make room for love

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bonjour mon amour, it’s officially valentine’s day 2015. i’ve been doing some research on feng shui which is an ancient oriental philosophy about creating spaces that bring abundance in different areas of the home by incorporating the yin and yang of furniture placement and the four earthly elements of earth, air, fire and water.

feng shui
ˈfəNG ˈSHwē,-SHwā/
noun
  1.  a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account.

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since i’ve always been passionate about le boudoir, i’m taking v-day to focus on what we can do to bring some supercharged ions in to activate it for love whether single or married

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the bedroom is that one sacred place you can really unwind and check out. it has to be as comforting as it is comfortable for you as well as someone special enough to be invited in

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there are lots of theories (some conflicting) on how to go about creating your haven, but then there are other theories that are de rigeur. one of the first things that we’re advised to do it to let fresh air in by airing the room out. throw open all the windows and hang curtains that move gently with the breeze.

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i came across this image and thought why not incorporate some lacy accent that will play with the sunlight on your skin

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you’re basically supposed to keep it simple so that masculine and feminine energy are both at home but hey, a tiny bit of lace couldn’t hurt if if casts beautiful shadows across your bed…and you

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the second rule is to keep the room uncluttered to let the chi (energy) flow. next is to have nightstands on either side of the bed which symbolizes and welcomes partnerships

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next and maybe one of the most important (to e anyway) is having fresh flowers beside the bed. the fragrance and color enhance the senses and this is the place to amp the ol’ olfactories up

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artwork in the boudoir is a super personal choice and a very strong statement to the universe putting out a very distinct message

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i love rooms that turn into galaxies…that’s when the stardust starts falling

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if you love the beach or the mountains or the moon but can’t have the real thing, this philosophy recommends just using a reasonable fascimile like an image of the sky or beach

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or both if you’re lucky

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one of the recurring themes is to take note of the EMFs (elecrtomagnetic frequencies) that are floating around the room. they’re emitted from phone chargers, computers, cable boxes and tvs so it’s best to remove as many as possible. if you have a big empty wall, a way to compromise with having a tv in the bedroom could be to use a projector so when it’s off, it’s gone.

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of course if you have to have a tv make it supercool

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we’d probably all love to have a fireplace in our bedroom, but since that’s not possible, there are lots of ways to bring in fire without installing a chimney per se

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a faux mantle and candles will work wonders

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or a modern mini tabletop fireplace

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or a few simple tapers will do the trick

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light should be soft, so definitely ban the curly fluorescents and think about using a pink bulb here and there

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for the details, crystals are recommended since they’re known to emanate certain vibrations and frequencies. rose quartz is specifically mentioned for an erotic charge

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one of the most important practices of feng shui is to clear a space using incense or sage.

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for some reason plants aren’t recommended in the bedroom but it seems that bamboo is ok if you have two stalks. they also don’t recommend water as one of the elements to bring into the lair so i thought it was pretty interesting that this one plant could make up for a couple things in the balance:

Bamboo plays an important role as a living example of the feng shui elements of water, wood and earth. When you place this plant in the correct pot, it can introduce fire and metal to complete a balance of the five elements.

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essential oils are the pure essence extracted from plants. certain scents are inherently sensual such as rose and jasmine. you can even make your own

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one of the debates i came across was over which colors to use but all signs seemed to say that pink was a good go to hue

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and that blue was cold but gray was ok

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personally i’m into white but there was even debate on that!

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ultimately you’ll decide what works best to create the space that nurtures your heart and soul

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enjoy your bedroom for the sanctuary it is and let it be a work of art that you relish and play with each day and night

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well, happy valentine’s day to you all, my really dear friends. hope all your dreams of love come true! xoc

resource links:

fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuispaceclearing/ht/feng-shui-space-clearing-major.htm

fengshui.about.com/od/love/qt/sexfengshui.htm

msfengshui.com/feng-shui-bagua/relationships-love-marriage

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/home-garden/Erotically-charge-your-bedroom-with-Feng-Shui

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14925/10-feng-shui-tips-to-help-you-sleep-better.html

 

February 14, 2015. Bedrooms, Feminine Apartments, Feng Shui, Holidays, Interiors. 6 comments.

girls i love

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bonjour, toute la monde, ça va? hope you’re having a good weekend. it’s been chilly here so it was a good reason to play online this afternoon. after the last couple posts looking on back on how some of our favorite icons lived, i thought it was time to check in on how the girls of our time are living. each of the following ladies has opened her home shared the most intimate spaces, from her dressing room, bath, salon and of course, boudior. i won’t go into the accolades of who’s who but rather let the shots speak for themeselves. one thing the girls all have in common is their passion for creating a refuge to live, love, create and play. they’re my muses for today and a bunch who’ve inspired me to step it up. hope you enjoy a look into their pretty worlds:

Daria Werbowys

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Linda Rodin

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Erin Featherston

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Lauren Conrad

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Alison Rubke

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Jessica Stam

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and that’s a wrap on the  eye candy inspiration although i do admit it could go on and on but as scarlett o’hara says tomorrow is another day…at any rate i think it’s time to freshen up my own chateau. think i’ll start with some fresh flowers at the farmer’s market tomorrow. but for now, bonne nuit!

February 8, 2015. Decorating, Design, Designers, Feminine Apartments. 8 comments.

breakfast at audrey’s

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allo all, how is everything in your world? i’ve been working/playing/researching for the new book and they say that what you do during your downtime is what you should be doing for your career so there’s no guilt in indulging in this particular rabbit hole. today’s focus is on the inimitable audrey hepburn.

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we all know and love her for the character and even her run-down nyc apartment in breakfast at tiffany’s but i wanted to see if i could find her home in real life and see how she lived. turns out it was almost as simply…

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she loved animals

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but there was no sign of a 1/2 bath loveseat!

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audrey at home was modest and at ease

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surrounded by pets and the odd guest

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looks like home was a place she could relax and enjoy them

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i love her candid shots, they reveal her elegance

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she took the time to have breakfast on a white table cloth

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of course she loved her books and records.

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her furnishings were pretty but very mininal

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she had a vanity as any self respecting woman did!

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and all the trimmings

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she was holly golightly after all…at least sometimes

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but for the most part life looks very humble…bed alcove, comfy chair

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chaise lounge, oriental wallpaper

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wallpaper behind the bed

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modest but sweet outdoor space

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she seems to have really enjoyed life’s simple pleasures

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glad she allowed us a glimpse into her world

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and last but not least, she had pretty sheets! oh audrey, you’re still the epitome of glamour in every way…

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audreyisms:

-You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

-I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.

-I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.

-True friends are families which you can select.

-If I get married, I want to be very married.

-Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.

-I tried always to do better: saw always a little further. I tried to stretch myself.

-I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.

-Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.

-The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

have a great weekend!

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January 23, 2015. Audrey Hepburn, Boudoir Moderne. 8 comments.

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