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Choosing The Best Color for your Office Design!

Color research shows that people are stimulated in specific ways by different colors. Feng shui uses color as a cure to promote the appropriate energy for a space. That’s why it’s important to pick a color based on the tasks you will be performing in your office. I have put together a guide to help you choose the right color for your office in function of your needs:

Yellow

This color  stimulates clarity of thought, creativity, and mental activity–making it an excellent color for a home office. Yellow also promotes discipline, friendliness which anyone working in a home office needs.

Red

It represents the element of fire which symbolizes  life joy and energy. It’s a good choice for anyone making deals or selling, and for those who entertain clients in their office.

Black

This color is a very traditional feng shui color for an office because it represents money, power, and success, especially when paired with metals such as silver. If you need to feel empowered in your office and want to create energy to stimulate income, black is the way to go.

Purple

The color purple is a good choice as well, and this is the color that signifies ideals, truth and love. This is the color of choice for the thinkers and the philosophers, and the chosen color too for dreamers and writers.

Blue

This color suits offices where trust and calm is important, such as where interviews or sessions are held. Blue is the color of relaxation and peace, making it a great color for offices that are used for writing.

Oranges

Orange and other warm desert colors stimulate socialization and collaboration–good for a small office using a team approach to management. This color is especially harmonious in an office used for creative writing or team work.

White

In Feng Shui, white represents purity and confidence. Used with gold or silver, white creates a very calm atmosphere. This can be very beneficial to people that feel their office is a place to relax.

Your ceiling should be painted a light color–a dark color will make you feel as if there’s a dark cloud hanging over your head while you work.

With the right color office, you are now ready to make great deals and making your office a place of success that fulfill your work needs! Let me know if I can help!

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

Stratus Realty Group Feng Shui Design Office Party

Irene Nikolay and Marie Burgos

Here I am pausing with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group - Joshua Wong Photography

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the fabulous party organized by my clients Stratus Realty Group for the inauguration of their newly Feng Shui Design offices in NYC. I have designed this space following Feng Shui principles. The wall art will regularly change to display different artists art. Here with my client Irene Nikolay, CEO of Stratus Realty Group.

All the photography is by the fabulous photographer Joshua Wong

Display Stratus Realty Group office- Marie Burgos Design

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

Feng Shui for the perfect Home Office Design!

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.

Here are 10 fabulous Home office designs with different styles that all showcase different personalities and cover different needs.

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!

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.

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.

Modern Home Office

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.

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.

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, a mirror 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.

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

New year Feng Shui Tips for Health, Wealth, Success and Happiness!

picture-9 Image of total luxury! Bring in health, wealth, success and happiness with these 9 tips:

1- Now is the perfect time to define your objectives and goals for the New Year. A great way to do that is by using a VISION BOARD. On it, you can list the things you want to attract to your life with images, photos and words, plus reset your goals and involve the universe.

2- De- clutter and reorganize your home and office. You will feel better and that will help your focus. By emptying your closets and cabinets you will enable fresh new energy and opportunities to flow to you.

Donate and give away to thrift shops, charities and neighborhood organizations. Or sell your old things on Ebay or Craigslist and donate the money.

3- Get your health checked. It is a great time to go visit your family doctor to start the year healthy and full of energy. Toss out old medicines and renew prescriptions.

4- Shop with abandon. Ensure your refrigerator, pantry, canisters, shakers are all full for this New Year. This represents abundance for the year ahead.

5- Review your contact list and ensure it is updated for professional and personal matters, with current phone numbers and addresses. Reach out to people you love to wish them a good New Year.

6- Respect the money in your wallet... and your wallet. Make sure it is not worn out or tattered. By keeping it full, It symbolizes having enough money all year long.

7- Get a new green plant or blooming flowers. They represent rebirth and growth for the New Year. They also symbolize health  for you and your family.

8- Make time to dream big. Prepare where you want to go this year, your travels, your vacations, your career changes, even new classes you want to take.

Live Well, Be Well, Work Well.

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design- www.manobluedesign.com- marie@manobluedesign.com

Can Feng Shui improve your performance at work?

picture-31 You’ve probably heard about how Feng Shui can create harmony and balance in your home, but can it improve your performance at work too? While the ancient Chinese philosophers who developed the practice of Feng Shui thousands of years ago didn’t have the average corporate employee in mind, the concepts of yin and yang and the flow of positive energy can be applied to any environment.

