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HALLOWEEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

HALLOWEEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

 

Halloween is a chance for kids and adults alike to enjoy seasonal, spooky fun. In keeping with this festive atmosphere, millions of families will choose to decorate their homes to celebrate. While many spend a considerable amount of money on store-bought Halloween decorations for their homes, the holiday offers plenty of opportunities for families to make a variety of decorations. For anyone who is willing to get creative, Halloween decorations can work in almost every room of the house by using common household items to make these creations:

SPOOKY WITCH LEG CHANDELIER

Everybody has a few pairs of striped stockings, old shoes and an umbrella. But how many people would consider throwing the three together to make a chandelie that fits Halloween perfectly? This cute hanging object is a perfect way to deliver a shocking surprise to house guests. This clever project allows you to create the allusion of two hanging legs and if you choose to customize it with LED lights actually produce light for a living or dining room. And what could fit Halloween better than the ghoulish idea of two hanging witches legs producing light that delights?

BEWITCH YOUR DINING ROOM

While centerpieces can always help with a cool look, it can sometimes be hard to think of other creative Halloween ideas for a dining room. These creative tab leg covers, which can be easily made with some leftover curtain fabric and old shoes, are perfect for adding a fun, innovative look to any dining room or kitchen table. Combined with a centerpiece that fits with the Halloween theme, these witches leg table leg covers are perfect to help you celebrate the holiday in every room of your home.

TABLESCAPE CAN ADD A SPOOKY FEEL

There are more options than just a spooky centerpiece to make your dining room table ready for the Halloween season. As this extravagant option suggests, with a bit of effort you can create a fun, dynamic tablespace that will have all your friends interested. Using faux crows or ravens can give you a classic touch, while a skeleton centerpiece or shimmery pumpkins can add to the allure. You can even top this sort of design off with a tablecloth made to look like a spider web. Adding spider toys to the table makes it seem even more real!

STAICASE DECORATIONS ADD COOL FEEL

As you aim to fill your home with indoor Halloween decoration galore, you can sometimes forget about the staircase. But as this simple idea shows, it's easy to turn your stairs into a decoration all their own. By making simple cut outs of letters or images that fit the Halloween spirit and attaching them to easy stick pads, you can spell out words like (BOO) or show a flock of bats ascending your stairs.

SMALL GHOSTS ACCESSORIZE TABLE

This easy project delivers a fun look with minimal expense and only slightly more effort. By taking fabric, doilies, or even some scrim (a gauze-like fabric), and using pipe cleaner to stand up right, you can create miniature ghosts that look perfect on an end table or great for a nightstand in a kid's room. You can accessorize the ghosts with small padded black eyes or by adding bows. In fact, some families love making one for each family member and displaying them on the mantle. Either way, this project is fun, easy to customize, and provides a small indoor decoration quickly.

MIRAGE & MIRRORS CREATE CHOULISH DECORATION

Mirrors are a part of every haunted house, and in this Halloween indoor decoration idea, you ensure that the mirror reflects a spooky image all the time. Starting with a relatively inexpensive mirror, you can use reflective paint to blur the image and create an inverse image to fit inside the frame. This project is pretty cheap for the end result: a mirror that looks classically haunted!

 SCARY JARS ADD PANIC TO EVERY DECORE

If you're like many of us, you have some old Halloween decorations laying around the house that is crying out for a creative use. Instead of simply displaying them on a table, you can easily repurpose them with a neat solution: apothecary jars. These stylish containers can be picked up nearly anywhere. Filled with Halloween decorations like pumpkins, they can be cute. With skulls and bones, they can be creepy. Pick up some replica Spanish moss at a craft store to make these decorations stand out even more.

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

Fall is looking to be a boundary-pushing season for interiors. Prepare for a bright Autumn filled with cheery colors, mixed patterns & happy motifs.


Here are six of this Fall emerging lifestyle trends:

IN: DARK GREEN
The leaves outside may be changing, but inside, things are going green, especially kitchen cabinets. Combined with rich natural wood and leather and accented with brass and cream, the cozy color is a perfect fit for fall and winter.

 

IN: VELVET
What could be more soothing than velvet? The fabric feels luxurious and welcoming for fall and winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile coziness to a room. Don't have the budget to spring? Add velvet pillow, or velvet throw instead.

