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ARTFUL RUGS CAN MAKE A ROOM HAPPY

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Living artfully is great for your feng shui. Why not start from the floor up? Don’t be afraid of unique shapes, color-color-color, or even pictorial rugs that can be hung on the wall (like my “Opera House” rug that was created from one of my paintings of Stonington, Maine shown below).

Opera House Rug (Katy Allgeyer Collection)--Handcrafted Tibetan Rug made in Nepal

And how about the rug below from Company C instead of a simple Welcome Mat? Color adds ch’i (energy) and makes us cheerful by lifting our spirits.

Company C handcrafted rug.

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CURTAIN CALL: RECYCLING SCARVES

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I love repurposing items from the wardrobe into home furnishings. This curtain idea uses pretty scarves as a room divider but you can use this idea for curtains, canopy beds, or even quilts. Read more about it on Apartment Therapy. And see what I did with my boyfriend’s old neckties here.

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December 9, 2011 · 11:52 am

REPURPOSED PALETTES AS FURNISHINGS | Apartment Therapy DC

 

 

 

 

Photo from Apartment Therapy, Click link for more

I get so excited when I see  (a) Creative Thinking (b) clean crisp colors (c) uncluttered living spaces (d) repurposed/recycled that doesn’t look like crap (e) innovative design ideas. This post —Palettes In The Home | Apartment Therapy DC.–has all of the above. The kitchen table pictured here is made from moving palettes! There’s more photos of other palette creations such as platform beds on wheels at the link. Go see and report back to Feng Shui By Fishgirl if you like or don’t like. And by the way, Apartment Therapy is one terrific source of interior design inspiration, don’tcha think?

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Photo from ApartmentTherapy.com

Are you rethinking your bedroom for a spring makeover? Take a look at this one recently shown at Apartment Therapy. Notice how the art work over the bed continues the line of the headboard upward (a good idea if you have a particularly high ceiling like this one). The side tables and the side lamps are matching—provides great balance and equality symbolizing a happy relationship—always a good feng shui idea in a master bedroom. The walls are pink…it’s a pretty look no matter what since everyone looks better in light that is bounced off of warm pink glow of walls like these, but, it’s particularly wonderful if your bedroom is located in the Love & Relationship sector of the bagua. The room does have a preponderance of wood element, however the lamps and white bedding = metal, the pink walls = fire, the glass windows= water, and the brown coverlet = earth —plus there is a lot of energy in the painting. Feng Shui By Fishgirl gives this room two thumbs up! Look at your own bedroom with feng shui eyes: do you have too much blank wall space? Are your ceilings extra high? Do you have mismatched bedside tables? Do you have any art in the room at all? Are your 5 feng shui elements represented?  You should be able to make small adjustments to bring the feng shui “up to code”.

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SUPERCHEAP & CH’I-FUL KITCHEN REDO

I’m a big advocate of improving the feng shui of your space using what you’ve already got and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do it. I call that “frugal feng shui”. But you have to be willing to tackle the job with some elbow grease and ingenuity. This super cheap kitchen redo is an excellent case in point.

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Click this link to jump to one of our favorite design sites, Apartment Therapy, to see the full story and find out how the transformation was done:

Before & After: Kitchen Reno on a Near Zero Budget | Apartment Therapy New York.

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PETS & FENG SHUI

Photo courtesy Apartment Therapy

A great post at Apartment Therapy guaranteed to put a smile on your face: “Dogs in House Tours, the Best of 2010”.  Here at Feng Shui By Fishgirl I get asked questions about pets and feng shui quite a bit. Are pets good feng shui? Absolutely! A well-trained, healthy, happy pet can add so much good ch’i (energy) to your space and it’s been proven scientifically that animals can help us to heal faster and live longer. Can keeping pets pose feng shui problems? Yes, of course. If we neglect their hygiene–and our own–by allowing fur to accumulate, or ignoring the cat litter box that needs to be kept fresh that can cancel out all the good vibes a pet contributes to the homespace.

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FRESH CREAM & INDIGO DREAM

Photo Credit: Les Indiennes

This is my favorite pic of the week that I pulled from Apartment Therapy who pulled it from Les Indiennes who made the lucious fabrics in India and guess who is going to India next February? See–there is always a method to my madness. But the reason I love this photo besides the yummy indigo color on open fields of fresh cream is this: there is an excellent balance of yin (feminine round shapes) and yang (masculine square angled shapes). That’s good feng shui. Notice the round pendant globe lamp. Even the square cushions have big round polka dots printed on them. I also want to point out the cloth backdrop going up the wall from the day bed. This is a perfect example of a soft headboard effect to use behind a bed. It can add balance to other tall furniture within a room. See what I mean?

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