introduce the Five natural elements. Feng Shui is based on nature. The original buddhist monks who created the amazing philosophy of Feng Shui did a study of environment, spaces and nature and their impact on people.
A fundamental part of Feng Shui is also the balancing of the opposing forces of Yin & Yang. Yin is female, dark and passive, while Yang is male, bright and active. Similarly, each quality has an opposite such as hard and soft, angular and wavy, dark and light, wet and dry, cool and warm… For example, in the living room, I made sure to balance hard yang items such as hardwood coffee tables, mirrors, and glass, brick wall, with soft yin pillows, flowy curtains, plush pillows, and rugs. If you have too many yin or yang accessories, there will be an energy imbalance. Here the space is nicely balanced with all the difeferent textures used.

When applying Feng Shui to your home, you are actually bringing in the forces of nature and integrating that nature in your space as a support for your life.
— Marie Burgos
Here are some examples of elements I used to balance the Feng Shui of the living room space:
-Wood (wooden floor, wooden tables, woodend chairs...),
-Water (mirror, glass table top, acrylic artwork of wavy shapes...),
-Metal ( white walls, white leather lounge chaise, iron clock, metal horse head, iron columns...),
-Fire (cowhide shapes, candelabra/ candles, red jars...)
-Earth (brick wall, caesarstone countertop,...)

 Project parameters/challenges/inspirations:

It was very fulfilling for me to research and find unique furniture and accents pieces with an “old world” feel. They had to be unique like the Indonesian coffee table, antique like the giant iron clock and/ or unexpected like the metal horse head. Also, I made a point of finding pieces that were in exceptional material such as an oversized mirror handcrafted from vintage wood planks salvaged from boats, a double crank dining table featuring an industrial aesthetic with a unique blend of iron and distressed mango wood, comfortable host and hostess dining chairs in a tan linen, solid oak chair with Cain seat which combine the rustic charm of an old French Farmhouse with an industrial look.
I have also balanced modern pieces such as the Eames lounge chaise or the Shell chairs or even the Ibiza white leather chairs for comfort with more rustic pieces. This defines an elegant look and also brings in warmth and makes this space a unique haven in the middle of Manhattan.
It was incrdibly satisfying to see the space completed and the client happy that their vision had been fulfiled.

I love the authenticity of the building, the history which can be seen in the iron columns, the brick wall and the 13 feet ceiling height...

I love that I used very few pieces of furniture and accents but that they are all unique, carry history or an old world/ industrial character so this design really respect the character of the building.
— M.B


Photographer’s name: FRANCIS AUGUSTINE




Amazing, out of this world outdoor Fire features!

Amazing, out of this world outdoor Fire features!

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

Cast Bronze Nest 

Cast Bronze Nest 

The Twisted fire and Water sculpture stands on the terrace of the western edge of The Auberge Esperanza stands on the terrace of the resort overlooking the Sea Cortez. 

The Twisted fire and Water sculpture stands on the terrace of the western edge of The Auberge Esperanza stands on the terrace of the resort overlooking the Sea Cortez. 

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Stainless Steel Seagrass. Made of vertical rods of stainless laced together, this style feature may be customised in many ways, in size and material on land or water. 

Stainless Steel Seagrass. Made of vertical rods of stainless laced together, this style feature may be customised in many ways, in size and material on land or water. 

Proposal for a memorial commenting Charles Doig, 19th century architect of many of Britain & ireland's Distilleries. 

Proposal for a memorial commenting Charles Doig, 19th century architect of many of Britain & ireland's Distilleries. 

Water Ball 

Water Ball 

Mild steel Rolled Wall

Mild steel Rolled Wall

Fire Bowl

Fire Bowl

Square Dish 

Square Dish 

Branch Wall 

Branch Wall 





DO'S & DON'T for Dining Room Feng Shui Design

DO'S & DON'T for Dining Room Feng Shui Design

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.

Rectangular tables bring gentle Energy Credits: Alila Villas Soori 

Rectangular tables bring gentle Energy

Credits: Alila Villas Soori 

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.

Elm Dinning table for relaxing family meals  Via

Elm Dinning table for relaxing family meals 


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.

Via  @mademadedesign 

Via  @mademadedesign 

7- Display a crystal chandelier over the center of the dining table. This will help to

balance Chi in the room.

Architect: Xavier Donck & Partners

Architect: Xavier Donck & Partners

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.

Inspiration: Some of the most spectacular Fashion Show decor of all time!

Inspiration: Some of the most spectacular Fashion Show decor of all time!

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. 

Dior Fashion Show at Palais Bulles, French Riviera.

Dior Fashion Show at Palais Bulles, French Riviera.

Paper Construction, Marc Jacobs, New York, 2014 

Paper Construction, Marc Jacobs, New York, 2014 

Enchanted Forest, Chanel, Paris 2013 

Enchanted Forest, Chanel, Paris 2013 

Chanel Seabed Decor, Paris 2012

Chanel Seabed Decor, Paris 2012

Louis Vuitton, Paris 2016 

Louis Vuitton, Paris 2016 

Givenchy, New York, 2016

Givenchy, New York, 2016

Chanel, Paris, 2015

Chanel, Paris, 2015

Louis Vuitton, Paris 2007

Louis Vuitton, Paris 2007

Alexander Mc Queen, Paris, 2008

Alexander Mc Queen, Paris, 2008

Dior, Paris, 2016

Dior, Paris, 2016

Dries Van Noten, 2005

Dries Van Noten, 2005

Anaïs GIB

8 Great FENG SHUI tips for your Entrance or Front Door

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.

Here are some great Feng Shui suggestions to keep your entrance sending you great energy:

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.



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! 



By Marie Burgos and Francis Augustine

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. 

White oak & Metal legs coffee tables designed by MarieBurgosDesign. The use of clean contemporary lines and extraordinary custom furnishings make this Tribeca Bachelor Pad extremely inviting.    

White oak & Metal legs coffee tables designed by MarieBurgosDesign. The use of clean contemporary lines and extraordinary custom furnishings make this Tribeca Bachelor Pad extremely inviting.  


Throughout the years, we have continuously imagined and created custom-made pieces to serve our clients’ design needs, and it only made sense to bring those products to our full client base and beyond. We are excited to announce the launch of our new home decor product line available for purchase through our website, featuring furniture, lighting and exclusive art pieces,
— Francis Augustine
Console Z table, Walnut and metal legs designed by MarieBurgosDesign . To see the full project:

Console Z table, Walnut and metal legs designed by MarieBurgosDesign . To see the full project:



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. 

The “ Diamond table” created and designed by Marie Burgos Design in solid walnut and stainless steel. Check out the full design concept at

The “ Diamond table” created and designed by Marie Burgos Design in solid walnut and stainless steel. Check out the full design concept at

Designer House Tour: Marie Burgos Design

Designer House Tour: Marie Burgos Design


Published on 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. 

See more from Marie Burgos Design in our Shop the Look gallery.

Making Sense of Wood Flooring

Making Sense of Wood Flooring


by Jonathan Sapir, managing director of 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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