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This home is the top floor of an 1900 Brownstone in the heart of Hoboken NJ. We kept the brownstone charm with beautiful crown moldings, high ceilings and furnishing and paired it with very modern elements.
We transformed it into a modern apartment for a young energetic couple who collect art pieces throughout their travels. They wanted to integrate most of their personal art collection and to make the apartment as modern and high tech as possible while keeping the classic brownstone flair.
The art collection is present throughout the entire space in the form of paintings, objects, memorabilia but also furnishing. 


How we did it? 

Those are some of the main pieces that helped us transformed this raw place into a high-end modern living-room. 

-The Charcoal Walnut hardwood flooring upgrades the look of the living room. It provides a rich warm tone to the space. 

-The rug is art to the floor. Its unique abstract design stands out in the decor bringing texture and warmth. 

-The custom-made cabinetry in gray oak and glass showcases an eclectic art collection of curiosities and memorabilia. Making these built ins perfect conversational pieces!

-The French Fireplace mantel inspired by Louis XVI design in Carrara marble enhances the architecture of this classic brownstone room. A special highlight is added by a custom mosaic loop design in white & grey glass with variations of gold. 

- The one of a kind Artwork is original and sets the tone with a vivid color. 

-The elegant window treatment were custom-made. They frame the windows beautifully and add a soft layer to the space.

By Anaïs Gibaud



Peggy Bates Art & Colors

I truly enjoyed meeting Peggy Bates. She is such a wonderful human being and a fabulous artist.

Her sensibility, kindness and humanity comes out in her art with gracious curves and vivid colors.

I have visited her studio where colorful giant paintings graze all the walls, in a totally white background. Her walls and floors are in a snowy white which allows you to take in all the colors and the majestic shapes.

Peggy Bates is based in NY. Her art is displayed in many galleries. You can visit her website is:

Her clients display her art in residential homes as well as commercial spaces. She also commissions paintings especially for you!

The fabulous photographer Francis Augustine is relating the story of a morning in Peggy's Art Studio...

Hope you have enjoyed looking at Peggy's colorful art!

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Stratus Realty Group Feng Shui Design Office Party

Irene Nikolay and Marie Burgos

Here I am pausing with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group - Joshua Wong Photography

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the fabulous party organized by my clients Stratus Realty Group for the inauguration of their newly Feng Shui Design offices in NYC. I have designed this space following Feng Shui principles. The wall art will regularly change to display different artists art. Here with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group.

All the photography is by the fabulous photographer Joshua Wong

Display Stratus Realty Group office- Marie Burgos Design

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Designing your Hallway with Feng Shui!

The Hallway is the first thing you see when entering your home. Often when designing a home, the hallway is neglected. While not officially a room, there is likely more than one hallway in your home. In Feng Shui, hallways help your "Chi" energy circulate throughout your home. For these reasons, designing your hallway should take on the same importance as designing the rest of your home. Below are four tips to help you spruce up your hallway.

1. Light it Up

Many halls lack a good source of natural light. You would not want any other room in your home to appear dark and gloomy, and the hall should not be an exception. Install an overhead light that meshes well with any décor that can be seen from the hallway. Also consider hanging sconces that offer a light source. You can even add crystals or a small chandelier fixture for extra good energy. They make every ray of light sparkle!  Also, if little feet will be traveling the hallway at night, you should install a night light to help them find their way.

2. Mirror Effect

Decorative mirrors are a great choice for your hallways. Since most hallways are rather narrow, hanging a mirror helps them appear a bit larger. Also, mirrors are great light enhancers as they reflect every bit of light they get and bounce it around to light up the space. When choosing a mirror for your hallway, consider scale. A large mirror is usually a good choice, especially if it is the only decoration on a particular wall. Smaller mirrors flanked by metal wall hangings, a clock or perhaps hanging candle holders, create a beautiful display. Feng Shui wise, mirrors really increase the energy of your space. Just make sure that what is reflected in them is something that inspires you and that you want more of in your life, because a mirror will double it for you.

