Ways to Go Green

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

go-greenGo Green In Seventeen

Pantone’s early announcement of “Greenery” as the color of the year for 2017 is within the full range of Feng Shui properties. It tells us all about the wood element which is rooted in anything that grows.

Greenery, not just green, is all-encompassing and inclusive. It speaks of early spring and new beginnings and looks to the sun rising in the east. Wood, i.e. vegetation, comes in all shades of green, yet Greenery has the breath of freshness and health. Greenery is lush and bright as it pops with early buds fed by winter water’s long gestation.

Greenery is germane to nature in global dimensions, striving higher with rising energy and reaching out with new tendrils. As a role model, Greenery has a lot to say about connectedness and flexibility. It will find its path around obstacles in a loving embrace, and yet, in excess, it could become a deadly chokehold.

go-green-interior-designIn Feng Shui we love Greenery as a metaphor for motivation and decision-making with firm leadership and work-related orientation.

Therefore, as we move into the New Year during the darkness of winter yin, we plant the seed for happy yang with the birth of Greenery.

There are many way to celebrate Greenery, and we would like to share our Feng Shui tips to get you going on a green path:

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Outdoor Patio Decorating Ideas

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

outdoor-patio-decoratingPatio Decorating – Ten Simple Patio Decorating Ideas

When Mother Nature begins to warm, thoughts of outdoor entertaining, including B-B-Qs, poolside parties, lunch (or brunch) on the patio, tend to get us thinking of decorating ideas, specifically deck or patio decorating ideas.

Decorating doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor to spruce up an outdoor patio; a few simple changes can do the trick without breaking the bank.

With a plethora of decorating magazines on the stands, interior/exterior decorating websites and design blogs, it’s easy to want more than what the budget will allow. So it is always a good idea, as you formulate decorating ideas for a patio, to determine what your budget can afford.

As you assess the outdoor area in need of a makeover create a list of things that need attention. For example, is the patio furniture looking a bit tattered? Are decorative plants healthy and thriving? What patio decor items could be added or replaced? Maybe a coat of fresh paint to outside walls or a trellis with climbing vines to make an unattractive area more appealing.

Reviewing visual resources such as garden and patio magazines and interior design websites can help generate ideas; use photos to assemble a theme or style suited to your desired effect.

outdoor-patio-waterfallIf you, a friend or a family member, have a talent for crafty work, do-it-yourself (DYI) instructions are readily available for almost every type of patio, or deck, decorating project such as an in-ground pond or water fountain, a stone path or a mosaic tile table top. The options are endless. It helps to have a general plan before you begin to keep the entire project manageable.

Here, then, are ten simple and affordable patio decorating ideas to freshen or change an outdoor entertaining area:

1) Repaint or refinish outdoor furniture; consider a new color for a big change.

2) Hand painted canvas cushion pillow covers for outdoor furniture; use colors and designs to match or complement a theme.

3) Place larger potted plants of various sizes placed in unusual containers around the perimeter of patio area. Search out chipped pottery pieces at garden stores for marked down prices; a chip or two can be easily hidden or camouflaged.

patio-decorating-seating4) Group furniture together creating one or more cozy/intimate spaces.

5) Consider making or purchasing a hand painted canvas rug; these are great for outdoor patios or decks and many artists will offer a wide choice of different designs with custom color options.

6) Add decorative lighting using unusual items; add garden lanterns or string twinkle lights around a tree or under the eaves of a garden umbrella.

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New Look and New Designs for Marshfield Furniture

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Marshfield Furniture has added a collection of new designs that appeal to those looking for a more modern, contemporary look.

This video tour of a Marshfield Furniture showroom also features some of their newer transitional and traditional furniture designs.

Marshfield Furniture Review

Cindy Hodnett of Furniture/Today and its Design Today online magazine visits with Bill Mork and Allison Anderson of Marshfield Furniture, who tell her that the upholstery producer is moving beyond its urban rustic look by adding more modern, transitional and traditional styles.

