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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.



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



Behind the Scenes of a Design Photo Shoot!

Behind the Scenes of a Design Photo Shoot!

This is the behind the scenes of a memorable day!  

After months of hard work, putting together the perfect design, comes the best part:

We are deeply proud of all we created together, and that our clients are so grateful! 

Now that we have converted this authentic Brownstone apartment into a wonderful home, it is now time to let this beautiful Art Collectors couple enjoy!

We will soon publish the Before and After pictures as well so you can have a glimpse of all that has been done! 

By Anaïs Gibaud

Finding the Right Style for Your New Bathroom: The "Modern" design



Modern bathroom: Sleek and clutter-free, with liberal use of materials such as glass, chrome and Corian.

- Modern style means clean lines and simple, geometric shapes. - Modern, mid-century furniture is the way to go. - Choose sleek materials such as stainless steel, glass and plastic. - Keep wood pieces detail-free. - Color schemes are simple and textures have a starring role. - The number one style trait of Modernists is that they hate clutter. - Modernism owes its sleek, mass-produced look to advances in manufacturing techniques. - Another color choice is red, which increases the heart rate, appetite, passion and energy.


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Modern Kitchen Interior Design Trends

kitchen Because kitchens tend to be functional, rather than beautiful, design magazines and blogs do not talk too much about modern kitchen interior design trends. Compared to, for example, modern interior design for living rooms or bedrooms, the kitchen is the red headed stepchild of rooms in design terms. This article makes a tentative stab at setting the record straight by looking at modern kitchen interior design trends from around the world.

Modern Scandinavian Kitchen Interior Design Trends

In Scandinavian kitchens, stainless steel and wood rule the roost. Colors tend to be muted, natural earth tones and whites, but with the occasional brightly colored items such as glassware to accent the room.

One item found in Scandinavian kitchens that has yet to spread to America is the tiskikaappi. This is a dish rack that is stored in a cabinet above the sink. Newly washed dishes are therefore stored out of sight, but water can still drip from the dishes into the sink. Even Ikea, which has done so much to bring Scandinavian design to Americans, does not sell this particular item. How long before some enterprising American designer adopts this simple but ingenious device?

Modern Italian Kitchen Interior Design Trends

In Italy, stone, rather than steel, is king. Marble and granite are plentiful there, and so tend to be used for countertops and other such surfaces.

Italian fitted kitchens often center on curved or semicircular islands and countertops. The Italian design aesthetic is focused on ensuring that the kitchen is beautiful when viewed from any angle. Even kitchen appliances are subtly curved in the front or rounded at the edges for a more aesthetically pleasing design.

Modern American Kitchen Interior Design Trends

Last, but by no means least, we turn our attention to modern kitchen interior design trends closer to home. Ironically, for a nation that prides itself on showing the rest of the world its future, talking about modern American kitchen interior design trends is somewhat oxymoronic, as the latest trend in kitchen design is to look back and replicate the rustic styles of the pioneers of the past.

Oak beams, stone fireplaces and antique (or reproduction antique) furniture are the order of the day here. Color choices are – what else? – red, white and blue, but not the gaudy shades of '50s style Americana. Rather, the subtle tones of the Colonial era are reproduced with rusty reddish browns, off whites (such as magnolia) and the bluish gray shade known as Williamsburg Blue. If you want to be at the cutting edge, look to a combination of the Old Dominion and the Old West.

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Modern Decor - What Does Your Style Say About You?

picture-20 When it comes to home decor, everyone has different tastes.  Some love modern or contemporary, while others love country, rustic or the romantic style of shabby chic.  What does your favorite decor say about you?   More than you may think!

If you love modern styling, you are more than likely a no nonsense person who likes everything straight and to the point.  This type of home decor often consists of simple, sparse furnishings with straight lines and minimal fuss.

You can see how peoples personalities often lend to the style of decor they choose.  When it comes to decorating the place you call home, make sure it represents what you want it to say!  Your home decor is much closer related to your personal traits and characteristics than you probably realize.


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Sleek and Stylish Interior Design for the Modern Home


A group of trends from the German and Scandinavian schools of the 1930s, modernism remains a popular theme for interior design. Modern home interior design has several distinct characteristics: emphasis on line and shape, use of black and white, strong artificial lighting, and polished chrome accents. Interior design for the modern home portraits a sophisticated taste and a refreshed atmosphere, so it remains a fashionable choice for lofts and contemporary houses.

Less is More

Smooth, polished surfaces create a seamless flow of line, therefore maintaining this texture consistently is indispensable to good modern home interior design. The flooring can be lightly toned wood or tile, but it should remain mostly bare. Area rugs are a good idea for separating large rooms into different regions each with their own function such as dining or entertaining. Furniture should be bold, basic, and only one color. Each thing in the room should look like it was chosen on purpose, not as an afterthought. Main pieces should remain part of the neutral palette leaving pillows and exotic flowers to bring in splashes of color. Chrome should be used in such things as light fixtures, door knobs, and switch plates. Chrome is a trimming, and not a replacement for poor lighting, so it should be called upon sparingly. Stone, glass, and metal are great materials to incorporate in more abundance. They introduce subdued secondary texture into the room, without overwhelming the smoothness already in play. Though large windows are a time-tested choice in modern home interior design, drawing the eye to displays is done with gallery style lighting as opposed to natural light.

