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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical system for harmonizing individuals within their environment. With roots dating back over 3,000 years, Feng Shui remains controversial today. Does it provide profound ancient wisdom or promote pseudoscience?

Is It Real? Understanding Feng Shui

Feng Shui centers on properly harnessing the flow of “qi” – the vital life force energy within spaces and objects. Adherents believe optimizing qi can improve health, wealth, relationships and good fortune. The topic of Feng Shui is wide, and many have questions about how to harmonize their living space, so knowledge bases and Feng Shui AI chatbots started helping people enhance their lives through the principles of Feng Shui.
Key Feng Shui principles include:

The Bagua Map – an octagonal diagram representing how qi energy aligns with cardinal directions and areas governing aspects of life.

Spatial arrangements – orientation, layout, shape and organization of spaces.

The Five Elements – finding a balance between fire, earth, metal, water, and wood forces.

Yin and yang – counterbalancing feminine/masculine, light/dark, active/passive dualities.

Criticisms: Pseudoscience and Exploitation?

Skeptics argue Feng Shui relies on supernatural beliefs lacking scientific evidence. Attempts to detect qi energy have found no proof it exists. With no controlled studies validating its metaphysical claims, academics often categorize Feng Shui as an unproven pseudoscience.

Some believe practitioners deliberately exploit people by pretending to have special insights and selling metaphysical remedies.

The Skeptics’ Perspective

Skeptics of feng shui argue that the studies that have been conducted are not rigorous enough to prove that feng shui is effective. They point out that many of the studies are based on self-reported data, which is unreliable. Additionally, they argue that the studies that have shown positive results may be due to placebo effects.

There are a number of reasons why some people perceive feng shui as an absolute scam:

  • Lack of scientific evidence. There is no scientific evidence to support the claims that feng shui can improve people’s lives. Critics argue that feng shui is a pseudoscience based on superstition and wishful thinking.
  • Complexity and subjectivity. Feng shui is a complex system with many different schools of thought. This makes it difficult to study and evaluate its effectiveness. Additionally, the interpretation of feng shui principles is subjective, meaning that different practitioners may come to different conclusions about how to arrange a space.
  • Cost. Feng shui can be expensive to implement. This is because it often requires changes to the layout of a space and the purchase of new furniture and décor.
  • Cultural appropriation. Some people believe that feng shui is a form of cultural appropriation. They argue that it is disrespectful to use a system of beliefs that is based on another culture’s traditions.

Other reasons why people may perceive feng shui as a scam include:

  • Negative experiences. Some people may have had negative experiences with feng shui practitioners. For example, they may have paid a lot of money for a feng shui consultation, only to find that the changes that were recommended did not improve their lives.
  • Misinformation. There is a lot of misinformation about feng shui circulating online and in the media. This misinformation can lead people to believe that feng shui is something that it is not.
  • Scams. Unfortunately, there are some people who use feng shui as a way to scam people out of their money. These scams may involve selling overpriced feng shui products or services or making false promises about the benefits of feng shui.

It is important to note that not everyone who perceives feng shui as a scam is necessarily opposed to it. Some people may simply be skeptical of its claims and want to see more scientific evidence before they believe in it. Others may believe that feng shui is a valid system of beliefs, but they may not agree with the way that it is often practiced.

Overall, there are a number of reasons why some people perceive feng shui as an absolute scam. These reasons include the lack of scientific evidence, the complexity and subjectivity of feng shui, the cost of implementing feng shui changes, and the potential for cultural appropriation and scams.

Feng Shui - the Ancient Wisdom
Feng Shui – the Ancient Wisdom

In Defense: Holistic Philosophy and Supported Aspects

Proponents consider Feng Shui a holistic philosophy, not a magic cure-all. While some methods are debated, Feng Shui draws from design, orientation, landscape, and interior design principles rooted in math, geometry and astronomy. Adherents find meaning in their meditative rituals and intuitive practices.

Though qi energy is unproven, experts agree Feng Shui elements like cleanliness, natural light, de-cluttering and nature views empirically reduce stress and boost mood – bridging science and tradition.

