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.

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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. 

 

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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.

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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! 

 

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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!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 AWESOME KIDS PLAYROOM DESIGN IDEAS

5 AWESOME KIDS PLAYROOM DESIGN IDEAS

A well-designed, beautifully decorated playroom is a thing of wonder for both parents and children. Despite being visually pleasing, a major factor in playroom design is function. This room offers a place outside of the living room or the child's bedroom to play as well as learn. If you're designing your first playroom or have decided your current playroom needs a fresh look, here are 5 ideas to consider.

●      Install Cabinets for Organization

The first major design flaw of many playrooms is a lack of organization - more specifically a lack of simple yet effective organization. Visit any home decor/supply store and you'll see various types of organization systems, from classic cubbie towers to elaborate color-coded drawers. These types of tools can work great for organization, but an even better idea is to consider installing cabinets.

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There are two benefits to installing cabinets in a playroom. Firstly, an enclosed cabinet looks cleaner than a tower of translucent tubs or shelves loaded with toys. This is much more pleasing to the eye and makes for quickly straightening up the playroom a faster task.

The other benefit is that cabinets are relatively simple to install or have built. If you're on a budget you can easily buy high-grade plywood for cabinets that will still look fantastic and last. They will also handle the abuse of children better than cheap particle board. If you're not into the wood look, no worries. You can easily paint over cabinet-grade plywood.

If you have very young kids, keep in mind that having cabinets at their level will help them participate in cleanup and overall feel more independent.

●      Get Creative with Soundproofing

It goes without saying that a playroom is one room that is probably the loudest, especially when your child has friends over. While it's nice to be able to hear your children, the stomping around and enthusiastic yells can get tiring. For older children it is a good idea to consider adding some soundproofing to the playroom.

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Credit MIO

For safety purposes you shouldn't completely try to soundproof a playroom for children as you should be able to hear if an emergency occurs, but there are still ways to dampen sound while maintaining a level of safety.

If you have thin walls you'll want to consider buffering these. There are many beautiful and unique options for decorative acoustic panels that can be placed on walls or even on the ceiling. You can find these in various prints, and from basic wave patterns to visually-striking geometric shapes.

You should also address the floor, especially if the playroom is on the 2nd floor. Carpet is a great natural sound buffer and certainly helps reducing the sound of energetic feet. If you allow snacks or drinks in the playroom then perhaps wood or another hard floor is preferred. In this case thick, comfortable floor mats or area rugs can still really help in the "high traffic" areas of the room.

Credit: Little Nomad Play Mats

Credit: Little Nomad Play Mats

●      Make a Chalkboard Wall

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Credit: Steelstreetstudios.com 

Nothing is quite as disheartening as finding that your kids have designed to help redesign your perfectly painted walls with markers. Parents with artistically-inclined children can help curb the potential for this accident while encouraging their kids to have fun but covering a wall in chalkboard.

This sounds time-consuming but it really is simple considering how much use you and your kids will get from it. If you are a homeowner you can designate an entire wall in the playroom to chalkboard. Simply choose a paintable chalkboard product and paint the wall just as a would any other paint. This offers more than enough space for kids to really have fun and the upper portion of the wall can be your own space for a calendar, playroom rules, chore reminders and more.

If you want a less permanent design you could always use a very smooth sheet of plywood painted with the same chalkboard paint and hung on the wall. For a more attractive look you can visit the local thrift store and see if you can score a large picture frame or mirror frame to give the board a more decorative touch.

Have a closet or cabinet in your playroom with decently large doors? Cover those with chalkboard paint instead!

●      Create Your Own Reading Nook

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Credit: startpreventivi.it

The playroom isn't always all about play, but can also double as a place for children to get away for some quiet time. Encouraging reading is very important for children of all ages, and one way to help build this habit is to provide a welcoming space for kids to calm down and pick up a book. A makeshift reading nook is a great idea for two reasons. One, it can be created anywhere, even without an existing nook. Two, the nook look almost makes this reading area as a separate space from the "play zone", helping kids to disengage their mind from play and turn it towards reading.

There are a few ways to create a reading nook. If you have a smaller wall in the playroom you can build or buy a bench to fit in this space, taking up the wall length. A bonus is that you can use space under the bench for storage. Another idea is to place a comfortable bench between two sturdy bookshelves. This is so easy to do but really give the reading space that cozy, closed-in feeling.

●      Pick a Modern Color/Decor Theme

If you know anything about design and decor you'll know that the color of the room and interior decorating is crucial. Sadly many people automatically resort to primary colors akin to those found in schools as a theme. While there isn't anything wrong with going bright and bold, consider a more modern approach and color palette.

Rather than focusing on a bunch of brights you may want to choose a color theme with only two complementing bolds and have majority of the room a neutral. Think about following the 60-30-10 rule of interior decorating. Consider a neutral shade for 60% of the room, 30% of the room be a complementing shade, and the final 10% be something bold that helps tie the other two shades together.

Keep in mind that playrooms tend to have a lot of toys which brings more "color clutter" into the picture. This might mean you err more on the side of caution when thinking about painting the walls something bright.

Going with a more modern color theme is nice for adults and, when done right, will still feel like a sanctuary for kids. Make sure you don't get too caught up in what you want - if your children are older you can ask them what colors they like and together come up with a color palette.

The playroom can be just as much of a family room as a kid's room. Rather than haphazardly designating a room as a glorified toy pit, taking the time to come up with a plan with some of these design ideas in mind will help ensure this special room is as inviting for family time as it is enticing for children.

