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May 7th, 2012
By Vivian Martin

Are you thinking of adding a water feature to your garden this year?

A water feature creates great Feng Shui by establishing a sense of reflection, depth and refreshing vitality in your space.

If a fountain, bird bath or small pond are in your future, you’ll want to place it properly and in the most auspicious location to encourage good Feng Shui.

According to the Feng Shui Garden Bagua Map, the best locations for your water feature are the Life Journey, Family/New Beginnings, or Wealth/Prosperity sectors of your garden.

These three areas are nourished by Water in the Five Elements cycle that drives Chi flow in Feng Shui.

The Water element represents your Life Journey and Career, the sector that’s located in the bottom center of your garden, near its entryway.

Likewise it nourishes the Wood element that’s associated with the Wealth sector in the back left corner as well as the adjacent Family and New Beginnings sector.

It’s just as important to make sure that your water feature flows in the most auspicious direction.

Any fountain or stream that you set up for good Feng Shui should flow inwards, towards the center of your garden.  When its flow is directed outwards you will lose out on the benefits of its natural Chi energy.

Good luck with your new fountain!

(Feng Shui advice courtesy of Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui)

February 12th, 2012
By Vivian Martin

With Valentine’s Day mere days away, thoughts of romance are in the air. As home designers, we frequently have requests for the master bedroom to be able to accommodate a king-sized bed. When vacationing in a steamy climate, few things are more welcome but what about here at home?

I recently came across an article by Ann Bingley Gallops which she wrote after hearing from several clients concerned about the state of their love lives: the feeling of a sense of disconnect from their romantic partner and the hope that Feng Shui could help.

Room for three?

Ann shares:

What do you think these couples have in common?

They all sleep in king-sized beds.

King beds present Feng Shui difficulties firstly because they are usually supported by two box springs, literally dividing the couple in bed.

But even if it’s supported by a single box spring or platform, the sheer vastness of a king-sized bed creates less-than-ideal Feng Shui, leading to the question:

Are ALL king beds “bad Feng Shui”?

Unfortunately, the answer is Yes.

The advantage of having so much space to stretch out in can eventually turn into the danger of losing touch with each other.

I’ve seen it happen time and again.

If you share a king-sized bed with a partner, it’s important that you bring your intention into bed with you so your relationship doesn’t suffer.

Another option? Some couples I’ve worked with have elected to replace their king bed with a queen, guaranteeing that they’ll be in closer contact with one another.

If you are interested in learning more about the discipline of Feng Shui, Ann Bingley Gallops is a regular writer on her blog site Open Spaces Feng Shui.

March 27th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

What are some ways to describe an Asian style interior? The words serene, peaceful, and Zen immediately come to mind. Although Asian design could be described as a fusion of styles, there are distinct recognizable elements which are associated with this type of decor. Let’s see how some talented Houzz designers created bathrooms inspired by the Far East.

View this idea book for inspiration…

October 24th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Have you ever wondered why you have certain feelings do you have when you look at bright red rose in the garden? Imagine if the garden didn’t have colorful flowers but only the green foliage? How would you feel then?

Early in the morning when you see a newly opened flower in your garden, your heart is filled with joy and happiness. A white lily touches your soul for its serenity. A red rose, with its vibrant energy, elicits a feeling of love and passion. Why are these feelings evoked? Because each flower reflects a different color, causing it to have a unique hue that affects you in different ways. Feng Shui uses this natural magic of colors to transform your life.

A rose is red because it reflects red color. Feng Shui makes use of this reflected energy to create a balance between your yin and yang energies to suit your personality or your environment.

Think of yin energy as like a plant growing from the earth. It comes from the soil, raising itself upward and moving toward the sky. As yin energy moves up to the sky it becomes more diffused and dissipated. Yin energy is the passive energy. Yin energies have an element of dreaminess about them.Colors like blue, white, green and purple according to Feng Shui are believed to have yin energies.

If your home office is full of creative and dream-inducing objects or colors, Feng Shui may call for you to get rid of them (at least some of them) and use more vibrant colors in their place. Yang Feng Shui colors will help you get in the right spirit to do some work and be enthusiastic.

