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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.

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Magical light show

Lighting is a form of artwork through illumination. It is one of the most important items on any designer’s checklist.  A room can come alive to scream happy birthday or whisper rest and relaxation all with the right glow.

The options are a endless. Take your pick from spotlights that shine bright on a dramatic A-frame ceiling to intimate reading corners rich with a round floor lamp or a hanging pendant allowing a shimmery wallpaper to dance in a small bathroom.

Proper lighting defines a space, adds depth and influences the mood of a room.

  • Ambient Lighting: Light that comes from all directions can be supplied by recessed lights, chandeliers, floor lamps or other ceiling fixtures.
  • Accent Lighting: Provides interest or drama to a room through up lights or spotlights.
  • Task Lighting: Practical lighting for areas used for daily activities such as reading, cooking and sewing. Achieved through under cabinet lights for a kitchen or table lamps.
  • Aesthetic Lighting: Purely decorative.
  • Natural Light: A room can be arranged to optimize the position of the sun throughout the day.

Any room can be upgraded to spectacular by incorporating the right light.

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Very special Chandeliers for Royalty and Celebrities!

This amazing glass chandelier is made with brushed brass finish, 3 globes with gold foil, 3 globes with gold murrine, and 3 globes clear.

The talented Lindsey Adelman's chandelier is featured in the movie Sex & the City 2.

I can't wait to see the new movie and the new Carrie Bradshow's bedroom!!!

Look at this tall, dramatic chandelier made from found objects, trinkets, and castoffs!

President Obama bought the recycled chandelier for Sasha and Malia's bedroom in the White House  from a magical art collective shop in South Africa called Magpie . This amazing studio which sells knickknacks and décor made entirely from recycled objects. Be it a lid to a dog food can, a wine cork, or a Barbie, the eco-conscious craftsman turned the disposable into the extraordinary.

Anthropologie currently offers the similar Magpie Chandelier.

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

Designing your Hallway with Feng Shui!

The Hallway is the first thing you see when entering your home. Often when designing a home, the hallway is neglected. While not officially a room, there is likely more than one hallway in your home. In Feng Shui, hallways help your "Chi" energy circulate throughout your home. For these reasons, designing your hallway should take on the same importance as designing the rest of your home. Below are four tips to help you spruce up your hallway.

1. Light it Up

Many halls lack a good source of natural light. You would not want any other room in your home to appear dark and gloomy, and the hall should not be an exception. Install an overhead light that meshes well with any décor that can be seen from the hallway. Also consider hanging sconces that offer a light source. You can even add crystals or a small chandelier fixture for extra good energy. They make every ray of light sparkle!  Also, if little feet will be traveling the hallway at night, you should install a night light to help them find their way.

2. Mirror Effect

Decorative mirrors are a great choice for your hallways. Since most hallways are rather narrow, hanging a mirror helps them appear a bit larger. Also, mirrors are great light enhancers as they reflect every bit of light they get and bounce it around to light up the space. When choosing a mirror for your hallway, consider scale. A large mirror is usually a good choice, especially if it is the only decoration on a particular wall. Smaller mirrors flanked by metal wall hangings, a clock or perhaps hanging candle holders, create a beautiful display. Feng Shui wise, mirrors really increase the energy of your space. Just make sure that what is reflected in them is something that inspires you and that you want more of in your life, because a mirror will double it for you.

3. No Clutter!

Some people allow items to collect in the hallway rather than having them put away in their proper place. Before long, the hallway looks like a small storage unit! Keep your hallway completely free of clutter. If you have a large hallway, and opt to have furniture there, encourage family members to refrain from leaving items sitting on it. It doesn't take much clutter for a small room to look very messy. Just consider the hallway a very small room, and keep it clutter free. Also this is were the "Chi" energy circulates to nourish all your home. You want to make sure that no blockages are created to get the maximum energy flow throughout your home for support and happiness.

4. Art and Photos

A wonderful option for the walls in your hallway is to use the space to display your family photos. You could, for example, have a row for each of your children and place the photographs chronologically. You will be able to watch your children "grow up" each time you walk down the hall. Another option is to create an asymmetrical display of all of your favorite photos. Use frames of varying sizes and styles to create an interesting display. You could also hang a series of artwork pieces to create an interesting gallery. My advice... Just display what you absolutely love as if the hallway was your road to happiness and success...

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

Feng Shui for the perfect Home Office Design!

With people spending more hours at work than at home, building positive energies in the office or workspace can affect your overall attitude and health.  If your job’s got you down, it may not be your work – it may be your space.  Taking the time to implement a few Feng Shui guidelines to your office or workspace may make the difference between dreading your morning commute to looking forward to your career.

Here are 10 fabulous Home office designs with different styles that all showcase different personalities and cover different needs.

DEFINING YOUR GOALS: is a great way to feel uplifted and motivated to work. I find that the easiest way to formulate my goals is to use visualization. You can make a collage  of the things you desire and display it in your office to give you inspiration or you can write a letter to the universe. Two years ago I wrote a description of my ideal job on a piece of red paper and hung it in the career area of my bedroom and now I am living it daily.

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER: is an essential step to apply as the problem with clutter is: “it leaves no room for growth!”

Often, the clutter in your office creates confusion in your mind. It adds negative emotions such as stress, moodiness, overwhelming feelings, exhaustion. It also affects deadlines, finances, your professional image, your time as things get lost or damaged…

The best approach for De-cluttering is define what you need, love or use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

USING COLOR. It is very important in the art of Feng Shui.   Offices and workspaces are often painted white but this color is not the most cheerful to work around.  In Feng Shui we define 2 types of colors. The Yin colors promote healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors are essential to provide enthusiasm and the positive energy required needed to do something or be motivated. The best colors associated to career are black for business, green for money, red to give a boost to all projects. Use color in your clothing, on the walls, for accessories, even for files and folders.

