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Houzz.com: 'Extremely Loud' Teems With Kids' Décor Ideas

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Oskar Schell lives in a magical, complicated, twisty world. In the Oscar-nominated film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, this nine-year-old narrator is quick to share his likes and dislikes. Although he loves making jewelry and origami, playing his tambourine and studying astronomy, he hates public transportation, bridges and meat. Oskar's enchanting New York City bedroom isn't necessarily a fantasy kids' room, but its imagination immediately strikes the viewer. It's clear that Oskar's room is his refuge — which is how every child should feel about their own, special space.
Movie set: Oskar has a lot of diverse interests, and his room is a wonderful display of his passions. As soon as you see it, you get a sense of who he is. Star charts and hand-drawn maps cover the walls. Models, minishrines, photos and toys litter his desk and shelves.
Get the look: A child's bedroom is where their personality should shine. Try adding personal style with wallpaper or a fun paint color to start. Map wallpaper is a playful and timeless addition to any child's room. If you're up for it, let your child mark where he or she has been with thumbtacks or stickers for a more personalized touch. Built-in shelves are great display cases for trophies, art projects or favorite collections. They're also simple storage and display solutions that will continue to work for your child for years to come.
Get the look: Pick a theme, but keep it simple. Oskar is a self-described amateur astronomer, so a room like this definitely would be his cup of tea. If your child is really into a certain activity right now, let them go for it in their room. Themed rooms can be a little daunting, since inevitably they're going to have to be changed as your child grows. But you can still keep a theme low key. This room does a great job — a hand-painted star chart, planets above the window and a telescope in the corner are all it took to turn this into a dream room.
Movie set: Each item in Oskar's room is a cherished treasure on display. Whether it's his secret shrine to his father, photos, origami, toy models or his beloved tambourine, he keeps everything organized and safely secured in its own special place.
Get the look: Creative storage solutions will help keep toys and treasures organized. If your child is a pack rat like Oskar, try coming up with simple ways that encourage organization. When divided up into smaller sections, it's less likely that a wall display shelf will become a cluttered mess. A set of small bins, a dresser with minidrawers or drawer dividers, or cabinets with multiple shelves all have smaller spots that can all help cut down the clutter and keep things neat and clean.
Get the look: Flat surfaces can help keep favorite items on hand. Even though some items should be safely tucked away, allow your child to display the cream of the crop. Flat surfaces keep favorite items in a convenient place for playtime. Trays are a great tool here too — use a few colorful ones to hold unfinished puzzles, small pieces of models or a Lego sculpture.
Get the look: Don't forget the walls. Even if you're not a fan of posters on your beautifully painted walls (my mom certainly wasn't), there are plenty of clever ways to let your children personalize the wall space in their rooms. Bulletin boards are an easy solution — in fact, Oskar has several in his room in the film. They're the perfect place to pin up photos, old ticket stubs — or, if your child is like Oskar, the latest origami attempt.
Movie set: Oskar is a complex kid, to say the least. He's shy in some ways and outgoing in others. But when it comes down to it, he's just a kid, and every kid needs some space to play around in and get a little messy.
Get the look: Make room for playtime. Let your child enjoy being a child while there's time. Lots of carpet space and big tabletops are great places for kids to spread all of their toys out and get a little messy. Set up a craft table for finger painting and other projects. Or if your child is more into trains or cars, make a special spot to set up tracks.
Get the look: Is your child into music? If his or her interests go beyond the tambourine, you might consider setting up a special practice spot. Of course, electronic instruments with headphones or installing a little extra soundproofing could be worth your while too.

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

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

10 favorite accent wall designs!

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Creating an accent wall--that is, using color to treat one wall differently from the others in a room--is like adding an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. It adds excitement and importance to a space. In many rooms you don't have a sense of architecture or style. Creating an accent wall is a simple way to provide vibrancy and a sense of place.