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The Benefits of Window Blinds

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

hunter-douglas-window-blinds6 Benefits of Using Blinds for Windows

Adding a window blind is a great idea to change the appearance of the rooms. But most of the people who think of buying blinds are in dilemma that why they should at all buy a window blind. There are several reasons that we think that should prompt your decision of buying blinds the reasons are as follows-

• Several styles, shapes and patterns of the blinds are available. While one chooses they would get a wide choice in the blinds and can match them according to the colours of their room and office. The types of blinds are roman blinds, mini blinds, cordless blinds and the vertical blinds.

• The window blinds help you to control that amount of light that enters your room. This is because you will be having the freedom to cover the window partially or totally. This can be in any place be it in your room or living area. So, if you are sleeping you won’t be awakening by the light outside when it is morning.

interior-design-home-center• There are wide ranges of materials from which one can choose. This would also differ in terms of style and price. You can also match it with the interiors of the room. The faux wood blinds are both good and affordable options for your traditional wooden interiors. Other blind materials are aluminum, plastic, bamboo, normal wood and several others.

• Maintaining the blinds is quite easy and simple. A wiping with a wet cloth can clean away the dirt and dust from the blinds. Unlike the curtains, they do not need regular washing.

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Home Style Interior Design Updates

Friday, May 5th, 2017

_DSC5297-eAlmost Instant Updates You Can Make to Your Home Style

There are small things we can do to spruce and update our living spaces. Of course we would all love to the endless supply of cashflow that the design shows provide. Most of these suggestions are inexpensive and can add so much personality to your space.

Stop Using Matching Throw Pillows

Commonly when buying a sofa they come with matching throw pillows, but by adding different color or pattern accent throw pillows you can update a room instantly. Adding that dash or bold color or striking patterns can help complement the neutral tones of the room.

Changing Light Fixtures

Instead of using a standard hanging light fixture try adding a decorative chandelier or lantern. By adding a simple change to your dining room can add so much personality to the room.

_DSC5365-eDesignate a Cozy Space

Today’s popular design is the open floor plans. Where floor designs are open and flow seamlessly. But, though that is nice for the overall style of the home try making a place in your home more cozy.

Decorate Personal Spaces

Most of us spend most of our energy on decorating spaces that we show to other people. The guests for our parties or an unplanned visit that can happen at anytime. Decorating these spaces are important but lets not forget places in the house where we spend most of our time. The bedroom, office, or bathroom. Take items that you love and decorate your favorite

Creating a Collection

First rule of adding a collection of items to a room is to remember that odd numbers go together better than even. Take a second to find items in your room that are common in some way. For example, you might have a group of silver items that share a common element. By putting them together on a console or sofa table.

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Decorate Your Floors!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

shag-floor-rugFun and Functional – Area Floor Rugs

This type of rug is one of my favorites, they’re all throw backs that are coming back in style. We’re talking about shag rugs, flokati and sheepskin rugs. These plush and thick rugs bring depth to a room by providing a three-dimensional aspect. The plushness also makes these rugs heavenly to walk on- making them ideal to place in a common seating area. Just imagine running your toes through the soft, thick fabric of a sheepskin rug while you relax on the couch.

If you are like me; your house is painted in neutral colors, your home furnishings are timeless, and your wall accents are very classic pieces. A home that has a neutral theme, like mine, deserves an eccentric accent piece. A patterned rug.

5_dsc5368-leather-chair-accessoriesPurchasing a patterned rug can be daunting, there are so many options.

There is a rug in nearly every pattern you can think of and in various different colors. Placing a patterned rug in any room is a great way to bring an accent piece to your home without taking away from your other carefully chosen home decor pieces.

I would suggest that busy patterned rugs be placed in a larger room, so that the patterned rug does not become an eye-sore of sorts.

On the opposite spectrum of patterned rugs we have the natural material rug. These includes but is not limited to, jute, sisal and bamboo rugs. Natural material rugs provide the same functionality as all other area floor rugs, while keeping a classic and casual feel.

A perk to decorating with a natural material rug is that they are extremely durable, they keep out more dirt, and they are timeless. The natural material rug is a safe purchase, due to their neutral design they have not gone out of style since they became stylish.

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