Good morning! 

I hope you had a wonderful week and that it wasn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things following the festivities of the Canada Day long weekend. 

I was on the go all week, working on multiple projects, but the highlight was seeing my vision of a transitional living room came to life during an installation on Thursday! You can see a sneak peak of this room on my Instagram. 

Saree.


The feature on Feng Shui and Bedrooms will be separated into two weeks – master bedrooms today and children’s rooms and nurseries next week.

 

Master bedroom: Create Feng Shui in the bedroom by covering the bed with soft materials, and framing it with symmetrically styled nightstands and table lamps and nightstands. This bookend effect will help make the area where you sleep feel cozy, like a little room within a room.  0203O1-17

For the master bedroom, take colour, balance and the position of the bed into account when implementing Feng Shui. Some designers believe that a darker paint colour is because it subdues any stimulation and thereby helping with sleep.

That said, you must remember balance, which in this case means the addition of a few lighter piece that are lighter in colour in order to offset the predominant, dark colour scheme. Textures should also be in balance. For instance, if the master bedroom is decorated with a lot of heavy, wooden furniture, soften it out with the use of supple bedding. Finally, don’t forget to balance the masculine and feminine elements (for example, linear forms and curved patterns).  0203A1-17

Next, there are specific rules to follow when deciding where to place your bed. Ideally, the head of the bed is on the wall farthest from the door but not directly across from it. It is not recommended that your feet point directly to the door as this is known as the coffin position (this is how the dead are removed in China). If your bed must be placed in the “coffin position”, consider putting a settee or a high bench at the end of the bed that’s slightly taller than the mattress, or place an upholstered screen between the foot of the bed and the entry to shift the energy. Do not put the long edge of the bed against a wall; there must be room to exit the bed without having to climb over anyone.

Hello dear readers! 

I hope you enjoying the Canada Day long weekend! So far, this weekend’s highlights for me have been the fireworks on Parliament Hill, the surprise Snowbirds fly-over yesterday afternoon, and of course wearing red and white from head to toe on Saturday! Hope you enjoy this week’s Feng Sui  installment. 

The Kitchen

The kitchen is the most important part of your home: it nourishes and sustains life, and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. As such, it’s essential that the kitchen not be located near the front or back door of your home because that’s where energy escapes from the home.0803O3-17Since food is our fuel and gives us energy, it is important that it be prepared in a balanced, harmonious, and uncluttered space. So, keep the energy fresh and simple yet vibrant, which can be done by the simple addition of fresh-cut flowers.

The Dining Room

There is but one thing to touch upon in the dining room: the shape of your dining room table. Each zone has its ideal table shape:

  • East and Southeast is rectangular or square;
  • West and Northwest is square or round;
  • Southwest, Northeast and in the Centre is square;
  • South is rectangular;
  • and lastly, in the North it’s round.

0504A1-17These shape selections are inspired by the five Feng Shui Elements and how their energy in a Bagua area is either strengthened or weakened. Also, your table should be proportionate to the room, and there should be an even number of chairs around a rectangular or square table. The best dining room chairs are those with a solid back. Finally, avoid choosing a dining room table with a glass top.

The Bathroom  

Bathrooms are tricky because, like the staircase, they have a reputation of being bad Feng Shui. They leak energy and accumulate lower vibrations. But there are ways to transform this ill-reputed room into positive energy! 0121A2-17This can be done by hanging visuals that bring light to the soul. For instance, add mirrors to bring in the water element. Incorporate different sources of lighting, such as candles, to create serene energy flow. Scents can also improve the Feng Shui energy. Think of the smell of lavender which is great at relieving stress and can be found in essential oils, body lotions, candles, and aromatherapy. The bathroom should be kept warm, and don’t hesitate to listen to soothing music while enjoying a relaxing bath. Decorate your bathroom following these Bagua guidelines to make it as refreshing and rejuvenating as possible!

Warm Contemporary

June 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

Contemporary design has been leading the way in interior decorating since the early 2000’s. This style is unlike any other because it evolves over time as it adapts and incorporates new elements, which help keep it on trend.

Before getting into today’s topic, it is important to understand first and foremost what makes for contemporary design. Here are some fundamental elements: the use of masculine and cold neutral colours, sleek and clean lines, clever storage solutions and the visual components of patterns and colour blocking. Typical materials used are wood, steel and other metals similar in colour, and concrete. What makes this style different is the use bold pieces in contrast to stripped down elements.

