What is Feng Shui?

Spring cleaning season is almost here. And as you begin to prepare your list of projects, you might want to consider some Feng Shui tips. Feng Shui is an old Chinese study that believes human beings and the environment they are surrounded by (their home, workspace, etc) is full of tangible but invisible energy. This energy is known as ‘Chi’. That belief goes further in that these energies are like the wind and can activate opportunities or be like water if obstacles get in the way causing the energy to go stagnant because it’s trapped.

What does the reference to wind and water have to do with anything? That reference comes from the fact that in Chinese, Feng Shui actually means wind and water. And the ancient Chinese believe it symbolizes the environment we live in and the space from Earth to Heaven.

That environment can be anything from office space to a bathroom or bedroom – it’s just the space and the environment around it. An expert in Feng Shui will examine the space and the environment surrounding it as well as how people interact in this space. Based on what the expert sees, they will provide recommendations on ways to improve the relationship with the environment around you. These improvements can result in better health, more prosperity and just an all around better well-being for those that occupy this space.

In other words, Feng Shui is all about making sure you are aligned with the right energy or Chi and maximizing the potential available to you by the environment you live in. It’s also about time and cycles and that you are putting the right actions into place (and making the right decisions) in a certain time frame. These principles apply to design, placement and decoration.

When it comes to achieving harmony in the space around you, Feng Shui uses color, light, sound, electricity and symbolism. One or all of them can be appropriate when needed. Sometimes a change in color is all that’s needed to improve the energy of a space. Sometimes all the elements are required to make a difference.

Feng Shui works best if you have an open mind and know that every aspect of your life, relationships, career and home can be enhanced by the environment you are surrounded with. When it comes to getting results with Feng Shui, just like everything else in life, it’s going to depend on the action you take and the intentions you apply.

Feng Shui isn’t just about rearranging the furniture and painting the walls a certain color. It’s more about tapping into the positive energy that surrounds us, and creating an environment that is warm and inviting, and that enhances our wellbeing.

The History of Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of arranging objects, buildings and space in the environment in a way that allows those that occupy the space to achieve more balance, harmony and energy (known as ‘Chi’). To create that harmony in the space around you, different things are used like colors, lights, fountains, music, etc. Of course, that’s a simplistic explanation of a very involved system. Let’s take a look at the history of it, so you can gain a better understanding.

Some people believe that Feng Shui goes back as far as 2,000 years while others say it goes back as far as 5,000 years. Regardless of how old it is, we do know that it originated in China along the banks of the River Lo. The Chinese people from this era knew how important it was to live in nature and be in touch with it. They would bathe in the waters and it is said that the songs and poetry they created were inspired by nature. They observed the seasons and the effect the different seasons had on their lives.

What does this have to do with Feng Shui? One of the first principles of Feng Shui is the inclusion of nature and the living environment. Meaning plants and fountains are often used in creating Feng Shui.

Feng Shui Changes Over Time

Since it first originated, there have been many different systems developed as well as many changes made. That’s not surprising considering Feng Shui has spanned over such a large amount of time and been used all over different parts of the world. If you’re a newbie that has studied more than one different style, this may be confusing to you because certain changes and new systems may seem contradictory to previous ones.

Some of these changes that have happened over the course of time have been extremely radical. One example would be the position of trigrams changing producing the earlier heaven sequence and the later heaven sequence.

Feng Shui Today

It’s more and more common today for Feng Shui to be applied to modern homes and building designs. In fact, it’s not unusual to find out that an interior designer actually studies it so they can better serve their clients. Because it’s believed to be an art form, many people do it for the mere fact it makes their home look much nicer.  Stagers also consider feng shui when they are preparing client homes for sale.  Stay tuned for some more feng shui tips in the weeks to come.

Check out these homes for sale around West Cobb with water views.

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Master Bedroom Organization

Seems like when your bedroom is organized, your whole day just starts out better. You may sleep better, you may feel more relaxed, and it may even reduce your stress and anxiety. Another added benefit to keeping your bedroom organized is that you might find you want to spend more alone time with your spouse! Having a room in which to enjoy each other’s company without having things in the way may open the door for more enjoyment. Follow these tips on how to keep your bedroom from becoming a catch all. Your life will thank you for it!

