Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 4; Feng Shui Elements

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Welcome, welcome everyone! It’s week four and I am wishing it were only week two! Anyway, onward and forward to today’s post. Last week, I told you we would be focusing on the feng shui elements that I want to incorporate, so here we go.

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I actually had feng shui in my mind from the very beginning of the construction of our home and the Master bedroom. The placement of the bed right now is at its optimal spot(headboard in the East position). If it were placed on any other wall, it would either be sharing a wall with plumbing or directly facing a door which are all undesirable positions for feng shui.  However, my feng shui stopped there and now with this transformation that I am undertaking, it is important to add the missing feng shui elements. 

Famous Feng Shui Author


Last year, I had a virtual encounter with famous feng shui expert, Jayme Barrett.  I received a signed copy her bestselling book; Feng Shui Your Life which I reviewed here and here. I reached out to her to see if she could provide some tips specific to my space and she said sure! I was elated! I forwarded my pictures and told her about my design direction and feng shui desires for the space. I asked her a couple specific questions and I am going to share the questions and her answers with you:


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Question 1. I have been reading about the "love corner" in your book. Is there a
recommended place for that in the bedroom?

Jayme’s Response: If you want to boost romance in your life, it's important to energize the
Love Center, which is the back right corner of your bedroom (from the
standpoint of the entrance of the room). So, in your bedroom, as you stand
looking at the bed, it will be under the right window. You can create a love
area on the right nightstand if you wish. In my book "Feng Shui Your Life,"
there are loads of ideas to put in your Love Center. I would definitely have
a living plant or live flowers, a symbol of love (a photo of you and your
hubby, a quote about love, a rose-quartz heart) and a pair of pink or red
candles. You could also hang a picture on the small wall above the
nightstand adjacent to the wall papered wall.

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Question 2. I am planning on placing a couple art pieces on the walls in the bedroom?
Do you have any recommendations on what types are best or what types to
avoid?

Jayme’s Response: The best type of art for the bedroom should be images that evoke love,
passion and abundance. The most important area to hang art is directly
opposite your bed. It will be the last image you see before going to sleep
and the first you see when you wake. It sets the tone for your dreams and
for the beginning of your day. They should engender feeling of inspiration,
gratitude and love. Make sure both you and your husband love the artwork and
choose it together. You can also hang "manifestation art," which are images
of places you'd like to go or things you want to experience together. Let's
say you'd like to go to Italy, you could hang an image of the area of Italy
you dream about. This way, you both can envision being there together. It
can also be an image of a place you've already been to and had a wonderful
time. Your art can evoke happy, romantic memories, like your honeymoon.
Images of nature are soothing and restful.

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Question 3. Are there any basic feng shui tips that can be used in the bedroom to
help to maintain romance and a hearty relationship for married couples like
myself?

Jayme’s Response: To maintain a healthy relationship, make sure you have cleared clutter
(which I know you have!), place items in pairs to evoke the energy of a
couple (two candles, two lamps, two photos etc), create balance by having a
nightstand on each side of the bed, hang romantic artwork, and keep work out
of the bedroom. Also, in feng shui, we suggest removing any photos of your
children or parents. It should be a romantic sanctuary for you and your
husband and the focus is on the relationship. You can place photos of the
kids everywhere else in the house. Also, add the colors of red and pink to
energize romance. I'm glad you are removing the television. When it's time
to be alone, it's better to connect romantically without the distraction of
the TV (smartphones and Ipads too)! Looking forward to seeing your finished
bedroom.

Thank you so much Jayme and I am so excited to incorporate these feng shui elements into my bedroom design! At the end of this overhaul, I will be able to say this. is. where. the. magic. happens! Haha! I hope these tips were also helpful to you all. Jayme’s book is an invaluable resource not only for feng shui but improving your quality of life. I refer to it all the time!

Progress

The room is finally completely painted.I am currently working on the wall opposite my bed, finalizing the art pieces that go there, etc. I bought a few pieces that will need to be framed. I did get that wingback chair from last week’s post and haven’t even bought fabric yet. Yikes! I will need another week for sure! Click here for week one’s post.

Ok, come with me to see what the others have accomplished so far!