Every association you have with a color contributes in some way to how you are. That is why colors play a meaningful role within the practice of Feng Shui. It is very essential for you to understand why toning down or playing up certain Feng Shui colors in your home will help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in your life.

The guiding principle in using Feng Shui Colors should be to achieve balance rather than excess. Whether you are planning the color scheme of your home, office, garden or personal appearance, the following characteristics of the colors in Feng Shui practice will give you an insight into how they can be used in Feng Shui design.

Read more on Feng Shui color use

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October 12th, 2010
By Vivian Martin
The location and shape of the kitchen, as well as the positioning of appliances within it, can create either good luck or bad luck in a home. 

Nearly everyone is familiar with the saying: The kitchen is the heart of the home. This old adage contains much truth. After all, isn’t this the room wherein nourishing meals are prepared and where families sit together to enjoy those meals while communicating with one another, perhaps for the first time in an often busy and hectic day? With this in mind, one might argue that the kitchen fosters closeness and affection among family members.

The kitchen, however, is not used solely for meal preparation and dining. When neighbors and friends stop by to visit, don’t they often sit in the kitchen, perhaps enjoying coffee and Danish, as everyone catches up on the latest news? Consequently, one might also argue that the kitchen fosters good community relations.

What most people don’t know, though, is that the shape of a kitchen, its placement in a house, and the position of its major appliances can either encourage or discourage physical and mental well being, financial prosperity, and domestic harmony.

To discover more on ideal kitchen shape and the art of placement, read the full article here… 

October 6th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

This Dezeen feature home has unique features and a calm and pleasing interior. Lots of visual inspiration in this article!

“Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic is the ability to perceive beauty in its essence. Simplicity without extravagances. Harmony of natural materials. The Japanese used to live in houses made of wood and paper. They endured cold because they felt it was necessary to stay connected to the outside world, to remain a part of the environment. A Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is still building with carton and metal.”

Read the full article and see more images here…

October 5th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Green living and green design are about living in harmony with our environment. Feng Shui is about living in balance and harmony with your environment. Feng Shui has been green all along!

Feng Shui is the oldest form of holistic healing and that is healing through your environment.

What better day than today to learn more about Feng Shui and how it can help you create a living space that not only looks good, but a living space that feels good and is good for the environment. Energetically, all things are connected and through conscious choice and awareness we can improve the quality of our life and the quality of life on earth.

Today we have options and choices in all areas of our life that don’t compromise our sense of style, our sense of taste or our sense of self. We can be who we are and embrace a way of living that is more supportive and beneficial for our health and well being as well as the health and well being of the planet.

Top 10 Feng Shui tips for Green Living

  1. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using paper or plastic bags.
  2. Start a personal recycling program. Newspaper and boxes are an easy first step!
  3. Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
  4. Replace your old incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) with the newest safest energy efficient light emitting diode bulbs (LED).
  5. Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables (saves on fuel, packaging and more!)
  6. Group errands together to save fuel (one trip vs. many).
  7. Pay bills online – saves on paper use and fuel use.
  8. Use low or no VOC paint for your next painting project.
  9. Replace your household cleaning products with green cleaning products.
  10. Incorporate the principles of Feng Shui into your life and create an environment that looks and feels good – and is good for you!

In this world, we are all connected. What we do impacts not only the quality of our life; it affects the quality of life of those around us. All we have to do to change the quality of life around us, is to begin to change how we choose to live our lives.

Choose wisely.

Read the full article for tips on green products to enhance chi in your home…

Article used with permission © 2010 Harmony Life, LLC by Laurie Bornstein
Feng Shui Lifestyle articles, tips and conversation

August 8th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Here are some great feng shui bathroom tips that will bring prosperity and nourish your body, mind, and spirit from the best-selling author of Feng Shui Your Life, Jayme Barrett:

Water, Mirrors, Toilet, Door, Light Air and more…

Water… The bathroom is the space dedicated to cleansing and purifying the body. Soaking and unwinding in the bathtub, steaming and lathering in the shower, or simply splashing your face with water restores health and refreshes your emotions. The very presence of water renews your spirit. In feng shui, water also represents money. For this reason, indoor water fountains are recommended because they circulate prosperity energy in the home.

