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:

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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

Mr & Mrs

All the best and warmest blessings,

Naomi