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Before and After Lombardy hotel interventions

Before and After Lombardy hotel interventions

THE HOME AWAY FROM HOME DESIGN PROJECT

The noted Marie Burgos Hospitality Design Studio was recently asked for a second time to create new, updated decor for two guest suites at Manhattan's renowned Lombardy Hotel. Each suite includes a living room, a master bedroom and an en-suite kitchen and master bath. 

Suite #1: Studio with mini bar and en suite bathroom 

The clients are based in Europe and come to New York several times a year for business and pleasure. They wanted bright, open contemporary spaces that they really could call their home away from home. They also wanted comfortable, sophisticated suites that other Lombardy guests staying there when they are away would find equally pleasurable. 

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Throughout a distinctive Feng Shui approach was used by deftly layering five essential natural elements -- wood, earth, metal, fire, and water.

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BEFORE

At first Burgos and her team were confronted with two suites with dated 80s styling ......old frayed carpeting, unflattering shades of beige throughout, and worn furnishings that reflected the style of a much earlier era. 

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Living room- open kitchen

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Serene color pallets in subtle shades of gray and blue were carefully selected to create an atmosphere of ultimate comfort. This provides a soothing backdrop for the precisely considered balance of curves and straight lines, hard surfaces and straight ones found in the furnishings of each of the rooms. The atmosphere is further enhanced by different types of lighting that can be subtely modified to vary the mood of any of the rooms.

We replaced tired carpeting by a warm oak wood flooring throughout the whole space to create a cohesive decor and make the space feel larger. This was also a very durable and clean solution.

We replaced tired carpeting by a warm oak wood flooring throughout the whole space to create a cohesive decor and make the space feel larger. This was also a very durable and clean solution.

BEFORE

The kitchens and baths were also given much-needed make-overs. Dark, heavy cabinets were removed -- in some cases they blocked the view into the other rooms and access to natural light. They were replaced with modern, clean line white cabinetry along with the addition of modern fixtures and appliances. 

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Suite #2:

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By Anais Gibaud

BEFORE AND AFTER MANHATTAN MODERN MASTER BEDROOM and WATER ROOM

BEFORE AND AFTER MANHATTAN MODERN MASTER BEDROOM and WATER ROOM

Before and After photos are among our favorites to reveal to give our readers an inside glimpse into the work that we do each day. Below is a look at a Manhattan Master Bedroom that received a full redesign from our Marie Burgos Design Team!  

BEFORE MASTER BEDROOM

BEFORE MASTER BATHROOM

AFTER MASTER BATHROOM

Anaïs Gibaud

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

Modern and Manly!

Kelly Reynolds Interiors knocked this bachelor pad out of the park.  A stunning mix of practical style and one-of-a-kind features this loft in Vancouver, Canada, is the perfect location for entertaining.  Beyond the immediate beauty of the exposed brick wall and the 9-foot windows is the extraordinary detail, such as the built-in beer trough and a bio fuel fireplace. Sleek materials provide a contemporary space while the natural fiber upholstery infuse a certain coziness. This space is certainly a conversation starter!

Entertainment inspired beer trough. Genius!

A rugged block of wood serves as the perfect macho coffee table.

Comfy seating area snuggles up to the bio fuel fireplace.

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

Images: www.digsdigs.com

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

The power of Crystals in design

Rock crystal nugget chandelier - StudioWorkshops ByTherien

Crystals are used in feng shui in a variety of ways, all with one single goal - to create good feng shui energy in your Home.

The word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos, meaning frozen light. Crystals have been used over the centuries for a myriad of purposes - from healing to protection to decoration.

In Feng Shui, crystals are widely used for the specific energy, or the vibrations they bring to your home or office. For example, the rose quartz crystal is used to attract love and romance, as well as heal a broken heart. The rose quartz crystal emanates specific frequencies that promote heart healing.

Rose quartz cluster

The clear quartz crystal which is one of the most common minerals is also one of the most powerful, multi purpose healing stone. Perfect for raising self esteem, healing wounds and increasing your emotional positive energy. It amplifies, focuses, restores, transforms, empowers and energies you.

Here are some great ways to integrate these natural crystals in your interiors:

An impressive Living room design with crystal chandelier and lots of clear quartz displayed on the dining table. Crystals come in various shapes... clusters, domes and spheres. This is really a lot of vibrant energy! It brings a sparkling lift to this very neutral colored space.

Lots of sparkles in this modern colorful bathroom design by Canadian interior decorator Holly Dyment. I say colorful because despite white walls and white cabinetry, this bathroom looks vibrant with its raspberry shower wall, turquoise and green floor mosaics and flowery shade. Just love it!

