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. 

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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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Comment Dream Spaces: Bedrooms With Amazing Views

Comment Dream Spaces: Bedrooms With Amazing Views


by  houzz interior design ideas

Call me crazy, but I’d give up all the comforts of my bed (supersoft cotton sheets, cozy down comforter and plump pillow-top mattress) for one with a knockout view. I’m know I’d sleep more sweetly if my last waking sight were the twinkling lights of a cityscape or the swaying branches of a tranquil tree. And I’d be happy to awaken to the sun reflecting off the ocean or, for that matter, even a backyard swimming pool.

I don’t expect to achieve this goal soon (or ever). But it’s fun to daydream and to immerse yourself in the fantasy of wraparound windows without worrying about the cost.

Here, then, are some drop-dead gorgeous bedrooms, all designed with a view of the great outdoors.

Although this bedroom overlooking Seattle’s Lake Washington is small, it packs a dramatic design punch. Its wraparound windows afford spectacular views of the placid water and leafy treetops, while its warm plywood ceiling provides a grounding touch of modernism.

Just steps from the slopes, this Aspen, Colorado, sleeping chamber has a warm, rustic look, with its stone wall and vaulted ceiling. The reclaimed-wood ceiling is finished in a natural patina. There’s nothing rustic about the seating, though: a modern Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

This New York penthouse offers sweeping views of the city through its floor-to-ceiling windows. That high up, you shouldn’t have to worry about inquisitive neighbors, but velvet drapes can keep out the sunlight — or moonlight — for a more restful sleep.

There’s not much to distract you from this Cincinnati bedroom’s tree-filled views other than architect Jose Garcia’s use of local wood. The room’s floors and ceilings are fashioned from ash harvested onsite. The columns are white oak, salvaged from a fallen barn in the area, with texture worked in with hand tools.

The perfect perch for movie moguls (or aspiring ones) is this bedroom in the Hollywood Hills overlooking downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. For privacy the architects at Griffin Enright frosted the glass along the bottom of the oversize windows. To do this on existing windows, you can have an opaque film applied in a process that’s similar to tinting auto glass. (For sources search online for “window tinting.”)

There’s no hiding from nature in this house: The architects at Estes/Twombley placed it right in the vast, open marshlands of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This pristine bedroom, with its wall of double-hung windows, offers sweeping views of the tidal rivers and shorebirds foraging for food.

Given its hilly terrain, it’s not surprising to find drop-dead views in San Francisco. This elegant and serene bedroom takes full advantage of its perch in the Russian Hill neighborhood. The polished floors are engineered walnut with a clear finish, and high-end Schott antireflective glass has been used for maximum window clarity.

This glass-walled bedroom looks as though it’s open to the air, giving its owners a panoramic view of the Pacific (albeit not a lot of privacy). Never fear; the windows are actually taller than the ceiling by about 6 inches, providing a recessed pocket for roll-down shades.

Surrounded by established oaks, this master bedroom is truly nestled in the treetops. It occupies the entire third floor of a modern three-story house in Connecticut designed by Nautilus Architects.

This simple bedroom in a house in Montauk, at the far end of New York’s Long Island, features see-forever water views. The window frames, made of long-lasting steel for durability in the salt air, are from Hopes Windows. A simple wicker chaise from Ikea provides a perch for contemplative lounging.

This house was built to showcase the wide-open views of Northern California’s Mount Tamalpais. In the bedroom little gets in the way of the sight lines, other than an iconic Saarinen Womb Chair.

This stunning bedroom with a fireplace sits on a hill above the rocky coastline near Carmel, California. The gorgeous floors are fashioned from Cumaru, a tough and dense wood imported from Brazil that has a wavy, course texture. Because of its density, Cumaru is very resistant to termites and decay, and thus stands up well to the marine climate.

Imagine the sunrises and sunsets that flood this Miami Beach high-rise bedroom. The setting is all about glamour, with marble floors (4-foot-square slabs of Thassos), a cushy chaise and thick white curtains to pull closed when the owners want to shut out the world.

This oceanside bedroom on Long Island provides another perspective for bedside views. Architect David Ling designed these lower slot windows topped by bookcases to frame expansive views of the grass-covered dunes while the owners are lying in bed.


15 Fantastic Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Home


15 Fantastic Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Home


by John Egan published on Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter.

Lazy clutter, he says, “is all the stuff that accumulates out of negligence over time.” That stuff includes unopened junk mail, old magazines and unwanted gifts. Bottom line: It’s trash.

