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The Dos and Don'ts of Desk Placement
in your home office

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According to feng shui, the placement of your desk can impact how you feel while working in your office. If possible, follow these dos and don'ts in arranging your desk:

 

  • Do place your desk diagonally across from the doorway-this will allow you a clear line of vision.
  • Do place your desk so that you're sitting with your back to a wall or corner-this will create a sense of security. If you absolutely have to sit with your back to the door, hang a mirror in front of you or angled above your desk so that you can see anyone walking into the room.
  • Do position your desk facing into the room rather than facing a wall. If you decide to place your desk flat up against a wall, it is best if a window is to your left if you're right-handed, and to your right if you're left-handed.

 

  • Don't place your desk so that your back is to the door-this will cause you to be jumpy, easily startled, and distracted because you never know who's behind you or you'll feel like you're being stabbed in the back.
  • Don't place your desk so that your back is against a full wall of windows-this position may make you feel as though nothing solid is backing you up.
  • Don't place your desk in the center of the room-you will lose power and authority.
  • Don't place your desk directly in line with the door, either facing it or with it to your side--you will receive the full force of energy coming into the room and you may feel confused or agitated.
  • Don't place your desk flat up against a window so that you face directly out. The only situation in which it is good to place your desk against a window, provided no one can look in at you, is if you face due north-considered a prosperous direction-when looking directly out. 
  • Don't position your desk where you feel cramped, confined, have a limited field of vision, or where there is a passageway behind you.

 

Using Feng Shui in Your Home Office

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Have you ever walked into a home or office and instantly felt comfortable and relaxed? Can you recall an environment that made you feel uncomfortable or anxious for no apparent reason? An explanation for these positive or negative feelings in different environments may be found in the principles of feng shui (pronounced fung schway).

Feng shui is the ancient art of placement and design used to balance and enhance the energy flow in living environments. The Chinese have relied on feng shui for over 3,000 years to assure an abundance of wealth and love in their lives. Feng shui experts believe that by creating harmony and balance in your physical environment you will attract good luck and prosperity in all areas of your life.

The practice of feng shui is based on the flow of ch'i (pronounced chee)--the life force or vital energy that links people with their surroundings. Ch'i is the medium by which energy moves into an environment. According to feng shui principles, ch'i is a tangible force that gives way to physical manifestations when it flows freely or hinders physical manifestations when it is blocked. A practitioner uses feng shui to read the energy movement in a home or office and restructure the movement to enhance health, harmony, and abundance.

So what does this have to do with your home office? By following some basic principles of feng shui, you may improve your productivity and career prospects as well as enhance your success, creativity, and wealth. Specifically, you can use feng shui to determine where to set up your home office, the best placement of your desk, the use of color in your office, and incorporate "cures" into your office to change the flow of blocked energy.

 

 

Home Office Location

If you have the luxury of choosing the location of your home office, these tips can guide you in maximizing the flow of energy:

Since energy enters your home through the front door, you want to set up your home office in the front of the house to take advantage of

the flow of energy. If you're in the back, it's more difficult to receive any energy. This will also be beneficial if you will be receiving clients

and conducting business with others in your home office.

 

Once energy enters through the front door it flows up, so it is preferable to be on the entry level or above as opposed to a level below the

main floor of the house. It's difficult for energy to move down into the basement.

 

A rectangular-shaped room is best for a home office. If the room you choose for your office is L-shaped, use one of the areas for your

desk and the other for a sitting area.

 

 Suggested "Cures" for Less Ideal Locations

In the art of feng shui, a cure is a change you make in your environment to bring balance and harmony into the space. When the flow of ch'i or energy is blocked or stagnant, a feng shui cure can get the energy moving again to create change.

The following "cures" can be used to alter blocked or stagnant energy: 

 • If your home office is in your bedroom, hide the office area with a screen at night so that you don't mix energies when you move from

work to sleep.

 

If your home office does not have a window, brighten up the room with yellow paint, bright lights, and pictures of the outdoors.

