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CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

Some well-placed accessories can completely change the look of the rooms within your home, whether you want to create a harmonious energy or are going for a more modern, vibrant feel. Adding accessories to your home is a great way to explore new trends or new color schemes without redecorating or investing too much on an idea. Take some inspiration from these accessory ideas and inject some personality into each of your rooms.

Water Creates Harmony

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

The focal point of your lounge does not have to be the television. A distinctive water feature such as a small fountain will really stand out and create a relaxed, harmonious atmosphere. If you are introducing Feng Shui into your home, a water feature should face the front door to keep positive energy, or Chi, in your home. An aquarium with some exotic fish is an alternative talking point and is a relaxing addition to any room.

 

Light it Up

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

Natural light is best to create harmony and open up your home, but the same effect can be achieved with lighting as an accessory. Ambient lighting in the form of lamps or uplighters are ideal for places you like to relax in such as the bedroom or living room. Lighting can also be practical when placed in areas such as the kitchen or your cabinets. Colored lighting can create a different atmosphere in every room. Try blue or green hues to create a natural feel. Red or orange creates a modern, energetic mood.

Reflect your Energy

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirrors are ideal for creating the illusion of space in a room and also reflect natural light to add warmth to your home. Ensure that they are not facing your front door to keep the positive energy within your home. Colored glassware or surfaces add to the reflective look so these can be added where there may not be space to hang or place mirrors.

Add a Personal Touch

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Accessories do not just have to be about energy or style. Add something to show your personality to visitors, whether it be your favorite color, art or even some accessories indicating your favorite books or movies.

Remember not to fall into the trap of over-accessorizing as this will create clutter in your home. Instead, go for a few minor additions to change the mood and energy of each room accordingly.

BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF A ZEN CONTEMPORARY FAMILY HOME

BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF A ZEN CONTEMPORARY FAMILY HOME

Located in the Upper East Side Manhattan, NY, we designed a a zen contemporary family home in the heart of bustling Manhattan.

Before and After pictures of the Kitchen and Dining area:

Before Kitchen and Dining Area

Before Kitchen and Dining Area

Before - Dining Room

Before - Dining Room

After Kitchen and Dining area + Living room

After Kitchen and Dining area + Living room

The open kitchen is sleek and modern with meticulous detail, including white high-gloss cabinetry, appliances by Bosch, Jenn-air, Liebherr and a massive granite breakfast island that can comfortably seat four or more.

The separate dining area (below) is perfect for formal dinner gatherings:

Before - Dining Room

Before - Dining Room

Before Living room and Kitchen

After - Dining Room  We chose an Organic Hemp Broadway Blue Wallpaper to cover the dining area's wall and make it a very comfortable place to receive guests - it brings in texture, personality and a chic quality to the space.

After - Dining Room

We chose an Organic Hemp Broadway Blue Wallpaper to cover the dining area's wall and make it a very comfortable place to receive guests - it brings in texture, personality and a chic quality to the space.

After Living Room and Kitchen

After Living Room and Kitchen

The generous living room has been designed to be a place where family and guests gather for group recreation like talking, reading, and watching TV. 

The Entertainment center has been custom designed by Marie Burgos Design.

Featured Accessories that will be very soon on sale at our online store! 

  • Bonbon Chouval Bleu de mer in Hig - fired glazed ceramic

  • Pillows:

    • “Terra” Pillow Bonbon Chouval in natural linen, organic felt and gold By MBD

    • “Yin” Pillow Bonbon Chouval in natural linen, organic felt and gold By MBD

    • “Yang” Pillow Bonbon Chouval in natural linen, organic felt and gold By MBD

 

By Anaïs Gibaud

 

 

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

Merging the Kitchen With the Rest of the Home

I have seen the transformation that a house experiences when the kitchen is renovated. As they say, “the kitchen is the heart of a home.” A new kitchen design is often just the thing that is needed to pump more blood back into the circulatory system that is your home.

Making small seem big

I have seen remodeled homes of all sizes. I have seen the difference, in appearance and value that a kitchen remodel can make. Knocking down an adjoining wall will create one big open space, and this alteration invariably gives that home an entirely different feel. It gives the allusion of being in a much larger space, even though the square footage has not changed.

And, it’s not very expensive, nor does it really require many tools or skill. Basically, you’ll need a cat’s paw, maybe a couple hammers and a really strong back. For cleanup however, that’s a whole other story!

