June design newsletter is here! Today I’d like to share a
few small tips on a widely popular philosophy Feng Shui.
Design is taking care of your home, or your business space, where
in return your home (or business) will take care of you - your physical
and mental well-being.
These days, many people work from their homes, so following some
simple ancient rules passed to us through generations can increase
your productivity and even your mood.
our Green Corner I’d like to introduce an
on how large companies are fighting against small alternative energy
companies to deliver commonly used types of services through a new
system called Green Path North - electric highway. It also overviews
how we can get off-grid
and even sell our electricity to someone who needs it. If one house
on a block had this
system we could have an off grid country! Keep reading.
Truly yours, EKATERINA
KOHLWES principal / designer
SHUI – ANCIENT TRADITION OR LOGICAL PROCESS?
is Feng Shui ? Have you ever used Feng Shui in your life? Have you
ever felt confused about its rules?
Shui is described as ”an ancient environmental science that
uses formulae to determine the rising and falling energy in a given
moment in time for an individual or a house.” It also uses
other formulae indicating a person’s best location within
a home or an office, and can suggest the best placement of beds
or, for example, your home office desk…
personal experiences with Feng Shui started from working with a
Chinese client. Following some of the rules was challenging, others
were impossible to achieve. We got into a lengthy discussion on
the subject of Feng Shui and I ended up reading over 10 books to
thoroughly educate myself and to be on the same page with the local
construction for the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 awoke a large interest
in European and American designers in China. Chinese local developers
were looking for someone to bring a modern 'edgy' style that resembles
the lines of the new stadium. But combining the new style with the
old Chinese traditions became one of the challenges for western
do not regret all the educational time. The more I was reading,
the more I was realizing that this tradition is not something supernatural.
Feng Shui is a quite logical set of rules that was created based
on a long history of experiences by people living and observing.
I defined and divided these principles into following areas of concern.
my mind it became sort of a Building Code that was passed on to
us from ancestors.
are some of the rules my client and I agreed on to follow in our
design, which frankly makes lots of sense. See my explanation after
The winds in China mostly go in a north south direction; placing
windows on those 2 sides will keep the air in the house moving if
the windows are open. (cross-ventilation)
2. Entrance doors facing south or south east will get the most sunlight
in the morning. (This will cheer up a person walking out the door
3. A kitchen door should not be facing a toilet door. (Fire element
vs. Water element) (This will prevent sounds and smells from a toilet
entering directly into a kitchen.)
4. The head of the bed must have a wall behind. (Feeling of safety
5. A bed should not be placed under exposed beams. (Another safety
prevention in case of an earthquake or a fire.)
houses of north China are an outstanding representation of traditional
residences of China's Han nationality. After entering the main door
and turning westward into the outer yard, one finds there are guest
rooms, servant's room, a kitchen and a toilet.
Most of you have seen the Feng Shui charts called Bagua. There are
two different ways of applying Bagua on any given space. One is
the Chinese traditional way, taking into account the location of
North. And another one is Western, where the real location of North
take a look at the chart and mentally locate your house within it.
Now, think for a moment what corner of your life needs real improvements.
Remember, that you should not be improving all the areas
at once, as it can be too overwhelming for the energy,
or I should say stressful for you. A famous saying goes: if it’s
not broken, don’t fix it. So think only of those areas that
you really feel you need help with.
yourself at the Blue (career) corner facing south and take a look
at your house comparing it to this chart.
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Techniques for Today
are some enhancing techniques for those areas of your life that
need help. These will not take any time or money:
Career: motivational images, a photograph of an aspiration
such as a university or of your goal.
2. Relationship: double everything: images of romance,
two vases or candle sticks, a photograph of yourself with your partner,
a collection of something, plants.
3. Family: family photographs and documents.
4. Wealth: coins, plants, empty bowls, indoor water
feature that moves water.
5. Helpful people: telephones location, telephone
directories and business cards.
6. Children: photographs of children, project details,
your artistic and other achievements.
7. Knowledge: books, framed words of wisdom, pictures
of a mentor.
8. Fame: certificates, newspaper cuttings, products
more element for your home office: take a look at the location
of your desk. Is it facing your door or is your back turned
towards your door. Working in an office you need to be in control
and be able to see if someone enters your room. This takes away
extra stress from your work day.
a look at the position of your home office or an office desk. Try
not to sit with your back turned towards an open door or a window.
It adds an additional stress to your subconscious mind.
Feng Shui states it, by recognizing problem areas in our lives and
taking positive steps to improve them, we can connect to the energy
of the space around us and bring desired changes within us. I believe
Feng Shui is all about awareness and connection to ourselves and
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evidence is growing that privately owned, consumer-driven, small-scale,
geographically distributed renewables could deliver a 100% green-energy
future faster and cheaper than big power projects alone. Companies
like GE and IBM are talking in terms of up to half of American homes
generating their own electricity, renewably, within a decade. But
distributed power -- call it the "microgrid" -- poses
an existential threat to the business model the utilities have happily
depended on for more than a century. No wonder so many of them are
fighting the microgrid every step of the way. ." Read
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