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Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create A Space Full of Health, Harmony & Happiness

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Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I’ve consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby’s development. Light blues, pinks, greens and yellows are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. Décor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don’t place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby’s development. There’s also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don’t have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently – diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. — are accessible. You don’t want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don’t place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you’ll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby’s crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby’s development and sleep.

9. Parent’s Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent’s room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You’ll be glad!

This article has been written by fellow Feng Shui expert Ken Lauher.

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

Are you about to decorate your nursery? Do you think that you are likely to use some of my Feng Shui advice for your nursery project? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

New year Feng Shui Tips for Health, Wealth, Success and Happiness!

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1- Now is the perfect time to define your objectives and goals for the New Year. A great way to do that is by using a VISION BOARD. On it, you can list the things you want to attract to your life with images, photos and words, plus reset your goals and involve the universe.

2- De- clutter and reorganize your home and office. You will feel better and that will help your focus. By emptying your closets and cabinets you will enable fresh new energy and opportunities to flow to you.

Donate and give away to thrift shops, charities and neighborhood organizations. Or sell your old things on Ebay or Craigslist and donate the money.

3- Get your health checked. It is a great time to go visit your family doctor to start the year healthy and full of energy. Toss out old medicines and renew prescriptions.

4- Shop with abandon. Ensure your refrigerator, pantry, canisters, shakers are all full for this New Year. This represents abundance for the year ahead.

5- Review your contact list and ensure it is updated for professional and personal matters, with current phone numbers and addresses. Reach out to people you love to wish them a good New Year.

6- Respect the money in your wallet... and your wallet. Make sure it is not worn out or tattered. By keeping it full, It symbolizes having enough money all year long.

7- Get a new green plant or blooming flowers. They represent rebirth and growth for the New Year. They also symbolize health  for you and your family.

8- Make time to dream big. Prepare where you want to go this year, your travels, your vacations, your career changes, even new classes you want to take.

Live Well, Be Well, Work Well.

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design- www.manobluedesign.com- marie@manobluedesign.com

Bedroom Feng Shui Design Dos & Donts

picture-12 Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms of the home because it is the place where you can lie down and relax after a hard day of work. It is where you can get the restorative sleep, essential for health and personal balance. It is also a special place for romance and love with your partner. So good Feng Shui is essential for creating a safe, comfortable and romantic place to nurture you and a loving relationship.

A calm yin environment with minimum electrical equipment is what you want to create  in a bedroom. A comfortable, supportive and well positioned bed , restful colors, soft flowing fabrics are essentials to create a restful sleep environment.

Clutter has no place in this room. Furniture also need to be kept to the minimum to encourage the Chi energy to mingle around the room and create a peaceful feel.

DOs

1- Position the bed diagonally opposite the door so you can see people coming in and be in control of your bedroom space

2- Display an inspiring picture opposite the bed to wake up happy every morning

3- Ensure you have a solid headboard. A headboard gives you support while you are sleeping. Choose a bed with a comfortable natural mattress and wooden frame to support your health

4- Place bedside tables and lamps on either sides of the bed to create balance and harmony.

5- Check your closet and check for clothes and items that haven’t been worn for more than a year. Those may be in the way of letting new opportunities come into your life.

6- Paint your bedroom in pastel colors to encourage a restful mood. Use powder blues, greens and lavenders to calm the body and induce a feeling of serenity. Use peach, pink or red colors on the walls, bedspread or pillows to inject passion in the bedroom.

7- Introduce a soft yin lighting, using rounded shades and dimmers. This creates a soft and soothing ambiance that enhance the feeling of calm.

8- Install window treatment that will give you privacy, protect you at night and let in beautiful natural light during the day.

DONTs

1- Have too many books in the bedroom. This is overwhelming in a space dedicated for rest.

2- Have clutter under the bed. It prevents the Chi to circulate. This can disturb your love life.

3- Position a mirror opposite the bed or have mirror closet doors because they are too energetic and will disturb your sleep. Cover them at night with some drapes if they are already fitted.

4- Have  a television in your bedroom. It creates an unhealthy magnetic field if left on standby. It may disturb sleep, strain relationship or it may bring a third party into the relationship.

5- Sleep under a beam. Ensure you cover the beam with fabric, hang two bamboo flutes with the mouthpiece at the bottom or move the bed. A beam creates a feeling of pressure and disturb a restful sleep.

6- Have water features, aquariums or paintings of water in the bedroom as water is believed to indicate the probability of robbery or financial loss.

7- Have plants and flowers in the bedroom as they produce excessive yang energy.

