Best tips to preserve the natural beauty of granite in your home!

Best tips to preserve the natural beauty of granite in your home!

Granite Countertop by www.mykbdhome.com

Granite Countertop by www.mykbdhome.com

Granite is one of the finest natural stone materials that can be used in the home. It offers luxurious shine and richness of colour, as well as the practical benefits of outstanding durability. From countertops to floors and fireplaces, granite presents a unique beauty wherever it is used.

Bringing grounding energy and balance to your home

Granite Floor by www.Geneva.com 

Granite Floor by www.Geneva.com 

 

But not only does granite give aesthetic pleasure; it can enhance the feng shui in your home by acting as an earth element. In a kitchen, the earth element helps to ground the fire from the cooktop and metal from the tableware, and in a bathroom it helps to bring tranquility and peace to an area dominated by water. This diverse material can create balance and relaxation in any room.

Preserve the beauty

Credit by the Review Guru

Credit by the Review Guru

To preserve the natural beauty of granite and its positive energy, it’s important to follow a few simple care rules.

 

  • Seal your surfaces

As with all natural stone, granite is porous and will be susceptible to stains unless it is sealed. Sealing is a simple and inexpensive process which should be repeated regularly. Ensure you choose a recommended sealant that will penetrate the surface deeply. The best sealants will keep out moisture, so preventing the buildup of mold and bacteria, and resist the penetration of oil, the number one stain culprit of stone countertops.

  • Use gentle cleaners

When the surface is sealed, you shouldn’t need to use anything more than soap and water for day-to-day granite cleaning. If you require something a little stronger, ensure the product contains no bleach or other strong chemicals that could dull the highly polished surface. And don’t forget to always use a soft cloth and wipe dry with a chamois leather to keep the shine.

  • Mop up spills immediately

Whilst sealed granite is difficult to stain, an abrasive substance can leave a dull mark if it is left in contact with the surface for a prolonged period of time. Watch out for foods left on kitchen countertops such as citrus fruits, vinegar and cooking oils.

 

  • Use mats

Protect your granite surface, using coasters for red wine, chopping boards for preparing food, and heat pads for hot pans. Whilst granite is heat resistant, there is a small risk of hairline cracks forming from temperature differences when a hot pan is placed on the cold stone. Using mats will give added protection.

 

Treat with respect!

A little care and attention as outlined above will ensure your granite will be a long-lasting presence in your home, offering majestic beauty and style, as well as a natural balancing element that helps create peace and relaxation.

 

Written by Jenny Holt 

BEST INSPIRATIONS FOR DECORATING WITH STONES

Stone is a natural material that is commonly used in the design field to help bring warmth and character into a space. Each piece of stone has its own personality and charm, based on its color and texture. Decorating the space with stone is also a good way to bring in a sense of nature connecting the outdoors with the interior. In an interior space, stone could be used many different ways - it could be used as a beautiful counter top in the kitchen or it could be used a gorgeous flooring in the living room. There is no limit to what stone could be used for in any interior. Here is collage of different mood images that relate to stone and how it can be used to decorate any space.

Merging Your Style

You and your partner have made the big decision to move in together - whether starting fresh with a new marriage and a new home, or just simply finding ways to live as one successfully, every couple goes through the same when trying to merge their individual styles and create a cohesive look that feels like a warm and inviting home. Neither couple wants their taste, or even their "things" to feel displaced, so it is important to work as a team to find the combined look and feel that reflects each person's unique style, while incorporating those personal items that matter most. Here are some helpful tips to finding your new couple design: 

Young couple  taking selfies in their new home

Pinterest Together

Talk together about the looks that you both are drawn to, and then search Pinterest for designs and styles that can help to shape your end result. Seeing it come together by someone else is sometimes all it takes to bring that inspiration to reality in your own home.

Pick a Designer or Designers to Follow

Find your favorite designer whether online, on Instagram, on HGTV, and explore their work. See how they bring their rooms to life and then do the very same! 

Choose a Color Palette

We talk often about the importance of color and many times that can instantly spark the creativity for the rest of the room to follow. Visit your local home improvement store and grab every color swatch that you both are drawn to. Most of the paint companies offer an online room decorating tool to see the colors more closely, and then once you have narrowed down your top favorites, truly paint them on the wall to see exactly what you are in for before you commit fully. 

Accent!

Don't forget the details! Whether it's his favorite Star Wars collectible, or your favorite vintage throw pillow, find the place for the details but do it tastefully. As with everything, less in more, but your room should have your very own personality and a voice that speaks to those who lovingly call it home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A TASTE OF NYC'S DINING AMBIENCE

A TASTE OF NYC'S DINING AMBIENCE

There are three types of people in this world: people who go to restaurants for the food, people who go to restaurants for the atmosphere, and people who go to restaurants for both the food and the atmosphere!

For the experience to be truly memorable, all of the senses need to be engaged: taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing.

