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  • Decoration Secrets from 10 Top Notch Interior Designers

    This article was last updated on 15th December 2017.

    One might wonder when interior designing became a profession. In fact, some may wonder when it emerged as a mere concept.

    The origins of interior design as a serious profession can be traced back to the industrialization era when people started to think of more functional ways to use the spaces in their homes, as after all, homes were their solace after a hard day at work.

    Elsie De Wolfe was one of the very first females, or rather more accurately, humans to do interior designing as a profession. One thing you ought to know about Elsie is that she refused to settle for the old-fashioned Victorian style and rebelled against it. Her way of decorating was, by all means, different as she relied on light designs and fresh colors, which was in contrast to the Victorian style that preserved a sense of heaviness somehow.

    Thousands of talented people followed Elsie De Wolfe and are praised all over the world for their outstanding decorating talents. Below, we will talk briefly about 10 of the finest interior designers globally, along with some of their most important works and design philosophies.


     

    Philippe Starck philippe starckStarck is a French designer who has become known and praised in many parts of the world since the beginning of the 1980s. His designing concept is mainly based on the idea of creating more using less, which adds a sense of simplicity to his elegant, beautiful designs.

    In 1982, Starck was assigned to design the interior of the back then French president Francois Mitterrand. A slight proof of just how good this man is.

    So basically, what we can learn from Philippe is that elegance can be simple, cheap yet very tasteful.


     

    Mario Buattamario buattaMario is an American designer who has done some work for some of America’s most famous celebrities like Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters, and Henry Ford II. He studied architecture at Parsons School of design in NYC.

    Buatta’s approach to designing strives to create the maximum degree of comfort using a well-balanced mixture of contemporary elements and old-fashioned ones. This can sound a bit complicated but not to this man; take a look at Buatta’s designs to see how can such a collision result into the perfect amount of comfort.


     

    Karim Rashidkarim rashidThis man’s interior design masterpieces will absolutely make you hold your breath and stare for a while and admire with fascination the purity of the sensual curves that are mixed with freshening bright colors.

    Rashid is an Egyptian industrial designer who was born in Cairo in 1960. Rashid received a Bachelor in industrial design in 1982 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is mostly focused on designing luxury goods and brand identities.

    Karim’s influence comes from his ability to include a sense of organic touch in his works, mixing it with fabulous variations of sensual bright curves. Check out Karim’s website to see for yourself.


     

    Mariette Himes Gomez mariette himesGomez is an influential designer known for her eye comforting, relaxing designs that are firm and disciplined at the same time. She is highly capable of merging high-class elements with simplicity needed for comfort. Check out Gomez’s official website for further visual inspiration.


     

    Timothy Corrigan timothy corriganCorrigan is an American designer who was named among the world’s top designers and architects by Architectural Digest. He is famous for including antiques into most of his projects, with more or less a reasonable portion of contemporary elements. His works can be found in European and Middle Eastern royal houses.


     

    Patricia Urquiolapatricia urquiolaPatricia is a Spanish designer. She was born in Spain, studied in Madrid before graduating from Italy in 1989. Her works are mainly based on the notion of mental comfort, which you will get to feel when you check out the W hotels on Vieques islands, Puerto Rico.


     

    Victoria Hagan victoria hoganVictoria Hagan is an American designer known mainly for the sense of proportion in her works. Architectural Digest describes her style as “Crisply elegant and cheerfully modern”.

    Hagan founded her own firm in Manhattan in 1991. She describes her own work as a balanced, well-blended mixture of comfort, function, and scale. Check out the official website of Hagan to find out more about how to mix those 3 elements.


     

    Federico Delrosso federico delrossoDelrosso is an architect from Italy rather than a trained professional interior designer. However, this man was so passionate about his building projects that he decided he wanted to design their interiors himself. And so Federico became one of the most interesting interior designers in the world.

    His style of designing is known for the unexpected patterns of materials. Delrosso would put concrete, wood, glass, and iron in one bit of the house if he wanted to.


     

    Brad Ford

    brad-fordBrad Ford is an American designer from Arkansas whose style also is a reasonable mixture of elegance, sophistication, and straightforwardness. Brad owns his own firm in New York since 1998. Check out his creative interior design work at his website.


     

    Samuel Botero

    sam boteroBotero is a New York-based designer who was born in Colombia. Botero is known as a one influential interior designer who doesn't think too much about rules as he thinks worrying about them can ruin the decorating theme one is working on.


    So, what do you think of these design and decoration mavens? Who among these is your favorite? Do let us know.

    Also, you may also want to check out our transitional rugs as these are inspired by some of the contemporary design work of the above interior designers among other home decor experts.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Comprehensive Guide on Feng Shui (Updated for 2017)

    This article was last updated on 6th September 2017.

    1. What is Feng Shui & What is its Purpose?

    Feng Shui is a study of the environmental impact on the lives of human beings. It’s also referred to as the knowledge of how the strategic placement of your possessions can bring success in your life and improve your mental and physical health. For example, it's believed that if your bed is placed directly in line with your bedroom door, then you'll experience anxiety, frustration, and restlessness. There are people who have witnessed instant positive results in their health conditions by just changing the position of their bed - coincidence? Maybe! Maybe not!

