BE the CHANGE you WANT to see in the WORLD

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BE the CHANGE you want to SEE in the WORLD

Gandhi said this years ago and he could not have been more accurate!  We can’t change the world that  surround us, whether it is World Politics or Climate Change but we can change how we react to its effect on our life and personal surroundings.  This is what FENG SHUI is.  Two simple words translated, meaning Wind Water.

 

Like most things discovered centuries ago, such simplicity comes with profound meaning.  It requires us to search into its deeper meaning which refers to everything around us.  The unseen energy or very simply put, positive/negative vibes that affect us.  Like most beautiful things:  Love, hope, faith and belief are concepts unseen but the effects are most certainly felt in a positive way, likewise so too are negative concepts felt such as despair, sadness, fear and contempt.

 

You see people have FENG SHUI (positive and negative vibes) too.  Everyone knows a person that is constantly nagging and complaining about the people, the country, the weather and nothing seems to make them happy or go their way.  When we see this person, you find yourself drained and more often left with a headache after the encounter and then there is this person with joy and laughter, filled with hope.  The situation around you doesn’t change but the energy they carry affects your change in a positive way.

 

Science confirms what is said to be FENG SHUI. Energy can not be created nor destroyed but can only be changed.  Just as you feel positive when you encounter a positive person.  Your home or environment can be changed to have the same effect.  Change the energy in your area to promote positive change in your life.

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A few years ago, THE SECRET was written, where it speaks about the LAW of ATTRACTION.  What you think about and thank about, you shall bring about.  FENG SHUI is the LAW of INTENTION.  What you think about, thank about and work toward, you shall bring about.  It is not magic.  If you want to have a car, you have to prepare for it by learning how to drive.  This is what FENG SHUI is, designing your world around the LIFE you intend to live.

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To find out more about this beautiful, ancient and amazing tool, contact us at IN PERFECT HARMONY LIFESTYLE STORE.

 

FENG SHUI 101

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Hello again our valued and wonderful clients,

The weekend is upon us yet again and time to let you know how we going to celebrate it but before I do, I thought I would shed some light on the beautiful concept of FENG SHUI.

Many of you walk into our store and often say, it is so peaceful and relaxing.  That the minute you walk in, you automatically start to unwind and relax.  Well, that dear friends, a lot of that has to do with FENG SHUI, an ancient Chinese Art of Placement.  Feng Shui is all about the energy that surrounds us and how we react to it.  Whether it is the soft music that’s playing, or the sweet aroma of the essence oils or maybe the gentle sound of water, are all natural elements of FENG SHUI strategically placed to have balance and harmony.

So many people have this misconception that FENG SHUI is a religion as it stems from the EAST but that’s furthest from the truth.  There is no FENG SHUI god neither is it magic, for there are no tarot cards or crystal balls.  What it is though is SCIENCE.  Feng Shui speaks about direction, energy and the way we react to it.  Applied to our modern day life, we can bring about a sense of tranquility and harmony that we so desire in this in this fast pace, minute to minute lifestyle.

Contact us to learn more about FENG SHUI and how you can apply it to your home and office.  We will be holding Master Classes soon and stay tuned for more up to date FENG SHUI 101.

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Creating BEAUTIFUL FACES & BEAUTIFUL SPACES

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When a girl is born, she becomes more than just a little girl!  She becomes a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece and a friend.  As she grows and moulds into a young lady, she becomes a girlfriend, a BFF and a bestie.  Soon she becomes an aunt, a wife and then her entire life changes.  She becomes a mom.  She may be a mom at home, a working mom, a single mom, a step mom, a foster mom, a spiritual mom and eventually she becomes a grand mom.  She understands the circle of life, why her mom did the things she did and what its like to love someone else even more than she loves herself…