Don’t Let Trash Clutter up Your Space

This sounds so simple and easy, right? But how many of us just throw receipts, clothing tags, and other scraps of paper on the dresser, night stand, or in a chair—thinking we will pick that up later? A good idea is to have a trash can accessible by the bed or in a corner of the room. By just seeing that trash can, you will be more likely to use it. Put the trash in the can immediately. If you allow it to sit somewhere, more than likely it will become a piece of clutter in your bedroom.

Don’t Let Your Clothes Take Over

If the laundry is dirty, place it in the hamper or basket. When the hamper is full, take it to the laundry room and wash the clothes. You may find this helps keep you organized. If the laundry has been done and is clean, hang it up or fold it and put it away immediately. Not only will this help keep your bedroom organized, but it will save you hours of ironing time later.

Make Getting Ready for Work Easier by Keeping an Organized Closet

Clothes all crammed together, shoes piled in a corner, hamper overflowing? That’s not a good way to start your day. A neat and organized closet makes getting up and out of the house a lot faster and less stressful for everyone, and no matter what your current closet set up is, chances are you can make it better with just a few simple changes.

You may find that purchasing a closet organizing system is the best way to tame a chaotic closet. They are readily available at most stores, with many to choose from, and can be used to hang clothes, belts, and accessories. By hanging all these things up and keeping them tidy, your items may last longer, not only saving you space and time, but also money.

Avoid the Temptation to Just “Toss it on the Bed”

You might find it is easy to toss things on the bed when in a hurry. The shirt that you wore once and which needs to be hung up, the sweater that got left in the car, your empty winter purse after you moved all your stuff to your summer bag – it adds up. Do that too many times and that pile will grow to epic proportions. Pretty soon, you will have no room to sleep in your own bed.
Keep your bed clear from clutter. Take 30 seconds to hang up that shirt or put the purse in a drawer. Make your bed the most comfy, relaxing, inviting space in the room. You may find that this truly lets you relax and get a better night’s rest.

By following these bedroom organization tips, your anxiety levels will lessen, your quality of sleep will improve and you may even find that you now have more time to spend creating precious moments with the ones you love.

My Very Own Kitchen Remodel

After seven years of living in my home, I have finally decided it is time to change some things, starting in the kitchen. While I like the cabinets, I have always been unhappy with the countertops and flooring, and vowed that as soon as they wore out, they would be replaced. I was never one to throw out something new – that would be a waste.  As the linoleum flooring began to pull away from the wall, I began to consider my options and then laminate countertop was (finally) beginning to peel. It was time for a kitchen remodel!

Granite Countertop

As a REALTOR®, I am previewing and viewing homes with clients all the time. I had an idea of what buyers are looking for – even though I wasn’t selling my home. But I knew that these changes would be an investment in my home, and could enhance the value. My Florida kitchen involved a complete renovation with new cabinets and a tile counter, but for Georgia, I decided that the countertops would be granite. What color granite though? The choices were becoming overwhelming. But I finally decided on a white granite from Global Granite in Acworth.

Kitchen Sink

One of the things I did not think about was the sink. Since I was switching from laminate to granite, I was also switching from a top mount to an undermount sink. And the granite installers needed the sink right away to make the cutout. I went back to Home Depot and Lowes, but they had nothing in stock. Now what? Global Granite also had sinks, but I still hadn’t found what I wanted. I made a quick trip to Kitchen & Bath Overstock in Kennesaw. If you haven’t been there, it is worth a visit. While they have great selections, they have even better service! I quickly picked out my sink and delivered it to Global Granite.

Every day, millions of homeowners enter their kitchen. Unfortunately, not all of those individuals like what they see. If you are unhappy with the way that your kitchen looks, it may be time for a little remodeling project. Actually, it may even be time for a big remodeling project. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, you will find that, as a homeowner, you have an unlimited number of options. If you choose to do so, you could remodel everything, right down to the kitchen sink.

