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BEFORE AND AFTER DINING ROOM AT THE ART COLLECTORS' HOME

BEFORE AND AFTER DINING ROOM AT THE ART COLLECTORS' HOME

DINING ROOM AT THE COLLECTORS HOME: 

The narrowness of the space called for streamlined furniture pieces, and this was a problem that we solved  by designing a custom-made dining room banquette.

We added a very modern element: the blue leather, but also some warmer elements such as the walnut cabinetry, which hosts extra storage on one side and a fun bar on the other.  The leather was used on most of the seating furniture pieces (sofa, kitchen chairs, leather banquette) for durability as the clients have a lovely dog.

We added a lot of lighting so the space would not be dark as the dining room is located at the center of the apartment.

THE KITCHEN

It is a very modern style kitchen with some classical lines with the Carrera Marble that wraps around with waterfalls on each side of the island. 

   BEFORE PICTURES OF THE DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN AREA

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5 ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN IDEAS FOR YOUR KITCHEN

The kitchen is the heart of every home, the room where you spend most of your waking hours in the house, and the place where the whole family gathers each day. Therefore, it’s often also the room that people put the most thought into renovating. When you’re creating a new kitchen design, you want a room that works for you, functioning in a way that meets your needs. You also want a room that’s attractive and makes you feel good about being in there. Finally, most homeowners today are also considering eco-friendly and green options for their kitchens to both save energy and to create a healthier, more sustainable home for their families. These 5 eco-friendly design ideas for your kitchen will help you achieve all those goals.

1.     Bamboo Lumber Cabinets

Credit: www.woodweb.com

Credit: www.woodweb.com

Cabinets make up a large part of your kitchen. They typically line at least two walls, and are necessary for providing storage for your dishes, pots and pans, glasses, and other items. Because they make up such a large part of the room, most people select their new cabinets either first or second in the design process.

When you’re considering your options, be sure to look at bamboo lumber cabinets as well. Bamboo lumber is a sustainable material with no urea formaldehyde added, so it’s better for the environment and better for your family. It also gives your cabinets an attractive, contemporary appearance that fits in well with today’s trends.

Another option is to use cabinets with a bamboo veneer. This will give you the same look and sustainable finish on your choice of plywood box.

2.     Toe-Touch Faucets

Credit: www.grohe.com

Credit: www.grohe.com

Your kitchen sink gets a lot of use on a daily basis. You use it to wash your hands, fill pots, get a drink, or water your plants. And many of the times when you’re using your faucet, your hands are either dirty or full. So, you may struggle to turn the faucet on and off, or you may leave it running longer than necessary while you wait for the ideal time to reach for the handle.

A toe-touch faucet has a concealed button beneath your sink base cabinet that you can reach with your toe. It allows you to turn on and off the faucet even when your hands are full or dirty, so your faucet can stay cleaner and you use less water overall.

3.     Recycled Content Countertops

Credit: www.glassrecycled.com

Credit: www.glassrecycled.com

Second only to the cabinets in order of importance to the room is the countertop. Your counter takes up a lot of visible space in the room, and needs to withstand anything you can throw at it from chopping to hot pots. For many years, people liked the idea of stone counters for their looks and durability, but stone isn’t the eco-friendliest material out there.

Instead, consider looking at a recycled glass countertop. Made of recycled glass from things like old lightbulbs and held together with a colored resin, recycled glass counters are eco-friendly, attractive, and low maintenance. A recycled glass counter doesn’t stain, scratch, or burn; you can cut on it or put a pot hot off the stove on it and nothing will happen. They come in a wide range of different color options as well, letting you easily match the rest of your kitchen design.

4.      Hardwood Flooring

www.nydreeflooring.com

www.nydreeflooring.com

There are few things that will raise your property and resale values more quickly than the addition of hardwood floors in the home. And when compared to several of the other materials on the market today, hardwood is a sustainable material as well.

While things like clay and natural stone are limited in their availability – once they’re gone, they’re gone – responsible harvesting of hardwoods means that new trees can be planted to take the place of those that were cut. And newer cutting and manufacturing processes mean that more of the lumber gets used, producing less waste. Hardwoods, both solid and engineered, can last for decades as well, making them a long-term investment in your home, as well as a sustainable choice.