Practical Applications of Feng Shui

Feng Shui principles are applied in homes and offices through:

– Furniture placement aligned with room entrances and windows

– Incorporating colors, plants, mirrors, and fountains to direct energy flow

– Orienting layouts and entrances to favor auspicious directions

– Clearing clutter and organizing items to allow open energy movement

– Using symbolic decor and strategic lighting arrangements

The goal is to craft uplifting spaces that promote well-being by applying Feng Shui techniques.

How to Incorporate Feng Shui into Your Home Décor

If you are interested in incorporating feng shui into your home décor, there are a number of things you can do.

  • Balance the five elements. Feng shui is based on the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element is associated with certain colors, shapes, and materials. By incorporating all five elements into your space, you can create a harmonious and balanced environment.
  • Create a sense of flow. Qi, or vital energy, is believed to flow through all things. Feng shui practitioners believe that it is important to create a sense of flow in your space so that qi can move freely. This means avoiding clutter and creating open spaces.
  • Pay attention to the direction of the front door. The front door is considered to be the mouth of qi. Feng shui practitioners believe that the direction of the front door can affect the flow of qi into a space. For example, a front door that faces south is considered to be auspicious, as it is associated with the element of fire, which is associated with passion and creativity.
  • Use mirrors to reflect light and energy. Mirrors are believed to be able to reflect and amplify qi. Feng shui practitioners often use mirrors to direct qi into a space or to create the illusion of more space.
  • Use plants to bring life and energy into a space. Plants are believed to be able to absorb negative energy and release positive energy. Feng shui practitioners often use plants to create a more harmonious and balanced environment.

By incorporating feng shui into your home décor, you can create a space that is harmonious, balanced, and inviting.

Is Feng Shui Right for You?

Whether or not feng shui is right for you is a personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer. If you are interested in learning more about feng shui, there are many resources available online and in libraries. You can also find feng shui practitioners who can help you to incorporate feng shui into your home or office.

Conclusion: Evidence Remains Inconclusive

In summary, reasonable arguments exist on both sides of the Feng Shui controversy.
While some principles have empirical support, mystical qi energy claims remain scientifically unverified. Yet Feng Shui retains value for many as an intuitive art and philosophical system for arranging space.

The debate continues on whether it should be considered a legitimate practice or pseudoscience. With evidence inconclusive, the significance of Feng Shui remains largely open to interpretation.

It’s that jolliest time of the year again. And, as always, it’s time to decorate your home, but you think you’ve used up all your ideas last year? Luckily, we’ve got quite a few fresh ones straight from the fountain of ideas so that you can bring the true spirit of holidays and set your mood for enjoyment.

EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS

If, like the rest of us, you can’t resist buying new baubles each Christmas, then, like the rest of us as well, you’ve made quite a significant pile of them in your attic. So, try to organise them by colours. Try something different this year – use only one colour, or combine two – for example, something you’ve never tried before, like green and brown, pink and purple, or white and red. Or, you can decide to use classic colours – green and red.

ALT IS IN

If you feel innovative, then you will agree that a Christmas tree needn’t be a real tree at all. You can make your own tree with the right resources. For example, put the lights on the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Another easy solution can be to arrange decorations inside your bookshelf in the shape of a tree. Or, pin them to a pinboard. Instead of baubles, you can try with big buttons. An eco-friendly solution can be to find a cardboard or some old shelf and cut it out in the shape of a tree and then decorate it, matching it with the rest of your less-is-more assembly.

WREATH

This year, you can put your Christmas wreath not only on the front door, but onto the tree as well – and let it be the only decoration you’ll have. Or, you can try to sew one from buttons and cloth. It won’t even take time, and it sure will be original!

DECORATIONS

Instead of buying new baubles – go to a park and collect pinecones. If you’re not thrilled with the idea of putting brown pinecones, you can paint them and give them a modern look. See how they will look hanging off a chandelier, curtain or a lamp. Wrap up your couch pillow or coffee table so that it looks like a present, or just put bows and ribbons to give your pillow a designer look.

LIGHTS

This year, you can dress your tree with lights only. But, make sure to use a number of lights, because you don’t want your tree to look like bare bones. Or, dress your wall with hanging lights. Make it shine! You can try dressing the handrail with lights only. But, watch out when you’re going up or down stairs – you don’t want to pull them out!

COMBINE

Another creative thing you can do is to put ornaments into a bowl and give your dining room another touch of Christmas. Or, you can put them into candlesticks and arrange them at the corner of a room. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

We hope that these few tips will indeed add some festive spirit to your home, so that you can relax and dress your finery and celebrate the upcoming holidays in a cosy atmosphere.

