I was vaguely familiar with the ancient Chinese art and its modern interpretations, but I read intently about color choices, furniture placement and how the proper decisions would lead to prosperity and serenity. However, by the time I finished reading, I felt anything but calm.
To start, the colors in my house were apparently all wrong. So, by the way, was the placement of virtually every piece of furniture and accessory, especially in my master. I have a small bedroom and I have several mirrors in there to brighten it up and add visual space. I also find it rather helpful to see myself when I get dressed. Well, according the article, my mirrors were reflecting all the wrong things....not the least of which is the toilet. Oh boy.
Next violation, there is only one place for the bed, and that place is not optimal for anything beneficial. As I ran down the "don't put your bed here" list, I began to cringe. By Feng Shui standards, I was not creating a happy home. My room was askew in the eyes of the universe and that idea was extremely unsettling. Frankly, by the time I was done reading, nothing about Feng Shui was making me feel even the slighted bit serene.
I derive great pleasure from feathering my nest and I love the look of every room in my home, down the to smallest knick knack. My blog is all about empowering people to decorate their spaces in ways that bring them happiness. Surround yourself with the things you love and find meaning in; that is my decorating mantra. There are no rules, I've said, take the pressure off yourself, don’t worry about whether that rug is right for the space or not, go with your gut and enjoy the process!
“Wait!” screamed the article…there are consequences for decisions made on a whim and they could be dire ones. Think about what you really want out of life, are you there? No?
Turns out the color of that bath mat may be the problem. A hasty choice at Homegoods could be what’s holding up that big promotion, your invitation to the neighborhood potluck and your potential date with Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome. Honestly, it could be the reason for that nasty cold you’ve come down with, as well…at least according to fans of Feng Shui. At least, according to the article I read.
I’m sorry, but I guess this practice is not for me. I just don't believe that what you place in your house has any bearing on how your life turns out…unless of course what you are putting in your house is pesticide or a live lion.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a mirror to move.
Or a toilet. I haven't decided yet.
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