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Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create A Space Full of Health, Harmony & Happiness

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Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I’ve consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby’s development. Light blues, pinks, greens and yellows are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. Décor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don’t place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby’s development. There’s also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don’t have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently – diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. — are accessible. You don’t want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don’t place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you’ll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby’s crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby’s development and sleep.

9. Parent’s Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent’s room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You’ll be glad!

This article has been written by fellow Feng Shui expert Ken Lauher.

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

Are you about to decorate your nursery? Do you think that you are likely to use some of my Feng Shui advice for your nursery project? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

10 favorite accent wall designs!

Beautiful wallpaper accent wall

Beautiful wallpaper accent wall via House to Home

Creating an accent wall--that is, using color to treat one wall differently from the others in a room--is like adding an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. It adds excitement and importance to a space. In many rooms you don't have a sense of architecture or style. Creating an accent wall is a simple way to provide vibrancy and a sense of place.

Accent Wall Basics

  • The accent wall is usually the first wall that you see when entering a room.
  • It can help to anchor or define a separate area within a larger space. For example, within a large, open-plan house, an accent wall can define a smaller area as being a reading area.
  • The accent wall highlights a large focal point on or near that wall: TV, entertainment center, bed, fireplace, bookcase. Accent walls are rarely found floating around on their own.
  • In most cases, an accent wall is a bold color against neutral walls ). However...
  • Another version of the accent wall is a vibrant shade against other walls of the same shade. For example, a rich orange against other, very pale orange walls.
  • Don't forget that wallpaper and tile can also make an accent wall, not just paint.

Picking a wall

Use the key principle in applying makeup: Accentuate the best feature. In other words, pick a wall with a focal point. These are naturals: a fireplace wall, an unusually shaped wall, walls holding dramatic artwork, or the wall behind a bed's headboard. This is where your eye goes first. An accent color only makes a focal point more dramatic.

Picking a color

as a general rule, cool colors like green and blue are good for places where you want to relax. Warm colors like red and yellow are better for areas where lively activities take place. When selecting a color, it helps to look at what you already have in the room. A color that, exists in artwork or upholstery fabric can make a great choice for an accent wall. But don't pick the dominant color. If you choose red and you have a red sofa and a red rug, you aren't accenting a wall, you are carrying on the same color scheme. It's better to choose another color that complements your surroundings.

Here are some fabulous accents walls design examples.

Do you want to revamp your dining room? Here a great example to create texture and warmth in a space.

picture-85Transitional style HERMOSA DINING ROOM by  Hornebeck Design Partners

Do you love wallpaper or stripes? If you love it but don’t want to commit to an entire room, the focal point wall (below) is a great place for it!

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Do you have a stairwell that needs some life? Here’s a way to do it, just make sure you paint the other walls a color that coordinates with the rest of your decor.

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Do you love texture and comfort? Here a great application for a oversize headboard taking the whole wall. It is made of foam padded panels covered in a beautiful vibrant natural silk fabric .

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Bedroom Design by Civility Design Interior & Architecture

How would you coordinate 2 rooms? This accent wall makes a wonderful transition between the dining room and living room below. The purple shade is carried out in the next room art work.

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Vinyl or wallpaper? A great way to instill nature and discovery in this pretty nursery!

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Wondering how to revamp your office conference room? Here a great accent wall application at the NY Corcoran head office.

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Who would think that wood panelling would make a great accent? Storage and entertainment center creates are hidden behind this long elegant wood panels wall.

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Do you have bookshelves or a niche to paint? Accent colors can look fabulous inside them!

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How can an accent wall be functional too? In this small home office, the accent wall is covered in a black board providing space for work and fun!

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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

Which accent wall is your favorite? Do you think that you are likely to use any of these ideas for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

How to design a green nursery

picture-3 A nursery is the most important room to design and create efficiency. Oftentimes we forget how delicate and susceptible a baby is to the littlest things. This article will help those expecting learn how to design and create an ecofriendly space for your child.

