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Tips to decorate small room

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Is your room cramped? If you feel claustrophobic, or if it is basically too small for your liking, the first thing you might want to look at is your living habits?

Are papers lying around? Are the table tops piled high with miscellaneous clutter?

The first thing you should do in a cramped space is to declutter.

Get rid of all the things you don’t need. As for what you really need, plan out where you can keep them so that you have as many clear surfaces as possible

in the room. The less clutter there is, the more spacious, or at least, the less cramped and stressful the room would feel.

Keep all the papers out of sight. Organize them in files, or boxes and hide these boxes in odd corners in the room, out of sight.

Get a magazine rack to keep your newspapers and latest magazines in. Then keep that magazine rack near the wall. Actually, keeping the furniture against the wall leaves you more space in the center of the room for you to move around.

Take a leaf out of the Shaker’s book. You know the Shakers style of home decorating. Where simplicity counted, neatness and practicality was everything. They had pegs on racks to organize all their things and racks are great space savers, highly practical and get you organized.

Once you have your home organized, make it a point to always put things back in their original place. On the peg. In the box. In the rack. And train the entire family to do likewise. Keep the clutter out and the room would feel more spacious.

Now treat yourself and your companions to a luxurious room. Go for rich fabrics that lend the room texture and an air of luxury. Cover the floor in the center of the room with a large rug to give the room that lure finish. Large furniture but luxurious that fill up the room give the impression of an alcove.

Fake a ceiling to floor, wall to wall window by draping curtains against an entire wall, to give the illusion that there is a window and therefore, more

Space behind that curtain.

Line one wall of the room with mirrors to visually double the size of the room. The reflection of the room through the mirrors makes it look as if the room extends past those mirrors, doubling the apparent size of your room. Mirrors reflect light, thereby making the place feel more spacious.

There is no need to feel claustrophobic in your room. With a few carefully planned touches, your tiny room can look more spacious and feel cozier.

Your Bed and Feng Shui

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
by Sue

Feng Shui can be used in any part of your home or working space, but focusing on rooms that you frequent is a good place to begin. As you will spend much of your life in your bedroom, this is where many people feel comfortable making changes first. The bedroom is not only the location in which we relax and rest, but it is also the focus of relationships and love. Without these things in balance, the rest of your life can become problematic. To begin this bedroom transformation (as well as life change), you will want to consider the Feng Shui bed options that you have and what they mean for your energy flow.

To start off any Feng Shui bed, you will want to look at the headboard structure. The material should be related to one of the five elements – fire, wood, earth, metal, or water. Next, you will want to look at the headboard’s shape to see if it is appropriate for you. Those that deal with a lot of office stress will find that a metallic headboard with a rounded shape is effective for their overall relaxation. Rectangle and square headboards are typical of those that have earth or wood element energy. The strong design of these sharp corners invokes a sense of structure and stability. The oval or the wave shaped headboard works well with the water element. Those that are creative or who are artists or musicians will find this smoothed shape soothing and helpful in promoting new ideas. However, those that are related to the fire element will find that the angular shape this element invokes is not conducive to rest, so it should be avoided.

In most cases, headboards are found in either metal or wood constructions. When looking for a Feng Shui bed design that promotes peace for you, the metal frame is best for those who work in an office setting, while those who favor stability will want to opt for the wood. The wood is grounding and can help with anxiety or pressure in the person’s outside life. But in general, it’s the shape of the headboard that is more important than the material, though if you have a choice, it’s best to find your elemental match.

Other things to keep in mind when choosing a Feng Shui bed headboard include avoiding the use of open headboards as they are not supportive to the sleeping cycle or energy balancing. Mirrors on headboards can also be problematic as they reflect energy away from those sleeping or directly onto those sleeping, disrupting their energy. Designs that include ‘poisoned arrows’ or sharp points that face those sleeping should also be avoided. Headboards that resemble tombstones or denote any sort of violence are associated with death and are not recommended as well nor are headboards with crosses. However, headboards with x’s are fine and suitable.

Moving to the opposite end of the Feng Shui bed, the footboard is something that has stricter rules. It can not be any higher in height than the mattress of the bed as this will block the flow of energy into the bed, creating disruptions for those sleeping there. But lower styled footboards are fine, and will allow for a nice design as well as even flow of energy.

Where you put your Feng Shui bed is nearly as important as which kind of bed you choose. Placing a bed by the window is not a good Feng Shui practice as it allows energy to flow out of it, hurting the energy flow for those sleeping. The bed should be placed alongside a solid wall that prevents this from happening. But that wall should not be one that is shared by the bathroom, as the water energy is draining. Other tips include:

• Do not place the bed underneath a ceiling fan

• Do not have the bed facing the doorwayBed made as per Feng Shui

• Do place a bedroom light to the side of the bed, rather than over the bed

• Do place clocks to the side of the bed

Clutter is another factor that can influence your Feng Shui bed. By having too many things surrounding your bed, you can create problems with energy flow. A dresser at the foot of your bed is a good example of this.

