Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

COLOR PALETTE FOR YOUR PALATE

Photo courtesy of http://newdesigngoods.com

Photo courtesy of http://newdesigngoods.com

It doesn’t get much cooler than this if you’re looking for a yummy gift for the designer in your life. Pantone colors on beverage mugs: a brilliant idea that lifts your chi energy through the roof of your mouth.

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WHITE ON WHITE: CHI-CHI OR CHILLY?

White Rooms Photo courtesy Apartment Therapy

White Rooms Photo courtesy Apartment Therapy

CLUTTER FREE DOESN’T GUARANTEE
Clutter and dust and dirt block the free flow of ch’i. However, there are circumstances where one can have a spotlessly clean space worthy of the “white gloved lady test” and yet the place feels lifeless. A beautifully decorated home displaying Architectural Digest’s epitome of good taste and refinement does not guarantee the optimum free flow of ch’i, either.

STILLNESS STAGNATES
The term most often applied by Feng Shui practitioners for this type of
situation is “stillness”. You will see descriptions such as “extreme
stillness in artwork”, or, “lack of movement” when you are reading about Feng Shui. When we talk about stillness in artwork, we are not implying that you must discard all of the stationary paintings on your walls and replace with mobiles and moving scultpture. Stillness in artwork encompasses many aspects, that taken individually, or, added to other problems with decor, add up to stale ch’i.

CHILLINGLY STILL
Let’s say you have a very modern white-on-white room with lots of chrome metallic fixtures and the artwork you’ve chosen consists of very stark black and white framed photographs in black or metal frames. I would not be surprised to find the atmosphere in this room to be chillingly still. This creates an atmosphere of stagnant ch’i which in turn can lead to not just blocked opportunities, but adverse health conditions. The reason? The stillness is created by a lack of balance.There is no warmth, no vitality, no breath. It’s all one color: white,which in Feng Shui is equated with metal….so with the chrome accents,you have added metal to metal.

SOLUTIONS
What this room needs is to be balanced with some other elements …wood, green living plants, colorful or textural rugs / pillows / paintings/sculpture. The black and white photographs could be beautiful accents in another room or could improve the sterility of the metallic white room if they were framed with warm wood such as cherry.

Can a white-on-white room be achieved and still be warm and inviting? It would require careful consideration to include the Five Elements and to have a variety of textures and several shades and tones of whites to creams. This is when your decorator needs to call in a Feng Shui consultant. Or add touches of color for oomph and visual warmth as we’ve done here:
The green and purple and the knick-knacks in wood tones help but still more could be done.

Do you think you could live in a completely white-on-white home? Why or why not?

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TEENY TINY RUGS

Peacock rug (top) and Tree rug by Patricia Richards Miniatures.

Peacock rug (top) and Tree rug by Patricia Richards Miniatures.

Can you guess the size of these two exquisite rugs? I’ll give you a hint: they are made for doll houses. The Peacock Rug is only 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and the Tree Rug is 5 1/2″ x 7″. Both are the handywork of Pat Richards, a NYC-based designer and author of a series of craft how-to books including “101 Christmas Crafts: Ornaments, Decorations, and Gifts” . An expert needleworker and freelance designer, Pat’s passion is for miniatures. These rugs plus miniature furniture and accessories by Pat and others will be on view and for sale at the Chicago International Miniatures Show this weekend. We love all things hand made and we love the idea of doll houses having good feng shui.

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WIRED, TIRED, DON’T GET FIRED!

India is wired!

India is wired!


TAKE INVENTORY
I challenge you to take inventory of all the electrical and techno gadgets you are surrounded by at this very minute. Go on, count ’em! Computer, printer, scanner, computer peripherals, telephone, cell phone,electric pencil sharpener, paper shredder, halogen desk light, overhead flourescent lighting…that’s at least ten items already. If you’re an artist or craftsman or mechanic, you’re working with major tools, too.Your feng shui is affected by all that extra ch’i (energy), big time!

STIMULUS PACKAGE
Each of these appliances emits an electrical energy field. That’s why you get static build up on your computer screen from time to time. Being around all that electrical energy at first is very stimulating to the human body. After awhile, the buzz wears off and you’re left feeling drained. That’s when you reach for the fifth cup of joe or Red Bull and the caffeine does the same thing: picks you up, then lets you down. Watching too much TV right before bedtime has the same effect, and not just on the kids. We live in a culture of over-stimulation and this is exactly the kind of stimulus package we DON’T want!

GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
We may not be able to control the Invasion of the Electrical Appliances at our office, but we can definitely make sure we get a good night’s rest at home in our perfectly feng shui’ed bedroom. Go home tonight and take inventory there as well. You probably have a clock radio alarm, TV, VCR, DVD player, computer, treadmill, plenty of lights, telephone, cell phone, an iPod…and probably a few hidden toys under the bed that only you and that special someone know about. Some of you may even have two of everything I just mentioned. Am I right? No wonder that a blissful sleep is but a dream!

AVOID THE PINK SLIP
If you’re running on empty, drained of your energy, it’s only a matter of time before the boss or your significant other notices. You need to improve your feng shui to avoid that pink slip! A good start is to create a peaceful sanctuary by removing all these gadgets from your bedroom. Put them elsewhere in your home. At work, adding leafy green plants to your office space will not only produce life-giving oxygen, but, they will absorb most of the electrical impulses generated by the equipment. Now go home and get that well deserved rest!

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