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Speaking of kitchen sinks, there is a good chance that you if you are unhappy with your kitchen, you may want to purchase and have a new kitchen sink installed. If that is the case, you will have to find one that peaks your interest. When searching for a new kitchen sink, you are urged to check out one of your local home improvement stores. There is a good chance that there is at least one kitchen sink that you may want to have. Although there is a good chance that you may find the kitchen sink of your dreams at one of your local home improvement stores, there is also a chance that you may not. If this is the case, you may want to think about shopping online.

Regardless of where you shop, it is important that you keep a number of things in mind. Perhaps, the most important thing to keep in mind is the sink size that you need. If you are simply replacing a kitchen sink, you may find it a little bit more difficult to find a kitchen sink. This is because your kitchen counter already has a pre-sized space for a sink. If you purchase a sink that is too big for that space or even too small for it, a small kitchen remodeling project may turn into a fairly large one. That is why it is important that you take sink sizes into consideration. However, if your kitchen remodeling project includes new kitchen cabinets and new countertops, you may not have to be as concerned with sink sizes.

In addition to the size of a kitchen sink, it is also important to consider the style. The majority of kitchen sinks come with two basins, but it is also possible for them to only come with one. When choosing a kitchen sink that only has one or two basins, you may want to examine your needs. If you do not have a dishwasher, you will need to wash your dishes in your kitchen sink. When doing dishes, it may be easier if you have a two basin kitchen sink. Although two basin kitchen sinks are more convenient, you will likely find that the one basin sinks are more trendy and, somewhat, more attractive.

Speaking of being attractive, the style of a kitchen sink not only includes how many basins it has, but it also includes the color. While most kitchen sinks come in a stainless steel color, there are other kitchen sink colors. Other popular colors include white, granite, biscuit, and almond. In all honesty, the color of a new kitchen sink may be more important to you than whether it has one or two basins. If you are also remodeling other parts of your kitchen, like the floors or your countertops, it may be a good idea to make sure that your new kitchen sink compliments your other repairs or at least matches them.

The next step would be to select a new faucet. There really needs to be a checklist for all of these items (which I will create and make available). I quickly found what I wanted and put it in the garage to be installed after the countertop and sink.

Have you gone through a renovation? Please share your comments below.

Backsplash

Then I had to move on to the backsplash, which was easy. I had already decided on white. My selection was white subway tile, beveled white subway tile thanks to the suggestion of the salesperson at Home Depot. The tile was meticulously installed by Gabrini Smith of Gabrini Backsplash & Tile.

And one week later, everything was in place. If you are considering selling your home, keep in mind that kitchen improvements are one of the renovations that bring back the greatest return on investment – 82.7%.

Stay tuned for my flooring updates.

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Holiday Safety At Home in West Cobb

Remember holiday safety and security as you decorate for the holidays. While we all focus on the happy and festive activities of the season, we also need to consider safety issues. Did you know that decorative lights start 13% of Christmas tree home fires? The Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that on average, 260 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries and $16.4 million in property damage.  According to NFPA’s “Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires” report, on average, one of every 66 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. And according to a study by the CDC, injuries from falls increase significantly during the holiday season.

Christmas, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day are the top 3 days of the year for candle fires.

Those statistics are staggering and are the reason that homeowners need to have a heightened safety awareness during the holiday season. As you prepare to decorate your homes for the holiday, think SAFETY:

Decorating for the Holiday

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Sound your alarms. Test your smoke alarms before you begin decorating to make sure they work, and be sure that the batteries have been replaced.  Install smoke carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas. Test the alarms frequently during the holidays, as a precaution.

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Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed. And think safety as you decorate. Keep any combustible products and fire wood away from the house. When hanging outdoor lights, make sure to keep the electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters.

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Fresh Is Best. While many people like artificial trees because they require less maintenance, you should try to purchase a freshly cut tree because unlike artificial, a fresh tree is more resistant to ignition. You will need to ensure that the tree is watered and keep it away from lit candles and any open flame. An added bonus is the natural fragrance from the tree.

