The Feng Shui By Fishgirl Blog received such a strong reaction to the Hobbit House post that I decided to look for more Hobbit Houses. Came across this fab story about the abandoned Lord of the Rings set in New Zealand. Click here to go to the original blog post at WebEcoist to see 15 Hobbit Houses.
Category Archives: Architecture
HOBBIT HOUSE FENG SHUI PART II
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I saw this photo on Old Moss Woman’s facebook page. I don’t know where this ancient ruin is, but it brings out the Guinevere in me. I have a feeling this place is haunted by good spirits, don’t you? And feeling good spirits is feeling good feng shui. Visually, the staircase structure is very beautiful even though it’s a skeleton of its former architectural glory.
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Lighting doesn’t have to be boring. Check out this Brodie Neill design for Kundalini. It’s got curves (and we know that’s good for feng shui!). Designer Julie Moringello of Modernmaine design has these sea urchin inspired lamps made from a variety of materials for endless possibilities in customization.
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Books and art and feng shui all come together on Feng Shui By Fishgirl. Take this recent installation by Colombian artist Miler Lagos. He constructed an igloo entirely by books. This dome-like installation, named “Home,” was on display at MagnanMetz Gallery in New York City…See some other book art here. And would this outdoor library give you goosebumps?
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SCALE IS AS IMPORTANT AS ELEMENTS IN FENG SHUI
Is it just me or is this post and beam new construction home trying too hard? When I see a photo like this I do see that all the feng shui elements are present: earth (stone fireplace), wood (obvious everywhere, including beams), water(glass used on cabinets), fire (the fireplace), metal (the copper flue and metal banisters as well as white color). So if it’s a good mix, why don’t I feel comfortable in this space? The overall design doesn’t make sense. Look closely and you’ll see that the oversize scale of the fireplace as well as it’s location is more awkward than a teenager on his first date. The contemporary metal wire banisters on the second floor fight the post and beam ruggedness. The wood floors even bug me…I think a wiser choice would have been a wider plank to compliment the posts and perhaps a matte satin finish instead of the highly polished look here. Does this space feel right to you?
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HOBBIT HOUSE FENG SHUI
I couldn’t resist sharing these fab tree house pics with you from my files. I’m not sure where I collected them from so if you can identify them, please add to the comments section. Hobbits have wonderful feng shui and spending time in a treehouse really does LIFT your spirits to the treetops! Enjoy.
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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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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.
FALSE ADVERTISING CAN BE FUN SHUI!
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. 🙂
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