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MILLION DOLLAR DECORATING PODCAST INTERVIEW!

MILLION DOLLAR DECORATING PODCAST INTERVIEW!

This month, we had the honor of meeting James Swan of the popular podcast, "Million Dollar Decorating!" Marie spoke with James regarding her work and the Marie Burgos Design Brand, revealed behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, and shared stories to motivate all to make beautiful homes!

James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in  House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune  and his book  “101 Things I Hate About Your House”  won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

The Million Dollar Decorating podcasts are devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living, and he has interviewed the world's leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans throughout the world.

This time, it was Marie Burgos Design in the spotlight! 

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Also, as an extra fun tip, Marie’s book recommendation during the podcast was MOVE YOUR STUFF CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Karen Rauch Carter, an essential and accessible guide to increasing happiness, improving your financial well-being, and bettering your health through the timeless Chinese art of feng shui. 

Written by Anaïs Gibaud

 

BEFORE AND AFTER LIVING ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

BEFORE AND AFTER LIVING ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

We gave back her glory days to this brownstone home by creating a grand entrance and a serene and airy living room. We kept some original elements such as the vintage front door which we fully restored. An original “bump” in the wall was desperately calling for a majestic Chesney Carrara fireplace mantel. The design theme of this first floor has a very coastal color palette. We added a colourful touch with a unique cement mosaic, also used as an accent for the fireplace surround.
Photo Credit : Francis Augustine -  CAPPUCCINO pillow in natural silk from  Marie Burgos Collection.

Photo Credit : Francis Augustine -

CAPPUCCINO pillow in natural silk from Marie Burgos Collection.

Photo Credit : Francis Augustine - Featuring the Yin and yang pillows in natural silk from Marie Burgos Collection.    “PINK CLOUD”    By Francis Augustine Photography    Metallic print mounted on acrylic

Photo Credit : Francis Augustine - Featuring the Yin and yang pillows in natural silk from Marie Burgos Collection.

“PINK CLOUD”

By Francis Augustine Photography

Metallic print mounted on acrylic

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Photo Credit : Francis Augustine - Featuring the Cappuccino and Yin and Yang  pillows in natural silk from Marie Burgos Collection.

Photo Credit : Francis Augustine - Featuring the Cappuccino and Yin and Yang  pillows in natural silk from Marie Burgos Collection.

By Anaïs Gibaud

 

 

 

Traditional Interior Design Style

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"Traditional interior design brings the warmth and elegance of the past into the present."

Traditional interior design is perhaps the most popular style in America today. It has roots in earlier generations but still manages to embrace the present with style and comfort.

The shapes in this style setting are typically very graceful. Curving lines are very common. Furniture is often constructed of dark wood and finely crafted detail. Think Queen Anne style table legs and rolled sofa arms, for example. Oh, and sofas with arched backs..very traditional, too.

Traditional lighting fixtures of metal, glass or porcelain with elegant shades look wonderful in the traditional home. Look for fixtures with a curvaceous silhouette. If you want to add a touch of glamor to your traditional space, a beautiful chandelier is a good choice.

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Lean towards more tailored fabrics for your windows with coordinating fabrics on the upholstered furniture. A wide range of options are available in traditional fabric. Floral prints, tone-on-tone stripes and textural patterns can be found in a variety of materials from damask to cotton. Your choice of fabrics should largely depend on context and the degree of formality or informality you want to project.

Important architectural detail in traditional interior design style includes fine moldings. Adding decorative features, like crown molding and chair railing, is a great way to anchor the style.

Color can be used to help establish the level of formality.Deeper wall colors, like deep red or green hues, suggest a higher level of formality. Lighter colors and neutrals, on the other hand, can infuse a more contemporary feel to the style. Think about how you want the space to function and feel when deciding which direction to go with color. Choose something you love.

Traditional style can be adapted to a more eclectic and up-to-date feel by mixing in some fabrics and accessory items of other styles. This should be coordinated, but not necessarily strictly matched, to the rest of the scheme. This is my favorite approach when it comes to traditional interior design. I think it’s the secret to keeping this time honored style looking fresh.

Traditional Style Tips:

- The overall scheme should be very coordinated but not excessively “matched”.

- Antiques or antique reproductions work well in a traditional setting because they reference the past. Consider adding a few contemporary styled items for a more up-to-date look. For example, try a contemporary, unframed work of art above the fireplace mantel in a coordinating color scheme to the rest of the room.

- A more contemporary piece can enliven a traditional space to stunning effect.

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

The Hollywood Regency Design Style

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Few interior design styles carry with them the glitz and glamour of an entire decade. But Hollywood Regency is making a modern comeback, well after its heyday in the '30s.

