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5 GORGEOUS PLANTS FOR VIBRANT HOME ENERGY

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Credit West elm

Winter is here to stay for a few months to come. If you live in a city, you might miss spending time in nature surrounded by bright colors! 

You can create a softer and more vibrant energy by bringing a beautiful piece of nature into your interior. Plus you will be surprise so see that plants can be so relaxing, they have the power to reduce stress levels and can also purify the indoor air! 

If you don’t have a plant yet, and want to make your home a tropical safe haven, check out our favorite home plants, those have all been approved by the Nasa research as Air Purifier plants and they also look gorgeous!! 

To learn more, the following are the armful chemicals that can be found in your interior which the plant below, as well as the other samples mentioned can help to enhance your environment. Definitely a welcome addition that every home needs to complete your design look and improve your personal space!  

1. Snake Plant: Purifies the Air from Trichloroethylene + Formaldehyde + Benzene + Xylene

Credit: Suburban Bees

Credit: Suburban Bees

2. Weeping Fig 

Credit: Kuth / Ranieri Architects

Credit: Kuth / Ranieri Architects

3. Bamboo 

Credit: Toby long Design

Credit: Toby long Design

4. Kimberley Queen Fern 

Credit: Visi Magazine

Credit: Visi Magazine

5. Dwarf date Palm 

Credit: Francis Augustine / MARIE BURGOS DESIGN

Credit: Francis Augustine / MARIE BURGOS DESIGN

By Anaïs Gibaud

Orange color in your Home Design!

picture-322 Orange is probably one of the happiest colors you could use. It's a blues lifter. A health promoter. And it just makes you feel better. You don't grab for a glass of grape juice when your sick. It's the orange stuff we drink! Orange has a sense of warmth and liveliness to it. It makes you think of energy and movement.

Orange color is a symbol of enthusiasm, creativity, warmth, play, endurance and vitality, it also known as a power color. As a dynamic color which has a red and yellow elements, blend together creating an aggression and also cheerful at the same time. You can decorate your house with orange furniture, wallpaper, bed cover, lamp shade or any other ornaments. Orange could be easily showcased with a neutral background. Once you apply some orange, your room will just pop. This color is really  known as an element which effects in people daily life, choosing the right orange color tone  for your house will be a great mood booster.

Here some beautiful designed room for your inspirations!

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Wonderful pair of orange velvet wing chair - Kelly Hoppen

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Classic interior with a burnt orange background.

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Orange is a confidence booster! It has been wonderfully used in this hip lounge/ bar. Invite this lady to dance!!

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Orange is beautifully complementing the white/ chocolate decor.- Metropolitan Home

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Another great color combination! Orange is adding life to the light and dark grey wall and furniture pieces.

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Look up! This ceiling had a beautiful glossy orange treatment.

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My favorite! Luxurious design bedroom with just a touch of orange in a shiny velvet fabric for accent pillows and bed cover.-Kelly Hoppen

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

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

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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!

"Green with Envy" interior design!

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The color green is timeless. Green is life. It is a color that most people don’t mind, which makes sense, because green is a very dominant color in nature. Green is a refreshing color.  It signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment.

Most people associate spring and the refreshing optimistic feelings they have when thinking about spring, with the color green. This is a color that can be used almost anywhere in your home, so indoors and also outdoors.

When used with white green looks very refreshing and spring like.

It is the Feng Shui color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings.

Green is very nourishing to your health it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing vibrations from Nature. When working with Green in feng shui, it is important to have at least several different shades in order to maximize its energy effects. So you might bring Green of different shades in a room on the walls, but also with big pieces of furniture or simply with accessories.

A great way to bring the color Green in feng shui is with actual plants that have lush green foliage.

From fresh spring color of the newly opened leaves to the strong Green of a oak tree - there are literally hundreds of greens to choose from in your Feng Shui applications.

Talking about health, Green is the color that helps with digestion. This is a great color to paint your kitchen and bring a nourishing wood element in your space.

Here some fabulous examples of todays interior designers:

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

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

Whole wall mirror effect!

Mirrors bring light into a room, especially when placed opposite an existing window, and can even mimic windows when hung like panels and decorated with window treatments. A large wall mirror becomes a focal point, reflecting back the entire room resulting in a depth of space that makes a living room or bedroom feel expansive.

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This doubling serves a second purpose in Feng Shui, where a wall mirror that reflects something good or lucky — think a treasured family portrait or beautiful objet d’art picked up on your travels — that positive energy will be doubled, too.

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A framed wall mirror blends in nicely with the ceiling moldings...
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This room is all about doubling the space. A whole wall of mirrors conceal cabinets for added storage. Clever solution!
This classic fireplace is beautifully framed by a whole wall of mirror tiles.
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Beautiful dining room design by Patricia Gray where she used a clever combination of glass table , acrylic chairs and an oversized mirror to widen the space.
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Another very elegant dining room with a huge mirror reflecting the amazing Murano chandelier by Patricia Gray.

