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Houzz.com: Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo

Houzz.com: Improve Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo

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houzz interior design ideasby Sara Rivka Dahan

Though somewhat similar in appearance, lucky bamboo is not the same thing as the stuff you may see growing wildly quickly along your neighbor's property line. Lucky bamboo is part of the Dracaena genus, and most of us will recognize it as the ubiquitous gift plant seen growing in pebble-filled glass containers filled with water. But this plant is not all novelty. It's a wonderful, versatile species that's able to thrive in many areas of the home or office where other plants may not, and can be used as an attractive, living design element that complements a wide range of furnishings.

Whether you prefer the clean look of naturally straight stems growing in a simple glass vase, or an ornate container with twisted stalks, this plant delivers. It is hardy, but you'll have to follow some basic tenets for it to survive. Here's how to get the most out of your lucky bamboo.

Caution: Lucky bamboo can be toxic to certain pets if ingested. See other plants to keep away from pets

In this elegant beach house, lucky bamboo has abandoned its Asian design associations and takes on tropical plantation style. Used in a casual bouquet-like arrangement, in a vase with soft edges as opposed to the rectilinear containers it's usually grown in, lucky bamboo has a different look altogether.

It also has an intriguing history, which can be traced back to Chinese culture 4,000 years ago (though it's native to West Africa), when it was considered a symbol of good fortune. While this plant is often thought of as a member of the bamboo family, in reality it's more closely related to lilies; its botanical name is Dracaena sanderiana.

Lucky bamboo is at home beside a collection of curvy modern vases and abstract art here.

Twisted stalks are a relatively new feature of lucky bamboo, a novelty that has aided in the plant's popularity. Straight stalks can be manipulated as they grow by rotating the plant with respect to gravity and light sources. This is difficult to achieve at home, but it's not impossible with some spare time and a lot of patience — often years' worth.

A very tall lucky bamboo plant grown in soil provides a living accent in this area between an Asian-style cabinet and a wall. It's a perfect complement to the gold-framed mirror with bamboo detailing.

Lucky bamboo takes on a mysterious air here. The wispy stalks look almost like curling smoke from incense sticks or ribbons waving in the wind.

In a cheerful Turkish kitchen, this simple arrangement of curled lucky bamboo looks like a prop from a medieval fair. It takes up minimal space, but its height gives it the impact of a larger plant.

A traditional kitchen with a long counter always looks great with some greenery. Instead of a topiary, try a vase filled with lucky bamboo and a few pieces of pottery.

This clever homeowner uses a candelabra to hold both candles and lucky bamboo, with great results.

Tall stalks of curled lucky bamboo look fabulous on this low coffee table, balancing the fireplace surround with its height and color. The touch of green connects the neutral living room to the outdoors, and specifically to large containers of authentic bamboo on the porch just beyond.

A casual arrangement of lucky bamboo in a glass vase gives the impression of an elegant bouquet of flowers, but it's a one-time investment that will thrive for years.

A pot of lucky bamboo makes a modern statement, defining the opening to this sleek bathroom, where it's placed just out of reach of the sun's direct rays.

How to care for lucky bamboo:

- Temperature: It prefers 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 25 degrees Celsius). - Light: Provide bright, indirect lighting; avoid direct sunlight. It's more tolerant of too little light than too much. If the plant begins to stretch toward the light, or the green color of its leaves fades, then the light is too low. - Water: Change the water every one to two weeks. Use bottled spring water for fast growth and a beautiful deep green color; tap water contains chemicals and additives that can sicken or even kill the plant. For plants raised in soil, keep the soil evenly moist. - Soil: Use well-draining, rich potting soil. - Feeding: Use a liquid fertilizer recommended by the manufacturer, diluted to half strength, no more than once every two months. For plants growing in water, you can use liquid aquarium plant food. Specialty lucky bamboo fertilizers are available. - Container: Grow lucky bamboo in a tall glass vase or ceramic container; shallow bowls are not advised. The water level should be constantly maintained to be 1 to 3 inches. A higher water level allows more root growth, resulting in a greater amount of top growth. - Propagation: New stalks can be grown from original ones. Make a clean cut through the stalk, seal the top with melted wax and place the cut piece in water treated with a rooting hormone. (Follow the directions on the package.) Refresh the water weekly.

Problem solving:

- If your plant emits a foul odor, it has very likely begun to rot due to water contamination. Throw the plant out and start again, or salvage any healthy portions of stalk and root them in water (see "Propagation" above). If there are side shoots on the stalk, you can cut these off and place them in water to make new tiny plants. - Never allow dead leaves to stay in water; cut away any black roots. - Mature roots are naturally red and not a sign of plant distress. - Yellow leaves may be caused by too much direct light; overcrowded roots; chlorinated, salty or softened water; or too much fertilizer. - Brown leaves usually indicate overly dry air or polluted water.