For more information about interior design and Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email Marie Burgos at marie@manobludesign.com

Kitchen Feng Shui Design Dos & Donts

picture-111 In most cultures, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

The kitchen brings the family together. This is where the family gather to catch up on the news of the day, where kids do their homework on kitchen table, where a close neighbor will drop by for a chat. Also cooking can be a space for real celebration for holiday preparations with the family and friends.

The kitchen represents the health and wellness of a family. Food prepared in the The kitchen nourishes us, and the kitchen also provides a place for nurturing family connections

The kitchens also represent a family’s prosperity. The Chinese relate the nourishing power of the stove to the ability of family members to earn money.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house.

The kitchen is dominated by the elements of Fire and Water. Those elements are incompatible so it is important to take care of positioning of your appliances, color of your walls and backsplash as well as keeping any clutter under control.

Here are some great Feng Shui tips to help you design the best kitchen for great health and abundance.

Dos

1- Cook in the “Command Position”. This means from a place where you can see the front door and be in the control of your kitchen space. Ideally when standing at your stove you should see people coming in the kitchen. If you don’t, install a reflective surface such as a shiny backsplash above your stove.

2- Have your kitchen design based on a traditional triangle model, with the sink, refrigerator and range making up each point of the triangle. There should be a 6- to 8- foot distance between each appliance. This allows for maximum convenience and a minimum of repeated moves.

3- Take good care of your stove by keeping it clean and in perfect working condition. It represents wealth.  And using all the burners helps attract money from multiple sources.

4- Keep the refrigerator and freezer full of healthy food to demonstrate the prosperity of your home. And place a bowl of fresh fruits on the kitchen table is a symbol of good health and vitality.

5- Consider incorporating the color green or some greenery into your kitchen scheme. Fresh flowers and plants bring the message of vitality and life to a kitchen, which is not only esthetically pleasing but symbolically beneficial as well.

Donts

1- Paint your kitchen with red, pink or purple. These are "fire" colors, and can portend arguments, so if you and your spouse tend to fight in the kitchen, see if the wall or floor color might have something to do with this.

2- Keep too many utensils on your kitchen countertops so that the Chi can flow freely and nourish your home.

3- Keep out of date cans, package goods, preserves in your cabinets and food from your refrigerator that has been there too long. It reduces the energy level of your home and affects health.

4- Clutter your kitchen with utensils and small appliances. Keep those out of sight. Having all outside on your countertops disrupt the chi flow making it slower and lethargic.

5- Keep broken appliances even if it means living without a toaster at all for a while, it's better to have no toaster than one that doesn't work very well.

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Feng Shui Tips For Your Kitchen

picture-4 Today I will be discussing easy tips you can use to create a wonderfully vibrant kitchen space. This important room contains the fire and water elements which represent nourishment and prosperity and wealth. Use these tips to create a kitchen that enhances the water element to bring good health to your family and brightens the fire element to bring wealth into the household.

• Yellows are good colors in the kitchen because they promote digestion. Red, brown and white are also good choices because they enhance the fire element. Try to avoid blue or black, as these colors are associated with water and tend to put down the fire element representing wealth and prosperity.

• Try to avoid placing the kitchen where you can see it when you enter the front door and try to locate the kitchen toward the back of the home. A kitchen at your entryway can mean that guests will come over to eat and then leave. This placement can also encourage inhabitants to eat all the time. Because you can’t always choose the location of your kitchen, you can remedy this location by placing a beaded curtain or a door between the front door and the kitchen door. Or, place a piece of eye-catching décor near the kitchen entrance to divert attention away from the busy on-goings of the kitchen.

• Try to keep the fire element appliances (such as the stove and the microwave) away from the water element appliances (such as the sink, dishwasher and the refrigerator). The typical western interior design triangle fits with this Feng Shui theory. To keep water and fire elements from interfering with each other, appliances should be separated by something made of wood or something representative of wood, like a plant or a picture of a plant.

• Fix leaky faucets. This means that your wealth is draining away.

• The stove, a fire element, represents wealth and prosperity. To best enhance this area of your life, make sure all burners function well and use all burners on the stove equally, as this represents getting money from multiple sources.

• Try to place your stove in a location where you can easily see the entrance to your kitchen. This puts the chef at the “command” station and a happy chef will make more nourishing health meals. If this placement is not possible place a small mirror behind the stove so you can see who is entering your space.

• Try not to place a window above a stove, because the heat represents prosperity and you don’t want your wealth to fly out the window.

• Declutter your kitchen. You wouldn’t put extra items that aren’t purposeful in the soup you eat. Don’t have them in the space where you prepare your soup either. De-cluttering the spaces you see as well as the hidden ones will help promote the flow of good chi energy.

Good lighting and good ventilation in your kitchen are keys to good health.

