Category Archives: Home Decorating

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House Beautiful’s House Makeover

Interior designers take on the role of problem solver every day. Many clients realize they need a professional eye when it comes to finding the right solution for their space. As the new year rolls in, we tend to see more redesigns that are centered on the needs of the inhabitants. House Beautiful magazine took this as inspiration for its Home Makeovers article showcased in the February 2013 issue.

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Bold Pattern: Chevron

The inverted V-shaped pattern of the Chevron has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks used the geometric pattern on pottery and the military uses it to indicate rank or level of service. But over the past few years, the Chevron has recreated itself in the design and fashion industry. It has taken on a new energy with varying widths, courageous colors and fearless placement.

Lucky for us, there are both subtle and explosive ways to include this incredible pattern in your home. As seen in the examples below, those who are daring in the world of design grab a bright color, such as teal, and splash the Chevron across the tile on a kitchen wall. While others use a reversed gray and white execution to create a soft yet powerful dramatic floor. And for those looking to grab attention with the trend but don’t want a permanent design feature, simple accessories offer the power of the design without the commitment.

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

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Modern Wallpapers

Wallpaper today has punch with bright colors and bold patterns. New designs are popping up every day giving consumers multiple options that fit their design wavelength. Utilizing these graphic wall-coverings on one wall creates an exciting focal point in any room.

When the owners of a 4-level loft in Gramercy Park requested a modern eclectic look, I chose a vintage inspired wallpaper to create a funky atmosphere in their music studio. It was just the right touch for this young artistic couple.

Photography by Francis Augustine

Wallpaper Republic has several collections similar in design to what I used in the Gramercy Park remodel. They focus on collaborating with world-class artists and designers to bring a series of collections that are extremely creative. They even allow customization of any design to make it perfect for your home.

Since there are endless options, it is easy to find the exact print to make you grin.

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

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Luminescent Lucite

One of best ways to incorporate a chic and almost airy look in your home is by incorporating Lucite furniture into your home décor.  Lucite, also known as acrylic glass, usually comes in a clear color, but more furniture and product designers are manufacturing it in bright colors like fuchsia and orange, as well as softer hues like smoke gray, and even black.  Still, nothing says chic and sophisticated like a clear Lucite accent chair or cocktail table.

Lucite accent chair and cocktail table

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In addition to a gorgeous Lucite chandelier, the dining room in this Palm Beach Home is also furnished with Phillipe Starck’s Louis XIV Ghost Chairs and a glass-topped table.  The result is equal parts modernism and Hollywood Regency glam.

Fuschia pink lucite chairs

Manolo Home (via)

In this contemporary dining room, fuschia pink Lucite accent chairs accent a bright pink chandelier.  The pink actually provides a nice, feminine, contrast to the almost masculine lines of this room.

Lucite dining table

Fresh Quince (via)

The Lucite table here is an airy accent in this fresh dining room.  Lucite tables are great for those prone to spillage.

Ghost chairs

Blog Fossil (via)

In this nook, Starck’s Louis XIV Ghost Chairs with accent pillows for comfort, and a Saarinen-inspired Tulip table create a look of coziness and warmth.  Love the arrangement of fresh flowers in little vases!

Lucite coffee table

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Here’s a great example of incorporating luminescent Lucite into a quirky living room.  The low-set coffee table gives the eye a chance to rest, what with the motley of prints, color,  pattern and cool wall décor.

Lucite cocktail table

Chloe Blossom (via)

This handsome living room is accented both by a drop-dead gorgeous sofa in royal blue and a simply-designed Lucite coffee table.  Both pieces add a bit of drama to a room that was, otherwise, simply decorated.

As you can see, the beauty and chicness of Lucite knows no bounds.  It may look like a simple material, but it’s capable of adding a look of airiness, glamor and sophistication to any room.

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Chalkboard fascinations

A chalkboard or a blackboard can conjure up the images of addition and subtraction or the weekly vocabulary words.  These boards were the very advanced reusable writing surfaces used in the classic classroom. Today these iconic boards have recently been making a black-and-white statement in the modern home.

Simply put, the chalkboard provides practical space for the weekly grocery or to-do list, but who knew these boards could also contribute to the overall design aesthetic? The examples below are brilliant.

This quaint kitchen has several “old-fashion” components such as the tin bread container, apron front farmhouse sink, antique gas stove and the industrial inspired lighting. But it’s the elegant chalkboard that brings the room together for the harmonious “old-fashion” feeling.

The chalk-scribbed box adds a lot of punch to this space. This creative technique of applying chalkboard paint to an accessory versus applying to the walls will certainly generate new inspired executions.

Applying chalkboard paint to an entire wall stirs up quite a buzz and even injects a little humor. Not only can a month long to do list accrue but the dog also has direction to its water bowl. Very clever!

A simple twist on a classic chalkboard.  Create an interchangeable piece of artwork by framing the chalkboard.

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

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