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.

8 Comments

  1. Your Cottage White replied:

    Love these post miss you my friend…….

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  2. Karena Albert replied:

    Dear Claudia, many beautiful thoughts on romance and the boudoir!!
    Happy Valentine’s weekend!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  3. Peggy Braswell replied:

    such beautiful photos + Happy Valentines day xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  4. Nikon replied:

    As always, one beautiful photo after another. I do love the bright, white walls in many of bedrooms – and the large windows letting the light in.
    The bamboo information was interesting, I’ll have to try that. I liked the stars projected onto the walls and the table top fireplace, too!
    I hope that you have a great V-Day, Claudia!

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  5. Merillion replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    Thanks for a pleasant journey into the boudoir. Lovely to read & inspirational, too.
    Marilyn

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  6. spiritofdragonflies replied:

    So glad I found your site. What a beautiful inspirational journey in the boudoir.

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  8. lisa replied:

    so many ways to imagine love and romance…

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