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Her roles changes but one thing remains the same.  She wants the very best for her home, her family, her precious little ones and her favourites.  There is nothing she wouldn’t do or sacrifice to make their lives a little easier, a little better and a little happier.  Even if it means a little more of her sacrifice.  She fights for them & she strives for them… To the world she is just someone but to someone, she is the world!  She is a comforter, a nurturer, a mentor, an educator, a mender, a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader and the Calvary when in need.  She cries for you and she will pray for you!  She is your no.1 supporter and one thing is certain, she will always be on your side.  She is a Superwoman or a Supermom (sometimes both) with Superpowers!  She has a different face for a different place…

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To that girl who was born, we want YOU to know that we see YOU, we appreciate all YOU do and we had YOU just in mind when we created this brand.  We understand YOU, we know YOU, we are YOU and this is just for YOU.  We want YOU to know that YOU are our world!  That even Superwoman with Superpowers need timeout to mend, recover, recuperate and rejuvenate…  Let us pamper and spoil YOU.  Let us create the very best version of YOU.  We know that YOU want the best for YOUR homes and YOUR family and we want the best for YOU…

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Visit us at In Perfect Harmony Lifestyle Store, opening Soon on Woman’s Day.  We want to honour and celebrate YOU and everything that YOU do.  We want YOU to step out of the minute to minute pace of life and unwind and relax.  We understand that when YOU are relaxed, feeling loved and appreciated that your world also becomes that too.  YOU can choose from our beautiful ranges of products, handpicked with YOU in mind or our amazing SPA filled with treatments custom made for JUST FOR YOU.

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We know that YOUR heart is YOUR home and we want to help YOU create the most beautiful homes.  A safe haven, YOUR little piece of heaven on earth.  We will help YOU be in accordance with the laws of nature & introduce YOU to FENG SHUI..  An ancient practice to heighten awareness to bring about positive change.  Where we create YOUR beautiful spaces with this beautiful and natural process to attain balance and live IN PERFECT HARMONY.

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This is where we create BEAUTIFUL FACES and BEAUTIFUL SPACES.  We want to make a difference in YOUR life and bring about positive change, so come along and visit us soon.  WE are right next door to Funky Monkey, so you can bring along your little ones for play time and YOU can enjoy some much needed and deserved pamper time with US.

 

We are so looking forward to meeting YOU there

 

Lots of love and warmest regards

 

Naomi

The Secret Shared : Feng Shui

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Dear Decorators

I thought I should share with you some facts on Feng Shui as I have heard so many people confuse Feng Shui as a religious or as a type of mystical belief since starting this Journey. They imagine a Feng Shui Master to be some sort of Gypsy healer, working from a caravan, equipped with a crystal ball and tarot cards.  Dressed in hipster skirts and belly chains, revealing to you the secrets of your future and how to get rich.  As intriguing and grandeur as the idea might be, this is the furthest from the truth.  I am no mystique sister and neither can I give you the lucky number for the next lottery.

 

The fact is that Feng Shui is no more mysterious or religious than Hot Stone Therapy and Acupuncture.  These are practices that connect your mind & body to nature in order to achieve balance and harmony.  Anyone who has experienced any of these practises, will tell you that they feel rejuvenated and awakened after they have completed it.  Such is the case with Feng Shui accept Feng Shui offers us the opportunity to achieve health, happiness and prosperity by living in harmony with our environment be it our home, garden or office.  In its truest sense, Feng Shui is more correctly called a technique and its practice is called the Art of Placement.