    According to Feng Shui, the most cherished possessions of your life; your overall health, relationship, financial stability and your worldly accomplishments can be positively or negatively affected by the surroundings you are living in. Bearing your overall well-being at the forefront, Feng Shui aims at striking a perfect balance between your life, external environment, and your surroundings. Feng Shui adjustments ensure people live in harmony with their environment the most convenient and easiest possible way.
    Read on to learn more about Feng Shui home rules & Feng Shui home décor - to enhance the quality of your life and to increase the resale value of your property with this complete Feng Shui guide for home.

     

    2. Feng Shui for Living Room

    A living room is a high traffic space that entertains guests, brings the family together for a movie, hosts several indoor parties so on and so forth. Keeping this most sought-after space airy, naturally well-lit and clutter free is the first step to set up a desirable Feng Shui foundation for your Living Room.

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    2.1 Feng Shui Living Room Focal Point

    Every living room will possess a striking element that takes the focal point position – it could be an accent wall that flaunts a surprising color, a magnanimous sunburst mirror piece, an oversized wall clock or even a fireplace that just stands out in the living room. When setting up a Feng Shui living room, your home décor options for a focal point can extend to an aquarium, that offers visual relaxation; an indoor waterfall or fountain setting that fills your living room with the soothing sound of moving water and even a cluster of money plant foliage that reinvigorates your space with the plant’s energy like growth, expansion, vitality and new life.

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    2.2 Feng Shui Living Room Mirror

    If your living room is a closed space lacking natural light, extra lighting, mirrors, and the right paint color can transform the space into a Feng Shui living room that is capable of relieving mental stress. The Feng Shui living room mirror placement should be in such strategic locations that the mirrors reflect more light thereby doubling the positive energy light bring in. Extra lighting fixtures could include table lamps, side lamps, and floor lamps in addition to ceiling lights.

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    If your living room mirrors do reflect pleasant outdoor views like a river, greenery or a vast expanse of hills, this can suggest an abundance of pure energy reflexes. Reflection of trees brings in the energy of growth while the view of scenic mountains brings in the energy of healthy relationship. It is better to pull down the drapes if your living room mirrors reflect clutter, sharp edges of a window or anything that is depressing.

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    2.3 Feng Shui Colors for Living Room

    When choosing Feng Shui colors for living room, understand that these colors set the tone for feelings people to experience in your space. Since a living room is the first threshold between the outside world and your home, Feng Shui derives a lot from nature when it comes to colors and ensures entering your home does not feel unsettled. The best colors for your living room are beige, tan, yellow, green or blue. These colors work great as they are associated with the earth element in the center of the Feng Shui Bagua - the Feng Shui energy map of your home used to analyze the energy levels of a space.

    Since the living room is also a social space that needs to flaunt a lively environment, a variety of bright colors such as red, orange and green can be used to create bold statements in the form of accent wall, wall hangings, drapes, furniture accessories and the most enticing home décor accessories of all -  the mystical Bokhara rugs.

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    2.4 Feng Shui Art for Living Room

    While choosing artwork for a Feng Shui living room, pick serene pictures instead of confusing abstract art, pictures of sadness or violence. Images depicting nature, calm sea, happy faces and galloping horses can elevate the energy levels of your living room. Feng Shui art derives inspiration from nature; such wall arts can transform your living room into a peaceful retreat that can bring about a relaxed aura about it.  The picture of galloping horses in the south of your living room is believed to attract the luck of victory.

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    2.5 Feng Shui Living Room Display for Luck

    The best color for a living room in Feng Shui is considered complete when it is adorned with a picture perfect family portrait. Displaying a family portrait in a gold frame in the west brings luck to the family and activates the metal element of your home. The addition of a family portrait in the living room enhances the importance of family members.

    2.6 Feng Shui Living Room Furniture

    Firstly, the main furniture piece in your living room needs to rest against a firm wall since a free floating main sofa implies a supportless life. The smaller sofas can be placed in front of windows or be free floating in your living room. The L-shaped sofa is not acceptable in the Feng Shui belief since its shape indicates an arrow in the house. Also, this type of furniture instills imbalance and incomplete feeling in one’s life.

    Secondly, it is also important not to put your back to the main door when you are seated in your living room as this means you will be subjected to unpleasant surprises and miss out on opportunities in life. Mirrors can come to your rescue if your seating arrangement requires you to sit with your back to the main door – place a mirror in your view to reflect the main door, so you don't miss out on what is happening at the entrance. This mirror must be positioned in such a way that the person at the main door must not be able to see a self-reflection in the living room’s mirror.

    Thirdly, avoid cluttering your living room with too many pieces of furniture that can cause the living room to become crowded. The chi, an invisible energy referred to as the “life's breath” or the energy that binds life together, gets stagnant and blocked - this creates obstacles in the path of success for family members.

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    2.7 Feng Shui Apartment Living Room

    Living room decor is a challenging task if you are dealing with a small space. If your apartment is small, the most important prerequisite is to have a bright and open entryway to allow more energy flow to nourish your living space. Since your apartment is small, put in extra effort to keep the entryway as clean as possible, with no clutter like footwear, clothing or excessive stuff lying around in open view. With a clutter-free space, you can sure have good Feng Shui even in a small space.

     

    3. Feng Shui to Attract Greater Wealth

    During the ancient times, there was no term for “wealth” in Feng Shui. Now the term “prosperous chi” or “prosperous energy” has evolved, and it’s called the “wealth chi” or “wealth area” of your space. Feng Shui is not about money in particular; it’s actually about success and prosperity. Lately, Feng Shui for money is something that has gained popularity since people have started believing adoption of Feng Shui offers greater wealth.