Today companies hire Feng Shui experts for architectural design, interior design, and landscaping. If you’re lucky enough to work for such a company, you may already be reaping the benefits of Feng Shui. But what if you’re stuck working in an old, dark building that hasn’t been updated in twenty years? Don’t worry because in both scenarios, what’s most important is your own personal work space. And that’s usually a place you can improve.

The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to work. Ask yourself the following questions about your office or work space. If the answer to any of them is “no”, find a way to fix it.

1. Is it clean?

2. Is it uncluttered?

3. Is it filled with things you enjoy?

4. Is there enough light or better yet, natural light?

5. Is it welcoming to visitors?

Keeping your office clean and uncluttered makes concentration easier. If you have an unobstructed path in and out of your office for yourself and for your visitors, energy will flow in and out easily—that includes new ideas. If you fill your space with things you love (photos, favorite coffee mug, motivational sayings, etc), your time working will be more pleasurable. If you’re lucky enough to have natural light through a window, that’s energizing. If you don’t, make sure you do have enough light and perhaps bring in your own desk lamp instead of relying on fluorescent lighting all day. Plants naturally take out bad carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen.

Lastly, make sure you move your own energy around during the day by getting up to stretch, going outside, walking around or visiting colleagues.

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

IS YOUR OFFICE SABOTAGING YOUR SUCCESS?

picture-13 The way your office is set up, where you place your desk, the colors you use, and even the lighting all have an effect on how you do business. Authentic Feng Shui can help you clear away negative energies — and energy blockages — that can sabotage efficiency, productivity and profitability. Advanced Classical Feng Shui formulas can even forecast where and when risks and opportunities might arise and what you can do to assure the greatest possible benefit.

While these calculations and even basic furniture placement are tied to the unique energy makeup of you and your office, these three general principles can help you create a supportive work environment.

1. Clear away objects that sabotage energy flow. Clutter isn’t just messy; it’s a magnet for attracting negative energy. If your desk and floor are scattered with unfinished projects, papers, files and mail, energy can’t flow freely. Trapped energy either goes stagnant or builds up into a force that can make you feel jittery, overwhelmed, irritable, fatigued or depressed. In such an environment, you’ll find it’s hard to concentrate and complete tasks. Problems build up, creativity suffers and conflicts arise.  Every item should have a designated home where you can find and easily access it. Take time to organize your files and use them so you don’t have to keep pieces of paper “in sight” just so you’ll know where they are.  Clear the jumble from your desktop so that your eye — and the energy in your space — have calm places to rest. And don’t forget the jumble on your computer: regularly clear away unnecessary email and files.

2. Reposition your desk. A sizable and neatly arranged desk attracts power and confidence. As a general rule, the best position for a desk is in the far right corner diagonally opposite from the door with your back to the wall or catty corner to the wall. In addition, try to avoid these three situations:

* Don’t put your desk in a direct line with the door. The energy coming from another office or hallway can cause discomfort. You may find yourself unable to concentrate and want to leave your desk.

* Don’t sit with your back to the door. You should have a clear view of the room and office door. This gives you energetic control over the space which, in turn, attracts energies that support you in feeling capable, relaxed, and confident.

* Don’t sit at a desk that places you directly under an exposed overhead beam.  That beam can concentrate energies in the area right over your head. If you spend eight or ten hours at your desk, you could find you suffer from headaches and you could literally feel you are “under too much pressure.”

3. Balance your office lighting. Lighting doesn’t just affect your eyes or even your mood. It also affects the energy in your office. Light – even sunlight – that is too bright creates an excessively “yang” energy that can cause agitation, conflict, and difficulty concentrating. By the same token, light that’s too dim creates an excessively “yin” energy that can produce fatigue and make it difficult to project a confident, capable presence. Feng Shui principles help balance your office’s lighting so that it’s bright enough to energize the space without disrupting harmony and concentration. Consider using natural spectrum light bulbs — they provide a more balanced light than traditional bulbs. Outfit windows with blinds that can filter and direct sunlight to prevent harsh shadows and glare. Consider desk lamps — they give you more flexibility in adjusting your overall lighting and then help balance the glare your computer screen can produce.

