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HAVING A CONCRETE OPINION

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.

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WHITE OUT

photo from vosgesparis.com

I’m a sucker for whitewashed wood. And when you have beams in your home, often the feng shui cure too cut the oppressive beam energy is to paint them white (because white is representative of metal and metal cuts wood). But never mind all that. I just like the way this photo makes me want to paint everything different shades of white and see what happens. Maybe the white-out will inspire new creative ideas? Or perhaps the absence of color will bring me to higher levels of meditation? This photo feels like a new beginning…a canvas just waiting to be ravaged with paint.

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FABRIC HEADBOARD: Yes, LOG BEAMS: Not so much

They almost got the feng shui right…but that super heavy log beam crossing your head / chest will make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep (that is, IF you can fall asleep here). Solution? You could put a firecracker cure on the beam but I would simply paint the log beam white. White in feng shui terms = metal, and metal cuts wood. Do a search of my blog for “beams” to find all my posts about them and more photos…

What I do love about this room, however, is the great use of fabric behind the bed to create a headboard effect that is tall enough to balance out the high ceiling and the tall windows. This is simple to recreate in your own home.

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BEAM ME UP, SCOTTIE: Beams & Feng Shui

This photo that I lifted from Apartment Therapy gave me a perfect illustration of “beams over the bed” feng shui problem. What we’ve got is a gigantic wooden beam crossing over the bed at about chest position. Then we’ve got support beams coming from the walls up to the cross beam that would be positioned over the sleeper’s head. What’s wrong with this picture?

Beams carry a lot of weight (that’s kind of their job, actually). In feng shui terms, the weight is then energetically pressing down on you if you are immediately under the beam. That’s fine if you’re in a temporary sitting area such as a dining room or living room. But it’s not fine for working at a desk all day or sleeping in a bed all night. Sooner or later it will give you problems with headaches, lack of sleep, pressure in your relationship and other problems.

It appears obvious to me that this bedroom is set up to enjoy the view out a window opposite the bed as well as the fireplace. This is where the bed has to go. No worries, Feng Shui By Fishgirl always has a solution. A classic feng shui solution would be to hang a firecracker under the beam. Doesn’t seem like that would work into the decor or add to the romance, does it? No. Therefore I would suggest painting the beams white. White is the feng shui equivalent of metal and metal cuts wood. In addition, I would create a canopy of fabric coming up from behind the bed and draped across to attach to the beam. This would transform the bed into a custom made canopy bed, bring down the ceiling height for a cozier sleeping experience, add some yin (feminine) energy, and solve the problem of the beam.

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