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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!

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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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A WINTER SUN

January 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Winter_SunA winter sun – that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it!  But a few days ago I was outside and I was struck by the majesty of the winter sun.  

It was a day when we actually had a lull from the cold spell we’ve been experiencing.  The muted brightness as the sun poked through the clouds on an overcast day was beautiful.   It looked like a blurred tangerine-coloured circle set against a blue-gray backdrop.
That got me thinking about a colour that I’m really fond of right now. I think it makes any room come alive. Orange! – And we’re seeing a lot of it these days.
Contemporary Living Room
It’s warm and can be used in a number of ways. But my favourite way to use orange is to design a colour scheme using adjacent hues and then their contrasts on the colour wheel.  For example, orange, reddish-orange and pink paired with violet, bluish-violet and blue. The contrast is stunning and really eye-catching.
Robert Allen fabrics - ideal for upholstery or bedding

Robert Allen fabrics – ideal for upholstery or bedding

Soft throws to keep you warm.
Soft throws to keep you warm.
Here are some more photos of furnishings and accessories that really illustrate what I’m talking about. I’d love your feedback. How have you used orange?
And if you like the warmth of orange, you might be interested in checking out the warmth exhibition at Cube Gallery.
Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs... dogwood, pussy willows ?

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs… dog wood, pussy willows ?

Table lamp - adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Table lamp – adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Wall art - Palacek Lotus Leaf

Wall art – Palacek Lotus Leaf