Tired of walking into the same old home every day? Not having time or resources to hire a professional to redecorate your home from basement to the rooftop? Here are some of the tips you may want to try to refresh your home and make it sweet again.

RESHUFFLE

Sometimes, the best solutions are the easiest ones. The first thing that will take you literally 10-15 minutes is to reshuffle the furniture. Don’t think your furniture is pinned to the floor. You can easily move it around and see if the new layout would work. If your TV is, however, fixed to the wall and is at the centre of the entire room, then try to switch places of the couch and the chairs. Or, just move them under a certain angle. Try moving the lamp in a different place, or move the tea table a little to the left. You can also rearrange all your paintings, or drill new holes in different places just to give the space a new dimension. It may take you a day or two to get used to the new layout, but you are sure going to feel better than ever when you enter the room.

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LESS IS MORE

The truth is that the key to simplicity is to have as few things as possible. The space should not be crammed and you will feel a lot better if you didn’t have to pay attention to not breaking that decoration you’ve never even liked in the first place. So –  put all the objects you don’t really like and ditch them into a box. Give them to charity, or recycle – read the following few lines.

EXCHANGE

Ask your friends and family if they have some old furniture back in the garage and offer your old furniture in exchange for theirs. It is recommended to exchange, for instance, book shelves, or tables. To spice things up, organise a neighbourhood exchange – gather all items people are willing to give up, put names into a bowl, and see who gets what! It’s fun and risky – but every new item can revive your headroom. And don’t worry if the things look a bit shabby – rustic look is in, and you can always say that it was an antiquity!

FLYING COLOURS

If you, however, have enough time – such as to wait for the paint to dry – then roll up your sleeves and take the first object in your room into your hands, get some sandpaper, and get cracking! Mind you: white matches everything. So, if your kitchen is blue, nothing will look as fresh as new white chairs. Or, if you are not sure what to paint, try painting all your doors. Let your new green door be the entrance to your new home. If you, however, don’t want to change your designer’s furniture, then the simplest way is to paint only one wall. It will do wonders.

And finally, whatever you did, remember that, sometimes, even a detail – like a new carpet – can restore liveliness of your home.

It is of course hard to judge the aesthetic of a particular design, as tastes vary greatly from person to person, But nowadays, almost every design, at least in everyday homes, has become about incorporating functionality and design and making them work in total harmony.

What is not the modern bathroom is more about the practical use than it is about intricate décor of the room. The use of different materials was never more apparent, and different textures and colors make the room seem more interesting while still keeping that simple design.

The concept of a contemporary bathroom is that it should be the one place where you can have your personal time, and the one place where you can do everything- shower, dress up, get ready for work, do your make up, use the facilities and so on.

As the bathroom is a place where we spend a lot of our time, sometimes not even realizing it, it should be a place that makes us calm and looks appealing and soothing, reaching a spa-like ambience can be easily done, and with only some finishing details, but choosing what types of elements you are going to install in your bathroom will greatly influence the overall look and feel.

Bubble it Up!

 

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image credit: au.lifestyle.yahoo.com

Choosing a cozy bathtub is essential. If the space allows it, make sure to not skip on the tub. Even though showers are much quicker and effective, some good essential oils and bath salts can cure almost any ache you might have.

Easy to maintain, geometric, clear cut bathtubs are a perfect solution.

And notice for just a few added touches completely transforms the look of this corner of the bathroom from plain and boring to fun and modern.

 

To Each Their Own

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image credit: dejongsanitair.nl

 

One of the most used and most important elements of the bathroom will of course be the toilet. Simple, clear lines, monochromatic and above all functional.

These are one of the main characteristics of modern, or better said contemporary bathrooms, but there are still choices to make and reasons why to make them.

Depending on how much space you have and how much pain in the neck you want to have with maintenance, you can opt either for a wall-mounted or a floor-mounted toilet.

The function is the same of course, and both have their ups and downs. If you don’t want to struggle with a lot of cleaning and want to save up on space, go for the wall-mounted toilet; it is a bit more complicated and costly to install but the results will be worth it.

 

Hot Showers

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image credit: yanamlynash.com

When we’re at the topic of combining functionality and aesthetics, have a look at this. This shower has plenty of space to move around and without the hassle of installing a regular shower bed or a bathtub.

