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Bold Pattern: Chevron

The inverted V-shaped pattern of the Chevron has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks used the geometric pattern on pottery and the military uses it to indicate rank or level of service. But over the past few years, the Chevron has recreated itself in the design and fashion industry. It has taken on a new energy with varying widths, courageous colors and fearless placement.

Lucky for us, there are both subtle and explosive ways to include this incredible pattern in your home. As seen in the examples below, those who are daring in the world of design grab a bright color, such as teal, and splash the Chevron across the tile on a kitchen wall. While others use a reversed gray and white execution to create a soft yet powerful dramatic floor. And for those looking to grab attention with the trend but don’t want a permanent design feature, simple accessories offer the power of the design without the commitment.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.thegoodsdesign.blogspot.com, www.babybedding.com, www.curiouser-n-curiouser.org, www.imbusyprocrastinating.com

Modern Wallpapers

Wallpaper today has punch with bright colors and bold patterns. New designs are popping up every day giving consumers multiple options that fit their design wavelength. Utilizing these graphic wall-coverings on one wall creates an exciting focal point in any room.

When the owners of a 4-level loft in Gramercy Park requested a modern eclectic look, I chose a vintage inspired wallpaper to create a funky atmosphere in their music studio. It was just the right touch for this young artistic couple.

Wallpaper Republic has several collections similar in design to what I used in the Gramercy Park remodel. They focus on collaborating with world-class artists and designers to bring a series of collections that are extremely creative. They even allow customization of any design to make it perfect for your home.

Since there are endless options, it is easy to find the exact print to make you grin.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.chictip.com

Gorgeously white

The big it phrase these days is “pop of color,” which, admittedly, can provide incredible interest and drama to a space.  But not all rooms require a colorful splash. Instead, the most daring challenge themselves by creating a room full of white.

Chances are a white room was never on your design to-do list but these rooms will certainly change your mind.

This shaker style kitchen has a minimalistic appeal with clean lines, crisp whites and an open flow. Plain English in England uses 18th and 19th century cabinet-making techniques to ensure a classic, long-lasting product.  The cabinetry plus the mute colors come together to create a very elegant kitchen space.

White as far as the eye can see with a few dark wood elements make this room feel warm and welcoming. The room is grounded with a fantastic cross section wood floor design.  At the center of the space is a dark wood round dinning table flanked by chairs draped in flowing slipcovers.  And a bright ornate wood burning fireplace focal point rounds out the room.

With the right combination of white colors, textures and accents a white room can be even more dramatic than its colorful counterparts.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.seenandsaid.com

Design by number

Accessories adorned with numerals are appearing left and right. This trend is paying homage to old-fashion general store paraphernalia, such as numbered canisters.  Whether purchasing an item pre-numbered or creating your own with a stencil this is a trend sure to add some charisma to your home.

Take a look at these examples for inspiration.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.sallyleebythesea.com

Old-world charm

Old-world feel charm blended with modern amenities make this home a hit.  Every room is filled with details that create a warm and cozy space.  The detailed molding makes a statement over doorways, classic shaker style furniture extends a warm welcome and original wide plank wood floors cast a feeling of history. All in all, this home is lovely example of how Old-world style is not stiff and dusty.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.lovelyclusters.com

Graphic tiles

We have all cringed when we see a home coated in those oh-so-seventies ceramic tiles that create an intricate, yet, undesirable design.  Almost instinctively our minds wander toward this: “Why would anyone use that tile? It must go.”  But graphic tiles are, like many other design trends, on an upswing with new delightful designs.

Credit and gratitude is owed to Ashley Hicks, an enormously talented London-based designer, for these modern Moroccan-inspired tile designs. The tiles are cast in cement and the colors are mixed by hand for that vintage feel all leading to a breathtaking floor or backsplash.

Happily, these are not your mother’s graphic tiles.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.mstreetdenver.com

Lacy inspiration

Lace-making is an ancient craft dating back to the early 15th and 16th centuries. Over the years lace has been characterized as romantic, elegant, classic and dainty. So how do you exhibit lace in your home without over doing it? Easy. Make a gorgeous impact through a few lace inspired accessories similar to the looks below.

This stunning entertainment piece was constructed to resemble enlarged single lace panels.  The designer utilized a laser cutting machine to create the brocade lace detail on the wood.

A shade darker than the wall, this lace fabric panel hung floor-to-ceiling generates an enormous impact with a sprinkle of texture.

Set the mood by applying a lace molded wallpaper directly to the focal wall. Select a subtle neutral color to best highlight the room.

A pendant light simply draped in a dainty lace design is grace personified.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.bahrainidiva.com, www.zainteriora.net, www.eleganceredefined.com, www.naturalinteriordesign.com

The timeless art of block printing

Truly unique and personalized fabric designs are often created by a technique referred to as block printing. Designs are generated by hand-carved wooden blocks covered with dye which are repeatedly pressed along the length of a cloth to create a pattern. Slight imperfections are what make the finished product even more marvelous.

Lucky for us, the character of hand block printing is still intact through mass manufacturing capabilities allowing reasonable prices and a wider variety of options.  Today, block printed look-a-like fabrics are generated by wooden blocks, stencils, engraved plates, rollers or silkscreens.

An old technique brought into the new age. Take a peek at some fabric designs below.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.treesouls.com, www.apartmenttherapy.com, www.styleathome.com, www.ehow.com

The wonder of wainscoting

Wainscoting has reached new heights. It is no longer strictly traditional as it pushes beyond the limits of a 3- to 5-foot installation in a room.  It is available in numerous options such as raised, shaker, flat, v groove or recessed panels.  And it is venturing into bright, bold color palettes.

To be fair, wainscoting has always added glamour to a space but these new uses open up a whole new appreciation of the application.

The images below showcase a range of updated yet traditional executions.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.turquoisetulipsandbliss.com, www.prettyorganizedpalace.com