Sunday, May 30, 2010

Product We Love: Maya Romanoff Wall Coverings

Maya Romanoff is famous for their extraordinary surfacing materials.
From bedazzled graphic wallpaper to Mother of Pearl wall tiles, their award-winning products add sparkle and unique texture to any space.

Interested in bringing the Maya Romanoff look to your home but not sure how to make it work?
Contact Marie Flanigan Interiors

Monday, May 24, 2010

Design 101: Home Lighting

We believe that how you fill your home with light and the fixtures you select can make or break your renovation or new construction.
There are three basic types of lighting: general, task and accent.
By strategically combining these 3, you can dramatically enhance the function, drama, and beauty of any space.
Need inspiration?

Here are some gorgeous examples:

Looking for the best spot to purchase your next fixture?
Here are a few of our favorite vendors:
Circa Lighting
The Urban Electric Company
Apparatus Studio

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Design 101: Choosing Your Countertop

Choosing a countertop surface can be quite a stressful process.
You want something that's both gorgeous and durable, and there are pros and cons to any material you choose.

We thought you might appreciate some guidance...

Butcher Block/Hardwood Material
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Pros: Easy to install and repair. All you have to do is sand and reseal.

Cons: Can burn, scratches and dents easily, needs to be treated regularly with mineral oil or wax or be sealed with a polyurethane sealer. Maintenance can be pricey.

Other wood countertop options: Joined Planks, Single Wide Stave.

Ceramic Tile

Pros: Available in a large variety of colors and patterns. Will not stain or scratch easily. Simple installation and repair work.
Cons: Ceramic tile can break if something heavy is dropped on it. Grout (if not sealed with an acrylic sealer) can create dirt build-up and will stain. Price can vary.
Natural Stone
(Granite, Limestone, Marble, Soapstone, and Slate)
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Pros: Very strong and durable. Will not scratch or nick easily. Once sealed it is very resistant to staining and cleans easily.
Cons: Requires a strong base due to the weight of the product. Installation is usually customized and most natural stones must be sealed periodically. These selections also usually come at a higher price point.
Note: Polished stones are much more stain-resistant than honed ones.
Expert Tip: visit your local stone warehouse and ask to see the “clearance slabs”. Often, pieces that were less popular, less than perfect, or scrap slab pieces will be offered at a discounted price.


Pros: Very inexpensive and easy to install. Every color and pattern available. Many laminates are made to look like their natural stone competitors and can be very convincing.

Cons: Scratches very easily and can burn / scorch. Seams are visible and may allow dirt build up to get under the surface. Some cleaning products may discolor the material.

*Metal Laminate: Laminate surfacing also provides a large variety of metal options.

Solid Surface
Made of polyester or acrylic resins combined with mineral fillers.
Pros: Available in dozens of colors and designs. Scratches can be buffed out with an abrasive pad. Can be installed without seams.
Cons: Scratches easily. Heat may cause slight discoloration. Can be moderately expensive.

Cast-in-place, custom precast or a pre-manufactured gauged slab of concrete.
Pros: Many color options, edge styles and decorative elements are available.
Cons: May require a large degree of customization and labor. Color may be hard to get exact when concrete is stained.

Eco-Friendly Countertop Products
Today many paper and glass products are being recycled to create new countertop surface solutions that are unique and beautiful. Visit these sites to learn more:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Inspired Design: A Nursery for the Modern Family

Preparing to bring your bundle of joy home is such a fun and exciting time, and we know you want the space where they spend their days to be functional, warm, and a beautiful display of your family's personal style.

Lately, we've seen nursery designs moving away from the classic trends and color schemes towards a more sophisticated, soothing style and we are loving it, especially the mid-century modern design elements that keep popping up.
So, without further ado, here are MFI's 5 tips for creating the nursery of your dreams!

 1. Start with Color.
Many parents select paint color based on their bedding of choice or the sex of the baby. When choosing your nursery palette, be sure to keep in mind that color can affect your baby’s mood.
Read more about choosing your child’s room color at: Buzzle
2. Furniture and Décor Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune.
A little imagination and multi-functional pieces can go a long way. Consider using a low dresser or chest of drawers as a changing table or extra shelving (not above the crib) for more storage. Storage is key – portable drawers and containers can be hidden in closets and below your crib’s dust ruffle for additional storage needs. Also consider how your child might use the space and furniture as they grow into toddlers and beyond.

3. Carefully Select a Spot for the Crib.
Position the crib as the focal point and then work around that. Try to avoid placing your baby’s crib in front of a window where sun and street lights can disturb your baby’s sleep. Also, move the crib away from air conditioning or heating vents.
4. Stimulate the Senses. Don’t be afraid to incorporate bold hues when choosing your décor. Infants see dark and light contrast best so adding vivid and playful elements will help to create a stimulating space your child loves. Hanging mobiles or fun ceiling elements over the crib or changing table can also add stimulation and help grab your baby’s attention while trying to change diapers!
5. Do Your Research.
There are tons of resources online that offer nursery decorating tips, room inspiration, and some amazing baby products. Make sure to check all recall listings before you purchase. Here are a few of our favorite vendors for all things baby:
Serena & Lily, Land of Nod, Nest and Cot, and Restoration Hardware Baby.
More inspiration for you modern moms and pops out there:
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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Modern, Eco-Friendly Fireplace

Companies like Planika and Brown Jordan Fires have created modern stylish solutions to the smokeless fireplace. These products offer the perfect combination of decorative furniture, fire, and sustainable design, and we're in love!
As the focal point to any space, these sophisticated fireplaces are true works of art and perfectly safe as they run on a special ethanol based fuel (a renewable and green source of energy) so they produce no smoke or smell, and there are never ashes to clean up once you're done.  
From coffee tables to wall mounted fixtures and portable fire jars, designs come in a wide variety of awesome options:
All of Brown Jordan's collections can be outfitted with eco-friendly bioethanol which allows you to burn indoors or out, and their materials are light, allowing you to move the fire as needed.