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WALLPAPER NOT SMALLPAPER

photo from apartment therapy

Want to add some Creativity and style to your bathroom for good feng shui? Think bold wallpaper! Apartment Therapy shows you some fabulous examples for huge impact in a small space. This technique is also good for disguising imperfections in your plaster walls. Feng Shui By Fishgirl loves it because wallpaper is an inexpensive way to add art and personality to your powder room. And we all know that art lifts ch’i (energy)—great feng shui! See more at the link below:

Little Room, Big Impact: Bold Paper in the Powder Room | Apartment Therapy.

Two of my favorites from the many photos AT is showing:

Don't you just LOVE this shot from Apartment Therapy?

If you like frou-frou, this is a good choice. All pics Apartment Therapy

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DO TRY THIS AT HOME

 

"Big Chair (Thomasville)"  (c)Katy Allgeyer

"Big Chair (Thomasville)" (c)Katy Allgeyer

SURVIVING IS IMPORTANT

 “Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” ~ Maya Angelou

The runaway success–indeed, the survival for several years of seasons!–of the TV show “Survivor” proves that a  large number of the viewing public is fascinated with whether or not they could last under primitive living conditions. Then again, maybe the show’s popularity just proves that people want to see girls in skimpy clothing eating raw kangaroo meat covered with flies.

But regardless of whether or not you watch television, you may be interested to know that many of the principles of Feng Shui originated as survival techniques. The ancestors of our ancestors who lived in caves knew that it was important not to turn one’s back to the cave entrance. If you did, you could be devoured by a cave dwelling beast (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), or, a rival tribe could come and steal your fire, your food, and your family.

It was in this way that the idea of positioning the bed and the stove and the desk so that the door to the room can be easily seen was born. In this placement, one feels able to relax and “let one’s guard down” (notice the idiom that evolved as a direct result of this principle). Of course, the ideal furniture placement can not always work within the limitations of the architecture of our homes and offices. This is where a Feng Shui expert can offer you alternate solutions to achieve the desired peace of mind.

Ch’i Whiz! It Really Does Feel Different

DO try this at home (when you are bored with eating bonbons and being waited on hand and foot by your husband):

Take a room that has only one entry and place a chair in the middle of the room with the back facing the door. If you have other people around, ask them to give you some time to settle into your room, but eventually have them move around in the hallway outside the door and come into the room occasionally without telling you when they are coming in.

Now, sit in the chair so that you are unable to see the door. Sit there for awhile, try to get a sense of the ch’i energy surrounding you and pay attention to how it feels. Now, try to read a magazine.

Notice how you feel. Do you feel uneasy and unable to concentrate on the magazine? Is your mind constantly wandering to the activity in the hallway and on alert mode so that you won’t be startled when someone comes into the room and surprises you?

Ok, once you’ve experienced that feeling, turn the chair around to where you have a clear view of the door as you sit and read your magazine. Notice how you feel. Is your posture more at ease? Are you able to focus more intently on the task of reading the magazine? You have now witnessed the importance of placement for  peace of mind based on the principle of survival.

THRIVING IS ELEGANT  

The ancient cave dwellers painted their cave walls mostly to serve  sacred ceremonial purposes and did not have to worry about matching the drapery fabric to the wall paint. Today, we express ourselves through the way we decorate our homes and the myriad of choices we make as to color, style, space, objects, art, and placement. But even though we have come a long way from the cave and the necessity of being in constant survival mode, we can feel a connection to our ancestors and benefit from their wisdom by incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into our modern lives. 

 

 

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WHILE YOU WERE OUT (Did the Temp mess up your feng shui?)

Do you care who is sitting at your desk while you're on the beach?

Do you care who is sitting at your desk while you're on the beach?

It’s sum-sum-summertime! Many of us will be taking our vacations soon. You might be traveling to an exotic island, to Europe, or simply relaxing in your back yard with a pina colada and a good novel in “staycation style”. Whatever you have planned, taking time off from the daily grind is good for your ch’i (energy) and that means it is good for your feng shui.

