Every once in awhile I stumble on another energy worker’s site and find something valuable for my readers. I don’t receive any financial gain from sharing this with you nor have I taken the course itself. However when I clicked here to read more about it I found the synopsis to be exactly what I would recommend to my clients. I especially liked the part about sloooowing down. That’s the first step to becoming more present in your life, more active and less re-active. I also recognize that Ms. Vogt’s e-course is very enlightened because she let’s YOU decide how much you are going to pay for it. The course is offered on a sliding scale of $10-25-40.
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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.
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.
Beds placed in front of windows tend to be design and feng shui no-no’s. Except when they are as cleverly done and as thoughtfully balanced as this one is. The key is to incorporate proper window dressing as well. Check out about a dozen more excellent examples of how to solve this design dilemma with good feng shui at ElementsofStyleBlog.
Keeping your space clutter free and organized is the best thing for your feng shui. This DIY shoe rack from iNewIdea is attractive enough to keep outside of your closet. Get complete directions here.
What better way to spend Labor Day Weekend than by improving your home decor, re-energizing your spirit, and uplifting your feng shui? If you are ready for the Feng Shui By Fishgirl makeover challenge keep reading. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on it—just a few simple things will give you a tremendous boost and strengthen your feng shui.
*Take inventory of clutter bombs. What’s a clutter bomb? It’s a pile of clothes on your bedroom chair (washed or unwashed, it belongs in the closet or dresser or washbasket). It’s a stack of paper piles on every tabletop that belongs in your file or on one desktop. It’s a sink full of dishes, a bathroom overflowing with magazines or an assortment of nearly empty shampoo bottles. It’s ‘stuff’ everywhere you look. Open your eyes, see where you have clutter, and then give yourself 30 minutes to clear up as much of it as possible. Just that little bit of time will help you get back on track and feel so much more room opening up in your space. That clutter is blocking you and here is why.
*Giveaway pile. While you’re cleaning up the clutter bombs you might notice you have a stack of old magazines piling up. Find a nursing home or doctor’s office to donate them to. Were some of the clothes in the pile there because they haven’t been worn in a looooong time? Give them to charity orgs (many communities have collections for veterans or you can donate to Salvation Army).
*Raise some Cash. A quick way to make a few extra bucks is to have a yard sale. Put your unwanted stuff out and giveaway whatever doesn’t sell (just put a “free” sign out and see how fast it disappears!)
*Paint it red. Do you have boring white walls? Do you need a boost? You don’t have to paint an entire room. One accent wall or door in red color can lift your ch’i (energy) to new heights and won’t take a lot of paint. Try locating your Wealth, Fame, or Love sectors on the bagua and paint that wall for particularly good feng shui results. You might also try painting your toenails red for that personal lift 🙂
Happy Labor Day!