Kung Hei Fat Choy! As is my custom here at Feng Shui By Fishgirl, each Chinese New Year I feature the art of my dear friend Po Ping T’so Lo in Hong Kong. This year Po has deftly captured the Year of the Dog (maybe because the two adorable pups in the painting are portraits of her own pets). Gratitude to this wonderful artist and friend for giving me permission to publish her artwork.
Every cliche you hear about actual dogs– loyalty, honesty, doggedness, helpful and steadfast friend, playful nature, good appetite, intelligence, protective of loved ones, unconditional love– is true for people born under this sign, too.
Whatever you sign, may you find true love, true health, and true luck in the Year of the Dog!
Copyright Po Ping T’so Lo 2018
This 1950’s fireplace had the look of a frumpy overweight couch potato. With low ceilings the two toned effect of the white upper portion and grayish stone lower half made the room look even more compressed than it is. Solution: Paint it all one color (I chose a bright white).
Not For Navigation art work by © Katy Allgeyer 2014
Not only does the room seem to have taller ceilings, the white bounces more light into an otherwise dark corner of this home. Prior to painting, the actual fireplace interior would disappear. Now you know it’s there and the slate hearth provides a welcome bench to sit by the fire. The only caveat is make sure you want to paint your brick or stone because once it’s done, there’s no turning back without a lot of trouble.
In feng shui terms, these elements are represented here: fire (d’uh!), earth (the slate and brick), metal (the white color paint), wood (the logs), and the painted scene of water and air complete the spectrum for good feng shui balance.
I have one of those 1950’s houses with the original sugar almond pastel bathrooms. Mine are a blue one and a pink one. When we bought the house, my boyfriend and I never did anything to it. Saving the pink bathroom was always the plan. But the sink stand and the multicolored paint job with wallpaper border around the ceiling? Ugh. Here are a few pictures (I was so excited to get started I forgot to take “Before” pics until I had already begun!).
In order to get a clean fresh look without spending much money I decided to go to Home Depot with my Cheap & Ch’i- ful checklist:
*Embrace the Pink: The wall color is Behr Pink Ginger. By keeping the walls and the ceiling monotone with the tile, it feels like a more spacious bathroom.
*The sink stand was refreshed by attaching stainless steel peel off tiles to the sides and partial detail on the front. Martha Stewart Living Specialty Metallic Paint in “Thundercloud” was used to match the Aspect Peel & Stick Matted Tiles in Square/Stainless pattern.
*The window had plenty of ug-factor, too. Not seen here are the home made “old lady curtains” and the chrome towel bar that kept falling down. I removed those and found a paper folded “Redi-Shade” for under $5 at Home Depot. (Yes,it will probably unfold with the bathroom humidity—that remains to be seen!—but for now it gives me the look I want until I can replace it with a really nice shade or blind. Plus, I can always take baths in my pink bathtub to avoid steaming up the room!). I painted the trim in the same metallic paint.
*I searched my own art collection for pieces that would fit into the Art Deco-ish space. These may evolve into other art work but for now I think it looks okay.
All for less than $200. Here are the pics:
STILL TO DO:
I have painted the inside of the door Pink Ginger, too. The current trim is white but I plan to paint it metallic silver to match the window. The toilet seat is white. I searched around the internet and found Bemis has over 95 retro shades at their website. There are 4 possible matches to my commode so I ordered samples ($1 each) and will order the $85 seat that goes best. I need to replace the caulk around my pink bathtub and scrub up the chrome sliding doors, too. I may rethink my towels but for now these’ll do.
I realize this ‘renovation’ is the equivalent of buying a new lipstick instead of getting a facelift. But have I improved the feng shui? Yes! By transforming something ugly into something vibrant and fresh I have created lots of happy energy. And for now, I can live with that.
PS: Sorry the photographs are not the greatest. My beloved partner/photographer passed away in September. Find out what happened at the Going to Goa Blog.
Personal style is, well, personal. That’s why we all have opinions and different strokes are for different folks. In my humble opinion, this space falls into the category of “trying to hard”. Why bother to put wooden paths into your tinted concrete flooring, for example? It doesn’t make sense and it clashes with the rough wood support columns. Ditto on the random tiles in the concrete floor and the chandelier. When you’re going for eclectic you really do have to know what you’re doing. What do you think? Does this bomb or is it the bomb? Photo courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.
Hmmm….the jury is out on whether or not this compact OnOff bed Suite designed by Giulio Manzoni for Campeggi Italy is positive feng shui or not. However, it is pretty darn creative and I like that a lot! In general, for optimum feng shui you want air circulating freely under your bed with no obstructions stored under it. But these pieces are soft upholstered sectionals. I think for a temporary situation such as a guest room it would be acceptable feng shui.
I’m designing a new collection of rugs that will be handwoven in Egypt. It’s too early for me to show you the designs but stay tuned to Feng Shui By Fishgirl as we get closer to High Point Market week I’ll have photos of the rugs to show you. Meanwhile, I discovered a great interactive program online that lets you search for the proper stain removal method for particular stains you may have on your rugs. Check it out here at the Dilmaghani rug website . They have some gorgeous rugs on display there, too, like this wavy gravy contemporary that has a good feng shui feel to it.
Jonathon Borofsky “Dancers” in Denver
The Denver Performing Arts Center has this sculpture of two stick figures dancing in front of it. They remind me of Steven Spielberg aliens. What do you think? Like or dislike? Of course, whenever you have public art you almost always have controversy. One man’s trash is another man ‘s treasure.
Check out this new “Omni” trivet designed by Louis A. Lara. He’s attempting to fund the project via kickstarter.com and you can pre-order yours and support this direct design idea if you agree it’s cool! I like the starfish quality of it and the sustainability. I only learned this summer that silicone products can withstand heat. They feel rubbery so that surprised me, too.