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Some of the latest scientific theories enable us to make sense of the ancient formulae that Feng Shui is based on.  It is accepted that all matter in the universe vibrates whether it is solid, liquid or gas.  Our senses are attuned to certain frequencies, which we react to such as sound waves & electromagnetic waves, which bring us radio and television.  These vibrations are constantly moving and can also be referred to as Energy, Chi or very simply the air that surrounds us. This is the energy that connects us to the environment we live in as well as the Universe as a whole.  It effects the way we act and feel either positively or negatively.  Let me elaborate how.  Imagine walking into a Health Spa, hearing soft calming music, smelling the sweet aroma of scented oils and walking into a candle lit therapy room, without even knowing it, you would have already succumbed to the Energy of the space and automatically started to unwind and destress.  Such is the case with a child entering an indoor arcade arena.  As they step into the entrance of the door, they automatically become excited, starting to hop, skip and jump, impatient to enter the gate.  There was no physical change from the outside to the inside or no added sugar intake to explain their change in demeanour.  The change was the type of energy in the two different environments.  We as humans are emotional beings and controlled by our senses.  The sounds of waves of the Ocean or the smell of the fresh, crisp mountain air heightens our awareness to that which surrounds us and changes how we feel and react.

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Feng Shui dates back 3000 years in China.  It teaches us that the 8 areas in our life:  Career; Love and Marriage; Family and Health; Prosperity or Abundance; Fame and Reputation; Helping People and Travel; Creativity and Children as well as Knowledge are linked to the 8 cardinal points and the 5 elements of the Earth: Wind; Fire, Metal, Earth & Water.  We apply these principals of Feng Shui to bring about positive change and be in accordance with the Law of nature.  How do we apply these principals?  By the inclusion of colour, decorative elements and features to enhance the Energy associated with these areas to bring about balance & harmony.

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The Secret teaches us the Law of Attraction, what we think about and thank about, we shall bring about but Feng Shui teaches us the Law of Intention.  It is the blue print of our Life’s design that we intend to have.  Ever heard the saying, dress for the job you want to have?  Well Feng Shui is exactly that, accept it’s your home or office you are now dressing.

If you want to attract more of creativity into your life, then you will enhance the area of creativity in your home with the elements associated to the energy.  You might be thinking, all well and good but how does this effect you?  Must you decorate your home with dragons, Buddha’s, fountains and crystals?  The answer is no, unless, that is what you like to include into your deco of your home.  In the Western world, we employ placement techniques in a way that fits our culture. The point is to proactively create spaces where we can be nurtured, grow and thrive.

You might also be thinking right about now, Yeah right!  The proof is in the pudding, let’s see the proof.  So let’s take a look at the nation where it came from, China.  They are very intentional in the things that they do and are the fastest growing economy in the world.  They have trade interests with every capital of the world and have recently even gained BEE status in our own country.  Everything you want comes from China, even the boxes that say, Made in Italy!  The Chinese people have moved and set up trade of their own in every corner of the globe.  Think about it, each and every one of us knows of a Chinese person or shop that they own.  What they have achieved wasn’t without hard work but their culture teaches them to practice Feng Shui and be intentional with the things they want to attract into their life.  We too can heighten our perception of the world if we introduce ourselves to different experiences.  If we embrace Feng Shui, think and act positively & make use of the knowledge the universe has to offer, then we begin to take charge of the parts of our life that we can control and make the best of them.  The purpose of Feng Shui is to create environments where energy flows smoothly to achieve physical and mental health.  When the energy flows gently through a house or office the occupants will be positive.

Modern lifestyle leave us little time to stop to consider the effect our surrounding has on us.  Some aspects of modern technology, the materials we use and the substance we release into the atmosphere can create damage to our health and well-being.  The primary consideration when beginning Feng Shui is to assess the world around us, to take stock of the energies and influences that surround us.  Creating a house into a home is an important part of our lives and when we are successful, our homes becomes a place in which we renew ourselves, our family and friends.

Feng Shui will help you achieve this.  You can create the ambiance of serenity, harmony and balance into your home to achieve complete wellness as well as apply Feng Shui to heighten certain energy that may be lacking.

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Over the years this practice has travelled from the East across to the West, where it is growing in leaps and bounds in the US, Europe and UK.  It has now reached our African shoreline.  If you are intrigued and you would like to know how you can apply this practice into your home then let me know.

You can send us an email to naomi.david@in-perfectharmony.com

We are also excited to announce that we are giving away a free consultation to a lucky reader living in the Durban area.  The consultation will include an Energy Map derived from your floor plan along with recommendations to best suit your needs.

