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Design Shuffle Presents New York Interior Designers

Design Shuffle presents an inaugural collection of gorgeous modern and contemporary designs by our community of talented New York interior designers. Enjoy the array of charming living room designs and exquisite bedroom design ideas, then visit Design Shuffle for more inspiration today!

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Flatiron Loft, Manhattan, NY [See More: http://modifyinteriors.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Susan Hughes Interior Designer Modify Interiors http://www.modifyinteriors.com/

Millenium Residence, Manhattan, NY Bachelor Pad, Brooklyn, NY [See More: http://designamericanyc.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Susan Huckvale Arann C President American & International Designs http://www.designamericanyc.com/ Photographer: Tomi Atsushi

Park Avenue Apartment, Manhattan, NY Spice Warehouse Loft, Tribeca, NY [See More: http://marie-burgos.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Marie Burgos CEO, Interior Designer & Feng Shui Expert Marie Burgos Design http://www.marieburgosdesign.com Photographer: Francis Augustine

MacDougal Manor, New York, NY Modern Farmhouse, East Hampton, NY [See More: http://bettywasserman.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Betty Wasserman Designer Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors http://www.bettywasserman.com

Contemporary Loft, Tribeca, NY [See More: http://pleasantliving.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Rick Shaver & Lee Melahn Principals Pleasant Living LLC http://pleasantlivinghome.blogspot.com

Contemporary Residence, Forest Hills, NY Coastal Chic Residence, New York, NY Upper West Side Residence, New York, NY [See More: http://interiorsbyfrancesca.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Frances Herrera Prinicipal Interiors By Francesca http://interiorsbyfrancesca.net

Modern Residence, New York, NY [See More: http://foleyandcox.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Mary Foley & Michael Cox Principals foley&cox http://www.foleyandcox.com

Mid-Century Apartment, New York, NY [See More: http://ruth-kintzer.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Ruth Kintzer Owner Ruth Kintzer Interior Design http://www.ruthkintzerdesign.com

Midtown Residence, Manhattan, NY Columbus Circle Home, New York, NY [See More: http://matthewyeeinc.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Matthew Yee President Matthew Yee Interiors http://www.matthewyeeinteriors.com

Rustic Bathroom, Queens, NY [See More: http://decoratingdeninteriors.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Leanna Ganci Designer / Owner Decorating Den Interiors http://ganciinteriors.decoratingden.com

Upstate Cottage, Upstate New York [See More: http://shawn-henderson.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By Shawn Henderson Interior Designer Shawn Henderson Interior Design http://www.shawnhenderson.com

Holiday House, New York, NY [See More: http://jamesrixner.designshuffle.com/portfolio] By James Rixner President James Rixner, Inc. http://www.jamesrixner.com

India Inspired

Tropical Home Design Family Room contemporary family room

Every designed space is unique and a direct representation of the homeowners. I strive to reflect their personalities, functional needs and design tastes within each element of the space.

Recently, I had the opportunity to design a home interior focused on family. The owners requested a cheerful and inviting living space to accommodate their family gatherings. After several meetings to pin down the details, I developed a tropical design with an infusion of India inspired pieces.

The wall colors and fabrics create a relaxed atmosphere with pops of lively colors. And, the handful of delicately carved furniture and wall hangings generate incredible focal points throughout the home.

While the entire home is filled with fantastic touches, the hand-carved door I choose landed in a recent article on Houzz.com titled Weave Designs from India Into Your Decor.

Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical bedroom
Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical entry
Marie Burgos Tropical design home tropical living room
Marie Burgos Tropical home Design tropical living room
Tropical Home Design Dining & Kitchen view contemporary dining room
Tropical Home Design Living Room contemporary living room
Tropical Home Design Living Room 2 contemporary living room
Tropical Home Design Master Bedroom contemporary bedroom

Photography by Francis Augustine

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Stratus Realty Group Feng Shui Design Office Party

Irene Nikolay and Marie Burgos

Here I am pausing with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group - Joshua Wong Photography

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the fabulous party organized by my clients Stratus Realty Group for the inauguration of their newly Feng Shui Design offices in NYC. I have designed this space following Feng Shui principles. The wall art will regularly change to display different artists art. Here with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group.