Meanwhile, Walsh says, memory clutter “reminds us of some important person or event or achievement in the past—it’s sentimental and often hardest to part with.” Perhaps it’s your grandma’s well-worn quilt or your teenage daughter’s no-longer-played-with dolls.

Walsh advises that if you haven’t used an item in the past year, you’re not likely to ever need it. “Take the plunge and get rid of it!” he recommends on

In this infographic, SpareFoot presents 15 reasons to heed Walsh’s advice and cut out the clutter at home.

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Comment 8 High-Impact Places for Accent Colors

Comment 8 High-Impact Places for Accent Colors


by Shane Inman houzz interior design ideas

Accent colors make all the difference in a home's palette, adding dimension and visual interest. Your favorite accent colors can take center stage, while others fade into the background, but both are important.

Use accent colors to emphasize certain elements, create focal pieces and draw the eye around a room. Not sure where to start? Here are eight excellent places for splashes of color.

Contemporary Kitchen by New York Media and Bloggers Vendome Press

Accessories and paint. Sometimes an accent color just doesn't feel right on the walls. This designer painted the window frame over the sink to create an instant focal point, and found accessories in the same hue to show off behind the glass cabinet doors.
Cabinet finishes. If you have upper and lower cabinets, paint some of them. A natural wood finish is the predominant hue in this kitchen's palette, but the sage-green upper cabinets draw the eye above the sink. Note how the butcher block island is painted in the same hue for a harmonious design.
Upholstery. A monochromatic design can be beautiful, but playing with unconventional colors will give your room a lively look. Choosing playful colors on select pieces of upholstery is a great way to do this. I love how the bright fuchsia on the dining chairs and living room chair ties the two adjacent spaces together here.
Artwork. With the right accent color, dark wood floors and black leather furniture feel less like they belong in a bachelor pad. Use artwork to accent more neutral rooms, like this, since it can be switched out easily for another color or a neutral later on.
Tile. White tile looks clean in bathrooms, but it can feel slightly boring. Find an accent tile in one of your favorite colors and install a decorative strip of it. This colored tile was installed in a vertical band from floor to ceiling for a small but powerful design element.

Lighting. Good lighting can make all the difference in how a room looks. Why not take it a step further and use your fixtures to emphasize an accent color?

The chic red pendant and matching sconces in this room match a subtle pencil-line detail around the center table, pulling the interior design together.

Pillows. A few colorful, well-placed throw pillows could be all the color you need. This is an easy way to add color without a major investment of time or money. Scatter throw pillows on the floor, sofas or chairs, using colors that connect with the other textiles in the room.
Rugs. Use a colorful area rug to anchor your space and define your accent color. This large pastel area rug stands out against the solid sofa but coordinates with the throw pillows, for a balanced
and harmonious space.


The JumpSeat


The JumpSeat


Innovation is defined as the application of a new solution and Ziba, a design and innovative consultancy firm, has done just that. They have created a very interesting and attractive solution to the traditional auditorium seating, which poses space issues as the seats are 12 inches thick when retracted making it difficult to pass easily through the row. After intense research and forward thinking, they found that combining elements of structural engineering and the functionality of the human spine (pretty brilliant) that they were able to create a seat that supports an adult's body weight and disappears when not in use.

The new design is named the JumpSeat, in reference to the fold-down seats traditionally used by crew members on airplanes and trains. Sometimes the most clever designs come from the most unusual places.

Watch the video explanation about how it all works here.

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Comment Color Feast: When to Use Orange in the Dining Room

houzz interior design ideasby Jennifer Ott

Orange is a high-energy, fun and friendly color, so it's perfect for the room where we break bread with family and friends. Orange oozes confidence. But for those who lack the confidence to test this outgoing hue in their own spaces, I've gathered together 10 tasty orange dining rooms to inspire you, along with tips on how to successfully incorporate this fun-loving color.

Orange can quickly turn pastel if you opt for a lighter shade. To get a more sophisticated-looking (and dining room–worthy) light orange, pick a hue that has some brown in it, such as the first and third paint colors shown here.