Step 1: The Gameplan

Using graph paper, measuring tape and a writing utensil, begin to take measurements of your space. Measure from wall to wall as well as doorways and closets. When measuring your window, be sure to take the following measurements: from the floor to the window sill, from sill to head (top inside of window), from jamb to jamb (sides), and from exterior to exterior.

Once you have these measurements you can now have a better idea about furniture placement. On sheet of graph paper, mark the measurements (wall to wall, closets and doorways). Now on another sheet of paper, draw shapes to represent your key pieces. A rectangle can be your crib and changing table while a square can be your dresser/nightstand. This is where you think about the pieces you would like to incorporate into the space. **NOTE: These cutouts do not have to be to scale as it is just a placement tool.**

Step 2: Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme for your nursery is going to set the tone of the room for the next few years of the baby's life. You can do specific themes (i.e. fairy tale), but remember that it should be something that lasts. If you are looking for ways to make the room evolve with time try establishing a theme in the following areas: -Bedding -Wallpaper trim (as an alternative to painting) -Window treatments -Rug/Flooring -Art -Throws & Pillows

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

Feng Shui Tips for your Nursery design

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Feng Shui Tips for the Nursery

 

Babies can benefit just as much from Feng Shui as adults -- if not more! If you're adding a new member to your household, it's best to create an environment that is warm, nurturing and welcoming. Transitions are always a bit of a challenge. By integrating the following Feng Shui cures into the baby's room, you'll make this transition a joyous one for the whole family.

Soothing Sounds Every baby develops while listening to the sound of his or her mother's heartbeat. Be sure to introduce a soothing, steady sound into your child's sleeping environment to provide continuity. Try a ticking clock, an oscillating fan or a recording of ocean waves.

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Soft Surfaces The more yielding and receptive the textures in the nursery, the more welcome the child will feel. A plush carpet, cushioned rocking chair, and well-padded changing table will slow down the energy in the room, shielding baby from jarring noises and sudden movements.

Pleasing Scents Babies have a very strong sense of smell. One of the best ways to make a child's bassinet or crib a comforting space is to add a dish towel that the primary caretaker has slept with for about a week. The scent of the fabric will make it easier for the child to relax and enjoy a peaceful slumber.

Keep Visuals Simple Try not to bombard a small child with lots of visuals. Hanging a mobile over the bed may be too stimulating -- it's better to position such a toy over the changing table. Paint the room a mellow earth tone to give the nursery an air of stability. Honey, pumpkin, cocoa or dusty rose are all good choices, because they are warm and nurturing.

Adapt to Your Child's Needs Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Choose the Optimal Crib Placement Pay attention to your child's personality when making adjustments to your nursery. A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib. A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape. If your infant has a hard time sleeping, try displaying a wavy pattern over their crib. A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green. Finally, a baby who always wants to be carried around can benefit from a nightlight that is within clear view of their crib.

Pick the Right Bedding A fussy baby will benefit from sheets and blankets that are solid, yin colors (blue, purple or brown), while an infant who sleeps well may be entranced by sheets that feature a small, repetitive pattern.

Choose the Appropriate Color As your child gets older, you can adjust their surroundings to fit their emotional needs. Keep in mind that red encourages self-expression, brown fosters security, white inspires alertness, and blue builds self-esteem. Green encourages exploration, yellow lends clarity, orange promotes cooperation, purple fosters creativity, pink eases connection, and black inspires organization. It's best to use black, white and red as accent colors.

Hang Mirrors at Appropriate Heights As your child grows, he or she will need a mirror that reflects their entire face, plus two inches above the top of their head. Be sure to hang a mirror in this room at a height where he or she can see their image comfortably.

Create a Nurturing Seating Arrangement Place a special chair where the child can be held or cuddled in the nursery. The ideal spot for this chair is the far right corner, which governs loving relationships. Another good place for this chair is the near left corner, which rules foundations.

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