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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.

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!

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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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!

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

7 Feng Shui Tips For The Kitchen

picture-10 The kitchen is the central hub of the home, as the unified need to eat brings friends and family together. Therefore by being probably the most important room in the house the kitchen needs to feng shui’d to make the social centre of your home evoke yin energy by being sunny, cheerful and clean. The Kitchen is a place where family congregates both morning and evening whether it’s having one of your daily meals or planning the day’s events.

The kitchen represents prosperity and nourishment, so how you design the space in your kitchen could actually affect you health and wealth.

To ensure proper feng shui within your kitchen the following guidelines are a great place to start:

1. Choice of color

The colours in the kitchen should support your health and nutrition, therefore use bright sunny colours, or colours of earth elements. Colours such as yellow, which symbolises sunshine, deep browns, terra cotta and orange will give your home a grounded feel. Blue is representative of water and can be very calming whereas is the colour of new wood and represents healing. White which is a metal element can symbolize a clean and calming environment but can be too sterile, so it is advisory to mix some wood or fire elements in with the white to help break it up.

2. The stove

The stove is a fire element of your house and symbolises your homes financial wealth. It is a very important aspect of your home and should always be kept clean ain in proper working condition. The stove and the sink must not be together or face each other, because if they are together the water from the sink will extinguish the fire from the stove which can have a negative impact on your finances.

3. The flora element

Plants and flowers not only look pretty but they are a great way of providing healthy energy to the kitchen. To give healing and harmony to the space in your kitchen it is best to place your botanical items in the corners of the room, between the sink and the stove and on top of the refrigerator. It is also recommended not to have a microwave as they induce an unhealthy eating environment. If however (like most people) you do have a microwave, put a plant nearby to offset the harmful effects. Remember that plants clean and purify the air from harmful energy and toxins and help radiate good chi energy.

4. Light

Lighting is key to a feng shui kitchen and it is important not to have any dark corners, this can include many forms of lights with natural light being the best but if possible avoid fluorescent lighting. If you want to reflect lighting you can place mirrors on the wall which can also increase the feeling of space while also doubling your auspicious energy of the cuisine and the stove.

5. The counter-top

The use of barstools next to an overhanging work-top is always a nice touch as it promotes communication and activity. Countertops made from granite or tile will induce too much energy into your kitchen, therefore placing plants on the surface-tops will help to counterbalance this. Haveing a wood chopping block on the counter will help bring the wood element in too.

6. Clutter

Clutter can block good energy from flowing through your space, therefore it is always important to make sure you kitchen is clean and tidy. i.e. no plates or mail or unnecessary decor. The whole purpose is to simplify your lifestyle and de-stress yourself leaving you to be more organised, relaxed and spend more time on the things you enjoy in life. Do not just remove clutter that’s visible to the naked eye, this means removing old food from your refrigerator and cupboards, throwing out old pots and pans, anything that isn’t in good condition. Do not put pictures of your friends and family on the fridge as this will inundate them with cool negative energy. Make sure your garbage can has a lid to keep the dirty energy in and all cleaning products should be hidden from view.

7. Personalization and decoration

To make the most of your kitchen make sure you personalise the space with items to make it more yin energised. You can do this by adding vibrant coloured artwork, and designs which evoke the wood element. Displaying a full fresh fruit bowl is symbolic of wealth and abundance. If you are intending to install a tile backsplash behind your sink or stove it should have calming colours (see part 1). Cabinets should be clean lined in a white wash, or alternatively use wood elements of mahogany, oak, ebony, wenge or maple to symbolize the wealth chi. To make your kitchen smell wonderful when you are not in there cooking, use all natural beeswax or soy candles, diffusers and fresh flowers. During holiday seasons you can heat some water on a stove with some cinnamon sticks and cloves to make your kitchen smell like someone is baking in it!

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

Avoiding the top-10 design mistakes

picture-27 Perk up tired projects with fresh ideas, avoiding typical design faux pas which others unwittingly fall into. Create better ways with free-flowing function, captivating coziness and visual bliss.

1. Reflective or lackluster paint sheens. Most paint professionals guide well, yet paint offenses continue. Eggshell on walls looks best, yet some experts hype satin or semi-gloss in bathrooms, kitchens, or high traffic areas like entries and kid rooms.

2. Blunderous paint colours. Mushroom turns pink, Butter appears yellow and Rose resembles Pepto-Bismol. Experienced design advice sidesteps expensive mistakes. Select muddier and lighter than you think. Paint functional halls, stairways, laundry rooms and grooming washrooms in light, bright hues. Save darker tones for cozy bedrooms, dramatic powder rooms and living areas.

3. Television focal points. Another unnerving design deficit is spatial planning, notably in awkwardly shaped spaces. Float more inviting furniture groupings away from walls.

4. Clutter. Another design oversight has mementos and knick-knacks as overpriced dust collectors, pictured. If ditching gifts makes you feel bad, photograph, then donate. If you can't bear to part with a mash of collectibles, combine like with like, displaying only a few.

5. Lack of personal presence. Spaces masquerading around as places they're not, in one disguise or another, won't truly reflect those living there.

6. Denial. Small spaces are small spaces. Budgets can be sexy. Kids' toys in the master bedroom are life's current circumstance. Accept where you are today, without living in fantasy or memory.

7. Trying to perfectly harmonize. Trying too hard by attempting to match woods at the mercy of sunlight, time and other factors hopelessly misses the mark. Eclectic colour contrasts of various woods are stylish. Simply unite red-yellow tones with warm woods, grey tones with ashy species.

