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What is Feng-Shui Anyway?

I know, I know, we all should know what it is by now. It's only been popular since 3000 BC. Don't feel bad if you don't know - I didn't know until my real estate agent told me that my home needed to be more "feng-shui" in order to sell it. So, I did what anyone would do, I turned to the internet, which did not give me the best answers, but after compiling information from dozens of sources, here are my top findings: 

Feng-Shui pronounced fung-shway 
(think Sean Connery)










Originated from China in 3000 BC 
 I had no idea Feng-Shui has been around that long. That's probably because it wasn't popular in the Western parts of the world until much later - the United States didn't even see feng-shui until the 1970s! Originally, feng-shui was created to provide a peaceful afterlife for the deceased! It wasn't until later that people started taking feng-shui rules and applied them to every day life to provide a peaceful life. 


The way of thinking that harmonizes people with their environments. 
Like many philosophies from China, feng-shui connects people with their environments. Basically, your surrounding affects you. Originally, they wanted to ensure that the deceased would have a peaceful afterlives, so they took knowledge from the (now lost) Book of Burial and created a system to do just that. However, it was soon apparent that it would be great to not only have a peaceful death, but have a peaceful life too. 

One of the biggest parts of feng-shui is qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi translates to "energy". According to feng-shui, qi is your life force, and you want it to be at peace. In order to acheive a peaceful qi, there are some rules you can follow to promote a feng-shui/positive qi environment. Many of the rules of feng-shui are about bedrooms, and this comes from the origin of feng-shui (laying in graves). Thankfully, feng-shui does not promote death, just a peaceful qi!



There are rules that you must follow
 1. Bed placement
The bed should be as far away from the door as possible and at an indirect angle, but the door still needs to be visible. This rule is to achieve a safe slumber. 
Your bed should also not be directly underneath a ceiling fan, window,  or at a lower angle of a arched ceiling.

Your bed should have a headboard, but not a footboard. The only exception to the no footboard rule is if the only way to position your bed in your room is by having your bed directly in front of your door. This is considered the death position, and a footboard or other piece of furniture between your bed and door, provides a buffer.

2. Get rid of corners
If it's possible, find furniture that has a lot of curves and few square corners. Square corners create a "sharp environment" and negatively affect your ability to sleep. If you do have a lot of square shapes in your room, try covering them with table clothes or putting a healthy plant on top. 

The corners of your room count too! It's best to put healthy plants in the corners of your room so that good energy can flow around the room, instead of getting stuck in the corners. 

3. Get rid of clutter
Everything has its own energy, and adding lots of work clutter or clutter in general can cause feelings of irritation, confusion and leave you overwhelmed. Get rid of anything that causes you stress or brings up bad memories - this will greatly improve your qi. That includes anything under the bed or in your closet - they should be clutter-free too, otherwise you risk energy getting stuck.


 
4. If it's not relaxing, get rid of it.
According to feng-shui beliefs, your bedroom should be a place of rest, meditation, and intimacy, so get rid of the treadmill, electronics, and desk. If you must work in your bedroom, make sure you put up a room divider, or put everything away (in drawers or in cabinets) so that the energy is not transferred.




5. Colors are important
You want the room to be warm and inviting, so feng-shui experts say to use rich earth and skin tones. Also, reds and pinks are good for promoting romance and can increase the romance in our relationships. Romantic colors are recommended more for accents than the main color.



6. One is the Lonliest Number
Even if you are single, don't decorate your room for one person. Feng-shui practitioners believe that if you surround yourself with a thought, you will achieve it. So if you surround yourself with a single life, you will be less likely to find a romantic relationship, but if you buy two night stands and even put pictures of groups (flowers, shells, etc.) on your wall, you will be more inclined to find the relationship you're looking for in life.



7. The Lighting is Important
You should have lots of natural light first thing in the morning and during the day, soft light in the evenings, and darkness while you sleep. So, it's recommended that you have curtains on your windows and the appropriate lighting fixtures in your room to promote a nice soft light.