When designers from Hollywood's Golden Age, like William Haines and Dorothy Draper, encouraged West Coast film luminaries to decorate their home with overtones of glitz and glamour, a new design style emerged. The 1930s Hollywood Regency style was a favorite of celebrities ranging from actress Joan Crawford to the future First Lady, Nancy Reagan.

Hollywood Regency design, however, is not a relic of the past. The over-the-top style is not just for the rich and famous; a modern version is surging in popularity, fueled by designers like Kelly Wearstler. Shawn Henderson, design director for the online auction site ebay.com, says there's no denying the high Hollywood style is back. "Hollywood Regency has spiked in sales," Henderson says. "Recently a William 'Billy' Haines cabinet sold on eBay for $7,500."

Not everyone can afford original Haines pieces, but elements of Hollywood Regency style are within reach for even the most budget-minded decorator. Here's how to adapt a few Hollywood Regency elements to your home decor.

Going Hollywood Regency is all about the details, says interior decorator and furniture designer Barclay Butera. "The wonderful fabrics, fringe on lampshades, chandeliers with crystals — Hollywood Regency style is about glamour, but so much is found in the wonderful details," he says.

Designer Kristan Cunningham, star of HGTV's Design on a Dime, says for those working on a budget, jazzing up thrift pieces is also about having an eye for detail. "If your grandma gave you an over-the-top brass chandelier, replace the flame-tip bulbs with mod opaque globe bulbs," she says. "It creates the juxtaposition of 'super clean with super fussy' that is so relevant in Hollywood Regency."

Lovely Lacquer Hollywood Regency focuses on making the home a showpiece for guests, and classic designers spared no shine, glitz or glamour in making that happen.

"Lacquer everything!" says Henderson. "Hollywood Regency style used a lot of bright, glossy colors on furniture. So, have furniture lacquered or buy some super glossy spray paint and do it yourself."

For her den, Cunningham did just that, purchasing an inexpensive white lacquered TV credenza and adding her own Hollywood Regency design style. "I replaced the knobs with brass Chinese medallion hardware, and I added brass corner details to each door," she says. "It's so glam, and the best part is, no one else will have the same piece!"

Lots of Luxe Velvet drapes, silk lampshades and thick, sculpted carpets mark the Hollywood Regency design style. "In the era when Hollywood Regency evolved, people really wanted to impress each other with their homes," says Butera. "Homes were really destinations." Butera says adding showy fabrics into a decorating scheme gives any home the sense of scale and glamour that Hollywood designers of the era strived for.

Watch the Scale In the era of overstuffed sectional sofas and imposing double-chaise lounges, the idea of small-scale furniture is a bit of a novelty. But that is exactly what Hollywood Regency design calls for, says Karen Figilis, publicist for William Haines Designs. "It's hard to get the scale right," she says. "The furniture is supposed to really fade into the background, because Hollywood Regency design is all about the people."

Butera notes the design's emphasis is not on the furnishings or accessories, but the feeling they create. "It's about entertaining, from before we all had great rooms and large televisions and open floor plans," he says. "Centering a room around the furniture and the way people will interact with each other is the idea."

Design for the Individual Because Hollywood Regency design is meant to be an eclectic mix of styles with one overarching luxurious theme, people sometimes make the mistake of thinking that they can just throw any flea market find into the mix. Karen says while the style lends itself to mixing and matching, it's important to remember coordinating elements.

"The whole concept is that this is a suite of furniture for an individual," she says. "It's classic furniture that never goes out of style. It's back because it's luxurious and glamorous, and because you can create an individual look because it allows you to mix and create your own living space."

"The elbow chair is a witty conversational piece, meant to be sat on sideways, with your elbow leaning on the chair," says Karen Figilis, publicist for William Haines Designs. Photo: William Haines Design.

Invest in Classics For those who truly want to imitate the masters, however, investing in a few classic pieces can be a real point of pride. "Any pieces from Dorothy Draper or William Haines are a great investment," says Shawn, noting the high prices these items fetch online.

If the price tag for a vintage Hollywood-design table is too intimidating, however, Henderson recommends looking to the supporting furniture cast. "Start with smaller pieces like lamps or side tables," he says. "To create balance, introduce some bold colors and layer in some chinoiserie pieces as part of the artwork and accessories."

And Kristan says even if you don't want to go full-out Hollywood, that's OK. "Hollywood Regency is a perfect style for a younger generation to be able to mix vintage, borderline-tacky pieces, and have them live in harmony," she says, adding that even if you love modern lines, you can still incorporate something like a high-lacquered Queen Anne chair.

Glitz, Glamour and Gorgeous While Hollywood Regency design is a throwback to another era, it's still incredibly modern and relevant to today's hurried lifestyle, where people view homes as havens where they can relax.

Article by Alyson McNutt English

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10 Tips on Finding Your Design Style

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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.

For more information email marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com