Tips from the team at Long Island Trader

Mixing old and new decor

The most liveable, inspiring homes combine old and new pieces to give each room an effortless sense of having been assembled over time. Adding treasures that tell a story is a great way to introduce character and depth to your interior. But creating a balance so that the room looks elegant (rather than untidy), can be challenging. Here's some tips to help you create the home of your dreams: Stick to a neutral or two tone colour scheme. The more colours you add, the harder it is to get the balance right.  Your antique finds will look artfully curated if displayed within a group of...

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Mixing old and new decor


How to use crystals in your decor

Technology is filling our homes, so interior designers are turning to statement crystals as a home decor must-have for instantly adding personality, balance energies and oozing opulent style. Crystals are the natural way to bring positive energy and personality to your home. When choosing crystals, find one that speaks to you (or you can't take your eye off). Decorating and staging crystals throughout your home allows you to connect with mother nature and enjoy the therapeutic effect that has on your soul. Crystals not only look beautiful when styled but also offer a natural centrepiece to any space that promotes balance and calm. Keeping a stone...

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How to use crystals in your decor


How to cleanse your crystals

Crystals can absorb negative energy (and dust) so here's how to keep your statement crystal pieces looking and working their best in your home. 1. Dusting your crystals: Use a makeup brush to dust off the dirt, it's soft and able to get in between cluster shards easily. Polished crystals can be wiped with a cloth. 2. Moonlight crystal cleansing: Recharge and cleanse your crystals by placing them outside or on a window sill overnight during the full moon or the new moon. This is the easiest method of cleansing, and safe for all crystals.  3. Smoke crystal cleansing: Pass your crystal through the rising smoke of sacred...

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How to cleanse your crystals