Daily Archives: March 25, 2009

IS THIS RUG 420 FRIENDLY?

Beach Stones Rug By Katy Allgeyer

I was inspired directly by the environment for these rug designs that are hand made in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shown here is “Beach Stones” made from Hemp and Banana Silk. You can buy this and other of my rug designs through Spacify. Or, I can design a custom rug just for you. BTW, this rug is made of “industrial grade hemp”. Just don’t try to smoke it, okay?

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BARE NAKED LADIES (NOT AT WORK, PLEASE!)

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Empty walls devoid of art –or any decoration– are depressing, aren’t they?
The only thing less uplifting than bare walls is ugly walls that have
stains and peeling paint where the art should be. Feng shui is about creating
harmonious, peaceful, and inspiring spaces that improve one’s quality of life
at home and at work. If your work environment is depressing, chances
are your workers are going to be depressed and not as creative and productive
as they should be.

Art need not be expensive to be effective at lifting ch’i (energy). To paraphrase
Mae West, art just needs to be good looking and well hung. If your budget does
not allow you to buy Andy Warhol originals–or even limited edition prints–you
might consider purchasing original art from some local fine artists instead. Attend
local art fairs and small galleries to get a feel for what is available. Another
inexpensive alternative is framed poster art.

For the work place, art also needs to send the appropriate message. Thought
should be given as to what the corporate message actually is. Paintings of
naked ladies in the classical style could work beautifully as part of a wellness spa’s
decor but may not be right for a labor union office, for example. Art in the work
place can simply be used to beautify a space, or, it can motivate workers.
Several poster companies even specialize in motivational sayings designed to promote leadership qualities for managers. Health care professionals tend to have
their walls plastered with care related images.

Many professional offices prefer to hang diplomas, awards, and credentials in their office spaces. To enhance feng shui, these items should ideally be located in the
“Fame & Reputation” area of the office. But these can be depressing, too, if they are
poorly framed and displayed, and if they are the only wall art in the room. It’s
important to have a balance with art for art’s sake. Maps, mirrors, tools of your trade and other common objects…all of these can be artfully hung on a wall to create
an uplifting ambiance. Use your imagination!
PS: Click on the painting to jump to Bare Naked Ladies music video. 🙂

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WHAT IS A BLOG CARNIVAL?

Feng Shui By Fishgirl is participating in the MY DIY HOME Blog Carnival. For those of you who don’t know what a Blog Carnival is, I’ll tell you. Blog hosts (any blogger can be one) decide to put out a call to bloggers and usually have categories that the bloggers can then submit article posts to. Upon acceptance, the carnival host posts all of the accepted entries on their blog in the format of one long post with links to the individual bloggers. Visiting all the links and reading all the posts–or just the ones that interest you—is sort of like browsing through a magazine. Instead of a hard copy, you’ve got a virtual link to your magazine online. Click on the photo of balloons to jump to the MY DIY HOME Blog Carnival.

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TOO HIGH CEILINGS?

 

Extremely high ceiling (I'd put some art over the fireplace).

Extremely high ceiling (I'd put some art over the fireplace).

 

 

 

 

Too much chi (energy) can be overwhelming if it takes the form of an empty space with nothing to rest the eyes on. It’s a wonderful feeling to be out in the wide open spaces of nature, but not so comforting if you don’t have a snug cozy home to retreat to. We are originally cave dwellers, after all! Jump here to the comments section of Apartment Therapy to see what I advised someone to do about her too-high ceilings today. I’m too tired to repost my comments as my significant other is unexpectedly in the hospital the past couple of days.

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