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MILLION DOLLAR DECORATING PODCAST INTERVIEW!

MILLION DOLLAR DECORATING PODCAST INTERVIEW!

This month, we had the honor of meeting James Swan of the popular podcast, "Million Dollar Decorating!" Marie spoke with James regarding her work and the Marie Burgos Design Brand, revealed behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, and shared stories to motivate all to make beautiful homes!

James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in  House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune  and his book  “101 Things I Hate About Your House”  won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

The Million Dollar Decorating podcasts are devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living, and he has interviewed the world's leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans throughout the world.

This time, it was Marie Burgos Design in the spotlight! 

Click here to tune in now! 

 

Also, as an extra fun tip, Marie’s book recommendation during the podcast was MOVE YOUR STUFF CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Karen Rauch Carter, an essential and accessible guide to increasing happiness, improving your financial well-being, and bettering your health through the timeless Chinese art of feng shui. 

Written by Anaïs Gibaud

 

Beautiful Staircases Designs!

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It may not lead to heaven but if you design your staircase with some creative thought it can look the part!

A custom built staircase is only limited by the designer’s imagination, and can make use of a wide variety of materials to produce what are often strikingly original forms.

Most of us probably take our staircase for granted and think of it as a simple way to ascend or descend between floors. Stairs usually take center stage at the entrance to our home, so we walk you through the wide range of staircase styles and trends to optimize their performance.

Here are images of fabulous staircases...

Spacesaver Staircase Library

This staircase from London-based Levitate Architects comes even more fascinating than what we’ve seen earlier. So you want something that will help you get organized similar to the Storage In Stairs, but you find yourself too squashed by your massive book collection to move around your house. The Space saver Staircase Library merges the two issues, creating one solution.

DNA staircase designed by Ross Lovegrove

This beautiful staircase is the DNA staircase designed by Ross Lovegrove in 2003 and manufactured by Chistophe Moinat Design. The staircase is made out of bladder-moulded glass fiber and carbon fiber.

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I stumbled upon this beauty of  a staircase and started wondering what the codes are for designing a floating staircase.  Most of the pressure is, obviously, in the engineering of the thing, but check out the IRC codes for staircases.

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This is a staircase in a Berkeley home, designed by local architect Craig Steely.

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A stunning installation of a bespoke staircase and clamped structural glass balustrade in this prestigious fitness centre close to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre in central London.

Staircase Design - Kelly Hoppen

Light wood staircases Design by Kelly Hoppen

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London-based designer thomas heatherwick created this amazing 55 ton steel staircase for the opening of the new longchamps store in new york last year and has since recieved praise from all angles. The construction of the staircase was apparently a logistical nightmare, each of the 17 seperate units having to be installed precisely, stretching up to the ceiling.

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Salazar Design majestic staircase

Alexander Gorlin Architects

The public gesture of an open stair leading to the living area above the shop recalls the open loggias of italian houses on piazzas as well as the traditional brownstone stoop, a place for public interaction.

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Beautiful sliding staircase in Alex Michaelis ' stylish home

Some staircase designs are so good you must see them twice to appreciate ;-). This design is that good, it cannot be any better. Found in luxury house by Jouin Manku architects.

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

Which one of these staircases is your favorite? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment! Thanks

Modern Interior Design Style

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“ Less is more to create modern design lines”

Modern style is a clean, streamlined furniture and architecture style from the 1930s with roots in the German Bauhaus School of Design and Scandinavian modern design. It's characterized by polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry. Expansive, unadorned windows marry the interior with the exterior landscape.

Colors - The neutral palette allows the objects in the design to take center stage. White walls are predominant in a modern home with furnishings, accessories and fabrics sporting neutral tone-on-tone color schemes.

Finishes - Sleek, smooth and polished are words to describe surfaces in a modern interior. Concrete, granite and linoleum are used for flooring; chrome and stainless steel are common accents on furniture and in the kitchen. A lacquered finish on kitchen cabinetry is common.

Architecture - A focus on geometry and angular shapes is a hallmark of modern design. Above, light streaming through a soaring window creates an artistic statement and calls attention to the interior architecture.

Artwork - The art and accessories in a modern interior are extremely important and must exhibit striking shapes or forms to make a statement. Special pieces should be called out with spotlights for visual impact.

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Modern Style Tips:

- Modern design uses less texture than any other design style and is more about form/artistic impression rather than function. Add touches of color through artwork and accessories that becomes conversation pieces.

- For a modern look be sure to include basic geometric shapes in decorative accents such as oversized round chrome accessories,square-edged furnishings and rectangular -patterned rugs and artwork.

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

Environmentaly friendly and Fun – A Tire Chair you won’t get tired of!

As global warming and environmental issues  are becoming more important in our everyday life, we are all looking for that little something we can do to contribute to saving our environment.

As a designer I get to shop a lot...  and sometimes I fall on that special piece of furniture that makes a design uncommon!  

This week, I found a chair like no other.  It was hidden in a corner of the showroom, and it surely didn’t look like any of the other furniture around. The particularity of this chair is that it is made of recycled tire.

Usually this recycled material would take more carbon footprint to be re-processed to the original material to be reused. If not, it usually looks amateur. 

This tire chair has in fact, been through the minimum process. An artistic touch to the finish on the surface has transformed this unattractive and sometimes smelly material in a low maintenance and comfortable chair.

This unusually looking chair can be used  outdoor, because it is water proof. It only needs a wipe from time to time. 

You can even request a different pattern, or if you have your own artist to work with, you can order it raw (in black). The rubber also gives you a very welcoming back and seat surface in comparison with a lot of outdoor plastic chairs.

The Tire Chair: Functional, Comfortable, Low Maintenance and most of all Environmental Friendly and Fun!!

For more information on renovation and design, please email TC Chou tcnyc@yahoo.com, Residential Architect or contact marie@manobluedesign.com for your architectural or Interior design projects.

 

 

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