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Electrical lights need to be checked for fraying. Carefully inspect your holiday lights checking for fraying, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. If any of these conditions exist, throw them away and replace them. Make sure that any electrical items, including lights, have a certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA, UL, or ELT.

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Trees should be secured. Ensure that your tree is securely in its stand and not leaning. Unstable or improperly secured trees can fall and cause injury and/or damage. And if you have pets or children, or plan to entertain during the holidays, make sure to keep your tree out of your home’s regular traffic path to avoid people inadvertently walking into it.

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Yuletide is enjoyable as long as the fireplace is clean. Make sure that your fireplace and chimney are clean and clear of any debris. Keep the hearth and mantel free of debris, decorations and flammable materials. The fireplace should have a glass door or use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.

 

Safety Gadgets & Apps

The LifeKeeper Christmas Tree Safety System is available at multiple online sources (WalMart, Amazon, etc.), has an angel ornament that doubles as a heat detector, and sends a signal to a portable, wireless base alarm if the tree temperature gets too high. The angel’s wings also blink every 24 hours to remind you to water your tree.

Home Electrical Safety Check App

This app will help you inspect your home for potential dangers for each room and offers resolutions for simple, non-technical problems. Where more serious issues are flagged, you are advised to use a licensed electrician.

 

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If you would like more information on home safety, you can speak to a licensed electrician in West Cobb.

Share some of your own holiday home safety tips with us. Help everyone stay safe this holiday season. We’ll share some holiday security tips tomorrow (after the Black Friday shopping).

 

Christmas Wreath For Your West Cobb Home

Choosing the perfect tree is part of any holiday decorating tradition, but finding the right wreath for your West Cobb home’s front door can really finish off your holiday look and can be a beautiful and elegant addition to your exterior décor. Choosing the right wreath, however, can be complicated, so here are a few tips to consider for finding a holiday wreath that not only works for your door, but also coordinates with your other holiday decorations and the exterior of your West Cobb home.

Size

The size of your wreath is an important consideration in making it look its best on your front door. If you have a large, prominent front door then you’ll want to choose a wreath that matches it well. A small wreath will get lost on the door and won’t look proportional.

Color

While you may select a wreath based on its appearance and whether it matches your other holiday décor, you will also want to choose a wreath that has colors that complement the color of your door. If you have mostly red and green holiday decorations, but have a blue door, you may want to consider a blue and silver themed wreath, perhaps hung with white lights, to better complement your front door.

Materials

This is the area where you can really get creative. From natural to synthetic, from pine to grapevine, there are a number of options from which you can choose. Again, when selecting a wreath for your front door you’ll want to consider whether it matches not only the other decorations, but the door itself and the style of your home. For example, if you live in a traditional or historic style home, using natural materials such as greenery and berries may look better than a more modern arrangement.

Decorating for the holidays should always be fun and reflect your personal style. But when selecting particular items for the exterior of your home, it is always a good idea to be sure they accent rather than detract.

As you drive through some of the West Cobb subdivisions like Seven Hills, Brookstone Golf & Country Club, Bentwater, Burnt Hickory Lakes and others, you will several homes with wreaths on their front doors, as well as on the windows of their home. When you visit the holiday light displays, leave a little earlier and see how many homes are decorated with wreaths.

Eco Friendly Holiday Decor for West Cobb Homeowners

West Cobb Homeowners and home buyers are becoming more energy and eco conscious. Just look at new subdivisions like NatureWalk in Seven Hills where golf carts are becoming the norm for resident transportation around the neighborhood.  So it’s not surprising that eco friendly holiday decor is becoming more popular. Christmas is probably one of the easiest times of the year to use environmentally friendly decorating ideas, and given the more traditional decorating trends for the season and the ever increasing need for all of us to contribute to making the planet a greener place, it’s never been easier. Here a few great ways to decorate your home for the holidays and be greener at the same time!

