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HOW COLOUR PSYCHOLOGY POSITIVELY IMPACTS INTERIOR DESIGN

HOW COLOUR PSYCHOLOGY POSITIVELY IMPACTS INTERIOR DESIGN

The color of your interior wall plays a vital role to keep your peace and happy. The choice of color for your home should not be random as it has a huge impact on human psychology. Choosing a trendy color may give your home fancy look but it is very important to think about the right color that impacts your psychology. 

Orange and yellow color promotes optimism and Purple color develops creativity and problem-solving skill. Likewise, blue color stimulates productivity and provides the sense of security. There are various colors that have their different impact on human psychology. To know more about it, check out our below infographic from the Farthing

Thank you for The Farthing for their great article! 

Tips for making a larger space appear cozy

Living Room Design by Marie Burgos

Large spaces feel cozier when you can create distinct moments that relate to each other without competing.

Dividing a large space by identifying multiple functions works as long as the areas chosen for each activity add up to a harmonious statement. I like to start by creating a color story, and then figure out how each space in the room can contribute to the telling of that story while maintaining a subtle integrity.

Above, I have created a reading area in a corner of this large living space. Below you can see the main space with entertainment centre and a great statement with an aquarium for my client who is a lover of all the beauties of the sea...

In this space I have also used all the natural elements of Feng Shui which are water, wood, earth, fire and metal.

In the photo below, you can discover another angle of the space which showcases the original features of this home such as the red brick column. It always makes sense to keep beautiful original features.

See the yoga space created which can be used as a fabulous dance floor for entertainment when meditating time is over by just removing the tatamis.

Living Room view on yoga space- Design by Marie Burgos

Hope you have enjoyed it!

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

Are you looking to transform your home in a cosier space? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

My Favorite Outdoor Daybeds!

picture-105 Imagine your very own outdoor living area,with not only seating, but an outdoor daybed on which to nap! Heaven!!

Most have steel frame construction with a resin or wicker weave that would definitely survive the elements.

Although you may possibly think indoors is the place for a bedroom, the way to utilize your backyard as a private retreat is to recreate all the primary indoor living areas.

With our current economy, the new thinking is to refine our own backyards, rather than taking expensive vacations elsewhere. A lot of the population already has in ground or above ground pools, landscaped spaces, outdoor kitchen facilities to some degree, and at the very minimum a picnic table. The addition of an outdoor daybed adds another “room” to the private retreat.

Sure, hammocks were the outdoor “bedroom” of the past, but getting in or out of one, was a challenge. An advantage to an outdoor daybed is that they are stationary. They are also at a reasonable height for any age to gain access. They can be sighted anywhere in the outdoor space and most are unique enough in appearance to be a focal point. An added bonus is that they provide additional seating to the “living room” of the yard.

Nothing is more appealing than the thought of sinking into the cushions of an outdoor daybed on a hot, lazy summer afternoon, while the spouse is cooking on the grill, of course. Another vision is reclining on one with a spectacular sunset in front of you. Ok, back to reality, it is a treat to dream of outdoor daybeds when there is a foot of snow outside.

Which one is your favorite?

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These beautiful daybeds are made by Lifeshop Collection, a company that is specialized in indoor and outdoor contract furniture, hotel furniture, contract lighting, contract artwork, casegoods, and resin furniture. A piece of outdoor furniture like this would be great, to relax outside your house, and breathe fresh air. These pieces would be also awesome for an outdoor party.

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A part of the woven outdoor furniture collection, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Woven Daybed creates a distinctive and sculptural style with gorgeous free-flowing forms. Designed by Vladimir Kagan, the Barlow Tyrie Dune Daybed creates a peaceful and soothing corner where you can relax and enjoy the summer months.

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Take it indoors or out, the Sushi Daybed by Vivavi is an eye-catching addition to any setting. Hand-woven water hyacinth is wrapped tightly around a durable rattan frame to create this unique home furnishing.

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The Ragatta Day Bed is the most striking daybed in the Lifeshop Collection. The looming arch adds a touch of class to the bed. I particularly like the way the frame wraps the foot of the day bed. The framing is done in teak. The seat is plush and cozy, with detachable cuddly cushions. To sum up, it is an elegant, stylish, modern piece of furniture that will transform any room and redefine comfort.

