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CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

CREATE A DIFFERENT ENERGY WITH ACCESSORIES IN YOUR HOME

Some well-placed accessories can completely change the look of the rooms within your home, whether you want to create a harmonious energy or are going for a more modern, vibrant feel. Adding accessories to your home is a great way to explore new trends or new color schemes without redecorating or investing too much on an idea. Take some inspiration from these accessory ideas and inject some personality into each of your rooms.

Water Creates Harmony

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

Aquarium and custom-made cabinetry by Marie Burgos Design

The focal point of your lounge does not have to be the television. A distinctive water feature such as a small fountain will really stand out and create a relaxed, harmonious atmosphere. If you are introducing Feng Shui into your home, a water feature should face the front door to keep positive energy, or Chi, in your home. An aquarium with some exotic fish is an alternative talking point and is a relaxing addition to any room.

 

Light it Up

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

The Art Collectors' Home designed by Marie Burgos Design

Natural light is best to create harmony and open up your home, but the same effect can be achieved with lighting as an accessory. Ambient lighting in the form of lamps or uplighters are ideal for places you like to relax in such as the bedroom or living room. Lighting can also be practical when placed in areas such as the kitchen or your cabinets. Colored lighting can create a different atmosphere in every room. Try blue or green hues to create a natural feel. Red or orange creates a modern, energetic mood.

Reflect your Energy

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirror at The Spicy Warehouse designed by Marie Burgos Design

Mirrors are ideal for creating the illusion of space in a room and also reflect natural light to add warmth to your home. Ensure that they are not facing your front door to keep the positive energy within your home. Colored glassware or surfaces add to the reflective look so these can be added where there may not be space to hang or place mirrors.

Add a Personal Touch

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Bonbon Chouval Sculpture from Victor Anicet at the Chelsea Duplex project

Accessories do not just have to be about energy or style. Add something to show your personality to visitors, whether it be your favorite color, art or even some accessories indicating your favorite books or movies.

Remember not to fall into the trap of over-accessorizing as this will create clutter in your home. Instead, go for a few minor additions to change the mood and energy of each room accordingly.

Feng Shui Your Finances

picture-7 When the stock market, your 401K, the value of your home all sink into an abyss, perhaps you should say, "Feng Shui it!" File this one under "it couldn't hurt" and know you're attempting what some of the rich and famous have already embraced to some degree. Madonna and Boy George for a start, but you expected that. How about Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City to name a few?

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy to create harmony in your surroundings. The words literally mean wind and water and these two control "chi" which is the breath of life. Balancing chi is a good thing, not only good for your health, but also your wealth. Got your attention?

#1-Place a mirror at the entrance of your home to pull in chi for opportunity for those who live there. If you have stairs flowing straight to the front door, your money leaves very quickly. Slow this down with pictures along the wall and plants at the bottom of the steps.

#2-Keep your kitchen clean and uncluttered. If you can set up the stove so the cook can see the door. If the stove is already in place, put a mirror behind the stove. That way four burners become eight for multiplication of wealth.

#3-Repair all leaks in the kitchen and bathrooms to prevent money from going down the drain. By the same logic, and males family members take note, keep the toilet lid down to prevent money from being flushed away.

#4-Use the colors purple, red and green to support prosperity energy. Enhance this energy with the placement of a still life of a mountain and water.

#5-Pull that old lava lamp out of storage or purchase a new one. The undulating motions, or for that matter anything electronic or moving, help keep money circulating in your life.

#6-Get a fountain and/or goldfish. These represent the flowing of money to you.

#7-Display symbols of wealth around your home. Money and gold objects, even coins will do. If you can locate one, put out a gold Chinese Money Frog. This is a three-legged statue of a frog or toad with a coin in its mouth.

#8-Frame and hang up a picture of a million dollar bill. You can get a fake one online and that's okay. The symbol, even "Monopoly" game money provides visual reference for circulating prosperity.

#9-Also, cut out pictures of luxury items from magazines. Try a Porsche, an amazing country house, and a yacht. These represent the aspiration of "having it all" and are magnets for positive energy.

#10-Put a jade plant on the table. The jade plant is the Chinese version of a money tree.

Some things you may not be able to change. If you can, put your home office, in theory where you make money, in the southeast corner of your house. If that's not possible, put money or a symbol of money on the southeast corner of your desk. If possible, position your desk to see the door and a view of the outside. A desk with rounded corners is best. Make sure the chair backs up against a solid wall. You don't need Feng Shui to get that one. When it comes to money these days, watch your back.

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

Easy Tips to use to Feng Shui Your Office or Workspace.

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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 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!

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 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 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.

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 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!

For more information on Feng Shui and Interior Design, please visit www.manobluedesign.com