 

If your home office is located in the basement, paint the walls and ceilings a bright white. Create as much light as possible with bright

lighting. Install a fan to get the energy moving.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Feng Shui Guidelines for Storage Spaces

 

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Professional organizers and helpful-hint sources often recommend storage solutions such as shelves above doors and in corners, hooks on the backs of doors, and peg-board for tools and small appliances. They are masters at maximizing every square inch of a closet with bins, baskets, shelf dividers, and multiple hanging rods. What they don't realize is that, from a feng shui perspective, these techniques can cause as many problems as they solve.

 

For good feng shui, it's important to leave some of your storage space unused, for doors to open all the way, and to aim for visual simplicity. As you work toward achieving the organizer's dream of a place for everything and everything in its place, keep these guidelines in mind:

 

Spaces that are completely full block the flow of "chi" (vital energy) into your home and your life. Full file drawers block the flow of new business; full bookcases block the flow of new information and knowledge; a full bedroom closet can block your ability to attract a new relationship, and so on. Wherever possible, keep 20-25% of your storage areas available for new ideas, relationships, and opportunities to flow your way.

 

Storage units hung from the ceiling create oppressive energy that presses down on whatever is underneath them. Anything stored overhead can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety, and overwhelm. A pot rack hanging over the stove is considered especially bad because it "weighs down" your finances.

 

Shelves over a door, or on a wall beside your bed or desk have a similar oppressive effect, and can lead to headaches, poor sleep, lack of energy, or muddled thinking.

 

A hook on the back of the bathroom door is fine if all you hang on it is a summer-weight robe and PJs. If the hook is piled with three terry robes and a few extra towels, so the door no longer opens all the way, that's a feng shui no-no. Never use hooks on the back of the main door to your home or on bedroom doors; it is essential that these doors open freely and completely, with nothing stored behind them. (That means removing anything stored on the floor behind the door as well.)

 

Vinyl-coated wire shelves on the inside of a door can be a good way to keep lots of small items tidy; however, they should only be used on closet, cabinet, or pantry doors.

 

Avoid under-bed storage if you can. If you must use this space, use it for extra bedding and for soft, seasonal clothing such as sweaters. Never store any kind of sharp objects, information (books, videos or DVDs, paperwork), or exercise equipment under the bed; you may have trouble sleeping or feel exhausted no matter how much rest you get.

 

As much as possible, store things where they are accessible but out of sight. Peg board and open shelving create visual clutter, so limit these to the garage, workroom, or pantry where they won't affect the energy of the rest of the house.

 

Be thoughtful about how much stuff you display in a room. Filling the den with knick-knack shelves so hubby can have his entire collection of sports memorabilia on display creates visual overwhelm. From a feng shui perspective, it's better to invest in closed storage such as drawers and cabinets and have only a few treasures on display at a time. Change the selection every three to six months, and with each rotation you'll rediscover old favorites. By displaying fewer items at a time, you'll actually enjoy and appreciate your collection more.

 

Another common problem is family photos and snapshots scattered lavishly throughout every room and wall in the house. Select a dozen of the best ones, frame them attractively, and create a mini-gallery on one wall in one room or hallway. Store the rest or put them in albums. (Okay, okay, you can stick a few on the fridge, too!)

 

Aesthetics are as important as functionality in feng shui. Keeping earrings and small jewelry in an ice-cube tray or egg carton works, but it's cheap-looking, cheap-feeling, and will drag your energy down every time you use it. It's okay to be budget-conscious, but appearance counts, too. A small plastic storage box is more attractive than an ice-cube tray and you can get one at your local discount, craft, or housewares store for less than three dollars. They even come in pretty colors so you can choose one to match your bedroom décor.

With these easy guidelines in mind, you can choose storage solutions that will keep your space tidy and create good feng shui in your home. For even better results, remember to get rid of clutter before you put things away. Why waste time and money finding clever storage solutions for stuff you can do without?

