earth wind and fire

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!


Feng Shui

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 

May 30, 2011. Books, Decorating. 13 comments.

every little thing

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!

May 29, 2011. Decorating, Florida, Living, Liz, Miami, Projects. 16 comments.

expect the unexpected

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!

May 28, 2011. Books, Decorating, Miami. 12 comments.

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