 

IN: WOVEN TEXTURE
Don't underestimate the depth woven textiles and accents bring to a room especially during cold-weather months. Hang basket for a focal point on the wall, put plants in wicker stands, or swap out your light fixture for a basket pendant light.

 

IN: DARK PAINT
Forget farmhouse white and gray! This season, it's all about drama. Top paint companies announced cozy shades of black as their 2018 Color of the Year. Not ready to go completely over to the dark side? Another deep color is also making a comeback. Adding chocolate brown to your decor is the best way to add some luxe—especially in the fall.

 

IN: STATEMENT CEILINGS
Heads up! You've heard of accent walls, but how about an accent ceiling? Whether textured wallpaper, tin or embossed foam ceiling tile, wooden beams or bold paint color, homeowners are adding texture to the oft-overlooked "fifth wall".

 

IN: MATTE BLACK HOME ACCESSORIES
In both the bathroom and the kitchen, look for matte black light fixtures and faucets.

 

Welcome Fall! Here is an opportunity to enhance your life through your home decor energy. Live well!

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NURTURING SHADES

NURTURING SHADES

With the social consciousness that is attached to the colour green and its longstanding nurturing effect on the human body, this hue is the perfect choice to colour the walls and use in upholstery, bedding, and area carpets. Take your colour clues from nature and go ˜au natural™.

During the last few weeks of summer, we start to hang on for dear life to the great outdoors before its back to school and a chillier climate. By bringing green into our décor, we can keep things alive and help to lower our stress levels.

Just as a walk around the block, a hike through the woods or picking apples in the orchard is known to bring us peace of mind, surrounding ourselves with shades of green is known to calm our nerves and to reduce anxiety levels, which is another good reason to bring the outdoors in.

Mother Nature gave us an almost infinite palette from which to choose; here are just a few options :

  • Grass green
  • Tea green
  • Apple green
  • Pear green
  • Pea green
  • Leaf green
FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

Like a rubber band stretched to the point of snapping, stress taxes our system until we reach the breaking point and become incapable of handling the situations we encounter appropriately.


Colors, in our home play an important role to heal our body, mind & spirit. Along with patterns, they exude an innate energy of life force, greatly influence how we feel about an environment, as well make messages known to us and have the capacity to communicate what we wish for.


STRESS: Red & green combination can evoke continued excitement, action/reaction- hardly a beneficial message when a sense of calm is called for. If there are fabrics or walls in red and greens in your home and you don’t want to recover, repaint or remove, add yellow. Yellow will over ride or mitigate the jarring message of combined red & green to make it more manageable, adding the message of enlightenment & optimism.


WHITE: By reflecting back on colors, white actually produces an intensity that can cause stress. When you see a specific color, you experience all of its emotional vocabulary, but with white you are forced to react without being steered in a particular direction. This intensity forces you to explore mentally. White makes you think without taking a break. Obviously then, you don’t want to be surrounded by it when you feel a deep need to relax.


OPTIMISIM: Diamonds and triangles communicate optimism & cheer and inspire us to be upbeat. Hang a square mirror diagonally on a wall that you see frequently. Also, arrange accessories on low tables in groups of three in an overall triangle.

 

VERTICAL LINES: To override depression you need to feel that new possibilities are infront of you. To promote internal changes, which are the heart of relieving depression in many cases, you must surround your self with characteristics of change. Vertical lines are associated with growth and change, and take preedence over horizontal ones because we associate growth with vertical progress more frequently than horizontal.

 

Feng Shui plays an important key to decode the messages we receive consciously and subconsciouly from colors, shape, patterns, scents, sounds & textures. It is the tool we can use to manipulate the physical world around us to best suit our needs & desires.

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!

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FENG SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

In Feng Shui, the high temperatures and bright sunshine of summer are associated with hot, yang energy. On the positive side, this makes us want to socialize, and adds passion to our lives. But too much Fire can also have the opposite effect, making us feel tired, listless, and just plain burned out. 


Here are some more of my favorite summer tips for balancing the yin and yang energies of summer:


• To balance this strong, yang energy, your focus should be on cooling down your home and office by adding the counter balance of yin, or quieter, energy. For example, one simple way to add yin to your home is by switching to cool blue sheets on your bed.


• Use few extra green potted plants inside the house; during the summer, we often keep the windows closed and the air conditioner running. Living plants help remove toxins from the stuffy indoor air and help balance the summer heat with a cool, earthy energy.


