Every now and then I fixate on one color. Aqua is “it” for me today. I found some cool aqua kitchens online (Big Chill retro appliances in some of these pics are extra special).
This one has a nice mix of feng shui elements: wood floors, metal (white color), water (aqua tones and black table and glass cabinet windows). You could get this effect by simply painting the trim this aqua color or a small accent wall in your otherwise all-white kitchen. That’s not a big commitment but it would give you a big impact.
I love the beachy attitude of this aqua farm table. It invites creativity and it looks as though some kids have been at play here recently.
A more green toned aqua works well with cream and red accents. The wabi-sabi nature of this sideboard adds charm, too.
Inspiring your children from an early age means giving them not only a safe environment to play in but one that stimulates with happy colors and visual beauty. But that doesn’t mean you have to go all cutesy. Here is a slide show of some interesting choices made in children’s room decor. Remember: children are associated with the Creativity & Future Projects area of the bagua. Shouldn’t your child’s room reflect that?
Dining rooms bring family & friends together for community meals and conversation. Apartment Therapy has a selection of 10 dining rooms that all have a very good balance of feng shui elements—
*Great use of art on the walls for uplifting ch’i energy
*Mix of yin & yang (curvy and angular) shapes
*Proper use of 5 feng shui elements (wood, earth, fire, metal, water)
I’m not sure I love the lamps reaching from floor over the tables but for the most part, all of these rooms inspire auspicious feng shui–see more at the link below.
Food, Friends & Family: Dining Rooms To Live In Best of 2011 | Apartment Therapy DC.
Photos courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com
Urban herb garden | City garden | Growing herbs | housetohome.co.uk.
Feng Shui By Fishgirl is scouring the internet AND High Point International Furniture Market for inspiration this week. The herb garden wall planter you see above (click on link above to HouseToHome’s blog for more pics) brings a healthy green herb garden into your kitchen and adds color and style to your walls as well—great feng shui!
Check out the totally sustainable minihomes.
I stumbled upon this wonderful site of sustainable “minihomes” that can be custom ordered and delivered to your location in just 6 weeks. See the website for more info: Gallery | miniHome.
Feng Shui By Fishgirl absolutely LOVES peonies. They are traditionally good feng shui symbols and you’ll see many ancient Chinese painters have used them if you look more closely next time you’re in a museum. Especially good used in the Love & Relationship sector of your space, peonies strengthen that area of the bagua because of their red, white, and pink tones. But recently a local flower expert here in Maine told me that peony plants can outlive many people, thriving for a hundred years or more. I have never heard that before and never had it explained to me by any feng shui masters. However, I am certain this is probably at the root (no pun intended) of the reason why peonies gained good luck status with feng shui masters of ancient China. The point is they represent longevity and if you place them in your Love area, you are encouraging a long happy relationship.
Peonies and cats. Artist Ru Yun
If you want to activate your Love & Relationship area, find some art work of peonies and hang it there. Or get some fresh peonies and put them in a vase within your Love sector. Let us know what happens!
I’m a sucker for red. Anything painted bright red always attracts my attention and makes me smile. It’s difficult to be depressed when you’re around the color red. Think Dorothy’s ruby red slippers in the Wizard of Oz. Or those bright red toy wagons and firetrucks you played with as a kid. It’s the magic-fantastic feng shui color. Here’s why:
*Red signifies activating positive feng shui energies to attract good fortune, fame, and passion.
*Red symbolizes the fire element and warms up an environment.
*Red lifts spirits and warm the heart.
*Red is a confident color and bestows that powerful confidence on the wearer.
*Red wakes you up and puts you on alert (that’s why it’s used in stop signs and lights).
The picture above is from the online shop Wanderlust Cambodia. The actual store also uses red very effectively so that you are immediately drawn to this creative space. That’s owner Elizabeth Kiester standing in front of her shop below.
Photo by NY Times
Check out the website as there’s a ton of cool stylish stuff to buy (clothing and decor) like these coated round canvas storage totes pictured here for $38 bucks. I like this in red and because it has yin rounded shape. Same with the top picture of the pillow filled red bench: there is a nice balance of yin curves with squared cushions plus this nook would be a perfect retreat if it was located in your Love & Relationship area.
Are you happy yet?
Self Realization Lake Shrine in Malibu, CA
What a beautiful day in LA yesterday. After a fabulous hike in the hills —it’s always mind blowing how close truly wild natural places are to this metropolis!—with friends Corine and Isabelle, we went to do a Topanga Canyon hangout at Cafe Mimosa. (I’ll be posting separately about this cafe in a few days). After lunch we continued on to the beach and up Sunset Ave a short distance to the Self Realization Lake Shrine pictured here. Some of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are buried here at this peaceful retreat founded on the beliefs of Yogananda. There’s a lake with gigantic koi in it and ducks and a swan and turtles, too. A little slice of solitude in the hustle and bustle that is Malibu. Open to the public and free of charge, this place of peace is a favorite place for me and will be for you, too, if you are in LA and take the time to check it out. The feng shui here is most auspicious and I feel my Qi renewed when I left.
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!