In terms of a Feng Shui bed for your children, a bunk bed is not the best way to go. While it might seem more convenient, it actually causes disruptions of energy with the support bars as well as limits energy of the one sleeping on the top bunk.

Where you sleep is essential to how you face the world each day. By taking the time to find a Feng Shui bed that matches your personal element as well as increases energy flow, you will wake up refreshed each morning and ready for whatever comes your way.

Bed made as per Feng Shui

Better health - The Feng shui way

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Fenf shui

Feng shui is often seen in the Western world as an mysterious practice, concerned with the magical placement of certain items to gain wealth or accumulate power. But the truth is, feng shui is based on very simple ideas that you can easily use to improve your life.

Proper observation of the principals of feng shui can indeed increase your prosperity, enhance your relationships, and even help you improve your own health and the health of your family. Here are some of the very simple ways that feng shui can create an environment that fosters good health, rather than draining energy that leaves you open and vulnerable to disease.

Here are some simple ways that you can use feng shui to promote good health in your home today:

• Make sure that your home is clean. Like clutter, messiness in your home creates a depressive, draining environment where positive energy and good health cannot exist.

For many of us, one of the biggest obstacles to having a clean home is admitting to ourselves that we do not have time to handle everything. Working full time, raising children, and fulfilling social obligations take up an overwhelming part of our time and energy. At the end of the day, many of us simply do not have time to clean.

If this sounds like you, one of the most important steps you can take is to admit to yourself that you need help, and give yourself permission to bring in someone to help you clean. It is okay to not be able to handle everything. Once you give yourself this permission, hiring someone to help keep your house clean will do wonders for your energy and your health.

• Get rid of clutter in your home. Clutter blocks the flow of positive energy in your living space and leaves you feeling drained and tired. Your home should be an open, neatly organized space where you feel safe and secure. Clutter impedes this feeling of security, instead creating an environment of chaos.

Quite simply, if you do not need, want, use or love an object within your home, get rid of it. Give it to a friend or family member, donate it to charity, or simply throw it away. As you eliminate items that no longer have any use for you, the energy in your home will improve dramatically.

• Be mindful of electromagnetic fields. Every electronic device in your home emits electromagnetic fields, which suppress your immune system. By minimizing the number of electronic devices in your living space, you will eliminate much of this negative energy.

This is particularly true with your bedroom, because this is where your body heals and repairs itself. Make sure that all electronic devices, such as digital alarm clocks, televisions, and stereos are at least three feet away from your bed. Also, if you have a television or stereo in your bedroom, it is a good idea to keep it in a cabinet that can be shut while you are sleeping at night.

By paying attention to the energy in your home and how it is affecting you and following the simple recommendations above, you can dramatically improve your health and any other areas of your life as well.

Startling landscape ideas

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
by Sck

If you are interested in the landscaping that surrounds your house but you are at somewhat at a defeat for not knowing exactly where to begin, then you can quite easily discover many different inspiring examples. It might be simply driving around your neighborhood and stopping the vehicle to take a picture of a landscape design that is appealing to you. You may even knock on one of the doors and see if the homeowner will give you some advice on whether they use a professional or if they did it themselves.

Resources of Inspiration

Another good place to get many different ideas for your landscaping projects would be the numerous magazines and books that are published on the topic of design landscapes. Also, nowadays there are numerous different resources that are available online for designing and embellishing the landscape that’s around your house. Quite a few of these websites even offer sample landscape design plans, numerous pictures of various ideas, as well as tips from experts for do-it-yourselfers, and contact information for professional landscape design that are around your area.

Some of the most common features in landscaping for homes are patios and decks. Patios and decks not only provide beauty and are a type of centerpiece to overall landscape design, but they can also add functionality to your house and furnished outdoor living space as well.

Decks and patios provide you with an excellent place to host family gatherings as well as other types of entertainment. While at the same time, a small patio can be added to a special garden area to make a place for you to get away to relax and be refreshed by the beauty of your natural surroundings. Adding patios and decks, or making different improvements to existing ones, is also an excellent way to add more value to your home as well as increase your equity.

English Cottage Gardens and Lawns

Following an English cottage landscaping garden is an additional home and garden inspiration. These types of gardens are notable for their overall lack of a formal plan. There is very little inflexibility in their design with English cottage gardens since the whole idea behind them is to let the plants themselves “just grow” and to let them develop in a more natural, or organic method. These type of gardens have a specific charm to them and very often make individuals feel more relaxed as well is embraced by nature.

