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“Feng Shui offers us the opportunity to achieve health, happiness, and prosperity by living in harmony with our environment, and taking control of our own space so that it becomes more balanced.” (Feng Shui Home, Gill ; Martin, Stella)  In other words, the goal of achieving Feng Shui is to create balance in one’s home as a way to escape from the destructive anomalies of modern life.

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The art of Feng Shui is so complex and detailed, but so interesting.  There is just so much to learn and not enough time to write about it all!  Here is my “dumbed-down” cheat sheet on how to achieve Feng Shui in your own home.

Furniture should be placed based on location of N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and this is determined for each individual person based on their “magic number”.  Read about this here: http://www.mountainvalleycenter.com/store/html/fengshuiyearchart.htm

If a room has edges, corners, or slanting walls, they will need to be softened and most likely brightened which can be done by use of plants, flowers and mirrors.

Beams are not recommended in Feng Shui as they are considered oppressive to the people living beneath them.  Placing beds or dining tables beneath them is not recommended.  However, if the ceiling is high or vaulted, the beams may not have the same impact.

Materials are thought to have energy and their physical appearance can affect us by how they feel and look.  It is important to surround yourself with materials that promote positive chi throughout the home- wood, bamboo, wicker, rattan, sisal, sea grass, fabrics, plastics, metal, glass, clay and ceramics, and stone and marble.

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Mirrors should always reflect something pleasant such as a landscape, but should never distort or cut into a person’s reflection.  Mirrors should also always have a frame to contain the Chi.  It is not recommended to place a mirror across from a door or window as the purpose is to reflect the Chi back into the space which cannot be done if it is facing outside of a room.  Also, mirrors should be used in long corridors to slow down Chi, or in dark corners to brighten them.

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Plants are known to bring life inside the home and also to clean the inside air.  Color and shape of the plant can resemble the 5 elements (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal).  Cut flowers are technically considered dead so potted plants and flowers are the only option.

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Life on earth requires light to survive.  The lighting in a space, whether direct or indirect, or natural or artificial is very important.  In spaces where we are active like an office or kitchen, direct lighting is necessary.  In a room where we relax such as a bedroom, diffused or indirect light should be used.

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Color can affect our mood and can affect how comfortable we are in different environments.  The five colors are associated with a different element and depending on the location of the room, all elements should be represented in every room.  Each color has a meaning as well and is considered to have limitations or to be ideal in certain rooms.

I have found some great sites to check out to learn more about Feng Shui:

Feng Shui 101- http://organiseme.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/nine-essential-feng-shui-tools/

How to get started- http://fengshui.about.com/od/thebasics/qt/fengshuibasics.htm

If you need help with your own design project, feel free to contact me!

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The Brant Chair made by Ethan Allen is one of the most versatile chairs I can find right now! The detailed carved repeating ball frame and fluted apron (taken from a 17th century design) can fall towards traditional or lean towards modern styling… it just depends on the fabric its upholstered in!

Here are some fun fabric-to-frames I came up with to help you visualize Brant’s potential!

By the way, Ethan Allen offers OVER 1000  fabrics AND 25 wood finishes for the frames- talk about custom!

Here is the link to Ethan Allen’s website where you can check out the chair for yourself.

If you need help creating this look or starting any other design project, feel free to contact me!

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I know I have posted about artwork and how to hang it in a gallery before (check it out here), but can you create an interesting look with just a frame?  Ah I love the whiteout look above!

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Here are some cool and quirky ways to hang… frames.  What a unique look.

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Source: Benjamin Moore- Stormy Monday 2112-50 and Pewter 2121-30

Or do they feel empty to you?

I love the bright colors!  These would be gorgeous in a white or neutral room.

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I love these fabulous pink painted (and upholstered) products!

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Source: Ethan Allen, raspberry moroccan accent table

The accent table above looks more red than it truely is, I promise!

This library below is amazing.  Very creative way to layer the artwork in front of the bookcase.

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Source: homeanddecor.net

Source: homeanddecor.net

And this pink chair frame is adorable!  I found it here: http://www.fabulouskblog.com/2011/04/decorating-my-place-pink-chair.html

If my boyfriend would let me have a hot pink painted console I would be the happiest woman on Earth!  Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but it would be cute. 

Source: Heaven and Home- pink parsons desk

Of course I love other colors too, but how striking are these?  Especially with the royal blue!

If you need help creating these looks or tackling any other project feel free to contact me!

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As the 2012 London Summer Olympics come to a close this weekend, I felt it appropriate to honor the athletes who brought us home the gold…in my own way!

Source: Designer Jona Collins

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Source: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Source: Hazelnut New Orleans

Source: Horne

Source: Clayton Gray Home

Source: Designer Nora Schneider

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Source: Anthropologie

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