You just need to like our Facebook page:

Feng Shui in Perfect Harmony and invite your friends to like the page too.

Good luck!  We look forward to connecting with you

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Many thanks and warmest blessings

Naomi

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From Stages to Ages

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Dear Decorators,

In my previous blog, I had started the showcase of my best friend’s home, a beautiful townhouse in the North of Durban.  If you have missed it, you can find the link below to the master bedroom, entitled Mr & Mrs.  Continuing from there, I have entitled this post, From Stages to Ages.  You must be wondering how unusual for a name.  Well, lets find out why…

If you are a parent, you will remember all the firsts.  The 1st time you found out you were pregnant, to the 1st time you saw your little Angel’s face.  You will count their tiny little fingers and tiny little toes & spend all your time just gazing at them, simply never having enough.  It is by far the most precious time in your life, the stage whereby you are no longer just a couple but now are a family.  There is one thing for certain and will not change, and that is, you will do your absolute best for them!

You will watch them grow from day to day, from nappies & bottles, rocking chairs & bassinets to potties & sippie-cups, action figures and toddler beds.  You start to wonder about play school through to preschool and just as they get to the stage of sleeping through the night, you decide to start again.  Lets add another beautiful soul to our family!  The process begins once again with creating more beautiful memories.

Such has been the case with this family.  They have 2 sons, a little 4 year old and an 11 year old.  Both are growing from one stage into another, the little one from toddler to child and the older 1 from child to tween.  Hence the name, Stages to Ages…

As mentioned previously this is a townhouse, therefore, we had to maximise the space we had.  We created 2 separate bedrooms for their own personal space & personality traits and an adjoining “Little-Man” Cave, for their shared enjoyment.  Since both the bedrooms were small, we kept the floors a natural light wood and walls a soft butterscotch colour so that the rooms appear larger and have maximum light.

Milan is a typical 4 year old pre-schooler, loving cars, legos & all things soccer.  You will see that we have incorporated his likes into the design of the room.  We kept the bulk of the built in cupboards white in colour as white radiates light and creates the illusion of space.  We introduced fun, bold and vibrant colours to match his personality and liven up the room.  The built in toddler bed is the focal point of the room.  The base is glossy yellow and green which is dual functioning, both as storage drawers and a decorative feature.  It is complemented with the matching headboard and a corner side piece.  The corner side piece is designed to look like parts of the rubrics cube, which doubles up as a storage drawer.  He is at the stage where he is growing from a toddler to a child and enjoys only selective soft toys, which we have incorporated as a feature.  The linen is “big boy” linen, as he is slowly growing out of the action figures and cartoon characters.  He is developing his personality and core values, therefore the pictures on the wall are not just decorative but positive affirmations as well, values that he will learn to live by.

Tai, is at the stage where he is a too big for the kiddies but still a bit young for the teens.  Therefore, he is at the infamous tween stage, the in-between-er.  Like most boys his age, he is sport crazy but his absolute favourite is soccer.  He has other interests too, he enjoys drama and is an avid magician.  So when you enter his room, becareful as you might be pleasantly surprised with what might pop out…

Graduating from junior into senior primary does have its benefits.  He is now allowed to invite friends over on sleep overs and vice versa, therefore we have opted the route of a bunk bed in his bedroom.  As mentioned before, we kept the bedroom lightly coloured with shades of grey for a more “grown up” feel.  To soften the design we have incorporated shades of green & blue.  We have mounted a retractable basketball hoop for his personal leisure and a study table for homework & reading.

