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Outstanding outdoor spaces

Spring is the perfect time to be outdoors.  The air is fragrant with blossoming plants, the sun smiles down as nature sprouts and the chirps of birds building their nest is in full swing. The beauty is abundant and conveniently just outside your door. The best way to take advantage of this incredible time of year, of course, is to create an outdoor living space.

Chances are your outdoor style is not fully established, but never fear. Instead, view the outdoors as an extension of your in-home living space. You can easily mimic any interior design style from a french country comfy space to a sleek modern mediation sanctuary.

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging in a natural environment in the privacy of your own home. See which of these outdoor living areas captures your eye.

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

Images: www.studiobcreativejuice.com

Dramatically Retro

Designer Katie Rivinus and Adam Blackman poured over ten years into updating their 1950s modern post-and-beam-style home in Los Angeles.  All of their dedication paid off in a big way.  With a mixture of modern angles and retro furnishings this home has personality.  Sunlight streams in through the large windows and the sky lights nestled in the exposed wood beam ceilings. Cinderblock flanks the walls while stainless steel accents the kitchen.  Tailored style is prevalent in the furnishings slightly hinting a masculine appeal. Together this pair created a phenomenal space that reflects life’s inspirations of dramatic scale, color, texture and patina that comes with age.

Additional height is generated by the slightly angled ceiling.  Chinese water carriers hang over the sink in a decorative fashion.

The tufted black chair draped in its original leather upholstery is stately yet gracefully detailed.

The orange swivel club chairs were designed by art deco furniture designer Paul Frankl. The “V”-like cutout is mesmerizingly unusual.

A view of the tranquil pond just beyond the glass sliding doors completes the atmosphere of this home.

This updated 1920s stacking chest found at a flea market is only one of the details that make this home special.

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

Images: www.DesignSponge.com

Eco-friendly living has never looked so good.

Country Living’s 2010 House of the Year, Home Green Home, is the result of a dynamic collaboration between New World Home and interior designer Katie Ridder.  This prefab cottage packs a punch of country charm into only 1,607 square feet.  And every inch is delicately designed from floor to ceiling.

A warm organic wallpaper in the foyer grabs attention upon entering the home. Next you might notice chicken wire has been added to the seemingly simple white cabinets for texture and dimension. And the soft light in the room is spilling out of the recycled-aluminum light fixture.

The kitchen has a bright country charm with antique white beadboard cabinets and a white apron-front sink.  The focal point of the room is awarded to the stunning barn-wood island, rugged with a cool hue.

Multiple prints were framed from Art Forms in Nature to create an intriguing climb to the second floor.

The beadboard in the master bedroom was installed horizontally to make the room appear wider.

This closet is to die for!  The built-ins, crafted from 100 percent post-consumer wood fiber, provide practical yet stylish organization. Overall the space radiates a vintage feel through the wall paper and accessories.

The master bathroom is full of quaint charm.  The mirrors are framed with old-fashioned bourbon barrels and the vanity is a refinished dresser.

Lilac paint camouflages the storage built-ins in the guest room giving the illusion of more space. Tucked in the corner, the adorable chair was revived with new upholstery.

The sunshine streams in the screened wraparound porch making it the perfect place to put your feet up and relax.

Vintage wallpaper, a white pedestal sink and old fashion fixtures make this powder room captivating.

The home is eco-friendly and oh so charming!

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

Images: www.CountryLiving.com

Hand symbols in Design

Leonardo da Vinci had best expressed the beauty of the human anatomy when he created the “Vitruvian Man” and stated Vitruvius as the harmonizing relation between parts of the body, looking for perfection that would manifest itself in beauty.

Today I would like to share some beautiful images with you. Hold your imagination right there! We are just going to see some hands! I have noticed that many designs adorn the human body by simply using representation of hands and beautiful sculptures.

I hope this refreshing images will inspire men and women through the beauty of humanity and give you some accessorizing ideas for your interiors.

