I read an interesting feng shui article recently entitled “Could your canopy bed be causing your depression?” Please go read the article and then come back to see my take on it here. (The blog where I found the article didn’t allow for comments otherwise I would have put my opinion there with the page I found it on). Here is the photo of the bed in question.
I’m happy to hear that the owner of the bed was relieved of her depression and headaches when she removed the canopy. Just looking at this one gives me a headache. For me, the reason is the gauzy shroud-like fabric. Symbolic of a death shroud (white color in Chinese tradition is the color one wears to funerals), also the weight of the fabric is transparent–ghostly– and draped down low over the bed itself instead of pulled taut like a ceiling would be. It’s all wrong for the substantial bed furniture that it is draped to. I’m betting that a canopy done properly in the right fabric would not have had the same ill effects on the owner of this bedroom. Another reason for depression when none can be found is to do some detective work on who lived in the home before you. Perhaps someone with drug problems, divorce, depression, or even someone who lingered and died here or killed themselves here. This is something that could cause problems for the new tenant.
There are some great tips for artists’ websites here at this link. (Thanks to my friend Maureen for passing that on to me). I have written articles for artists, too. Check out this one about feng shui and websites or this one about how to feng shui your business card. Or this one on an art studio organized by feng shui. If you’d like to meet a cool artist that I’ve interviewed, click here. Or to find out more about an author who makes works of art in her kitchen. Art is everywhere…but how does it improve your feng shui in home or office? Here’s how. Another hot tip? Do a search of the Feng Shui By Fishgirl archive for “art” and “artists” and see all the feng shui/ art related stories we have available to you here.
Photo from Vogue
A formal room like this one from a chateau in Provence is not practical for most of us. However we can glean some inspiration from a photo like this one. A reminder to layer patterns and textures, for example. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Be bold in your choices of lighting fixtures. Get creative with your crockery and put it on display if it’s pretty. Letting your personality shine throughout your home environment is good feng shui.
Photo from Vogue
Some people know how to live. Have the acreage? Put in a labyrinth like this one that you could get lost in. Somewhere in Provence….
I’m so excited to find a new design blog to add to my repertoire. Habitually Chic posts about all kinds of cool design stuff. Check out their post on travelin’ in style. They’ve even uncovered a pic of Led Zep in front of their airplane for this great pictorial.
Looking back through the Feng Shui By Fishgirl archives for shades of grey I found these 50 pics. Okay half that amount. Still, a unique assortment of inspiration, n’est-ce pas? It seems I not only blog about interiors and architecture and design but there’s a fair amount of wildlife, oddities, rocks and rock stars. If you’re a fan of the book “50 Shades of Grey” and were disappointed when you googled my page to find a slideshow of, er, something other than what you expected to find I must apologize. You can read my review of the book here.
Photo from Elle Decor
The symmetry of this poolside cabana designed by Jamie Durie creates good feng shui balance. I’m a sucker for turquoise color–it’s so soothing and instantly puts me in the mood for relaxation. There are a couple of design elements here that are off kilter—the two lamps are mismatched and either side of the structure has a different potted plant arrangement. This slight assymmetry gives an extra boost of energy to the overall space and does not harm the balance at all. See more from this designer at Elle Decor.
In need of a new roof? If you’re in Maine and you have a funky studio gallery that isn’t worth replacing the roof, you might want to consider used billboard tarps like the one shown here on the Art By Katy studio. My boyfriend converted this antique garage space into a studio for me (see the transformation here). At the time the roof was old and had trees, grass, and moss growing out of it. We told the contractor not to touch the roof and that means please don’t pull out the plants! Well of course he pulled ’em out. So a previously dry interior became plagued by leaks. We solved that by putting a regular tarp over the roof. This worked for a couple of years but we had to replace the tarp every year at a cost of $50. No biggie. However, this summer when we came up to Maine the new tarp hadn’t done the job. I think it’s because of the absence of a thick layer of snow this mild winter we had. So I had to find a new solution. My brother suggested the billboard tarps. They are industrial strength with the capacity to last 5 times longer (maybe up to 7 or 8 years). But the best thing about them is they have cccccccraaaaazy advertising on one side since they were used as actual billboards and then reclaimed to be recycled for other purposes. Some people use them to cover bales of hay. Others for covering boats. We are using them to turn our spaces into art pieces. BTW, you don’t get to choose your advertising tarp so what you get is random and a complete surprise. I’d say this tarp had my name on it but it says “Boston Store” and has a huge face of a woman in a hand knit sweater that you can only see from an aerial view. I thought that was so cool since I used to have a career designing sweaters.
Coincidentally we also had a vintage Airstream trailer that began to leak after we gutted the interior to create an open space with plywood inside. We looked at all kinds of solutions and decided to try a tarp on it, too. It’s a quick, easy, cheap solution and in this economy that is cool with us. The Airstream billboard tarp says “Cuddleduds” on it. We like the bold graphics, the ease of cutting them to size, and also that these are repurposed and recycled products that are helping with environmental concerns.
The company that sold them (at a cost of not much more than a regular tarp) says you’re supposed to use them with the solid side up. Don’t tell on me. 🙂
Phillipe Staark’s ghost chairs still look good to me. What do you think? I love the clean lines of this dining/conference room. The eclectic elements are right up my alley, too. They’ve included the feng shui elements: metal, wood, water, and if the dishes are red ceramic they’ve got earth and fire covered, too. Photo from the Miss Design blog. That wine bottle chandelier is fab, too. BTW the beams overhead painted white cut that negative beam energy perfectly—it’s a classic feng shui solution to overbearing beam energy, although in a dining room it’s not as problematical to have beams as it is in a bedroom.