The Adjoining “Little-Man” cave is every boys dream come true.  It is the perfect hideaway for boys of all ages.  We have adopted, “The work hard, Play hard” concept.  The room is filled with educational pieces from the memory charts on the wall to the alphabet puzzle on the floor.  Then the electronic work station with the laptop & tablet as well as the lego table on the side. The play section, with the flat screen TV, fully fitted with the Play Station as well as the portable handheld gaming stations.  No “Little-Man” cave is ever complete without treats and goodies.  You’ll also find a popcorn and candyfloss machine above the lego table and the infamous gumball machine for extended time of pure enjoyment.  We have used fun, vibrant colours in the design to encourage growth through play.  The pieces we have chosen are all dual functioning, green & yellow ottomans for both deco & seating with the glossy rubric cube corner side pieces for storage.  Once a child enters this room, you will find them busy for hours.  Perfect for the much needed quiet time as well as wonderful play dates.  One thing is certain, this room will be enjoyed by all, mama bear, papa bear & baby bear!

You must be wondering that these designs are so modern & trendy, surely they haven’t been incorporated with the Feng Shui principles which are so ancient?  To answer this question, we have.  We have applied the principals of Feng Shui into these rooms by choosing to enhance the wealth corner of Creativity.  The element associated with this energy is metal and the use of electronic devices as well as the shades of grey & yellow, all enhance this energy.  Just by looking at the aesthetics of the rooms, you will agree, that any child in this environment will be delighted to play and harness their creativity, therefore with the subtle inclusions of these design elements, we have achieved our goal as well as created something beautiful and wonderful.  These gorgeous children will have forever memories in these rooms and it is the greatest pleasure having to watch them create it.

I hope that you enjoyed this piece as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.  Stay tuned for the next part of this stunning home.

If you have missed the first post, click on the link below to catch up

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All the best and warmest blessings,

Naomi

Mr & Mrs

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Dear Decorators

I see myself as a storyteller.  People tell me their biography and I relay their stories not with words but through furniture, fabric and architectural elements.

So, when my best friend, sister and partner in crime, Sham, asked me if I would assist her with the remodeling of her home, I felt both honoured and terrified.  Honoured for she trusted me, enough to tell her story but terrified as this gorgeous diva has a heart and charisma of Lady Di but she’s a fashionista like the Kardashians and somewhere in between, I had to blend the two.  I must admit though, she has had a great input in the design therefore I can not take all the credit.  All I can say is that together, we created a masterpiece!

Like many of us, they live a fast paced lifestyle; the get up and go age with no time to waste, therefore, our design had to suite this kind of living.  It had to be practical as well as spectacular for that is the kind of people they are.  We decided to keep the theme classic with hints of modern sparkle to bring out its character.  This is a typical townhouse whereby space is limited, therefore, we had to get very creative with the way we utilised it as we couldn’t afford to waste any of it.

I will be showcasing the entire home but let’s start with their bedroom.  It’s importance in our life sometimes goes under estimated but it is the place of rest, our sanctuary and haven so that we may have complete relaxation, therefore it simply cannot be under estimated.  The bed is the focal point of the room and takes up most of the space.  It is because of this that we decided to keep the linen classic white as white brightens up the room and makes it appear larger than it is.  The headboard is flat against the wall, decorated in a gorgeous gunmetal suede fabric and diamante beading for a bit of bling.  The diamante adds just the right sparkle to awaken the deep colouring of the fabric and the wood.  We have introduced various layers of throw covers to illustrate how the layering of fabric can add depth and colour to a room.  The yellow and red awakens the tone of the room and brings about vibrance and warmth, factors imperative in any design.  The various size, shapes and colours of the pillows too brings about the same effect.  As you can see the pieces are blending together beautifully, slowly creating a masterpiece.

We decided to keep the design of the furniture classic as that doesn’t date with time as well as it is practical.  We used mirrored doors on the closets as it creates an illusion of space and it becomes dual functioning as a dressing room.  When you open these closets, you would swear that this fashionista shops only in the fashion capitals of the world, London, Paris, Milan!  You name the brand and it is here, from Louis Vuitton to Chanel, Ted Baker to Nine West.  Therefore we just had to create a corner to showcase these beauties.  Ladies, take a step into Rodeo Drive where we created beautiful mirrored edged shelves for her gorgeous bags and a display cabinet for her eye-wear, accessories as well as shoes.  Stepping into the en-suite bathroom, we created a gorgeous his and hers linen cupboard.  It is beautifully decorated with personalised his and hers towels and exudes intimacy with the inclusion of paired candles and a personalised photo frame.  There again, in-line with the classic theme, simple yet elegant, that which will not date!