That’s not to say that a hole-in-the-wall burrito stand won’t have the most authentic burritos you’ve ever tasted, but for some people a well-designed restaurant space is the finishing touch to the perfect dining experience.

The patron’s experience in the restaurant is impacted by the flavors of the food, the restaurant’s aesthetic, the variety of textures at the table, the aroma seeping from the plates of food, and the ambient music that muffles neighboring conversations.

Living in New York City for the summer has given me a taste of the divine food selection and engaging atmospheres that NYC offers. Out of the dozens of restaurants I dined in, there are two that were extraordinary.  

 Aunt Jake’s

Make your way to Little Italy, and you will find a hidden gem, Aunt Jake’s. Don’t let the restaurant name fool you, it is most definitely an Italian restaurant. On top of a beautiful, herringbone wood countertop you’ll see fresh pasta prepared in a variety of shapes. Out through the sliding barn doors is the atrium dining area where natural sunlight pours in and illuminates the entire restaurant. 

 

Vandal

 

If you are a fan of street art, then you are going to love the ambience of Vandal. Located on Bowery in Nolita, the restaurant has installations that use different mediums and techniques that explore the possibilities of street art. Stop in for a full dinner or order a variety of tapas to engage your palate. 

Restaurant photos: http://www.vandalnewyork.com/decor/ , Food: me

 

So, what are you waiting for? Book your reservations and head down to lower Manhattan to fill your senses with delicious, local tastes and the beautiful dining ambience of New York City.

Written by Kayla Robilio 

 

FASCINATING WALLPAPERS

FASCINATING WALLPAPERS

No doubt wallpapers, like a painting, can communicate profound emotions! Because when it comes to wall coverings, the possibilities are endless!

We were mesmerized by the creativity of this Italian company called Glamora .  

Below you will see how those graphic and visual wallpapers can completely transform spaces bringing texture and volume! 

Glamora's Wallcovering collection are a perfect example of how wallpapers can provide architecture with an extra dimension: Storytelling.

Brick wall covering - Credit Glamora 

Brick wall covering - Credit Glamora 

An enlarged piece of leaf gives people the opportunity to look into a magnifying lens to observe nature in a different way. Bringing a piece of calm and live at the same time.

Four Season By Glamora. 

A room in the room. This full scale three-dimensional image not only increases the existing space visually, but also creates a unique atmosphere and leads you to travel back in time.

Mundus by Glamora

Mundus by Glamora

Written by Yujie Ji 

The Best Room in the House

Your home should be your sanctuary. It should consistently be your safe place to rest, to recharge, to create memories that are only yours, and to share your most special moments with those you love the most. And in every home, there always seems to be one room that stands out among the rest that family and friends gather in often, or naturally gravitate towards in the same way that you do.

We believe that every room should eventually reach this level of interest, but we challenge you to look at your home and to identify which room you spend the most time in currently. What about that room makes you feel comfortable, safe, happy?  

Is it the color, the smell, the furniture, the location or positioning of the room within your home? Whatever it is that draws you to it the most, take that and amplify its best qualities, and improve those that may need a boost.

Taking a look at this example of a room re-imagined by Marie Burgos Design, you are instantly taken with the larger, comfortable furniture, the rich, calming coastal blue tones, the happiness of the yellow accent colors and floral touches, and the warm, natural lighting. Even tiny elements such as the water bowl on the coffee table, accent pillows and special personal touches each create a feeling that makes you want to be in and stay within this room environment, and instantly lifts your mood.

Find those elements that speak the most to you, research your favorite colors and how they can affect how you feel, purchase items that you are instantly drawn to and keep rooms free of clutter to allow you to truly disconnect from our stressful world, relax and enjoy.

Your home is your best reflection of you – make it everything you dream it to be! If you need more information about Marie Burgos Design, please contact us at: info@marieburgosdesign.com. We would love to help you!

WE WENT TO VISIT THE ICFF, HERE IS WHAT CAUGHT OUR EYES :

Each year, the North American platform for International design, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) takes over the Jacob K. Javits Centre in New York from May 20th to the 23rd, to present an array of exclusive custom international furniture, unique materials, and high-end designs!

We want to share with you some of the beautiful designs that caught our eye! 

Arturo Alvarez Artwork :

ARTWORK is a brand new expression zone designed for creative artist Arturo Álvarez who, twenty years into his career, has entered a much deeper exploration phase of human beings, their relationships with others and their surroundings, and where light acts as a backdrop. It is a much more private and personal design that brings us into deeper thought, way beyond aesthetics, and into life’s most transcendental elements.

http://arturo-alvarez.com/art/en

http://arturo-alvarez.com/art/en

Student Furniture Designs from SCAD School 

Student work that goes beyond the classroom! 

