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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.

The Art of Displaying in Design

Creating an appealing display is a real Art. Several parameters play a crucial role in making your display noticed  and admired. I have put together a small list of great displays and explained why they turned into real artful showcases.

To create your display,  look around the house for things that share a common element. Maybe you have a plethora of white pitchers or silver picture frames. Group them together on a tabletop for an instant collection. Remember that odd numbers of items often look better together. -

A great example above with a repetition of small antiques mirrors and ceramic vases picking up on the tones and colors of the table as well as the mirror frames really make a statement against this chocolate wall - source Real Simple Magazine

Objects work best together when they share a trait. This collection features vases in both glass and pottery, all in gourd shapes. Notice a blue vase in a gourd shape, even in the art piece!  Also only 3 colors are used throughout the whole display for an harmonious view: tan, light blue and white. - Source Southern Accents

The same goes for this display of veined stone -- the tabletop, lamp base, and figurine -- and wood pieces, grouped into like sets. The frame on the wall shares traits of both. - Source Southern Accents

Mantels and the wall space above them are classic spots for displaying cherished art and objects, but the mouth of the fireplace is often a missed opportunity. This one contains a porcelain piece that matches those on and above the mantel creating a beautiful collection - Source Southern Accents

Utilitarian though it may be, the pantry can be as attractive as any other element in your space. Careful organization and a few personal touches will make this storage bonanza one of your favorite features. See how colorful your pantry can be! The display is carefully organized by sizes and shapes of objects for a very appealing look. And the collection of white pitchers and saucers would make your Grand-mother proud!  - Source Country Living

Here is a collection of beautiful of Asian accents such as Tang Dinasty horses, carved foot holder, Asian porcelain jar form a very balanced and luxurious display. The gold color is a common trait throughout the whole display giving it a very rich feel. Items from Horchow

A group of turquoise vases with various shapes but similar color shades makes a great display. The collection follows a mainly glass look with a touch of ceramic! Designer Jeffers Design Group

Very interesting photo display where the cats find itself in the real life picture and on the wall photos too! It is all black & white, wood and glass accents throughout the space. Everything is square except the glass bowls which add a bit of curves in the decor for a great balancing effect. Designer Samantha Pynn

Beautiful decorative display by Kelly Hoppen where metal curvy shapes are repeated throughout with the chairs metallic rail,the metal clock, the small round bowls and the large wall mirrors. Even the pendant light across the room that you see in reflection the mirror is a metallic sphere. The black and white photo is framed in a metal frame with a white mat. White is also carried out all through the display with the clock, the floating shelve and the pretty marguerite flowers. How genius and elegant!

Tell me which display is your favorite! Looking forward to reading you on my blog...

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Designing your Hallway with Feng Shui!

The Hallway is the first thing you see when entering your home. Often when designing a home, the hallway is neglected. While not officially a room, there is likely more than one hallway in your home. In Feng Shui, hallways help your "Chi" energy circulate throughout your home. For these reasons, designing your hallway should take on the same importance as designing the rest of your home. Below are four tips to help you spruce up your hallway.

1. Light it Up

Many halls lack a good source of natural light. You would not want any other room in your home to appear dark and gloomy, and the hall should not be an exception. Install an overhead light that meshes well with any décor that can be seen from the hallway. Also consider hanging sconces that offer a light source. You can even add crystals or a small chandelier fixture for extra good energy. They make every ray of light sparkle!  Also, if little feet will be traveling the hallway at night, you should install a night light to help them find their way.

2. Mirror Effect

Decorative mirrors are a great choice for your hallways. Since most hallways are rather narrow, hanging a mirror helps them appear a bit larger. Also, mirrors are great light enhancers as they reflect every bit of light they get and bounce it around to light up the space. When choosing a mirror for your hallway, consider scale. A large mirror is usually a good choice, especially if it is the only decoration on a particular wall. Smaller mirrors flanked by metal wall hangings, a clock or perhaps hanging candle holders, create a beautiful display. Feng Shui wise, mirrors really increase the energy of your space. Just make sure that what is reflected in them is something that inspires you and that you want more of in your life, because a mirror will double it for you.

3. No Clutter!

Some people allow items to collect in the hallway rather than having them put away in their proper place. Before long, the hallway looks like a small storage unit! Keep your hallway completely free of clutter. If you have a large hallway, and opt to have furniture there, encourage family members to refrain from leaving items sitting on it. It doesn't take much clutter for a small room to look very messy. Just consider the hallway a very small room, and keep it clutter free. Also this is were the "Chi" energy circulates to nourish all your home. You want to make sure that no blockages are created to get the maximum energy flow throughout your home for support and happiness.

4. Art and Photos

A wonderful option for the walls in your hallway is to use the space to display your family photos. You could, for example, have a row for each of your children and place the photographs chronologically. You will be able to watch your children "grow up" each time you walk down the hall. Another option is to create an asymmetrical display of all of your favorite photos. Use frames of varying sizes and styles to create an interesting display. You could also hang a series of artwork pieces to create an interesting gallery. My advice... Just display what you absolutely love as if the hallway was your road to happiness and success...

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Very pretty Powder Rooms Designs!

Source House of Turquoise

Love this round double sink and the family style look of this colorful bathroom. There are a lot of nice curves in this design...the sinks, the mirrors, the sconces,  the flower vases, the sink legs, the wallpaper graphic.... it is all flowing beautifully...         Bathroom Design- Source House of Turquoise

Powder Room Design- Woodson & Rummerfield

This is a very vintage powder room look. The vanity is a beautiful antique, the gold wallpaper and the classic mirror and sconces pieces reflect quality and luxury.  Design by Woodson & Rummerfield

Mr. Jeffers uses a whimsical, leaf-patterned wallpaper to make the space flow. In addition, an ornate mirror and hand sink give the viewer something to focus on (rather than the small space).

