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Not Just a Bag of Beans: The Bean Bag Boss means Business

How many nooks and cranny’s, within your residence, scream “I’m empty!” that may not quite fit the usual selection of furniture? A bean bag chair may not come as your first thought but did you know that the bean bag has evolved beyond the simple offerings you’d find in some hippie living room?

The Bean Bag Boss is here …

Contemporary Style in a Classic Form

The classic round style of bean bags chairs had their time and place but the form has evolved into something truly contemporary that will fit nearly any décor, design, and desire.

Bean Bag Boss provides one of the best selections of bean bag styles on the web. The chairs found through the business come in two current forms: a ‘one size fits all’ 4.5’ x 5’ square and the newer ‘teardrop’ shape which gives the sitter any number of comfortable positions.

Since fabric matters when matching furniture, you’d be please to find the variety in selection which allows the bean bag chairs to fit within existing living spaces, including:

  • Nylon
  • Faux Leather
  • Metallic Polyester

From these base selections you can further add to your preferred style, when matching these comfortable, extra-large bean bag chairs into your rooms, through the different colors and patterns:

  • Dozens of solid colors
  • Patterns from dots to wild prints
  • Plaids that grab your visual attention
  • Faux leather in all the major colors
  • Lame which has a crisp, metallic look

In a traditional sense of style, the bean bag chairs offered by “The Boss” not only create a new sense of comfort but introduce a contemporary, casual style to an otherwise forgotten piece of furniture within your design collective.

Bean bags have found their way back into the lives of those that want to create a relaxed environment with a free flowing form that doesn’t come with restrictions; they’ve really become a fun way to fill up the space without creating a tacky feeling that comes from the cheap, basic design you may be used to.

The modern design and style of bean bags have opened up a new, exciting option for filling in the empty spaces of your housing areas. When purchasing these cool, fun pieces of furniture, consider your options on how it will best compliment your existing room.

The best part about a bean bag chair? You’re no longer locked down a single position; you’re able to grab and go whenever you want to add some flair and flipside to your room.

A Black & White Design Affaire

Black and white is a very celebrated contemporary design trend. Black and White is classic and classy!

A Black and White design can also be called a Yin and Yang Design. Yin & Yang are these two opposite natural  forces such as day and night, hot and cold,  sun and a moon which both need to exist... In the Tai Chi Yin & Yang symbol, both sides come together as one to create balance. I believe that Black and White are these two colors which by their very essence create a positive and a negative, a mat and a shiny  and a hard and soft look and come together elegantly to create harmony in a space.

Many designers have created amazing, sophisticated and timeless designs just using these two colors. Let's discover some fabulous examples together...

Above, a very chic contemporary black white style home design photographed by Moris Moreno. Lots of great contrasts, with soft and hard surfaces as well as mat and glossy objects. Also, the introduction of natural elements such as wood sticks, flower, the horses paint really ties everything together harmoniously.

This black-and-white duo is both flirty and sophisticated! Two floor-length mirrors complement the black wood-framed bed and highlight two glass chandeliers. Above the bed, three floating shelves allow for space to display photographs or other favorite accessories.

Here you can see a glimpse of Nicky Hilton’s 1950/ Rockn'roll LA home decor which she has arranged herself with the help of her designer grand mother. One of my favorites... She has also found this vintage Chanel serving tray. What an amazing find! So Stylish! - Instyle Magazine

The home of Anna Sui, fashion designer is also full of sophistication! Her elegant powder room features a black lacquered vanity with matching framed mirror, white subway tiles and  cashmere  style wallpaper.

Ice Wharf- Black and White Interior photo by fabulous photographer Ken Hayden. Love those black painted beams against the crisp white ceiling! They really make the room.

