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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

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

Tips for making a larger space appear cozy

Living Room Design by Marie Burgos

Large spaces feel cozier when you can create distinct moments that relate to each other without competing.

Dividing a large space by identifying multiple functions works as long as the areas chosen for each activity add up to a harmonious statement. I like to start by creating a color story, and then figure out how each space in the room can contribute to the telling of that story while maintaining a subtle integrity.

Above, I have created a reading area in a corner of this large living space. Below you can see the main space with entertainment centre and a great statement with an aquarium for my client who is a lover of all the beauties of the sea...

In this space I have also used all the natural elements of Feng Shui which are water, wood, earth, fire and metal.

In the photo below, you can discover another angle of the space which showcases the original features of this home such as the red brick column. It always makes sense to keep beautiful original features.

See the yoga space created which can be used as a fabulous dance floor for entertainment when meditating time is over by just removing the tatamis.

Living Room view on yoga space- Design by Marie Burgos

Hope you have enjoyed it!

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

Are you looking to transform your home in a cosier space? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

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

Feng Shui for the perfect Home Office Design!

With people spending more hours at work than at home, building positive energies in the office or workspace can affect your overall attitude and health.  If your job’s got you down, it may not be your work – it may be your space.  Taking the time to implement a few Feng Shui guidelines to your office or workspace may make the difference between dreading your morning commute to looking forward to your career.

Here are 10 fabulous Home office designs with different styles that all showcase different personalities and cover different needs.

DEFINING YOUR GOALS: is a great way to feel uplifted and motivated to work. I find that the easiest way to formulate my goals is to use visualization. You can make a collage  of the things you desire and display it in your office to give you inspiration or you can write a letter to the universe. Two years ago I wrote a description of my ideal job on a piece of red paper and hung it in the career area of my bedroom and now I am living it daily.

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER: is an essential step to apply as the problem with clutter is: “it leaves no room for growth!”

Often, the clutter in your office creates confusion in your mind. It adds negative emotions such as stress, moodiness, overwhelming feelings, exhaustion. It also affects deadlines, finances, your professional image, your time as things get lost or damaged…

The best approach for De-cluttering is define what you need, love or use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

USING COLOR. It is very important in the art of Feng Shui.   Offices and workspaces are often painted white but this color is not the most cheerful to work around.  In Feng Shui we define 2 types of colors. The Yin colors promote healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors are essential to provide enthusiasm and the positive energy required needed to do something or be motivated. The best colors associated to career are black for business, green for money, red to give a boost to all projects. Use color in your clothing, on the walls, for accessories, even for files and folders.

DISPLAYING INSPIRATIONAL VISUALS such as images of people that are your mentors, heroes, even your team if you need their support. Any images, even abstract art or landscape which represents achievement for you can work.

Modern Home Office

LOCATING YOUR DESK in the “Command Position”

This means that your desk needs to face the door and you should have a view on the overall space. Does your desk face the entrance?  If not, then you may be feeling vulnerable and nervous.  Try moving your desk around or adding a mirror that will allow you to see the door or entrance.  Having your back towards a window can also bring on feelings of insecurity.  Hang blinds or curtains to lessen this feeling.

STAYING UP TO DATE by using recent and well maintained equipment. You want to ensure that you get all the support you need and that your work is facilitated. Also, having the right tools helps keeping you stress level down, reach your deadlines and show professionalism.

LIGHTING UP is essential for a happy work environment.  Replace fluorescent bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.  If you’re unable to do this, then try bring in your own lighting with floor and desk lamps.

POTTING PLANTS help bring nature and air into an area.  Always work with an odd number of healthy plants. 9 is the ideal number. Remember to place a plant in your prosperity area (far left side of the room from the entrance) to help grow your finances.

USING WATER at the entrance of your workspace or office promotes peace in the room – this is why so many find it appealing to have one in their front yards.  Put a small fountain, a mirror or even a picture of water near your entrance to achieve this calming effect; a small fish tank is another option. But more than anything, water at the entrance supports your career as it  represents a flowing river bringing in new opportunities.

BRINGING YOUR PERSONALITY into your office. It is an essential ingredient to help you feel comfortable and raise your confidence. So display photos of people you love and that are supportive of you. Also put your stamp in by displaying items that identify you such as hobby items and memorabilia.

You now have a list of easy tips to use for your office. And the benefits are endless… You can achieve career advancement, reduce your stress, improve your focus, make more money,enhance authority and confidence… So Use Feng Shui to boost your career!

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

Little bit of outdoors Paradise!

There are many ways to design your outdoor patio or terrace so it is an elongation of your beautiful interior. Designing your outdoor space adds a lot of beauty to your home. In Feng Shui, the outdoor is as important as your indoor property because it represents the foundations of your home. With a design for your outdoor space, you can find yourself  transported away in magical settings. Discover here some beautiful outdoor spaces.

Above Tim Clarke transports us into a very exotic space with a Bali feel to it. The straw ceiling, wooden furniture pieces and fun fabric patterns really create a luxurious lay back atmosphere. I particularly love the lantern and front poofs seats.

Here, This is a very Hamptons feel with simple relaxing pieces. The pastel colors suggests pieces and relaxation.

Outdoor Design by Woodson& Rummerfield

Love this dramatic black and white outdoor space set on a wide field of green...! Perfect for golfing! It even has a roman style feel with the magnificent columns and drapes. The fabrics are fabulous with bigger and smaller patterns and make the design very interesting. The different lighting sources are multiple to create drama and glamour. Ceiling lights give the necessary light for evening stays but the candles and table lanterns really still the show!

