September 19, 2010 · 5:33 pm
A plan for a Tuscan Dining area, outside!
I love the idea of taking outdoor space and making it actually an extension of living space. If you have acreage–or if you cleverly use what you have–you can substantially expand your square footage of living area. The layout shown above has a good balance of yin-yang shapes (round feminine vs. square masculine). See how many circles and squares you can find. Then go look at Sunset Magazine for more images of this beautiful garden space.
In contrast, above is a photo recently featured in a house tour on Dwell.com (“Double Time“). I liked much of the house until I got to the back door and outdoor space. What a perfect opportunity for the designers to incorporate a little feng shui balance. For example, the window in the upper right hand corner of the photo could have easily have been a round one. Or, the terrace stones could have had rounded yin shapes instead of echoing all of the squares and grids (a very tired trend). What else doesn’t feel right? The step down and the fact that it is all grass. I’ll bet that back space would be utilized a lot more if the upper terrace under the roof was a solid floor (either decking, stonework, or concrete) instead of grass. What more perfect area for an outdoor living space than one like this—opportunity squandered. Do you agree? Check out the rest of the pictures at Dwell.
A nice balance of feng shui elements.
I like the use of wood, earth (slate tiles), fire (hot pink tablecloth) and I’m hoping they have some metal and some water feature that is off camera. This is another patio example seen at Sunset Magazine. I also want to point out the wonderful use of vines crawling up the corner of the house. This is a great example of using plants to eliminate/solve/cure a feng shui problem known as a knife edge. All corners jutting outward create knife edges. It’s not a problem unless you plan to sit or sleep in front of one. This one was completely neutralized by the rounded leaved plants growing up and concealing it.
Filed under Design, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Home, Plants & Outdoors
Tagged as dwell magazine, feng shui advice, feng shui balance, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, Katy Allgeyer, outdoor feng shui, PATIO PERFECT: Considering feng shui in outdoor living spaces, solving "knife edge" feng shui problem, Sunset Magazine, yin yang
February 16, 2010 · 6:11 pm
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!
December 21, 2009 · 7:55 pm
1) I will surround myself in my home space only with things I like or love.
2) I will cultivate relationships only with people that I like or love.
3) I will repair items and friendships that are worth saving and discard ones that aren’t.
4) I will be conscious of expressing myself in a positive way.
5) I will remove clutter from my space and my mind.
6) I will examine my space and rearrange things for a better energy flow.
7) I will be more conscious of sustainable practices so that I leave a smaller footprint on the earth’s surface.
8) I will keep up my gratitude journal and teach others how to create one.
9) I will not save the smudge stick, incense, and candles for special occasions.
10) I will eat more chocolate.
What will you do to improve your life in 2010?
December 1, 2009 · 11:21 pm
1) Take an inventory of where you have clutter in your life. Examine your immediate work space, your home space, your car, your friendships. Assess the size of the clean up job and schedule time to handle it accordingly.
2) Start with baby steps. Remember, dealing with clutter is often overwhelming because it brings up painful emotions related to our psychological attachment to the clutter. If you’ve got clutter all over your home or office, start with one small area and clean that up first.
3) Pace yourself so that you don’t get burned out on letting go. Set small goals of one file at a time. Set a time goal of one to two hours per day to clear up the clutter until you’ve got it under control. Thereafter, you should be able to manage it with less than ten to fifteen minutes per day.
4) Fade away. If you’ve got a group of friends that are a negative influence on your life, remove yourself gradually from the group by seeing them less and less over a period of time. Surround yourself with positive people and experiences. Often the people we’ve outgrown will just naturally drop out of our lives once we’ve claimed our authentic selves.
5) Reward yourself for embracing your clutter-free self and removing the blocks to your success. Get a manicure, go to a movie, buy yourself a lottery ticket!