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ANCIENT RUIN

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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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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A-MAZING!

Photo from Vogue

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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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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THIS POOL IS OUT THERE

This pool in a house designed by Antón García- Abril is truly out there. It makes me squeamish just looking at it and the rest of the architecture. How do you feel about it? Is a cantilevered pool a can or a can’t in feng shui ?

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SPIRAL VINO GOOD DESIGN-OH?

James Bond might have this secret wine cellar in his kitchen. The bottles are held along a spiral staircase. I personally can appreciate the ingenius design and creativity of the concept, however the spiral reminds me of a giant corkscrew ripping through the heart of the kitchen. That’s traditionally NOT good feng shui (even for 007). I also think it’s a bit risky having your wine cellar on such precarious footing…by the time you go to get the second bottle you might not have the surefootedness you need to get the job done. What’s your opinion? See more at this blog.

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STILL MAKIN’ IT RIGHT IN NOLA

We first covered Brad Pitt’s “Make it Right NOLA” back in November, 2009 with this post. It’s three years later and Brad’s non profit org has made inroads into rebuilding New Orlean’s lower 9th ward —hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina—one house at a time. Using sustainable construction and known architects, the affordable housing is making waves in the design world. Here are just three of the completed houses. Go to Make it Right NOLA to see more and find out how you can contribute to this worthy cause (which also contributes to your own excellent feng shui). Oh, and there’s a great video of Mr. Pitt there, too.

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