    The primary expectation of individuals who are seeking the aid of Feng Shui is to accrue more wealth. These are people who want to achieve more in life but are not able to pull themselves ahead of their finances. Increasing your wealth is not always about increasing your income, but it can also be the ability to hold on to your wealth by making the right decisions in life.  Many people are blessed with the ability to attract massive amounts of wealth, but in reality becoming rich by holding on to their money is never guaranteed.

    The concept of Chinese Feng Shui is simple. You have to cheer up the energy of the environment in which you live to benefit yourself. It’s all about the positive energy that keeps people happy, alert and active. Tapping this kind of positive energy just requires you to make use of these specific areas where this energy is present or by activating this place-specific energy by using an object or an element.

     

    3.1 Locate the Money Area in Your Home

    Every home has an energy area that can be activated. It is only a matter of knowing where that area is and how to access the energy that is present there. Having said that, do you know which area of your home affects your income the most? Once you locate the wealth area of your home, you can begin to unlock the hidden money in your home and earn more money than you usually do.

    Feng Shui experts use a map called “Bagua” to locate areas of your home that corresponds to each area of your life. Out of those nine areas, money and wealth is located in the top left corner of the Bagua which means that the wealth area is located in the left back area of your floor plan. A Feng Shui floor plan can be achieved by careful observation.

     

    3.2 Taking Good Care of Your Wealth Area

    The next step is to focus on what lies in the money corner of your home. If you have undesirable places like a bathroom or a laundry room in that corner, then focus on the improvements or alterations you can bring about in that space.

     

    3.3 Enhance the Power by Using Objects

    Once you have identified and reviewed your wealth area, you can begin to enhance it for greater fortune. For example, a Feng Shui bedroom tip is to add a plant or a wooden furniture in the back left area of your bedroom.  Another Feng Shui bedroom decorating idea for a smaller room is to add a water element in the area such as an aquarium or a water fountain to enrich the area and activate your wealth sector. You can also put a money plant in that area as it is considered to bring in good luck.

     

    4. Feng Shui to Attract Love

    Most of us experience emotional downturn at some point in our lives. Feng Shui can help us rekindle love or attract new love by making minor changes in the physical setting of an environment. For example, Feng Shui bedroom for love can help you use positive energies in your bedroom to find love in your life. Below are simple variations that can elevate you from an emotional slump.

     

    4.1 The Power of Pairs

    Clear the clutter in your bedroom as it is the most important prerequisite to set-up a Feng Shui foundation. The next step is to infuse romance into the room by placing things in pairs – candles, lamps, pillows, and accessories. This not only brings about a romantic onset but also seems agreeable and inviting to your partner.

    4.2 Bed Placement

    The best placement for the bed in the bedroom is with its head against the wall. You should do this especially when you want to reattract love in your life. However, you shouldn’t place the bed against two walls in this scenario. This indicates one of you is trapped in the relationship, so it is important for the bed to have equal space on either side to keep it spacey and comfortable to move around.

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    4.3 Feng Shui Mirror Placement in Bedroom

    According to Feng Shui bedroom methodology for mirror placement, mirrors should not be placed directly in front of the bed. It's considered unlucky to sleep right across a mirror. Therefore, you should place the mirror on the side of a room. As long as you’re not looking out past your feet and seeing the mirror, any position works for the mirror placement.

     

    5. Feng Shui to Improve Your Existing Relationship

    Love and romance are not limited to people who are looking for a soulmate as it plays a vital role in bonding a couple and thereby a family together. However, over time, certain personal habits and sour feelings can spoil relationships. As a result of such negative vibes, not only will the family bond suffer, it ruins one’s mental health as well.

    Effective communication is critical to a healthy relationship. The lack of communication in a relationship will often lead to separation or an unhappy marriage. If you feel you and your other half don’t seem to be getting along anymore before you decide that you’ve picked the wrong person or think that you’re destined for an unhappy life, resort to check if the problem lies in your bedroom decor.

    For example, have you moved into a new house recently? Or did you notice a lack of communication since the New Year? Or have you rearranged your bedroom or moved to a new room? All these are trustworthy indicators that the underlying problem could be resolved by changing the Feng Shui bedroom design of your room. To determine if the placement of furniture is the cause of restraint in your relationship, you need to determine the right locations where the relationship energy can be maximized by following simple Feng Shui home rules.

    • Locate the relationship area in your room - when standing at your front door looking in, the area of focus is on the far left side in the middle section of the front foundation wall and the back foundation wall.
    • Enhance the area with the use of Feng Shui elements.
    • The element associated with this area is wood and fire can weaken this relationship.
    • An oil lamp kept burning is the best remedy, but the drawback with it is the safety hazard especially in a bedroom.
    • Your next best option is to place a red carpet or a Persian rug at the entrance of your room.
    • You can also add a table lamp with a red shade.
    • There are many other minute things to look at and review as well. For example, look around your home and see if you have burned out light bulbs. If you have, replace them at the earliest since this can lead to miscommunication.
    • Next, you need to review the color of your kitchen, avoid the color red in your kitchen as this can lead to heated debates and conversation.
    • Check if you have pictures of the two of you or your whole family that distract conversation in your bedroom & shift them out of your bedroom.
    • According to Feng Shui bedroom rules, solid wood or heavy headboard is very important for the stability of your relationship.
    • In a Feng Shui bedroom, pictures should be minimized if they don’t let you relax completely or if they make you feel uneasy.
    • If you have a TV in your bedroom, then this would mean that the two of you are focused on your priorities and concerns rather than the communication with each other. Communication needs to be a priority in a relationship and it doesn't have to be all about the bills and obligations after all. It can be the fun talks that lighten your heart.

