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Naturally Timeless: Bathroom Design with Natural Materials

Naturally Timeless: Bathroom Design with Natural Materials

Designed by Marie Burgos Design -  Credit Francis Augustine   Floor and Wall porcelain tiles by Venezia Ivory - Caesarstone countertop

Designed by Marie Burgos Design -  Credit Francis Augustine 

Floor and Wall porcelain tiles by Venezia Ivory - Caesarstone countertop

The modern bathroom performs many functions - as one of the most used rooms in the house, it sees everything from early morning splashes at the sink, to long evening baths for winding down at the end of a stressful week. Making sure your bathroom is well-designed to fulfill your needs is important, as is creating a timeless and stylish theme which blends well with your home for years to come.

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo credit Francis Augustine   Marvel  Calacatta by Nemo Tiles 

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo credit Francis Augustine

Marvel  Calacatta by Nemo Tiles 

Natural materials are very popular for bathrooms, giving off a calming and relaxing atmosphere which people instinctively respond to. Stone is solid and traditional, and used in bathrooms for centuries thanks to its durability and connection with water. Marble is particularly favored for its luxurious and classic look, but there is such a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes of stone available that there is something to suit everyone. Wood might not be seen so often in the bathroom, but is growing in popularity and is fantastic for creating a warm and organic feel. Try dark teak paired with white stone for a strong monochromatic look, or pale oak and pastel shades for a softer, more comforting feel.

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine  Tiles: Volcano Sabbia Porceleain Tiles in Natural Finish by Nemo Tiles 

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine

Tiles: Volcano Sabbia Porceleain Tiles in Natural Finish by Nemo Tiles 

Think about what takes place in your bathroom and what areas you need - a family bathroom will be quite different to an ensuite in a solo pad. Using different natural materials to break up and connect these spaces can be an excellent way to inject some interest and character into your bathroom. A walk-in shower helps to maintain flow in the room, particularly if you think carefully about how your tiling can be turned to this purpose. Not being restrained by a pre-sized tray means you can make the most of what space and shape you have available, and by following universal design principles, this means that your bathroom will be accessible and usable for people of all ages for years to come.

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine   Floor Tiles: Thassos Marble - Floor Accent Tile: Seashell Blocking mosaic - Accent Tiles: Gardenia Calliope Thassos and Glass Tile from  Tile Bar   

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine 

Floor Tiles: Thassos Marble - Floor Accent Tile: Seashell Blocking mosaic - Accent Tiles: Gardenia Calliope Thassos and Glass Tile from Tile Bar  

Fixtures and fittings should also be accessible and easy to use, but be in keeping with the theme you have created. Brass or copper plumbing in rounded shapes can bring a warm, heritage feel with a timeless quality, and set off both wood and stone beautifully. Square silver options have a sleeker, more modern feel, but can contrast equally well.

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine  Countertop: Clamshell by Caesarstone - Sperry Wall Sconces from Hudson Valley lighting. 

Designed by Marie Burgos Design - Photo Credit Francis Augustine

Countertop: Clamshell by Caesarstone - Sperry Wall Sconces from Hudson Valley lighting. 

Plan your lighting carefully too, to make sure that there is plenty of bright and well directed light in places where you will be concentrating and paying attention to detail; but it’s also important to be able to create a softer ambience around the bath and shower. Your bathroom is functional and needs to fulfill its role, but also be comfortable and flexible to meet all of your needs.

Written by Jenny Holt 

 

Difference between Ceramic and Porcelain tiles

Porcelain and ceramic may belong to the same family, but they are two slightly different products. 

Both porcelain and ceramic can be used to cover walls, ceilings, countertops, showers and backsplashes. 

Ceramic Tiles

Credit: Cruzine.com   

Credit: Cruzine.com

 

Ceramic Tile is a mixture of clays, sands, water and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, molded to form square or rectangular tiles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of the moisture.

Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta.    

Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta.

 

Or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish.    

Or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish.

 

Porcelain Tiles

Credit: Surface.fr

Credit: Surface.fr

Porcelain tile is a newer form of ceramic tile.

Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. 

Porcelains fall into two broad categories:

 

Through body porcelains: They have the color all the way through the body of the tile and as such do not have any glazing on the top to wear off.

Glazed porcelains have the porcelain clay with a glazed top like most non-porcelain ceramic tiles.

PROS AND CONS

Pros:

-Porcelain can safely be used indoors or outdoors.

-Porcelain  is less likely to crack due to freezing.

-Porcelain tiles are more dense so they absorb less water.

-Porcelain tile are less prone to stain absorption than ceramic tiles.

-Porcelain tiles are also harder and have higher breaking strengths due to their density.

-Ceramic tiles are easier to cut,  so easier to use when working in an oddly shaped area that requires a large number of special cuts.

 

Cons:

-Ceramic is designed only for indoor use.

-Ceramic tile is more susceptible to freezing- and thawing-related cracks. 

 

By Anaïs Gibaud

Seashells, capiz shells and mother of pearl used in interior design

Blue capiz side table Capiz shells and mother of pearl shells are one of the most popular sea shell component and specimen and natural material that is used for home decor because they are beautiful and elegant.

Capiz shells are carefully processed to make beautiful Capiz mother of pearl tiles and wall panels and all kinds of natural wall covering.

Capiz seashells are also used to make beautiful home decor, kitchen decor and kitchen utensils.

Capiz home decor can make your home and kitchen elegant and luxurious.

Dining room design with Seashell chandelier by ashley-whittaker-design

Starfish  mirror- Photographed by Eric Roth

I wonder, how many starfish did it take to create this mirror? Photographed by Eric Roth.

Living room design with seashell accent -Jill Shevlin from Intrinsic Design

Mother of pearl wall design by Maya Romanoff

This wall is a work of art. It has a wonderful texture, looks absolutely stunning, create a warm feel with its tan color and reflects light in a magical way!

Interior with capiz chandelier by Brooke Giannetti

A very comfortable beach look for this relaxing master bedroom.

Seashell artwork gallery- Design by Tobi Fairley

The round capiz shells called capiz Shell strings and capiz shell strands are used to make Capiz chandeliers, lamps, windchimes and capiz curtains.

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Capiz seashells can also be use as home and kitchen decor and utensils such as capiz napkin rings, plates, bowls and glass.

Mother of pearl lamp and utensils, Capiz bath vanity, plate and box- Horchow

Hope you have enjoyed these beautiful images.

Which look or application of the beautiful sea element is your favorite?

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

The Glamorous look of Black and White Room Designs!

Black and White living room

The use of Black and White in design can create a stunning and dramatic decor.

There's a rule in decorating that says that "every room can use a touch of black." You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones.  But using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.

Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking!

But to get real drama and spark, pair black with white.

The use of black and white in design gives a fresh, clean, and unquestionably sophisticated and elegant look to any room.

If you're afraid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, turquoise or purple for a striking look. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect.

Here are examples of stunning rooms designed with a Black and White theme.

Gwyneth Paltrow's bath- Kelly Wearstler.

Gwyneth Paltrow's bath with Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper in black. The black and white combo is so chic!

Black and White luxury kitchen design

Black and White luxury kitchen design- The white floor with star detail sets the mood and dramatically contrasts the black glossy cabinets. Stunning kitchen!

Black and White Foyer design

Black and White foyer design- The look is modern, clean and just grandiose!

Black and White dining room design with a touch of pearl grey

Black and White dining room design with a touch of pearl grey. Isn't it elegant?

Black and White living room - Pottery&Barn

Black and White living room - with the classic look of Pottery&Barn

Black & White dining room with a touch of red

Black & White dining room with a touch of red for extra drama!

Black & White majestic dining room with a touch of turquoise

Black & White majestic dining room with a touch of turquoise. This is just an amazing definition for elegance.

Black and White Kitchen design

Another beautiful Black and White Kitchen design with clean lines, marble counter top and backsplash, stainless steel appliances... Perfect kitchen for a perfect cook!