What’s happening to your space while you are on leave? If you’re lucky enough to have an office, most likely you shut the door to it until you return. Some feng shui tips before you leave town: empty the trash can,clear off the desk top, remove all clutter and sticky notes from your computer, lock away any personal items that you wouldn’t want people snooping into (or better yet, bring them home).

While you’re away the closed office ch’i may become stagnant the longer it is unused. Here’s what to do to revitalize the “dead zone” when you return from vacation. You’ll need a stick of incense. Light the incense and waft it about the space in a circular motion. While doing that, reclaim the space and rededicate yourself to being the best at whatever job it is that you do. There’s no need to use the entire stick of incense.If you work in a conservative office you may want to light a small aromatic candle instead while doing the reclaiming visualization. Snuff the candle after a few minutes whenyou feel you are ready to begin working again.

If you occupy a cubicle or open area you’ll still want to activate your feng shui when you come back from your trip. You might have other conditions to worry about: perhaps your desk was used by a co-worker or temp worker while you were out of town? This is all the more reason you need to clear out their energy and reclaim your space.

The final touch after you’ve smoked out the stale ch’i is to place some cut flowers in a vase on your desk. It can be a big bouquet or a tiny bud vase. Welcome back!

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HEALTHY FENG SHUI

Having been suffering for a week now with a bout of bronchitis (aches all over, headache, sore throat, and wheezy dry cough), I have had plenty of time to ruminate over old moldy axioms such as “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy,wealthy, and wise.” It really is true that if one has good health, one has everything. Or at least one has the foundation to build everything on. Without health, there is no ch’i energy to draw from. No will to focus on anything. Thoughts of suicide dance in ones head. Aarrgh!

But how we take our health for granted. My bf got the good news today that after one year of 4 hospital stays, a temporary ostemy, two surgeries, and half a year of chemotherapy treatment, his cancer is gone. (Eff cancer!!!) I believe subconsciously I knew he was finally well and thus allowed myself to become sick (I have been exhausted for most of the last six months as the role of ‘caretaker’ finally caught up with me).

This summer while bf was in hospital having the ostemy pouch removed and his intestines reattached, I went looking for feng shui clues in our summer home as much to keep myself busy and my mind off of things as I was really thinking I might find some correlation to his intestinal problem with feng shui. What I found was a basement that had been flooded (we never go down there) and mold growing on the cement floor. I removed 36–count ’em, 36–big black garbage bags of wet moldy stuff over the course of a few days. It was stuff that had been moved in boxes after a contentious divorce and then never looked at. Unneeded stuff. Stuff that nobody would ever miss but that somebody was falsely attached to. The universe flooded the stuff and created the perfect reason to toss it all out. I did and the feng shui of the house immediately felt lighter. Plus, the surgery and subsequent treatment worked.

Do I believe that feng shui “cured” the cancer? No. But I believe unblocking the ch’i by removing the disgusting moldy clutter helped strengthen the ch’i and gave a good foundation for healing and for helping the treatment work. This is how feng shui can help in our day to day lives.

As to my bronchitis, I got support from my medical professional today. But I also thoroughly vacuumed the house of all allergins and dog hair and washed all bedding and comforters of the same. Clearing and cleaning helps your feng shui and your health.

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SUNBEAMS: Feng Shui of Beams II

A lot of people love the look of beams. Try sleeping under them for any length of time and you may or may not make the connection between your sleep difficulties and other health issues with the beams crossing your body and energy field overhead. The photo above is a classic example. It’s a guest room in someone’s home that is beautifully decorated. The sunbeam yellow color of the walls, the soft patina of the wood floors, the natural light, the balance of elements and the art work….all are very well done and it’s a very cozy room. Almost. Even the ceiling fan that can be a potential problem in feng shui terms is placed in a position where it can do no harm (it’s over the center of the room instead of over any beds–this is fine). But the wood beams are a problem. Solution? Paint them white because white symbolizes metal and metal cuts wood. This diffuses the energy of the beams and neutralizes their heavy impact so the room will feel more comfortable to sleep in. Hmmmm….this IS a guest room…maybe the intention was to not have guests overstay their welcome? In that case: leave the beams as is!

