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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

A multitude of little Green Chairs...

I  have noticed that more and more designers use green fabrics or green leather for their chairs designs.

Green is a fun color there are so many shades and it can be paired with white, blue, yellow, red...

Check out the many combinations below...

A little bit of old world with this apple green and white dining chairs.

So glamorous! This yellow-green velvet tufted armchair is the perfect element to Amanda Nisbet's impeccable designs.

Very contemporary and chic looking. It green accent color through out this design makes this little green chair pop!

These matching pair of comfortable tufted armchair create the perfect spot to spend an sunny afternoon by the window chatting...

I love the big tropical leaves design. It is really special!

Very unexpected  these little acrylic and apple green chairs! They look modern, comfortable and bring a lot of color to this white and glass space.

Very elegant forest green fabric!

This little green chair with a very organic shape adds a lot of character to this home office space

Which one is your favorite?

Let me know by leaving me a comment on the blog!

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

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.

pretty wall paisley

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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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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Nature inspired rooms designs

Nature inspired room

Many modern interior design trends are taking something for themselves from the history. Everything is changing but some things are staying the same - in fashion and in home design, in all trends. One of those elements is using colors and ornaments that are inspired by nature.

I have selected for you very pretty rooms all infused with nature…

soft blue flower wallpaper

This delicate wallpaper and light blue flowery bed cover makes  soft statement by homesandgardens.com

Bedroom with bird wallpaper

Turquoise tables and lamps along with blue curtains give this bedroom added personality and flair. Love that bird wallpaper! -Domino

Light pink bedroom with nature inspired wallpaper

Light pink bedroom with nature inspired wallpaper

Vibrant dining room with a green and nature theme

Vibrant dining room with a green bamboo theme

Asian theme bedroom

Very pretty Cherry blossom bedroom theme

Anne French bedroom design

Anne French bedroom design via House of Turquoise

Hotel

Hotel Selenza in Madrid via LaDolceVita

Turquoise and green design

Nature look in Turquoise and green

Dining room nature mural

Dining room nature mural

Bedroom design by Amanda Nisbet

Bedroom design by Amanda Nisbet

Nature wallpaper- Design by Erin Valencia

Design by Erin valencia

Nature inspired Wallpaper

Nature inspired Wallpaper- Just beautiful!

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

Don't you love this nature inspired rooms? Which one is your favorite?

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"Green with Envy" interior design!

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The color green is timeless. Green is life. It is a color that most people don’t mind, which makes sense, because green is a very dominant color in nature. Green is a refreshing color.  It signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment.

Most people associate spring and the refreshing optimistic feelings they have when thinking about spring, with the color green. This is a color that can be used almost anywhere in your home, so indoors and also outdoors.

When used with white green looks very refreshing and spring like.

It is the Feng Shui color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings.

Green is very nourishing to your health it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing vibrations from Nature. When working with Green in feng shui, it is important to have at least several different shades in order to maximize its energy effects. So you might bring Green of different shades in a room on the walls, but also with big pieces of furniture or simply with accessories.

A great way to bring the color Green in feng shui is with actual plants that have lush green foliage.

From fresh spring color of the newly opened leaves to the strong Green of a oak tree - there are literally hundreds of greens to choose from in your Feng Shui applications.

Talking about health, Green is the color that helps with digestion. This is a great color to paint your kitchen and bring a nourishing wood element in your space.

Here some fabulous examples of todays interior designers:

picture-281Amanda Nisbet

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picture-201Toby Fairley

picture-231Jonathan Adler

For more information on colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact Marie Burgos at  marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

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

Tone-on-tone interior decorating

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Tonal variation

Whether you lean towards the calming greens of jade, moss, mint, apple and emerald for your bedroom or would love your living room to be awash with blues that are as deep as the ocean or as light as the sky, decorating with these colours tone-on-tone will evoke a connection with nature like no other will. Relax and enjoy.

Wood

Working with harmonious natural wood tones is so fresh. Unless your intention is rustic wood cabin, keep your eye out for contemporary pieces of furniture or items with a modern twist. Panels of highly grained timber are beautiful backdrops for lighter cabinets or timber cut-outs, which are affordable pieces of art in themselves. Wood is so tactile that collecting special pieces can become quite an obsession.

Try using the natural hues of wood as an accent among the blues or greens. Grey also works well and adds a refined appeal. A throw rug in a steely grey tossed across the back of a chair, stainless-steel benchtops, polished-concrete floors or chunky rugs that run from grey into grey-blue would all be right at home.

Blue and green tones

There’s a growing global trend for harmonious colour combinations, particularly using tones of blue with other tones of blue as well as shades of green with green. Mixing it up with natural elements such as timber, which itself has lots of variations in both colour and texture, relaxes the look, making it a perfect palette.

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The key to making this work is balance. Pattern is wonderful but aim for a ratio of 30 per cent pattern against 70 per cent plain if you want the space to feel calm. Texture, be it in the scuffed-up paint on a treasured kitchen chair or the mottled pigment of a chalky wall, adds warmth through the suggestion of age. Bring in a breath of fresh, seasonal air with flowers in shades of the same colour: think hydrangea, cornflower, iris and lavender for starters.