 

For more information  about Feng Shui Design, contact: marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

 

Bring Luck to your office or workspace with Feng Shui!

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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 hanged 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. You see: “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 to 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 work 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 promoting healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors 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 bringing 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. 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!  

Marie Burgos

Tel: 917-353-9149 /  212-726-1232

marie@manobluedesign.com

www.manobluedesign.com

 

 

 

Designing with White

 

Designing with white is pretty easy. It is hard to go wrong when decorating with white. The only risk you take is that your home will look boring.

It can be nice to design with white because it can be used with any other color. White makes other colors seem to stand out. Too much white in an already bright room can be overbearing. Too much white can also seem clinical, and lack personality.

White can be combined with blue or green and really bring a fresh and clean look to a room. 

Often, people who are renting their homes are stuck with white walls. These people can make their homes look much brighter just with the use of colorful furniture or accent pieces. This can create a modern look.

White is a bright color that makes rooms look larger. It is great to use white in a room that is too dark, white does a good job of making rooms feel brighter. 

White is the Feng Shui Color of Purity and Innocence, White is also the fresh snow or the immaculate dress of a beautiful bride, pure White Color fascinates us with its feng shui energy of Innocence and Tranquility.

Feng shui-wise, White is the color that belongs to the feng shui elemental balance. Its feng shui energy is crisp, clear, clean and fresh. White is the color of beginnings, as well as clear endings. 

Excellent for feng shui use anywhere in your home, especially to contrast brighter colors; White Color is highly recommended for the feng shui areas where Metal is the dominant element, such as creativity area and the Helpful people and Travel area (according to the Bagua.) 

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Having a fresh, White space - be it your meditation room or your bathroom - will soothe your psyche and spread healing feng shui vibrations throughout your home. 

It will also fill your subconscious with the feng shui energy of ever-expanding possibilities and a bright new future. 

For more information on The colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact: marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

Marie Burgos

Feng Shui Interior Designer

Designing with Yellow

The feng shui 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 to pale buttery tones - there are many feng shui options to choose from. 

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. 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.

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  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. Yellow brings the feng shui energy of Fire in a gentler way than Red; it is the most enchanting of all colors, as well as easier to "live with" in bigger/larger quantities. 

Color researchers believe color Yellow to increase self-esteem and strengthen the overall well-being. 

For more information on The colors to use for designing your rooms using Feng shui, contact: marie@manobluedesign.com and visit www.manobluedesign.com

Marie Burgos

Feng Shui Interior Designer

 

The Meaning of color and Feng Shui

 

In theory, the color of a room has the power to affect your mood. 

Colors can make you feel warm and comfortable, or anxious and excited. Some colors even make you feel hungry. Colors can become associated with events or people in our brains.

In Feng Shui, Color is one of the easiest ways to shift the energy in your space.

The ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui has been in practice for over 4000 years.  It is a belief in using colors, the placement of objects, and creating a flow of positive chi to enhance a person’s environment for the best results of balance and harmony.  Colors are incredibly important in this practice and each one represents different aspects of nature.  

The correct placing of these colors in the correct area of a home is essential in creating the right balance for success, happiness, and serenity.  Using Feng Shui color can revitalize the chi in a home or office and help the occupants find a deeper level of peace.

 

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The Feng Shui colors can also be broken down into categories of yin or yang colors.  

Yin colors are considered to be more relaxing and promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit.  These colors are useful to use in bedrooms and nurseries.  Blue is a yin color.  It is thought to be soothing and restful.  For example, when you picture the ocean, you see a picture of serene, calm water.

On the other side of the spectrum is the yang colors.  These Feng Shui colors are considered to be a little more vibrant than the yin colors and compliment their yin partners perfectly.  Red is the most obvious of the yang colors.  It is excellent for creating emotional excitement.  Red is also incredibly invigorating and for that reason should be used carefully to avoid over stimulating the mind and spirit.  When used correctly, red has the ability to add energy to an environment.

