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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

 

4 Complete and useful tips to chose the perfect rug for your interior

Those tips should help you to make the perfect choice. Wether it is to define an area in your space, bring a peaceful and relaxed feeling, or add some character and colourful twist to your decor. 

As Feng Shui concepts confirm: Rugs can help to add a homey feel and create a good Chi flow.

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TIP 1: THE SIZE

Dining room
Bedroom
Credit: Home Decor and Staging and Interior Design 

Credit: Home Decor and Staging and Interior Design 


TIP 2: THE RIGHT COLORS 

In order to chose the best colour tone that will integrate your rug harmoniously with the colour of each other pieces of the room, you will need to take into account the energy that these colours can bring into your space and how you would like them to influence you. Be sure to choose the quality of energy that works best for you and your family. 

 

Start by considering who uses a room most often:

Credit: femina.ch  This is a very important thing to consider before making color choices. "If you are decorating a nursery, for example, most people innately understand that four walls of red are not conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for baby” says Laura Benko, holistic Feng Shui expert.

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This is a very important thing to consider before making color choices. "If you are decorating a nursery, for example, most people innately understand that four walls of red are not conducive to a peaceful nights sleep for baby” says Laura Benko, holistic Feng Shui expert.

Step outside your comfort zone and play with different hues to get the right feel

Credit: Decouvrirdesign.com  If you lack motivation and are dwelling in a sea of calming, quieting neutrals, adding some pops of dynamic color and fiery tones can enhance your sense of drive and enthusiasm."Using color in this way is how this ancient art of placement has been updated from thousands of years ago," Benko says. "Tap into the colors you subconsciously need the most in order to create a more balanced home that supports your goals and desires.”   

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If you lack motivation and are dwelling in a sea of calming, quieting neutrals, adding some pops of dynamic color and fiery tones can enhance your sense of drive and enthusiasm."Using color in this way is how this ancient art of placement has been updated from thousands of years ago," Benko says. "Tap into the colors you subconsciously need the most in order to create a more balanced home that supports your goals and desires.”

 

Fire colors in lively spaces

Credit: theeverygirl.com   Rug can also bring a pop of color to your decor.Active rooms like dining rooms , hallways or foyer can benefit more from dynamic colors. People circulate through the space and the movement can be expressed with a dynamic color.

Credit: theeverygirl.com

Rug can also bring a pop of color to your decor.Active rooms like dining rooms , hallways or foyer can benefit more from dynamic colors. People circulate through the space and the movement can be expressed with a dynamic color.

 

Neutrals, greens, and blues

Credit:  Frenchifancy.com  Those colors tend to meet needs best for Bedrooms and living rooms.     

Credit:  Frenchifancy.com

Those colors tend to meet needs best for Bedrooms and living rooms.

 

          All natural

Credit: Cotémaison  An all-neutral palette feels richer and more balanced if you mix textures, such as a course jute rug or a furry sheepskin rug.

Credit: Cotémaison

An all-neutral palette feels richer and more balanced if you mix textures, such as a course jute rug or a furry sheepskin rug.

           


TIP 3: MATERIAL

How much traffic and use does the room get? 

Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.

 

Natural

Credit: turbulences-deco.fr  Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

Credit: turbulences-deco.fr

Natural rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

Tufted

Credit: La redoute  Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.   

Credit: La redoute

Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.

 

Dhurries + Kilims

Credit: Marieke.fr  Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

Credit: Marieke.fr

Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

Overdyed + Distressed Rugs

Credit: Overstock.com  Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.     

Credit: Overstock.com

Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.

 


TIP 4: THE PATTERNS

What color is your furniture? If your bed's got a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug to bring things down to earth—or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.

Versatil neutrals

Credit: Domaine Home  A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Credit: Domaine Home

A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Solid Colors

Credit : Attendsmoissousladouche  A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

Credit : Attendsmoissousladouche

A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.

By Anaïs Gibaud

Playfull Patterns

Credit: Tempo da Delicadeza   If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.      

Credit: Tempo da Delicadeza 

If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houzz.com: Color Feast: When to Use Orange in the Dining Room

houzz interior design ideasby Jennifer Ott

Orange is a high-energy, fun and friendly color, so it's perfect for the room where we break bread with family and friends. Orange oozes confidence. But for those who lack the confidence to test this outgoing hue in their own spaces, I've gathered together 10 tasty orange dining rooms to inspire you, along with tips on how to successfully incorporate this fun-loving color.

Orange can quickly turn pastel if you opt for a lighter shade. To get a more sophisticated-looking (and dining room–worthy) light orange, pick a hue that has some brown in it, such as the first and third paint colors shown here.

