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Happy Sunday! 

This week I finally got to reveal a bathroom project I did a couple years back, and completed a patio installation for a lovely couple in Cumberland! We’ve been busy bees here at the SPD hive.

Today’s blog is the final installment in the Feng Shui series!

Next Sunday a new series all about “Types of” will begin. I hope that you enjoyed this first series and that you found the topic enlightening. 

I hope that youre having a wonderful weekend.

Saree

As you’re most likely already aware,  colours  impact your mood, so choosing paint colours for your home, is a serious matter. In Feng Shui, every colour represents a different element in life, and in turn, affects your energy.

  • Red: is a stimulating colour and is vibrant and passionate.
  • Orange: is an uplifting colour that promotes joy and happiness.
  • Yellow: is a symbol of power, stimulates health, wisdom and patience.
  • Green: is a representation of growth, new beginning, and healing and freshness.
  • Blue-greens: Represents youth and inspires confidence. Since it has green in it, they also represent new beginnings.
  • Deep blues: they infuse wisdom and introspection.
  • Purple: it inspires spirituality, adventure and prosperity.
  • Pink: symbolizes love, romance, friendship and partnership.
  • Brown: some might shy away from using brown, but it offers stability and a sense of security.
  • Gray: another colour might shy away from because of its gloomy effect, but in Feng Shui the colour grey invites helpfulness and symbolizes harmonious unions of black and white.
  • White: Cultivates clarity, precision and communication.
  • Black: Contemplative colour that encourages reflection and mystery.

 

 

 

The element of water is represented by the blue tones while the element of fire is represented by the reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and purples. The element of wood is represented by the green and brown tones, and metal is represented by the greys. Earth is represented by light yellow and “skin colours” and promotes stability and nourishment.

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Happy Sunday!

I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend and that your week wasn’t too busy. 

On my end, I received pictures from my photographer that I will be able to share with you soon! 

As we approach the end of this series, I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for the next series and future posts and other ways to interact with you. I’ve decided that my mid-week post will be linked to one of my Pinterest’s boards so that you will be able to further explore the topic of the day. 

Saree

Lighting

Lighting is a very important factor when incorporating Feng Shui into a room or a home. Feng Shui’s core is energy and light is the greatest source of energy. Both natural and artificial lighting have a big influence on the quality of your home’s energy. It is important to value good lighting and air quality in your home, as mentioned many times above. There a many different uses and sources of lighting, and each has its own beneficial properties.

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Stay away from fluorescent lighting when decorating your home or office since it’s known to have negative effects on human behaviour and health. We feed off of our surroundings: we are either energized or drained by the energy around us. One of the most important rooms to light properly is the kitchen, which should feel spacious, bright, clean, and welcoming. To accomplish this, you can use several different types of lighting.

When choosing lighting to decorate your Feng Shui home, allow yourself to be guided by your energy. By doing so you will bring colour and beauty into your home. Do not forget to open your windows and let the sun in.

Extra tips

  • A big mirror that reflects the table doubles abundance and brings good fortune.
  • Mirrors recirculate energy and enhance natural light. They put the focus on what they reflect, so if a mirror has an upsetting view, move it!
  • Hang mirrors high enough so that your guests are not looking at themselves while seated.
  • Balance is fundamental for achieving Feng Shui in your decor. Have a good mix of masculine and feminine; hard and soft; straight and curved.
  • People feel safer with their backs to the wall as opposed to sitting with their back to a window, door or hallway.

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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!

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.