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The power of plants and flowers in your home 

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1. Plants are auspicious from the point of feng shui. It is always good to grow plants in the house, especially wooded plants. 

2. Plants in the office also bring about increased luck in your career. Place plants in the east, south or south-east corners (Family area, Wealth area and Fame area of the Bagua energy map)of your office for maximum luck. 

3. If you are a married couple and want children, avoid putting flowers in the bedroom. Instead, place a basket of fruits in your bedroom. Fruits, especially pomegranates, are a symbol of fertility. 

4. Don't place thorny plants inside your home. Thorny plants do form a protective shield, and could be placed outside the home. Don't place them too near the front door. They could be placed a little further away from the door, or in the balcony. 

5. Don't place bonsai plant inside or outside the home. They represent stunted growth. 

6. Trim your plants regularly. Overgrown plants promote bad energy. Similarly, trim trees in your garden regularly. Don't let them overwhelm your house. 

7. Fresh flowers bring luck and fortune in your home. Place fresh flowers in your living room on a regular basis. However, once they die, throw them out. Don't leave dying flowers in your home. 

8. Avoid placing dried flowers in your house. They are believed to bring misfortune. Artificial flowers are a far preferable option and are believed to bring luck. 

9. Do not place any flowers or any other auspicious feng shui symbol in the bathroom. The good luck will backfire and turn into bad luck. 

10. Ever noticed lemons hanging on the entrances of shops in Hindu artwork? They are believed to ward off the evil eye, according to Hindu superstitious beliefs. Similarly, oranges and lemons are believed to be powerful symbols of fortune, and bring prosperity to the home. They should be placed at the entrance. 

 

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Feng Shui tips for better sleep

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Feng Shui Tips 1:

Sleep is very important for the overall health of a person; so if you have difficulty sleeping, it is always better to follow these Feng Shui tips for better sleep and health. A very important feng shui tip is to avoid sleeping with the head towards the door. This is because according to feng shui, the best place to position the bed and to sleep is a position where you can see the door, without actually being across from it. This is why you should also avoid sleeping with your feet right in front of the entrance.

Feng shui tips also state that it is not healthy to sleep under a window as this has a bad impact on your chi. It may make you lose some positive energy by dispersing it. In addition to this, by sleeping under a window, any bad chi that enters the room directly affects you. If you have no alternative than sleeping under a window, it is better to hang a curtain on the window to prevent bad chi from entering the room.

Feng Shui Tips 2:

Feng shui tips are indeed effective in inducing effective sleep. Besides the feng shui tips mentioned above, it is also better to ensure that there are no pictures of water in your bedroom. This is because according to feng shui, pictures of water in the bedroom not only causes insomnia, but is also taught to bring bad luck to the people sleeping in the room.So if you find that there is a picture of water in the bedroom, either remove it or at least, ensure that it is as far from the bed as possible. Another feng shui tip to remember for effective sleep is to ensure that there are no poisoning arrows pointing towards your bed.

You can find out if there are any poisoning arrows in your bedroom by looking for edgy elements or corners pointing to the place you sleep. And if you find some elements like this, and find that it is difficult to get rid of it, try to work at neutralizing its bad effect. This can be done by either covering the edge or by placing a plant in front of it.

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Want more “Wow “ factor in Your Interior Design? Use a Wall Fountain!

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If you are looking for a way to include the “wow” factor in your complete home design, nothing says “Wow” like an indoor wall fountain. Obviously, anyone visiting your home will immediately be drawn to the fountain. It will be the sound of soft, trickling water that will lead them to the fountain.

There may be no better way to relieve stress than to sit and listen to the sounds of water rushing over your wall fountain. The convenience of having a wall fountain will be a genuine consideration since you may enjoy it anytime that you want. With wall fountains, there is no problem with floor space or table space since the wall fountain, by definition, will be mounted on a wall.

A wall fountain can be put just about anywhere including the living room or foyer. Since there are many types of indoor wall fountains on the market, you can rest assured that there is a model that will fit your tastes or style. By far the simplest fountains to install are resin wall fountains since they are very lightweight. Resin is also a very durable material that can be used both inside was well as outside since it can withstand most weather conditions. Resin and fiberglass wall fountains are the best choices when you are dealing with walls that may not be strong enough to carry the load of heavier materials.

It is important to remember that an indoor wall fountain should be installed in close proximity to an electrical outlet. Ideally, you would have an outlet positioned directly behind the wall fountain so that the wiring remains hidden from view. You will use electricity to power the pump so water will flow down the wall fountain; it may also be used to power extra lighting for nighttime illumination. Naturally, a wall fountain should compliment the decor of whatever room it is being installed. If you have a modern theme, you might choose metal-framed wall fountain and glass material. Now if you opt for resin wall fountains, you can get a design that mimics metal but without giving up the lightweight design. A resin-type wall fountain can also be fabricated to look like stone or concrete if you’re working with a style of room that requires this look for your wall fountain. Wall fountains made from resin are less expensive that those made from other materials.