All the photography is by the fabulous photographer Joshua Wong

Display Stratus Realty Group office- Marie Burgos Design

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

Five Things To Consider When Designing Your Dream Kitchen

picture-1 Are you planning on purchasing new kitchen cabinets? Whether for a newly constructed home or for a remodeling project, consider one important factor, your kitchen is the heart of your home! It is not just a place to dine; it is also the main gathering place for family and friends and a place for entertaining. This is particularly true with todays popular open floor plans and great room designs. Because your kitchen plays such an important part of your home there are a few things to consider in your planning process.

1) Keep in mind future buyers

Even if you are currently building your dream home, it is possible that someday you will have a need to sell your home. Or, if you are remodeling your existing home to make it more comfortable for you and your family, you may still find the need to sell it someday. Because of this, even if you aren’t ready to sell your home today you should always ponder what potential buyers would think of your kitchen cabinet selection and layout because opinions of your kitchen can drastically either increase or decrease your selling price. A practical kitchen layout is typically everyones goal, but cabinet styles and finishes are more of a personal choice. Are you attracted to traditional styles or more modern styles? Do you like kitchen cabinets with distinct wood grain or ones with nearly no grain? Whichever you personally prefer always keep future buyers in mind as it can play an important part in your bottom line.

2) The Work Triangle

All homeowners seek a functional workspace in the kitchen. In planning your kitchen layout it is important to consider the distance between your sink, stove and refrigerator in relationship to each other. Connecting these three workstations from their center points should create an invisible work triangle. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association the sum of the three distances should be no more than 26 feet, with no single side of the triangle being less than four feet or more than nine feet. There are a couple things to consider with planning a well-designed work triangle; watch out for any triangle legs that may intersect an obstacle like an island, and make sure that no major traffic patterns cross through the work triangle. Proper planning of your work triangle, taking all obstacles and limitations into review, will help create a functional workspace that will be both practical for you and your future buyers.

3) Kitchen cabinet storage is key

When designing your dream kitchen it is key to consider your storage space, along with ample countertop space. Kitchen cabinet layout services are available to help you maximize your space and create the best flow of cabinetry. The first place to look for extra storage space is your corners. In small, tight kitchens a blind corner cabinet can be used to get the most use out of the corner. However, to get the most efficient use of the corner space a lazy Susan corner cabinet or easy reach cabinet should be used. These cabinet options maximize the corner space while allowing easy entry to it contents. Or try adding rollout trays in your base kitchen cabinets to help access your pots and pans, or in your pantries in order to reach cans and dry goods more easily. Another suggestion would be to include a 24 deep bridge cabinet in your kitchen cabinet layout above your refrigerator. Most people keep unused or seasonal items above the refrigerator for the simple fact that they cant reach the cabinet. Therefore, consider a 24 deep refrigerator cabinet for easier access.

4) Use kitchen cabinets to create islands or peninsulas

Kitchen cabinets can be configured to create center islands or peninsulas. These cabinet configurations are very attractive to homeowners with an open floor plan. Using kitchen cabinets this way creates an area for a breakfast nook with the ability to pull up stools. Kitchen cabinets used in this manner instantly increases seating space, which is ideal since kitchens are typically gathering places. Islands and peninsulas also create more storage space.