Lush green lawns are, in all probability, the most common and largest component of most of the landscaping design plans. A beautiful lawn is very popular since it provides for homeowners with an area where the family can enjoy numerous different types of activities. Lawns are also one of the simplest of the landscape components to maintain as well as staying beautiful for many years afterwards with basic maintenance routines.

Fountains and Rock Gardens

Nowadays, more often, fountains are steadily becoming features of home and garden landscaping. There are the more traditional types, multi-tiered fountains that are reminiscent of European villas and country estates which can add an old world charm to your surroundings.

There are also more modern types of fountains that use specific types of rocks and stones or large ceramic pots which are steadily becoming very popular in different types of landscape architecture. Naturally, there are numerous other creative and beautiful styles that are available on the market today to meet any style and taste.

Rock gardens are also becoming fairly popular. These types of gardens have the benefit of being highly attractive; however they generally integrate very few, if any, types of plants. The end result of this is that they are very low maintenance as they need either no watering, or very little, and virtually no weeding, and generally speaking need almost no attention, except to simply sit back and admire how your rock garden adds to the beauty of your overall landscape design.

Amazing landscpaes

Enhence your energy by Feng Shui

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Feng Shui is classically thought of as the rearrangement of furniture and objects in one’s space in order to create positive changes. And this is correct, but there is more to this ancient practice than just moving your couch. In Feng Shui, color plays an important role as well to help increase the energy in your living or working environment, allowing things to come more easily to you and allowing your life to become peaceful, balanced, and serene. And using colors is one of the easiest ways to utilize Feng Shui without spending a lot of money or time in the process.

Yin and YangThere are two main Feng Shui color groups that will concern you: yin and yang colors. In general, yin colors are associated with calming one’s energy, promoting healing, and relaxing. You might want to use these colors in your bedroom or in a child’s nursery in order to promote peace and stillness, for example. One of the primary colors that is associated with yin energy is blue. Blue is the color of rolling oceans and a clear sky, instilling the sense of serenity. The color blue is also helpful in terms of promoting healing during illness or a recovery period, so it’s effective in rooms where this is taking place. But in addition to these other associations, blue is also considered to be effective for increasing wisdom energy.

Another Feng Shui color in the yin category is black. While most people don’t consider black to be a very soothing color, it is excellent for increasing overall Feng Shui energy. For example, black is associated with the promotion of career and employment energy a well as protection and power. When used with a metallic color, it becomes even more focused and effective. Like the color blue, black can also be used to promote healing. White is another yin color that can help with confidence and matters of pureness. You might also want to try purple in your decorating plans, as this yin color is associated with an awareness of spiritual matters.

The yang Feng Shui color spectrum is associated more with energy and vibrancy. These are colors that help to balance the calmer yin energy, while also increasing the overall energy in a home. One of the most often used colors in Feng Shui is the color red. Red is related to increasing energy, invigorating the body, and creating excitement. However, because it is so powerful, it can also be overwhelming, so moderation is something to keep in mind. Another yang color is yellow, working to aid in friendliness with others. A word of caution with yellow: it can cause anxiety when used in larger quantities. If you find that you need more structure or organization, you will want to add orange to your decorating scheme. It creates inspiration for those that are in creative fields and increases energy for writing and art. Other yang colors include gold, mauve, and maroon, each helping with things like romance, luck, and money.

When you’re learning about Feng Shui color practices, you will want to recall again the importance of balance. Filling a room with red might seem to be a wise decision if you want to increase your energy, but too much stimulation can also leave you feeling drained and fatigued. To offset these kinds of negative effects, you will want to look to combinations to help you create the right energy in your home. For example, combining black with metallic colors can help with your career path. Silver or gold combined with white helps increase the energy of confidence. You might want to use this kind of color combination in your office meeting room or in your family’s living room to help increase positive interactions.

Subtle colors like beige and tan work well with yang colors and help to balance the overall energy. These combinations work well in offices and bedrooms where balance is key. A color like lavender can also help in this regard.

But you need not limit a Feng Shui color change to the inside of your home or office either. Adding new colors to the exterior of your home can also help to create a positive energy balance as well. For example, a home that might face in a northerly direction can be painted white, blue, or gray to help increase the home’s energy. For homes that face east, earthy or metallic colors are preferred.

Feng Shui color applications can help in a variety of ways in a variety of situations. You can also wear the appropriate energy colors on a day to day basis, filling your closet with energy increasing outfits that allow the promotion of Feng Shui color no matter where you go. Perhaps that’s why some people call certain outfits their ‘power suits’.

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