Fashion designer Naeem Khan created a simple black-and-white dining space illuminated by an elegant crystal chandelier. The visual impact came from intricate embroidery on the white linen chair covers and a highly decorative black linen table covering.
At the Diffa dining for a design benefit. So beautiful!
A beautiful Black and white combination in this vintage style bathroom via apartment Therapy. Love the cast iron tub... but kind of grey... isn't it?!
Very dramatic white/black contrast in this lounge space! It is all about the impact.
Wine barrel chandelier, black round pedestal table, ivory linen sofas, limestone fireplace, black & white pillows, flat screen TV, built-ins cabinets and shelves,white & gray drapes, nesting accent tables, and brass floor lamps. Classy interior! Michael Graydon Photography
Love this shiny, bright kitchen with crisp white kitchen cabinets, sleek black granite countertops  and black & white glass tile backsplash! Love the natural roman shade stained black, crystal chandelier and white leather modern counter bar stools! It is such a Candice Olson design signature!
Love this bedroom!  It is so well balanced!  It adorns chic Black headboards, hotel bedding with black ribbon border trim, fluffy black pillows, black & white bedding and bolster pillows. Even the Piero Fornasetti decorative wall plates vertical art gallery is black and white! Finally, this little  glossy black lacquer nightstand is a great find!  With the mirrored lamp with black shade and white black green rug this room really looks well put together. via coco + kelly
So now, let's just seat and relax together in this comfortable black and white living space, with a touch of turquoise, to contemplate all these elegant interiors one more time and discuss which one do you like most...
For more design inspirations about design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Very special Chandeliers for Royalty and Celebrities!

This amazing glass chandelier is made with brushed brass finish, 3 globes with gold foil, 3 globes with gold murrine, and 3 globes clear.

The talented Lindsey Adelman's chandelier is featured in the movie Sex & the City 2.

I can't wait to see the new movie and the new Carrie Bradshow's bedroom!!!

Look at this tall, dramatic chandelier made from found objects, trinkets, and castoffs!

President Obama bought the recycled chandelier for Sasha and Malia's bedroom in the White House  from a magical art collective shop in South Africa called Magpie . This amazing studio which sells knickknacks and décor made entirely from recycled objects. Be it a lid to a dog food can, a wine cork, or a Barbie, the eco-conscious craftsman turned the disposable into the extraordinary.

Anthropologie currently offers the similar Magpie Chandelier.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Interior Design for Elephants Lovers

For years the elephant has been known as a sacred animal in the East. As the largest animal to walk the Earth, the elephant is known as a symbol of strength and power. It also represents perseverance, in that it is an extremely hard working animal. Some worship the elephant so much as to make it their national symbol, such as Thailand. Elephants are also seen as symbols of wisdom and dignity, because of their incredible intelligence and very long life span.

In the Eastern part of the Earth, the elephant used to carry royal figures and, therefore, became associated with royal status.

See how some designers have integrated this majestic animal in the world of design and in the comfort of interiors.

Above with this colorful exotic design by Molly Luetkemeyer. Great way to showcase your family culture!

I love this elephant stool… side table… sculpture! The original Eames Plywood Elephant was made in 1945, but was never produced for general distribution or sale. In 2007, an anniversary edition (for Charles Eames 100th birthday) was released in natural and red plywood, but was limited to 1000 of each color and cost $2007. Finally, there is a much more accessible version of this classic design. For 2008, Vitra has released a polypropylene version of the original Eames Plywood Elephant.

Bathroom design by  Molly Luetkemeyer.  Fun wallpaper and cute rattan elephant for another exotic interior.

This Bathroom design showcases a beautiful Elephant Chinoiserie wall paper. Imagine taking a bath there and feeling that you are traveling across open exotic land.... Relaxing no?

Interior design with elephant statue

Eclectic Interior design with a stone elephant statue. Looks like he travelled miles to arrive here.

Very pretty elephant pillows by Rikshaw Design for a sweet Nursery look! They bring a touch of whimsy to every baby room! They come in fun Indian prints and look great all layered together.

