Monthly Archives: August 2012

WEIGHING IN ON SHEER CANOPY BEDS

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.

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STORAGE & CREATIVITY & CHILDREN’S ROOMS

Just today I was in my art studio and feeling totally overwhelmed by the materials I had strewn all over the place. I have wonderful storage containers there but I had neglected to put my stuff away after a creative three days of art production. So today I took about 30 minutes and put things in their proper places. (Glad I did, too, because I found a mouse house in my painting towels!)…this got me to thinking about storage and why it’s so important to feng shui. I felt more relaxed as soon as I cleaned up my art space. (And wouldn’t you know it but 2 carloads of customers arrived soon after once I had created the room for them to come in). Creativity & Future Projects area of the feng shui bagua is related to Children. Creating storage options in your home helps you keep organized for optimum feng shui flow. A child’s room can be particularly challenging. Finding a place for all those toys! Consider the built in boxes above from remodelista. They’re so sleek and functional they could work anywhere not just a kid’s room. Or the white-on-white hutch I saw recently at ApartmentTherapy that turns a nursery into a sophisticated statement.

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FENG SHUI FOCUS FOR ARTISTS

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.

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Filed under ART, Creativity & Future Projects, Design, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Home, Feng Shui Office, Fun, Getting Organized

PERSONALIZING YOUR SPACE

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.

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A-MAZING!

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….

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HABITUALLY CHIC IS GOOD FENG SHUI

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.

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50 SHADES OF GREY SLIDESHOW

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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.

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