QUICK TIP: Put on your “fresh perspective” goggles...and give your living room a look. How does it make you feel? Could you let go of some clutter? Need an art or lighting upgrade? Could simply re-arranging the furniture make a difference in how your space feels? Pick one thing this week (even a stack of magazines) and take action!
Last week I spent a fabulous evening with the Empowered Women’s Group--WOW--a group of rockstar women who are on a mission!!! So grateful for the opportunity (Thank you Doni and Bridget!) to speak about the power of Feng Shui Design. Welcome to our community--I’m so happy you’re here!
There was an incredible response to my entryway post last week...so, I’ll continue with our apartment tour and share the living room!
Immediately after rounding the bend from the entry, we (Bob and I--and you, if you come over!) are treated with THE COUCH! Let me back up to say that this area of the apartment was “designated” as the dining room, so, in planning our furniture layout, we got creative and put the couch first! (you’ll see the dining area next week).
The Couch...invites us to come in, sit down and put our feet up! Seriously though, can’t you hear the coach beckoning you, too? It’s low, very comfy and fits the inset space perfectly--a purchased sofa with the exact dimensions of the area--imagine that!
EVERYONE wants to sit here, and NO ONE wants to leave :) It’s beautiful but not too precious, a winning combo!
The Coffee Table...Bob, lovely husband, made the base for our coffee table (out of Ford truck springs--what can I say??? he’s a mechanic/artist--a very rare bird:)) The top is a piece of granite from a local granite graveyard (the pieces lopped off from big projects). It’s charcoal with a tiny bit of glitz and has a sueded finish. This table calls us to put our feet up, eat, read, even work on messy projects. It’s a big piece of gorgeous, indestructible stone with rounded friendly corners.
The Lights...No room for floor or table lighting so we got creative and mounted these swing arm sconces to the wall. These lovelies provide just the right amount of light without taking up floor space. They’re low-key in design to let the couch and table steal the show!
The Paint...The neutral wainscoting color is offset by the soft and relaxing ‘Geneva Blue’ (Pratt and Lambert) wall color. The light lavender ceiling continues from the entry, tying the spaces together.
All in all, an oasis of a living room to come home to.
Wouldn’t you love for your living room to welcome you home?
Have a gorgeous week--I look forward to catching up with you next Tuesday!
Lots of Love,
“I know it’s just a chair and a pillow,
but it changes EVERYTHING! My living room feels so amazing!!!! I smile every time I walk past or even think about the living room. Finally, those ratty, worn chairs are OUT and something fresh is IN--Thank you for continuing to steer me to the home I REALLY want!”
Laura H. St. Louis, MO
Feng Shui Design: Jackie Patricia
PHOTO CREDIT: Janice Laufenburg
Bob (lovely husband) and I had an amazing vacation in Spain. It was a beautiful combination of go-go city sightseeing, hiking in the mountains, camping by the sea and having time to wander. Just what we needed--Ahhhhhhhh!
Right up until the moment we left we had been working on our new apartment, painting, wallpapering, hanging lights and putting things away. We were so focused on checking things off our list that we hadn’t taken time to really feel into how beautiful our space was becoming--how nourishing and exciting it truly was!
So, when we returned, opening the door for the first time, I was blown away by the power of the home we had created. This week, I’ll start with the entryway to share some of the secrets woven within the design…
The WOW (!) Factor~
The best part of opening our front door is the BIG SMILE I get every single time I come home. It’s a huge WHOOOOOSH of beauty and goodness greeting ume at the door. What a magnificent upgrade for us! Sometimes I can’t believe we live here, a good indication that our home is pulling us forward into the next exciting phase of life. Definitely a case of the sum being greater than the individual pieces...
This impressive Jim Thompson paper depicts the whimsy of a forest scene--an exotic landscape that has an antique look and patina. The print is a replica of an old Thai temple painting of --a magical forest with tropical plants and lively animals scurrying across an enchanted land. The joy, adventure, magic and FUN installed in the design is incredible. There are birds, butterflies, deer, rabbits, tigers, monkeys, and fish--at least that’s what we’ve found so far! They all appear to be on the move and having fun. EXACTLY the dream we have for our future. The blue color symbolizes water, which in Feng Shui terms, helps everything “flow” in (to our home and lives) more easily.
The gorgeous mirror (came with us from the previous home) helps with sparkle and flow, almost always a “must” for any entryway. It’s gold, fancy frame nicely balances the exotic scene in the wallpaper.
These two chandeliers were both Bob’s--they are heirlooms from his family. We’ve used them before but never TOGETHER--definitely more powerful! They also enhance the sparkle and shine in the entry and they create a “couple” symbol immediately upon entering our home.
The is little bench is a worn-out wooden “find” that gives us a place to sit to put on shoes but also balances all the excitement in the entry with an “I’ve been here a looooooooong time, and have wisdom from the past” message. Sooooo great to have that bit of energy as we enter, too. Very wabi-sabi!
It’s painted a light lavender to further enhance the flow of energy, mainly career energy.
The Feng Shui design of this entryway is beautiful, balanced AND provides us with the opportunity to grow to “catch up” with it. Such an exciting tool of transformation!
If you are interested in talking with me about your entry or any other area of your home, I would love to chat with you personally. Drop me an email and I’ll contact you shortly!
I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!
Lots of Love