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Besides placing a mirror above your dresser, like everybody does, why not use mirrors in more unique ways in the bedroom?  I absolutely love the use of mirrors behind the nightstands on either side of the bed!!

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This is such an elegant and unique way to add more light (by reflecting the lamps on the nightstands), brighten the room, and fill dead wall space.  The mirrors almost give the illusion of windows too which keeps the room feeling open and not cluttered with art.

If you are having a hard time imagining what I am trying to describe, here are some beautiful bedrooms for inspiration…

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I love that different shaped frames and sizes can all work, there is really no wrong!

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This post is for everyone out there that strives to achieve the “designer look” but refuses to pay the price for it.  Well good news, you don’t always have to!  I have compiled this list below of some absolutely gorgeous but high-end mirrors and their less expensive sisters.  Enjoy!

Sunburst

Inlay

Driftwood

Baroque

If you want the look for less but need help, contact me!

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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

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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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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!

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I miss those summer trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod where we played in the sand and in the water, and went shopping in the cute little boutique shops that line the streets.  Now that the warm weather (hot if you are in DC) is here to stay, I crave the beach!

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So here is a little collection of sumemr accessories that bring me back to those summer holidays.

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I love the white wash, distressed woods and ropes.

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Where did you spend your childhood summer holidays?

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Many of my clients love the look of hanging artwork in a gallery style but find it a daunting task to organize.  Here are a few simple tips that need to be followed if you want to create a cohesive gallery of artwork in your home.

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First pull together all the pieces that you want in the gallery, and they definitely do not all have to be photographs.  You can include mirrors, mementos, pressed flowers, children’s artwork, paintings, sculptures, clothing, etc.

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It is easy to get carried away with tons of your favorite pictures and end up with a wall full of clutter.  There must be one commonality amongst every piece of art whether it is the color of the photo, color of the frame, color of the mat, or size.  For example, if the frames are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, the photos should all be black and white.

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Now, there are two ways to display the art: in a random pattern or an organized manner.  I find that when all of the pieces are the same size (maybe from the same series) and are hung in a grid, the effect can be very dramatic.  A more random pattern can have a more personal and casual feel.  The trick to laying out an asymmetrical arrangement is to have a common axis which the pieces are lined up on, this give a feeling of order to the chaos.

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Regardless if the gallery is randomly arranged or not, the pieces should all be the same distance apart from the next, I usually like between 2 ½ inches to 5 inches all around, give or take depending on how large the wall and the art is.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Above is a gallery I designed for one of my clients in MD.

Follow these easy tips and you are on the way to creating a successful gallery in your own home!

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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