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Grand Cayman Daybed  by Alfresco Home.  Drift away into your dreams in this beautiful, unique daybed.
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What could be more luxurious than indulging in a dreamy nap on the canopied Zinnia wicker daybed? This stunning daybed from the WeatherMaster line by Laneventure is described as “somewhere between the opulence of an Orient-Express sleeper and the gentility of the veranda…” A design by Celerie Kemble, the Zinnia has a frame handwoven from real, sustainable rattan with 41 custom finishes available!
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Salome Daybed from Lifeshop Furniture Collection. The round bade has been made from cane which makes it ideal for outdoor usage.

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 outdoor daybeds is your favorite and why ? Please let me know about it by leaving a comment! Thank you.

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!

Designing with acrylic furniture pieces

Acrylic chaise A great way of creating more space or the feel of more space is by using transparent furniture or accessories.

There is currently several firms designing and manufacturing Acrylic furniture. This see-through furniture looks weightless and is especially fitting when you have tight spaces like a city apartment or a small boudoir to design.

Here are some great design spaces using Acrylic pieces or accents.

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Beautiful acrylic coffee table over this colorful rug brings some water element into the room and create a light feel.
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The famous bubble chair! Here used into one of Kelly Hoppen amazing interiors. This was Kelly Hoppen home.
Airiness is created in this sky blue room with the combination of acrylic pieces of furniture... acrylic lounge chairs and a curvy acrylic coffee table.
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Discreet and elegant acrylic console table lives the spots light to a zebra skin ottoman

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Fabulousness of this acrylic piano...

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This small acrylic chair completes the airiness and peaceful atmosphere of this cream and turquoise bedroom. Just divine!

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Sleeping like a queen or king is no issue in this dreamy posters bed. It is accompanied by a beautiful bench in tan tufted velvet and acrylic legs. Just magical!

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Very glamour, this silk tufted bench and acrylic legs!

And many more options of using beautiful airy acrylic pieces of furniture and accessories. From ottomans to curvy chairs and acrylic chandeliers.

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

Square, round, oval, free shaped Ottomans!

Interior with square cream leather ottoman by Marie Burgos Design

Ottomans can be used as foot stools to accompany a comfortable armchair, for extra seating, a bedroom bench, or even as a coffee table.

Ottomans come in various sizes, shapes and textures. Some of them are oversized,  but they all most of the time both functional and practical.

Here are some great examples of ottomans.

Which one is your favorite?

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In this beautiful interior designed by  Patricia Gray,  an oversized ottoman has been showcased in a beautiful charcoal cashmere fabric. Don't you love the serenity of this design!

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A mix of contemporary art, French 40s and 50s furniture with a restrained pallet where the inspirations in creating this interior created by Michael Rosenberg. He used the fabulous Kelly Round Ottoman.

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Small square ottoman looks comfortable and very practical at this small study. From Donghia

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A master bedroom - the client wanted to use existing furnishings, wanted it chic but not shabby. A dash of old hollywood glamour.. voila! by  Michelle Workman- Very pretty skirt!

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Contemporary and geometric, the Skyline Chaise and ottoman are fully upholstered with vogue polished stainless steel sled legs, fixed backs with a loose seat cushion and three lumbar cushions. by Diane Paparo. This is a very contemporary sleek look.

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Elegant leather tufted ottoman by Hayes de Fer.

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Very pretty ottoman in zebra skin from Phases Africa

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Kelly Hoppen signature ottoman in crocodile leather skin.

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At 66" Long this long oval ottoman from MGBW is great for fronting a long sofa and adding curves to the space!

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Black patent leather upholstery with polished nickel nailhead trim and white finish by Jonathan Adler

Which ones of these ottomans is your favorite ? Do you think that you are likely to buy an ottoman for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

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

Orange color in your Home Design!

picture-322 Orange is probably one of the happiest colors you could use. It's a blues lifter. A health promoter. And it just makes you feel better. You don't grab for a glass of grape juice when your sick. It's the orange stuff we drink! Orange has a sense of warmth and liveliness to it. It makes you think of energy and movement.

Orange color is a symbol of enthusiasm, creativity, warmth, play, endurance and vitality, it also known as a power color. As a dynamic color which has a red and yellow elements, blend together creating an aggression and also cheerful at the same time. You can decorate your house with orange furniture, wallpaper, bed cover, lamp shade or any other ornaments. Orange could be easily showcased with a neutral background. Once you apply some orange, your room will just pop. This color is really  known as an element which effects in people daily life, choosing the right orange color tone  for your house will be a great mood booster.