Common Blunders

A poor modern home interior design is vast, cold, and sterile. Like an alien waiting room that induces unease, too much open space will make an area seem pointless. As opposed to country home interior design, clutter spoils a functional layout and detracts from the minimalist statement modern home interior design seeks to embrace. Too little light will cause a room to go from angular to hostile, and using all neutral colors will isolate guests and cause the eye to roam ceaselessly from place to place. At least two strong colors are needed to contrast the neutrals and give the space depth. While exposed beams and piping are encouraged, excessive utilization of this technique turns a home into warehouse, most notably when those elements protrude into the main living space. Stick with the geometric and avoid complicated designs in fabric, save for animal prints, which are an exception to this rule.

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10 Tips on Finding Your Design Style



1.Multiples. Do you have multiple items of the same color, shape or style around your house? This is one big "tell" I look for as I look through clients' homes. A kilim rug in the front hall, a kilim rug in the bedroom, another one in the living room? That means that you like kilim rugs. It sounds way too simple to be that easy, but most people stop seeing their style even when it's right in front of them.

2. Form over function. Do you work on a desk that is too small, but can't bear to replace it? Have a couch that is crazy uncomfortable, but it's still in you living room after all these years? That broken clock that's still up on the wall? Take a good long look, because this is a dead giveaway to your personal style. There is something you love so much about this piece that you have chosen its form over your need for function.

3. Where you shop. Do you browse the same store all the time, even when you're not looking to buy? Does a good flea market make you heart pound with excitement? Where you look for your furnishings speaks volumes about your style. New, used, found, handed down from family; where your furniture comes from represents your style.

4. Art. What you have chosen to hang on your walls says something about you. Art is purely personal, not tied to function or need and therefore is usually the best indication of your style. A vintage movie poster means you probably like classic lines in furniture, while an abstract lithograph likely means that modern design is your bag. Flea market oil painting of someone else's relative? Eclectic is your style.

5. Most recent purchase. A French country dish towel that caught your eye in the store, or an impulse buy of a Tiffany-style lamp that you thought you'd never like, but do. The last thing you bought for your home is a fantastic indicator of what your style is, especially if it is design departure for you.

6. What unites your stuff? Do you have terra-cottas, rusts and warm yellows all around your house? These are the sun-kissed colors of Mediterranean design, so you should look for rough-hewn wood tables, terra-cotta lamps and vases to polish up your style. Does all your furniture have lean, sharp lines, and you don't have a single thing on your mantel? Your style is thoroughly modern. Whether it's color, scale, shape or era, the uniting element in your home is the best place to start when looking for your style.

7. What's your favorite hotel? This is my secret weapon in finding a client's design style. Always stay in cozy country B&Bs? Like the modern city high-rise hotel? Or do you go more for the traditionally furnished places? Hotels have clear design styles, so use them to help you find YOUR style.

8. Odd man out. When there is one piece different from everything else in your room, take note. Chances are, this is one style you like, but are afraid to fully venture into.

9. Travel. Where you chose to spend your vacations, and what you bring back with you are great style indicators. Always go to Mexico on your holidays and have a full set of cobalt-blue wine glasses? You like the hacienda look. Love your family vacations at the beach and have jars of seashells in your bathroom? Coastal cottage is your style.

10. Best room in the house. What's your most fave room in your home? Look to your best design work and repeat it. There is nothing wrong with having all your rooms designed similarly. In fact, it can bring a calm and serene feel to your house.

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What's Your Design Style? 

Modern, Classic, Country or Eclectic? Take this quick quiz and find out!


1. How would you describe your personality?

a) I'm a minimalist — less is definitely more.

b) I'm refined and don't like to follow trends.

c) I'm casual and relaxed.

d) I'm a risk taker. 

2. In my closet, you'll find

a) Anything by Alexander McQueen

b) Lots of twin sweater sets

c) Faded jeans, cowboy boots and more denim

d) Anything vintage mixed with the latest fad 

3. What would be your fantasy home?

a) A sleek loft space

b) A Georgian home

c) A converted barn

d) A Spartan trailer 

4. What is your most coveted piece of furniture?

a) An Eames La Chaise chair

b) A Louis Seize oval-back chair

c) Your grandmother's old painted cupboard

d) A Ms. Pacman videogame cocktail table 

5. On my bedroom window sill you will find:

a) A neatly stacked pile of art books

b) A Roman-style urn on each side of the window

c) A row of old jelly jars

d) Vintage miniature toys 

6. If you could redesign your kitchen from scratch, it would have:

a) Industrial stainless steel countertops

b) Wall-to-wall dark wood cabinets

c) Open shelves so everything is within reach

d) A neon 1950s diner sign

Answer Key

If you answered "a" most often then your style is modern

Clean lines, geometric shapes 

No clutter 

Less is definitely more. 

Stay away from patterns. 

Materials: glass, wood, stone, plastics 

Wood: dark or light, but little ornamentation 

Metals: polished chrome, stainless steel

If you answered "b" most often then your style is classic

Symmetry and balance 

Pairs of things 

Furniture with a European influence, formal not fancy 

Bold, historical colors 

Restrained formality 

Dark woods with carved detail

If you answered "c" most often then your style is country

Casual, relaxed and comfortable 

Distressed furniture, painted finishes 

Plaids, floral, stripes and prints 

Pieces in leather and hide 

Inexpensive accessories such as jars and books

If you answered "d" most often then your style is eclectic

Risk taker 

Mix different periods of furniture. 

Anything goes. 

Find furniture in design stores, junk stores and flea markets. 

Create cohesion with color and repetition. 

Spirited, playful, artsy and trendy

If you had answers in several categories, you might have a combination style. I would describe my style as both classic and modern. Whichever design style you choose to furnish your home, don't forget to have fun with colors, shape and texture! 

Marie Burgos/ Manoblue Design