Conversely, the bathroom can cause problems because water is escaping down the drains and the toilet every day. The old adage “Don’t flush your money down the toilet” couldn’t be more true from a feng shui perspective. 
Toilet and Bathroom Door… You can implement feng shui enhancements to uplift the energy in your bathroom. To begin, you need to fully comprehend the toilet issue. As far as the drains go, the toilet is the most detrimental since it possesses the largest opening. In addition, the flushing mechanism creates a strong suction that pulls the energy downward and out of your home. Keeping the bathroom door closed and toilet seat down minimizes the loss of energy and money.

To further counteract the draining effect, the toilet should be as inconspicuous as possible. In fact, the best solution is to have a separate room with its own door for the toilet only. If the toilet is in the same room as your sink and shower, position it as far away from the bathroom door as possible. In essence, you want to make it difficult for energy to find the toilet. If you have enough space, hide the toilet with a partition such as a small wall or a chest with a plant on top. Hanging silk or beaded curtains is another option. 

Mirrors… Mirrors are highly recommended for the bathroom as they speed up and circulate energy. However, to avoid multiplying the dirty energy, make sure that a large mirror is not reflecting the toilet. In other words, you shouldn’t see your entire body when you are sitting on the toilet.

Light & Air… To energize the bathroom, invite sunlight and fresh air in with windows and skylights. The fresh air helps to dry out the bathroom, which tends to become damp and musty. If you do not have a window, open the bathroom door for a few minutes after a shower to air it out. Make sure the toilet seat is down. If there is no window in the bathroom, use full-spectrum bulbs in the overhead lighting fixture which simulates natural sunlight and boosts healthy energy.
Night-light… You can strengthen the overall energy of each bathroom by adding a night-light, up light wall sconces, one healthy plant, and rubber stoppers to cover your drains when they are not in use. Keep the night-light on twenty-four hours a day and place the plants higher than the toilet. To raise the energy exponentially, place a tabletop water fountain on the sink or shelf allowing it to run continually. Do not place a water fountain on top of the toilet since it will double the dirty energy.

Keep it Clean… Lastly, keep your bathroom clean, windows sparkling and bring in the spa feeling with candles, flowers and soothing artwork. If you follow these recommendations, you are sure to feel refreshed and secure that your money is staying put inside your home!

Article by Jayme Barrett, courtesy of

August 1st, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Source: Harmony Life Design – Laurie Bornstein

What is clutter? Clutter refers to anything unfinished, unused, unresolved, tolerated and disorganized. Clutter consists of those items in our surroundings that have no home of their own. Clutter creates stagnation, a lack of energy in our spaces and in our minds. It encourages a sense of procrastination, a putting off for tomorrow what we can do today.

Things that are loved, used and appreciated have strong, vibrant energy around them. When we surround ourselves with things we love, things that have vibrant energy, we have clarity and focus in our lives. When we are surrounded with things that hold negative memories, things that are no longer useful, things we don’t love, we lack focus and direction.

A cluttered space = a cluttered mind

Read on to find tips on how to deal with clutter, feng-shui style…

July 25th, 2010
By Vivian Martin

Source: Harmony Life Design - Laurie Bornstein

Front doors are the entrance to your home and the first impression the world gets of you. They give you a hint of the home beyond.

Whether you enhance your front door or not, it plays an important part in the perception of the character and personality of your home. The question is, is what it reflects what you want to see?

I once read that if a home were a one-man show, the front door would play the lead. Why? In the home, the door does it all. It provides protection from the elements, safety for the inhabitants and as the entrance to your home it also creates a sense of welcome by setting the tone. It’s much more than curb appeal.

It may greet you with the vibrancy of beautiful flowers, or the beauty of a carved design, or the rich, full colors provided by stain and paint, or it may greet you with the fresh energy of a well cared for space.

Read full article here…


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