Besides home use, an indoor wall fountain can make a great addition to your office or workspace since the sound of running water is a proven stress reliever. Ample research has shown that having such fountains in the workplace help the employees perform their work more efficiently.    

All fountains, the wall fountain included, offer real health benefits due to their relationship to running water. When the water flows down the wall, it releases negative ions into the air, helping to cleanse the air of contaminants while also adding moisture to it. It can be as effective as the air conditioner during higher temperatures. By using a wall fountain you can create a natural sound barrier that softens other household sounds so you can relax. And last but not least, a fountain is also bringing the essential water element supportive of your carreer, welath and prosperity according to the principles of Feng Shui.

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Feng Shui Bed Guidelines - Do You Have a Good Feng Shui Bed and Bedroom?- Part 3

 

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 Feng Shui Solutions for Your Bed & Bedroom Challenges

The truth you need to know is that very few bedrooms have perfect feng shui. Unless you had the luck of designing and building your house with feng shui in mind, you will, most probably, have to face some challenges while creating a good feng shui bedroom. 

Without any further introductions, let's go straight to the challenges you might encounter in a modern bedroom and find the best feng shui solutions for a good feng shui bedroom you absolutely deserve! 

Let's start with the biggest, or most common feng shui challenges in a modern bedroom.

MOST COMMON FENG SHUI BEDROOM CHALLENGES:

  

Mirror facing the bed You probably know that a mirror facing the bed is a big feng shui red flag, or a feng shui "NO!" for a good bedroom. Either a mirror from a closet door, a mirror from a piece of furniture or a free standing mirror - you do not want a mirror to reflect your bed across or above it when you are sleeping. It is a disturbance to your resting time.

Bed in line with the door Be it the bedroom door, the door to the balcony/patio, the ensuite bathroom door or your closet doors, you do not want your bed in line with any of the doors in your bedroom.

Beams, ceiling fan or a chandelier above your bed The only thing you want above your bed when you sleep is a soft canopy. This is about it. Nothing heavy, nothing hanging, please do not hang chimes and bells above your head, this is bad feng shui.

 

Sharp angles (sha chi, or poison arrows) pointing at you when you sleep Be it from the nearby nightstands, from a further away piece of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, or from a sharp wall corner - be sure to neutralize all the sharp energy aiming at your bed. 

Bed under the window In addition to a good headboard, you always want to have a solid wall behind your bed. When you sleep under the window, your personal energy tends to get weaker in time, as it has neither proper support, not protection.  Windows on the side of your bed are good.

 

Bed under a sloped ceiling When you spend time under a sloped ceiling, your energy is being heavily constricted and is under constant pressure. As nighttime is the only time when your body can do the deep work of regenerating itself, sleeping under a sloped ceiling restricts this work, thus one's health may suffer. Sleeping in a bed under a sloped ceiling can also contribute to emotional instability and low energy. 

Bed with access from only one side A bed with access from only ones side limits the flow of energy to your bed. While it looks like all is quite and you are sleeping, your body is busy doing a lot of work and is looking to use all the energy it can to improve your health. When the flow of energy to your bed is restricted, your body does not receive the optimum help it needs. In addition, if you are in an intimate love relationship, having a bed with access from only one side can limit the open flow of communication between partners. 

 

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Feng Shui for Family Harmony

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To have a family that is loving and supportive at all times is a blessing. To have a healthy, beautiful and happy environment in which to live with your family is to be blessed twice. 

To bring more harmony into your family life, consider implementing some basic feng shui cures that are guaranteed to shift the energy in your home, balance and harmonize it. 

For example, a fountain in the  family area (left hand side center of the Bagua or East side) of your home will bring benevolent Chi to your family. Be mindful about keeping the water clean at all times.

Have many happy images of your family throughout the house, especially in the kitchen, living room and the Family area (East side)of your House. 

Be mindful about keeping your bedroom, as well as the bedroom of your childrens in the best possible condition.

Balance your environment according to the five natural elements taking into consideration the element of each family member.

Lower the level of electromagnetic fields in your home, limit the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals. Opt for having a healthy home.

A harmonious home is a place that can accommodate a variety of activities and a variety of people without losing its healing essence; and creating a place with such power takes time. The beauty, though, of this creation process is that the more love you put into it, the more love you receive back. 

Do not delay and start loving your home now, no matter how it looks at the moment. It just needs your help to uncover its healing potential.

 

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