These three Feng Shui principles will go a long way toward helping you weed out “success sabateurs” that can choke off prosperity at work. But, as always, your own horoscope interacts with both the horoscope of your office and the energies flowing through it. If you make the changes suggested here but find that problems still persist – deals or promotions fall through, cash flow stalls, you can’t seem to get things done — a consultation with a Classical Feng Shui practitioner can quickly reveal the underlying causes and help you restore a positive energy flow.

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

Modern Decor - What Does Your Style Say About You?

picture-20 When it comes to home decor, everyone has different tastes.  Some love modern or contemporary, while others love country, rustic or the romantic style of shabby chic.  What does your favorite decor say about you?   More than you may think!

If you love modern styling, you are more than likely a no nonsense person who likes everything straight and to the point.  This type of home decor often consists of simple, sparse furnishings with straight lines and minimal fuss.

You can see how peoples personalities often lend to the style of decor they choose.  When it comes to decorating the place you call home, make sure it represents what you want it to say!  Your home decor is much closer related to your personal traits and characteristics than you probably realize.

 

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

Remove Blockages with Feng Shui: Challenging Walls and Feng Shui Solutions

tropical-mural1 Instead of having your energy blocked, focus on absorbing high feng shui energy from inspiring images, colors and various feng shui decor items

In Feng Shui, the right location of walls can promote a good flow of energy and enhance the positive feelings in a home. A challenging wall location will do the opposite - it can block, or completely stop the flow of energy, thus creating a stagnant space where not much good is happening. 

There are several walls that can create potential feng shui challenges in your home and in your office. We will look at them one by one. As with most walls, you would most probably want to make them disappear, especially if they are too close to your body. 

Now, how do you make a wall disappear without actually tearing it down? You make it a carry, or represent, a specific quality of energy. A quality of energy you need, want or crave for. It is also important to be sure that the art or images you bring will work for the Bagua area the wall is located in.

Let's look at some potentially challenging feng shui walls. 

1. The first important feng shui wall is the wall you see before you go to sleep and as soon as you wake up. 

Everything in your bedroom is closely connected to your energy field, especially the items, images and colors on the wall facing your bed

Focus on having your bedroom reflect a quality of energy that is most in line with your dreams, your character and your personality. Be mindful of the fact that some images and elements are bad Feng Shui for the bedroom. 

 

This applies to images of water, big mirrors facing the bed, as well as images inappropriate for a bedroom, such as violent, sad or depressing images.

 

2. Second in its feng shui importance is the wall you see as soon as you enter your home or your business space. 

If you face a wall first thing you come into your business or into your home, by all means focus on making it carry beautiful, high quality of energy. You can do that with art, or even better, a big wall mirror, a row of lush tall plants, vibrant wall paint or all of the above.

Be mindful not to hang a big mirror facing your front door, as a mirror facing the door (especially the front door) will push Chi, or energy, away, thus is considered bad feng shui.

 

3. Third is the wall you face while working at your desk. 

If you are facing a wall in your workspace all day long, your personal energy is restricted and blocked. Here is what you can do when you have to face a blocking wall for several hours a day: hang good art or photos of places that inspire you, of people that helped you grow or people you admire, hang your diplomas and certifications, etc.

You get the idea. The purpose is to transform a blocking wall into an inspiration wall. Instead of having your energy blocked, now you will be absorbing high energy coming from inspiring to you items.

Get creative and get empowered in your living or working space; the good energy is spreading around very quickly and you will see yourself reaping the benefits in no time! 

For more information, visit www.manobluedesign.com or email marie@manobludesign.com

photo:  www.wallpapermurals.co.uk/

 

Feng Shui Your Desk For Career Success

 

office-fsHave you used feng shui around your desk? It's a great way to "test drive" feng shui, to see how well it works for you -- while creating a more functional and ENJOYABLE workspace.

WHERE TO START

 

In feng shui, we work with a 3x3 grid called a BAGUA (said "bagg-wahh"). The grid is placed over your floorplan, and can look like a tic-tac-toe board, or perhaps the face of a clock, seen from above. With this, we can organize any room, home, or office into areas, each with its own color and design themes. So, let's pretend you are floating over your office, looking down into it. And each section related to a different AREA of your life. So let's pretend that you can see the bagua grid that's overlayed onto your floor plan. Starting clockwise from your left -- about the "eight o'clock" area of the clock -- the design themes are:

knowledge

family and security

money

fame

romance

creativity

helpful people and travel

career

At the CENTER of the clock--the middle of the bagua grid -- the theme is health.