Peanut by student Mark Leveno

Peanut by student Mark Leveno

FIG CHAIRS by Student Laeticia Mabilais Esteves

www.laemab.com This chair is a constant physical representation of relationships. The connector piece moves, making it easy to separate or to join the two chairs, depending on the relationship between two people on any given day. Regardless of how far apart the chairs are, they are always connected. 

www.laemab.com

This chair is a constant physical representation of relationships. The connector piece moves, making it easy to separate or to join the two chairs, depending on the relationship between two people on any given day. Regardless of how far apart the chairs are, they are always connected. 

Garden on the Wall

Created from all natural preserved plants, this custom garden installation is long lasting and maintenance free!! It requires no water, misting or irrigation, no sunlight and no soil, but retains a vibrant, fresh-cut look for up to 10 years! http://www.gardenonthewall.com

Created from all natural preserved plants, this custom garden installation is long lasting and maintenance free!!

It requires no water, misting or irrigation, no sunlight and no soil, but retains a vibrant, fresh-cut look for up to 10 years!

http://www.gardenonthewall.com

Standard & Custom 

They are a custom design-fabrication firm that  focuses on digital fabrication methods. They fabricate architectural products and furniture that articulates functionality and aesthetics based on the process of making. 

http://www.standardandcustom.com

http://www.standardandcustom.com

Tanihata 

https://www.tanihata.co.jp

https://www.tanihata.co.jp

“Kumiko” in short, is a delicate technique of assembling wooden pieces without nails.
Thinly slit wooden pieces are grooved, punched and mortised, and then are assembled and joined one-by-one with plane, saw, chisel and other tools while fine adjustments are made. The “Kumiko” woodwork technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD) and has since been refined and passed down through generations of craftsmen.

Molo Design

Amazing paper design by http://www.molostore.com! 

Anne Kyyrö Quinn

The contemporary creations produced by the Anne Kyyrö Quinn Studio are not textiles as you once knew them! Cut, sewn and finished by hand, our unique choice of luxury natural fabrics are crafted into interior textiles designed to harmonize timelessly with any setting. http://annekyyroquinn.com   Written by Anaïs Gibaud  

The contemporary creations produced by the Anne Kyyrö Quinn Studio are not textiles as you once knew them! Cut, sewn and finished by hand, our unique choice of luxury natural fabrics are crafted into interior textiles designed to harmonize timelessly with any setting.

http://annekyyroquinn.com

 

Written by Anaïs Gibaud

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 GREAT TIPS TO STYLE YOUR NEW YORKER INTERIOR INTO A PARISIAN CHIC DECOR

7 GREAT TIPS TO STYLE YOUR NEW YORKER INTERIOR INTO A PARISIAN CHIC DECOR

What discerns the French Parisian style from other designs is its sophisticated and romantically, careless look. 

Even if you don’t live in a Haussmann apartment with elaborate ceiling moldings, original restored herringbone and hardwood floors, you can always mimic this glamorous look by applying these few tips. 

Ready? 

Tip 1

Paint the room with neutral colors 

A monochrome scheme featuring layers of grey or warm linen hues are perfect! 

PS : You can find all those colors at Benjamin Moore

Tip 2

Create subtle texture with luxurious drapery and bedsheets

Drapery: Silk and linen curtains add subtle sophistication to windows that can dramatically change the look of any decor.

Credit Ballard Design

Bedsheets: A luxurious and cozy bedspread is a pre-requisite for any French style bedroom! You should only select from the best textiles: heavenly billowing drapes, rustic linen, fresh crisp white cotton, decadent silk and velvet are all a good investment for your bedroom! Then, just select a color to coordinate with your room scheme. 

 

Credit The Paper Mulberry 

 

Tip 3 

Go for at least one antique furniture from this list! 

It could be any of these below - they don’t have to be originals! 
  • Crystal chandelier

  • Imported Chinoiserie

  • A gold antique mirror 

  • A gold frame

  • Any Louis XVI, Louis XV, and Louis XIV chair

  • A Louis XVI commode

  • A vintage desk

  • Crystal chandelier

  • Crystals accessories (vase)

 

Tip 4 

Go to flea markets   

New York and Paris are famous for their flea markets! Go as much as you can to find visual, interesting items like sculptures, decor, furniture, bric-a-brac, painting, candle holders, vases etc., that have an antique look, and display them. 

Try these as listed on foursquare:   

https://foursquare.com/top-places/new-york-city/best-places-flea-markets

Tip 5 

Add a fun accent with art

It could be a large abstract painting, black-and-white photography, some sketches, or even children’s illustrations.

Credit Afflante.com

Credit Afflante.com

Tip 6

Create a balance between old world elegance and contemporary design! 

Mixing modernist pieces and juxtaposing them with age and historic pieces is an art! 

This is one of the most important tips! Example: Mix an abstract painting or pillow with a Louis XVI chair. 

A very modern light pendant with an old fashion bed

A modern desk with an antique sculpture….Try it! 

 

 Credit: Stereofieldforever

Finally! Add an elegant finish with fresh flowers. Again, it does not have to be over the top, the most simple neutral arrangement would do! 

 

Good luck with your design!!