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BEFORE AND AFTER DINING ROOM THE BROOKLYN CLOCK TOWER RESIDENCE

BEFORE AND AFTER DINING ROOM THE BROOKLYN CLOCK TOWER RESIDENCE

Our latest project took place among the tallest four-sided clock towers in the world!  Constructed in a modernized Byzantine-Romanesque style, the building has been converted into luxury condominium apartments. 

The W. Family contacted us as after they purchased their second apartment next door so they could join them and form one spacious residence. 

As you will see below presented in the Before and After, the space's layout has been completely re-imagined and redesigned to fully optimize the flow and function of each space in the apartment. 

The Dining Room

The Dining Room was previously a shared kids' bedroom, and is now an elegant Dining Room. The colorful, natural and textured wall coverings paired with a fabulous crystal chandelier brings a lot of glamour. The bronze sea urchin wall accents as well as the cowhide rug with metallic finish adds a chic unexpected element to the look. The piano contributes to create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere.

To see another idea of work, please see the following article from our friends at Top Reveal: http://topreveal.com/daring-dining-room-ideas

By Anaïs Gibaud

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER WEST VILLAGE TAILORED RESIDENCE - Bedroom

BEFORE AND AFTER WEST VILLAGE TAILORED RESIDENCE - Bedroom

The Inspiration behind the Design

Our french born client was inspired by The Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan. Where each room feels like an apartment, luxurious and casual at the same time.
The inspiration: French touch at the Greenwich Hotel.  Credit: www.greenwichhotel.com 

The inspiration: French touch at the Greenwich Hotel.

Credit: www.greenwichhotel.com 

After Master bedroom
We brought in this casual luxury with the mix of the whole woods, rich fabrics, leathers, metal and lighting.

Furnishings in the bedroom are drawn from a wide range of cultural influences, from Maroccan hand-loomed Wool rugs , to English Leather Accent wall tiles or Italian designed Bed.

Marie Burgos Design also wanted to create a space with comfort.

The millwork for the Nightstands and cabinetry and all window drapes and pillows were entirely custom-made by Marie Burgos Design for the client space and needs.
Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

Before Picture of the Master Bedroom

After
There is never too much storage! We created a large and confortable walking closet by opening the space.  A wall and and two little closets were removed and replaced by a fully custom-made wood cabinetry. 

There is never too much storage! We created a large and confortable walking closet by opening the space.  A wall and and two little closets were removed and replaced by a fully custom-made wood cabinetry. 

By Anaïs Gibaud

Turtle Lovers in Design

The Chinese believe that the turtle has the secret of heaven and of earth within its body because its back symbolizes Heaven and that its underside represents Earth. They love turtles and it is a great Feng Shui symbol of prosperity.

The turtle  is also associated with longevity and wisdom. Incredibly, sea turtles have existed on earth longer than any other vertebrate animal — they were here when dinosaurs evolved and became extinct, and they survived the Ice Age.

The turtle’s whole life is one of steadfastness, effort, and patience. It lives a slow and steady life of “non-doing.” There is a saying, “Home is where the heart is” — the turtle is always at home within itself.

I don’t advocate the killing of turtles for their shells. My grand father who is now 89 years old was a fisherman all his life and tought us to love and respect this beautiful creatures from the sea and earth... He ones made a guitar out of a giant turtle shell he found, which is still in my Grand parents living room in Martinique. I was surprised to actually find one just alike.

In design, which is my passion, I noticed more and more turtle lovers who surround themselves with turtle shells or representations of turtles.

Above is a beautiful warm bedroom decor where a large turtle shell is mounted on a metal stand. Note how the visual weight of it balances the large lamp.- Source NIBS

Susan Chevalier renovated her Venice, Calif., bungalow to make entertaining as easy as a day at the beach. Quirky mementos from Susan's travels include a tortoise shell given to her by a fisherman on Mustique that rests on an antique director's chair outside the sunroom - Country Living

Here is a fabulous design at La Marea restaurant at Miami's Tides South Beach hotel, decorated by Kelly Wearstler with antique tortoise shells. Kelly is a bold trend setter and a lover of all natures beauty. Source Vogue

Look at this beautiful turtle shell from Horchow , handcrafted of composites with a hand-painted antique burnished silver-leaf finish. Great way to showcase your love of turtles without going for the real shell.