8. Artificial plants and fruit. Abandon the counterfeit and opt for the real deal. Get rid of dried flowers like potpourri and floral swags. Living things create positive energy in Feng Shui.

9. Pictures hung high. The centre of a picture ideally measures five feet from the floor. Group photographs with matching mats and frames for an expert touch.

10. Bingo blinds. Replace one-inch plastic blinds with two-inch woods with decorative tapes. This instant update far outweighs any other design stratagem.

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

Tips on using Mirrors to Create Space

picture-5 If you wish to make the small space inside your home look visually larger, then mirrors could just be the right choice for you. Mirrors have been a strong element in enhancing the design of any house ever since they were invented. Having mirrors is also an integral part of a Chinese design system, popularly known as Feng Shui. It has been found that mirrors create positive energy where “darkness” and “ill-health” is dominant. So if you are interested in adding depth and openness to your place, then its’ time for you to consider having some mirrors inside the house.

Here are some tricks that will help you make your room look more spacious and bright:

1. A dark and dingy room can benefit from good positioning of a mirror or a series of them. For example, you can place the mirror on the wall opposite to the window. This reflects the incoming light and brightens up the room thereby giving an illusion of a larger space.

2. Large or full sized mirrors can be placed in the entrance ways thereby giving a sensation of a larger space to anybody entering inside. It is even better to place the mirror on the wall or the walls which the eye catches first.

3. If you have a small bedroom or dining room (which appears cluttered) then placing a wall mirror in these rooms instantly opens up the space. A bed or dining table placed next to a mirrored wall immediately appears larger thereby giving the much needed “feel-big” look.

4. A hallway or stairway can be made to look larger by placing mirrors in staggered sequence on both sides of the walls. You can also hang the mirrors at the ends instead of placing them on the sides.

5. Hanging mirrors in bathrooms is also a perfect way to brighten up the space and add more depth inside the bathroom. If you want to see the back of your outfit or the cut of your hair, then this can be achieved by strategically placing the mirrors in the bathroom.

6. Painting on one wall (in dark color) and hanging a stylish mirror on the other dark wall enhances the visual depth of the room.

7. Lastly, according to Feng Shui you should never purchase poor quality mirrors. You should not keep the mirrors dusty and unclean as it reflects weak “chi” or energy and a cracked mirror should be discarded immediately.

Opening up your home by careful and intelligent placement of mirrors is a great way in which you can add a lot of style, drama and creativity. It will not only make your home look bigger and spacious but will also add a gorgeous wall décor to it.

Playing With Light In Your Home

picture-3 There are many people who suffer from a lack of light in their homes, even when they are relatively large and open. In fact, people with larger homes frequently have more of a problem due to having longer deeper rooms and also areas in the middle of the house that are some way from windows. People can do something about this of course by adding skylight windows, reducing furniture and even restructuring parts of the house to open them up. However, the majority of these techniques require major building work, which lots of people do not want to undertake or don't have the money for. Do not fear though, as here we take a look at some decidedly more simple approaches.

Mirrors. One of the most effective and efficient ways of manipulating light is to use mirrors. This is because they are very efficient at reflecting light, and you can see yourself very well in them. The best way to use them is place mirrors on walls in just the right place to send incoming light from windows, back out the door to other areas. If you can then pick up the light with another mirror placed outside the room, you can move the light even further. Repeat this as necessary throughout the house and it’ll be like having a hundred extra lights around.

Glass. If your goal is not to redirect light, but rather disperse it into lots of different directions then you can glassware. Having wine glasses on tables and even glass vases on shelves with refract light and send it out at all angles giving an all over glow. Another very useful and beautiful way to spread light in your home is by using crystal or glass chandeliers, sconces or pendants.

Combine. For optimal light try combining the two techniques above. Use mirrors to direct light through glass objects such as glass candle holders and then smaller mirrors to pick up the refracted light and move it on. In fact you'll be so taken aback by the extra light you can have in your home for such a small cost that you'll be wanting to optimize family and friends houses as well.

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

Balance in Feng Shui House Design

   

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When buying or selling a feng shui house, the buyer or seller needs to know how to promote or how to choose the beneficial features of the home. Even if a buyer does not believe in the feng shui principles, there are still benefits of homes that are designed according to feng shui principles. One reason is that these types of homes are usually very airy and roomy, and every aspect of the home is well thought out. The rooms of the home are also placed in a certain way so that the flow from one room to the next makes sense and is not blocked in any way.

Choices

One aspect of feng shui house design is the choice of colors.

The colors in a feng shui home are often in pastels which are considered peaceful and not provoking. The choice in colors might be a deterrent to those that are not fond of pastels, but they can always change the color schemes once the home is their own. The colors that are used in the bedroom of the feng shui house design are usually subdued rather than vibrant because the room should be restful rather than stimulating. The living area of the feng shui house design will usually have more vibrant colors in it, such as reds which represent happiness in a person's life.

Another aspect of feng shui house design is the placement of the rooms and the lack of long hallways.

The family room is the heart of the home and should be spacious and airy without a lot of furniture to get in the way. The master bedroom will be placed away from the entrance of the home so that it is safe and secure. The dining room will always be located by the kitchen and the placement of the stove and sink in the kitchen are also placed very purposefully. In the kitchen, the stove will never be placed so that when the owner works at it he will have his back to the door. It is believed that the cook should be able to work without surprise and so should be able to see every one coming in and out of the kitchen. One other important aspect of feng shui house design is the placement of the bathrooms, which are said to represent the finances of the family. The bathrooms should never be located at the end of a long hallway since hallways are considered to pull Chi down them too quickly and turbulently so that it rushes into the bathroom area where it is flushed down the toilet or goes down the other drains.

 

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