Black and White living room design

Black and White living room design- very chic! A very well designed little space!

Black and White dining room with a touch of green by Erin Valencich

Black and White dining room with a touch of green by Erin Valencich. Here even with a black and white theme, the luscious outside has been brought in for a fresh look.

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 Black and White rooms is your favorite? Do you think that you are likely to use a Black and White theme design for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on my Blog!

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Dramatic painted floor designs!

Painted floors are an interesting and artistic  way to spruce up an old room.  Forget re-finishing your floors. Use  stripes, solids, geometric, and organic designs. They look fabulous painted on wooden floors.  You can do everything from a shabby, organic look to a crisp, geometric paint job.   A traditional stripe or diamond looks great, but you can also branch out to do a fun design for a kids’ room or kitchen.  Below are some beautiful examples of rooms designed with painted floors. Look at this breathtaking floor! Dean Barger painted this floor for Eric Cohler. This striking room is "living" proof that a painted floor can be an elegant alternative for transforming a space.

 Dean Barger painted this floor for Eric Cohler design

Mary McDonald made this soft blue and white bathroom a little bit jazzier with a zig zag blue and white pattern. I adore this bathroom.

zig zag blue and white pattern floor by Mary McDonald

Nancy Bozhardt, genius that she is, used different stains to pattern this gorgeous floor.

Painted Floor by Nancy Bozhardt

Beautiful and fun! This Kitchen blue painted floor from Coastal Living

Kitchen blue painted floor

Nautical style painted floor from Coastal Living

Nautical style painted floor

A turquoise high gloss painted wood floor is the highlight of the beach kitchen and eat in dining area or breakfast nook. Two surfboards serve as decoration in the dining area featuring an striped yellow and white upholstered banquet and a round table.

Turquoise high gloss floor

Very pretty drawing room with checker board floor painted in pastel colors.

Turquoise high gloss floor

Interior design with painted floors by Joel Woodard

Painted floor - Interior design Joel Woodard

The gallery features a bench byJohn Rosselli Antiques and Decorations and a leather-covered door trimmed with silver nailheads; the floor is painted in a faux-marble pattern, and the walls are lacquered Yves Klein-blue.

Marble style Painted floor -Elle Decor

The shop's interior (featured in this excellent Color Therapy post at Apartment Therapy) is alone worth the visit. The custom-painted chevron floor is a show stopper.

 custom-painted chevron floor

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 painted floor is your favorite? Do you think that you are likely to use this style for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Many shades of Blue!

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Elle Decor

Blue brings to mind a beautiful sky in summer and the calmness of a still turquoise sea.

Its coolness helps people relax and take life at a more leisurely pace.

Blue is one of the easiest colors to decorate with. Blue will appeal to a wide range of people because it is a calm and relaxing color.

In Feng Shui, blue corresponds to the water element. This element connects to flowing water, so if you place a water feature in a water room, you are balancing the existing  energies there. Water is a support for the career area of your home. Water is also a also seen as a positive activator that can help accumulate wealth, increasing your prosperity, as it is always moving positive Chi energy around the home.

Blue is a soothing color. Emotionally, it can help release tensions and help you unwind.

You might not want to use Blue in an already cold space, because it will tend to cool a room even more. You also may not want to use it in a room without much natural light as darker shades of blue can sometimes feel depressing and gloomy.

Blue accommodates  very well with Browns as this color is much warmer and balances the coolness of the blue creating a better balance. Blue and Brown make a perfect color combination for a sophisticated office or living room design.

White is also a good color to use with Blue. It will give a very fresh and clean look to any room. You think summer house holidays with this refreshing combination of colors…

Ever wondered how many shades of blue existed?

Well...there are many... some of the most used are: Azure blue, Indigo blue, Cyan blue, Turquoise blue, Teal blue, Navy blue, Sapphire blue, Steel Blue, Midnight Blue, Ultramarine blue, Baby blue...