31 comments :

  1. Good morning Stacey! I really do need to read up on Feng Shui because I am agreeing very much here on the suggestions given and it's so true that for me, my surroundings really make my mood either irritated, calm or otherwise, depending on the colors and arrangement of furniture. I love what she has to say about the LOVE CORNER! I am very happy with how my home is arranged, EXCEPT for the bedroom. That will be my next project. I am curious to see your space, and I'll be watching! Have a super day my friend. Anita

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  2. This is all so interesting. Your room is looking great, too. I love balance and no clutter, so maybe I already Feng Shui my home?

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  3. Love those suggestions! Without knowing it the corner by my side of the bed had a candle and a picture of my husband and I....who knew:)

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  4. I love reading about Feng Shui. It is so cool that you are incorporating that. Cannot wait to see more.

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  5. The point about the wall across from the bed being the last and first thing you see each day really got my attention .... my wall is totally blank except for a large ugly old style tv and some holes in the wall from where shelves used to hang. Think I have some work to do and at least I have good suggestions to consider for what should be there. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Interesting Q&A...very good tips. I have followed Feng Shui lightly throughout the last 10 or so years. Looking forward to seeing your room come together!

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  7. Very interesting tips. I do not follow Feng Shui but the Chinese has a belief that placing items in pairs symbolizes love and couplehood. You will find a lot of items in pairs in a Chinese wedding. They also have a saying that good things come in pairs! (double celebration, the birth of twins, etc) :)

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. I learned a lot!! thanks...very interesting concepts to keep in mind.

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  9. I know absolutely NOTHING about this.....very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Great tips! Look forward to seeing how you incorporate them.

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  11. This is so interesting Stacey! I can see you were probably Asian in another life! hahaha! I have grown up with feng shui decorating in our home in the Philippines so I am quite familiar and I agree with most of her suggestions particularly the foot of the bed not facing the door! I can't help but put a small photo of my boys on our dresser though, but in general, I don't want huge photos of them hanging around and looking at us! It's just me, feng shui or not, I agree with that kids photo part. We'll see how this feng shui will work for you dear, keep us posted!

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  12. Wow, very interesting! Can't wait to see how it all works out!

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  13. I wish I knew more about this feng shui. Sounds like a formula for a great bedroom!

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  14. Lordy, I'm probably going about mine all wrong.

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  15. Looking sooo amazing, Stacey!
    You are genius!!! xo.

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  16. This is fascinating...I thought I was doing everything right until I read the part about the no photographs of kids or parents. Very fun post.

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  17. Now I need to run upstairs and check out the bedroom. Gotta incorporate some of those tips :) Very interesting interview, Stacey!!! We all learned something! xo L

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  18. Hi Stacey,
    Your bedroom is going to be amazing. I love the Feng Shui ideas from an expert no less! See you soon!

    xoxo
    Karena
    New_2013 Designer Series

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  19. Glad you liked my recommendations Stacey! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful finished bedroom.

    Jayme Barrett (www.jaymebarrett.com/blog)

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  20. Love the progress of your room, we had our other place Feng Shui, and slightly followed it through our new flat. It's so interesting learning more about it as well. :) Can't wait to see your results. /Madison xx

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  21. Hi Stacey, it is a fascinating subject and one that I am always interested to learn more about - Thank you!
    Phyllis

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  22. Thanks for these great tips! The love corner is such a simple and easy concept and i'll keep it in mind. I also love putting pictures of our favorite trips in our room.

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  23. Wow. These were really great tips. I especially love the idea of hanging art opposite the bed. Sadly my closet is opposite the bed and each night I go to sleep thinking "I need to organize that, again…"

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  24. I wish I knew more about feng shui, I'm a big believer in it though, I enjoyed this very much and I'm going to try to incorporate some of this into my room! I can't wait to see your reveal! I'm with you I could use a couple more weeks on my bathroom too!!

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  25. This is really interesting stuff
    and am glad to know that our bed is placed right.

    Love the images too.

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  26. I totally believe in Feng Shui. For the bedroom I would keep the art simple and or calm not too stark.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

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  27. And I thought only me and my crazy cal.i.forn,i,an friends were into feng shui..... I also am a believer in herbs (sage) that you can use to cleanse energy out of a space or items (like inherited furniture or vintage stuff that came from who knows where) when you bring them back to your own space. A heavy dose of sage kind of makes your house smell like pot for like 24 hours but then totally goes away. :) -Caitlin

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  28. Love this lesson ... all new to me and happy that I do have a photo of my husband and me together on my "righthand" nightstand! Now to figure out how to get pink or red candles in there!! xo

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