 

Orange paint picks for dining rooms (clockwise from top left): 1. Sea of Sand KM3540-1, Kelly-Moore Paints 2. Mandarin 121-6, Pittsburgh Paints 3. Peach Sorbet 2015-40, Benjamin Moore 4. Ripe Pomegranate 2009-3, Valspar 5. Shanghai AO410, Glidden 6. Orange Nasturtium 103-6, Mythic Paint 7. Summer Citrus S-G-270, Behr 8. Laughing Orange SW6895, Sherwin-Williams

Contemporary Dining Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Mark Newman Design

The easiest way to bring bold orange into your dining room is to pick a hue you like and paint a wall or two. Having trouble selecting the right orange? Pull a shade out of a favorite painting or upholstery fabric. It's likely a color you are drawn to, and it will coordinate well with the decorative item that inspired it.

Modern Dining Room by Dallas General Contractors Scudder Construction LLC.

A red-orange like this one is not for the timid. Make it work by keeping the other colors in the room light and neutral. I'd also recommend limiting the number of attention-getting accessories; otherwise the space can become overwhelming.

Eclectic Kitchen by Jersey City Design-Build Firms Brunelleschi Construction

Can't decide on or afford artwork you like? Create your own work of art via painted stripes or other geometric shapes using a bold color palette. The shades of orange and gray used here are a superb choice, as they pick up on the orange and gray hues used elsewhere in the room.

Contemporary Dining Room by Honolulu Interior Designers & Decorators Philpotts Interiors

This intense red-orange wall color works well here because it's adjacent to the window wall. All that bright natural light streaming in balances out the deep, bold hue. Keep in mind that a large window can become a dark abyss at night, depending on the view beyond the glass. A white or other light-colored window shade can help lighten up the room at night.

 

Contemporary Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Marie Burgos Design

Bold, bright red-orange looks modern and elegant paired with crisp white and dark brown. This room exemplifies my favorite color advice: selecting neutral hues for items you want to keep for a long time, but going for bold color on things that are easy and relatively cheap to change, such as an accent wall color.

Contemporary Dining Room by Denver Architects & Designers Ejay Interiors

Perhaps because it reminds me of Thanksgiving feasts, there's just something so delectable about pumpkin-colored walls in the dining room. Think about your favorite orange food — ice-cold cantaloupe, rich butternut squash soup or a glass of refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice — for color palette inspiration. For fans of bold, yummy color, it's an easy way to find a sweet hue.

Contemporary Dining Room by Grand Rapids General Contractors Falcon Custom Homes\

Of course, not everyone wants to be cocooned in a bold-colored room. But you can certainly mix in some fun, bright color and still have a light and airy space. I love the small bits of happy orange these hip chairs add to the backdrop of cool gray.

Contemporary Dining Room by Telluride Architects & Designers Tommy Hein Architects

More cool orange dining chairs, this time in a dining room washed in warm neutrals. The warmth of the palette makes this a cozy and inviting space for a dinner party on even the coldest of Denver evenings.

Eclectic Dining Room by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Terrat Elms Interior Design

Here's a slightly softer orange hue that still packs a nice punch, due to its richness. If you have interesting artwork or decorative accessories to display, it's a good idea to limit the color palette or pick more toned-down hues. They'll complement (rather than compete with) the accessories.

Modern Dining Room by Minneapolis Photographers Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography

A rust activator added to iron paint achieved the orange, patinated finish on this dining room accent wall. It's a brilliant, unique way to inject interesting color and texture.

Source: Houzz.com

Vedere.com: Find Enthusiasm & Inspiration Via Feng Shui Design

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"A growing number of vendors on Vedere are giving back to their community in big ways that are helping to make our world a better place. As a social commerce website that regroups creative communities while showcasing new talent, Vedere has launched, Good Works on Vedere, a new weekly column, spotlighting our vendors’ contributions to worthy causes. Each Thursday,  follow #GoodWorks on Twitter to track how industry leaders on Vedere are making the world a better place, one charitable project at a time. Then join our discussion group on Twitter #GoodWorksDesignChat Thursdays at 12noon!"

Those looking to add peace and solace to a home should look no further than interior designer Marie Burgos, seen on Vedere, as their guide to interior salvation. Read the post below to discover her signature tips!

(Photography Credit: Scott Morris)

Burgos discovered Feng Shui in a period of her life when she was passionately hungry for a way to improve her current situation. The philosophy of creating interiors that incorporate balance, harmony and good flow or energy—the tenents of Feng Shui, has been a driving force in Burgos’s career.

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

“Having a perfect layout which is open and does not create blockages is a great way to balance the space, says Burgos. “Using both clean, square lines balanced with curves or utilizing hard surfaces harmonized with soft, plush pieces are also a way to create that balance,” she continues.

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(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

For Burgos, the purpose of Feng Shui is create supportive environments through the art of ‘placement’, which is not only calming, but can also elevate one’s mood.

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

“Lighting is another great way to improve flow and balance because it always makes things brighter, more inviting and creates a mood,” she adds. “And last, color is another fabulous way to help the flow of energy and create an atmosphere as each color has a meaning and particular properties that affect people’s moods.”