Green Tree Ideas

  • Replace your old Christmas lights with new LED lights that can be found at Home Depot, WalMart and several other local retailers. They use less electricity and last longer than the older ones.
  • If you put up a real tree for the holidays consider using a live tree that you can plant after the holidays, or be sure you recycle your tree after the season is over.
  • Only purchase your real tree from a Christmas tree farm or retailer who purchases from farms. Never cut down a tree in a conservation area or in a public park.
  • Consider using an artificial tree; be sure that it is recyclable and not made using any harmful materials or chemicals.
  • Use natural products to decorate your tree. Berries, popcorn, and other food items that don’t perish quickly are a great addition to any tree.

Green Home Décor Ideas

  • Use real garland and other decorations from nature. Most garden centers are great places to get environmentally friendly decorations for the Christmas season.
  • Be sure that you purchase decorations and other holiday items that are durable and reusable year after year. If you want holiday tableware avoid the paper kind, and choose products that are made locally using environmentally friendly products.
  • If you put lights on the exterior of your home you may want to reduce the number of hours you turn them on each day, and only have them on when someone is home.
  • For wrapping and gift giving, use papers and materials that are reusable and recyclable.
  • Check out our Pinterest board for some eco friendly decorating ideas.

These are just a few ideas that you can use to make your Christmas more green while still keeping the holiday spirit alive! This is a great time of year to show our love for our planet and our fellow man, and keeping the holidays environmentally friendly is a great way to do that.

Organize Your Kitchen Into Work Stations

When you are selling your home keeping things organized for potential home buyers can be overwhelming. But even as you move in, keeping things organized will help you get things done. So follow these steps to organize your kitchen.

The first step to organizing your kitchen is to develop work stations. Having your kitchen organized in this way results in making your kitchen work for you, not against you. When you can take the fewest steps to get to what you need, all the cooking and cleaning becomes much easier… and even can be enjoyable! Let’s take a look at arranging your kitchen stations for the most convenient way to work.

Food Prep Station

Setting up your food prep station next to the sink is most convenient for clean up. In this area you will want to keep your knives, cutting boards, and colanders for rinsing. What else do you need at a food prep station? Paper towels are handy, as well as bowls to put the prepped food in as you go. You may want to put a ‘scrap bowl’ to hold the peelings, rinds, fruit pits in to take out to the compost bin or other wet garbage.

And, remember, you’ll need a good selection of cutting boards. Choose a variety that you can keep track of for use with poultry, meat, produce, and bread and nuts. You need at least four cutting boards to cover these different foods without cross-contamination.

Cooking Station

This is where you will want to keep your pots, pans, spatulas, big spoons, and hot-pads close for easy access while cooking. If your oven has a storage drawer underneath, use that along with the nearest cupboards. If your choices for storage are very limited, look into buying clever organizers specifically designed for cooking equipment. You’ll find storage that hangs or mounts to the wall or inside the cabinets or on the countertop. Also consider a small rolling cart to house your cooking equipment; one that can be rolled out of the way when you no longer need it.

And don’t forget your favorite seasonings and spices need to be handy while cooking. If you have room in a cupboard near the stove, install a ‘Lazy Susan’ organizer. You’ll find inexpensive plastic styles that fit most cabinets. A small rack can easily be installed on a wall near the stove. Also look at shelves that are meant to hold pictures. You can find narrow shelves, sometimes packaged in sets, that would be perfect to store a selection of seasonings. A neatly organized spice rack or cupboard can save you time and aggravation when cooking.

Baking Station

If you like to bake, a baking station is going to be your best friend. Keep your electric mixer, bowls, rolling pin, parchment paper, measuring cups, and spoons all together in a cupboard near your work station. You’ll want to have your mixing spoons, rubber spatulas, and other baking utensils in a canister on the countertop so you can grab them quick when you need to scrape down the mixing bowl.

Go ahead and move the baking powder, baking soda, flour, and sugar from the pantry to your baking station. If you bake a lot, that’s where you’re going to want them. Of course, you’ll want your pie pans, cake pans, cookie sheets, and cooling racks handy, too. Timers are another necessity when it comes to baking. Set up your baking station by filling it with all the things you keep reaching for when rolling out your homemade apple pie or buttermilk biscuits.