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

White bedroom designs

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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!

Bathroom Feng Shui Dos & Donts

picture-22 Creating a haven of calm in your own bathroom is becoming a life essential with our busy schedules and many responsibilities.

The bathroom is the place where you can close the door on your problems.  It is where you can be free from outside tribulations, family life and just be yourself.

You can just lock the door, feel a bath with essential scented oils and unwind in hot soaking water, freeing all muscles aches, letting go of all problems and stress of the day and allowing your spirit to redo the world…

As Feng Shui highlights it, bathrooms can represent a drain on your finances, especially if they are located in the Wealth area of your home. So if you thinking of adding up a new bathroom to your property, find out if the location would be auspicious for your finances.

When remodeling your bathroom, think about the different parameters that would give it value, a sense of comfort and bring positive chi energy. Here are some helpful guidelines:

DOs

1- Place a mirror over the sink for cleaning and shaving but also to expand the space for more Chi energy to circulate.

2- displaying a selection of healthy round leave plants to bring more chi into the room and absorb any stagnant humidity.

3- Keep the bathroom door and the toilet lid closed to prevent from the negative draining effect.

4- Choose pastels shades such as soft pinks, peaches, creams and biscuit tones for your bathroom walls as they are very soothing.

5- Install strong lighting to increase the chi and boost the energy in a humid atmosphere.

6-choose aromatic soaps, essential oils, incense, candles to fill the atmosphere with a wonderful aroma and peace.

7- Create a stylish, attractive bathroom using a range of accessories that helps create a theme making your bathroom a special place to be. But Keep surfaces as free as possible from bath products if not in use.

8- Repair leaks immediately as they represent finances loss.

DONTs

1- Keep out of date drugs in your medicine cabinet. Disgard or return to the pharmacist any tablets, creams or syrups that are past the expiry date or you will encourage more ill health in the family

2- Store toilet paper and cleaning products on the floor and around the bath but put them away in a close cabinet to promote better Chi and prevent accidents

3- Place the bathroom in the center of the home this would allow waste energies and odors to circulate everywhere (valid for new constructions or renovations)

4- Have your toilet or bath opposite your front door, as these are places you need privacy and protection. If you have this layout, place a screen or plants between the toilet or bath and the door.

5- Leave your bathroom door open if it gives directly onto another room or your front door. Keep it shut at all times to prevent negative energy spreading through the rest of the home.

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

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

Dining Room Feng Shui Design Dos & Donts

picture-81 The dining room is the place where you entertain your friends and family and enjoy good food and conversation. Having regular family meals is a great way to tighten family  relationship and promote good communication. The Chinese community believes that eating feeds the spirit as well as the physical body.

It is important to create an inviting and clutter free room.

The basic aim of a dining room is to provide an intimate setting for a social gathering among friends and family. When it comes to Feng Shui dining room, the dining room should provide an environment free of distraction to strengthen the aspects of your life including family and health. The Yin personalities must interact with Yang personalities in a Feng Shui dining room. Implement decorations that appeal to you and your family’s taste and of course, are welcoming for your guests.

Here are some great Feng Shui tips to make your dining room a beautiful family gathering space.

Dos

1- Weather you own a round, oval, square or rectangular table, Make sure that the dining table you choose doesn’t have any hard edged corners.

2- Use an even number of chairs. This is preferable for Feng Shui dining room. This is because the person sitting in the odd position will feel left out and unwanted. The chair should be very comfortable and should have a back. Since you are the host, you should never have your back to a door.

3- Use warm rather than cool colors for your dining room décor. Shades of red, orange, burgundy, yellow, brown and cream are more conducive to the nourishing and enjoyable experience of eating than are cool shades of grey, blue and green.

4- Adorn the buffet or sideboard with fresh flowers or fruits to bring abundance in all areas of your life.

5- Display a mirror on the wall over the buffet or sideboard, reflecting the table. They  double the food on the table, symbolizing wealth and abundance for the household. Mirrors are excellent energy expanders. They enhance the healthy chi energy produced by the food.

Donts

1- Have too many furniture. The room should not be cramped. People must be able to circulate easily around the dining table. This takes out on the comfort needed to create a nice gathering of people.

2- Display too many accessories. Those are distractive of the main activity of the dining room which is enjoying a meal with friends and family

3- Display clocks and calendars so none of the time pressures from the day carry over into the meal.

4- Use broken, chipped or cracked dishes or glasses. The dishes you serve your food in can also increase your prosperity and abundance. Ornate or expensive looking dishes carry wealth luck. Chinese or Asian dishes with fish designs or other wealth related designs also improve your wealth energy.

5- Keep old, tarnished silverware, torn napkins and discolored placemats

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