hi guys! i hope you’re still enjoying a long vacation and getting every minute out of it! i’m about to take off for a stroll before sunset which means right now if ever. just wanted to stop by and say hi and wish you a great, short week.
i’m starting to think a lot about feng shui. below is some research i did on it awhile ago. found the pics just now to give it a visual and sorry not all the links are there, i’m having trouble with wordpress tonite. anyway, have a great night, more soon!
This 3000 year old practice is based on ancient Chinese philosophies of balancing a space to create harmony. This is done by considering every element begininning with yin and yang and the earth’s five elements. Each these is considered in a home, and more specifically, in each room where we live, work and play. The outcome of the effort rewards us with everything from health to wealth. It’s based on the belief that in order to have what we want, we should first take into consideration the things around us and honor them, and nature in particular. It’s not an exact science and the philosophy is that you can use any of the five elements, even from a picture or a symbol. they take it pretty deep but you can just pull elements that have meaning for you. It’s a fun art and science since it’s open to interpretation and nature’s infinite variety provides an endless source of ideas.
Feng Shui Room Consider the elements needed to create your feng shui retreat: Open windows to invite cross ventilation. Use organic materials like bamboo flooring and a rattan dresser. Think minimalism but go for luxe/organic upholstery in light tones and materials like leather, wool, silk and linen. Add a splash of red in a painting or a lantern. Add a single flower blossom like a lotus floating in water.
The elements are represented by:
1.Wood: Includes trees, plants and flowers, all organic and natural, or any item, made of wood, including furniture.
2.Water: Including bodies of water, even if in a vase or a running tabletop fountain, birdbath, aquarium or bowls of water with floating candles. Mirrors are included in this category since they reflect.
3.Metal: Inludes gold and silver, pewter, brass, aluminum, iron chrome and copper, or rocks such as marble, granite and flagstone or precious and semi precious stones. It can be an iron bed, or something that’s from the mountains and hills. It can even be a silver frame.
4.Fire: Represents the sun has to do with life and can be a candle, statue or sculpture representing man, or life, and also consists of mantles, natural light, animals, pets and people.
5.Earth: Soil, sand or dirt, can be anything including a potted plant, brick, sand, ceramics and earthenware.
Gems, Crystals, Stones and their properties:
Amber: Protection and healing, Agate, Success, joy, Amethyst: Clairvoyance, Aquamarine, Harmony, Citrine: Mental Alacrity, detoxification, Diamond: Strength, pure energy, Emerald: Spiritual healing, creative energies, Garnet: Assertiveness, strength, Hematite: Counteracts negative energy, Jade: Healing, wisdom, Lapis: Intuition, Malachite: Psychic power, healing, Moonstone: Emotional balance, lunar connections, Onyx: Grounding, Opal: Energizes the body, Peridot: Sensuality (Cleopatra’s favorite), rejuvenation, Rose Quartz Crystal: Alignment, childlike trust, Ruby: Passion, Sapphire: Devotion, strength of heart, Tiger’s Eye: Brings ideas into reality, bravery, Topaz, Knowledge, focus, Tourmaline: Purification, Turquoise: Balancing, healing
Woods and its properties:
Alder: Joy, growth, Apple: health, life, Birch: Emotional healing, Cedar: Courage, power, Elm: grace, compassion, Fir: Noble, pure , Ginko: Ancient wisdom, power, Magnolia: Abundance, Maple: Beauty, Oak: Determination, Olive: Peace, Sycamore: Protection, Willow: Healing, transformative
Metals and their Properties:
Brass: Bright, bold, lively, Copper: Revolutionizing, Gold: The sun, plentitude, masculinity, Iron: Grounding, supportive, Silver: Lunar, feminity, intuition
Plants and Flowers and their properties:
Acorn: Nordic Symbol of Life and Immortality, Azalea: Womanhood, Baby’s Breath: Pure Heart, Bluebell: Humility,Buttercup: Riches, Cattails: Peace, Cactus: Endurance, Chrysanthemum: Longevity, self examination, Crocus: cheer, renewal, Daffodil: Youth laughter, Daisy: Happiness, elation, Ferns: Magic, Forget Me Not: Memories, Golden Rod:Success, Grass, Submission, Heather: Admiration, Iris, Sensuality, valor, Jasmine: Joy, Brilliance, Jonquil: Affection, Lily: Perfection, simplicity, Lily of the Valley: New life, Lotus: enlightenment, Mimosa: Friendship, Mistletoe: Sacred plant of India, Magic plant of the Druids, Marigold: Eternity, Rose: Love, Moss: Charity, Orchids: Charm, refinement,Palms: victory, Pansy: Merriment, Peony: Compassion Sweet Pea: Bliss, Sunflower: enthusiasm, belief, Tulip: Elation, sensuality, Violet: modesty, Wisteria: Welcome
Aromatherapy Scents and Essential Oils:
Cedarwood: Relaxing and purifying, Chamomile: Soothing, Eucalyptus: Invigorating, Frankincense: clarity, Geranium: Balancing, Juniper: Stimulating, Lavender: Calming, Lemon: Uplifting, Lime: Invigorating, Orange: Refreshing, Peppermint: Awareness, Rose: Emotional relaxation, Rosemary: Exhilarating, Sage: Cleansing, purity, Sandalwood: Release, Thyme: Activate, Brisk, Ylang Ylang: Sensuous
hi guys, i hope you’re having a great weekend! it’s really early sunday morning and i’m about to head out for a road trip but wanted to post this real quick. we were busy yesterday building a wardrobe from ikea and painting the headboard. i was going for the gold but liz was totally against it and besides, i already had white high gloss. i was in an easy mood so like many decorating decisions, it was chosen by default which is sometimes best. anyway everything in florida things should be light and airy, n’est pas?
