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FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

The way we design our homes plays a big role in helping us manifest our goals, and carving out a calming space in your home is a physical manifestation of your commitment to spirituality. You’ll imbue the area with your energy of reflection, devotion, and peace.

Few tips to consider:

1. Keep it simple.

Resist the urge to go wild with the crystals and mala beads—too many and your space will likely cross the line from relaxing to distracting. Visual calm begets mental serenity, so practice restraint when decorating your spiritual space by culling your small decor to include only a handful of your most meaningful pieces. Find a pretty container to store the rest and pull them out when inspiration strikes.

2. Tell a story.
A well-styled vignette is like a haiku; each carefully chosen element plays a key role in telling a concise story. So if you want to travel more, curate a collection of globally inspired items. Use characteristics such as texture, color, and scale to evoke a response.

4. Flaunt your intentions
you no longer need to hide the affirmations taped to your mirror when friends come over. Not only does text-based art look cool, but, words have a powerful energy and add an extra layer of meaning and intention to a spiritual space. Frame or simply tape up sayings and phrases that reflect your values, including some that you write in your own hand for an extra personal touch.

5. Think outside the altar.
Not all of us have the time or resources for a floor-to-ceiling metaphysical home makeover, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with an uninspired dwelling. but any space in your home can be spiritual when you decorate with intention. For example, if cooking is your meditation time, then support your Zen of meal prep with thoughtfully—and beautifully!—organized shelves and cupboards. 

LIVE WELL!

SELLING THE FAMILY COTTAGE

SELLING THE FAMILY COTTAGE

The summer cottage, home, or cabin is often the most emotionally volatile of family assets. Whether it’s about the great memories, ownership status, or a refuge from hectic lives, it is held dear across the generations. 

With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to decide if keeping the cottage is still the best thing to do, or if its time to let go of it. The generational transfer of the cottage, or its sale, is often traumatic.

As one of the most sentimental and valuable family assets, before you decide to put up the “ For Sale” sign, there are a number of factors to carefully consider:

CERTAINTY: it takes careful planning & consideration before making the final decision. Most often once the property is sold, it might be hard to buy anything similar price wise & location. Speak to the whole family members about what the cottage gives or demands of everyone. Although there are many happy memories there, it is important to remember that memories remain even once the property sold.

Consider starting the conversation with the next generation rather than assuming that you know their interests and financial readiness. Position the conversation in a way that removes the sentimentality of the asset so that they do not feel obligated to say they want the cottage, just to avoid hurting the feelings of their parent.

FAMILY AND TAXES: there are options to help keep the cottage in the family. You could consider selling into your children, but if they intend to pool their financial resources together, a lawyer might be needed to help navigate the prices. You could also gift the cottage to them in your will. For any path, legal advice is important, and awareness of all the tax implications involved.

PRACTICALITY: Selling the cottage can be the best option. It removes any misunderstanding or wrong expectation about the next generation’s involvement in cottage ownership. Once you decide to sell the cabin, vacation home seekers often look for the whole package, including furniture, dishes & tools. Whole selling your cabin’s contents may make for a more lucrative deal, however, there may be items that you want to hold onto for sentiments or practical reasons. Make ahead plan to remove those items before start showing the cabin to potential buyers.

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

The color of your front door might be down to trends or fashion, but it can reveal a lot about your personality.

According to a study, many people prefer their front door in black, white, gray, and navy. But what is the significance in terms of the owner's personality? 

Front door color meanings:

 

Black: elegant, powerful, and prestigious

White: simple, crisp, and pristine

Gray: timeless and classic

Navy: authoritative and trustworthy

Green: calm, quiet, and soothing

Red: commanding, dynamic, and engaging

Purple: dramatic

Yellow: warm, welcoming, and optimistic

Pink Lavender: youthful and spirited

Natural stain: rustic and comforting

 

 So, what is your inner calling this year? Nature is providing you with great time of year to transform your front door. What are you waiting for? Pay your neighbourhood paint store a visit and be bold in choosing what will give you the best support at this time of your life. Go for it! Happy painting!

