Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Design
This week, I am featuring an interview with Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Design, winner of the Best of Houzz 2017 Service Award. Marie is a native of France, and she got her Masters of Business Management Degree at the University of Paris before continuing her education and receiving a degree in interior design at New York University and her Feng Shui certification through Master James Jay, disciple of Grand Master Lin Yu. Marie specializes IN loft and penthouse design, and her work has been featured on HGTV’s Unsellables, in Luxury Home Quarterly, and several prestigious interior design books.
What led you to start Marie Burgos Design and when did you start your company?
In my life, I aspired for more balance, happiness and harmony. Through Feng Shui, I learned that my home environment had a huge influence on my emotions and ultimately, on my achievements and happiness. I have always admired the architecture and beauty of Paris, my native country, and with a family who originated from the beautiful island of Martinique, I experienced the color and natural elements of nature in the Caribbean. I also felt that I needed to use my creativity because I am surrounded with creative people in my family. My mother is a painter, one of my brothers is an executive chef, the other is a musician, and my husband, a photographer! For years, I was the only one working in a very corporate career and the need to use my natural creativity really began kicking in... the rest is history!
What is your favorite aspect of owning and operating your design firm?
One of the strongest aspects of owning your own design firm is the freedom of creating. Living from your art and creativity is for many seen as a dream but it can be very challenging and rewarding.
What have you learned the most from opening and running Marie Burgos Design?
The skills that have learnt from my previous business experience as a general manager has given me the training to run my own firm. Planning, organizing and customer service are some of the most valuable skills to apply.
What suggestions do you have for other’s who would like to start a career in interior design?
Be persistent, try new things, surround yourself with positive people.
What is at the heart of your business that you want your customers to take home?
My approach to creating spaces, which integrates the Feng Shui philosophy, leads me to focus on balance, harmony, the use of natural elements, and the Yin and Yang forces. These elements are all present in the space in the form of a color, texture or shape so that they can bring harmony. Lastly, I apply Yin and Yang. These two opposite forces which create balance together, such as straight lines paired with curves, hard surfaces like a glass table, paired with a plush rug or pillows, dark areas (wall colors or furniture), against a light background or ambient light - it is all about balance and creating a space that looks beautiful but also feels right.
Marie’s website, http://www.marieburgosdesign.com,features her work, an informative blog on her projects, an online shop showcasing furniture, curated art, lighting, and accents. Marie Burgos Design can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and Houzz.
Photos courtesy of Marie Burgos of Marie Burgos Design