Modernizing the outdated

There are some marked differences between East Hampton real estate and Brooklyn real estate, but there is at least one major similarity. Numerous older properties have a lot of charm but are filled with numerous tiny rooms, including the kitchen. Most families spend the majority of their time in the kitchen and living room. They study, eat, and spend time together in these areas. Unfortunately, some kitchens and living rooms are divided up in a way that makes the family feel distant and unconnected. I know I want my home’s living areas to be welcoming and to help bring my family together. Finding a way to open up these divided areas will help encourage that comfort and closeness. Just make sure that your remodeling does not ruin the character of your home.

Replacing a wall with an island is a great way to get rid of that separation between the kitchen and the rest of the home. Some walls are needed in order to support the ceiling, but you can still open up the space by putting a peninsula in.

One major aspect of a room that many people overlook is the trim. Surprisingly, these small segments of a room can greatly affect a home’s feel. A popular trim style is to paint this portion of the room a different color than the walls. This can add some contrast to your décor and can also help merge the style of the rest of the house with your kitchen.

Covering the details

There are other seemingly insignificant details of a kitchen transformation that are often overlooked. Unfortunately, even small details can contribute to the success, or failure, of a remodel. I know I want my kitchen to be attractive, but I realize that, first and foremost, this room must be functional. Kitchens always include space for cooking and cleaning, but a lot of people do not think about the everyday traffic that a kitchen experiences. Think about the placement of appliances, chairs, and entrances – The sink should typically be directly across from the fridge, and your stove should be as far away from the sink as possible.

For folks doing any sort of construction or repair (i.e. removal of a wall), it’s important to remember to patch dry wall holes by mudding repeatedly. This way, you’re not as liable to make these repairs eye-catching.

These details will all influence the setup of a kitchen because they impact how the space is used. You want to make sure that everyday traffic will not interfere with the normal workings of the kitchen.

These general tips are just some of the ways in which a home can be revived through the kitchen. There are plenty more ways in which the design of a new kitchen can merge this room with the rest of the home.

Images: www.modernkitchentrends.com

10 fabulous kitchen islands!

Today's kitchens are growing rapidly in size and many designers are adding kitchen islands along with the industrial appliances, state of the art cabinets and custom countertop designs that have gained recent popularity. The kitchen island has come a long way from the days of a single small table in the middle of the kitchen. Now, kitchen islands are often elaborated becoming fully equipped ‘kitchens within a kitchen', complete with sink, stovetop, and refrigerator. One of the most important benefits of the kitchen island is the additional work space, storage area and room for extra appliances that it provides.

Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. In many instances kitchen islands become central to the overall kitchen design and add a luxurious touch to your kitchen. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.

Here are 10 amazing kitchen islands options for perfect kitchens!

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This spacious square island does double duty as workspace and dining table. How divine. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Don't feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island's surface; this design incorporates both tile, perfectly matching the kitchen backsplash and butcher block. (Design by Didier Michot.)

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This kitchen seamlessly integrates with the dining and kitchen area. Very functional island integrating a sink, wine fridge and lots of storage space, below and above. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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Design your kitchen to fit your family with this modern space where the island integrate an electric stove and serves as dinner table. (Design by Candice Olson.)

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This elegant design has a raised section for a breakfast bar; the lowered section wraps around it on three sides. Paneled columns, moulding details, and wainscoting panels are all beautifully integrated (Design by Crown Point)

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This single-level island was designed with plenty of space for baking in mind. The Cherry island cabinetry is laid out in an "L" shape, and incorporates a second sink. The open area underneath the countertop makes for an easy way to slide the stools out of the way of someone carrying large bowls of cookie dough! (Design by Crown Point)

10' Long Kitchen Island

Now that's an island! Over ten feet long, three feet wide; designed with eight spindles for legs, and eight full depth drawers! Cherry stain with Van Dyke glaze on Cherry hardwood. (Design by Crown Point)

Round kitchen island

Modern kitchen featuring a curvy island with 2 integrated round sinks and modern rounded stools. Lots of curves all along...

Sliding kitchen island top

Wondering where did the kitchen go? With this modern kitchen island with sliding wooden tops, the sinks and stove disappear once you are done cooking! Amazing!

