Monthly Archives: September 2012


Recently I did a post about snakes on a bus. This post is more on design target: a vintage bus that has been lovingly restored (don’t you love the barnboard floors and the plywood walls?). Check the pictorial out at MaineHome+Design. Love, love, love this!


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Recently discovered a FUN! design blog called moggit (am I the last to know about this site?).  This design—just in time for your Halloween party if you order it now!— gives new meaning to the term “eyeballing a chair for my living room”. Check out more about this scary chair and other cool design fun at moggit.

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I give the Feng Shui By Fishgirl stamp of approval to the Toby’s Estate coffee shop in Brooklyn, NY. There is a good mix of elements, a nice balance between yin and yang shapes, I like the lighting hung in 3’s that add up to 9 in this photo (all auspicious feng shui numbers). The couch is comfy and makes you want to sit and stay awhile even though the ceiling height is so high. Painting the ceiling black brings it closer. Nicely done and see more pics at Dwell Magazine.

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Here is the new follow-up film: “Caine’s Arcade 2: Imagination”

With this new film, we’re really excited to launch the Imagination Foundation to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine. We’re kicking off with our first ever Global Cardboard Challenge, inviting the world to play while celebrating the creativity of kids everywhere.

It is amazing to me how much has happened since I went to buy that door handle.

As this story continues to unfold, I’d like to invite you to be part of this next chapter of Caine’s Arcade.

Here are 3 Ways to Get Involved:

1. Take Part in our Global Cardboard Challenge on Oct 6th
Visit and host or find an event near you and RSVP to go play on Oct 6th! There are 9 days left to sign up with over 180 events in 25+ countries already registered.

2. Make a Donation to the Imagination Foundation
As a non-profit start up, early support will have a tremendous impact in giving us the capacity to execute our programs*. Visit to become a recurring supporter (yay!) or just make a one-time donation. Donations are tax-deductible.

* If you’re wondering what the Imagination Foundation will do, please check out our programs and our core goals. We’re building this foundation from the ground up, so your feedback and ideas are very welcome.

3. Help Unlock a Remaining $34K Challenge Grant
With your help (plus 18,000 other awesome people!), we’ve raised $216,000 of a $250,000 matching challenge grant for Caine’s Scholarship Fund. Inspired by this movement, the Goldhirsh Foundation is matching every dollar donated to Caine’s Scholarship (up to $250K) to help us start the Imagination Foundation. We’re close to reaching our goal, but need a little help to get to the finish line. Can you chip in another $5 to Caine’s Scholarship Fund to help us reach the goal? Chip in via

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Caine Monroy is an engineer, designer, creative genius, positive role model, optimist, visionary, dreamer and hardworking entrepreneur. Caine Monroy is also 9 years old. He is the inventor of Caine’s Arcade in East LA. Thanks to the short film about Caine made by Nirvan Mullick we can all share a smile and become inspired by Caine’s story. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just go to this link to watch the 9 minute film.  This kid is well on his way to being the next Steve Jobs or Leonardo da Vinci. Feng Shui By Fishgirl suggests you also make a donation—even $1 is okay— to Caine’s scholarship fund to give your own feng shui a boost! This is one charitable donation that you can actually feel you you are making a difference in someone’s life directly.

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How’s this for brilliant: an artist proposes to the city of New York that he move the iconic statue of Columbus into a high end apartment overlooking Central Park and install it on a coffee table. Invite in the public and the press and you’ve got yourself a helluva marketing coup for the artist Tatsu Nishi of Japan. Read about “Discovering Columbus” here at the NY Daily News. The apartment as art installation is genius. As feng shui home, not so much. We know scale is important to feng shui health and comfort. Most of us would not be happy in a home with ceilings six stories high and a giant stone figure staring down at us. The feeling you get here would be that the statue is always in the Command Position instead of you.  So be careful in your choice of art and accessories…but be daring in your dreaming of art projects that can propel you into the media spotlight!

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Can you guess what this stylish unit is? I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have known until I read the full article and saw the other offerings at ApartmentTherapy. . .if you think feng shui is for the birds, this is the proof!

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Feng shui doesn’t like spiral staircases because they represent a giant corkscrew piercing the center of your home. Not great. But in a public space like a library or on the exterior of a home they don’t have the same harmful effect. Pictured here is a novel idea: a rainbow painted spiral. If I believed in heaven I might imagine the stairway to it to look like this. Photo lifted from

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When coming up with ad campaigns, don’t restrict yourself–be creative! It’s good feng shui 🙂

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“Void” table base by Louis A. Lara Design for Star International

Finding the right table for your home can take a lot of time and effort. And if you’re also looking for one with great feng shui, it can be all the more of a challenge since so many tables are yang oriented. Not this one! Industrial designer Louis A. Lara created his “VOID” table for Star International with many built in curves. That’s yin energy and is a wonderful feng shui compliment to any room. Void has not only a round top but a base that has softened cut out shapes that keep the yin going.

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Turqs and Purps are on my radar right now. I meandered over to ComfyHeavenHomeDecor this morning and found scads of pics of those color schemes. I got excited. Here’s a slide show of inspiration. Let me know if you like.

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