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INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST ISABELLE BRYER

One of my favorite ways to lift Qi (energy) in any space is through the use of well- placed artwork. Not only should the artwork be hung properly, the art must also have uplifting images and symbols that add to your pleasure and happiness. Artist Isabelle Bryer’s work fits that perfectly. Based in Los Angeles, Isabelle Bryer was born in France and studied art there. Known for both her commissioned
portraits (mostly of children) and also her iconic mermaids, houses, dolls and other series of paintings, she is widely collected. Her work has appeared on “Hannah Montana” and “How I met your Mother” and “Accidentally on Purpose“. And the exciting news is that Isabelle has a new Etsy shop that sells affordable versions of her painted images. Isabelle and I spoke about her work recently.

The Bride (c) Isabelle Bryer

FG: Your work seems to have a lot of symbolic imagery in it. Are there certain iconic symbols that you use frequently? What are your reasons for this?

IB: I like to paint symbols of nature, birds, fish, weather, suns and moons, fire and water, everything that connects humans to the earth and have existed since the beginning of time. And hearts for love of course…. they are all part of a familiar collective unconscious.

(c) Isabelle Bryer

“The Mermaid Garden” (c) Isabelle Bryer

FG: Your recent painting, ‘Nahla in Meditation’, seems to me to be about yoga. Am I right?

IB: Recently meditation took a bigger place in my life. I wanted to paint an image expressing the kind of serenity and contentment one can achieve through it (and I don’t mean me by the way! I am still working on it..) And I love portraits with eyes shut.

Nahla in Meditation (c) Isabelle Bryer

FG: The “doll series” seems to have a darker edge to it behind the innocent child like theme. Where did you find inspiration for that?

IB:I do like to mix beauty and eeriness, this is why I like dolls, for their innocent/evil duality. I like that they take us back to our childhood, and I get to put my dolls in all kinds of situations and use them to tell stories.

“The Seeds” (c) Isabelle Bryer

“The Seeds” (c) Isabelle Bryer

"Mystical Cat" (c) Isabelle Bryer

“Mystical Cat” (c) Isabelle Bryer

FG: As a contemporary artist, what artists from the past have influenced and informed your work the most?

IB:A lot of artists have inspired me along the years. Douanier Rousseau, the symbolist and surrealist movements, Frida Kahlo, Hieronimus Bosch…I am also very influenced by religious art, medieval or gothic. I might be trying to recreate the perfect icon…Contemporary artists also inspire me and I am passionate about many of them and in awe of their work.

"Snow Angel" (c) Isabelle Bryer

“Snow Angel” (c) Isabelle Bryer

Isabelle Bryer is inspired by the works of Rousseau (pic above).

FG: Do you agree that artwork can either lift your spirits or bring you way down?

IB: When you choose a piece of art for yourself there is a deeper reason than just a matter of taste. I think Art speaks to our soul and fills a void or a longing that each of us has, that’s why it is a very personal choice. Do not choose a painting because someone else tells you it’s cool or it matches the couch. Find an image you really feel connected to.

Feel connected to Isabelle’s work? See more at her website.

"I Love You To Pieces" (c) Isabelle Bryer

“I Love You To Pieces” (c) Isabelle Bryer

All works copyright to the artist Isabelle Bryer.

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DRAPERIES CAN LIFT THE CHI & ANCHOR A ROOM

Here’s a great example of a window treatment that incorporates feng shui principles with design. Through use of color that enhances the bagua area where the windows are located, and by considering ceiling height to raise chi energy, this interior designer known as The Queen of Shades has succeeded in bringing energy to a traditional space.
Picture 67To build your own window treatments, you may want to start with functional roller blinds for privacy. From there you might add a sheer layer of fabric and then a heavier custom drape for a more formal look.

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