Fabulous pair of hands sculptures on a beautiful marqueterie table. They are opening up in a giving gesture. Perfect for letting your guests and friends know they are welcome in your home!

This delicate ceramic hand is showing the direction to take to the next room from the foyer area... very Feng Shui! Source: Notes from an empath

This carved Buddha's hand adds a serene touch to any home decor . It is inspired by temples and pagodas of the East.

I am not sure it is very comfortable but this chair in the shape of a hand definitely  catches the attention!

Very chic design by Kelly Wearstler also displays a gold hand matching this amazing cocktail table with golden feet adorned by elongated golden body sculptures. Just divine!

In this image, even a whole arm sculpture is displayed! Detail from photo by Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents; interior design byMichelle Nussbaumer. - via Style Court

And let's not forget outdoor spaces... This giant hand sculpture is really drawing attention! It looks like it wants to really catch all that the sky and heaven has to offer!

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A Greenhouse turns Glamourous!

What a wonderful surprise to discover this beautiful greenhouse featured by Country Living. It is so pretty and creative that I absolutely wanted to share it with you.

As a wedding gift, Heather Cameron's husband, Kevin, took apart a neglected potting shed on their property and rebuilt it into a greenhouse with a tempered-glass roof.

In this tiny retreat behind Heather Cameron's house, the flowers are mostly on fabrics and the sun sparkles off crystal chandeliers but it is a perfect venue to curl up with a book or invite friends for tea time!

Heather furnished her newly fashioned getaway with vintage-floral pillows, white-painted furniture, and collections of mint green jadeite and milk glass vases. How fresh and feminine!

A tin bucket turns into a sink when hung from a spigot. I think I haven't such a sink anywhere else but at  my great grandmother's home! We could really have fun with one of those and chase up our cousins in the garden with each our mini water bucket...

I always loved vintage luggage and here they are stacked up to create the prefect end table.

Instead of planting in her greenhouse, Heather brings the garden inside with tubs of hydrangeas, fresh-picked peaches, and window boxes filled with begonias and dahlias. An old ladder becomes an inspired display for cups and vases filled with blooms from her garden.

And the fabulous crystal chandeliers are just for show — no wiring — but what a dazzling effect! The perfect touch of Glam!

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

Little bit of outdoors Paradise!

There are many ways to design your outdoor patio or terrace so it is an elongation of your beautiful interior. Designing your outdoor space adds a lot of beauty to your home. In Feng Shui, the outdoor is as important as your indoor property because it represents the foundations of your home. With a design for your outdoor space, you can find yourself  transported away in magical settings. Discover here some beautiful outdoor spaces.

Above Tim Clarke transports us into a very exotic space with a Bali feel to it. The straw ceiling, wooden furniture pieces and fun fabric patterns really create a luxurious lay back atmosphere. I particularly love the lantern and front poofs seats.

Here, This is a very Hamptons feel with simple relaxing pieces. The pastel colors suggests pieces and relaxation.

Outdoor Design by Woodson& Rummerfield

Love this dramatic black and white outdoor space set on a wide field of green...! Perfect for golfing! It even has a roman style feel with the magnificent columns and drapes. The fabrics are fabulous with bigger and smaller patterns and make the design very interesting. The different lighting sources are multiple to create drama and glamour. Ceiling lights give the necessary light for evening stays but the candles and table lanterns really still the show!

Outdoor Design by Tim Clarke

This is a perfect corner for a quiet retreat by the beach

This fabulous design, great for entertainment, inspires comfort and travels. I can really imagine myself with a group of friends for a whole Sunday afternoon barbecue there until pretty late at night! The combination of pastel fabrics with interesting patterns and textures on the multitude of pillows and the use of beautiful furniture and accessories found throughout the world, create a very special outdoor retreat.  I love the suspended day bed with his peacocks on both sides. It is like stepping out in a magical world!

Fabulous English style outdoor terrace decor. The emphasize is made on very natural elements such as wood flooring and panels, rattan style chairs, and greenery. It is a very stylish clean lines design with a very soft palette of colors by the "Queen of taupe", Kelly Hoppen. I love the relaxing, collected style. Great for entertainment and and for a peaceful afternoon under the sun...