Another Eclectic Interior design with an elephant statue. It is visibly a best companion for long days of work in this very pretty home office.

Hope you have enjoyed this little elephant tour as much as I did.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@ marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create A Space Full of Health, Harmony & Happiness

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Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I’ve consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby’s development. Light blues, pinks, greens and yellows are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. Décor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don’t place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby’s development. There’s also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don’t have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently – diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. — are accessible. You don’t want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don’t place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you’ll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby’s crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby’s development and sleep.

9. Parent’s Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent’s room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You’ll be glad!

This article has been written by fellow Feng Shui expert Ken Lauher.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.marieburgosdesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com

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Designing around the Globe...

Love this staircases look! The colorful world maps nicely framed are just a step away from discovering new countries and horizons...

Properly framed, lit, and displayed antique maps can be a part of almost any successful design scheme. World Globes are always a great addition to infuse a sense of world travel experience and culture to any interior.

Here are some great interior images where maps and globes are showcased to give a sense of grandeur to the space.

Here, the antique world Globe is paired with amazing artisanal pieces, books and a large painting illustrating the arrival of boats to the Americas. This creates a well lived in historical atmosphere and gives a very vintage look to this foyer. I love it!

The map can also have a more modern look and add an education piece to your teenagers room. It is fun and useful!

A living room with a lot of character showcasing a world globe by Designer Moises Esquenazi

Love this antique map from Paris! Anyone wants to travel with me?

Family Room Design with world Globe

Colorful and unexpected the  elements of this living space come together beautifully. The world globe is a great accent.

The store has decided to showcase their worldly style with this whole wall map. This is a great choice!

Which interior do you like best? Let me know by leaving me a comment on the blog. Thank you!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email me at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Fun polka dots design looks!

polka dots bench- House Beautiful

Polka dots is a fun, cheerful and flirtatious pattern.  Polka dots have been around for ages but the actual term was born in England in the late 19th century when the polka music was gaining popularity.  And even though there was no actual connection between the dance and the pattern, the name “polka” stuck around.  In modern pop culture, the most famous association with polka dots was established with the 1960’s song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and while polka dots are used in fashion quite often, polka dot prints in interiors are not such a foreign concept.

Here are some examples of designers interiors using fun polka dots fabrics...

Polka dots bedding - Coastal Living

Polka dots bedroom accessory - Design Hernán Arriaga

Polka dot kitchen backsplash

These glossy glass tiles make a fun polka dot backsplash. The circles are made from the bottoms of wine and beer bottles! This Seattle company, Bedrock Industries, hand makes all of their tiles from 100% recycled glass.

Quilted polka-dot upholstered headboard and bed skirt - Design Robyn Karp

Polka dots Window treatment

Do you like polka dots fabrics? Let me know by leaving me a comment here on the Blog! Thank you.

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The Ikat Fabric look in Interior Design

Ikat Fabrics Ikats have been around for several centuries. It is rare when something that was developed so long ago becomes so popular in modern times. The word “ikat” means “to tie” or “to bind”. This describes the process and also the fabric itself.

Even though, many of today’s Ikats may not be “true” in the sense of how the fabric is constructed, the pattern lives on and is easily recognized when used as a pattern in interior design.

In this day and age where everything seems to be focused on the next “big thing” or the new trend, the ikat will always be regarded as a classic and timeless element of design.

Here some beautiful furniture pieces and pillows by Madeline Weinrib  with her signature Ikat design fabrics:

There are no limits to ways of using Ikat beautiful fabrics as they come is various patterns and colors. Ikat fabric always adds an elegant cheerful touch to a design or suggests far away travels and create a beautiful focal point in any room.

Collection in Ikat fabrics - Madeleine Weinrib

Below, designers have created these Interiors with Ikat fabrics... pillows, sofas, chairs, window treatment, wall art pieces...