5.     Cork Backsplash

Credit: W Hotel Residence - Houzz.com

Credit: W Hotel Residence - Houzz.com

Want an attractive, dynamic backsplash that will also double as a bulletin board, or that will allow you to easily attach things like rails to hold knives and other appliances? Consider a cork tile backsplash. Cork tiles are made from the bark of a tree, which regrows the bark naturally, making cork an eco-friendly material.

Cork tiles come in numerous sizes, patterns, and colors so you can find some that will complement your kitchen design. Cork is also naturally water resistant – a must in a busy kitchen. Because the tiles are resilient, you can easily attach appliance rails to the backsplash without drilling invasive holes, either. You can also use a section as a bulletin board to help keep your busy family up to date as well.

Create a Greener Kitchen

There are countless ways that you can include some eco-friendly design features in your new kitchen. Use these 5 ideas as a jumping off point to creating the green kitchen of your dreams. 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES THE ART COLLECTORS' HOME LIVING ROOM

BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES THE ART COLLECTORS' HOME LIVING ROOM


This home is the top floor of an 1900 Brownstone in the heart of Hoboken NJ. We kept the brownstone charm with beautiful crown moldings, high ceilings and furnishing and paired it with very modern elements.
We transformed it into a modern apartment for a young energetic couple who collect art pieces throughout their travels. They wanted to integrate most of their personal art collection and to make the apartment as modern and high tech as possible while keeping the classic brownstone flair.
The art collection is present throughout the entire space in the form of paintings, objects, memorabilia but also furnishing. 
 

 

How we did it? 

Those are some of the main pieces that helped us transformed this raw place into a high-end modern living-room. 

-The Charcoal Walnut hardwood flooring upgrades the look of the living room. It provides a rich warm tone to the space. 

-The rug is art to the floor. Its unique abstract design stands out in the decor bringing texture and warmth. 

-The custom-made cabinetry in gray oak and glass showcases an eclectic art collection of curiosities and memorabilia. Making these built ins perfect conversational pieces!

-The French Fireplace mantel inspired by Louis XVI design in Carrara marble enhances the architecture of this classic brownstone room. A special highlight is added by a custom mosaic loop design in white & grey glass with variations of gold. 

- The one of a kind Artwork is original and sets the tone with a vivid color. 

-The elegant window treatment were custom-made. They frame the windows beautifully and add a soft layer to the space.

By Anaïs Gibaud

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER MANHATTAN MODERN MASTER BEDROOM and WATER ROOM

BEFORE AND AFTER MANHATTAN MODERN MASTER BEDROOM and WATER ROOM

Before and After photos are among our favorites to reveal to give our readers an inside glimpse into the work that we do each day. Below is a look at a Manhattan Master Bedroom that received a full redesign from our Marie Burgos Design Team!  

BEFORE MASTER BEDROOM

BEFORE MASTER BATHROOM

AFTER MASTER BATHROOM

Anaïs Gibaud

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 - BOY & GIRL BEDROOM'S DESIGNS -

BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES - BOY & GIRL BEDROOM'S DESIGNS -

The "Manhattan Upper East Side Family Home" project included two little children: A 4-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl. When designing a bedroom for a child, we always include their thoughts, and they generally enjoy to be involved in the design process! It is a lot of fun because children are very creative and are not afraid to incorporate bright and vivid colors or original items into the decor!

 However, kids grow up quickly and the challenge is also to make sure that the design will suit not only their mood, but also their size in a few years! 

BEFORE BOY'S BEDROOM

AFTER BOY'S BEDROOM

BEFORE GIRL'S BEDROOM

AFTER GIRL'S BEDROOM 

By Anaïs Gibaud

10 QUICK AND EASY REFRESHES FOR YOUR BATHROOM

10 QUICK AND EASY REFRESHES FOR YOUR BATHROOM

A trip to the shops, nursery and hardware store is all that's needed to give your bathroom a style lift

Whether you need an instant pick-me-up to enliven your bathroom’s aesthetic, or it needs a whole new look, these simple styling tips and projects will deliver a breath of fresh air to the smallest room in the house, but won’t make much of a dent in your hip pocket. The only challenge you’ll face is deciding which changes you want to make first.