Outdoor Design by Tim Clarke

This is a perfect corner for a quiet retreat by the beach

This fabulous design, great for entertainment, inspires comfort and travels. I can really imagine myself with a group of friends for a whole Sunday afternoon barbecue there until pretty late at night! The combination of pastel fabrics with interesting patterns and textures on the multitude of pillows and the use of beautiful furniture and accessories found throughout the world, create a very special outdoor retreat.  I love the suspended day bed with his peacocks on both sides. It is like stepping out in a magical world!

Fabulous English style outdoor terrace decor. The emphasize is made on very natural elements such as wood flooring and panels, rattan style chairs, and greenery. It is a very stylish clean lines design with a very soft palette of colors by the "Queen of taupe", Kelly Hoppen. I love the relaxing, collected style. Great for entertainment and and for a peaceful afternoon under the sun...

By Marie Burgos

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

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!

A place to seat in the foyer...

The foyer being the first space that you see when entering a home, it is important to make it inviting.

According to Feng Shui, The entrance of your home is also the "mouth of Chi", which is the entrance for good energy. This energy nourishes all your home, your goals and dreams. You want to make sure that your entrance allows the most good energy to come in your space with some great Feng Shui tips for your home entrance.

Here are some great examples of design for a welcoming and elegant foyer.

Let me know which one is your favorite...

A mirror in the entrance is a great way to enhance the good energy and double the luck!

All the Feng Shui natural elements are represented in the entrance. Water with the mirror, earth with the coral accent and ceramic vase, wood with the 3 stools and green plant, metal with the metal Buddha accent and the white console, Fire with the abundance of wood items that nourishes the fire.

Love this well lit entrance. This is really creating a great energy .

Foyer design- Woodson & Rummerfield

Beautiful mirror and lots of great Feng shui elements with the Asian figurines and the gracious orchids.

Love the ikat style fabric on this sofette. The wall medalion is very vintage and elegant.

A very balanced and chic foyer. The dark wood lacquered console is one of my favorite piece. The simplicity of this classic style foyer is very pleasing.

Which one of these foyer is your favorite?

Let me know by leaving me a comment on the blog. Thank you.

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

Red Interior designs!

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Red is a vibrant and stimulating color that is believed to bring good fortune and happiness.

Red is a very bold color which sometimes intimidate people. They are not sure how to use it in design and are afraid it will look too much of a strong color.

It can actually really affect people moods, making shy people more courageous for example. It also brings passion and excitement to people’s life. Red can really make people feel empowered.

In Feng Shui, Red is a fire color that will bring new prospects ahead and enhance energies. It is also associated with the recognition and fame.

In design, I always recommend using red to bring warmth and comfort to a room. There are multitude shades of red so depending of the room and the habitants tastes  a cranberry red, an orange red, a burgundy red, just to cite a few, can be used.

Sometimes to create drama or warmth, you can paint an accent wall in red . You can also paint an entire room red as long as the furniture pieces of the room are in a more neutral color.

Also, red can be used for major pieces of furniture in the room to make a dramatic statement or bring sexiness to the room or Red can just be infused in a room through accessories or lighting.

Using too much red in a room where occupants don’t want to feel exited is not a good idea. For instance if your child has excess energy, it is not recommended to paint his bedroom in red.

Often red is used in dining rooms, Kitchens, and even restaurants. This is a great color to increase appetite.

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Elegant living room furnished with a beautiful line of classic furniture

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I have used Red combined with Feng Shui in this bedroom design as a one accent wall for a woman who was looking for a passionate relationship in her life. After a few weeks, she actually found this special person…

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Very red british red decor- Jonathan Adler

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Lots of red accents! Red curtains, frames, throws, pillows and bed skirts! - Domino Mag

For more information on colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Have you used red paint or accessories in your home?

Do you think that you are likely to use red in your home in the near future?

If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on the Blog!

Sunshine in your interior design with yellow!

picture-171 Yellow is the color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting. Yellow always lightens and brightens any space, as well as creates a cozy, welcoming feng shui feeling. From hot Sunflower Yellow, or Canary Yellow to pale Buttery tones, or even Mustard tones.

Yellow color is an excellent feng shui choice for the children rooms, as well as the family room.

Yellow is sunshine. It is a warm color that brings happiness and joy.

Although it can work as the primary color, yellow often works best as a companion to other colors. It creates a great accent color. Use bright yellow to create excitement when red or orange may be too strong or too dark. Yellow can be perky.

Yellow color wakes up the room like the rising sun.

Any dull, dark room with little sunlight will greatly benefit from a Yellow based feng shui scheme to compensate for the lack of light and bring the gentle warmth of the sun. Color researchers believe color Yellow to increase self-esteem and strengthen the overall well-being. So don't hold, use yellow!

Here are some wonderful interiors using Yellow.

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Bright happy yellow curtains highlight the sunshine coming in through in this comfortable living room.

picture-261Yellow chinoiserie wallpaper and yellow ceramic lamps adorn Kelly Weastler design.

picture-47Soft palette of colors! This children's bedroom is full of treasures against a light yellow striped wall for a lot of interest. - Southern Living.

picture-451The Queen of Taupe uses a yellow touch with this wing chair in a rich mustard velvet against a neutral cream and black palette design - Kelly Hoppen

picture-271Very chic mix of chocolate and mustard yellow in this bedroom by Amanda Nisbet.

For more information on colors for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Have you used yellow paint or accessories in your home? Do you think that you are likely to use yellow in your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!