Here some beautiful designed room for your inspirations!

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Wonderful pair of orange velvet wing chair - Kelly Hoppen

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Classic interior with a burnt orange background.

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Orange is a confidence booster! It has been wonderfully used in this hip lounge/ bar. Invite this lady to dance!!

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Orange is beautifully complementing the white/ chocolate decor.- Metropolitan Home

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Another great color combination! Orange is adding life to the light and dark grey wall and furniture pieces.

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Look up! This ceiling had a beautiful glossy orange treatment.

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My favorite! Luxurious design bedroom with just a touch of orange in a shiny velvet fabric for accent pillows and bed cover.-Kelly Hoppen

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

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

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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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Red Interior designs!

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Red is a vibrant and stimulating color that is believed to bring good fortune and happiness.

Red is a very bold color which sometimes intimidate people. They are not sure how to use it in design and are afraid it will look too much of a strong color.

It can actually really affect people moods, making shy people more courageous for example. It also brings passion and excitement to people’s life. Red can really make people feel empowered.

In Feng Shui, Red is a fire color that will bring new prospects ahead and enhance energies. It is also associated with the recognition and fame.

In design, I always recommend using red to bring warmth and comfort to a room. There are multitude shades of red so depending of the room and the habitants tastes  a cranberry red, an orange red, a burgundy red, just to cite a few, can be used.

Sometimes to create drama or warmth, you can paint an accent wall in red . You can also paint an entire room red as long as the furniture pieces of the room are in a more neutral color.

Also, red can be used for major pieces of furniture in the room to make a dramatic statement or bring sexiness to the room or Red can just be infused in a room through accessories or lighting.

Using too much red in a room where occupants don’t want to feel exited is not a good idea. For instance if your child has excess energy, it is not recommended to paint his bedroom in red.

Often red is used in dining rooms, Kitchens, and even restaurants. This is a great color to increase appetite.

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Elegant living room furnished with a beautiful line of classic furniture

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I have used Red combined with Feng Shui in this bedroom design as a one accent wall for a woman who was looking for a passionate relationship in her life. After a few weeks, she actually found this special person…

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Very red british red decor- Jonathan Adler

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Lots of red accents! Red curtains, frames, throws, pillows and bed skirts! - Domino Mag

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

Have you used red paint or accessories in your home?

Do you think that you are likely to use red in your home in the near future?

If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

Horses in Interior Design

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Do you love horses? Would you like to incorporate your love of horses into your home decorating scheme without going overboard?

Horses are commanding animals to behold, and their likenesses certainly hold their own in home interiors. Each of the following spaces displays an element of equestrian style through the depiction of these majestic creatures in items such as pillows, prints, sculptures and paintings.

You can also select a classic piece of artwork with a horse related theme. For extra touches, look for horse printed afghans, throws, pillows, and prints. Even a nice coffee table book of horse photos can showcase your love for horses.

Whether you want to decorate an entire room, or simply add some subtle touches, horse lovers have many options for letting their love for horses show through their home's décor.

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White Living Room - A stunning photograph from Roberto Dutesco's Horses of Sable Island series overlooks a snowy white living room with sunny yellow accent pillows carefully placed on comfy white upholstered sofas.

Interior by Marie Burgos Design

Comfortable living room with an Asian flair in one of my client's Long Island mansion.

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Grand Entrance in an interior by Kelly Weastler Design

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Peaceful Bedroom: A wood four poster canopy bed makes a statement in the center of this large bedroom and also provides the perfect framing for a black and white print featuring a herd of beautiful horses. A heart shaped patterned orange and white duvet covers the bed and a grey chaise sits neatly in the corner...perfect for an lazy afternoon nap or a good late night read.

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Showcase of a couple portrait in their family estate home.- Photographer Simon Upton

Horses sculptures by Altamoda

Console Display: Every product by Italian company Altamoda is a work of art.

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Very chic black and white interior by Moris Moreno via Desire to Inspire. Here the horses are appearing in a subtle way  in this very inspired art piece.

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Grandiose art deco library: this effect is the result of this large piece of artwork as a focal point for this elegant room. - Nuevo Estilo via La Dolce Vita

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Room in the attic: In love with horses....Country Living

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A very elegant living space. The horse statue is a real focal point.                                                                      Interior by Kelly Weastler design

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

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Which horse interior scene  is your favorite?

Please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!