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Let’s talk about  warm contemporary. While contemporary tends to be cool in its colour palette, warm contemporary uses warm greys and other warm tones on the colour wheel, such as earthy hues. Also, there is the addition of materials such as glass, which creates a great contrast to concrete. Glass helps add an element of femininity to contemporary design. Likewise, pairing wood with metal can have the same effect. Another characteristic that differentiates warm contemporary is plants. Greenery is used in warm contemporary to bring warmth and life into a room.

The picture above is of a contemporary bedroom, and features painted exposed brick, a wood ceiling, a cool neutral palette, and a black accent wall. The picture below depicts a warm contemporary living room. What makes this room warm contemporary is the warm neutral palette in the wood and fireplace surround, the glass coffee table top, and the addition of greenery.

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Hello dear readers! 

I hope you had a wonderful week! I’ve been quite busy prepping for installations scheduled for early next week! I am so excited to see what the finished product will look like; it is always so rewarding seeing my vision come to life and see the joy on Clients’ faces. Be sure to follow my Facebook and Instagram pages to get some sneak peaks and eventually the end result! 

Saree.

As promised, today’s post is a continuation of the Feng Shui series and all about how to improve the vibe in your entry way and staircase.

  1. Front door/entry

The first thing that people see when they visit your home is the front door. It is through the front door that energy enters your home. Did you know that if your front and back doors align it is bad for your home’s Feng Shui? That’s because your energy enters and leaves directly. You want it to stay and flow throughout your house – not directly out of it!

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      2. Stairs

Your stairs are not bad Feng Shui but the quality of the energy is seen as unsettling because the energy can spread throughout your home. The worst Feng Shui for stairs is if they are facing the front door or are in the centre of the home. You want the centre to be the kitchen or the bedroom.

Also, avoid open spaces between your steps and avoid using metal ramps in a wood-element zone.

To help improve the Feng Shui try using lighting with a strong presence – this could mean one large statement piece like a chandelier or several eye catching wall sconces. Displaying art or photographs in visually strong frames and the choice of lighting will help ground and calm the energy. Moreover, when choosing colours and materials for the frames choose according to the specific Bagua element of that zone.

Another way to better the Feng Shui in your stairs is by incorporating beautiful or unique architectural features like mouldings or wainscoting.

If you have a landing step in your staircase, add a sculpture or a lush plant in a chic pot. The plants will improve the air quality and, in turn, improve the energy spread through your home.

*If your stairs are located in a Bagua area where they can benefit from the water-element, consider the addition of a small fountain or, more practically, a framed mirror.

NEW TREND ALERT

June 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

Hello again! 

Today I want to explore a new trend: Tropicana! Who said you need a vacation to visit the tropics? Now the tropics can come to you, and at a much lower price!

Pillows, wallpapers, furniture – if you can think it it’s been Tropicana-d! With this post I’ll present different and typical prints and patterns that are associated with this trend through wallpaper. Milton & King have a gorgeous assortment of quality wallpapers that are all unique and playful. 

When talking to friends or even other decorators, the verdict on this new trend was split; half absolutely loved it and were on board and excited to try it out, and for the other half it just wasn’t their cup of tea. I think that this is a playful and interesting new trend. And for those who aren’t bold enough to cover a whole room or wall in a loud wall paper, pillows and accessories are an easy way to ease into the Tropics.

Now that you’ve established if this is something that you like or would rather pass on, let’s look at the different patterns and prints! The most recognizable pattern is the one of large banana leaves! A fun twist on this pattern is changing the hues of the leaves. Milton &King have this bold turquoise pattern that I think would add some vibrancy to a bathroom. Moreover, leaves are generally a staple print of Tropicana. Palms leaves are another popular motif. I think that green leaves are more versatile than a colourful take on the pattern. For the flower-lovers out there, don’t worry, Milton &King have ensured that you will find a tropical floral wallpaper that you will love. Here is an example of a wallpaper that features a mix of pastel, vibrant flowers, and toucans!

 

Furthermore, when thinking about the tropics, the exotic birds really stand out to me. Their plumage is so bright and kaleidoscopic! Milton &King have perfectly captured this with their Watercolour Birds wallpaper. The colours bleed into one another so naturally and reflect the reality of the plumage.

I may be biased because I love the colour pink, but my favourite patterns featured in the Tropicana trend is the one of the flamingo. I love that with the Tropic Like It’s Hot motif Milton &King balanced the greenery and the flamingos in such a way that they both shine but do not compete with each other!

 

Let me know what wallpaper you would pick for yourself and in which room you would feature it!

Saree.