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What is Feng Shui? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
“Feng” means “wind” and “shui” means “water” (pronounced fung-shway). In Chinese culture gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, thus “good feng shui” came to mean good livelihood and fortune, while “bad feng shui” came to mean hardship and misfortune.
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. The ancient Chinese believed that the land’s energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.
The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the Compass and the Ba-Gua. The Ba-Gua is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based. Knowing the Bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life.
The feng shui compass, also called lo-pan, is used to access deeper information about a site or a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle. “Lo” means “everything” and “pan” means “bowl”, which can be interpreted as the key to the mysteries of the universe.
It is important to understand that there are several different schools of feng shui, as well as a strong culturally specific symbolic aspect of feng shui that you have to use intelligently. Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will start seeing powerful results, and will understand why feng shui is extensively used in both home and business environments all over the world.
Feng Shui offers a variety of feng shui cures to improve your life. From the feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains, from the right feng shui use of colors to the feng shui use of clocks, there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home with feng shui.
From Expert Advice Kenneth Brown
Design is in the details. But, what exactly does that mean? To start with, you’ll want to pick a style before making any purchases. Don’t get too “theme-y” — your home is not an amusement park. You’ll also want to select a focal piece to inspire your design style, but don’t overdo it. One focal point per room is plenty.
When adding color to your walls don’t pick the color in the paint store or from a small chip. Instead, paint large samples on your walls before committing to the color. Also, let your furniture “float” in the room so that it breathes rather than pushing it all up against the walls. Then fill out your room with these common dos and don’ts of design.
From Expert Advice: Kenneth Brown
Use matching chandeliers to define two separate areas in one large room.
Punch up a room’s personality with large black and white graphic prints.
Don’t be afraid to pair a formal dining chair with a rustic dining table. By doing this, you can hold formal dinner parties or casual dinners whenever you want with ease!
The reflection from a large mirror can trick the eye into thinking there are more windows in a room, making the space feel light and airy.
Black and white furniture allows you the flexibility to change out accent colors easily without breaking the bank.
Refresh your room by updating accent pieces each season. For accents this season, pairing yellows with corals and light blue hits all the right chords.
To create a harmonious balance in a room, use symmetry and the 3-2-1 rhythm when placing your furniture and accessories. To incorporate the 3-2-1 rhythm in this room, I placed three yellow vases, two coral pillows, and one light blue vase.
Today i saw some very useful articles: Expert Advice from Kenneth Brown.
Kenneth Brown is the host of ReDesign, on HGTV. i think his a magic designer who can change a plain room to amazing! Let’s share his thoughts.
How? What? Where? Help!
Every day, I hear these words from frustrated people tackling home design projects. If you’re stumped on a project, e-mail me at email@example.com. Although I won’t be able to answer everyone, I will select a few of the more common questions to answer in my regular column.
Dilemma: What is the first piece I should buy when designing a room?
Solution: The first thing I recommend is finding something that inspires you — preferably something affordable that will ultimately be placed in the room you’re designing. Once you have this piece, it will help you define the look you’re after. I’ve worked with clients who asked me to use a hand-painted teacup or a colorful throw to start their design. I also think artwork can be a great first step. By starting with a painting or sculpture that inspires you, you’ve made the biggest step toward defining the style you want to achieve!
Dilemma: How high should I hang my drapes?
Solution: I always recommend hanging drapery 8 to 10 inches above the window. If you don’t have that much space, then hang them halfway between the top of window and the ceiling.
Dilemma: I am a renter and not allowed to paint — what can I do with my white walls?
Solution: The easiest way to add color to your walls is through art. Typically, large abstract paintings are the best way to bring in color. Even if you have a small room, large abstract paintings always work. If you have a very large wall, buy two of the same painting and hang them side-by-side.
Dilemma: My kitchen is stuck in the 50s and I can’t afford to replace the cabinets. What can I do to bring it into 2008?
olution: Paint is your friend! Consider painting your cabinets in two tones. I like to use a cream color for upper cabinets and a darker olive green for the base cabinets. This will break up the monotony and add life to your kitchen. Also, update your cabinet knobs — simple decorative elements can make your cabinets feel brand-new.