Vedere.com: Find Enthusiasm & Inspiration Via Feng Shui Design

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// Posted on September 27, 2012 by Jacqueline Colette Prosper in Good Works

"A growing number of vendors on Vedere are giving back to their community in big ways that are helping to make our world a better place. As a social commerce website that regroups creative communities while showcasing new talent, Vedere has launched, Good Works on Vedere, a new weekly column, spotlighting our vendors’ contributions to worthy causes. Each Thursday,  follow #GoodWorks on Twitter to track how industry leaders on Vedere are making the world a better place, one charitable project at a time. Then join our discussion group on Twitter #GoodWorksDesignChat Thursdays at 12noon!"

Those looking to add peace and solace to a home should look no further than interior designer Marie Burgos, seen on Vedere, as their guide to interior salvation. Read the post below to discover her signature tips!

(Photography Credit: Scott Morris)

Burgos discovered Feng Shui in a period of her life when she was passionately hungry for a way to improve her current situation. The philosophy of creating interiors that incorporate balance, harmony and good flow or energy—the tenents of Feng Shui, has been a driving force in Burgos’s career.

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

“Having a perfect layout which is open and does not create blockages is a great way to balance the space, says Burgos. “Using both clean, square lines balanced with curves or utilizing hard surfaces harmonized with soft, plush pieces are also a way to create that balance,” she continues.

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(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

For Burgos, the purpose of Feng Shui is create supportive environments through the art of ‘placement’, which is not only calming, but can also elevate one’s mood.

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

“Lighting is another great way to improve flow and balance because it always makes things brighter, more inviting and creates a mood,” she adds. “And last, color is another fabulous way to help the flow of energy and create an atmosphere as each color has a meaning and particular properties that affect people’s moods.”

(Photography Credit: Francis Augustine)

What room in your home helps to elevate your mood? Tweet us at @VedereOnline!

A Black & White Design Affaire

Black and white is a very celebrated contemporary design trend. Black and White is classic and classy!

A Black and White design can also be called a Yin and Yang Design. Yin & Yang are these two opposite natural  forces such as day and night, hot and cold,  sun and a moon which both need to exist... In the Tai Chi Yin & Yang symbol, both sides come together as one to create balance. I believe that Black and White are these two colors which by their very essence create a positive and a negative, a mat and a shiny  and a hard and soft look and come together elegantly to create harmony in a space.

Many designers have created amazing, sophisticated and timeless designs just using these two colors. Let's discover some fabulous examples together...

Above, a very chic contemporary black white style home design photographed by Moris Moreno. Lots of great contrasts, with soft and hard surfaces as well as mat and glossy objects. Also, the introduction of natural elements such as wood sticks, flower, the horses paint really ties everything together harmoniously.

This black-and-white duo is both flirty and sophisticated! Two floor-length mirrors complement the black wood-framed bed and highlight two glass chandeliers. Above the bed, three floating shelves allow for space to display photographs or other favorite accessories.

Here you can see a glimpse of Nicky Hilton’s 1950/ Rockn'roll LA home decor which she has arranged herself with the help of her designer grand mother. One of my favorites... She has also found this vintage Chanel serving tray. What an amazing find! So Stylish! - Instyle Magazine

The home of Anna Sui, fashion designer is also full of sophistication! Her elegant powder room features a black lacquered vanity with matching framed mirror, white subway tiles and  cashmere  style wallpaper.

Ice Wharf- Black and White Interior photo by fabulous photographer Ken Hayden. Love those black painted beams against the crisp white ceiling! They really make the room.

Fashion designer Naeem Khan created a simple black-and-white dining space illuminated by an elegant crystal chandelier. The visual impact came from intricate embroidery on the white linen chair covers and a highly decorative black linen table covering.
At the Diffa dining for a design benefit. So beautiful!
A beautiful Black and white combination in this vintage style bathroom via apartment Therapy. Love the cast iron tub... but kind of grey... isn't it?!
Very dramatic white/black contrast in this lounge space! It is all about the impact.
Wine barrel chandelier, black round pedestal table, ivory linen sofas, limestone fireplace, black & white pillows, flat screen TV, built-ins cabinets and shelves,white & gray drapes, nesting accent tables, and brass floor lamps. Classy interior! Michael Graydon Photography
Love this shiny, bright kitchen with crisp white kitchen cabinets, sleek black granite countertops  and black & white glass tile backsplash! Love the natural roman shade stained black, crystal chandelier and white leather modern counter bar stools! It is such a Candice Olson design signature!
Love this bedroom!  It is so well balanced!  It adorns chic Black headboards, hotel bedding with black ribbon border trim, fluffy black pillows, black & white bedding and bolster pillows. Even the Piero Fornasetti decorative wall plates vertical art gallery is black and white! Finally, this little  glossy black lacquer nightstand is a great find!  With the mirrored lamp with black shade and white black green rug this room really looks well put together. via coco + kelly
So now, let's just seat and relax together in this comfortable black and white living space, with a touch of turquoise, to contemplate all these elegant interiors one more time and discuss which one do you like most...
For more design inspirations about design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

