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« on: June 29, 2005 05:31:45 PM »

Do you people have any ideas on how you could make a room feng shui style? Do you have any ways of including a zen garden? Maybe in a flower pot, etc.... I don't know, just please help me.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2005 06:56:27 AM »

There are TONS of feng shui books out there for your enjoyment... just pick one up and peruse the ideas.  Feng shui isn't really a style, but really a way of arranging the furniture in the room to allow for maximum spiritual harmony or something like that.  A lot of the time they reccomend putting crystals in certain parts of the room... so maybe some different crystal beaded wall hangings, or a fan pull made from a pretty crystal.  And a surefire way to make your room look sort of chinese and zen is to put some bamboo in there.  You can put it in a pot that you've decorated with red and black fabric (think decoupage maybe) or chinese symbols (make sure you're not cussing your guests out!)  Bamboo is really simple and easy to care for... all it needs is some water every now and then.  Even my ten year old brother can take care of some bamboo!  I also like the look of those room dividers... my friend has one with some chinese symbols on it that looks really awesome.  They fold to stand up (someone help me with the name of those?)  and can add dimension to an otherwise drab room.  Good luck getting zen!

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005 01:25:21 PM »

Feng Shui isn't really a type of style or something it's a lifestyle. On the exterior of the house yhou can put two stone lion statues on the front of your door. Also you can add flags in a straight row and add a minature pond with fountain. If there is a bridge around your house it effects the Feng Shui because some might believe it to be a blade tearing the building apart. Also use Lotus plants to yeah make your Feng Shui better.

In interior most of your tables should be black such as you dining table or office table. Black for the dining table make your food look more appetizing and also black on an office table in the past personally has made me stay focus. Most of your rooms should have windows that have an access of sunlight. Also most of the light bulbs in the room should be bright (flourescent), except your bedrooms. This is a couple of small ways to improve your Feng Shui.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2005 03:55:24 PM »

I also like the look of those room dividers... my friend has one with some Chinese symbols on it that looks really awesome.  They fold to stand up (someone help me with the name of those?) 

Shoji Screens ^_^

They have them on Overstock.com at really great prices.

As for Feng Shui, I try to follow it to a certain extent. I'm still at my mother's, so it's hard to blend with her "Florida/tacky tropical" motif. Thank goodness I'm moving soon. ^_^ But my bedroom is very Asian/Zen inspired. Without really knowing to much about them, I picked up a windchime made from replica Chinese coins at Pier1 Imports and also a three-legged toad figure that is standing on Chinese coins and has one in his mouth. Because of my ignorance, I put them in my room thinking that since they were Feng Shui wealth symbols, they would bring my boyfriend and I luck with our business dealings. Well, we did have plenty of good business, but my boyfriend went to bed thinking about business, woke up thinking about business, and even dreamed about business! Soon we were even arguing about money! Sure enough, I looked into my Feng Shui book and it warned against the useage of money symbols in bedrooms. I placed them in other areas of my house that my book reccomended and things have been fine since.  Go figure.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005 05:52:44 PM »

Feng Shui is an ancient practice and there is a LOT to it. You place things in your house based on your KUA number which is calculated a certain way, etc. I would go pick up a book on it. I know Lillian Too is really famous for it, I think I have a book of her's laying around. It's interesting and does work, if only psychologically. It seems to me these days its becoming very commercialized and is a way to sell stuff so don't fall into that! Try and do some research on the history and beliefs of it first.

This website explains some of the history of it.

http://www.chiofearth.com/history.htm

and this is kind of a scary newer one, but probably has some good info. Get your feng shui polo shirt!

http://www.wofs.com/
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005 08:39:04 PM »

I know Lillian Too is really famous for it, I think I have a book of hers laying around. It's interesting and does work, if only psychologically.

My book is by her! I have "Practical Feng Shui: Symbols of Good Fortune"

I have collected quite a few items that would qualify as Feng Shui symbols or could be used as such. I haven't looked into it extensively, but I definitely will when I move into my new home! ^_<

But I will tell you a secret...

I find that the best Feng Shui comes with having a clean and organized living space. It doesn't matter how many crystals I set out, if the house is dirty and cluttered, I feel like I have work to do and I can't really relax until I clean it up. I'm not a major clean freak or anything, but I have learned that cleaning up a mess after it's been made has made my life easier, instead of having everything pile up. Cleanliness puts me in a good mood as well as the people that live with me. My advice is to not ignore messes around your house, simple quick clean-ups can have as much effect on your mood and stress level as that over-priced zen garden at the Discovery Channel Store. Think of those tracks you make vacuuming as raking your zen garden.  Wink
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