Leftover Station

You’ll need a place where you can wrap it all up. After a meal, you will want to grab storage containers to put away all the leftovers. Whether you use plastic containers, plastic bags, or just put the food on plates and cover with plastic wrap or foil, you will want all those items conveniently located somewhere between the dinner table and the sink.

There are many storage bins you can install inside a cupboard or pantry door to stock boxes of storage bags, plastic wrap, and tin foil so it’s easy to access. If you use plastic containers, you’ll want a shelf or bin nearby. You want to grab a container and spoon in the leftovers right from the table before you set the casserole in the sink to soak. Remember, if you can easily move your leftovers from the table to the refrigerator or freezer, the chances of getting the chore done quickly increases.

Wash Up Station

Use the cabinet above your dishwasher to store items such as dishes and glasses, and use the nearest drawer for silverware. If you find you have extra head-space in your cabinets, use kitchen organizer shelves to utilize this extra space for small juice glasses, coffee mugs, or even tiny dessert bowls and such. By keeping the items you use most often close to the sink or dishwasher, you’ll be more likely to get the dishes washed and put away simply because it’s easier. If you have to cross the kitchen with piles of dishes and glasses to put away, chances are you’ll put that chore off until later.

Of course, you’ll need a variety of cleaners, soaps, scrubs, and sponges and dishcloths. If you store those under the sink, you will need to install locks on the doors. Otherwise, put those cleaning items in a bin and put it up above the sink in a cupboard or in a utility closet nearby. To keep cleanup convenient, put all the items in one plastic bin with a handle, or a bucket, so you can grab it when you’re ready to do cleanup.

Less Used Items Station

There are items that you may not use every day. Those are the things that you can store in a buffet, china cabinet, or other out of the way place. You may have a collection of nice tablecloths, napkins, and other tableware. You may have some dishes that don’t come out often. Perhaps you have appliances and utensils that are used only a few times a year. Keep those stored somewhere other than the kitchen. If you aren’t cooking and serving with it often, move it.

The Odds and Ends Station

Some stations aren’t part of the cooking, exactly, but many families find their life centers around the kitchen in other ways, and a station needs to be set up. You may want a coffee or tea station if that is your ritual in the morning. Many people also use their kitchen to sort mail and keep the family calendar, or a grocery list, or a to do list, or just to keep messages so they know where everyone is going.

Besides the kitchen sink and dish cleaning area, many kitchens house the other cleaning supplies, such as the mop, broom, buckets, scrub brushes, dusting rags, and all the polishes and other sprays we use. Designate one place to hold everything so you’re not running from room to room just to polish a few mirrors or wipe up a floor. Get a few buckets or carry-all type containers to keep items for specific tasks all together and you’ll be able to grab and go clean without going back and forth.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may or may not be able to implement all of these ideas. But, take a look at the basic thoughts. By organizing your kitchen into stations, even if they are small stations, you can make your kitchen work for you. And then if you are selling your home, keeping it neat becomes SOP (standard operating procedure)!


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7 Steps to a Feng Shui Bedroom

When it comes to Feng Shui in the bedroom, you should arrange the space to support your best rest and connection with your partner and with yourself. The ambience of the bedroom should be inviting, exciting and calming all tied into one. Whether you’re going to be in the room for an afternoon nap, a good night’s sleep or for a round of mad passionate lovemaking, you should get the feeling that the room is pleasurable and fun to be in.

