By Yujie Ji
By Yujie Ji
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: email@example.com. We would love to help you!
We want to share with you some of the beautiful designs that caught our eye!
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.
Student work that goes beyond the classroom!
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.
“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.
Amazing paper design by http://www.molostore.com!
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.
A monochrome scheme featuring layers of grey or warm linen hues are perfect!
PS : You can find all those colors at Benjamin Moore
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
It could be any of these below - they don’t have to be originals!
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:
It could be a large abstract painting, black-and-white photography, some sketches, or even children’s illustrations.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
By Zach Williams
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Written by Jenny Holt
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!
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!
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
By Anaïs Gibaud
By Anaïs Gibaud