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The timeless art of block printing

Truly unique and personalized fabric designs are often created by a technique referred to as block printing. Designs are generated by hand-carved wooden blocks covered with dye which are repeatedly pressed along the length of a cloth to create a pattern. Slight imperfections are what make the finished product even more marvelous.

Lucky for us, the character of hand block printing is still intact through mass manufacturing capabilities allowing reasonable prices and a wider variety of options.  Today, block printed look-a-like fabrics are generated by wooden blocks, stencils, engraved plates, rollers or silkscreens.

An old technique brought into the new age. Take a peek at some fabric designs below.

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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.

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"When Kathy met Rally"... A Colorful, Textile, Exotic Story

"When Kathy met Rally" , Katherine Rally Textiles was born... is a fairy tale story just out of the design world!!!

Rally is an architect originally from Nashville and Kathy is an interior designer born and raised in the desert of Arizona.

This lovely couple and their two little children are the creators of Katherine Rally Textiles.

They started their journey together in Bali in 2002, with a backpacking trip which lead them to create their own line of batiks inspired by their love of travel, textiles and design.

If your read my blog regularly, you know that I love color... and also that every color has a meaning...

Katherine Rally Textiles has created just an answer to your every needs of color  with a beautiful range of fabrics, pillows and accessories in vibrant colors and amazing patterns that transports you to exotic places, revamp your surroundings to happiness and adds just the flair your home needs!

Discover some of their fabulous fabrics and pillows patterns here with collections names such as  "Les Amis", "Joie de Vivre", "Gemstone", "Monaco" or "Africa" .... all Happy friendly names!!

Garden gate blue pillow- A beautiful royal blue to create a very chic space!

Pondicherry in Pink Coral Pillow- LOVE Pink Coral!! This is a great color to do your summer home and add some glamour in your space. The bold pattern brings elegance and exoticism. Can you imagine your bedroom with pure white bedding, and coral pillows! How glam!

Monaco in Tangerine Pillow - This tangerine color pillow is so sunny and happy. It really brings sunshine to your space. Perfect to revive your living room!

Joie de Vivre Tablecloth in Empire Red - Great pattern and color for a garden party! Your guests will remember such a decor!

Here are other colors on  napkins. Plenty of ways to revamp a table for a summer meal out!

Balian Pillow in Kelly Green- So refreshing and chic! Green is this special color that feels healthy and alive and always gives a fresh look to any room!

So now, are you ready to revamp your home with some great exotic colors and patterns?

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

10 best spots to lounge around...

During summer, hours are longer and we tend to lounge around a bit longer with a book, on the phone, talking with friends, napping or just relaxing...

Have you thought about the best spot to lounge around in your home? if you don't have a favorite place yet, here are some great design lounge spaces for all these relaxing moments.

A beautiful sunny yellow skim bathes this alcove space for the perfect lounging time with a book or just a nap.

Chic lounge by the fire in this all pink bedroom by Drake Design. I love it. The fabrics are so rich and luxurious.

A little bit of vintage look for this corner under the window lounge. Perfect spot in a country home to forget about the city and enjoy the countryside.

This very classic library design is brought alive by the vibrant red of the lounge chair and the fun small leopard pillow.

Lounge space by the window

Very regency glamour this interior with a Californian view!

This lounge space in a citrus and white palette is very refreshing yet relaxing. Beautiful work by Amanda Nisbet.

Velvet and fringes bring a lot of character to this elegant lounge ensemble. Seems comfortable enough for a long nap.

Lots of beautiful fabrics are used here. Love the Asian influence!

Now, this is for the extra long naps! This lounge space is comfortable and very inviting. It is even big enough for two!

Which one of these lounges spaces is your favorite?

Please let me know by leaving me a comment on the Blog. Thanks

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@ marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

The elegance of Arches in Design

There are natural arches like this one from the National Park in Utah

There are ancient and historical arches like these Oman Mosque Marble Arches

Designers and architects also use nature and history to bring or showcase the most exquisite elements to an interior. Arches represent a very architectural home attribute that brings elegance, grandeur and really  uniqueness to a space. There are many styles of arches. They are used in corridors, door entrances and even windows.