DISPLAYING INSPIRATIONAL VISUALS such as images of people that are your mentors, heroes, even your team if you need their support. Any images, even abstract art or landscape which represents achievement for you can work.

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LOCATING YOUR DESK in the “Command Position”

This means that your desk needs to face the door and you should have a view on the overall space. Does your desk face the entrance?  If not, then you may be feeling vulnerable and nervous.  Try moving your desk around or adding a mirror that will allow you to see the door or entrance.  Having your back towards a window can also bring on feelings of insecurity.  Hang blinds or curtains to lessen this feeling.

STAYING UP TO DATE by using recent and well maintained equipment. You want to ensure that you get all the support you need and that your work is facilitated. Also, having the right tools helps keeping you stress level down, reach your deadlines and show professionalism.

LIGHTING UP is essential for a happy work environment.  Replace fluorescent bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.  If you’re unable to do this, then try bring in your own lighting with floor and desk lamps.

POTTING PLANTS help bring nature and air into an area.  Always work with an odd number of healthy plants. 9 is the ideal number. Remember to place a plant in your prosperity area (far left side of the room from the entrance) to help grow your finances.

USING WATER at the entrance of your workspace or office promotes peace in the room – this is why so many find it appealing to have one in their front yards.  Put a small fountain, a mirror or even a picture of water near your entrance to achieve this calming effect; a small fish tank is another option. But more than anything, water at the entrance supports your career as it  represents a flowing river bringing in new opportunities.

BRINGING YOUR PERSONALITY into your office. It is an essential ingredient to help you feel comfortable and raise your confidence. So display photos of people you love and that are supportive of you. Also put your stamp in by displaying items that identify you such as hobby items and memorabilia.

You now have a list of easy tips to use for your office. And the benefits are endless… You can achieve career advancement, reduce your stress, improve your focus, make more money,enhance authority and confidence… So Use Feng Shui to boost your career!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email 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!

Beautiful look of Coral in design...

Coral design accessories What is a coral?

A coral is a rocklike deposit consisting of the calcareous skeletons secreted by various anthozoans. Coral deposits often accumulate to form reefs or islands in warm seas.

They can come in red-orange, pinkish, or white colors with a variety of  shades and are used a lot to make jewelry and ornaments.

Adopting the coral look at home is bringing a beautiful natural element from the sea into your interior.

Many designers have used corals in their designs wether natural or man made. They all bring a special architectural or peaceful touch depending of heir size, color  and shapes to the room.

Coral chandelier from Moth Design- Interior Design GHISLAINE VIÑAS

Sculptural lamp in coral shape- Design Amanda Nisbet

Coral Ginger jar- WSHome

Natural shells and corals display

Coral bedding set- WSHome

Coral art work- Design Amanda Nisbet

White Coral chandelier- interior design Hernan Arriaga

Coral accents- Interior design Tobi Fairley

Loving the Coral look? Let me know if you have corals at home or planning to  integrate some in your decor?

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

Beautiful Libraries and bookshelves designs!

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Bookshelves and Libraries are a wonderful place to display everything from collectibles and photographs to books and boxes.

If you happen to be a book lover or a voracious reader, it is likely that you have built up quite a collection of books over the years. Home libraries help you organize your book collection, make it easier to find books and make reading fun and relaxing within the comforts of your home. Here are a few tips to design your home library.

While building a home library the three basic elements required are: space, shelves and books. You can either custom build a new room or choose an existing spacious room to house your books.

Types of Bookshelves: Recessed or built-in bookshelves can provide floor-to-ceiling storage and space savings. You can also mount hanging bookshelves onto the wall or buy glass cases, which might be preferable if your collection includes antique books that you want to preserve. As your bookshelves creep up the wall, you may need a library ladder to reach them.

Library furniture: When considering library furniture, you may want desks if you are writing and taking notes on your reading. Bookstands are also helpful for reading those big volumes that are too heavy to hold up comfortably. You can include overstuffed couches and chairs which will beckon guests to spend a few hours reading.

Library Lighting: When selecting lighting, look for a lamp that will help you see the smallest text you read. The lamp should be positioned over your shoulder, so that the light is not directly in your eyes. This way it will also help to minimize glare. Your lamp should be brighter than the rest of the room. However, all light will eventually damage books, so use it at a minimum.

Library Organization: Finally, a good system of organization will help you find the book you want quickly. You can also decorate bookshelves with personal items, such as photographs and souvenirs which can break up the rows of books visually, and it would also give you room to expand as your collection grows.

Here are some Beautiful Library Design options:

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There is a great trend towards diagonal bookshelves. Kelly Wearstler designed this built-in beauty in Viceroy in Santa Monica. Simple lines on a diagonal pattern create visual movement and a bold dark color puncuates this book case.

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Chicago photographer Sandro's library in his live/work space

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Beautiful Library in a classic Interior Design - House Beautiful

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With the Elegance of a Traditional Library comes the  exciting furniture home accents of Stark white chairs and a table.  Eclectic design is at its best when a designer can have the ability to intertwine two contrasting styles and have a result that is refreshing, smart and fun!

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A feminine and soft library for the Lady  who has easy access to her favorite books, flowers and family photos!

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An urban outlook for this very stylish library!

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Oprah's Home Library!!!!!!

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Secret' staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space,  English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome.

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Bookshelves divider in Offices - Domino

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Bookshelves with Library Ladders - Ikea

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Library with mezzanine and spiral staircases. Grandiose!

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

Which one of these library is your favorite? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

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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!