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

What room in your home helps to elevate your mood? Tweet us at @VedereOnline!

Mood boards to the rescue

Mood boards help inspire architects, graphic and interior designers, along with other numerous creative professions. These boards often contain material samples, inspirational photography, color swatches or even magazine clips of decor.  All of these items arranged together communicate a design concept to the client or co-workers.

Lucky for us, mood boards are also a great way for a home owner to discover design preference and style.  It’s as easy as identifying a few of your favorite items throughout your home. Dig through the closet, china cabinet, photographs and even literature to find anything that makes your heart skip a beat.  Cluster all the items together on a table or the floor allowing the interaction of textures, colors and patterns to appear. Most likely, a similar color scheme or emotion will be conveyed by the collection of items.

Finally, identify how the collection of items can be translated into a design.  Take, for example, the mood board below.  The paint color might be derived from the several shades of off-white and brown present in each image. The lace dress equals flowing lace window treatments or dainty crochet throw pillows.  The floating lanterns might translate into a pair of gorgeous wicker cabana chairs. Overall, the images elude a crisp, romantic feel.

With all of this in mind, take a moment to collect a few of your favorite things, and see what you find out about your design style.

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

Images: www.lovelyclusters.com

Above and beyond

Its common to paint the walls, haul in furniture and decorate with knickknacks, but how often do we look up? The ceiling has been referred to as the fifth wall, and it’s just screaming for attention.

Designers are encouraging their clients to expand their horizons by including the ceiling in the design plans.  Adding a coat of a solid color will draw the eye upward and provide an additional point of focus in the room.  If you are feeling courageous, pick a bold color such as magenta or yellow, but remember to let the ceiling do the talking, and keep the remainder of the room subtle.

Painting the ceiling might just create a whole new world.

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

Images: www.thedecorologist.com, www.housebeautiful.com, www.mstreetdenver.com, www.aliciabdesigns.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

Enhancing a small space

Often a small space can pose the biggest design challenge. Never fear, a few techniques can expand your world.

The interior decorating trend of using wallpaper is making a come back. Walls everywhere are getting a much needed facelift, thanks to the updated modern designs and new wall decor products available. When you want to add height to a room, try using wallpaper with a vertical pattern. Instantly, your room will appear taller.

Lighting sets the stage in any room but in a small room it can become the lead.  A small but cozy space is illuminated with the flick of the switch. Use an interesting pendant that casts shadows on the walls to establish an intriguing atmosphere.

The use of magic also tricks the eye and mind to perceive the room as spacious.  The magic of an optical illusions that is. A full length mirror or collection of smaller mirrors bounce the natural light of a room around like a kaleidoscope.

Floating shelves are a modern way to display different items in a clean and crisp way. By eliminating the visual cue of supports the shelves lift up the room appearing open and organized.

When all else fails, camouflage! Hallways are lined with doorways and interesting corners with little wall space to improve the aesthetic. Painting the wall, trim and doors elongates and simplifies the space.

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

Images: www.okgreat.com,  www.activerain.com, www.gardenlightingoptions.com, www.decorpad.com, www.housebeautiful.com

Photography at its most glamourous

Melanie Acevedo, a New York based photographer responsible for the following images, is a talented artist who frames her shots just right.  The elements behind creating a gorgeous photograph are strikingly similar to creating an inviting room.

Create dimension by layering elements such as rugs, throws and pillows, adding architectural details like crown molding or simply having an interesting detail at every height in the room.

Pops of color draw the eye and excite the mind.

Use accessories that accentuate through personal style. It creates the personality and vibe of the room.

Keep in mind, furniture an accessories should never overwhelm the room. The appropriate ratio allows for movement easily throughout the space.

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

Images: www.creamylife.com

French designer unleashed

Modern French design comes to life through these rooms created by HAND Lyon Interior Design firm. Each room is created through a mix of modern and traditional furniture, textures, lighting and interesting artwork. All the elements collide bringing a sense of warmth to the space.

The majority of the space is cream, yet, different textures are scattered throughout. There’s the marble column and the berber rug. And even more definition in the form of wood paneling and crown molding. Modern sofas with clean tailored lines offset the rounded backs of the dinning room chairs with circular cutouts. Color is lightly introduced by the dramatic artwork, which creates an interesting focal point.

The simple furniture with square lines and classic colors balances the floor-to-ceiling textures.  Exposed wood beams, cobblestone walls and cool grey Flagstone tiles work together to create the right amount of dimension. The chunk of untreated wood, used as an extension of the glass coffee tables, is the final touch. The result: the perfect balance of natural materials and manufactured elements.

The exceptional outdoor view is framed like artwork by a glass wall with functional double doors.  The overall style of the kitchen is clean, simple and modern allowing the spotlight to rest simply in the view.

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

Images: www.freshhome.com