If you are wondering, has this been an infusion of East and West?  Well, the answer is yes, we have included Feng Shui elements into the design.  This is a couple’s master bedroom therefore the energy we chose to enhance was that of relationship and love.  We have included the colours of red and yellow which activates this energy.  The addition of beautiful variety pillows are both warm and cosy, which automatically makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.  The gorgeous paired candles radiates warmth and soft light, perfect for romance.  These are fine pieces placed with the intention of activating the energy associated with it so that there is harmony in living as well as provide the area with beauty and aesthetics.  You would find that this was an average bedroom.  With the inclusion of colour, variety of textures, decorative pieces and accessories, it became alive with character and personality.  This is what we aim to achieve in all our designs and hopefully yours too.

Stay tuned for the next piece of this beautiful home.  I really hope you enjoyed it,

Warmest blessings,

Naomi

A Romantic Boudoir

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Dear Decorators

I am super excited as this is my first post as an Interior Design blogger.  I am hoping that this will be the first of many and that it is an enjoyable and informative read for you.  In keeping with the recent celebrations of the month of love and romance, I decided to talk about how to create a romantic boudoir.

Featured above is a modern day Romantic bedroom with a hint of Vintage, oozing with charisma, personality and style.  The bedroom must be warm and comfortable for it is here that we are at complete rest therefore this should be our sanctuary.

In the bedroom above, we have used black, white and grey as the dominant colours, adding shades of red for warmth.  It is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine attributes to appeal to both inhabitants of the this room.  For depth and character we used a host of textures with the embossed quilt, a snow white fur carpet as well as the textured wall covering.  We have created a modern look for this rather quaint room and aspired to create the illusion of space.  The soft light on the bedside is dual functioning, for light night reading as well as to create a softer, romantic look.

From a distance, this looks just like a beautiful creation, however, when you look closer you will find an infusion of East & West with the application of the principles of Feng Shui.  In Feng Shui, we aspire to create balance and harmony.

To create a bedroom similar to this, you can begin by first removing clutter and unnecessary electronic devices.  This style can work with any room shape and size.  The aim is to create a clean and organized look.  We get creative by using under bed storage containers as a storage space. It’s also a great idea to use dual-purpose furniture pieces and to use smart organizers in your wardrobe to make use of all the space inside.  This activates stagnant energy as well as creates space in the room which will allow the air to flow freely through the room, which helps with relaxation and restful sleep.  To activate positive energy like we have done here, you can also add flowers above the nightstand which softens the look and makes it more natural.

The low bedroom furniture pieces is ideal in this room to give it, its peaceful and tranquil look.  The walls and surfaces are simple and delicate in-line with the aesthetics of a romantic boudoir.  We have introduced the colour red into the design to add warmth and depth.  It is also the colour of passion and fire, ideal for that of a bedroom.   The bed is the focal point of this room.  Always keep it away from the window and door for easy accessibility.  Instead, you can adjust it facing the door or in the corner to be the focal point.  Place the rest of your bedroom furniture pieces around the bed keeping most of the floor space free.

This here is an illustration of how we use an ancient practice into modern day living.  To the naked eye, it is just creative decorating but to the trained eye of Feng Shui, it is the perfect combination of colour, texture and decorative pieces to create the balance of energy so that we achieve In Perfect Harmony.

Feel free to comment below and request topics as well.  Should you wish to apply the Principles of Feng Shui in your home, feel free to contact me to show you how.

Many thanks and warmest blessings,

Naomi