    The simplest solution to a problem in Feng Shui is to get the individuals to be proactive with their problems. In dealing with issues that relate to relationships, how we handle ourselves is important since the situation we perceive ourselves in takes an upper hand over empathy. So you need to take some time to review your relationship habits and make a decision based on your analysis to incorporate some positive habits that can not only improve your relationship but also make your life better.

     

    6. Feng Shui for Your Bedroom

    According to Feng Shui, a good bedroom is what promotes harmonious energy. The Feng Shui bedroom tips listed below will help you to create the ultimate Feng Shui bedroom to please both senses and the flow of energy.

    6.1 Feng Shui Bedroom Ideas

    The most important aspect of a Feng Shui bedroom furniture placement is the actual placement of the bed. It can not only serve as a focal point of the room, but it can also have an impact on many areas of your life including your relationships, your finances, your overall self-confidence and your health.

    When your bed is positioned in the right place in your bedroom, you’re likely to be more in control of your life, more productive and more proactive. This will give you a feeling that you’re moving forward in life.

    • The first tip is not to have your bed directly in line with the doorway. According to Feng Shui bedroom rule, bed positioning directly in line with the doorway is referred to as the coffin position. People who sleep in the coffin position may begin to develop health problems and may experience an increase in anxiety or frustration. Therefore according to Feng Shui bedroom wisdom, the door should not be in line with your bed.
    • Another common Feng Shui mistake that people make is, placing their bed in the gatekeeper position which means that their bed is on the same wall as the door. Such people have difficulty sleeping and they feel tired during the day.
    • You should also abstain from shoving your bed into one corner of the room. Most people do this to maximize the space of their room, but in reality, it affects your relationship or wealth, depending on which corner the bed is shoved into.

    Many of us experience trouble with sleep at some point in our lives. A bad night’s sleep can be categorized as:

    • Taking too long to fall asleep
    • Waking too often throughout the night
    • Waking too early and not being able to go back to sleep

    If any of these three categories describe you, then there are several possible reasons for the problem. Feng Shui bedroom rules dictate that a bedroom is a place of rest and, hence, it should not have too many windows or mirrors. According to Feng Shui bedroom plan, windows should not be too many as too many windows can cause sleep problems. Mirrors reflect sunlight, so in the morning when the sun rises, the mirrors intensify the light. If you have this issue, then it's not all that hard to solve - you just need to invest in some blackout shades. However, make sure the room not too dark for a bedroom that is too dull and gloomy is not a conducive space either.

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    6.2 Feng Shui Bedroom Layout Plan

    Most of us don’t follow a specific layout plan for a bedroom usually because the main furniture in the bedroom becomes immobile due to space constraints or it is not flexible enough merely due to its size and bulkiness. But remember, the layout of your bedroom can affect your relationship, your ability to communicate with your partner, your ability to attract your partner, your sleep, your health, your wealth and other delicate aspects of life. Your bedroom is one of the most important areas in your home in Feng Shui and according to Feng Shui bedroom teachings; the layout affects and reflects your life, goals, and your achievements. Every bedroom has a unique story about individual life and current situation, and we can put ourselves in a better position if we bring our bedroom in alignment with what we want, since Feng Shui bedroom can influence every aspect of your life.

    Every bedroom is different, but there are basic principles that can encourage a good night's sleep, improve your relationship or attract a life partner. There are three key components of a bedroom - read on to find out where they fit in a Feng Shui bedroom layout.

    • Bed

    Your bed should go in one of the command positions of your bedroom in which you can see your bedroom door, but you’re not in direct line with it.

    • Nightstand

    Your matching nightstand should be on either side of the bed. If you’re single, this creates balance in your life, and if you’re in a relationship, this helps promote equality and balance in the relationship, so it’s not dominated by either one. Decorate the nightstand with matching items including table lamps and other items that bring you joy. You can also put a picture of you and your partner during happy times, or even a pleasant smelling candle can adorn the nightstand.

    • Dresser

    The dresser should occupy such an area of the room where it doesn't disrupt the flow of energy. You should be able to open your dresser doors conveniently when you're standing in front of them.

    If you stay in an apartment that offers a small bedroom, adopt other storage solutions if a dresser doesn't fit in in your room effortlessly or makes it awkward to walk through your space. In a Feng Shui bedroom, the way your room makes you feel is more important than the furniture placement rules.

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    Everything from plants, mirrors, scents, textures, and materials in the bedroom contribute to the experience that the bedroom offers.

    Electronics like TV and computer should not be placed in your bedroom. Also, abstain from placing workout equipment and books in your room as all of these things relate to highly active energy which is not conducive to a peaceful night’s sleep. They will also represent a hard work schedule or highlight the struggle in your relationship or emphasize your career rather than your personal life.

    This active energy in the bedroom can disrupt your sleep, cause stress and impact your health. So what is the feeling you get when you first walk into your room? Ideally, a bedroom should be relaxing, peaceful and private where you can escape from the external world.

    According to Feng Shui, bedroom colors like light blue or green with accents of pink or red create a perfect balance of yin and yang energy. Everything in a Feng Shui bedroom layout contributes to the energy in the room. Therefore, you should carefully select the items that go into your room to make yourself feel good and peaceful.

