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. 7 comments.

in with the old

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hello and happy monday! is the summer in full swing for you? i love the middle of august, it feels like we still have lots of time for friends and barbecues and all the good things that summertime brings.

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i don’t feel quite ready to blog about my place yet but mom and dad want to see it and if i wait for perfection the day may never come.

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so i’ll show it little by little, flaws and all.  there’s a lot to do but it will be a work in progress.

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overall it’s been pretty hectic making the move to transfer the office and apartment all at once.

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no matter how much stuff i got rid of it seemed to be an endless process.

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now that i’m out of the old and into the new it was worth the work. the old grand dame is somewhere right between ghetto and glamour.

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an actress lived here for many years before me and it has that faded glory kind of vibe. it’s totally old school with great accents like the diamonds on the doors, a tiny knocker, and jalousie windows with cranks.

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it’s all i could do to clean and get the place in working order, i haven’t touched the office or even my clothes but just being here feels like home. my friends are coming by and they say it feels like home, like we’ve always been here. they brought flowers and have been helping to make it cozy.

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not that it’s set up quite right but having the tv and internet working is making it feel like home. when will we have a wireless world?!

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i’m taking down the blinds to put up curtains, changing little things like the faucets and sprucing up the grout.

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it’s more of a restoration than a renovation but if i’m going to stay here awhile i’d like to make a place my own even if i do it myself. in fact i’m going to attempt one DIY project a week.

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the kitchen is pretty much hopeless but at least the doors leading in have potential!

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of course it’s been fun to hit home depot, i wanted to rescue all the topiaries they had!

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for now it’s cleaning the windows, attempting the bathroom grout and see what i can accomplish today. i do have to get something on the windows right away. that should probably be my first DIY. i’ll let you know how it goes. till then have a great august monday!

August 19, 2013. Decorating, Interiors, Life, Living. 36 comments.

the maximum minimum

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good morning darling friends! i hope your morning is already off to a beautiful, brand new start. it’s pretty quiet around here. the day is still full of potential and nothing has turned it into a good or bad day yet.

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just like the water can be so different, tranquil or violent, maybe it’s our own energy that makes a good or bad day. i’m going to try to harness and direct mine today. yesterday i was kind of clumsy, today i’m determined to be more mindful.

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i’ve been feeling the need to hit the reset button and i thought it would be a good idea to start fresh this week with a post about the simplicity of white.

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it’s official, my building’s been sold so i’m out at the end of august. i’ve been working pretty hard to scale down and just can’t believe how much stuff one person can accumulate. it’s truly staggering. there are papers and tear sheets from before the days of pinterest that are close to a decade old!

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it got to the point where i had to ask: am i a hoarder?

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i never would have dreamed it. in fact i thought i was a minimilist.

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now with the move, i’ve had to really look at where i’m heading and what’s worth schlepping…

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my usual reaction would have been to start looking for a new apartment.

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but i have a friend who always challenges me to look at things in a different way.

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since i’m heading to paris at the end of august and into september, she suggested i just get something when i get back.a7ccfc9ddc6aa09c6d116ebcbf7846d4

interesting concept, but where would i put all my STUFF?

sell it, she said.

and suddenly it was so simple.

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so basic and yet a new and slightly uncomfortable idea. i sell all day long, but i’ve had a place of my own since i was 18 years old!798ac7ae317d12d7906c03c4036431e9

then again, what was i holding on to?

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so i took it and ran with it, i’ve been liquidating like a maniac, selling everywhere from craiglist to ebay, realizing that it’s only stuff and i was somehow getting emotionally attached to things that were unimportant.

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now i’m honing my collections, books, favorite paintings, linens, trays and special letters. those irreplaceables will always be with me. and now everything is out of the drawers, closets and file folders.

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i know what every scrap of paper is and where to put the very last paperclip. what a relief! it’s still not finished but i’m enjoying the process watching something that was daunting reach the final stages.

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i’ll continue to refine the stacks of papers but they are now a lot less scary. welcoming almost, cause they’re organized and that’s something i can control in an uncontrollable world.

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so i guess there’s a little comfort in all this, getting back to basics, simplifying life to the max and clearing the way to be unburdened for adventures to come!

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so with that will you join me for a faux house tour of what a white world of infinite potential might look like?

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uncluttered

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delicious

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mismatched

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scented

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airy

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comforting

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organized

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luxe

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natural

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a place to reflect…we really all need the same few things whether in the tropics

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in paris

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or the garden

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simplicity

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quality

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softness

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and love

sending good vibes your way for a white hot great day!

all images via pinterest.com/parisapartment/white

July 10, 2013. Interiors, Life, Living, White. 28 comments.

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