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.
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.
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
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
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.
i came across this image and thought why not incorporate some lacy accent that will play with the sunlight on your skin
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
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
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
artwork in the boudoir is a super personal choice and a very strong statement to the universe putting out a very distinct message
i love rooms that turn into galaxies…that’s when the stardust starts falling
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
or both if you’re lucky
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.
of course if you have to have a tv make it supercool
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
a faux mantle and candles will work wonders
or a modern mini tabletop fireplace
or a few simple tapers will do the trick
light should be soft, so definitely ban the curly fluorescents and think about using a pink bulb here and there
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
one of the most important practices of feng shui is to clear a space using incense or sage.
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.
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
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
and that blue was cold but gray was ok
personally i’m into white but there was even debate on that!
ultimately you’ll decide what works best to create the space that nurtures your heart and soul
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
well, happy valentine’s day to you all, my really dear friends. hope all your dreams of love come true! xoc
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.
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…
she loved animals
but there was no sign of a 1/2 bath loveseat!
audrey at home was modest and at ease
surrounded by pets and the odd guest
looks like home was a place she could relax and enjoy them
i love her candid shots, they reveal her elegance
she took the time to have breakfast on a white table cloth
of course she loved her books and records.
her furnishings were pretty but very mininal
she had a vanity as any self respecting woman did!
and all the trimmings
she was holly golightly after all…at least sometimes
but for the most part life looks very humble…bed alcove, comfy chair
chaise lounge, oriental wallpaper
wallpaper behind the bed
modest but sweet outdoor space
she seems to have really enjoyed life’s simple pleasures
glad she allowed us a glimpse into her world
and last but not least, she had pretty sheets! oh audrey, you’re still the epitome of glamour in every way…
-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!