 

 

7 ITEMS YOU NEED TO TOSS BY AGE 30

7 ITEMS YOU NEED TO TOSS BY AGE 30

By the time your 30s arrive, your palette has been refined, and you’ll likely have a new passion for crafting an intimate sanctuary at home. So to help you enter this new decade of your life in the grandest style, here are few things you need to rethink!


1- Sofa futons: the sofa futon is something we’ve all owned at least once in our lifetime, but especially in our 20s. Time isn’t really kind to this furniture style. When your 30s come around, it’s time to upgrade your living room to reflect your elevated esthetic.
2- Old linen: good linen should be a priority at every age! Do yourself a favor and get rid of any worn out, stained or ratty linens you still own. Its time.
3- Wire clothing hangers: while it may not be a display for your guest to see, just the lining of a beautiful coat makes the experience feel expensive, so too does the inside of your closet. Invest in good wood hangers.
4- Dated mirror: if there’s one piece that can really date a home fast, it’s a mirror. They have the ability to open up a space and add a beautiful accent to any room, but if they’re badly framed or frumpy shape, it can really offset the balance. So it’s time to retire that old mirror in the bathroom that came with the house! You’ll notice the difference.
5- Plastic dishware: anything plastic that isn’t for outdoor needs, to be tossed. It served its purpose and we are sure it has been handy, but when you entertain at home serving on plastic plate is dated. formal dishware doesn’t need to be expensive. The beauty of upgrading your dishware is being able to display them on open shelve; a beautiful accent in your home.
6- Cheap rugs: rugs can set the tone for the entire room. Invest in them; add a new or antique rug to your list of new purchases, and start putting money aside now. Vintage rugs, if they are cared for, are the most durable, easy to clean and hide dirt well.
7- Hand-me-down furniture: your family & friends meant well by giving you that old side table, desk & armchair, but now is the time to retire those worn-out pieces. It’s time to move on, and invest in furniture & decor items that will reflect the new era of your life.

 

FINISHING THE BASEMENT

FINISHING THE BASEMENT


A warm, comfortable finished basement is a great feature that adds great value to your home, and provides useful space for the whole family. Unfortunately very few people realize that finishing a basement the wrong way can bring mould, mildew and lower indoor air quality. Building a healthy finished basement comes down to few elements:


- Only finish a reliable dry basement. Even a small amount of leaked water can trigger problems. Monitor the space and make sure it is dry at least a year before you start investing time & money into finishing


- Use moisture resistant inorganic materials. Even a dry basement might get unexpectedly damp, so use material that won’t feed mould even in the presence of moisture. Foam based insulation is best at reducing mould risk in basements. Avoid putting wood in contact with concrete.


- Install a subfloor. Proper basement subfloors make finished floors warmer and reduce the chance that humid summer-time air will condense against cool concrete.


- Spray foam the rim joints. Although it’s common to insulate the area where joist meet outside walls using fiber based insulation and a vapour barrier, it’s difficult to get a proper air seal around all those joints. The resulting air leakage is why many homes have some kind of mould in the rim joist area. You’ll need professional installer to do this work.


- Install a proper heating system. Just because you have a furnace in your basement doesn’t mean it will automatically heat the space. You need sufficient ducts to deliver heat to all areas as well as cold air return ducts at floor level to promote circulation.


If you are planning to hire a knowledgeable & professional contractor, the Canadian Home Builder’s Association is a great source of free advice for hiring a pro, and avoiding suspicious contractors. Find more information at www.getitinwriting.ca

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday, the 16 Th. of February.

It is the year of the Earth Dog, and its characteristic word is ACTION!

It will be a year of social change and also a change to how we live our life; we will see changes in our view on diet, smoking, drinking and junk food just to name a few.