The power of Crystals in design

Rock crystal nugget chandelier - StudioWorkshops ByTherien

Crystals are used in feng shui in a variety of ways, all with one single goal - to create good feng shui energy in your Home.

The word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos, meaning frozen light. Crystals have been used over the centuries for a myriad of purposes - from healing to protection to decoration.

In Feng Shui, crystals are widely used for the specific energy, or the vibrations they bring to your home or office. For example, the rose quartz crystal is used to attract love and romance, as well as heal a broken heart. The rose quartz crystal emanates specific frequencies that promote heart healing.

Rose quartz cluster

The clear quartz crystal which is one of the most common minerals is also one of the most powerful, multi purpose healing stone. Perfect for raising self esteem, healing wounds and increasing your emotional positive energy. It amplifies, focuses, restores, transforms, empowers and energies you.

Here are some great ways to integrate these natural crystals in your interiors:

An impressive Living room design with crystal chandelier and lots of clear quartz displayed on the dining table. Crystals come in various shapes... clusters, domes and spheres. This is really a lot of vibrant energy! It brings a sparkling lift to this very neutral colored space.

Lots of sparkles in this modern colorful bathroom design by Canadian interior decorator Holly Dyment. I say colorful because despite white walls and white cabinetry, this bathroom looks vibrant with its raspberry shower wall, turquoise and green floor mosaics and flowery shade. Just love it!

Never too many crystals can be used!! First, crystals are great energy. They also add light in a room and  as you can see in the famous London restaurant  Rhodes W1 Restaurant Designed by World renowned British designer Kelly Hoppen, the more crystals the more majestic, luxurious and glamourous!

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Feng Shui for your Hotel Room

Make your hotel or  vacation stay wonderful with these Easy tips!

You may have heard of using FENG SHUI  to design a home, but did you know its principles can also be used to promote a positive flow of energy during your vacation or business trip?

FENG SHUI  IS AN  ANCIENT CHINESE ART USED TO CREATE ABUNDANCE, HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND WEALTH. USING THESE FENG SHUI TIPS CAN MAKE YOUR VACATION STAY MORE RELAXING AND YOUR BUSINESS TRIP MORE EFFECTIVE.

1- Open the windows when you first walk in to let fresh air into the room. Getting the air moving is a great way to clear any stagnant “Chi” or “energy" left by the previous occupants.

2- Unpack your luggage right away and keep it out of site. This will promote a more settled feeling inside the room. And will let you start focusing on the activities you want to do and not the length of your stay.

3-  Take a hot shower to allow the hot water to flow good Chi energy onto you. Using a lavender soap can also chase away any built up stress or tension gathered during your trip.

4- Display photos of your family on the night stand. This will make you feel comfortable and keep you in connection with your loved ones.

5-Bringing your own scented candles and burning them while you are in the room can induce calmness and serenity through aromatherapy. You can also use incense. This will soothe your psyche and bring a feeling of relaxation.

6- In Feng Shui, bathrooms are associated with financial loss. Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed at all times to prevent this especially on a business trip.

7- Display some scarves or fabrics you love to brighten up your hotel room and bring a bit of your personality in. Having a red shawl or red piece of fabric with you is also a great way to bring a very auspicious outcome to your transactions if you are on a business trip. Red is the luckiest color in Feng Shui.

8- Hang a scarf over the TV, any mirror facing your bed or images that are not pleasing to you. This will help you have a restful sleep and cut down on the reflective surfaces in the room.

9- Move the phone and alarm clock away from your ears while you sleep by putting them on the floor. This will ensure you are not abruptly awakened.

10- Bring herbal tea with you. Most hotels offer a coffee pot, you can use this to heat water and settle in each night with a cup of hot tea. While curled up with your tea, take a few moments to meditate on the sights, sounds, and tastes of the day.

For more information about Interior design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

The little Red Sideboard in your interior

I love Red furniture pieces. Red is not only a fabulous color but it is also considered the luckiest color by the Asian community. So it is good Feng Shui to have red in your home!

I have selected beautiful sideboards to attract that extra luck and give a zest of vitality and happiness to your living space!

Check out this beautiful red antique sideboard above paired with art work to match it harmoniously.