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Beautiful combination cyan blue  with red accessories in this comfortable living room- Toby Fairley

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Eclectic dining room  design interior. Very fun an appealing! Guaranties happy moments at dinner times! -  Margot Austin

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From Cyan and sapphire blue velvet pillows to Turquoise grasscloth wallpaper walls, sky blue sofa and modern striped blue curtains ... A beautiful way to mix blues using different textures - Elle Decor

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Dreamy blue  for this relaxing bedroom- Brian McKarty

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Turquoise nightstand against a light blue wall paired with lavender. How divine!- Margot Austin

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Softness and simplicity with this clean line baby blue daybed-  Austin Harrelson

For more information for the colors to use for designing with Feng Shui, contactmarie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

Have you used blue paint in your home? What kind of blue have your used? Do you think that you are likely to use blue in your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Bathroom Feng Shui Dos & Donts

picture-22 Creating a haven of calm in your own bathroom is becoming a life essential with our busy schedules and many responsibilities.

The bathroom is the place where you can close the door on your problems.  It is where you can be free from outside tribulations, family life and just be yourself.

You can just lock the door, feel a bath with essential scented oils and unwind in hot soaking water, freeing all muscles aches, letting go of all problems and stress of the day and allowing your spirit to redo the world…

As Feng Shui highlights it, bathrooms can represent a drain on your finances, especially if they are located in the Wealth area of your home. So if you thinking of adding up a new bathroom to your property, find out if the location would be auspicious for your finances.

When remodeling your bathroom, think about the different parameters that would give it value, a sense of comfort and bring positive chi energy. Here are some helpful guidelines:

DOs

1- Place a mirror over the sink for cleaning and shaving but also to expand the space for more Chi energy to circulate.

2- displaying a selection of healthy round leave plants to bring more chi into the room and absorb any stagnant humidity.

3- Keep the bathroom door and the toilet lid closed to prevent from the negative draining effect.

4- Choose pastels shades such as soft pinks, peaches, creams and biscuit tones for your bathroom walls as they are very soothing.

5- Install strong lighting to increase the chi and boost the energy in a humid atmosphere.

6-choose aromatic soaps, essential oils, incense, candles to fill the atmosphere with a wonderful aroma and peace.

7- Create a stylish, attractive bathroom using a range of accessories that helps create a theme making your bathroom a special place to be. But Keep surfaces as free as possible from bath products if not in use.

8- Repair leaks immediately as they represent finances loss.

DONTs

1- Keep out of date drugs in your medicine cabinet. Disgard or return to the pharmacist any tablets, creams or syrups that are past the expiry date or you will encourage more ill health in the family

2- Store toilet paper and cleaning products on the floor and around the bath but put them away in a close cabinet to promote better Chi and prevent accidents

3- Place the bathroom in the center of the home this would allow waste energies and odors to circulate everywhere (valid for new constructions or renovations)

4- Have your toilet or bath opposite your front door, as these are places you need privacy and protection. If you have this layout, place a screen or plants between the toilet or bath and the door.

5- Leave your bathroom door open if it gives directly onto another room or your front door. Keep it shut at all times to prevent negative energy spreading through the rest of the home.

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

Movable curved wall

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Imagine being able to soak in your tub and move the wall to reveal whatever view pleases you most. This design by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio allows you to adjust the amount of privacy in your bathroom, with its curved, movable wall. Bathing in the comfort of your own home doesn’t mean having to isolate yourself into a separate room. The wall can separate the master bathroom from the rest of the apartment if necessary, but it can be left open to create one large and airy space. A pure white palette has been used in this design, along with glass shower glass, which keep the area bright and contemporary, and also keep the focus on the fascinating curve of the wall.

This innovative bathroom design can be found at Five Franklin Place in New York’s TriBeCa neighbourhood, which is the first major American building by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. B&B Italia ’s Contract Division was called upon to engineer and manufacture this remarkable loft master bathroom design.

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5 Interior Design Tips That Will Revolutionize Your Home

picture-29 Do you want to change your house? Are you tired of getting up and not only seeing the same faces, but also the same pieces of furniture, the same colors on the walls, the same curtains? We can t advise you to change those faces (that s up to you!), but we can surely recommend a few interior design tips that will make your home unrecognizable. You ll think you ve moved! Follow these simple tips for your main rooms and get on the road to a brand new home.