     

    6.3 Feng Shui Bedroom Wealth

    Since the bedroom is the only place where you spend the majority of your precious private time, it has a powerful influence on every aspect of your life. To bear the fruits of Feng Shui in maximizing your wealth, you ought to learn how to use the Feng Shui elements in everyday life. Specific elements boost financial prosperity and wealth - Feng Shui wealth colors like red, purple and gold are intensely associated with wealth and using these colors in your bedroom can endow you with an abundance of wealth. Since these colors are deep and dramatic, it is best to use them in creative accent pieces like lampshades, candles, pillows and small trinkets instead of using them in abundance.

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    7. Feng Shui for Kitchen

    The kitchen is the only place where all the five elements co-exist in perfect harmony – fire from the stove, water from the sink, earth in the form of granite in the countertop, metal in the form of utensils and wood in the table, door and window frames. All these elements together can add on to the natural energy of a kitchen to nurture the entire family. The following tips can ensure your kitchen’s positive energy is maximized to support your health and well-being.

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    • The doors in the kitchen should not directly lead to the front door or the back door which means the chi generated in the kitchen can escape outside.
    • A mirror reflecting the burner and doubling them increases wealth.
    • Copper utensils attract positive chi.
    • Plants and herbs planted along the East and South walls bring prosperity.
    • The stove must be away from the sink since the fire energy can get extinguished by the water element.
    • Avoid letting dishes pile up in your sink, mops, and brooms lying opening in the kitchen and if your laundry room is adjacent to your kitchen, don't let the dirty laundry pile up in that room - all these can stop the generation of Yang, the chi energy of your kitchen.
    • The doors of closets and cupboards must always remain closed since the protruding sharp edges interrupt the chi energy.

     

    8. Feng Shui Tips for Dining Room

    The family dining room's Feng Shui is vital to activate luck for the family. The ideal location for the dining room is the center or the most interior space in your home. This integral part signifies the heart of your home. When the heart of your home is regularly occupied by the entire family and is filled with togetherness, it creates harmony and prosperity.

    Important tips to create a Feng Shui dining room:

     

    • Fix a large mirror on one of the walls of your dining room to double the food on the table - this symbolizes abundance.

     

    • The best shapes for your dining table are square, round, rectangular or Pa Kua shaped - the most auspicious 8-sided table for a family of three generations living together.

    Crystals are considered to be Feng Shui morphine. Hang a crystal chandelier above the center of the dining table; since these enchanting elements come from within the earth, they have incredible healing powers - this helps in attracting quality energy, strengthen your personal energy field, clears negative energy from your space & much more.

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    • Use fresh flowers on your table to attract lively chi energy.
    • To activate the wealth accumulation luck, display a bowl of garlic in the center of your dining table. The garlic cloves could be imitation showpiece.
    • Place a Tang Bell at the side of your dining table. By knocking the bell three times before each meal, you can welcome good fortune chi.
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    9. Feng Shui Bathroom Decor

    Traditional Feng Shui proposed the bathroom to be closed off from the main house due to the possibility of Chi loss from the drainage & pipes attached to a bathroom.
    With the advent of various advancements like plugs and toilet seats, the Feng Shui approach now is to keep the bathroom outlets to a minimal by closing them when not in use.
    One important bathroom Feng Shui tip is repairing leaky faucets, closing the door as well as toilet lids after use, keeping mirrors and windows clean and to replace worn-out toothbrush, torn towels, and shower curtains.

    From the Feng Shui perspective, the bathroom represents how you take care of yourself in the world. Another Feng Shui bathroom tip is that the bathroom should be nurturing, supportive, loving and inspirational as it is the only place where it is all about your “me time”.

    Following these simple Feng Shui tips, you get your day to a great start that makes you feel like you're in control of your destiny.

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    • Add items you love to your bathroom. Create a feeling of luxury in your bathroom even if you’re on a budget. Beautiful plush towels that offer visual luxury and a shower curtain that you love will certainly elevate your mood.
    • Adding rugs to your bathroom floor is a good idea as rugs offer a luxurious feeling not only to your senses but also to your feet.
    • Splurge on personal care products that you love. Make sure that you invest in products that add value and make you look forward to using them. Good smelling toiletries evoke feelings of abundance and make you feel pampered head to toe.

    9.1 Feng Shui Bathroom Pictures

    The bathroom has a lot of water, the running water, and the water that is reflected in its mirrors, representing water from the five elements of nature - earth, fire, wood, metal & water. Creating a balance between these five elements is one of the vital components of Feng Shui. Since bathrooms have an abundance of water, you can restore its balance by adding the earth elements like gold, yellow and taupe to the wall color or by introducing these colors in towels, rugs, pictures and bathroom accessories. Beautiful pictures of nature framed in gold frames could be a classy pick.

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    Finally, as Wordsworth has aptly put - "To the solid ground of Nature trusts the mind that builds for aye"; scientific experiments and innovations concerning natural science go through a tedious cycle of trial and error; the sole reason being the insatiable human mind that is always finding ways and means to make terms with nature. Feng Shui is the aspirin that illustrates simple ways to utilize the environment to our benefit - just by altering the ways we perceive our surroundings.

    10. 25 Additional Feng Shui Resources

    Feng Shui is a study of every minute detail that surrounds us and as a result, it comprises of a vast subject-matter. Here is a list of additional Feng Shui learning material to delve more into this work of art.

    1. Wikipedia needs no introduction and in all honesty, this is the first best place to kick-start your Feng Shui knowledge gathering

    2. Popular houzz.com experts offer a crash course in Feng Shui

    3. This beginner’s guide to Feng Shui by a former freshman at grad school could be a lifesaver if you are creating a home away from home.