Below, Designer Molly Luetkemeyer has used that fabulous reddish sideboard in a very Hollywood glamour setting. It works so magically with the long curved sofa.

Red Sideboard - Interior design John Loeke

Here a very classic look called Cherry Bombe chest. It is so elegant and really belongs in places like Le Palais de Versailles.  I love its harmonious curves...

Look at this fabulous kitchen island! This is 20 feet long of amazing red sideboard to do bake and cook! Who wouldn't like to cook in such an grand kitchen.I bet Martha Stewart would love it too!

This red sideboard looks like it is 100 years old and it is really cute with its many draws. Just perfect for your entryway!

Which Red Sideboard is your favorite?

Let me know by living me a comment on the blog! Thanks.

For more information about Interior design and Feng Shui, email Marie at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Feng Shui Design event at Imperio Showroom

I had the best time at Imperio Showroom. I gave a Feng shui design presentation to a keen crowd of design enthusiasts!

And Jessica Packer, owner of Imperio did a fantastic job at showcasing her beautiful exotic home and fashion goods from countries such as Argentina, Thailand and Burma.

From silk pillows to colorful shawls and cowhide rugs like the one under my feet on the above photo, it was a colorful and rich sight to look at.

I thought I would share some of the images of this fun evening of design with  you!

Photography by my dear friend and very talented photographer Francis Augustine

Jessica Packer and Marie Burgos

Silk Shawls from Imperio

Maria Longo (writer), Peggy Bates (Nota Design), Diane Brady (Author), Marie Burgos

Jessica Packer dressing up one of the guests with silk

Silk Pillows from Burma by Imperio

Guests at the Imperio event

Metal bowls from Imperio

Think color, think exotic, think fun... for designs with Marie Burgos Design!!

Stratus Realty Group Feng Shui Design Office Party

Irene Nikolay and Marie Burgos

Here I am pausing with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group - Joshua Wong Photography

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the fabulous party organized by my clients Stratus Realty Group for the inauguration of their newly Feng Shui Design offices in NYC. I have designed this space following Feng Shui principles. The wall art will regularly change to display different artists art. Here with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group.

All the photography is by the fabulous photographer Joshua Wong

Display Stratus Realty Group office- Marie Burgos Design

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Designing your Hallway with Feng Shui!

The Hallway is the first thing you see when entering your home. Often when designing a home, the hallway is neglected. While not officially a room, there is likely more than one hallway in your home. In Feng Shui, hallways help your "Chi" energy circulate throughout your home. For these reasons, designing your hallway should take on the same importance as designing the rest of your home. Below are four tips to help you spruce up your hallway.

1. Light it Up

Many halls lack a good source of natural light. You would not want any other room in your home to appear dark and gloomy, and the hall should not be an exception. Install an overhead light that meshes well with any décor that can be seen from the hallway. Also consider hanging sconces that offer a light source. You can even add crystals or a small chandelier fixture for extra good energy. They make every ray of light sparkle!  Also, if little feet will be traveling the hallway at night, you should install a night light to help them find their way.

2. Mirror Effect

Decorative mirrors are a great choice for your hallways. Since most hallways are rather narrow, hanging a mirror helps them appear a bit larger. Also, mirrors are great light enhancers as they reflect every bit of light they get and bounce it around to light up the space. When choosing a mirror for your hallway, consider scale. A large mirror is usually a good choice, especially if it is the only decoration on a particular wall. Smaller mirrors flanked by metal wall hangings, a clock or perhaps hanging candle holders, create a beautiful display. Feng Shui wise, mirrors really increase the energy of your space. Just make sure that what is reflected in them is something that inspires you and that you want more of in your life, because a mirror will double it for you.

3. No Clutter!

Some people allow items to collect in the hallway rather than having them put away in their proper place. Before long, the hallway looks like a small storage unit! Keep your hallway completely free of clutter. If you have a large hallway, and opt to have furniture there, encourage family members to refrain from leaving items sitting on it. It doesn't take much clutter for a small room to look very messy. Just consider the hallway a very small room, and keep it clutter free. Also this is were the "Chi" energy circulates to nourish all your home. You want to make sure that no blockages are created to get the maximum energy flow throughout your home for support and happiness.

4. Art and Photos

A wonderful option for the walls in your hallway is to use the space to display your family photos. You could, for example, have a row for each of your children and place the photographs chronologically. You will be able to watch your children "grow up" each time you walk down the hall. Another option is to create an asymmetrical display of all of your favorite photos. Use frames of varying sizes and styles to create an interesting display. You could also hang a series of artwork pieces to create an interesting gallery. My advice... Just display what you absolutely love as if the hallway was your road to happiness and success...

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com