Orange paint picks for dining rooms (clockwise from top left): 1. Sea of Sand KM3540-1, Kelly-Moore Paints 2. Mandarin 121-6, Pittsburgh Paints 3. Peach Sorbet 2015-40, Benjamin Moore 4. Ripe Pomegranate 2009-3, Valspar 5. Shanghai AO410, Glidden 6. Orange Nasturtium 103-6, Mythic Paint 7. Summer Citrus S-G-270, Behr 8. Laughing Orange SW6895, Sherwin-Williams

Contemporary Dining Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Mark Newman Design

The easiest way to bring bold orange into your dining room is to pick a hue you like and paint a wall or two. Having trouble selecting the right orange? Pull a shade out of a favorite painting or upholstery fabric. It's likely a color you are drawn to, and it will coordinate well with the decorative item that inspired it.

Modern Dining Room by Dallas General Contractors Scudder Construction LLC.

A red-orange like this one is not for the timid. Make it work by keeping the other colors in the room light and neutral. I'd also recommend limiting the number of attention-getting accessories; otherwise the space can become overwhelming.

Eclectic Kitchen by Jersey City Design-Build Firms Brunelleschi Construction

Can't decide on or afford artwork you like? Create your own work of art via painted stripes or other geometric shapes using a bold color palette. The shades of orange and gray used here are a superb choice, as they pick up on the orange and gray hues used elsewhere in the room.

Contemporary Dining Room by Honolulu Interior Designers & Decorators Philpotts Interiors

This intense red-orange wall color works well here because it's adjacent to the window wall. All that bright natural light streaming in balances out the deep, bold hue. Keep in mind that a large window can become a dark abyss at night, depending on the view beyond the glass. A white or other light-colored window shade can help lighten up the room at night.


Contemporary Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Marie Burgos Design

Bold, bright red-orange looks modern and elegant paired with crisp white and dark brown. This room exemplifies my favorite color advice: selecting neutral hues for items you want to keep for a long time, but going for bold color on things that are easy and relatively cheap to change, such as an accent wall color.

Contemporary Dining Room by Denver Architects & Designers Ejay Interiors

Perhaps because it reminds me of Thanksgiving feasts, there's just something so delectable about pumpkin-colored walls in the dining room. Think about your favorite orange food — ice-cold cantaloupe, rich butternut squash soup or a glass of refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice — for color palette inspiration. For fans of bold, yummy color, it's an easy way to find a sweet hue.

Contemporary Dining Room by Grand Rapids General Contractors Falcon Custom Homes\

Of course, not everyone wants to be cocooned in a bold-colored room. But you can certainly mix in some fun, bright color and still have a light and airy space. I love the small bits of happy orange these hip chairs add to the backdrop of cool gray.

Contemporary Dining Room by Telluride Architects & Designers Tommy Hein Architects

More cool orange dining chairs, this time in a dining room washed in warm neutrals. The warmth of the palette makes this a cozy and inviting space for a dinner party on even the coldest of Denver evenings.

Eclectic Dining Room by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Terrat Elms Interior Design

Here's a slightly softer orange hue that still packs a nice punch, due to its richness. If you have interesting artwork or decorative accessories to display, it's a good idea to limit the color palette or pick more toned-down hues. They'll complement (rather than compete with) the accessories.

Modern Dining Room by Minneapolis Photographers Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography

A rust activator added to iron paint achieved the orange, patinated finish on this dining room accent wall. It's a brilliant, unique way to inject interesting color and texture.


Comment Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo

Comment Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo


houzz interior design ideasby Sara Rivka Dahan

Though somewhat similar in appearance, lucky bamboo is not the same thing as the stuff you may see growing wildly quickly along your neighbor's property line. Lucky bamboo is part of the Dracaena genus, and most of us will recognize it as the ubiquitous gift plant seen growing in pebble-filled glass containers filled with water. But this plant is not all novelty. It's a wonderful, versatile species that's able to thrive in many areas of the home or office where other plants may not, and can be used as an attractive, living design element that complements a wide range of furnishings.

Whether you prefer the clean look of naturally straight stems growing in a simple glass vase, or an ornate container with twisted stalks, this plant delivers. It is hardy, but you'll have to follow some basic tenets for it to survive. Here's how to get the most out of your lucky bamboo.

Caution: Lucky bamboo can be toxic to certain pets if ingested. See other plants to keep away from pets

In this elegant beach house, lucky bamboo has abandoned its Asian design associations and takes on tropical plantation style. Used in a casual bouquet-like arrangement, in a vase with soft edges as opposed to the rectilinear containers it's usually grown in, lucky bamboo has a different look altogether.