Pretty in pink kitchen island

Pretty in pink lighting accent on this extra long kitchen island. Very psychedelic and fun but also functional!

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 kitchen island is your favorite? Are you planning to remodel your kitchen  in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

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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"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:

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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!

Arts and crafts Interior Design style

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"Arts and Crafts Style brings together clean lines and fine craftsmanship."

Arts and crafts style interior design revolves around finely crafted furniture and interior features - usually of wood.

In the United States, a variation of this style that became popular through the years is called Mission Style.

Arts and Crafts interior elements feature prominent straight lines and a lack of excessive embellishment seen in some other traditional and classic styles. The careful craftsmanship of materials often provides a hint of native culture, particularly in the Mission Style variation which gives a nod to Spanish influence.

Geometric forms of stained glass-like mica establish a strong sense of Arts and Crafts when used for lamp shades, windows or panel inserts in cabinetry.

This style is versatile enough to work within a traditional or transitional environment.

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Style Tips:

-Look for wooden furniture featuring a series of square, vertical slats and simple construction.

- Consider an area rug or an accent fabric with a native, southwestern motif. It works well with this style

- Choose a brown based color palette for the more authentic look of Arts and Crafts, or opt for a more contemporary color scheme to convey a less literal look - like the bedroom shown here.

- Add Tiffany style lamps, especially those with pyramidal or rectilinear shades.

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

Have you decorated your home in Art and Craft style? Do you think that you are likely to use Art & craft style accents for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Tropical Interior Design Style

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"Tropical interior design emphasizes natural, exotic elements."

Surrounding yourself with a tropical interior design scheme is one way to indulge your taste for exotic lands.

Feel the essence of old Bombay or the breezy majesty of Martinique as you spend time with family and friends.

A tropical interior design scheme can be developed through the purposeful mix of elements.

One way to develop a tropical scheme is to think about what it is that you would expect to experience in a tropical location. Are you getting images of sand, beautiful ocean views, lush foliage? Maybe you’re feeling the soft ocean breeze brush your face. Let these images and sensations guide you in the creation of your space.

For a backdrop consider a neutral color scheme. You can add stronger touches of accent color, like citrus hues for example, to punch it up and round it out. Walls painted in a sandy beige color or white can a good choice to evoke the beach or breaking waves. Blue or green hues could also be a good choice, bringing to mind the sky or sea. The goal here is to establish a light and airy feeling.

An alternate approach is to use warmer colors if you wanted to instead orient your tropical interior design toward an exotic, spice island look typical of the East Indies. Walls painted in cinnamon or nutmeg hues, for example, may be the perfect choice. For accent colors try jewel tones instead of citrus hues.

Texture and wood play a huge role in a tropical interior design scheme. Woven elements like rattan and wicker furniture work great. Teak and bamboo features lend a very tropical vibe as well. As an alternative to painted walls consider grasscloth wallpaper for an exotic, textural feel.

When you choose fabrics go with natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk. These are more in tune with the tropics. As you imagined your favorite tropical location did you see gauzy fabric billowing in the ocean breeze as it sweeps through the open window? This is indispensible to a tropical look. Use gauze fabric on windows or draped over a four post bed, for example. It enhances the easy, breezy atmosphere. Just thinking about it makes me want to curl up for a nice afternoon nap.

For privacy consider bamboo, roll-up window blinds or wooden plantation blinds. It’s important to stick with natural textures and elements for a more authentic tropical look.

Palm plants and tropical flowers, like orchids for example, will further enhance your tropical interior design and inject a touch of lush foliage. Accessories featuring coral, shells – anything that evokes a tropical location – can help round out the look.

If you want to go the extra mile, add some wood beams in intervals across your ceiling. Or cover your ceiling completely with wood slats to inject an exotic, architectural element into your tropical interior design scheme.

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Style Tips:

- Wood or tiled floors look best in a tropical interior. Use a natural fiber area rug such as sisal to anchor your space elements.

- Create a breeze with a tropically inspired fan overhead. A ceiling fan with woven panels or panels in the shape of banana tree leaves looks perfect!

- Enhance your space with tropical flare. Consider a pair of pineapple shaped table lamps with fluted shades for accent lighting. Get a flat-topped trunk for use as a coffee table.

- Now, pop a little umbrella in that rhum punch and serve up a big slice of pineapple cake. It's time to sit back and enjoy your own tropical corner of the world.

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