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A 5-STEP GUIDE TO DESIGNING YOUR VERY OWN COFFEE BAR

A 5-STEP GUIDE TO DESIGNING YOUR VERY OWN COFFEE BAR

A coffee bar can add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen, whether you’re an avid caffeine enthusiast or simply enjoy the occasional latte. From a simple counter station to a full-blown coffee corner, it’s easy to create your very own space to fix breakfast, make coffee, and store kitchen accessories. Impress your guests and have a caffeine break in the comfort of your very own home by building a coffee bar for your kitchen

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Credit www.crazymaryrevista.com

 

Plan Your Budget

When planning any home remodeling venture, it's important to consider costs before diving into a new project. You should consider how much you're willing to spend on your coffee bar so that you can plan accordingly. There are several expenses that you may have to take into account, including contracting, remodeling, and redecorating costs. If you want to stick to a limited budget, you may want to consider a low-cost project such as repurposing a bookshelf or cart into a small coffee corner.

Size up Your Space

Just because you live in a loft or a studio doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the perks of having your own coffee bar. No matter how large or small your living space is, it’s easy to make space for your strong morning caffeine break. While larger homes may be able to install a full bar, smaller areas can opt for smaller coffee carts. You can even convert empty shelves and closets into a coffee nook.

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Credit: Buzzfeed.com

Find Your Materials

Many coffee lovers already have much of what they’ll need to create a home coffee bar, but you may want to invest in additional equipment to create a truly one-of-a-kind space. In addition to tools such as espresso makers and French presses, furniture, lighting, and unique art pieces are all important elements when designing your coffee bar. You may also want to have a supply of your favorite spices and syrups on hand to serve with your beverage

Set up Your Bar

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, you can set up your bar. Install your countertops, arrange your furniture, and wire electrical equipment so that everything is as you like it. Complex jobs such as full-scale bar renovations may merit the assistance of professional contractors.

 

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Credit Café Apostrophe

 

Decorate to Your Tastes

There are countless ways that you can decorate your coffee bar to create a relaxing and harmonious space in your kitchen. Add some color with a touch of paint, or buy some patterned mugs to spice up the room. Black and white is a chic theme that goes with pretty much any design and can be combined with bright colors to create bold highlights and accents. You can also cultivate a coffee-shop feel for your home bar by installing an authentic chalkboard wall to announce the drink of the day.

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via desire to inspire

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Credit: The cozyspace.

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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! 

Click here to tune in now! 

 

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 DINING ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

BEFORE AND AFTER DINING ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

Requests from client for final design:      - To give them a beautiful and practical home with feeling of extra space despite the narrowness of the house.

Requests from client for final design: 

    - To give them a beautiful and practical home with feeling of extra space despite the narrowness of the house.

What you see today as a beautiful airy dining room use to be a corridor leading to the staircase and kitchen to the back as well as a Laundry Room. (See the before photo bellow: the 2 left side pillars delimitating the corridor and laundry roomfootprint)
Mood!

Mood!

3D RENDER OF THE DINING ROOM 

3D RENDER OF THE DINING ROOM 

The beautiful grasscloth wallpaper by Philipp Jeffreys sets the tone for an organic and coastal dining space. The chandelier becomes the jewels of this lengthy room when lit and reflects on the silver mirror. Love the original staircase banister that we were able to salvage!

By Anaïs Gibaud

BEFORE AND AFTER KITCHEN GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

BEFORE AND AFTER KITCHEN GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

We expended the foot print of the original kitchen by 8 feet and integrated a new glasses and a panoramic window over the new sink.
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Welcome to this brand new kitchen, a spacious place perfect for entertaining and family time.
 3D render of the Kitchen ! 

 3D render of the Kitchen ! 

By Anaïs Gibaud 

BEFORE AND AFTER FAMILY ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

BEFORE AND AFTER FAMILY ROOM GARDEN STREET BROWNSTONE

This family room is the hub of the home, the use cheerful colors and fun patterns sets the tone of the room.
The comfortable seating are perfect for fun family gathering.
We kept some of the original elements such as the marble fireplace mantel and the victorian style pocket doors.
The 17th-century Spanish style design turned-wood and solid travertine top coffee table anchor the room by bringing another element with character.
Room Elevations 

Room Elevations 

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3D RENDER of the Family room. 

3D RENDER of the Family room. 

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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

 

 

 

Dreaming our Rooms to Life

Dreaming our Rooms to Life

Today, visualization is one of the most powerful tools in our daily lives. The notion that if we picture our goals materializing, and truly see ourselves in the action, that we will highly increase our chances of those dreams coming true.

Therefore, just as a vision board brings our career and personal aspirations to life, capturing the design technique of gallery style art on our favorite room walls, is something truly inspiring! Gallery art is when you combine a collection of photos or items in a grouping onto the wall to create visual interest and a dynamic focal point in your room.So what if we took the concept of vision boarding and used a collection of selected and motivational framed pictures, aspirational collages, meaningful portraits, art pieces, etc. to not only take our vision board to the next level, but to offer an intimate, personal design in our room of choice that surrounds us each day? It serves as a constant reminder of our dreams and aspirations and how we sketched that vision into the design of our best room to immediately put it into action.

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Photo courtesy of HGTV.com

By placing this wall in your office, bedroom, or favorite living space, it is a room of action and reflection, and this wall is serving as the focus of your design and your mind. It helps to push forward the vision you are trying to achieve in a fresh new way.

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Photo courtesy of ktinteriors.design.com

 

PhotO Credit: Francis Augustine Design By Marie Burgos Design

PhotO Credit: Francis Augustine Design By Marie Burgos Design

There is no right or wrong way to put a gallery wall together. Just choose items you are drawn to and place them in a way that feels right. Similar to vision boarding, you will be surprised at how the messaging falls into place and helps you to form your innermost desires for your life. Our only words of wisdom – lay all of the pictures and items on the floor first to determine proper placement before committing them to the wall!