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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. 

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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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Mix! Mix! Mix!

July 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Among the exciting 2017 design trends that are continuing to gain strength, such as geometric motifs in everything from fabric patterns, to lighting, and furniture, is the rising popularity of mixing finishes. Whether it’s mixing copper with gold, gold with chrome, or blonde wood with dark wood, dare to try something new and mix, mix, mix! The photo below, from Crystorama, is a great example of a successful mix of finishes.

How many different metal and wood finishes can you spot?

 

I found six: stainless steel, chrome, blonde wood, dark wood, brushed metal and dark bronze.

The key to achieving an effortless and attractive mix in a space like this is to  s p r e a  them out. Clustering multiple finishes together ends up being too busy and overwhelming.

Breaking down the room, you’ll notice that there are two different types of woods in the eating area: blonde and dark wood. I find that woods are easy to mix because you can match the colour of one to the undertones of the other so that they complement each other. Here are two tips for you when mixing woods: use a buffer, like an area rug, so that you are not directly drawing attention to a wood table placed on a different wood flooring, and limit your selection of woods to 2 or 3 so that they do not compete with one each.

As for the metal finishes, the bar chairs are brushed nickel which is kept close to the similar chrome spout and stainless steel oven. The light fixtures directly over the island are dark bronze; this works because this finish creates a subtle contrast against the white cabinets and counter top, and is separated slightly from the other metals in the room.

 

What do you think? Is this trend or yea or a nay?

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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Yesterday evening, my husband and I visited Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, before heading to a lecture on creating native bee habitats, at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

In just three short hours we absorbed beauty created by people blessed with imagination and talent, in the form of artwork on display at the gallery, and beauty found in the natural world as demonstrated by Susan Chan in her lecture on bees.

Most of us can only dream of ever having the means, or space, to own every piece of art that we want; but in my line of work, I can recommend artwork suitable for my clients’ homes.  The following are works by three artists featured at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, and whose work I’d be happy to have in my personal art collection.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Siri ta robe te va comme un gant, Mixed Media on Panel, 2014 – Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Siri ta robe te va comme un gant, Michel Harvey.  What’s interesting about this artist’s work is that he transforms items that he’s found outside: people’s litter, and finds straight from nature.  As someone who finds herself perplexed and annoyed at the attitude of those who litter, I appreciate how Harvey turns the outcome of this vulgar transgression on its head, to choreograph a work of beauty alongside items that are intrinsically beautiful.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Orange Click One, Acrylic construction, 2014 – Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Kal Mansur is another artist whose work we discovered last night.  Both my husband and I were taken by the ethereal beauty of the three dimensional artwork created using Plexiglas, of all things! Mansur cuts and stacks pieces of coloured acrylic behind a translucent sheet laid over a shadow-box-like acrylic frame, constructed so that when the light hits it, the surface takes on a luminous quality – a luminous quality that changes depending on your vantage point, type of light, and its striking point.  I was really surprised at how captivated I was by this piece of contemporary art.  If you live in Ottawa, it’s worth a visit to the gallery to see for yourself.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Finally, I just couldn’t get enough of the large sculptures by Marc-Antoine Côté.  There are two pieces in the gallery, both made of aluminum.  You would never guess at how involved a process it is to create these pieces!  Either sculpture would look glorious in the right type of garden. You can find his work in public spaces across the province of Quebec.  I’ll be keeping an eye on Côté’s work, for when one of my gardens has reached the scale and maturity to showcase his art. Looking forward to adding his work to my lovingly-created native bumblebee habitats.

The second event we went to was a lecture by Susan Chan, on creating native pollinator habitats, which Just Food hosted in the auditorium of the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.  But that’s for another posting in which I’ll share photos of bees in my young, two-year old, front garden.