I also love the look of the porcelain turtle lamps by Jonathan Adler. A great way to make your interior chic and fun at the same time!

Which one of these turtles do you like best? Would you use turtle shells in your home?

I look forward to your comments on my blog!

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

Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create A Space Full of Health, Harmony & Happiness

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Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I’ve consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby’s development. Light blues, pinks, greens and yellows are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. Décor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don’t place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby’s development. There’s also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don’t have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently – diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. — are accessible. You don’t want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don’t place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you’ll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby’s crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby’s development and sleep.

9. Parent’s Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent’s room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You’ll be glad!

This article has been written by fellow Feng Shui expert Ken Lauher.

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

Are you about to decorate your nursery? Do you think that you are likely to use some of my Feng Shui advice for your nursery project? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

My Favorite Outdoor Daybeds!

picture-105 Imagine your very own outdoor living area,with not only seating, but an outdoor daybed on which to nap! Heaven!!

Most have steel frame construction with a resin or wicker weave that would definitely survive the elements.

Although you may possibly think indoors is the place for a bedroom, the way to utilize your backyard as a private retreat is to recreate all the primary indoor living areas.

With our current economy, the new thinking is to refine our own backyards, rather than taking expensive vacations elsewhere. A lot of the population already has in ground or above ground pools, landscaped spaces, outdoor kitchen facilities to some degree, and at the very minimum a picnic table. The addition of an outdoor daybed adds another “room” to the private retreat.

Sure, hammocks were the outdoor “bedroom” of the past, but getting in or out of one, was a challenge. An advantage to an outdoor daybed is that they are stationary. They are also at a reasonable height for any age to gain access. They can be sighted anywhere in the outdoor space and most are unique enough in appearance to be a focal point. An added bonus is that they provide additional seating to the “living room” of the yard.

Nothing is more appealing than the thought of sinking into the cushions of an outdoor daybed on a hot, lazy summer afternoon, while the spouse is cooking on the grill, of course. Another vision is reclining on one with a spectacular sunset in front of you. Ok, back to reality, it is a treat to dream of outdoor daybeds when there is a foot of snow outside.

Which one is your favorite?

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These beautiful daybeds are made by Lifeshop Collection, a company that is specialized in indoor and outdoor contract furniture, hotel furniture, contract lighting, contract artwork, casegoods, and resin furniture. A piece of outdoor furniture like this would be great, to relax outside your house, and breathe fresh air. These pieces would be also awesome for an outdoor party.

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A part of the woven outdoor furniture collection, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Woven Daybed creates a distinctive and sculptural style with gorgeous free-flowing forms. Designed by Vladimir Kagan, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Daybed creates a peaceful and soothing corner where you can relax and enjoy the summer months.

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Take it indoors or out, the Sushi Daybed by Vivavi is an eye-catching addition to any setting. Hand-woven water hyacinth is wrapped tightly around a durable rattan frame to create this unique home furnishing.

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The Ragatta Day Bed is the most striking daybed in the Lifeshop Collection. The looming arch adds a touch of class to the bed. I particularly like the way the frame wraps the foot of the day bed. The framing is done in teak. The seat is plush and cozy, with detachable cuddly cushions. To sum up, it is an elegant, stylish, modern piece of furniture that will transform any room and redefine comfort.

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Grand Cayman Daybed  by Alfresco Home.  Drift away into your dreams in this beautiful, unique daybed.
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What could be more luxurious than indulging in a dreamy nap on the canopied Zinnia wicker daybed? This stunning daybed from the WeatherMaster line by Laneventure is described as “somewhere between the opulence of an Orient-Express sleeper and the gentility of the veranda…” A design by Celerie Kemble, the Zinnia has a frame handwoven from real, sustainable rattan with 41 custom finishes available!
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Salome Daybed from Lifeshop Furniture Collection. The round bade has been made from cane which makes it ideal for outdoor usage.

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 outdoor daybeds is your favorite and why ? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment! Thank you.

The canopy bed of my dreams!