now with the armoire there’s tons of storage with shelves and drawers. and the cream glossy lacquer doors thrill me!
well this was about as un-memorial day a post i could have done so before i go, want to thank all those who serve or have served in our military. come home safe and soon! have a great day everyone!
hey guys, happy memorial weekend! it’s so good to know winter is behind us and sunshine’s in our future! hopefully your only plans are to enjoy yourself. my weekend is going to be a mismash of events so i don’t know when i’ll get back but just wanted to post about yesterday’s score (see above).
i took my own advice and went headboard thrifting in the couple hours i had till picking up my guy from the FLL airport. i didn’t really think i’d find something right away but at the same time felt like i was led right to it.
i wasn’t sure what i wanted and started out looking at everything. but in the back of my mind i kept thinking about this picture and the gold headboard. i went to about 10 local places. it was on the 11th and in the way back!
imagine my surprise to see a crown sticking up in a giant stack in the back of the store. when i was just far enough away to be pretty late for the airport pickup!
it was a split second decision and when he said it was a king, i said sold. i haven’t tried it out yet, but it’s fun to have around. it’s got good curves. a paint job is in store for sure and maybe fabric could be coming through from behind in the open areas. food for thought. your thoughts?
i went and got the next part of the book and will post it below. have a great weekend and hopefully i’ll have some downtime and can stop by too!
bon soir mes amis! i’m trying to do what i say so i shot around the house and broke out my manuscript.
i haven’t done much decorating other than to get this orchid and the comforter. but they both make me happy. it’s the little things, right?
this bikini oar is still not hung in the bath and it’s the easiest thing i’ll ever do, why do i put it off? ok tomorrow for sure. i may even be in a little rut, wondering what my next move is. i see with the sofa and pillows what a challenge every decision can be.
so this is just between us but below is the intro to the book, boudoir moderne which i wrote long ago. i never shot it so it’s been under wraps all this time. now that i re-read it, maybe i need to take my own advice.
well at least i got the flowers and sheets. now, what’s my current style?
ok that’s it for tonite, i’ll post some more if you’re into it. till then, sweet dreams!
hey guys i hope you’re having a wonderful week. there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel as we’re getting into a work groove. soon we’ll have it tweaked so everyday has both fun and work in it!
tonight i’m about to stretch out and chill. tomorrow i’m breaking out the manuscript i wrote after the paris apartment. it’s been ages since i’ve read it and liz is going to help me edit. it’s all about moving into a new space so it will be good to take my own advice ! i’ll start with the first chapter/excerpt and give you a sneak peek. also gonna get some flowers and will shoot around the apt. everything looks better avec les fleurs, n’est pas? alors, beaux rêves!
hi guys happy monday. the day flew by and i’m well into the night shift. i’m just popping by with what we’ve been up to for the past couple days, the new products being loaded onto the site (we’re still tweaking so don’t mind the typos and shorthand ‘p
the website had taken a back seat till liz learned how to upload products and pictures last week. now her obsession is ‘shopping’ for the boutique and we’re fattening it up. i’m finally going through my vendors both here and in france. we worked on pillows today and are happy to say we added trina turk’s line among others.
not to cut it short but something weird just happened to my computer to i think it’s a good time to shut down. more manana!
hello my dear and wonderful friends. it’s been a long day and i’m home. the lights are out and my ipod is playing for the first time on a new little bose system. my mom wants me to blog but i know you’d much rather know that i was dancing at home in the dark, lauching and crying to every song and having the perfect night singing loud and bad. at least till the housewives come on! have a great night too, see you in the stars!
