I came across this pic in a craigslist real estate ad. It reminded me that sometimes I suggest clients add a soft fabric swag to a blank doorway. This treatment can be used to solve privacy issues, poison arrow issues, bathrooms / closet areas that are open to master bedrooms and not pretty to look at…and more. While I don’t think the furnishings in this home deserve any design awards, the curtain does win feng shui points.
Monthly Archives: May 2010
I’m a sucker for red. Anything painted bright red always attracts my attention and makes me smile. It’s difficult to be depressed when you’re around the color red. Think Dorothy’s ruby red slippers in the Wizard of Oz. Or those bright red toy wagons and firetrucks you played with as a kid. It’s the magic-fantastic feng shui color. Here’s why:
*Red signifies activating positive feng shui energies to attract good fortune, fame, and passion.
*Red symbolizes the fire element and warms up an environment.
*Red lifts spirits and warm the heart.
*Red is a confident color and bestows that powerful confidence on the wearer.
*Red wakes you up and puts you on alert (that’s why it’s used in stop signs and lights).
The picture above is from the online shop Wanderlust Cambodia. The actual store also uses red very effectively so that you are immediately drawn to this creative space. That’s owner Elizabeth Kiester standing in front of her shop below.
Check out the website as there’s a ton of cool stylish stuff to buy (clothing and decor) like these coated round canvas storage totes pictured here for $38 bucks. I like this in red and because it has yin rounded shape. Same with the top picture of the pillow filled red bench: there is a nice balance of yin curves with squared cushions plus this nook would be a perfect retreat if it was located in your Love & Relationship area.
Are you happy yet?
Typical day in Maine, ayup. Beautiful weather, crisp clear skies. And lots of lobster boats like this one above on dry land. But take another look. What’s different about “The Susie”?
With a man and a dog nearby, you can clearly see that this is not a regular lobster boat after all. It’s an adorable–and actually seaworthy!–small replica of a lobsterboat. What does this have to do with feng shui?
If you’re decorating your home or office, don’t just think about color and fabric. Think about placement for good flow. But also think about scale. Scale relates the size of all your pieces of furniture and accessories to the room size. It’s obvious when an overstuffed chair is too big for a room once it’s placed inside the actual room, but sometimes when you’re in the store or showroom the same chair looks like a good fit. You won’t be disappointed until you install it at home. Keeping proper scale in mind will help you to achieve feng shui balance and good flow.
How can you get a handle on scale? Have a tape measure handy. Measure your rooms before shopping. Decide the parameters your chair will fit into and then bring the tape measure with you to measure potential chairs.
Of course the other thing to keep in mind is that each piece needs to relate to the scale of the other pieces in the room as well. Often people get outsized armoires to hold TV sets and then their couch isn’t large enough to hold the balance in the room. A little planning before buying will go a long way.
EEEeeeeeeK! You may have heard my cry today but it was not due to a mouse (we’ve had those, too, since returning to the Maine cottage mind you). No, today it was my printer that scared me. My art business depends on it working properly. Even though I have it plugged into a surge protector the printer “went dead” and would not reboot this morning. I discovered we had had a power failure during the night and the backup generator did not go on because we didn’t have it set up to do so yet. I did a Google search and tried everything suggested:
* Unplug and plug again.
*Deinstall software and reinstall it.
Nothing worked! Finally I found some info online that said to simply try this:
Unplug the printer and LEAVE IT UNPLUGGED FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES before plugging it back in and trying to turn it on. Guess what? It worked! I would have tried a feng shui incantation and some smudging and set the intentions for the printer to work again but I’ll save that for a last resort.
If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting so much recently it’s because I was making the annual transition to summer headquarters in Maine. I arrived today and as usual, Maine took my breath away with her beauty. Our state’s slogan is “Maine: The Way Life Should Be”. After 5 summers here I have to say I am in agreement. The fresh air, the gorgeous views, the slower pace, the creative flow…this is the way life should be.
On our island, there are many wonderful artists and galleries. I feel connected to spirit, nature, beauty, and art and all of that equals LOVE in my world. Even though I am situated in a rather remote part of the world, I am connected to the global pulse via the internet, SKYPE, HBO, etc. With my mind clear of clutter, I’m able to hone in on dreams and connect with my feng-shui-by-mail clients with ease. Yes, that’s right: I can read your feng shui without even being inside your home. I developed a process of remote reading that is reliable and accurate and reasonably priced. Contact me for more details.
Meanwhile, shutting your home down for a long length of time has its feng shui drawbacks. We shut off the water so the pipes won’t freeze, the furnace gets unused, phone and electric are suspended…and the mice move in! Eeek! The energy inside the house feels stagnant when we return so windows need to be opened to air out the ch’i. A good smudging later on is also on the agenda.
Do you close down a vacation home? What is your checklist of things to do when you return?
I came across this enchanting houseboat at Sunset Magazine today. It’s 1000 sf of living space and it’s a pre-fab houseboat that kind of looks like a mobile home on water. Go see the slideshow…the windows are placed artfully to get the most out of the waterviews. Could you live on the element of water? Or are you more of an earth element type?
This sweet little vintage 1959 Airstream trailer was lovingly remodeled by Andreas Stavropoulos in Berkeley. See the interior renovation at Dwell Magazine. There’s something to be said for living in a compact space: it forces you to deal with your clutter! That’s good for your feng shui. It looks like this guy has eliminated the bathroom facilities that are usually so cute in Airstreams. I’m not sure that’s good feng shui or very practical but I do like how he organized his interior.
My boyfriend owns 4 vintage Airstreams. One of them is being totally redone (we’ll post pics in the fall when it’s ready) and we’ll be taking it on the road hopefully this winter. Two others will be gutted and converted into gallery space eventually. The fourth is in mint condition and serves as a guest house on the apple orchard in Stonington, Maine. We welcome visitors!
This is what some of my blogger friends call a “drool worthy room”. Elle Decor has the entire makeover of the barn this bedroom is situated in if you click here. I love the bed and the whitewashed bare barn but I always look with feng shui eyes. So let’s improve the feng shui here with some Feng Shui By Fishgirl touches:
1) Beam me up, Scottie! There are not only beams from the ceiling, but also cross beams from the twig bed. An easy fix is to tie a white linen or cotton “crumb-catcher” canopy to the bed. You can find a sheer fabric so you still have a light airy feel to it. White equals metal in feng shui terms and metal cuts the impact of the wooden beams. That disperses the energy so you don’t feel oppressive weight bearing down on you while you’re trying to get a good night’s rest in that gorgeous twig bed!
2) Balanced Side Tables…unless this is a guest room where one won’t be staying long, the feng shui would be better served by two matching nightstands and/ or two matching lamps. If it’s the master bedroom, the idea is to have equal balance so that no partner has dominance over the other. Unless you’re into that kind of thing of course, but that’s a different blog altogether!
3) Poison Arrows…the uncovered windows are in alignment (directly across from each other) and this causes a “poison arrow” of too-fast-moving ch’i. Again, a filmy cloth barrier would do the trick and still let the light and openness into the room. It doesn’t need to be a curtain. It could be a shade or shoji screen or even a bead curtain. Use your creativity!
Be sure to check out Elle Decor for the rest of this cool barn house. What would you do differently? Or, what do you love about it?