So my long stressful move was finally coming to a close! The moving truck was pulling out of the driveway, and as I waved goodbye to the movers, I started feeling excited about entering into the fun side of moving. Yes, it was time for decorating mode! (it would be so nice to get on one of those HGTV shows )The very first thing I did after unpacking was figure out which direction our front door faced. (which was very challenging as it was already past sunset) Then, I looked around at the walls in our home, for the ideal angles to arrange furniture. You see, these things were important to me because I wanted my new home to have good Feng Shui . The ancient art was developed over 3,000 years ago in China, revealing how to balance the energies of any given space . This balance is critical to assure the good health and fortune for the people inhabiting your home.
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Since I’m a paper and pencil kind of girl, I went to the local book store and got Feng Shui Before and After. This book has a room by room guide with many pictures, which helped me apply the principles to our home environment. It broke down every single step including your birth year and using a Kua number. It’s one of the most detailed books out there, yet easy to follow. Also, it comes with a few direction transparencies, such as Bagua and graph paper to create a floor plan of your house!
For example, we had a large water scene canvas painting that was given to my husband from his mother before I met him. It did not have any brilliant color, just neutrals. Since we placed this painting in our water area, above our blue gray couch, I needed to add some hues of blue to the painting itself. I enjoyed painting a plain picture with blue water- color. When my Mother-In-Law inquired about there being something different, I explained that it needed to have the color blue added because this is the blue area of the house, according to Feng Shui!
Utilizing Feng Shui helped me to choose the best place for our valued items. There is a water area, a fire area, a wood area, a metal area, and even an earth area. We have a few candles and red accessories in the fire area. Our television is in the metal area. Our couch is in the blue area since it’s a grayish blue. I could go on and on. Using these five elements alone took the stress out of decorating and making our home a happy place to live.
If all of this seems overwhelming, no worries. Some people have been known to hire a professional Feng Shui consultant to do all the work for them!
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