bonjour cheries! i’ve been an absentee blogger for a couple days. time is not making sense lately. i jump out of bed at the crack of dawn and go go go till i collapse. by 8 or 9 pm the last thing i can do is anymore computer time. still, as you know, you’re what makes my world go round so i thought i’d just post a couple of random pics of the apartment and post what we’ve been up to. liz and i have been working every day. it’s the first time i’ve had someone all day to bat everything around with. she insisted we get out thrifting for an hour yesterday and we got a lot of good loot like glasses and mugs, trays and little dishes. and bonus! we found computer bags, a gucci for her and furla for me :)
i wish i could say the apartment is ready or even progressing but mainly it’s just been a work station with bouts of cleaning, planting, organizing files and getting ready for the big pieces to be built and/or bought. i’m so glad you said to take my time. it’s a work in progress and there’s no rush.
blocking the rooftop just beyond these plants has been my only priority. getting them set in the right containers, that’s another story.
we rearranged the config of the sofa and are trying to figure out whether to have skirts made for it and change them on a whim or just use the sofa as is. it’s weird cause i keep feeling like i have to protect it but don’t want to be the lady who covers her sofa with sheets!
so since these were on the mem stick, i thought i’d share the bane of the apartment, the tv entertainment area in the boudoir. the perfect piece has yet to avail itself but in the meantime, i really don’t mind at all.
the closet is a disaster till the armoire is built. hopefully this weekend
i’m starting to shop my own suppliers and website for furniture and forgot about these little chests. the gold rush from yesterday’s thrift stores really got my gold gene going.
i don’t want to cop out, but this is my solution so far for the tv in the living room.
and these are just some inspirations i’ve been collecting over the past couple days.
just goofing around with the round bed. i already got a square but truth is i do love them!
anyway this was just a quick hi to say i haven’t fallen off the planet. have a great friday and i’ll stop by your blog over the weekend. bonne nuit c’est soir!
ps inspiration image from unknown source:
check out my girl haleigh enjoying her new digs at makingmagique.com
hi guys! stopping in while i have a minute and some motivation. i broke down and am posting pics of my apartment as is.
there’s been a lot going on and the last thing i’ve been doing is truly decorating. you know how it is. but i do have a table scape with the few things i own. ;p
i’m still waiting for the armoire to be built and the curtains to go up. in fact i have to get the rods today.
i bit the bullet and got a sofa. it can be separated and sleeps two either separately or together. the backs come off and there’s a corner too so it’s got a lot of versatility. they can go face to face or along the back wall too.
my books are on the floor as the shelves are being planned and debated to the enth degree
but at least they’re with me. some of them anyway. my books are spread between my parents and new york. very few are here and i’l love get them all together.
going thru the linens i found my stash from paris including one with my initials that was long forgotten. (sorry i didn’t iron but it went right into the wash. i tried smudge in photoshop but there’s nothing like the real thing) ;p
i’m trying to beef it up on all fronts including me, my biz, my car, food, work, life. just tightening up in general. i found this shot from coco and kelly and it’s my inspiration for the day.
well i have liz here working so i better put her talent to good use. more soon!
hi guys! it’s a beautiful saturday and i hope all’s well in your world. try as i might i just can’t be convinced to do anything with my ‘before’ apartment pics while it’s being worked on so suffice it to say that i’m still enjoying these days of wine and roses, looking thru photos for inspiration.
the shelving is the next big decision to make. the wall they’re going on is about 12 ft across. i’m at crossroads cause unless you do built-ins, the shelves or cubes will all be the same size and i’d like variety.
we’re dying to start bringing in wood and natural elements but truth is setting up the bed, sofa, desk, armoire and bath was enough for now.
suddenly i’m not in a hurry and just want to love it all so going slow is fine.
there’s maybe a tiny nook for a vanity
i love the loungy vibe
we want to create a stripe like this for a pair of chairs
i have a shell collection and would love to indulge in my passion for geodes, glass and coral.
my mom says my mirrored wall sounds dated but i was thinking of doing something like this with a bit of antiquing and piecing it together then framing with simple trim.
vineetkaur.tumblr.com above all else i have to practive what i preach: it doesn’t take much to be fabulous.
simplicity is key.
ok, one shot of me in le habitat. sorry i don’t have a pic of the sofa. the sun is going down but i’ll try to set one up now. actually i have to say the place is just not ready even for before shots so i hope it’s ok to just forget about shooting it right now. i’ll just kick back instead of adding pressure to an already full and long day. i know if anyone understands that it’s you! have a great saturday night and enjoy some RnR too!
ps we found these giant buddahs today and fell in love. so much to think about!