Accent Wall Basics

  • The accent wall is usually the first wall that you see when entering a room.
  • It can help to anchor or define a separate area within a larger space. For example, within a large, open-plan house, an accent wall can define a smaller area as being a reading area.
  • The accent wall highlights a large focal point on or near that wall: TV, entertainment center, bed, fireplace, bookcase. Accent walls are rarely found floating around on their own.
  • In most cases, an accent wall is a bold color against neutral walls ). However...
  • Another version of the accent wall is a vibrant shade against other walls of the same shade. For example, a rich orange against other, very pale orange walls.
  • Don't forget that wallpaper and tile can also make an accent wall, not just paint.

Picking a wall

Use the key principle in applying makeup: Accentuate the best feature. In other words, pick a wall with a focal point. These are naturals: a fireplace wall, an unusually shaped wall, walls holding dramatic artwork, or the wall behind a bed's headboard. This is where your eye goes first. An accent color only makes a focal point more dramatic.

Picking a color

as a general rule, cool colors like green and blue are good for places where you want to relax. Warm colors like red and yellow are better for areas where lively activities take place. When selecting a color, it helps to look at what you already have in the room. A color that, exists in artwork or upholstery fabric can make a great choice for an accent wall. But don't pick the dominant color. If you choose red and you have a red sofa and a red rug, you aren't accenting a wall, you are carrying on the same color scheme. It's better to choose another color that complements your surroundings.

Here are some fabulous accents walls design examples.

Do you want to revamp your dining room? Here a great example to create texture and warmth in a space.

picture-85Transitional style HERMOSA DINING ROOM by  Hornebeck Design Partners

Do you love wallpaper or stripes? If you love it but don’t want to commit to an entire room, the focal point wall (below) is a great place for it!

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Do you have a stairwell that needs some life? Here’s a way to do it, just make sure you paint the other walls a color that coordinates with the rest of your decor.

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Do you love texture and comfort? Here a great application for a oversize headboard taking the whole wall. It is made of foam padded panels covered in a beautiful vibrant natural silk fabric .

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Bedroom Design by Civility Design Interior & Architecture

How would you coordinate 2 rooms? This accent wall makes a wonderful transition between the dining room and living room below. The purple shade is carried out in the next room art work.

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Vinyl or wallpaper? A great way to instill nature and discovery in this pretty nursery!

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Wondering how to revamp your office conference room? Here a great accent wall application at the NY Corcoran head office.

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Who would think that wood panelling would make a great accent? Storage and entertainment center creates are hidden behind this long elegant wood panels wall.

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Do you have bookshelves or a niche to paint? Accent colors can look fabulous inside them!

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How can an accent wall be functional too? In this small home office, the accent wall is covered in a black board providing space for work and fun!

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For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

Which accent wall is your favorite? Do you think that you are likely to use any of these ideas for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Can Feng Shui improve your performance at work?

picture-31 You’ve probably heard about how Feng Shui can create harmony and balance in your home, but can it improve your performance at work too? While the ancient Chinese philosophers who developed the practice of Feng Shui thousands of years ago didn’t have the average corporate employee in mind, the concepts of yin and yang and the flow of positive energy can be applied to any environment.

Today companies hire Feng Shui experts for architectural design, interior design, and landscaping. If you’re lucky enough to work for such a company, you may already be reaping the benefits of Feng Shui. But what if you’re stuck working in an old, dark building that hasn’t been updated in twenty years? Don’t worry because in both scenarios, what’s most important is your own personal work space. And that’s usually a place you can improve.

The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to work. Ask yourself the following questions about your office or work space. If the answer to any of them is “no”, find a way to fix it.

1. Is it clean?

2. Is it uncluttered?

3. Is it filled with things you enjoy?

4. Is there enough light or better yet, natural light?

5. Is it welcoming to visitors?

Keeping your office clean and uncluttered makes concentration easier. If you have an unobstructed path in and out of your office for yourself and for your visitors, energy will flow in and out easily—that includes new ideas. If you fill your space with things you love (photos, favorite coffee mug, motivational sayings, etc), your time working will be more pleasurable. If you’re lucky enough to have natural light through a window, that’s energizing. If you don’t, make sure you do have enough light and perhaps bring in your own desk lamp instead of relying on fluorescent lighting all day. Plants naturally take out bad carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen.

Lastly, make sure you move your own energy around during the day by getting up to stretch, going outside, walking around or visiting colleagues.