• Decorate your home with cooling crystals. Purple amethyst is wonderful for cooling and calming intense emotions and clearing away any negative and stale energy.


• The harsh, corkscrew energy of a ceiling fan located directly over your bed can cause pain or illness. To balance this effect, hang a crystal from the pull chain to symbolically lessen the cutting force.


• Your deck or porch is considered part of your home in Feng Shui, so choose high-quality outdoor furniture and keep it clean and in good condition throughout the summer.

Have a safe and fun summer!

HOW TO USE FENG SHUI BAGUA IN YOUR HOME

HOW TO USE FENG SHUI BAGUA IN YOUR HOME

The Western bagua map is really easy to define and apply in your home or office. All you need is the floor plan of your space.
The bagua consists of the same 9 areas, the compass directions are not taken into consideration in this feng shui school.


The way you lay the bagua is by aligning the lower end of the basic bagua grid with the wall of the front door of your home or office.


Here is how to define your feng shui bagua map in 3 steps.


Step 1. Create a grid with nine squares (or rectangles) that will fit over your home or office floor plan.

Step 2. Once you have your grid ready, superimpose it over your floor plan by aligning the bottom row of your grid with the wall of your front door.

Step 3. Assign each of the 9 squares (or rectangles) to the following feng shui areas:


Bottom Row (Left to Right)
The lower part (bottom row) of the bagua map is always aligned with the wall of the front door, so your front door will be in one of these three bagua areas:
* Spirituality and Personal Growth
* Career and Path in Life
* Helpful People and Blessings


Middle Row (Left to Right)
*Health and Family
* Center (Heart of Home)
* Children and Creativity


Upper Row (Left to Right)
* Wealth & Abundance
* Fame and Reputation
* Love and Marriage


Once you know the areas of your home or office that belong to specific areas of your life, you can start applying proper feng shui cures and improve the quality of energy in your home.


Our needs and circumstances change all the time. Always check in with yourself and assess what area in your life needs balancing and healing. With the Bagua map you can target specific area in your home to alter and affect particular aspect on your life.
Keep well!

CREATING CHILD-FRIENDLY SPACE AT HOME

CREATING CHILD-FRIENDLY SPACE AT HOME

Maintaining a home that is welcoming & kids- friendly can be challenging. Kids are full of energy and oftentimes put fun ahead of tidiness. But no matter how energetic their youngsters are, parents can still employ several strategies to ensure their homes are both sophisticated & child-friendly:


- Choose washable fabrics. Upholstery will need to stand up to the abuse kids can dish out. Sofas & chairs with slipcovers can be easily removed and laundered. Patterned fabrics will hide some stains, while treated fabrics may resist liquid spills.


- Create catch-all-spot. Special bins or other organizational tools in the entryway can help hold clutter when children come in the house. Also, make sure to keep cubbies, containers & coat hooks at a child-friendly height.


- Hang whimsical artwork, and employ framing & lighting to make kids artwork look like professional pieces. Routinely change the picture when a new look is desired.


- Design a place to play by devoting an entire room or a nook in a house for imaginative play.

Honoring our children growing stages and the kid-in-us always pay dividend in everyday life.

FEN SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

FEN SHUI TIP OF THE MONTH

2017 is a time for transformation. This is the Fire Phoenix year!


Feng Shui is the limb of Chinese medicine whereby health is restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. Phoenix year is ideal for restoration of your health, and home is the great place to start:


Spring Cleaning

Especially fortunate is to do your cleaning and transforming during the month of the Wood Snake from the new Moon on May 25 until the next new Moon on June 23.  Just as a Snake sheds its skin when it’s outgrown the old one, you too can shed old baggage of the past.


Luck Enters

Where to start to bring in luck in Phoenix year? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug.

First Thing Seen

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes the room inviting to enter. Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring.

Room of the year

Every room of your home has a Wealth corner to focus on. But the most important room this year is your Living Room because that is the room of the element Fire, and 2017 is the year of the Fire Phoenix. Present it well & enjoy the ride!

Fire Phoenix is an active go-getter and home is important to provide a secure, safe place. Some activities might be out of your control, but you can control how you maintain and keep clean your living space. Stay tidy, especially in a Fire year that brings lots of activity & live well!