5) Invest in long lasting accessories and finishes

For example, what type of drawers do you want in your base cabinets? Will the standard particleboard drawer secured with glue and staples be sufficient? Or would you prefer an all-wood drawer constructed with dove-tailed joints? Or better yet, would you want the all-wood, dove-tailed drawer with full-extension drawer glides that include a silent close feature? Other construction upgrades can include all plywood construction, and custom depth cabinets. Besides construction upgrades there are accessory cabinets that provide you with some bell and whistle qualities that can give your kitchen a custom and personalized look. Give consideration to glass door cabinets for displaying your keepsakes or china dinnerware, an appliance hutch for hiding small appliances on your countertop, roll out trays for base cabinets, integrated waste baskets, corner shelves, and wine racks. When selecting your bells and whistles keep in mind both your budget and overall functionality and flow of your kitchen for optimal results.

Remember, your kitchen is the heart of your home! Success in constructing a timeless, comfortable space is creating a balance between an efficient layout and design with your personal tastes, while keeping with the end goal of adding value to your home.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos: marie@manobludesign.com

5 Feng Shui Tips That Will Help Get Your Home Sold Quickly

picture-8 Feng Shui is particularly useful in presenting effective and practical ways of making home-for-sales irresistible and marketable. Not only did it make helped many realty agents make the properties on their list appealing to their buyers, it also enabled them to make their fastest and most profitable sales possible. If you are planning to put up your home for sale, follow this article to get an introduction to the 5 Feng Shui tips that will help get your home sold quickly.

What exactly is Feng Shui? The practice of Feng Shui, which literally means wind (feng) and water (shui), originated in China 6,000 years ago. Often referred as the geo-mancy or "Earth wisdom", its disciplines are comprise with ancient methods of constructing residences, making use of the patterns and arrangements of elements to promote happiness, abundance and harmony into the home. Today, the observance of Feng Shui has expanded into modern architecture, urban planning, interior design, garden and outdoor home structure designs and framework as well as in the selection of colors and materials to be used in finishing a room. Surely, our 5 Feng Shui tips that will help get your home sold quickly.

How does Feng Shui work? Feng shui is all about maintaining harmony with the environment to promote positive change. For home for sales, here is the 5 Feng Shui tips that will help get your home sold quickly.

1. Attracting positive energy. When putting up your home for sale, consider paying attention to the smaller details. For instance, make sure that the address of your property which you placed on the ads is clearly marked and visible. Place your "for-sale" signage at the curb and on the house. Just as feng shui attracts the right energy in home arrangements, it also advises you to make sure that you clearly state the directions of going to your home so buyers can easily locate your home.

2. Clearing and opening up. Making sure that all the entrance portions of your home is clean, polished and clear is very much like attracting great opportunities. Making sure that windows are thoroughly cleaned with the front door and the hallway thoroughly polished, you welcome your home's potential buyers with an open space and an impression of well-maintained home.

3. Create a positive flow of energy. No one can resist a bright and welcoming home. With that, it is important to clean, buff and polish your home's entry ways as it is the portion of the house that will ultimately leave an impression to its potential buyers. You can cozy up that portion of your home a bit by adding knickknacks which will enhance its aesthetic value.

4. Keeping positive energy. In prepping up your home for sale, take time to fix all loose knobs, broken tiles, peeling paints, cracked and chipped cabinet handles and all the things that are broken. Also, make sure that your lawn and hedges is trimmed and your garden at its best. Fix all your home's minor issues to make tweak its energy levels as well as to avoid driving away home buyers.

5. Apply the Bagua. You can do this by setting aside a room near the front door to entertain clients. Make sure that in that spot, flyers about your home as well as the business cards of your real estate agent are available. Who knows, one of those curious visitors could be the perfect buyer for your home.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos: marie@manobludesign.com

How To Upgrade A Shabby Apartment?

 

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Can decorating save an apartment so tattered and worn out without ripping off half of your savings? The answer is, YES. Any place, no matter how scruffy, is redeemable with the simplest decorating ideas. It’s all about colors, accents and resourcefulness.

First, you have to settle for a color and/or a theme. Once you have a color scheme, it’ll be easy to select decorations and furniture that will complete the look. Look for colors that appeal to you. Most people go for their favorites. Select a shade that will meet your decorating purpose.