Here are some interesting styles and shapes that I trust you will enjoy as much as I do.

These window arches are beautifully dressed with a heavy silky drapes, creating a very luxurious dining room look.

Dining room arch - Design Nathan Turner

This arch opens on a very intimate little dining room. So pretty!

Love this Moroccan window arch style. It is definitely a view on an paradisiac space. A 5 star style bathroom!

A continuity of small door arches are present throughout the whole home here. This is a beautiful Spanish style home.

This master bedroom is filled with beautiful English antiques and breezy, sunny fabrics. The arched doors were added to give easy access to the outdoors. This property is the historical Maddox House in Barbados. Photo via Cote de Texas

Very beautiful moldings dresses up these room entrances giving them a very elegant classic look. Wouldn't you want the same treatment applied to your home doors?

Bathroom with Oriental style Arch - Jeffers Design Group

This all pink Bathroom Design showcases an arch making me dream about the "Tales from the Thousand and One Nights"

Beautiful arch with wraparound pilasters to accentuate the classic look of that pretty living room.

Relaxing living room setting flanked by  a whole wall of arched windows in the most victorian fashion. Just stunning!

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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

10 decorating ideas for Ceilings!

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Ceilings are sometimes called the fifth wall. Ceilings often go ignored and unadorned, even though they are the first thing you see when you wake up. You may have even bought your house because of the high ceilings. Painting a ceiling is an added opportunity to use color in a room. Decorate your ceiling to highlight your room.

Here are some options to bring the well deserved attention to your ceiling.

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Lighting

A well decorated ceiling usually has a wonderful light fixture such as a chandelier or beautiful ceiling fan. Think of the lighting fixture as the jewelry for the room. Choose an elaborate chandelier or interesting paper shade. Top it off with a ceiling medallion for added flair. You can also get a LED light display on your ceiling. The displays usually depicts outer space with moving lights.

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Painted ceilings

Since most everyone has a white ceiling, consider painting your ceiling a color other than white. You can select a color slightly lighter than your wall color, slightly darker than your wall color, one one completely different than your wall color. Consider using a metallic paint on the ceiling in one special room - perhaps the dining room, entry way, powder bath, or master bedroom.

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Murals

You can paint a mural on your ceiling. Murals are very popular in round entryways, dining room, and children's rooms. The possibilities are endless.

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Tin ceilings

Pressed tin ceilings have been popular for many years. They are beautiful and reflect light into the room. They can be painted, or left as a shiny metal color of your choice.

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Wallpaper

You can wallpaper your ceiling. Wallpapers come in many different patterns and colors so there is bound to be one that fits your style.

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Wood ceiling

Wood ceilings add a lot of character to a room. They come in all different species and shades of wood.

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Moldings

You can add moldings to your ceiling. Crown molding is very popular, but you can also add decorative moldings for a more custom look. Ceiling medallions are also popular, especially those that mount underneath chandeliers. Trim can also be placed on the perimeter of the ceiling to create an elegant room or faux tray ceiling. If your room lacks architectural interest, molding can be an inexpensive fix.

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Wood beams

For a room with tall ceilings, you can add faux wood beams. The beams will add warmth and character and draw attention to the volume of the room. Wood beams or faux beams can be installed on a ceiling for color and interest. Beams can be found in traditional and rustic house. For a garden theme consider putting a trellis on your ceiling. Beams can be painted the same color as the ceiling or a darker brown or black to make the architectural element pop.

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Wall Decal

Wall decals are becoming very popular. There are many options available and many online companies will even do a custom decal to your specifications.

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Fabric

Tenting a ceiling adds a dramatic, romantic element to the room. If you're not up for such an extensive project, consider using fabric on a smaller scale. Make use of a canopy bed and drape linen fabric over the top for a modern look. But doesn't this nursery fabric ceiling look amazing!

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

Are you thinking of decorating your ceiling? Do you think that you are likely to paint, add molding  or a mural on your home ceiling in the near future? If so please let me know about your choices or any advice your need by leaving a comment!