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NY Architectural Digest Design Show

I absolutely loved the Architectural Digest Design Show. There are so many amazing surprises – and Feng Shui elements in all of the beautiful items at the show. Here are some of my favorites!

 

Wood Element

Metal Element

Fire Element

Water Element

Earth Element

 

Just for fun!

 

Peacock Cabinet by Brabbu

This one is so special – I just had to share. It’s a cabinet covered in delicate peacock feathers. Lovely statement piece for a den or home office.

 

 

Whew – what a wonderful show – with so many amazing artisans!  What was your favorite piece? Let me know in the comments!

April 10, 2017   No Comments

Southampton Guest House Preview

Renovations are always a big job – and extra challenging when you live elsewhere and simply can’t manage all the details. I think that’s our sweet spot! Our dear Brooklyn clients have a summer home in Southampton and wanted to turn their run down shed into a lovely guest cottage for family and friends. We were happy to take on this project for them (I just love transforming spaces like this)! Here are a few before – after pics. We’re still finishing up the last details and will post final shots soon…

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The Cottage, after the exterior work was completed.

 

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The Cottage, before the work began.

 

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Living area -before. Notice the low ceilings.

 

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Living area- after. Just a few steps from the pool, this space can double as a pool house!

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Dining area – before.

 

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Dining Area – after.

 

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The new loft has a steel cable railing.

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The new sleeping Loft.

Check back for final pictures and Feng Shui design tips for creating your dream guest house! Subscribe to the blog for more design inspiration. Thanks and Happy Spring!

March 2, 2017   No Comments

FENG SHUI TIPS FOR 2017

 

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Happy, Happy New Year! The Year of the Rooster calls us to Wake Up and Get Moving. Promising days are ahead (yes, it’s true)! But you have to take action. Here’s why:

At the end of January we come to the end of the “2 Black Star Year.” In Feng Shui, a “2 Year” brings obstacles, illness, arguments and general negativity. We in the US have seen quite a bit of this in our 2016 politics.

But the good news is, that energy is about to be replaced by the “1 White Fortune Year.” The “1 Year” is associated with success, wealth and fame. Now, just because the energy is better, we still must work to make use of it. How? By visualizing what we want. We have the power to literally create the life of our dreams if we can stay in a state of positive expectation about it.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from 17 years of practicing Feng Shui, it’s this: when I line up my spiritual, emotional and physical energies around something, it manifests.

My Feng Shui master calls it the “3 Lucks”:

Heaven Luck – Your connection to God, your Great Self, or whatever higher power you believe in

Human Luck – Your positive metal attitude and actions

Earth Luck – Your powerful physical space and personal environment (this includes Feng Shui and what I call creating your “Powerhouse”)

When all three are aligned, life flows easefully.

Now, do I manifest my visions overnight? Almost never. But as long as I hold my positive vision of it, I can all but guarantee a positive result. Try it. But also make sure your 3 Lucks are in place…

That brings me to your Feng Shui tips for 2017. When our Earth Luck – our physical space – is as strong as it can be, we are supported by the power of our environment. And that support can help make our vision a reality.

See your Feng Shui tips below…

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2017 FENG SHUI TIPS FOR HOME OR OFFICE

Below is a list of different recommendations for each part of your space. They are based on the eight compass directions (N, S, E, W, NE, SE, NW, SW) as well as the Center. Determine where these directions fall in your home or office, and apply the suggested natural element or color to each area. It does not need to be a big item. Keep it simple, and if after a few weeks you feel that you need more support in an area, make that remedy a little larger.

NORTH: Extremely strong for power and money, as well as new romance. Make use of this great energy by spending time in this area. No remedy is needed, but you can add WATER such as a fountain, artwork with images of water, or colors blue or black in furniture and accessories.

NORTHEAST: This space can be wonderful for success related to creative pursuits such as writing, acting, and painting as long as you add the remedy FIRE. This can be a red candle or red light fixture, or colors red, hot pink or purple in artwork or accessories.

EAST: Good area for money and even having a baby if you add FIRE element. Like the NE area, you can add a red candle or bright light fixture, or colors red, fuchsia or purple in artwork, furniture or accessories.

SOUTHEAST: Very nice for romance as well as creativity, writing, and academics this year! No remedy needed, but you could add PLANTS or flowers to enhance the good vibes.

SOUTH: This zone is weak for health– especially if your bedroom or front door falls in the South. Remedy this area and protect health this year by adding MOVING METAL such as a ceiling fan, metal clock or a hanging metal mobile. Best colors are silver, gold, white or gray.

SOUTHWEST: The SW can be good for sales and marketing or starting a new job. However, this energy can take a toll on health. Support yourself by adding METAL items such as furniture or light fixtures in brass, stainless steel, iron to this area, or colors gray, white, gold or silver in artwork and accessories.

WEST: There is a chance of legal issues or theft here this year. Remedy with FIRE element like a candle, red lamp, or color red, fuchsia, or purple in artwork, rugs, drapes or accessories. Given the chance for robbery, take common sense precautions by making sure you have working locks on doors or windows too. If you work on a computer in this area make sure you have updated security software.

NORTHWEST: This zone is quite weak this year, with a chance of obstacles or health issues. Strengthen with METAL, furniture or accessories in brass, stainless steel, iron to this area – or colors gray, white, gold or silver. If possible, add a MOVING METAL accessory (see SOUTH for suggestions).

CENTER: This area can be strong for money related to real estate or stock investments. Best elements are WATER and METAL. A fountain in a metal container is ideal. Or add accessories in brass, stainless steel, and images of water in artwork. Best colors are black, blue, silver, gold, grey or white.

May you have a successful year of visualizing – and realizing – your dreams!

Reiko

January 27, 2017   6 Comments