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"Creating a romantic bedroom look with a canopy bed!"

A canopy bed is a decorative bed somewhat similar to a four-poster bed.  A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the four corners extending four feet high or more above the mattress.  Ornate or decorative fabric is often draped across the upper space between the posts and a solid swath of cloth may create a ceiling, or canopy directly over the bed.

The canopy bed came into existence more from utilitarian means than that of extravagance or decadence.  In fact, the earliest incarnations were probably beds of common people seeking an additional layer of shelter beyond that of a less-than-impenetrable thatch roof.  Canopy beds with curtains that could completely enclose the bed were used by lords and noblemen in medieval Europe for warmth and privacy, as their attendants often slept in the same room.  Until the 16th century, these beds, even those of the nobles, were fairly plain and understated.  During this period, carved work on the headboard and posts became popular and more ornate canopy beds followed.

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Today’s canopy beds generally fit into one of two categories: traditional or contemporary.

Most of the traditional canopy beds will have a Victorian aesthetic, with either metal rod frames or intricately carved wood frames and posts.  These throwbacks will also often feature ruffled, pleated elaborate draping, sometimes with rather heavy cloth.

In contrast, contemporary canopy beds generally employ a cleaner, simpler design.  Wood, metal, or a combination of the two is used in the construction of modern canopy beds, which usually have little to no detail on the foot and headboards and often feature sharp, geometric designs.

Wether you like contemporary/ modern furniture or more traditional/ classic look, you can create an equaly romantic space.

Look at some beautiful designer creations and interiors featuring canopy beds...

Classical Canopy Beds by Charles P. Rogers

Dominio Canopy Bed treatment

Anouska Hempel Design Canopy Bed

Canopy bed - Anouska Hempeldesign

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 canopy bed from Attila Design

Canopy bed design- Katie Ridder uses a floral cotton by Muriel Brandolini

Canopy bed with mirrors & embroidered Indian silk panels - Design Bunny Williams

Which one is your favorite? Let me know by leaving a comment on the Blog! Thank you.

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The Ikat Fabric look in Interior Design

Ikat Fabrics Ikats have been around for several centuries. It is rare when something that was developed so long ago becomes so popular in modern times. The word “ikat” means “to tie” or “to bind”. This describes the process and also the fabric itself.

Even though, many of today’s Ikats may not be “true” in the sense of how the fabric is constructed, the pattern lives on and is easily recognized when used as a pattern in interior design.

In this day and age where everything seems to be focused on the next “big thing” or the new trend, the ikat will always be regarded as a classic and timeless element of design.

Here some beautiful furniture pieces and pillows by Madeline Weinrib  with her signature Ikat design fabrics:

There are no limits to ways of using Ikat beautiful fabrics as they come is various patterns and colors. Ikat fabric always adds an elegant cheerful touch to a design or suggests far away travels and create a beautiful focal point in any room.

Collection in Ikat fabrics - Madeleine Weinrib

Below, designers have created these Interiors with Ikat fabrics... pillows, sofas, chairs, window treatment, wall art pieces...

Indigo blue traditional Ikat textiles

Multicolor Ikat walls

Violet ikat fabric- Madeline Weinrib

Madeline Weinrib  amazing line of ikat pillows in her own home

Wall Framed Ikat fabric- Design Anne Becker

Ikat fabric roman shades and accent pillows- source House Beautiful

Grand Entrance with Ikat fabric- Christopher Maya

Pretty sofette in Ikat blue

Chair in Purple Ikat

Loving Ikat fabrics? Let me know about it...

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The "paisley" look in design

Beautiful paisley bedding Paisley or Paisley pattern is a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Indian and Persian origin, similar to half of the Yin & Yang symbol. The pattern is sometimes called "Persian pickles" by American traditionalists, especially quiltmakers, or "Welsh pears" in Welsh textiles as far back as 1888.

Today paisley design patterns are used from whole walls to small accent to create harmonious interiors.

Paisley patterns

Above some examples of how paisley patterns can be used in various colors for different pieces wether furniture of accessories.

Here (below) are some beautiful examples of todays paisley design applications...