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All shades of blue work well together. Deep inky blues offset turquoise shades and a dash of white brightens everything. Same goes for green. Forest, citrus and emerald greens sparkle when grouped in displays of collectable glass or dishes piled high on open shelves. Living with blues and greens isn’t about matching shades, as the effect may look contrived. It’s the subtle contrast between colours that makes this tone-on-tone approach so refreshing.Blue, in all its forms, be it cobalt, navy, royal, aqua or eggshell, is a meditative colour and green evokes harmony, making both perfect for a bedroom. It’s a great starting point for any decorating experiments as painting one room and adding some new bed linen is a relatively inexpensive exercise. Or consider sewing some pretty ribbon as a trim onto existing white sheets and pillowcases. Crafty crocheters can start picking up balls of wool in varying shades of blue or green whenever they pass a good shop so they have a colourful stash for a granny-square blanket when winter next rolls around.

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

How to design a green nursery

picture-3 A nursery is the most important room to design and create efficiency. Oftentimes we forget how delicate and susceptible a baby is to the littlest things. This article will help those expecting learn how to design and create an ecofriendly space for your child.

Step 1: The Gameplan

Using graph paper, measuring tape and a writing utensil, begin to take measurements of your space. Measure from wall to wall as well as doorways and closets. When measuring your window, be sure to take the following measurements: from the floor to the window sill, from sill to head (top inside of window), from jamb to jamb (sides), and from exterior to exterior.

Once you have these measurements you can now have a better idea about furniture placement. On sheet of graph paper, mark the measurements (wall to wall, closets and doorways). Now on another sheet of paper, draw shapes to represent your key pieces. A rectangle can be your crib and changing table while a square can be your dresser/nightstand. This is where you think about the pieces you would like to incorporate into the space. **NOTE: These cutouts do not have to be to scale as it is just a placement tool.**

Step 2: Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme for your nursery is going to set the tone of the room for the next few years of the baby's life. You can do specific themes (i.e. fairy tale), but remember that it should be something that lasts. If you are looking for ways to make the room evolve with time try establishing a theme in the following areas: -Bedding -Wallpaper trim (as an alternative to painting) -Window treatments -Rug/Flooring -Art -Throws & Pillows

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

Feng Shui Your Way to Wealth

picture-26 Good Feng Shui, affirm the Masters, does not bring you wealth if you do not strive for it, but it gives you the necessary support to seek fame and fortune. It helps you create an environment, both at home and in the business, that will strengthen you and attract the energies to manifest your wealth.  Did you know that many Asian millionaires do not sell the places where they lived or worked (if owning the business) while becoming wealthy? Knowing the power of the space, they keep them for luck. ——– Feng Shui Wealth Tips

Do you know where your financial “power spots” are? The contemporary methods of feng shui associate prosperity issues with the back left corner of any space. Stand at your front door facing into the house; your wealth area is at the back of the house on the left-hand side. There’s also a wealth area within each room: facing in from the doorway, it’s the corner area in the back of the room on the left-hand side. Where are the wealth areas within your office, living room, kitchen, and bedroom? Now that you’ve identified your money power spots, here are some quick and easy ways to apply feng shui to these spaces:

1. Clear out any clutter from these important areas. Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy, and clutter in your money power spots can clog up your cash flow. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most powerful ways to shift the energy of your power spots into high gear.

2. Fix things that are broken. Anything that doesn’t work as it should is a sign of something wrong in the area of your life that corresponds to that part of your space. Examine each of your money power spots to look for anything that needs repair. It’s time to do something about that loose doorknob, non-working light switch, stuck file drawer, or clock that doesn’t keep correct time, to name just a few possible examples. Remove items like these from your power spots or fix them so they work properly.

3. Enhance your power spots with symbols of prosperity, such as a bowl of coins (add your loose change to it every day), a “lucky bamboo” plant, or anything that symbolizes success and prosperity to you. There are lots of Chinese luck symbols available, but you don’t have to use them unless you want to. A picture of your dream house, or a model of that luxury car you long for, is an effective money symbol because it has personal meaning for you.

4. Accent your money areas with the colors green and purple. Green symbolizes vitality and growth, and purple is the color of wealth. Place a bowl of green and purple grapes (real or artificial) in the wealth area of your kitchen, to symbolize abundance filling your home. If you use real grapes, it’s okay to eat them, just add more from time to time so the grapes remain fresh and the bowl is always more than half full.

5. Pay attention to how you handle money every day. Do you keep paper money neatly sorted in your wallet or money clip, or is it jammed in there any old way, or crumpled up at the bottom of your pocket? Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet, and start handling your money as though you value it.

6. If you neglect your money, it will neglect you, so be sure to balance your checkbook regularly and pay your bills on time. Put your checkbook in an attractive cover (choose green, purple, red, blue, or black) and keep it in the wealth area of your desk – that’s the rear left corner again — or in the wealth area of your office.

7. Live generously. Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Hoarding and scrimping work against more coming in, while giving generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don’t yet have ample money to share, give as generously as you can of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.

8. Take a few moments every evening to think about all the good things that happened to you today and to express your gratitude for what you have received. Small things count, too, so it’s okay if there’s little of the spectacular on your list most of the time. It’s not what happened that’s important; it’s getting in the habit of focusing on the positive side of things every day that matters. The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.

A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. The formal name for the wealth area is “fortunate blessings” – as you de-clutter, repair, and accessorize your money power spots keep this broader meaning in mind. When you celebrate being rich in friends and family, or rich with laughter, or the richness of your spiritual life, or even being rich in air and sunshine if nothing else seems to be going well for you today, material blessings will come to you more readily as well.

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