Love the big tropical pink leaves wallpaper of this elegant powder room.  Pink Powder Room Design - Woodson & Rummerfield

A very spring look for this original powder room. Pretty girly! - Jeffers Design Group

In this powder room by Begen Pener, you find the ultimate elegant pieces...Kohler sink and faucetry, Antique Venetian mirror, Italian marble torso, Window treatment in fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher...

Which one of these beautiful powder rooms is your favorite? Let me know by leaving  a comment on the Blog!

For more information about interior design or Feng shui, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com

Seashells, capiz shells and mother of pearl used in interior design

Blue capiz side table Capiz shells and mother of pearl shells are one of the most popular sea shell component and specimen and natural material that is used for home decor because they are beautiful and elegant.

Capiz shells are carefully processed to make beautiful Capiz mother of pearl tiles and wall panels and all kinds of natural wall covering.

Capiz seashells are also used to make beautiful home decor, kitchen decor and kitchen utensils.

Capiz home decor can make your home and kitchen elegant and luxurious.

Dining room design with Seashell chandelier by ashley-whittaker-design

Starfish  mirror- Photographed by Eric Roth

I wonder, how many starfish did it take to create this mirror? Photographed by Eric Roth.

Living room design with seashell accent -Jill Shevlin from Intrinsic Design

Mother of pearl wall design by Maya Romanoff

This wall is a work of art. It has a wonderful texture, looks absolutely stunning, create a warm feel with its tan color and reflects light in a magical way!

Interior with capiz chandelier by Brooke Giannetti

A very comfortable beach look for this relaxing master bedroom.

Seashell artwork gallery- Design by Tobi Fairley

The round capiz shells called capiz Shell strings and capiz shell strands are used to make Capiz chandeliers, lamps, windchimes and capiz curtains.

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Capiz seashells can also be use as home and kitchen decor and utensils such as capiz napkin rings, plates, bowls and glass.

Mother of pearl lamp and utensils, Capiz bath vanity, plate and box- Horchow

Hope you have enjoyed these beautiful images.

Which look or application of the beautiful sea element is your favorite?

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

The Hexagonal shape helps you live longer!

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A beautiful area rug with hexagonal patterns

The hexagonal shape is used more and more in the world of Interior Design. In Feng Shui, it represents longevity, expansiveness and celestial power. With its 6 facets, the hexagon supports your home and introduces the notion that things will last. The number 6 is one of the luckiest numbers for the Chinese community.

Here are a few ideas to help you bring more of the number 6 luck into your life throw design.

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Fun yellow hexagonal side tables from West Elm

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Dramatic hexagonal mirror

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Cute hexagonal ottoman from Nate Berkus

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Hexagonal wall tiles arranged in a very geometric pattern for a very chic look.

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Hexagonal shapes create a honeycomb look on this classic wallpaper.

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Elegant Marquetry trays from Williams- Sonoma.

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

Have you used hexagonal shaped accents or furniture in your home? Do you think that you are likely to use hexagonal shapes in your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment on my blog!

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The "reign" of the Sun Mirror!

picture-182 Mirrors have been used for centuries to accentuate decor. The shape, style and construction of a mirror (carefully chosen and placed) can be as much an art piece as any fine painting. Mirrors can be found in almost any conceivable shape, from round to square, to free-form. The materials used to construct mirror frames, including but not limited to wood, metal, glass and plastic, can lend a quality of uniqueness that can make an otherwise simple mirror seem custom-made for a particular spot on a particular wall.

Here some great examples of rooms designed with beautiful sun shaped mirrors.

picture-232Really pretty interior with double sun mirrors- Amanda Nisbet

picture-8The sun shaped concave mirror adorn beautifully this and classic bedroom making it really chic!

picture-43A small size sun shaped mirror application to this fun and colorful exterior design!

picture-104A sun mirror placed inside this luxurious canopy bed looks like a royal medallion! Very king and Queens like!

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

Have you used a sun shape mirror in your home or another original shape?

Do you think that you are likely to display one  in your home in the near future?

If so please let me know about it by leaving me 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.
Patricia Gray
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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How to use "Silver" color for your Interior Design?

picture-51 A little bit of Silver adds some sparkle and life to almost any room in your home. Dressers, light fixtures, accessories and mirrors all fit the bill; and this is not a passing fancy. Silver furnishings have been featured prominently in well-designed interiors for many years. Original antiques can can be pricy but there are many companies producing pieces that are affordable and eye-catching with this extra little glitter which is the silver color.

Here are great easy ways to add a little silver in your interior:

Re-frame a favorite piece of artwork with a silver frame. Go with polished silver for a contemporary look or antique silver for something more traditional. Here a beautiful moroccan style mirror with a dressy silver frizz!

picture-151 Change the knobs on your dresser with something sparkly. It's an easy fix with a lot of impact. Or even refinish your whole dresser in silver for a little drama in the bedroom!

picture-6 Choose a  silver drapery pole and rings which draws more attention than stained wood.

picture-7 Accent tables are a great way to ad the sparkles! Why not select one that stands out?

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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

Have you used silver furniture or accessories in your home? Do you think that you are likely to use silver accents in your home in the near future? 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