3. No Clutter!

Some people allow items to collect in the hallway rather than having them put away in their proper place. Before long, the hallway looks like a small storage unit! Keep your hallway completely free of clutter. If you have a large hallway, and opt to have furniture there, encourage family members to refrain from leaving items sitting on it. It doesn't take much clutter for a small room to look very messy. Just consider the hallway a very small room, and keep it clutter free. Also this is were the "Chi" energy circulates to nourish all your home. You want to make sure that no blockages are created to get the maximum energy flow throughout your home for support and happiness.

4. Art and Photos

A wonderful option for the walls in your hallway is to use the space to display your family photos. You could, for example, have a row for each of your children and place the photographs chronologically. You will be able to watch your children "grow up" each time you walk down the hall. Another option is to create an asymmetrical display of all of your favorite photos. Use frames of varying sizes and styles to create an interesting display. You could also hang a series of artwork pieces to create an interesting gallery. My advice... Just display what you absolutely love as if the hallway was your road to happiness and success...

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Horses in Interior Design

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Do you love horses? Would you like to incorporate your love of horses into your home decorating scheme without going overboard?

Horses are commanding animals to behold, and their likenesses certainly hold their own in home interiors. Each of the following spaces displays an element of equestrian style through the depiction of these majestic creatures in items such as pillows, prints, sculptures and paintings.

You can also select a classic piece of artwork with a horse related theme. For extra touches, look for horse printed afghans, throws, pillows, and prints. Even a nice coffee table book of horse photos can showcase your love for horses.

Whether you want to decorate an entire room, or simply add some subtle touches, horse lovers have many options for letting their love for horses show through their home's décor.


White Living Room - A stunning photograph from Roberto Dutesco's Horses of Sable Island series overlooks a snowy white living room with sunny yellow accent pillows carefully placed on comfy white upholstered sofas.

Interior by Marie Burgos Design

Comfortable living room with an Asian flair in one of my client's Long Island mansion.


Grand Entrance in an interior by Kelly Weastler Design


Peaceful Bedroom: A wood four poster canopy bed makes a statement in the center of this large bedroom and also provides the perfect framing for a black and white print featuring a herd of beautiful horses. A heart shaped patterned orange and white duvet covers the bed and a grey chaise sits neatly in the corner...perfect for an lazy afternoon nap or a good late night read.


Showcase of a couple portrait in their family estate home.- Photographer Simon Upton

Horses sculptures by Altamoda

Console Display: Every product by Italian company Altamoda is a work of art.


Very chic black and white interior by Moris Moreno via Desire to Inspire. Here the horses are appearing in a subtle way  in this very inspired art piece.


Grandiose art deco library: this effect is the result of this large piece of artwork as a focal point for this elegant room. - Nuevo Estilo via La Dolce Vita


Room in the attic: In love with horses....Country Living

Kelly Weastler design

A very elegant living space. The horse statue is a real focal point.                                                                      Interior by Kelly Weastler design

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How to use "Silver" color for your Interior Design?

picture-51 A little bit of Silver adds some sparkle and life to almost any room in your home. Dressers, light fixtures, accessories and mirrors all fit the bill; and this is not a passing fancy. Silver furnishings have been featured prominently in well-designed interiors for many years. Original antiques can can be pricy but there are many companies producing pieces that are affordable and eye-catching with this extra little glitter which is the silver color.

Here are great easy ways to add a little silver in your interior:

Re-frame a favorite piece of artwork with a silver frame. Go with polished silver for a contemporary look or antique silver for something more traditional. Here a beautiful moroccan style mirror with a dressy silver frizz!

picture-151 Change the knobs on your dresser with something sparkly. It's an easy fix with a lot of impact. Or even refinish your whole dresser in silver for a little drama in the bedroom!

picture-6 Choose a  silver drapery pole and rings which draws more attention than stained wood.

picture-7 Accent tables are a great way to ad the sparkles! Why not select one that stands out?


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Modern Interior Design Style


“ 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.


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.

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How to Select Art for Your Home

asian-living-room Selecting art for your home can be an exciting adventure and a source of enjoyment for years to come. Keys to success are figuring out what kind of art you like, how it will fit in with the rest of your interior design plans, and how to exhibit the art to the best effect in your home.

What kind of art do you like?