 

 

It is good to know the color’s meanings for decorating purposes. Most colors can be associated with a personality, and using colors that match your personality will make your house truly feel like home.

As a Feng Shui Interior Designer, I always use color with a purpose. 

Warm colors can make people feel cozy, warm, cheerful, energetic, or soothed.

Cool colors can make people feel cool, calm, relaxed, comforted, creative, balanced or fresh.

Neutral colors are stabilizing, comfortable, unifying, and strengthening.

Some colors are too bright to be anything but accent colors.

Some colors can be paired with other colors to look striking.

Some colors can be used to help other colors stand out more.

Using the Feng Shui color practice to enhance my clients homes and life proves to be incredibly beneficial.  

In my next postings, I will explain the meaning of each color and how to get a Feng Shui advantage with color for your home or your office.

Marie Burgos

www.manobluedesign.com

marie@manobluedesign.com

Feng Shui means Business!

If you have read my previous posting:

WHAT DOES IT TAKES TO BE A DONALD TRUMP BUSINESS?

You must be well aware of all the benefits of Feng shui for your business...

 

Now, have you asked yourself those questions:

 

Are you energized when you are in your office, or do you feel tired?

Would you like to improve teamwork and reduce health costs?

Does your business experience high employee turnover, unstable earnings or tense relationships?

Are you planning to move into a new office building?

 

 

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 If  you answered "yes" to any of these questions - then you may need my Feng Shui consultation services.

 

A FENG SHUI CONSULTATION May Include a Review and Analysis of the Following Services:

Determining Proper Placement of Furniture, Artwork, Decorations, Plants and Symbols.

Implementing the Five natural Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Determine the Most Powerful Location to Place a Desk and Locate Important Offices.

Arranging Work Spaces and Offices for Peak Performance and Peaceful Interpersonal Relationships.

Checking Ergonomic Flow in Offices to Ensure Safety, Increase Productivity, and Reduce Health Risks.

Clearing Clutter and Freeing Resources.

Bringing in Color to Calm or Enliven Offices, Lunch Rooms and Reception Areas.

Reducing Electromagnetic Stress.

Clearing Unhealthy Energies in a Building with Space Clearing.

Evaluating Buildings and Properties

 

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For your office, cubicle, home office FENG SHUI solutions, contact Manoblue Design 

marie@manobluedesign.com  www.manobluedesign.com

Be in "The Command position" at the Office

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What is being in "The Command Position"at the office?

You don't need to be the CEO to be in the command position, each of us can and should be in our Command Position. Feeling empowered, feeling safe, being recognized by others and reduce stress are all entities we want to have at the office.

 

Here are some guidelines for the placement of your desk to be in control of your life at work: 

The position:

Specifically for the office, it is important to face the door.

Avoid placing yourself directly in front of the door but in the farthest corner, in diagonal from the door. It offers the best command position.

 

The benefits:

Seating in the command position gives you power and control over your space. You can see people coming in and out and are never surprised. It helps with your confidence, your feeling of being prepared and your stress level.

 

The threat:

 Sitting where you can’t see what is going on behind you makes you feel tense and vulnerable. The consequences can be multiple. You could be in conflict with your colleagues or boss. You also can go unnoticed and passed for promotions and projects that are of interest for you. You can feel undermined. You can also have difficulties concentrating, being productive and bringing projects to their end. In addition, this position creates stress and tension for your back and can affect your health in general.

 

The solutions:

Of course, it is not always possible to move your desk around because you work in a cubicle or because of the size or shape of the room but in Feng Shui “cures” can be applied to address these issues. 

Ensure you are seating on a solid chair that is high enough to protect your neck and head. 

Put a picture of a mountain in the inside of the back of your chair for support or the picture or business card of your boss to get his support. 

Install a small mirror on your desk that allows you to see who is coming behind you so you are never surprised. 

Make a list of your objectives and goals and display it on your desk so you can read them everyday.

 

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design LLC

www.manobluedesign.com

marie@manobluedesign.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