What’s great about this is that the threshold can basically be installed during the making of the bathroom or the renovation, and it is made out of concrete and covered in tile.

You can use the same tile that you used to cover your floor or you can make a visual effect and use the tiles that are on your walls; this will also make the threshold more apparent and prevent possible falling over it and similar dangerous situations.

This will make the room look bigger as the major part of the shower will be almost invisible due to the glass door, and don’t worry, the glass door is lined with rubber so no water will escape from your hot shower.

 

All About That Sink

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image credit: leblogdeco.fr

Think about your morning routine. Does it involve another person getting ready at the same time as you are? Being shut out of the bathroom or showing each other in front of the sink and vanity is never fun and never time-efficient.

If this is the case with you, think about a double sink, more space for things and people.

You could also incorporate a big vanity drawer or cabinet beneath it to store all the things you need to get your glam on in the morning.

Let There be Light!

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image credit: nicehomez.com

 

It is very important how you position your lighting in the bathroom and for several reasons as well. First of all, you need to have in mind which parts of the bathroom have to have perfect lighting (i.e. in front of the mirror where women will be doing their makeup).

Apart from this, various lighting fixtures can be used to accentuate different parts of the bathroom and make it more pleasant to stay in this cozy part of the house.

Christmas is just around the corner, the sheets form the little Advent calendar started falling of one by one, and everywhere you go the atmosphere is jolly with Frank Sinatra’s tunes turning into ear bugs and colorful festive decorations hanging all around.

The time has come to bring out the wrapping papers and start thinking about gifts for our loved ones, but first you have to bring a bit of that festive feeling back to your home.

With so many ideas on the internet, and inspired by your own creativity, there are so many things to choose from, a lot of which you can even make yourself, or turn it into a fun thing to do with your friends and loved ones.

A Welcoming Token

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image credit: deckthehalls-christmas.blogspot.com

 

E beautiful wreath hung on your door will be the first thing people see once they come to your front door. Wreaths are usually made of evergreens, and thus symbolize strength.

However, it is possible to make a wreath any way you like it, and how it best fits the rest of your decorations so let your imagination run wild- get out your pine tree branches, garlands, lights and other decorations and put them into a unique combination to welcome your guests.

 

Stunning Garlands

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image credit: onsuttonplace.com

 

Decorate the side of your staircase or the edges of your fireplace with a simple and beautiful garland made out of evergreens. Of course, you can choose whatever material you want, but the evergreens will give it a natural feeling.

Wrap some lights and red berries around it, or even hang a few ornaments, the beauty with this is that you can do it any way you like. It’s a decoration that will bring a lot of the Christmas spirit to your home without being crazy expensive.

 

 

Just a Few Twigs and Branches

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image credit: save-on-crafts.com

 

This is one of the most simple and yet effective ways to put up small decorations in your house. Pick up some branches from outside and decorate them. They can be put in a vase like a centerpiece or laid down around some candles and other Christmas decorations.

The key is to make the branches look like they are icy. Sparsely paint your branches with white paint, glue on them and cover them transparent beads, a mixture of silver glitter and white flakes, and you can even put on a few pearls if you feel fancy.

Add a few sparkly snowflakes or a sparkly tree ornament and you have a stunning piece in no time.

 

 

Heartwarming Ornaments

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image credit: etsy.com

 

There are so many easy, inexpensive and creative DIY tutorials for tree ornaments that it’s even hard to choose which one you want to make first. If you’re a crafty person and you want to make some of these beauties for yourself or your friends, just buy a pack of clear transparent ornaments and start decorating.

From glitter to salt and even putting cute messages in them, these will be fun to make and beautiful to look at when they start twirling around on the branches of your tree.

 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

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image credit: lovethispic.com

 

Ever since we were kids, snow globes were one of the cutest and most Christmassy things we could imagine. The constant snow twirling in the liquid inside the globe made it a wonderland for our little eyes. But beautiful decorations should not be reserved just for the young ones.

Make a little DIY project with your kids and play around making some snow globes.

It’s painfully easy and the results are stunning. You could use them as décor or for gifts!

 

 

Hang a Shining Star up on the Highest Bar…

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image credit: sheknows.com

 

… and have yourself a merry little Christmas night…