Designing for Abundance Thursday, Jan 12 2017 

I thought that I would continue about designing with feng shui in mind. As we continue into 2017 I am going to take an area that can be improved through design using principles of feng shui. Abundance is an area that many are wanting to increase. Abundance can mean money or wealth but it can also be abundance of love, family, clients, happiness, or anything in your life that you want to increase. As I shared in the last post you have a wealth or abundance area in your home or office, if you are standing at the front of the space looking in, it is the back left corner. This is using the more modern version of the bagua. If this area in your space is not designed properly or there are flow issues there are some easy ways to get it in order. First, make sure that it is not a neglected space. This could mean that you have not put anything on the walls, or that it has become a catch-all. If that is the case first thing you want to do is clean out the space so that it can be a functioning part of your home.

Now to bring in abundance there are some great items that can go in that space. One of the main cures for a space is a water feature. Water is a symbol of abundance and can quickly change the energy to the space. I love a fountain and there are specific feng shui fountains. I do not feel that you have to go to that extent but having a fountain in the north-west corner will definitely increase the abundance in your home or office. They do not have to be large fountains, it can be as simple as a table top or desk top fountain. Here are some great fountains that I love.

If the area will not fit or work with a water feature look for a painting or image that features water. This could be a landscape with a waterfall or of the ocean. This will also bring in the water element to increase the chi.

You can also bring in other feng shui cures to the space to increase abundance. A vase with lucky bamboo or a healing tree. I make healing trees for my clients an incorporate what they need in the tree. These are made from gems. Each gem has an area that they influence and bring an energy to the space. Some are for protection, abundance, hope, energy, clarity, communication and so on. Placing a healing tree in your abundance region of your home will help to increase whatever area of your life that you want to increase. Here are some that I have made.

When creating these I use raw gems, which include emeralds, rubies, quartz, sapphires, aquamarine amethyst and other gemstones.

If your abundance area is in a challenging space in the house you will need to make sure to be especially diligent on maintaining that area. You will also want to use more than one cure. This could mean that if it is in the bathroom that you have both a painting with a water element and a fountain or healing tree. You can also add lighting that has crystals. There are some great light fixtures that incorporate crystal into them. Just make sure they are actual crystal not just look like crystals. Check these out.

Incorporating feng shui into your home does not mean that it has to be unconventional items. Everyday items in the right placement can completely change the energy in the space.

Lamps, Lamps and Lamps Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

One of the most important finishing touches to a room is the lighting and most in particular are the lamps. These pieces not only give you function but also they add style to the room. There are many materials that lamps can be made from. Each material gives a different feel to the space.

First there is mercury glass. This is one of my favorite types of material to make lamps from. This is different from regular glass as mercury glass has an old and new feeling at the same time. It will also look silver and gold, while being transparent but opaque at the same time. It is simply a contradiction of a material which makes it fantastic for interior design. Here are some different lamps made from mercury glass.

A touch of a Moroccan feel with this design.

A touch of a Moroccan feel with this design.

A mercury glass floor lamp for a touch of traditional and modern.

A mercury glass floor lamp for a touch of traditional and modern.

A classic mercury glass table lamp.

A classic mercury glass table lamp.

Different shapes make the mercury glass come to life.

Different shapes make the mercury glass come to life.

Ceramic is one of your most popular materials to make lamps from. The great things about ceramic lamps are that you can do any color or shape with them. They can add a softening effect to the room design and tend to stay in style.

Blue ceramic gourd lamp.

Blue ceramic gourd lamp.

Lattice design on a white ceramic lamp, simple and elegant.

Lattice design on a white ceramic lamp, simple and elegant.

Orange ceramic gourd lamp

Orange ceramic gourd lamp

pale blue ceramic matching gourd lamps.

pale blue ceramic matching gourd lamps.

Metal lamps can be quite intricate and can be either modern or traditional. They give the space a very distinct look and are a definite WOW piece.

Hand hammered kettle lamp.

Hand hammered kettle lamp.

Modern twisted metal lamp.

Modern twisted metal lamp.

Traditional metal scroll lamp.

Traditional metal scroll lamp.

The last type of material that I am going to talk is glass. This plain material can be transformed into something magnificent. It can be clear, colored or filled with objects. This is a great answer for just about any space and they are usually extremely economical. Here are some different glass lamps.

Colorful glass bubble lamps

Colorful glass bubble lamps

A clear glass lamp that is simple and elegant

A clear glass lamp that is simple and elegant

Filled glass lamps

Filled glass lamps

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A seaside filled glass lamp

A seaside filled glass lamp

Buffet height cylinder glass lamps

Buffet height cylinder glass lamps

A perfume bottle shaped glass lamp

A perfume bottle shaped glass lamp

So the next time you are looking around your space and feel like something is missing or needs to change, look to your lamps to add new life to your room.

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