There are many opportunities to browse art within your community at local exhibitions, art fairs and galleries. Even small towns usually have a not-for-profit gallery space, or cafés and restaurant that exhibit local artists. In larger cities, galleries often get together for monthly or periodic “gallery nights” where all the galleries hold open house receptions on the same evening. It’s a great way to see a lot of art in a short time.

Today the internet provides the largest variety and depth of fine art available worldwide. You can visit museum websites and see master works from ages past, check out online galleries for group shows, and visit hundreds of individual artists’ websites. One advantage of using the internet is that you can search for the specific kind of art you are interested in, whether it’s photography, impressionism, bronze sculpture, or abstract painting. And when you find one art site, you’ll usually find links to many, many more.

Should the art fit the room or the room fit the art?

If you feel strongly about a particular work of art, you should buy the art you love and then find a place to put it. But you may find that when you get the art home and place it on a wall or pedestal, it doesn’t work with its surroundings. By not “working,” I mean the art looks out of place in the room. Placing art in the wrong surroundings takes away from its beauty and impact.

What should you do if you bring a painting home and it clashes with its environment? First, hang the painting in various places in your home, trying it out on different walls. It may look great in a place you hadn’t planned on hanging it. If you can’t find a place where the art looks its best, you may need to make some changes in the room, such as moving furniture or taking down patterned wallpaper and repainting in a neutral color. The changes will be worth making in order to enjoy the art you love.

Sometimes the right lighting is the key to showing art at its best. You may find that placing a picture light above a painting or directing track lighting on it is all the art needs to exhibit its brilliance. If you place a work of art in direct sunlight, however, be sure it won’t be affected by the ultraviolet light. Pigments such as watercolor, pencil and pastel are especially prone to fading. Be sure to frame delicate art under UV protected glass or acrylic.

How to pick art to fit the room?

Size and color are the two major criteria for selecting art to fit its surroundings. For any particular space, art that is too large will overwhelm, and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe.

As a rule, paintings should be hung so that the center of the painting is at eye level. Sculpture may sit on the floor, a table, or pedestal, depending on the design. Rules should be considered guidelines only, however, so feel free to experiment.

When selecting a painting to match color, select one or two of the boldest colors in your room and look for art that has those colors in it. You’re not looking for an exact match here. Picking up one or two of the same colors will send a message that the painting belongs in this environment.

Another possibility for dealing with color is to choose art with muted colors, black-and-white art, or art that is framed in a way that mutes its color impact in the room. A wide light-colored mat and neutral frame create a protected environment for the art within.

Style is another consideration when selecting art to fit a room. If your house is filled with antiques, for example, you’ll want to use antique-style frames on the paintings you hang there. If you have contemporary furniture in large rooms with high ceilings, you’ll want to hang large contemporary paintings.

How to create an art-friendly room?

Think about it. When you walk into a gallery or museum, what do they all have in common? White walls and lots of light. If a wall is wall-papered or painted a color other than white, it limits the choices for hanging art that will look good on it. If a room is dark, the art will not show to its best advantage.

If you want to make art the center of attraction, play down the other elements of the room like window coverings, carpeting, wall coverings, and even furniture. A room crowded with other colors, textures and objects will take the spotlight away from the art. Follow the principle that less is more. Keep it spare and let the art star. Then relax and enjoy it.

Selecting and displaying art is an art in itself. Experiment to learn what pleases you and what doesn’t. You’ll be well-rewarded for the time you invest by finding more satisfaction both in the art and in your home.

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Is your Art creating a good or a bad Feng Shui bedroom?


When you wake up, what do you see? When you go to sleep, what do you see? Seeing art or inspiring images first thing in the morning is good Feng Shui, but you have to look a bit deeper and understand what does your bedroom art really represent. 


From a feng shui stand-point, it really does not matter how famous the artist is, or how much you paid for the piece. What matters is its energy (feng shui energy) and what this energy does for your bedroom and for your love life. 


Look at every decoration piece in your bedroom and see if it really belongs there. See if your bedroom art is contributing to a feeling of love or a feeling of sadness. See if the mirror can be repositioned so that it does not face the bed. In feng shui, little things make a big difference.

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