Dilemma: I have old, stained carpet and can’t afford to replace it. How can I take the attention away from my floors?
Solution: To keep your eye visually balanced in a room, you have to think about what is happening at eye level. One thing you can do is paint your ceiling a warm color (but lighter than the walls) so that your eye feels balanced between the floor and ceiling. Also, avoid overhead lights that shine directly onto your stained carpet. Bring in lamps for tables and especially uplights. Create dramatic shadows on your ceiling by up-lighting a plant in a corner. Another idea is to arrange your furniture so that your pieces create an L shape with a large coffee table anchoring the arrangement. This will help take attention away from anything on the floor.
Dilemma: My bathroom is one of those old, sterile, hospital-like rooms. I want to make it feel like a spa — HELP!
Solution: Here are a few things you can do. Replace your mirror with a wood framed one. This will warm up the space. Hang it on the wall with a regular art hanger. If you have a window, place a bamboo blind over it. By filtering the light coming in, you’ll create a soothing mood. To hide an old ugly shower door, install a beautiful curtain on a rod. If you have a tub/shower, hide the typical plastic shower curtain with a regular curtain and rod. Place a wood tray on the counter with jars of bath salts and candles. If you feel like painting, don’t be afraid to go darker than normal. The warmer the color, the more flattering you’ll look in the mirror. Install dimmers on your lights. Bring in your favorite color with new towels, and never be afraid to hang art on your bathroom walls.
Dilemma: I love to host dinner parties, but can never find the right centerpiece. Any suggestions?
Solution: I love to use groupings of the same object. My favorite solution is to take five small vases and alternate candles and fresh flowers. You can then place these randomly on the table, which always works best when you fill the table with food, plates and drinks. They can make any table look alive.
It is still alertness until now and gaurded by policeman.
Beijing prepared reveiving all the guests from all around the world!
Use RMB￥8,000 to redecorate the other one’s room in 48 hours.
This time, two Olympic family are candidates. Olymic family means free to receive foreigners during olympic game. So they are looking forward a chinese style new guest room for their receiption work.
During 48 hard work, two excellet guest room are shine our eyes! let’s watch below:
Red Team home. Theme: Chinese heart
the wall paper mix east and west feeling.
Chinese style lamp, tea table, TV cabinet
It’s old house about 15 years old.
modern sofa+chinese bamboo curtain.
Chiness style goldern painting on the floor.
Blue Team Theme: Chinese feeling
Chinese style chairs and decal.
Chinese butterfly decal on the door.
bright and chinese feeling living room.
Chinese pattern on the balk.
the water lily drawn on the wall of TV background.
OK, how do you like these two families? if you’ll come to Beijing in this August, you can applicate to live in these Olympic families free!
chinese style decorating
SUNSEA USD 25.00/set
DAICY USD 23.00/set
SLIM USD 23.00/set
steak set USD 12.00/pair
salad set USD 16.00/pair
crab set USD 28.00/set
bread plate USD 27.00/pc
warm pot USD 65.00/pc
ICE BOWL USD 85.00/pc
other housewares coming soon….
send your inquiry to : firstname.lastname@example.org
石库门shikumen means “stone door”, the symbol of old Shanghai,like the symbol of old Beijing is “siheyuan”. the solo house very interested the couple, but after checking around,they found there not enough bright in the rooms. While their friend introduce the designer Raefer and Sacha Silva to them, they found it’s perfectly suit them.
the guest room full fill with old Shanghai elements and classic chinese elements.
The project makes the house into “3 layer and 3 floors”, mostly reserve the old house frame and plants, only insert large and bright windows.
pool and trees make the room cool even in summer.
the couple collected the door from Beijing.
the corner of hallway, highlight the collections from south asia.
layers connected by dooryard.
western long dinning table with chinese material and decoration.
kitchen is one of most important place for a family.
a guest room on top floor, bed can lean on and hide in the wall.
comfortable bathroom on 2 floor.
out the glass bedroom, terrace prepared for party and BBQ.
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