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CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

Some well-placed accessories can completely change the look of the rooms within your home, whether you want to create a harmonious energy or are going for a more modern, vibrant feel. Adding accessories to your home is a great way to explore new trends or new color schemes without redecorating or investing too much on an idea. Take some inspiration from these accessory ideas and inject some personality into each of your rooms.

Water Creates Harmony

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

The focal point of your lounge does not have to be the television. A distinctive water feature such as a small fountain will really stand out and create a relaxed, harmonious atmosphere. If you are introducing Feng Shui into your home, a water feature should face the front door to keep positive energy, or Chi, in your home. An aquarium with some exotic fish is an alternative talking point and is a relaxing addition to any room.

 

Light it Up

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

Natural light is best to create harmony and open up your home, but the same effect can be achieved with lighting as an accessory. Ambient lighting in the form of lamps or uplighters are ideal for places you like to relax in such as the bedroom or living room. Lighting can also be practical when placed in areas such as the kitchen or your cabinets. Colored lighting can create a different atmosphere in every room. Try blue or green hues to create a natural feel. Red or orange creates a modern, energetic mood.

Reflect your Energy

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirrors are ideal for creating the illusion of space in a room and also reflect natural light to add warmth to your home. Ensure that they are not facing your front door to keep the positive energy within your home. Colored glassware or surfaces add to the reflective look so these can be added where there may not be space to hang or place mirrors.

Add a Personal Touch

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Accessories do not just have to be about energy or style. Add something to show your personality to visitors, whether it be your favorite color, art or even some accessories indicating your favorite books or movies.

Remember not to fall into the trap of over-accessorizing as this will create clutter in your home. Instead, go for a few minor additions to change the mood and energy of each room accordingly.

Pretty in Plaid

Pretty in Plaid

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The undoubtedly recognizable criss-crossed pattern of plaid has been woven into fashion design for centuries thanks to Scottish kilts. Now, this traditionally wool fabric has crept its way into home design, generating warm and cozy spaces. The horizontal and vertical bands are showing up on drapes, ottomans, accessories, rugs, and even the walls. Although everyone will certainly have their own opinion on the topic, it is safe to say plaid solicits the perfect atmosphere of warmth as we approach winter.

Plaid

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

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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

Modern Moroccan

Patterns, colors, metallics, curves, astral, geometric and floral designs are the visual appeal of Moroccan style. It all stems from the knowledgeable and ingenious combinations of colors, patterns, shapes and textures. These same techniques have recently mixed with modern and contemporary designs establishing a striking and distinctive look.

Through the use of multiple colors and patterns, the textiles of a modern Moroccan style establish a warm and exotic feel with a sultry pizzazz.

Placing a customary metal lantern on a coffee table makes an alluring centerpiece.  Typically handmade, these lanterns radiate with an exotic glow when lit.

This traditional print was stylishly applied in a stunning suede brown to the walls.

The intense mix of native Moroccan culture and modern flare generated a phenomenal style that is sure to stick around.  This imaginative combination is exactly what design is all about.

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

Images: www.fermliving.com, www.livingetc.com, www.designamour.com

Green innovation

The ultimate form of creativity may just be transforming everyday items, even what others may label garbage, into innovative objects. Look around: something you may not even notice could be just the right material for constructing some incredible designs.

Industrial strength cardboard molded into a pint sized chair. No need to worry when the inevitable spills and rips occur as the chair was built and named with this intention.  Labeled the ‘Rip + Tatter’ this tot chair is non-toxic and ready to be recycled after its worn out its welcome.

This diy project certainly generates food for thought.  The lamp was created out of printed soup cans.  A genius way to recycle.

The most inspiring of the bunch is this illuminated art piece created from recycled car headlights. Certainly gets the creative juices flowing.

Wooden apple crates turned bookcase. Unrefined work of beauty.

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

Images: www.peteoyler.com, www.dornob.com, www.cribcandy.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

Muted Beauty

Cream, tan and chocolate brown is a muted classic creating an exquisite combination.  The neutral wallpaper has a slight basket weave texture adding dimension to the small space.  Light wood detail against the chocolate brown fabric illuminates the traditional lines of the wingback chairs.  Softness is introduced with matching square cream pillows. The ottoman is covered in faux hair just bursting with texture. And the entire room screams symmetry. Doryn Wallach, a New York interior designer, mixed traditional with sophisticated to create an incredible space.

The ottoman is adored with refined accessories such as an antique silver tray, crystal box and white hardback books.

Grasscloth creates a simple linear texture for the room and is softened by the gentle curves of each furniture pieces and accessory.

Black and white is another classic combination.  The bold geometric pattern of the wallpaper adds a certain playfulness to the bathroom.

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

Images: www.aphrochic.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

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