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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

White bedroom designs

kh-bedroomKelly Hoppen

A white-on-white scheme creates an airy, restful master bedroom. There is nothing more serene and peaceful than a white bedroom.

A great way to create a whole white bedroom is to layer different shades of white and use lots of different textures and shapes. Just imagine... walking in your new bedroom...  a clean line white dresser, the curvy look of a white velvet tufted headboard, a plush cream carpet, fluffy pillows, silky lamp shades and airy curtains... it is all white... fresh, clean and dreamy.

No worries, there are many variant of white! All whites are not snow white. Some are crisp sharp whites, others are softer. You can also use antique whites, very pale creams.

The main thing is to create an environment that soothes your psyche and spread healing vaibrations....

White is also the Feng Shui Color of Purity and Innocence, it represents the fresh snow or the immaculate dress of a beautiful bride...

It will also fill your subconscious with the feng shui energy of ever-expanding possibilities and a bright new future.

Here are some wonderful white bedrooms to inspire you for your design: picture-111

Monochromatic bedroom! natural linen upholstered headboard, white scalloped bedding, soft cotton armchair, antique white nightstand, classic white shade lamp with pastel trimmings.

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Sophisticated bedroom! white paint wall color, gray tufted headboard, white bedding, striped gray & white throw pillows, by Kelly Hoppen.

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Beach side peaceful feel! Seashell photo art gallery, glossy black poster bed, white linen bedding, white linen roman shade, round bedside nightstand tables, wicker bench daybed, blue gray lamp, branch crystal chandelier and white crown molding!

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Romantic white bedroom! Love the canopy bed, white bedding, glossy white lacquer nightstand, white lamp, blue & white rug and soft creamy  ivory walls. Ivory paint wall colors.

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Super white bedroom! White paint wall color. White Rococo headboard, crisp white bedding, cream ivory flokati rug with matching ottoman stool, antique white nightstand, desk, glass column lamps, white cotton drapes, crown molding and crystal chandelier. Total white ivory cream bedroom colors!

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Lots of glamour! Pearl white tufted headboard and night stand, white bedding, all white ceramic lamp  and white butterflies accent...

picture-18Tufted goodness! Tufted chair and ottoman looks so cozy with the white washed paneled wood walls!

For more information on The colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact: marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

What are your thoughts about a whole white bedroom? Do you think that you are likely to design your bedroom in white after seeing these examples? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Swedish Interior Design Style

"Gustavian inspired, Swedish interior design is light and sophisticated."

A bit of history....

Sweedish Interior Design style is characterized by a look that is light,airy and elegant. Whether classic in emphasis, country or contemporary in direction, this style underscores an elegant and refreshing atmosphere.

Despite originating centuries ago, the Swedish Gustavian style is a look that is still popular today. It usually features white painted, neo-classical furnishings – often displaying the patina of age – set against a very light, interior background.

Gustavian style is named for King Gustav III who ruled Sweden in the late 18th century. He had a passion for the neo-classical styles prominent at that time in continental Europe – such as the Louis XVI style in France, for example. Gustav combined elements of these styles in his own royal palaces in Sweden. (I must say the man had good taste.)

Over time, the Gustavian interpretation of a neo-classical interior spread throughout the broader Swedish society and has been recognized as a distinct interior style in its own right.

Gustavian style is versatile enough to feature classical and contemporary elements together and still look great! With that said, there are some style fundamentals to follow.

Creating the look ....

If you are going for the Swedish interior look I have one word for you – white! Okay, maybe not literally everything white – that might get pretty boring. But keeping the supporting hues light is really important. Very soft blues, grays and greens are typical of this style, but the overall finished look should be very light and airy.

For a Gustavian inspired interior, choose white painted furniture that features a classic silhouette. Time worn or distressed edges will further emphasize the look and is a very desirable attribute. Wall moldings and furniture with raised detail will add greater visual interest in this largely white environment.

A touch of gold gilding is important as an accent. Hints of it can be brought in through the raised details of furnishings and by your choice of lighting elements, picture and mirror framing, for example.

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Your walls and trim should be painted white (or a very soft gray, blue or green). Alternately, you might choose a wallpaper pattern. If you go with wallpaper, consider a neo-classic style with a very open and subdued pattern in soft colors on a white background. A common Swedish design motif is floral swags with ribbons and bows.

When it comes to floors, wood looks best with a Swedish interior design style. Consider layering your wood floor with woven rugs or runners to enhance the Swedish aura.

Now let’s talk windows. If you have attractive window moldings you might not want to use draperies at all but perhaps opt for simple sheers or fabric blinds like inside-mounted roman shades. If you choose draperies instead, try something that doesn't not contrast too sharply with the light colored walls. Your window treatment should complement the subtle yet sophisticated overall effect.

Consider natural fabrics for your Swedish interior design style. Linen, cotton and silk are some possibilities.

Finally, add a bit of bling to your look in the form of crystal lighting. This could be a classic, crystal chandelier (it’s been said that every Gustavian interior has one) or similar wall sconces, for example. The crystals will reflect the light in the airy space and be the crown jewel of your inspired Swedish interior design.

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Style Tips:

- Soft blue and white is a common Swedish color scheme. Consider accenting your interior with classic, blue and white porcelain pieces. Also, pastels mixed with white  create a very Gustavian look.

- For a distinctive Swedish look in your bedroom of royal repose, install a half-moon shaped corona with an attached, sheer canopy over the head of the bed. It’s classic Gustavian!

- Round out your look with that distinctive piece of Swedish furniture – a painted, curvaceous, floor clock.

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