Soft paisley design wallpaper- Brett Design

A wallpaper in a neutral color but bold size paisley patterns brings interest to this peaceful bedroom design

paisley headboards- Cottage Living

Soft paisley headboard fabric in cream and red dress up a simple country bedroom. Pillows, throws and lamp shades remind the soft color combination around the room.

Brown paisley walls and fabrics- Barclay Butera Design

A mix of patterns and colors give a lot for character to this chic country style bedroom. Various colors of fabric with paisley patterns cover the walls, dress up the bed giving a very luscious look to this bedroom design.

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Dramatic effect with this white and blue wallpaper paisley.

Blue paisley bedding and fabrics- Barclay Butera Design

A soft beach look is accomplished by mixing various shades of blues and fabric patterns. For the pleasure of admiring...

Pink bedding paisley

This pretty pink bedroom is layered is fabrics and softness. A very discreet paisley pattern covers the light bedding duvet for more softness in the room.

Green paisley bedroom coordinate

Fresh Green country look for this well coordinated bedroom. Paisley fabric is used throughout the room as a beautiful accent.

Do you love paisley?Are you using paisley patterns in your home?

If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the blog!

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Designing with acrylic furniture pieces

Acrylic chaise A great way of creating more space or the feel of more space is by using transparent furniture or accessories.

There is currently several firms designing and manufacturing Acrylic furniture. This see-through furniture looks weightless and is especially fitting when you have tight spaces like a city apartment or a small boudoir to design.

Here are some great design spaces using Acrylic pieces or accents.

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Beautiful acrylic coffee table over this colorful rug brings some water element into the room and create a light feel.
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The famous bubble chair! Here used into one of Kelly Hoppen amazing interiors. This was Kelly Hoppen home.
Airiness is created in this sky blue room with the combination of acrylic pieces of furniture... acrylic lounge chairs and a curvy acrylic coffee table.
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Discreet and elegant acrylic console table lives the spots light to a zebra skin ottoman

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Fabulousness of this acrylic piano...

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This small acrylic chair completes the airiness and peaceful atmosphere of this cream and turquoise bedroom. Just divine!

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Sleeping like a queen or king is no issue in this dreamy posters bed. It is accompanied by a beautiful bench in tan tufted velvet and acrylic legs. Just magical!

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Very glamour, this silk tufted bench and acrylic legs!

And many more options of using beautiful airy acrylic pieces of furniture and accessories. From ottomans to curvy chairs and acrylic chandeliers.

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Square, round, oval, free shaped Ottomans!

Interior with square cream leather ottoman by Marie Burgos Design

Ottomans can be used as foot stools to accompany a comfortable armchair, for extra seating, a bedroom bench, or even as a coffee table.

Ottomans come in various sizes, shapes and textures. Some of them are oversized,  but they all most of the time both functional and practical.

Here are some great examples of ottomans.

Which one is your favorite?

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In this beautiful interior designed by  Patricia Gray,  an oversized ottoman has been showcased in a beautiful charcoal cashmere fabric. Don't you love the serenity of this design!

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A mix of contemporary art, French 40s and 50s furniture with a restrained pallet where the inspirations in creating this interior created by Michael Rosenberg. He used the fabulous Kelly Round Ottoman.

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Small square ottoman looks comfortable and very practical at this small study. From Donghia

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A master bedroom - the client wanted to use existing furnishings, wanted it chic but not shabby. A dash of old hollywood glamour.. voila! by  Michelle Workman- Very pretty skirt!

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Contemporary and geometric, the Skyline Chaise and ottoman are fully upholstered with vogue polished stainless steel sled legs, fixed backs with a loose seat cushion and three lumbar cushions. by Diane Paparo. This is a very contemporary sleek look.

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Elegant leather tufted ottoman by Hayes de Fer.

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Very pretty ottoman in zebra skin from Phases Africa

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Kelly Hoppen signature ottoman in crocodile leather skin.

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At 66" Long this long oval ottoman from MGBW is great for fronting a long sofa and adding curves to the space!

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Black patent leather upholstery with polished nickel nailhead trim and white finish by Jonathan Adler

Which ones of these ottomans is your favorite ? Do you think that you are likely to buy an ottoman for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

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