    4. Another beginner’s guide that further simplifies Feng Shui for outdoor space for summers.

    5. Knowing yourself is a vital part of connecting with your environment. Use this guide and play with numbers to unlock the hidden goodness of your surroundings.

    6. Here is a quick access to a plethora of Feng Shui articles plus a bonus offer to connect with Feng Shui experts on various social media platforms.

    7. If you are active on Twitter, here are Top 10 Feng Shui Masters you can follow to get instant access to valuable tips & suggestions.

    8. Looking for a guide to choosing a Feng Shui Practitioner? This masterpiece is definitely a good read.

    9. Learn all about bedroom Feng Shui and how to recreate a Feng Shui dream home.

    10. Do’s and don’ts to consider while you Feng Shui your bedroom.

    11. Aid a good night’s sleep with these simple Feng Shui rules for your bedroom.

    12. Flaunt your green thumb by equipping yourself with Feng Shui Q & A for plants in your bedroom.

    13. Feng Shui your home with these 9 simple steps.

    14. All you need to know about the mystique Feng Shui Bagua map and how to use it.

    15. Feng Shui rules that have gained global recognition & practiced worldwide.

    16. Feng Shui cures, elements, objects and more discussed by a Feng Shui practitioner.

    17. Major principles of Feng Shui and more discussed by Chinese experts.

    18. Living in a small space? Worry not, here is all about Feng Shui for the apartment.

    19. Here is Feng Shui interior decorating as explained by an expert – an interview excerpt to know more.

    20. Feng Shui secrets to attract the most sought after possessions - love and money.

    21. Do you know the wealth corner of your home? Find out all about it here.

    22. A self-analysis approach to Feng Shui and tips on making the most out of your environment.

    23. Magnificent Feng Shui home designs that are worth viewing.

    24. Feng Shui in a nutshell & the scientific reasoning behind Feng Shui.

    25. If you have by now developed a passionate interest in Feng Shui, it is never too late to acquire new knowledge. This inclusive list of Feng Shui Schools could be your stepping stone.

  • 10 Brilliant Ideas for Decorating Kid's Bedrooms

    Decorating your kid’s bedroom can be a beautiful experience, and it introduces new facts to parents about their little children. Many designers say that when a mom goes to them with her daughter, she would think the girl likes pink; and the girl would surprisingly say blue. This process allows children to express themselves freely.

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    kids bedroom ideasThere are a few things you have to take care of. You should never spend too much money on trends, no matter how hard your kid begs. You can easily find a happy medium by accessorizing. Interior designer, Ann Fox shares a secret of putting toddlers from cribs straight to queen sized beds, because of how fast kids grow, plus they can keep it for quite a long time.

    When you make the decision of re-decorating, make your child write a list with every little thing they want, when they are done make them choose the most important three items and start step by step. We gathered very important tips to help you decorate better and draw a smile on your kid’s face.

     

    1. If your child has passion for art, let him express that! Add a giant chalkboard on a wall and get chalks of all colors. This way your child will always have a space area for art, and maybe he will come up with something really surprising; just give your Picasso a chance. Get some shapes off the internet and tell them to try drawing them; this is a great drawing exercise.

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    1. Many parents complain about how untidy and unorganized their kids are, however, parents neglect the fact why kids are that way. It is probably because everything around them is a lot taller than their own height. The floor is a much more convenient place from them. What you have to do to eliminate the untidiness is to make everything their height. If they can easily reach the closet, the benches, the desk or the coat rack, they will be more organized.

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    1. Some parents have a problem with putting their kids in bed. We have a smart idea. Most craft stores now sell an additive to paint that makes it glow in the darkness. Try to draw some stars and a moon on the ceiling, or maybe choose something that interests your child. If your kid is old enough, you can let them use the paint as they want. This will give them a reason to turn the lights off.

     

    1. Little kids love collecting things, maybe postcards or even pictures. It is a bit boring to keep their collections hidden in drawers. Kids love to admire their work. There are a couple of good ideas, you can either hang them by threads from the ceiling or clip them to a long string on the wall. That way your kid gets the chance to have a visual reminder of how great he is.

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    1. Removable wallpaper is becoming much less pricey than it originally was, and the patterns and styles are vastly growing. If you have a kid that has a thing for art, or maybe just likes his stuff personalized, you can buy some wallpaper and leave the little angel do the rest. Let your kid decide, this is good parenting as well as it teaches the kids responsibility of their own choices. Think of it as a wall tattoo, or a mess that you do not have to fix.

     

    1. Art is not just drawing; it can be painting or even poetry. Kids love to display their work. To give them such an opportunity, purchase a magnetic board; it is really cheap. The display area will allow your child to be proud and to show off the good talents! Make sure when you have family or friends around the house to show them what a great child you have. This act incredibly raises their self esteem

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    1. Traditional growth charts are everywhere, some kids see them on television way too much, and it is a bit cliche. You can beat the odds by doing something unique, buy some non-toxic paint and instead of putting a mark of the height; put their handprint! This way you not only get to watch them grow taller, but bigger as well. You can be even more original by putting a footprint too.

     

    1. You might think lighting is only important for your room, think again! If you are not ready to lose the sudden sense of comfort that mysteriously arises the moment you put your kids in bed, then you need to carefully choose two lighting systems for their bedrooms. The second lighting should be like the reading one; this slowly puts the kids into a sleepy mood. Kids are hyper and active, even if they had just woken up! So this light can be a great help for them to find the bathroom at night, instead of turning on the normal lights and suddenly gain energy!