Indigo blue traditional Ikat textiles

Multicolor Ikat walls

Violet ikat fabric- Madeline Weinrib

Madeline Weinrib  amazing line of ikat pillows in her own home

Wall Framed Ikat fabric- Design Anne Becker

Ikat fabric roman shades and accent pillows- source House Beautiful

Grand Entrance with Ikat fabric- Christopher Maya

Pretty sofette in Ikat blue

Chair in Purple Ikat

Loving Ikat fabrics? Let me know about it...

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

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The "paisley" look in design

Beautiful paisley bedding Paisley or Paisley pattern is a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Indian and Persian origin, similar to half of the Yin & Yang symbol. The pattern is sometimes called "Persian pickles" by American traditionalists, especially quiltmakers, or "Welsh pears" in Welsh textiles as far back as 1888.

Today paisley design patterns are used from whole walls to small accent to create harmonious interiors.

Paisley patterns

Above some examples of how paisley patterns can be used in various colors for different pieces wether furniture of accessories.

Here (below) are some beautiful examples of todays paisley design applications...

Soft paisley design wallpaper- Brett Design

A wallpaper in a neutral color but bold size paisley patterns brings interest to this peaceful bedroom design

paisley headboards- Cottage Living

Soft paisley headboard fabric in cream and red dress up a simple country bedroom. Pillows, throws and lamp shades remind the soft color combination around the room.

Brown paisley walls and fabrics- Barclay Butera Design

A mix of patterns and colors give a lot for character to this chic country style bedroom. Various colors of fabric with paisley patterns cover the walls, dress up the bed giving a very luscious look to this bedroom design.

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Dramatic effect with this white and blue wallpaper paisley.

Blue paisley bedding and fabrics- Barclay Butera Design

A soft beach look is accomplished by mixing various shades of blues and fabric patterns. For the pleasure of admiring...

Pink bedding paisley

This pretty pink bedroom is layered is fabrics and softness. A very discreet paisley pattern covers the light bedding duvet for more softness in the room.

Green paisley bedroom coordinate

Fresh Green country look for this well coordinated bedroom. Paisley fabric is used throughout the room as a beautiful accent.

Do you love paisley?Are you using paisley patterns in your home?

If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the blog!

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Red Interior designs!

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Red is a vibrant and stimulating color that is believed to bring good fortune and happiness.

Red is a very bold color which sometimes intimidate people. They are not sure how to use it in design and are afraid it will look too much of a strong color.

It can actually really affect people moods, making shy people more courageous for example. It also brings passion and excitement to people’s life. Red can really make people feel empowered.

In Feng Shui, Red is a fire color that will bring new prospects ahead and enhance energies. It is also associated with the recognition and fame.

In design, I always recommend using red to bring warmth and comfort to a room. There are multitude shades of red so depending of the room and the habitants tastes  a cranberry red, an orange red, a burgundy red, just to cite a few, can be used.

Sometimes to create drama or warmth, you can paint an accent wall in red . You can also paint an entire room red as long as the furniture pieces of the room are in a more neutral color.

Also, red can be used for major pieces of furniture in the room to make a dramatic statement or bring sexiness to the room or Red can just be infused in a room through accessories or lighting.

Using too much red in a room where occupants don’t want to feel exited is not a good idea. For instance if your child has excess energy, it is not recommended to paint his bedroom in red.

Often red is used in dining rooms, Kitchens, and even restaurants. This is a great color to increase appetite.

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Elegant living room furnished with a beautiful line of classic furniture

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I have used Red combined with Feng Shui in this bedroom design as a one accent wall for a woman who was looking for a passionate relationship in her life. After a few weeks, she actually found this special person…

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Very red british red decor- Jonathan Adler

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Lots of red accents! Red curtains, frames, throws, pillows and bed skirts! - Domino Mag

For more information on colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Have you used red paint or accessories in your home?

Do you think that you are likely to use red in your home in the near future?

If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!