ECO- FRIENDLY FURNITURE

ECO- FRIENDLY FURNITURE


It’s getting easier every day to be green as more environmentally-friendly décor alternatives pop up in the home-product arena. From eco-friendly furniture to the psychological impact the color green has on our health and well-being, green is a symbol of environmental awareness and fresh beginnings in home decorating.


Stylish, eco-friendly furnishings are being introduced at all consumer levels, allowing us to go green room by room:


• Look for case goods (coffee tables, end tables, headboards and dining furniture) made from reclaimed woods, glass, and renewable resources such as bamboo and rattan.
• Inside a sexy new chair or sofa, expect soy-based foams
• Look for interior construction materials which include recycled wire and steel.
• Finishes are available in formaldehyde-free lacquers and VOC-free (volatile organic compounds) glues.

With the social consciousness that is attached to the colour green and its longstanding nurturing effect on the human body, this hue is the perfect choice to colour the walls and use in upholstery, bedding, and area carpets. Try:

• Grass green
• Tea green
• Apple green
• Pear green
• Pea green
• Leaf green

Take your colour clues from nature and go ‘au natural’. Live Well!

 

THE INSURANCE IMPLICATIONS OF PURCHASING AN OLDER HOME

THE INSURANCE IMPLICATIONS OF PURCHASING AN OLDER HOME


Older homes can come with a lot of charm & character, but they may also have quiet a few insurance implications. When looking to purchase a home, keep a watch for some of these risks that can affect your insurance cost and availability:


Galvanized steel plumbing
• Found in homes built before 1950
• Life expectancy 40-50 years
• They corrode and rust from the inside out
• Increased risks of leaks, ruptures & floods


60 Amp electrical service
• Found in homes built prior to 1950
• Threat of electrical fire to overuse and overheat
• May cause the insurance to be categorized as “ substandard” until upgraded to at least 100 amp service


Knob and tube wiring
• Found in homes 50 years or older
• No ground wire
• Due to age they are vulnerable to damage and exposure


Aluminum wiring
• Used mid 1960’s - 1970’s
• Must be inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) with certificate provided
• Many insurance companies will accept previous homeowner’s certificate depending on dates


Ki-Tec plumbing
• Used between 1995 – 2007
• Earlier failure due to excessive water pressure of running at temp over 77C.
• May be identified by bright orange and blue pipes, but other colours also sold
• Best place to spot is by hot water tank
• Can cause a decline, or limited water damage coverage through insurers.


Keeping you well informed is my top priority. If you need more information or have any question, please give me a call.
Always my pleasure to assist you in every way I can!

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

OPEN SPACE

OPEN SPACE

Good Chi Flows in a Clear, Open Space!


When you see the homes of wealthy people, the number one thing that you actually see is open space. An abundance of open space. Strange, no?
Rarely do you see wealthy houses full to the brim with all sorts of stuff. It is the luxury of open space and plenty of breathing room that attracts more wealth energy.


In feng shui terms this basically means there is open space to allow more and to enjoy more.


Learn to welcome powerful energy into your home and not make it stale or block it with all sorts of stuff.  
The more open space you have in your home, the more fresh energy can come in.

Directly connected to a clutter clear space is clear organization. If you do not have an organized house, chances are you will start quickly accumulating clutter again. Each item in your home deserves a space of its own, no matter how small; this makes for a peaceful house with strong and clear energy.

Think about it and look for the best organizational systems you can find; there is an abundance of them out there, from Ikea to California Closets and everything in between (Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, The Container Store, etc).
Rich people find everything quick; not only money and information, but also what’s needed in their own home. Why?
Simply because wasting time on finding something is frustrating and detracts from other things and activities that bring wealth both financial wealth, as well as the wealth of emotional and physical health.


Wishing you a great start to 2017. It's a good life!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

A sensational holiday season is all about having good energy – in your home and in your heart! For happy Feng Shui holiday – check out these tips:


Indulge: Adding herbs like ginger, cinnamon, anise or nutmeg to drinks will restore and refresh your spirit and soul. Also, add cinnamon sticks, orange peel and few clove pieces to a pot and let it simmer on low heat. The aroma will sure uplift everyone’s spirit, and bring good energy to your space.


Add plants: Poinsettias promise miracles and magic when used as Christmas decorations. When mistletoe is hung in the four corners of the main floor of the house, it keeps the atmosphere clear of negativity, anger, stress and tension. When hung in the dining room mistletoe will bring cash and luck into the house during the New Year ahead.