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    1. If you are painting furniture, maybe a closet or a dresser let your kid help. Your kid will definitely grow and you will need to buy new furniture, so let them be creative. They should choose the color and the pattern. They can polka-dot all over with their little fingers. A signature makes them feel on top of the world, they can write, or put a handprint!

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    1. Leave a corner of the room for free style art. Get some peel and stick cork from your local crafts shop, help them use baby scissors to cut their favorite shapes. You can get some DIY cartoon shapes and help them draw, cut and stick their favorite cartoon characters. Let them peel and stick the cork in the free style art corner; it is not messy and is easily removed.

     

    Finally, please consult your child in everything so that they grow up knowing what responsibility means. If they ever go off board, teach them to compromise. Decorating their rooms is a great way of parenting.

  • 7 Home Cleaning Tips and Tricks

    Your house is your kingdom, make it shine with beauty. Nothing beats having a good time with your family and enjoying a clean house together, it makes them appreciate you as well.

    Cleaning is never on our favorite to-do list, it is always a hard, tiring and energy-consuming process. It might sound like a huge duty, but you can easily learn how to make the best of a bad situation.

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    home cleaningA few tips can definitely transform the cleaning process; make it less time consuming and a lot easier than the usual routine.

    There are no magical tricks that will get the job done in a blink of an eye, but we gathered the most functional home cleaning tips and tricks that could be a great deal of help.

    1.      Baking Soda is Your Best Friend.

    You never want to run out of baking soda. It has uncountable usages around your house.

    For Kitchen

    • It can help you easily remove hard water from the water boiler.
    • You were too tired to do the dishes last night and now you have hard food stuck to your pans? No problem! Add a bit of baking soda and warm water and leave them overnight. Scrape the pans easily in the morning.

    baking sode-for-home-cleaningFor Bathroom

    • Baking soda works like magic for scrubbing the toilet, ditch the expensive cleaning detergents and use it.
    • Use it to clean the sink and the hard water in the shower head or the bathtub.

    Personal Care

    • Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener for those who are in love with caffeinated drinks, or smokers.
    • Add a pinch of it to your hair conditioner, and enjoy hair full of volume, shine and squeaky clean.
    • Are you allergic to deodorants? Even if not, skip the harsh chemicals and pat some baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor.
    • Additional tips
    • To freshen up your rugs you can sprinkle them with baking soda, leave it for an hour, vacuum and voila!
    • To eliminate bad odor from a pet’s litter box, sprinkle a bit of baking soda.

    2.      Vinegar is Your Second Best Friend

    Some remedies claim that baking soda combined with vinegar work amazingly. However, chemically when both are put together they neutralize each other and become ineffective. Both are best used individually.vinegar for home cleaning

    • Use vinegar to clean PC, whether it is a keyboard or a mouse; a cup of vinegar dilated in an equal amount of water will clean all the dirt.
    • Your jewelry is a bit dull? Vinegar can easily add shine if you soak your jewelry in it for 15 minutes and then pat them dry.
    • You can fix a clogged drain by bringing vinegar to a boil and pouring it.

    3.      Always have Cornstarch in Your kitchen

    No, this is not for food; it is a great cleaner with so many purposes.

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    • Oil stains are a bit too stubborn, all you need it to sprinkle cornstarch, let it sit for a while and hand wash.
    • If one of the family members have sweaty feet, you will all probably be disgusted by the smell. A bit of cornstarch in their sneakers will absorb the entire stink and leave them fresh.
    • Cornstarch has almost the same ability of cleaning a rug as baking soda, just in case you run out of either.

    4.      White as Salt

    Salt is not just good for cooking; it has the ability to clean as well.salt for home cleaning

    • Salt with lemon or tartar cream (preferably) is an easy remedy for cleaning rust.To brighten the colors of an old rug or colored curtains, wash them in salt water; the results will surprise you.
    • To fill cracks or holes in walls, use equal amounts of salt and cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Fill and let the paste dry.
    • If you forgot to put a coaster under your cup of tea, you will probably end up having water rings; not pretty. Make a paste using salt and vegetable oil and gently scrub until the water ring vanishes.
    • For tough greasy pans, you can sprinkle salt and let it sit for a while and then easily wash the grease off.

    5.      Lemon is not Just for Lemonade

    • Lemon works wonders as a sanitizer, for example, use it for your garbage disposal. Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with lemon juice.
    • You can use it to clean and remove odors from a microwave. Simply, out one cup of water and one cup of lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it sit for another 10 minutes. Clean food particles, if any, with a piece of cloth.

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    • If your cutting board is stained, pour some lemon juice and leave it over night. This process does not only remove the stain but also kills bacteria.

    6.      Onions, You Read it Right. Onions

    • Onions are used to easily scrub grills and make them shine.
    • When you have paint odor that is irritating, you can simply slice up a couple of onions and leave them in a bowl and they will surly absorb the stink.

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    • Bug sprays usually have annoying smells; you can trade that for a spray of a mashed onion and water. This works great to repel bugs.

    7.      Coca-Cola is not Just a Drink

    It might be harmful for your insides, but it sure is useful around the house.

