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Centuries old buildings can sometimes have problematic feng shui. Along with the quaintness and charm can also come ghosts and residual negative energy build up from a long history. Rooms in vintage buildings might also feel cramped and crowded. Antique furniture poses its own problems. The Blue Hill Inn on Union Street in Blue Hill, Maine has only very positive vibrant energy. Much of that has to do with its innkeeper Sarah Pebworth. Sarah’s love of the place and attention to detail is evident everywhere one looks in both the interior and the gardens and grounds of the inn. With a passion for food and Maine, Sarah has a very entertaining Innkeeper’s Blog that draws you into the Maine scene whether you are lucky enough to visit or are halfway around the globe.

Whether or not you are staying at the inn you may make a reservation for breakfast at the inn. It is served each morning between 8 and 9:30 a.m. in our sun-filled dining room. Fresh fruit, assorted juices, and freshly baked sweet breads accompany a choice of cooked-to-order entrees or homemade granola. Blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles with strawberries, brie and sweet roasted red pepper omelets, and amaretto french toast are favorites among guests. Local ingredients, including Maine maple syrup, are featured, as well as coffee from Maine roasted coffee beans. Food allergies and restrictions are easily accommodated. See what I mean about attention to detail?

I have had the pleasure of capturing the Blue Hill Inn in paint on canvas last autumn when the trees were ablaze with color. I embedded nautical charts of Blue Hill and Penobscot Bay into the scene. Do you think I captured the essence of the Blue Hill Inn’s spirit? What’s your favorite B & B inn? Do tell!


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One of the highlights of living in High Point, NC is being able to attend the High Point International Furniture Market Weeks to see incoming trends in home decor. One of my favorite sources for vintage and reproduction Chinese home furnishings is Antiques By Zaar. Owner Ruth Olbrych divides her time between Maine and High Point (just like I do!) and has a very high quality selection of furniture and accessories that can be purchased directly from her website. Ruth has a wonderful eye for finding unique pieces. Antiques By Zaar works with designers and individuals to help you put together a truly personalized look for your home.

Asian antiques have been in style for a long time and the proliferation of buddah statues from temples to yoga studios to backyards and living rooms has become almost cliche. From a feng shui perspective, are antiques positive or negative? That’s a good question. Getting back to buddah, it’s never a good idea to have more than one buddah image per room (unless you are a museum of antiquities).

As for antiques, some people are superstitious about them and about the residual energy from previous owners. Solution? Clean them thoroughly and remove psychic residue by smudging them with sage or incense. Set new intentions for your antiques to bring you good luck and harmony to your home as you claim them for your own.


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If you’re into vintage Eames design, you’ll want to know about the upcoming April 8th auction in Chicago. Click here for more info. Is vintage Eames good feng shui? Great original design never goes out of style. If it feels good to you and you like the look, go for it! If you’re worried about residual ch’i buildup from previous owners (a problem with some antiques), you can always use sage or incense to smudge away bad vibes. Reupholstering old pieces also helps to update the feng shui as well as the look.

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