Year 2018 will bring more luck in marriages, and it will be a very strong Earth. That implies the events related to land, real estate, county territory, agriculture, earthquake, will be more active than before.

As well, year 2018 falls under the auspices ruling number 9.

The financial potential created by star 9 will concretize in new business opportunities, increased cash flow, building good reputation and a high social status.

Decorate your space using groups of 9; crystals, pictures, candles, and initiate good luck & blessings to flow into your home & life.

The Earth elements in 2018 are associated with specific parts of the house intended for:

1-health (centre of every room),

2-relationships (top right corner area of every room, standing at its main door) 

3-and knowledge (lower left corner area of every room, standing at its main door). 

The ideal decorations for these locations are natural crystals, terracotta and tiles, and the appropriate earthy colours which they represent stability, safety & loyalty.

Brown can be used by those who have a scattered or volatile attention, while warm tones of beige can induce a state of relaxation.

Yellow is the colour of joy, happiness and creativity. It’s energizing, simulative and it brings forward optimism, clarity in ideas, intelligence. Add to that, it keeps at bay depression and anxiety. Use it when & where it is needed.

Celebrate & live well!

 

SCENTS THAT PROMOTE WELL BEING

SCENTS THAT PROMOTE WELL BEING

All scents are associated with one of Feng Shui’s five elements. The metal element helps clarify mental processes & stimulates the gathering of information and the shaping of ideas. Choosing one of the metal element scents helps you focus on the solutions you may need following a loss & keep you engaged in mitigating emotional pain.

Suggested cures:

- Stew Eucalyptus leaves in a simmering pot of water to help you overcome the inability to move forward & to enhance your ability to relinquish whatever no longer serves you

- Purchase Hyssop essential oil and use it on a scent ring (the kind that rests on a lamp’s lightbulb) to dispel gloom & negativity, and improve concentration by invigorating your mind & reducing nervous exhaustion

- Choose toothpaste with herb Myrrh, because it has a powerful effect on the nervous system and reaches into the psyche to help us transcend & transforms aspects of material existence

- Light Pine candles to help you let go of what is old and useless and to restore confidence. Pine also helps reverse short-term memory loss. Finally, it restores a positive self-identity and promotes a vibrant self-image

Live well!

IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY FOR BETTER HEALTH

IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY FOR BETTER HEALTH

When it comes to their homes, people tend to focus on new renovation projects, upgrades & daily chores. While the space can look modern & clean, the air inside it may be less than ideal, loaded with unseen allergens, dust mites, mould, volatile organic compounds, pet dander and more-all of which can wreak havoc on their health.

To improve a home's air quality, pay attention to the main things that can affect it:

  • Ventilation

Does dust in your home seem to accumulate faster than the speed of light? Excessive dust is often symptomatic of a larger issue. Create a calendar reminder for vents & fans to be cleaned and filters to be replaced routinely to prevent dust from constantly re-circulating throughout the home. Use a high efficiency particulate air filter that traps tiny particles so you're less likely to breath them in. also remember to wash sheets and vacuum mattresses regularly

  • Harmful chemical

Volatile organic compounds negatively impact air quality & personal health. Choose products that say low VOC or no VOC. Paint, building materials, furniture & floor polishes, cleaning solvents & even air fresheners often contain VOCs. Be mindful the product you are using daily, and choose better alternatives whenever possible

  • Mould

Perform a mould check at least once a year. Look for discoloration or dark spots on surfaces. Moisture, especially plumbing or roofing leaks, is among the primary causes of mould

  • Air purifier

Take your home's air quality to the next level by investing in an air purifier-they're perfect for common living spaces such as kitchens & bedrooms. One of the top products is Oreck's Air Response air purifier that uses a HEPA filter with carbon. It traps 99% of allergens, smoke, dust, odors & has a convenient air quality indicator that changes color when measuring the air purity.

Another element to improve your home's air quality is indoor plants. It is vert affordable, great item to decorate with and it brings nature's calm & peace into your home and life.

It's a good life!

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

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