    • Forget all about rust, coca cola is a quick fix for it. Pour a can and let it do its magic.
    • Marker stains are as tough as oil stains, but coca cola can make things a lot easier.
    • If you have been out for quite a long time and your clothes stink a bit, you can add a can of coca cola to the laundry to help break down the bad odor.

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    • Coca cola helps remove gum, from hair or fabrics. Just pour a little and it will come out easy.

     

     

     

     

  • A New Way to Utilize Space

    With a massively growing populace, lack of space is an ever-increasing dilemma. This problem is critically dominant in urban cities, where a large of influx of people is sometimes not properly catered for. As smaller houses are now rapidly getting made they have to be appropriately designed as well. Most of these constructions are more vertically enhanced in nature as land has become more precious. The lack of cubic spaces is quite challenging for designers as now they have to reiterate their design perspectives. Hence a brief overview of a new way to utilize space is given as follow:

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    Keep it Neat and Clean

    Limited spaces are easily cramped up and sullied, making the space seem even smaller. Organization of all belongings must be carefully done, not only to improve the space’s ambiance but also to feel disciplined. Putting everything in order is a great way of saving time whilst reassuring everyone that you are a meticulous adult. Thus keep your house completely clutter-free, regardless of the size!

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    Scale with Detail

    A common blooper is when people ignore to keep the scale of their space in mind. This common mistake can completely off set the proportion of your house. A simple way to utilize smaller spaces is by looking at smaller-scaled furniture instead of huge items. Most experts recommend people to take a moment and visualize everything first before rushing into buying stuff which might not look flattering.

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    Spend on Fixtures

    Spending on elaborate fixtures which save space is indeed a good bargain. Opting for certain modern furniture systems where other items can be organized makes the room look spacious and organized. These could be added in kitchens as cabinets or in the bedroom area next to the closets, making more room for you to put your essential items in. Find solace in such fixtures as they have the ability to multitask for your benefit.

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    Stay Away from Thick Furniture

    The best way to incorporate the concept of expanse in an overcrowded area is by eliminating heavy furnishing items. Make use of slender seats or chairs instead of clunky couches. Keeping furniture with legs that show is much better than keeping it directly on the floor introduces breadth in the decor.

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    Find Multi-Functional Items

    Being confined into smaller space requires complete focus on all items. Multi-purpose furniture could really alter your lifestyle. A sofa that turns into a bed or a bed accommodating various drawers and compartments is something that will definitely look chic whilst making an impression. Being smart with the furniture is crucial, so find various purposes especially in heavy furniture.

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    Demarcate Boundaries

    This stylish tactic will bring a cozier feel even in the smallest of areas. Brighten up any cramped section by introducing zones in it. Of course this has to be executed with subtlety just to bring tranquility and purpose to all sorts of areas. Never worry if you cannot have an ornate library in your apartment; just create a small reading section to fulfill all wishes fashionably.

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    Learn to Strategize Like a Pro!

    A successful way of making confined areas more inviting is by duping the mind into believing the space is actually bigger. Focus on items which draw attention in a negative way and get rid of them. Any piece of decoration which makes the room appear smaller is not worth it. By adopting less fussy patterns and colors more vibrancy is brought in the place. Choosing basic color themes without excessively flamboyant designs can truly make your house look roomier. If an individual feels more comforted with bigger furnishing items they can even keep those; as long as the room is not flooded with furniture. It all comes down to basic decor strategies.

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    Vertical Fashion

    Elevate your decor game by another level using this valuable advice. As the ground space is constricted, all the space on the walls may be rendered useless if not utilized properly. Not only does it look super elegant but feels extraordinarily chic. Use patterned wallpapers to accentuate the look of basic shelves. Using mirrored shelves will add that specific regal touch and provides you with an incentive to keep the items clutter free. Walls are a great way to make use of space but be careful not to overdo it.

    Clear Accessories are a Blessing

    In lieu of limited space, clear accessories have the ability to do the trick. Be it tables with glass tops, shelves or cabinets, they easily grant a feeling of openness. Make your home look glamorous just by following this simple tip.

    Use Mirrors

    Rectangular, circular or oval, any type of shape is pleasing to the eyes in a compact area. As mirrors reflect on the rest of the furniture, an open impression throughout the dwelling is immediately made. By combining mirrors with lamps many miniscule space issues are instantly rectified. It is all about finding the light and permeating it in the room.

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    Folded Furniture

    Another great tip recommended by most designers is the use of furniture that could easily be folded up. This make-shift furniture could be in the shape of a dining table, stools and even beds. Choose those items which look stylish even when folded up. However be cautious and only incorporate a few of such objects as too much will look shoddy. Ignore the ‘what-if’ scenarios.

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    Be Your Own Critic

    The best way to enable utility out of a restricted space is by changing things up every once in a while. Smaller areas are likely to become cluttered quicker than usual so editing everything is essential. Keep an eye out for useless items and revamp regularly.

    Hang up as Much as Possible

    Be it fancy art-work or your TV set, setting it up on the wall will be more appealing compared to grounded décor. This way a featured wall could be appointed for this specific purpose, with a unique paint job to add that much needed plop of color. Using the walls gives an elongated semblance and ties the entire space together.

    Smart Staircase

    The stairway has possibly the best area preserved underneath it. Smartly decorate it with indoor plants or other furniture pieces and reinvigorate up every nook and corner of your abode!

    smart staircaseAs mentioned already space trouble can be quite mind-boggling. However these quick-fix ideas can truly polish your home, no matter what size it is. With the accurate color palettes, apposite furniture and ravishing artwork any living area can become gorgeous.

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