1. Get fresh with flora
For instant gratification, place a vase of your favorite flowers on the bathroom counter. Depending on your selection, the arrangement can bring both a pop of color, and a delectable fragrance to the room.

Keep it pretty with peonies or roses …

Keep it pretty with peonies or roses …

… or go bold with natives. This tip is especially great for preparing a bathroom for guests.

… or go bold with natives. This tip is especially great for preparing a bathroom for guests.

2. Go wild with wonderful wallpaper
If your powder room is in need of a lift, be daring and opt for a statement wallpaper. A lively wallpaper in a small bathroom provides real bang for your buck, and is an excellent way to experiment with color and pattern. Wild wallpaper works best in small spaces with simple, stylish fixtures to avoid overwhelming the space.

3. Add a heavenly aroma
Why not spoil yourself with a decadent candle or fragrance diffuser to bring a sense of luxury to the bathroom. Try scents like lavender and sandalwood for relaxation, or citruses and mint for alertness. Integrating a fragrance into your bathroom is an easy but effective way to heighten your enjoyment of the space. If you’re fond of a long soak in the tub, lighting a beautiful candle will also add to the atmosphere.

4. Clear out the clutter
Possibly the simplest and cheapest way to refresh your bathroom is with an old fashioned deep clean and declutter. Clear the vanity countertop of the items that inevitably find their way there, put in some elbow grease to make your surfaces sparkle, and for the really committed, declutter your bathroom cabinets of unused or out-of-date products. To maintain a clear and calm bathroom, return only the absolute essentials to the countertop.

5. Bring in some new towels
While towels clearly have a utility value in the bathroom, they’re also a wonderful way to add colour, texture and pattern. Towels are an excellent device to vary the mood of your bathroom as often as you vary yours.

Try monochromatic towel patterns for a chic, contemporary vibe, or textured brights, such as turquoise or blue, for a summery feel.

Try monochromatic towel patterns for a chic, contemporary vibe, or textured brights, such as turquoise or blue, for a summery feel.

6. Organize and accessorize
Accessorizing with practical but pleasing storage systems can not only offer a visual update, but could also improve the way you use and experience your bathroom. For a quick fix, try a coordinated range of accessories from your favorite homewares store, or for the more patient and creatively inclined, opt for a bespoke storage solution such as this inventive hanging system.

7. Scrub up
To refresh both yourself and your bathroom, invest in a selection of sumptuous bath products. Look for a range that offers both opulent fragrances and appealing packaging. Alternatively, seek out attractive pumps and bottles you can fill with your existing products.

8. Turn over a new leaf
While fresh flowers are a delight, placing a potted plant in the bathroom will offer greater longevity for your investment. Choose an indoor plant with luscious green foliage suited to the conditions of a bathroom, such as a cast-iron plant or a peace lily, and display your plant in a decorative pot or planter bag. The gorgeous green leaves will bring both color and calm to your bathroom.

9. Get a handle on it
Handles can be the finishing flourish in the bathroom, like adding the perfect pair of earrings to a beautiful outfit. Swapping cabinet handles for something new is an affordable alternative to a full-scale revamp and a project most amateur DIYers could tackle in an afternoon. Try something bright and colorful for a cheerfully fresh look, or go for lucite and crystal for glamour.

10. Bring in the bling
For a truly extravagant bathing environment, it’s hard to go beyond the bling. If you’re dipping your toe into the bejewelled waters, start small with metallic and burnished accessories. For the veterans of sparkle, add a crystal pendant light or shimmering wall sconces. Remember that a little bling goes a long way, so err on the side of caution to achieve glam rather than gaudy.

Amy Kreitals February 13, 2017 Houzz Australia Contributor. Interior designer and artist living and working in inner-Melbourne.

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

 

 

BEST WORKPLACE DESIGNS YOU'LL WISH TO WORK IN !

BEST WORKPLACE DESIGNS YOU'LL WISH TO WORK IN !