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

Applying Feng Shui in Retail Environments

picture-31 If you are serious about your retail business succeeding, I strongly recommend hiring a qualified Feng Shui Consultant. The tips I offer here are helpful, but each situation has unique factors that someone with a trained eye and knowledge can help you find the right solution for. But here are some things you can try now:

Become Your Customer

The best exercise to perform when evaluating your retail space from a feng shui perspective is to pretend that you are a customer. Walk out of your establishment, get a cup of coffee, or have a brisk walk away from your business. Clear your head. On your return, look at your space from the point of view of never having seen it before. Have a pen and a piece of paper handy. Jot down your answers to these questions:

How does it feel when you approach your establishment?

How does it feel when you enter?

Is it inviting?

What was your first impression?

The main thing you are looking to find to apply feng shui in retail are obvious issues such as clutter, bad placement of signs, or poor display of your products. Maybe you notice where you need some paint touch up or small repairs.

That is a good place to start. Do this when you feel business is slipping. That is a sign something is "stuck" in your store.

Lighting:

The other thing to keep in mind is lighting. You want people to see your products clearly, and you want the light to cast a favorable glow. Having good light will increase the energy of your store. It will also require you to keep your merchandise clean; the light will show off flaws as well as benefits!

The exception to this recommendation is regarding certain restaurants that wish to create an atmosphere with dim, romantic lighting.

One other recommendation is to apply scent and music to improve the environment. Be sure the music is appropriate for the clientele and don't overdo it on the scents. Subtle but pleasant is the right approach.

Once you've got all the customer's senses working for you, applying feng shui in retail environments is a snap. Just make certain the space is beautiful, nothing jars, there's room to move about, and your products are displayed attractively.

For more information about designing with Feng Shui, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email marie@manobludesign.com

Bring Luck to your office or workspace with Feng Shui!

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Feng Shui for the home is a great way of bringing balance and peace in your life but what about your office...? 

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.

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 hanged 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. You see: “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 to define what you Need, Love or Use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

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.

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

   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 promoting healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors 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. 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 bringing 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. Put a small fountain 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.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.

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!  

Marie Burgos

Tel: 917-353-9149 /  212-726-1232

marie@manobluedesign.com

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Feng Shui Money Tips: Live generously!

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Live generously. 

Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Having it immobilized in, work against more coming in, while giving generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don't yet have ample money to share, give of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.

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Feng Shui Money Tips: Bring the Water element!

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Use the element of Water to enhance your wealth area.  

Aquariums, images representing water and water features like fountains are a boost for the wealth area of your home or office.

A lot of Chinese restaurants showcase aquariums or fish imageries at their entrances. An Element of water at the entrance symbolizes new business, new clients coming through their doors.     

In your home or your office, a tabletop fountain with the soothing sound of flowing water is perfect. Water fountains that collect water, symbolize collecting or acquiring wealth. 

The water element is symbolic of the flow and clarity of life-force energy. Position the fountain so that the water flows toward the center of the room for maximum results. Running water helps move positive chi energy through the room, while promoting a soothing, calm environment. 

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For more information on how to grow your wealth with Feng shui, you can call 917-353-9149 or email marie@manobluedesign.com

 

 

Feng Shui Money Tips: The colors of prosperity!

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Accent your money areas with the colors green, red or purple. 

Green symbolizes vitality and growth

Red brings energy and power 

Purple is the best color for wealth. 

Gold signifies luxury. Donald Trump uses a lot of gold for his properties. 

You can place a big chunk of purple amethyst in your wealth area and have décor accents in those colors. 

You can use these colors on your window treatments, your soft furnishing, your accessories.  You don't have to use all those colors. You can just choose one. It is important to make the space pleasing to you and respect your design style.

You can also place a bowl of green and purple grapes (real or artificial) in the wealth area of your kitchen, to symbolize abundance filling your home. If you use real grapes, it's okay to eat them, just add more from time to time so the grapes remain fresh and the bowl is always more than half full.

 

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For more information on how to grow your wealth with Feng shui, you can call 917-353-9149 or email marie@manobluedesign.com