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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!

Now that I live in the suburbs I regard every trip downtown as a real treat.  I try to maximize the occasion and that usually involves satisfying my taste buds.  Recently, I met up with a friend for coffee at a relatively new coffee shop on Elgin Street downtown.

The_Ministry_of_CoffeeBased on rave reviews posted on Urban Spoon, I chose The Ministry of Coffee. Wow! The moment I walked in, I was delighted by the interior design.  I totally loved the subdued atmosphere, the décor was relaxing and the barista was friendly. The designer in me was completely charmed by this coffee-house chic. And my taste buds were pretty pleased as well!

General lighting at The Ministry of Coffee is from egg-shaped pendant lights for a nicely subdued effect.  Accent lighting stands out on floor to ceiling black panels and leads your eyes to the artwork on the walls. The overall black and white colour scheme is clean and crisp but it’s softened by warm tones of natural wood.

ClocksA coffee-house chic look can easily be recreated in your kitchen.  With the right selection of lighting, paint and accessories you don’t have to invest in a costly complete renovation.  You can successfully get that coffee-house chic look – or any look – by making sure the details and accents your chose fit together. Just follow the same style – it’s that straightforward.  To help you get some ideas I’ve included some photos from various supplier catalogues.

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Now, go and create your own coffee-house chic kitchen!

What’s your favourite place for their coffee-house chic décor? I’d love to know!