Here are seven simple tips to create a Feng Shui bedroom:

  1. Fresh air. If you can’t have your windows open all the time (or live in an area where if they were open you would be inhaling pollutants), invest in an air purifier. Fresh air is important in good Feng Shui energy.
    Note: You should not use any type of plant or flower in your bedroom especially if it’s a small room. If you do choose to use them, make sure they are as far away from your bed as possible.
  2. No electronics or exercise equipment. At some point in time (maybe even right this very minute) you’ve probably had a TV, computer or some piece of exercise equipment in your bedroom. Meaning you know how distracting it is and easy to get lured into checking email one more time or watching the latest episode of Desperate Housewives. The logic behind not having a computer in the bedroom is because it’s often associated with work and your bed is associated with rest. Work and rest are opposite of each other so when it comes to Feng Shui, the energy of these two is incompatible. Having these distractions in your room is the quickest way to destroy Feng Shui energy. So get rid of them…now!
  3. Lighting. Your mood in the bedroom can be affected (either negatively or positively) by the lighting. The best option is candles but make sure you use ones that are toxin free.
  4. The position of your bed. Make sure that you can get in and out of your bed from both sides. Place a nightstand on either side of the bed. And make sure it is not in direct line of the doorway.
  5. Mirrors. If you are going to have mirrors in your bedroom make sure they aren’t near the bed where you can see your face and upper body in the reflection.
  6. Clutter. Just as having a TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom is a distraction, but so is clutter. Keep things neat, picked up and put away. It’s important to clear out anything under your bed, behind a door, etc because these areas get stale and can harbor negative energy.
  7. At night, keep all bedroom doors closed. Make sure that every night you close any doors in your bedroom. That means closet doors, a bathroom door and the bedroom door.

What one person has in mind for their perfect Feng Shui bedroom doesn’t mean another person is going to envision the same thing. However, every Feng Shui bedroom will have one thing in common and that’s the inviting, exciting and calming atmosphere it should give off.

 
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Color Trends 2015

As 2014 winds down and we look forward to 2015, many homeowners are looking at home renovation projects and sprucing up the their properties for the holidays. Before you begin, you should research new trends in home decor, colors and more. Here are the Color Trends 2015.

Deep Dreams
Dark colors can transform any room into a dreamy, mythical landscape. Clean white trim adds a light contrast to the ethereal colors of the deep dream palette. Layers of this color palette and textures can create interest. The neutrality of the gray ceiling and purple walls allows the teal and fuschia colors to add rich shimmer and shine with a pop of color.

Frosted Pastels
Pastels offer a hint of color and open up your space. They offer an airy, fresh appeal or relaxing atmosphere of tranquility. The subtle backdrop can make furnishings, fabrics look fresh. A pastel wall with white trim and woodwork provides a clean, crisp palette for any room while creating a fresh palette for decorative items to look fabulous.

Social Brights
Brights add fun and a pop of color to any room. The key to using bright colors in your home decor is to use them strategically. Partnered with neutrals or subtle hues offers an opportunity to create interest in any room. A focal wall painted with a bright color offers a lively place for conversation. Rooms painted with neutral colors provide a framework for bright colors.

Nuanced Neutrals
This neutral palette offers weathered colors that have stood the test of time. They reflect comfort and a perfect marriage of function, color and contentment. They can be used in traditional homes just as easily as in a rustic environment with modern furniture as well as cozy country charm. Nuanced neutrals offer a great color palette in kitchens as well as any other room.

Deep Dreams

Traditional Living Room by Huntington Interior Designers & Decorators Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors
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Frosted Pastels

Beach Style Living Room by Southampton Interior Designers & Decorators Design House
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Social Brights

Living Room by Diablo Interior Designers & Decorators Leslie Harris-Keane Interior Design
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Nuance Neutral

Traditional Kitchen by Bound Brook Tile, Stone & Countertops Bridgewater Marble & Granite LLC
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Color Trends 2015 from Behr

Smartphone Apps For Your Home – Lighting

As the days get shorter, we sometimes come home to dark houses. We could use timers, but that’s how it was done yesterday. Today you can use your smartphone apps for  your home lighting. And there are options: color changing for sleep, relaxation, romance, entertainment and more. Each of the following options offers an app to help you with your lighting. Now how smart is that?

Ilumi

Where To Purchase:  Ilumi Website

Apple Store

Android app

Lifx

Where To Purchase:  Lifx Website

Apple Store

Android app

Philips Hue Lighting

Where To Purchase:  Amazon.com, Apple Store, Best Buy, Home Depot, Verizon

Apple Store

Android app

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