By Marie Burgos

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My Favorite Outdoor Daybeds!

picture-105 Imagine your very own outdoor living area,with not only seating, but an outdoor daybed on which to nap! Heaven!!

Most have steel frame construction with a resin or wicker weave that would definitely survive the elements.

Although you may possibly think indoors is the place for a bedroom, the way to utilize your backyard as a private retreat is to recreate all the primary indoor living areas.

With our current economy, the new thinking is to refine our own backyards, rather than taking expensive vacations elsewhere. A lot of the population already has in ground or above ground pools, landscaped spaces, outdoor kitchen facilities to some degree, and at the very minimum a picnic table. The addition of an outdoor daybed adds another “room” to the private retreat.

Sure, hammocks were the outdoor “bedroom” of the past, but getting in or out of one, was a challenge. An advantage to an outdoor daybed is that they are stationary. They are also at a reasonable height for any age to gain access. They can be sighted anywhere in the outdoor space and most are unique enough in appearance to be a focal point. An added bonus is that they provide additional seating to the “living room” of the yard.

Nothing is more appealing than the thought of sinking into the cushions of an outdoor daybed on a hot, lazy summer afternoon, while the spouse is cooking on the grill, of course. Another vision is reclining on one with a spectacular sunset in front of you. Ok, back to reality, it is a treat to dream of outdoor daybeds when there is a foot of snow outside.

Which one is your favorite?

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These beautiful daybeds are made by Lifeshop Collection, a company that is specialized in indoor and outdoor contract furniture, hotel furniture, contract lighting, contract artwork, casegoods, and resin furniture. A piece of outdoor furniture like this would be great, to relax outside your house, and breathe fresh air. These pieces would be also awesome for an outdoor party.

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A part of the woven outdoor furniture collection, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Woven Daybed creates a distinctive and sculptural style with gorgeous free-flowing forms. Designed by Vladimir Kagan, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Daybed creates a peaceful and soothing corner where you can relax and enjoy the summer months.

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Take it indoors or out, the Sushi Daybed by Vivavi is an eye-catching addition to any setting. Hand-woven water hyacinth is wrapped tightly around a durable rattan frame to create this unique home furnishing.

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The Ragatta Day Bed is the most striking daybed in the Lifeshop Collection. The looming arch adds a touch of class to the bed. I particularly like the way the frame wraps the foot of the day bed. The framing is done in teak. The seat is plush and cozy, with detachable cuddly cushions. To sum up, it is an elegant, stylish, modern piece of furniture that will transform any room and redefine comfort.

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Grand Cayman Daybed  by Alfresco Home.  Drift away into your dreams in this beautiful, unique daybed.
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What could be more luxurious than indulging in a dreamy nap on the canopied Zinnia wicker daybed? This stunning daybed from the WeatherMaster line by Laneventure is described as “somewhere between the opulence of an Orient-Express sleeper and the gentility of the veranda…” A design by Celerie Kemble, the Zinnia has a frame handwoven from real, sustainable rattan with 41 custom finishes available!
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Salome Daybed from Lifeshop Furniture Collection. The round bade has been made from cane which makes it ideal for outdoor usage.

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

Which one of these outdoor daybeds is your favorite and why ? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment! Thank you.

Create an instant garden

picture-11 Own a terrace or even a small balcony? Create an instant garden!

Spontaneous greenery is the key here and planters are the way forward because nothing creates the feel of an established garden quicker than lush foliage.

You don’t necessary need flowers to add color to your garden. You can swap decking and concrete for tiles and, inspired by Turkish pools, create colorful paving with a difference. You can alternatively use outdoor carpet tiles in bright colors, even a fake grass look will do.

Brighten up with bright new accessories and bold furniture to add fun to the space. Pillows, an umbrella or canopy, pottery, colorful candles are a great easy ways to create a bright garden.

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