It also has an intriguing history, which can be traced back to Chinese culture 4,000 years ago (though it's native to West Africa), when it was considered a symbol of good fortune. While this plant is often thought of as a member of the bamboo family, in reality it's more closely related to lilies; its botanical name is Dracaena sanderiana.

Lucky bamboo is at home beside a collection of curvy modern vases and abstract art here.

Twisted stalks are a relatively new feature of lucky bamboo, a novelty that has aided in the plant's popularity. Straight stalks can be manipulated as they grow by rotating the plant with respect to gravity and light sources. This is difficult to achieve at home, but it's not impossible with some spare time and a lot of patience — often years' worth.

A very tall lucky bamboo plant grown in soil provides a living accent in this area between an Asian-style cabinet and a wall. It's a perfect complement to the gold-framed mirror with bamboo detailing.

Lucky bamboo takes on a mysterious air here. The wispy stalks look almost like curling smoke from incense sticks or ribbons waving in the wind.

In a cheerful Turkish kitchen, this simple arrangement of curled lucky bamboo looks like a prop from a medieval fair. It takes up minimal space, but its height gives it the impact of a larger plant.

A traditional kitchen with a long counter always looks great with some greenery. Instead of a topiary, try a vase filled with lucky bamboo and a few pieces of pottery.

This clever homeowner uses a candelabra to hold both candles and lucky bamboo, with great results.

Tall stalks of curled lucky bamboo look fabulous on this low coffee table, balancing the fireplace surround with its height and color. The touch of green connects the neutral living room to the outdoors, and specifically to large containers of authentic bamboo on the porch just beyond.

A casual arrangement of lucky bamboo in a glass vase gives the impression of an elegant bouquet of flowers, but it's a one-time investment that will thrive for years.

A pot of lucky bamboo makes a modern statement, defining the opening to this sleek bathroom, where it's placed just out of reach of the sun's direct rays.

How to care for lucky bamboo:

- Temperature: It prefers 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 25 degrees Celsius). - Light: Provide bright, indirect lighting; avoid direct sunlight. It's more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the plant begins to stretch toward the light, or the green color of its leaves fades, then the light is too low. - Water: Change the water every one to two weeks. Use bottled spring water for fast growth and a beautiful deep green color; tap water contains chemicals and additives that can sicken or even kill the plant. For plants raised in soil, keep the soil evenly moist. - Soil: Use well-draining, rich potting soil. - Feeding: Use a liquid fertilizer recommended by the manufacturer, diluted to half strength, no more than once every two months. For plants growing in water, you can use liquid aquarium plant food. Specialty lucky bamboo fertilizers are available. - Container: Grow lucky bamboo in a tall glass vase or ceramic container; shallow bowls are not advised. The water level should be constantly maintained to be 1 to 3 inches. A higher water level allows more root growth, resulting in a greater amount of top growth. - Propagation: New stalks can be grown from original ones. Make a clean cut through the stalk, seal the top with melted wax and place the cut piece in water treated with a rooting hormone. (Follow the directions on the package.) Refresh the water weekly.

Problem solving:

- If your plant emits a foul odor, it has very likely begun to rot due to water contamination. Throw the plant out and start again, or salvage any healthy portions of stalk and root them in water (see "Propagation" above). If there are side shoots on the stalk, you can cut these off and place them in water to make new tiny plants. - Never allow dead leaves to stay in water; cut away any black roots. - Mature roots are naturally red and not a sign of plant distress. - Yellow leaves may be caused by too much direct light; overcrowded roots; chlorinated, salty or softened water; or too much fertilizer. - Brown leaves usually indicate overly dry air or polluted water.


 Caribbean Cozy


Caribbean Cozy


Some of us may be dreaming of a Caribbean island as we wait for spring to kick in. Well, here are a few ways you can infuse the sunshine right into your home. Bright paint colors, graphic patterns and modern wall murals make this villa on the island of Saint Barthélemy the perfect inspiration.




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Credit: Villa La Banane, Saint Barthélemy


Black & White Beauty


Black & White Beauty


It seems as if the world is moving past the rooms overrun with color. Now, a perfectly balanced white and black space is a trendy yet classic statement. This color scheme can sometimes feel cold or uninviting, but when combined properly it can create a gorgeously warm environment.

These images are from some of the top decor magazines in the world, which proves that black and white is the combination of the moment. These three spaces have something in common. The designers utilized the black to highlight the architectural elements in the room. Maybe this is why these images are so stunning. The rooms are not heavy or dripping in black but rather only lightly touched as an accent color. It creates a visual focal point and grounds the room.