Simplify: Too much color, food, sound and activity can have a numbing effect and exhaust the family. Using images of water or using actual fountains can 'cool' the atmosphere and create harmony and balance.


Vary your lighting: Using overhead lighting exclusively can deplete energy, create anxious situations, or lead to eye strain, headaches or anger. Use holiday candles and side lamps to complement what beams down from above. And when you decorate at eye level, you "lift" the vibe of the room and the mood of those in it.

New year: For New Year’s Eve, decorate with the Metal Element (gold and silver), which represents creativity and focus. These are the colours of valuable coins, so displaying shiny, metallic objects on New Year’s Eve symbolizes your intention to attract wealth in the coming year


Wishing you and your family a prosperous Holiday Season!

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.

 

THE LATEST IN HOME APPLIANCES

THE LATEST IN HOME APPLIANCES

Modern, so called smart appliances are being designed to offer us more and more convenience and savings. With their features      ( such as lighting, heating and cooling ) controlled on demand through your phone, as well as the addition of features such as monitoring systems for plumbing leaks, these appliances are getting “smarter” every day. You might enjoy using your phone to have your coffee maker respond to your alarm clock, to communicate with your oven ( as it walks you through a recipe), or to regulate air circulation in your home ( by adjusting the delivery at each register or grill, room by room ). Homes are already equipped with tablets embedded in the walls of rooms that control utilities, entertainment and home security functions. So, there’s no doubt that we’ll soon become even more dependent upon smart appliances, as they help shape our modern lifestyle.

FALL IS IN THE AIR!

FALL IS IN THE AIR!

Change of season affects us on many levels. Here are few tips to welcome it with open arms:


Space clear: Our homes and environments retain the energetic imprint of those that inhabit the spaces. It is always good to just take a little time & burn off the old energy to welcome fresh and new “chi”. You can smudge with sage or spraying natural orange essential oil with water; sage is heavier – for the heavy duty space clearing & the orange oil is great if you need something to uplift your mood.
Add warming textures: Our bodies tend to tense up when we are cold, and while warming up with lots of blankets is important, it’s also essential to pay attention to the types of textures we are cuddling up with. Surround yourself with warm, inviting textures, such as velvet, wool, or softer cottons that will really warm you to the core.
Make something from scratch: Cooking is a wonderful way to add warming, positive energy to your space. Making soups & stews with seasonal vegetables is a great way to connect with nature, since we can’t get our hands in the garden at this time of year.

DID YOU KNOW!


Mother Nature is about to get all dolled up for you & wow you with her colors. So head out to take in the fall colors at 5 of the best places for fall colors in Ontario:
1-      Niagara on the lake
2-      Muskoka
3-      Algonquin park
4-      Algoma country
5-      Ottawa/ Gatineau

Hello October!

Hello October!

This is always a happy month. Fall takes the spotlight, standing & delivering the magical abundance of this season. Before we nestle into our nooks for the sheer delight of it all, how about a few Feng Shui tips & tricks to mobilize these good vibes & keep the marvel of it all uninterrupted?
- While fall is undressing everything outside, it’s all a go-go for feathering our nests inside. Look for textures and colors that suggest cozy embraces & comfy gatherings, and while you’re at it, rotate the couch cushions. Doing this once a year adds life to your linens & furniture.
- As fall starts ushering us indoors, take a quick inventory of your wall space. Are they empty or filled to the brim? Maybe a few walls would LOVE a new layer of paint, or even a cheeky splash of color. Whatever is happening at eye level represents RIGHT NOW. So if the walls are empty, this might suggest a fear of commitment. Do you feel a resistance about moving forward in life? Hang something that speaks to the life you want. And if the walls are suffocating, you might benefit from a few clear breaths. Take everything down & leave the walls bare for a week. Only hang back what you LOVE. In Feng Shui, a little here & a little there always adds up to a life you LOVE.

IS MOVING INTO A NEW HOME IN YOUR NEAR FORCAST?

IS MOVING INTO A NEW HOME IN YOUR NEAR FORCAST?