In a small space light colors rule. Before you begin painting, tape off the trim and the wainscot. The darkest of your colors is applied to the walls. A clever selection of contrasting beige tones works well on the walls and trim. Stand back, and after admiring your work, sit cross legged on the floor, open your lap top and search for local thrift or second hand furniture stores.

Buying furniture can be a cheap venture. You live in the city, right? Then I’m certain there are numerous thrift shops and antique stores where you can find good deals without breaking your pocket. Look for comfortable pieces. If there’s one that is so cozy you don’t want to ever get up from lounging on it (you were testing its comfort factor) but looks terrible, go get it before someone else who doesn’t mind does. I’m serious! Just buy slipcovers that are mostly affordable anyway or cover with new upholstery. Done!

The same is true for adorning the walls with artworks. You can achieve the same results with using cheaper items. Thrift stores have a lot of wall hangings and paintings that are not insanely priced as exhibit paintings. A framed poster and a framed photograph make great alternatives.

Lastly, don’t forget your floor decors - area rugs. With any theme and motif, you’ll surely find a suitable area rug to complete the design. Furthermore, an area rug can also be used as a wall hanging, so if you’re after a unique decor, the area rug is an ideal choice.

 

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What color do I paint my front door?

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Traditionally, in Feng Shui, the door is painted red. Since the house in feng shui is sometimes seen as the body, the door is considered the tongue and when it sticks out, it’s like the red carpet at the Oscars; hot and fiery and where a lot of positive energy can find you. However, it’s not always pleasing to the eye to use red since it might not compliment the exterior palette. The door is the point of entry and in my opinion, it should be bright and happy, something that lifts your heart to the sky. Since I’m not a traditionalist and always consider how the heart feels, I would advise you to consider how a black door might feel to you. And if it feels right, go for it.

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

Feng Shui Money Tips: Count your Blessings like Gold!

 

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Count your Blessings like gold

Take a few moments every evening to think about all the good things that happened to you today and to express your gratitude for what you have received. Small things count, too, it doesn’t all have to be spectacular. It's not what happened that's important; it's getting in the habit of focusing on the positive side of things every day that matters.

The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money. 

A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. As you de-clutter, repair, and accessorize your wealth area keep in mind your final intentions and be positive about the path that you are taking to bring abundance in your life.  You will start by celebrating being rich in friends and family, rich with good moments, rich with ideas then material blessings will come to you as well. 

 

Visit www.manobluedesign.com For more information on how to grow your wealth with Feng shui, you can call 917-353-9149 or email marie@manobluedesign.com

 

Feng Shui Money Tips: How are you handling your money?

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Growing wealth will involve good placement in your environment but it is also very important to address your own personal thoughts and behavior towards money. Wealth starts with attitude.

Pay attention to how you handle money every day. 

Do you keep paper money neatly sorted in your wallet or money clip, or is it jammed in there any old way, or crumpled up at the bottom of your pocket?

Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet, and start handling your money as though you value it. 

Balance your checkbook regularly and pay your bills on time. 

Put your checkbook in an attractive cover (choose green, purple, red, blue, or black) and keep it in the wealth area of your desk - that's the rear left corner again -- or in the wealth area of your office.

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For more information on how to grow your wealth with Feng shui, you can call 917-353-9149 or email marie@manobluedesign.com

 

Feng Shui Money Tips: the "Money plant"!

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Add a healthy plant with round leaves 

According to the Bagua, the wealth area of your home or office is associated with the wood element. Wood can be represented by a wooden piece of furniture, the green color on any surface, plants and fresh flowers.

The Chinese community has been using for decades certain specific plants to grow their wealth.

A plant symbolizes the growth of your capital.

You can use a jade plant, a money plant, any healthy and “friendly” (no cactus here!) will be good for the wealth area.

  

Discover more tips in the next few days on www.manobluedesign.com

For more information on how to grow your wealth with Feng shui, you can call 917-353-9149 or email marie@manobluedesign.com