How to Balance A Room

What does it mean to balance a room? How do you do it? Is it expensive? I definitely understand that these questions can be daunting - especially when you're not an interior designer. Whether you're about to move and need to stage your home, or you just feel like redecorating, here are some tips to help you balance your spaces.



1. Define a balanced room.
In order to know where to start, you should know what the end goal will look like. A balanced room is a room that has equal amounts of furniture accent pieces, and decorations on either side of the room. This also means that if you have a tall plant on one side of the room, you should have something tall on the other side of the space to balance it. Here are two pictures - the first is of a balanced room, the other is unbalanced.

Balanced Room
 See how the sofa is balanced by the two chairs, the built-in bookshelves are on both sides of the fireplace, and there are two of everything.

Unbalanced Room
Notice how the room is unbalanced? You could draw a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the picture and see how the entertainment stand (with the sculptures) is taller than the mantel (with the accent pieces) is as tall as the plant. There is also an end table on the left side of the room, and nothing but a gate on the right side of the room.



2. Rearrange furniture
Just because your room isn't balanced, doesn't mean that you need to spend a lot of money trying to balance everything. Sometimes, just moving furniture is all you need. Don't be afraid to take furniture from one room and move it into another.
 
 Notice that the room had nothing tall enough to balance the swordfish before? By adding the art around the room this person was able to achieve balance through height. And switching out bulky furniture for the more modern furniture makes the room look larger while maintaining balance.



3. Don't overwhelm the room with colors.
Don't be afraid to use color in your room, but it's easy to get carried away. A good rule of thumb is to pick one color for the room, and using the color wheel, pick an accent color for the smaller decorative pieces. 
If you're unsure as to how to use a color wheel, the colors exactly opposite of each other are complementary colors. These colors always look great together. If you don't want to go with two different colors, go with either color to the left or right of the desired color choice. 
For example, if you choose Yellow as your primary color for the room, the complementary color for Yellow is Violet. If you don't want to have Violet in your room, go with Yellow-Orange, or Yellow-Green for your accent pieces.  If you notice that Black & White are not on the color wheel, that is because they are the absence of color and can be used with any of the colors on the color wheel.




Good luck with balancing your rooms!

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Innovative Built-In Ideas

We know everyone has seen built-in bookcases, entertainment centers and mudrooms. So here is a series of innovative built-ins that we thought were very creative and useful. These tend to leave you thinking...

"Why didn't I think of that?!"

 Why just have recessed panels when you can use them to hide your books! This is just like in the movies when people reveal the hidden rooms by pulling a book, only you reveal the book by pulling the wall! This is great because it hides the clutter, and you can double the use for the space by hanging photos or dry-erase boards on the panels!


 This picture has been circling the internet for some time now, but no matter how many times we see it, I think I can speak for everyone when I say - I WANT THIS IN MY HOUSE! What a great use of space!

 
I love this one! If there isn't enough room for a cabinet, or cabinets aren't going with your style in a small bathroom, try recessed cabinets! It's great because the room is there behind the sink (thanks to plumbing) and it adds more space to your room! Plus, those nosey friends and family members will struggle to find what you're "hiding".


 Ok, I need this one. How great would it be to climb into the bathtub and have everything you need at your fingertips, and get out without leaving a mess? I don't like clutter in the corners, and with this design, you can hide all the shampoo and body wash bottles when you're done. Easy-peasy.


My laundry room is tiny and very difficult to organize. This is a terrific idea! Utilizing the doors, this person added built-ins on the doors and a shelf above the washer and dryer to come up with the most space-saving and ingenious design that is practical for any house!


I want this in my house! Save space by installing this cutting board inside one of your cabinets - now you can pull it out when you need it, and store it when you don't. Or, just use it for added counter space when you're busy in the kitchen!


Here's another ingenious idea for a staircase. No more wasted space under the stairs. This guy actually has a movable island that he uses as a wet bar. This would also be a great idea for a craft island - pull it out when you're working, and slide it away when you're done!


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