Congratulation!
Here are some great Feng Shui tips to take into consideration, and which are ranked highly for Chinese people:


1. on the day of moving, always say something that is auspicious and avoid anything that is negative.
2. Do not quarrel, fight, scold children, throw temper or cry on the day of moving too because all these actions symbolize unhappiness and unharmonious in the family.
3. Do not take afternoon nap in your new house on the day of moving as it symbolize laziness and illness.
4. Buy new brooms and mops. The reason is because you are moving into a new space, so you will not want to “sweep in your old troubles” with the broom from your last house. Throw it away and buy a new one. And don’t place the old broom in the garage, either. Throw it away or leave it at the old house. Buy a new mop too.
5. Do not enter the house empty handed, every family members should bring along something auspicious, for example fresh fruits comprising Oranges (for prosperity), Apples (for safety), Pineapple (for good fortune), Pomegranate (for opportunities) and Peaches (for good health). You can also bring something valuable like gold, saving books and anything that symbolize good fortune.
6. On the first day, you must also open your stove and cook some desserts to symbolize a prosperous life.


Congratulation again on your new home! Wishing you an auspicious & fresh beginning!

WHAT’S TRENDING NOW

WHAT’S TRENDING NOW


Exposed shelving! You’ve probably seen this trend recently and expected tobe making its way into more and more spaces.
You could access tools quickly, and display some of your favorite pieces on gorgeous reclaimed wood shelves, or metal surface if you prefer. Combining function & style, along with balancing of rustic & feminine elements will sure to create the best feel and look in your kitchen.
Soon you’ll think why it took you that long to style these exposed shelves, and it will became the most fun part of finishing the kitchen. You’ll be able to finally able to make your kitchen look and feel like it belonged in your home, rather than in a stark showroom
One popular item taking centre place on these shelves is spices, flours, and baking ingredients, housed here in mason jars for a cohesive look that is simple, yet stunning! Let the color of the spices do all the work. The uniformity of the matching jars creates a relaxed café atmosphere; more reason for the family to gravitated toward the kitchen to hang out and connect.
When styling your own shelves, follow these simple rules:
1. Use an assortment of materials
2. Layer your things in front of one another
3. Add something sculptural
4. Use color
5. Add your personality
6. Use a plant or fresh flowers
7. And most importantly... DON’T FALL OFF THE COUNTER!!!

HEALING POWER OF COLOURS

HEALING POWER OF COLOURS

The right feng shui use of colors can do wonders for your home. We are all in love with color, and we all respond to color in more or less predictable ways. Feng shui takes the use of color to the next level, where each color brings the desired feng shui energies to your home in order to create harmony and balance.

Paint colors correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood as well as to our body. Here are some excellent tips to implement:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element fire is represented by the heart in your body, and the living room is the designated home area for it. Make sure to include shades of red in this room to stimulate conversation & activities. A balanced fire feng shui element in your home will bring supporting energy to all your career efforts and will help achieve recognition.
EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. A strong and harmonious feng shui earth element in your home or office will help create stability, nourishment and calm protection for all your relationships. The earth element is also needed to maintain one's health and inner balance.
METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful. Feng shui metal element brings the qualities of sharpness, precision and efficiency; its balanced presence will help you live with clarity and lightness. A good presence of metal element in your home will help sustain the energy of calm, crisp clarity and eliminate distractions.
WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. A harmonious feng shui water element will bring a refreshing energy of calm, ease, purity and freshness. Water element is also the ancient symbol of abundance, thus a potent feng shui cure for wealth.
WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room. Lush and healing, the feng shui wood element brings the energy of vibrant health, vitality and growth. Wood element is also an expression of abundance, thus it is used as a feng shui cure for wealth and prosperity.

CELEBRATE SUMMER!

CELEBRATE SUMMER!

In feng shui, summer is associated with the element of fire, a powerful form of yang energy. Fire brings warmth, self-confidence, creativity and drive. We want to get out and get busy. If the fire element of summer becomes too much and you are feeling drained and irritable you can balance out the fire element in your home by doing the following:
• Change your bedsheets or tablecloth to a cooler color, such as a light purple or blue.
• Place a mini water fountain in the front of your home (this is the career section in the bagua, represented by water). If you place the fountain outside your home, make sure the flow is moving toward your door, to represent abundance moving toward you (not away).
• Soften your home with green potted plants. During the summer, we often keep the windows closed and the air conditioner running. Living plants help remove toxins from the stuffy indoor air and help balance the summer heat with a cool, earthy energy.
• Decorate your home with cooling crystals. Purple amethyst is wonderful for cooling and calming intense emotions and clearing away any negative and stale energy.
Enjoy, and have a fantastic SUMMER!