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Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award


Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

[NY, NY] --  February 22, 2013 – Marie Burgos Design of New York City, New York has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. Marie Burgos Design, founded in 2007, was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

“I am honored by this award” says Marie Burgos, owner and founder of Marie Burgos Design, “It means a tremendous amount that the Houzz users enjoy my work.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Marie Burgos Design among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Marie Burgos Design, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Marie Burgos Design

Marie Burgos Design creates residential and commercial interiors that are balanced, harmonious, sophisticated and functional. Burgos utilizes her training in Feng Shui which offers a unique approach to the design industry. Also, Burgos melds her training and expertise with the vision of each and every client.

About Houzz

Houzz ( is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc


Design Shuffle: Marie Burgos Design Luxuriously Transcends Through the Styles


Design Shuffle: Marie Burgos Design Luxuriously Transcends Through the Styles


One of our favorite types of interior designers are the ones that can design in a large span of styles. That’s just one of the reasons why New York interior designer Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Interior Design was chosen as one of the Design Shuffle Top 10 of 2013 in her region. Founded in 2007, Marie Burgos has quickly grown from a residential firm to commercial and much more. As a certified Feng Shui designer, she has earned the “Red Ribbon” status membership by Time Out NY. Consequently, Marie has the capability to seamlessly blend elegance and harmony together to transform spaces into luxurious creations. One of her more notable awards was being individually chosen by HGTV to design the properties for their episodes of “The Unsellables.”

We’ve featured Marie multiple times on our blog and today, we are showing our favorite designs that Marie has here on Design Shuffle. This collection showcases Marie’s unbelievable ability to design in nearly any style yet still staying true to her style. From the eclectic Gramercy Park Loft to the undeniably beautiful Tribeca Penthouse. Read on to see why Marie Burgos is a go-to designer for 2013!

Marie Burgos - East Coast

Suitable to the owner’s personality, this home is balanced with black and light hues and texture. With a palette consisting of gold, taupe, and prune, there is an innate sense of luxury exuded.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

This 4-level loft was completely remodeled from an old abbey. Completely eclectic, there are various vintage accents that fit in perfectly with the rest of the modern white space.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

The architecture of this penthouse speaks for itself with the floor to ceiling windows and Feng Shui implementation. Wood floors, clean lines, and vibrant color bring the space to life.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

White and glass pieces along with modern art create visual focal points that bring the design together.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

This home in the heart of Tribeca boasts ample space that makes this bedroom a true dream. Bright colors yet minimal accents work perfectly with the architecture of the home.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

Glossy furniture and crystal pieces allowed the light in this room to create more energy and space.

Marie Burgos - East Coast

Featuring Old World influence yet modern accents, this old warehouse was transformed to its full potential. High ceilings and brick columns and walls bring a vibe that only this space could provide.

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Invest in Emerald


Invest in Emerald


Drumroll, please! Pantone 17-5641 Emerald has been named Pantone’s 2013 Color of The Year. It is lively, radiant and lush, so I am pleased it will be popping up in homes and business around the country. Emerald can be used as a splash of color in accessories or applied directly to the walls for a dramatic punch.


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House Beautiful’s House Makeover


House Beautiful’s House Makeover


Interior designers take on the role of problem solver every day. Many clients realize they need a professional eye when it comes to finding the right solution for their space. As the new year rolls in, we tend to see more redesigns that are centered on the needs of the inhabitants. House Beautiful magazine took this as inspiration for its Home Makeovers article showcased in the February 2013 issue.

Take a look at the beautiful creation shown in the images below. This homeowner wanted to address the home's faux-Mediterranean look, small rooms and lack of personality. What they ended up with is a surfer-cottage feel with big, open spaces, skylights and a dutch door. Overall, this home screams easy and casual.


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Simon Beck’s Snow Art


Simon Beck’s Snow Art


Although this may be a new concept to us, Simon Beck has been stomping the snow into delicate designs since 2004. He creates his wintery works of art at the Les Arcs Ski Resort where he has a second home. Each design takes up to 10 hours and he tackles them alone, for now, but is planning on hiring assistants in the near future and possibly taking his show on the road.

Simon explains his idea to make these formations as the natural thing to do. He draws out each design using a protractor and ruler before donning his snowshoes. Through his creativity, he hopes to spread the message that the mountains and snow are beautiful and worth preserving.

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Images: Facebook, Simon Beck's Snow Art