Never too many crystals can be used!! First, crystals are great energy. They also add light in a room and  as you can see in the famous London restaurant  Rhodes W1 Restaurant Designed by World renowned British designer Kelly Hoppen, the more crystals the more majestic, luxurious and glamourous!

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?

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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

The elegance of Arches in Design

There are natural arches like this one from the National Park in Utah

There are ancient and historical arches like these Oman Mosque Marble Arches

Designers and architects also use nature and history to bring or showcase the most exquisite elements to an interior. Arches represent a very architectural home attribute that brings elegance, grandeur and really  uniqueness to a space. There are many styles of arches. They are used in corridors, door entrances and even windows.

Here are some interesting styles and shapes that I trust you will enjoy as much as I do.

These window arches are beautifully dressed with a heavy silky drapes, creating a very luxurious dining room look.

Dining room arch - Design Nathan Turner

This arch opens on a very intimate little dining room. So pretty!

Love this Moroccan window arch style. It is definitely a view on an paradisiac space. A 5 star style bathroom!

A continuity of small door arches are present throughout the whole home here. This is a beautiful Spanish style home.

This master bedroom is filled with beautiful English antiques and breezy, sunny fabrics. The arched doors were added to give easy access to the outdoors. This property is the historical Maddox House in Barbados. Photo via Cote de Texas

Very beautiful moldings dresses up these room entrances giving them a very elegant classic look. Wouldn't you want the same treatment applied to your home doors?

Bathroom with Oriental style Arch - Jeffers Design Group

This all pink Bathroom Design showcases an arch making me dream about the "Tales from the Thousand and One Nights"

Beautiful arch with wraparound pilasters to accentuate the classic look of that pretty living room.

Relaxing living room setting flanked by  a whole wall of arched windows in the most victorian fashion. Just stunning!

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

The Yellow stripes Look in Design

Bathroom design with Yellow stripes tiles

Love this small mosaic tiles! This Bathroom Design reminds me of a chic Moroccan style bathroom of a fabulous hotel resort.

With the arrival of spring, it is time to use  light, sunny, happy colors for your home for more enjoyment of the warm season. Yellow stripes help achieve a really happy design look. You can use them on walls, furniture pieces, accessories, even ceilings!

Discover some great ways to apply yellow & white stripes all around your home.

Headboard with Yellow Stripes - Design Laura Casey

Elegant headboard design stripe look designed by Laura Casey.

Kelly Wearstler's take on yellow and black stripes. This decor definitely has that California, Hollywood Regency feel to it.

Yellow and white stripes sofa

Doesn't it look extremely inviting? The stripes pattern gives a chic beach look to this classic style sofa.

Very Pretty vanity design with a distinctive yellow and white stripe wallpaper. The yellow pouf is really adds a very comfortable feminine touch.

Nursery

This beautiful nursery design showcases a yellow and white stripes ceiling. A fun ceiling pattern for a baby to stare at...

Bedroom design with yellow and white stripes wallpaper. Very relaxing setting for this bohemian look bedroom design.

Yellow White Stripes Cotton Pillow

Yellow White Stripes Cotton Pillow from Etsy

Bathroom Design with yellow stripes

Bathroom Design with yellow stripes. Very elegant! The details of the straw shade and huge sea shell create a theme that makes me think of vacations...

Beautiful yellow stripes curtains

These yellow and white curtains give a very sunny look to this elegant drawing room.

Hope you have seen some great ways to create sunny rooms for the upcoming summer season... it is all about using yellow stripes!

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

Very pretty Powder Rooms Designs!

Source House of Turquoise

Love this round double sink and the family style look of this colorful bathroom. There are a lot of nice curves in this design...the sinks, the mirrors, the sconces,  the flower vases, the sink legs, the wallpaper graphic.... it is all flowing beautifully...         Bathroom Design- Source House of Turquoise

Powder Room Design- Woodson & Rummerfield

This is a very vintage powder room look. The vanity is a beautiful antique, the gold wallpaper and the classic mirror and sconces pieces reflect quality and luxury.  Design by Woodson & Rummerfield

Mr. Jeffers uses a whimsical, leaf-patterned wallpaper to make the space flow. In addition, an ornate mirror and hand sink give the viewer something to focus on (rather than the small space).

Love the big tropical pink leaves wallpaper of this elegant powder room.  Pink Powder Room Design - Woodson & Rummerfield

A very spring look for this original powder room. Pretty girly! - Jeffers Design Group

In this powder room by Begen Pener, you find the ultimate elegant pieces...Kohler sink and faucetry, Antique Venetian mirror, Italian marble torso, Window treatment in fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher...

Which one of these beautiful powder rooms is your favorite? Let me know by leaving  a comment on the Blog!

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