HOME

HOME

Creating a home for the soul is probably the unconscious intention of all our interior designing endeavors.

HOME is something we all seek, for as the saying goes: home is where the heart is. Creating sacred space within our home demands that we know all the different pieces that contribute to it as a whole. The more knowledge we have of them, the clearer their relationship is with the space, and this further increases the home capacity to make us feel truly at peace & to bring us an experience of the spirit.

Filling the house with items we love assures the development of a rich & personal sacred space. The items chosen may include souvenirs from places we visited that bring us good memories, nick knacks from spots where we experienced a certain joy or an insight into the magic of a particular landscape.

Familiarity with their origins brings the presence of these places and further enriches the home where they are placed.

Nothing equal items that have been made by hand, which imbues it with all the positive feelings, thoughts & even prayer we held at the time in which we made it. Creating a special place in the house for such items empowers even further, bringing a deep & very personal atmosphere to the whole space.

Remember that a home can be a stage for the beauty of nature as we experience her in the wild as in a cultivated setting. All textures, colors, & forms can serve to excite us & to invoke a mysterious deep feeling within us.

A well-designed home is the cornerstone of a happy soul. Live well!!

GARDEN

GARDEN

Being in a garden, surrounded by beautiful plants and doing simple, manual tasks such as deadheading, weeding and watering can calm the mind and lift the spirit. By taking a break from the issues we’re dealing with. It’s amazing to realize how relaxed and engaged in the process we become. With gardening season Unfolding, here are few suggestions to make it a season to remember:

SYMBOLIC GESTURES: Plant things that are meaningful to you and evoke happy feelings. Maybe you associate lilacs with your mother because they bloom around Mother’s Day, or lilies remind you of your wedding day because they were in your bouquet. The more positive associations you can create in your garden, the more opportunities you’ll have to change your outlook.

SECRET GARDEN: Another key element of a therapeutic garden is creating privacy and the ability to lose yourself in a plant-rich environment. Try to carve out a quiet, private space where you can sit, relax and admire the garden without being seen or disturbed – perhaps a comfortable bench ensconced within evergreen shrubs or living walls.

GOOD SCENTS: Stop and smell the roses – literally. Scent is a powerful sensory stimulus that can calm us and help us connect more deeply with nature. Trail fragrant plants such as roses, honeysuckle and jasmine along pergolas and arbors so you can enjoy them at nose-height. Plant calming chamomile or thyme in pathways so they release a pleasing fragrance when you walk on them. Grow lavender, breathe in its soothing scent, which can help relieve headaches and lower heart rate and blood pressure. Live well!

 

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

A good Feng Shui bedroom is one that promotes a harmonious flow of nourishing & sensual energy. Here is few tips to help you create such environment:

Use soothing colors: Feng Shui bedroom décor is a balanced décor that promotes the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as healing. Best Feng Shui colors here are considered the so-called “skin colors”, and we know the color of skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown. Choose colors within this range that will work best for your bedroom decor.

keep all bedroom doors closed: be it the closet doors, the en-suite door or the bedroom door. This will allow the best & most nourishing energy to strengthen your health as well as the health of your relationship. Keeping your bedroom closet clean & organized will further create a sense of peace & calm in your bedroom. Understand the interaction between the doors & windows in your bedroom and be sure the energy is not escaping your room, but rather available to serve you.

Live well!

ENTRANCE

ENTRANCE

Your front door is the most important gateway to your home because it is here that energy finds a way in. This is what is called "Mouth of Chi" or gateway through which the life-enhancing energy from the outside will flow in. It is critical that this flow is not blocked, so you need to make sure the door can open fully, and that the area around it is in good repair. Whatever object the energy flows around will impregnate it and affects its quality. Don’t allow this energy from the outside to be tainted by dirt & dust. Make sure your hall is clean, fresh for the energy to remain strong & vital.

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eyes go somewhere, so direct them by organizing each room so that the first thing seen is nice & inspiring and it sets a pleasant tone.  Keep this area well lit & inviting. Check the entry lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works and touch up scuff marks with fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug to welcome great uplifting energy.

Live well!