1. Bedroom. Ever heard of relaxing bedrooms? Wouldn t you want yours to be a place where you can actually rest? Then you need a room where energy can flow and where you can relax and think. But how? Lighting is very important. Windows should be wide and open: if there s a garden outside, take advantage of it; everything green is only good for your mental well being. For your walls, choose light colors, and with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Also, choose furniture that you find comfortable: few will ever get into your room, so it s better to privilege comfort over looks.

2. Kitchen. Kitchens are complex, no doubt. If you want a radical, profound change made to your kitchen, consult an interior designer for tips on specific things that can be modified in it. That way, you ll save a lot of time and money. However, you can make small changes for it to look nicer. A change in the way the appliances look won t hurt. You can swap the dishwasher s covers or paint the fridge, for instance. Also, replace knobs and handles that are worn, or even add a personal touch to cabinets and cupboards.

3. Bathroom. A bathroom is another area that deserves more comfort than looks at least, the one that you use. Many bathrooms have a designer look and feel that give it a sophisticated touch. If you think you re not up to that task, change the basics: a new shower curtain, new towels, new shiny accessories, and objects might do the trick. Buy some fancy soap with a design you find nice, and use some bathroom fragrance to add aroma: the nose can also rejoice in new environments.

4. Living Room. Re arranging furniture can have an amazing effect on your rooms, especially your living room. There are several techniques for furniture arrangement, but usually trial and error works best. This takes time, but do it; it s also a great way to take some time off from daily worries.

5. Other Rooms. A complete house lifting would involve painting. If you have been postponing the painting, then it s probably time you get your hands dirty. If you don t want to do it yourself, just hire someone. Depending on your house, it might take from a few days to a couple of weeks, so plan in advance. You certainly don t want the painter to be still at work on your 40th birthday party!

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

Tips on using Mirrors to Create Space

picture-5 If you wish to make the small space inside your home look visually larger, then mirrors could just be the right choice for you. Mirrors have been a strong element in enhancing the design of any house ever since they were invented. Having mirrors is also an integral part of a Chinese design system, popularly known as Feng Shui. It has been found that mirrors create positive energy where “darkness” and “ill-health” is dominant. So if you are interested in adding depth and openness to your place, then its’ time for you to consider having some mirrors inside the house.

Here are some tricks that will help you make your room look more spacious and bright:

1. A dark and dingy room can benefit from good positioning of a mirror or a series of them. For example, you can place the mirror on the wall opposite to the window. This reflects the incoming light and brightens up the room thereby giving an illusion of a larger space.

2. Large or full sized mirrors can be placed in the entrance ways thereby giving a sensation of a larger space to anybody entering inside. It is even better to place the mirror on the wall or the walls which the eye catches first.

3. If you have a small bedroom or dining room (which appears cluttered) then placing a wall mirror in these rooms instantly opens up the space. A bed or dining table placed next to a mirrored wall immediately appears larger thereby giving the much needed “feel-big” look.

4. A hallway or stairway can be made to look larger by placing mirrors in staggered sequence on both sides of the walls. You can also hang the mirrors at the ends instead of placing them on the sides.

5. Hanging mirrors in bathrooms is also a perfect way to brighten up the space and add more depth inside the bathroom. If you want to see the back of your outfit or the cut of your hair, then this can be achieved by strategically placing the mirrors in the bathroom.

6. Painting on one wall (in dark color) and hanging a stylish mirror on the other dark wall enhances the visual depth of the room.

7. Lastly, according to Feng Shui you should never purchase poor quality mirrors. You should not keep the mirrors dusty and unclean as it reflects weak “chi” or energy and a cracked mirror should be discarded immediately.

Opening up your home by careful and intelligent placement of mirrors is a great way in which you can add a lot of style, drama and creativity. It will not only make your home look bigger and spacious but will also add a gorgeous wall décor to it.