Workplace designs have never been that important or taken into consideration as much until the famous Google Headquarters' concepts set the trend. Now we have seen powerful corporate engagement in creating and transforming the workplace into a positive, unique, colorful, functional and friendly environment. People want to be proud of the company they work for, and companies on the other side want their employees to work in a friendly atmosphere, reduce their stress level, and inspire them through emotional and enjoyable designs. It is now more than a design trend, it is a representation of a culture, a mindset! See some of the top corporate designs below.

 

From Left to Right:  Google toned down the Google for its Pittsburgh headquarters, Zurich Google,  The trifecta of Google offices in London, Google’s Amsterdam office design

Evolution Design  has designed the new offices of consulting and legal firm  PwC , located in Basel, Switzerland.

Evolution Design has designed the new offices of consulting and legal firm PwC, located in Basel, Switzerland.

Soesthetic Group  has designed the new offices their architecture and design firm, located in Kiev, Ukraine.

Soesthetic Group has designed the new offices their architecture and design firm, located in Kiev, Ukraine.

Space & Solutions  has designed the new offices of tech recruitment company  Gattaca , located in London, England.

Space & Solutions has designed the new offices of tech recruitment company Gattaca, located in London, England.

Clockwork Architecture+Design  has designed the new headquarters of construction company  JE Dunn Construction , located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clockwork Architecture+Design has designed the new headquarters of construction company JE Dunn Construction, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

ThirdWay Interiors  has designed the new offices of digital media company  Pink Squid , located in London, England.

ThirdWay Interiors has designed the new offices of digital media company Pink Squid, located in London, England.

Assembly Design  has designed the new offices of transportation network  Uber , located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Assembly Design has designed the new offices of transportation network Uber, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Assembly Design  has designed the new offices of transportation network  Uber , located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Assembly Design has designed the new offices of transportation network Uber, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Assembly Design  has designed the new offices of transportation network  Uber , located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Assembly Design has designed the new offices of transportation network Uber, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Holmes Miller  has designed the new offices of their branch in Guangzhou, China

Holmes Miller has designed the new offices of their branch in Guangzhou, China

Gensler  has designed the new offices of e-commerce company  Etsy , located in Brooklyn, New York City

Gensler has designed the new offices of e-commerce company Etsy, located in Brooklyn, New York City

Gensler  has designed the new offices of e-commerce company  Etsy , located in Brooklyn, New York City

Gensler has designed the new offices of e-commerce company Etsy, located in Brooklyn, New York City

Studio Ardete Pvt Ltd  has designed the new offices of Atelier Krikos located in Punjab, India.

Studio Ardete Pvt Ltd has designed the new offices of Atelier Krikos located in Punjab, India.

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By Anaïs Gibaud

BEST DESIGNER OF THE YEAR BY MAISON & OBJET 2017

BEST DESIGNER OF THE YEAR BY MAISON & OBJET 2017

www.pierrecharpin.com

www.pierrecharpin.com

Each year in January the most important European event for Interior Design is held:

Must-have collections, innovations and talents were all gathered last week in Paris! 

The show runs twice a year and each time, a Designer is awarded as the Best Designer of the Year. A more product design-oriented profile is designated in January and a more closely related to the world of interior architecture or decor designer for September. 

The Best Designer of the year this time was French Designer:

Pierre Chapin www.maison-objet.com

Pierre Chapin www.maison-objet.com

His poetic, minimalist style has made its mark. Post Design, Zanotta, Montina, Venini, Alessi… Design companies can’t get enough of his work. 

In 1998, he produced a series of glass objects at the CIRVA, (Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et Les Arts Plastiques) in Marseille.

Two years later in Vallauris he tried his hand at ceramics.

From 1998 to 2008, Pierre Charpin taught at the Ecole supérieure d’art et de design in Reims and he has been teaching at Ecal in Lausanne, Switzerland ever since, but he has never lost sight of his grail.

In 2011, he designed Intervalles, a collection of glasses and a carafe for Cristalleries Saint-Louis.

More of his designs at N.50 apartment at Modernist architect Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse housing block in Marseille where he has undergone a colourful refit: 

Congratulations, Pierre, and we look forward to all of your future work! 

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www.pierrecharpin.com 

 

By Anaïs Gibaud