USING FENG SHUI AT WORK

You can apply these same design principles to your DESK, too. In fact, when you're new to feng shui, this can be a great way to begin. You'll soon have a better organized work area, and perhaps a little "feng shui magic" will boost your career as well.

ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. In feng shui, this is the KNOWLEDGE area. It's an ideal place to store your reference books, such as your dictionary, manuals, and anything else you often reach for when you're working.

GETTING THE SUPPORT 

If you have a counter or bookcase to the left of your desk, the top may be the perfect place for symbols of FAMILY (family photos) and Security (anything that says "old money" to you).

CARING FOR YOUR FINANCES

The back left corner of your desk is the MONEY area. Whether your monitor is there or something else, be sure to keep this corner clean, dust-free, and uncluttered. If there's space in back of your monitor for photos or posters, this is the perfect place for pictures of what you plan to do (or own) when you have an even better income.

BEING RECOGNIZED

At the back center area of your desk, or on the wall directly in front of you, take advantage of this FAME area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates, and anything that tells others about your accomplishments. Add a little red -- the best color for this area -- to draw attention to your new display.

FEELING THE LOVE  EVEN AT WORK

At the right corner of your desk, and on the wall behind it, the focus is ROMANCE. This is where you'll place photos of your sweetie, or symbols of love and partnerships. If you have flowers or pens at this area of your workspace, remember: Everything in twos... no "onesies"! (Of course, if you're hoping for a date this weekend, put two fresh flowers in a vase in this area. But, be prepared: This might work even better than you'd expected.)

THINKING CREATIVELY

Closer to you on the right, it's your CREATIVITY area. Be sure to keep symbols of what you do that's original, as well as tools for creating things at work. Whether this is a stapler or a set of pens and paintbrushes, the emphasis should be on creativity. And, if you're a fan of Disney or other cartoons, those figures and pictures go in this area. (If you have children, this is the perfect place for pictures of your little darlings, too.)

NETWORKING FOR WORK

At your immediate and front right, it's the helpful PEOPLE and TRAVEL area. This is where you'll put your Rolodex or Palm, or whatever you use to store names and phone numbers. This is also a good place to display vacation-related items and pictures.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WELL-BEING

And, the center of your desk is the HEALTH area. If you want a healthy career, your work area should be clean & "happy looking" at the center. With spring on the way, consider a new blotter or other desktop covering in sunny yellow; that's the best color for the Health area.

REACHING YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Finally, your chair represents your CAREER area. Keep your chair well-oiled (if it's on wheels or springs) and clean. Polish any chrome on it, and keep it dusted. If you're on any kind of mat that protects the floor underneath, make sure that your mat looks fresh and new. If it doesn't, a replacement may be a small expense for the potential benefits. Or, sometimes a little floor polish will renew a plastic floor mat and make it look

 

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The power of your Front door

 

front-door

According to Feng Shui principles doors are known as the "mouth of chi." Energy enters a building through the front door and also through each door in your home and/or office. Personally, I don't believe that Feng Shui is that black or white. If things are going well for you then my belief is to leave things the way they are. However, if you are feeling stuck or opportunities are not coming your way as much as you'd like then take a look at the doors in your home or business and make adjustments.

1. Make sure that all doors open and close easily. If they are stuck or difficult to open, it could hinder opportunities from coming your way.

2. If two doors bang into each other when opened simultaneously, it could lead to arguing. This is known as "bickering doors." If possible, either change the direction of one of the doors, remove one door and replace it with a curtain, or get an accordian or pocket door.

3. Doors that squeak, stick, have broken latches or handles should be repaired.

4. Ideally, doors should open to the widest view of the room.

5. It's not a good idea to hang things in back of a door. This prevents the door from fully opening and suppresses the chi.

6. Please be sure that there's nothing obstructing the doors in your home or office. Piles of clutter should not be in front of any door.

Your front door is the most important door of your home or office. Make sure it's very visible from the street, and no trees or bushes are preventing people from clearly viewing your door.

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