The symmetry of this poolside cabana designed by Jamie Durie creates good feng shui balance. I’m a sucker for turquoise color–it’s so soothing and instantly puts me in the mood for relaxation. There are a couple of design elements here that are off kilter—the two lamps are mismatched and either side of the structure has a different potted plant arrangement. This slight assymmetry gives an extra boost of energy to the overall space and does not harm the balance at all. See more from this designer at Elle Decor.
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Check out this featured home in Elle Decor. The draperies in the master bedroom were done by Queen of Shades (well done, Jainee!) and the overall interior design by Sarah Walker. I like the feng shui of the space, too.
This is what some of my blogger friends call a “drool worthy room”. Elle Decor has the entire makeover of the barn this bedroom is situated in if you click here. I love the bed and the whitewashed bare barn but I always look with feng shui eyes. So let’s improve the feng shui here with some Feng Shui By Fishgirl touches:
1) Beam me up, Scottie! There are not only beams from the ceiling, but also cross beams from the twig bed. An easy fix is to tie a white linen or cotton “crumb-catcher” canopy to the bed. You can find a sheer fabric so you still have a light airy feel to it. White equals metal in feng shui terms and metal cuts the impact of the wooden beams. That disperses the energy so you don’t feel oppressive weight bearing down on you while you’re trying to get a good night’s rest in that gorgeous twig bed!
2) Balanced Side Tables…unless this is a guest room where one won’t be staying long, the feng shui would be better served by two matching nightstands and/ or two matching lamps. If it’s the master bedroom, the idea is to have equal balance so that no partner has dominance over the other. Unless you’re into that kind of thing of course, but that’s a different blog altogether!
3) Poison Arrows…the uncovered windows are in alignment (directly across from each other) and this causes a “poison arrow” of too-fast-moving ch’i. Again, a filmy cloth barrier would do the trick and still let the light and openness into the room. It doesn’t need to be a curtain. It could be a shade or shoji screen or even a bead curtain. Use your creativity!
Be sure to check out Elle Decor for the rest of this cool barn house. What would you do differently? Or, what do you love about it?
There’s a great slide show of John Mayer’s pad at Elle Decor. I’ve taken the liberty of reviewing the musician’s lair with Feng Shui By Fishgirl eyes. Here are 5 things that could be done to improve the feng shui of the space that was decorated using Armani Casa furnishings.
1] ADD SOME YIN SHAPES to offset the male yang square shapes throughout the apartment. One easy place to do this would be the dining room. The table itself could be round, or, less expensive to change out would be to change the lampshade shape to a big globe instead of the square.
2] TOO MUCH WOOD. Reface the cabinets. There’s too much wood ch’i and it was a mistake to match the wood floors to the cabinets. A hipper look that would have enhanced the feng shui would have been to add a color cabinet (red, blue, green…depending on the location of the kitchen).
3] BIGGER ART. While it was a good thing the designers added color to the wall above the couch, the piece used is too small. Much better if there were two or three panels of this sized piece across the entire wall (or replace it with one large painting). They’ve done the same thing over the guest bed and have left way too much wall space undone.
4] REPLACE DEAD PLANTS. While we approve of the Jimi Hendrix portraits, dead leaves on plants like the one here represent dead ch’i energy. Replace all dead plants with thriving ones or cut flowers for good feng shui.
5] DIVERSIFY. Using just one source for your entire home (in this case, Armani Casa) leads to a pretty homogenous environment akin to a furniture showroom and not a home. It’s boring, John! Adding pieces carefully selected to represent your own personal taste, maybe from your world wide concert tour cities, would transform this space. You can still do it by reupholstering some of the pieces (the barstools and maybe one chair in the living room) with interesting fabric.
So what do YOU think? Will John Mayer take the advice of Feng Shui By Fishgirl?
I love this pic from Elle Decor because the giant houseplant–a Fiddle Leaf Fig a.k.a. Ficus Lyrata–demonstrates really good feng shui. The broad shaped leaves without points, the lushness and health of the plant, and the way it embraces the seating arrangement are all wonderful points to consider when selecting indoor plants. Your only challenge is keeping it healthy. Unfortunately, Feng Shui By Fishgirl did NOT inherit mom’s Green Thumb so I don’t know how to advise you in that dept. If it dies on you? Fiddle-dee-dee, just buy another one!