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Improving Your Home With Feng Shui

The feng shui bagua map is an octagonal shaped map which allows you to evaluate in feng shui terms any living or working space. The bagua is a very important tool and indispensable when we wish to harmonize a place and the elements in it.

According to the feng shui bagua map, each part of your house corresponds to a different life aspect. The life aspects are nine and each one of them has its own characteristics and elements. By properly harmonizing each of the bagua areas within your home or working place, you will be harmonizing each area of your life.

The nine life areas symbolized in the feng shui bagua are: prosperity, fame and reputation, relationships and love, family, health, creativity and children, skills and knowledge, helpful people and travel, and career. Prosperity is the area which you should pay attention to when you are having money related problems, its color is purple and the elements you should use in it are wood and water.

The bagua life area called fame and reputation is the one which should be paid attention to when wishing a reputation improvement of any kind; it is represented by the color red and its most important elements are fire and wood. Relationships and love area is the one which should be improved when looking for starting or improving a relationship of any kind; its color is pink and the elements are earth and fire.

Family is another bagua life area and you can harmonize family boundaries by working on it, its colors are green, black and blue and its main element is water. Health, another life area represented in the feng shui bagua map, can be improved by working on that area of your house. Health colors are yellow, brown and orange, and its main elements are earth and fire.

The next feng shui bagua life area is creativity and children. Creativity and children should be harmonized when having problems with children in the family, when wishing to have children or when wishing to improve our creativity. The colors of this area are yellow and earth tones, and its element is metal. On the other hand, the colors you should use in order to improve the skills and knowledge life area are black and green and the element you should add is earth.

Helpful people and travel is another feng shui bagua life area and it can be improved by using the colors white and black and by making sure it contains the elements metal and water. The life area of career can be harmonized and improved by using blue and white in the space which corresponds to it as well as by adding some metal in it.


Bamboo Duvet Covers Are A Good Choice For Everyone

There are a lot of people who think that they are allergic to their sheets, or to their detergent. So they try sheet set after sheet set and detergent after detergent trying to find the one that will keep them from having any allergic reactions. What those people don't know is that there is a chance that they aren't allergic to their sheets or their detergent. What they are more likely allergic to is the harsh chemicals that are used to process their sheets.

People who have that problem go out and buy organic sheets, duvets and pillow cases. But buying all new bedding can get very expensive. One option, especially for people who love duvets is to use bamboo duvet covers.

Bamboo is the latest thing when it comes to fabrics. It might sound surprising, but bamboo fabric is very soft and luxurious. Bamboo is also the latest green fabric. There are a lot of reasons that bamboo is environmentally friendly. The first is that it grows quickly. The kind of bamboo that is used in fabric grows and matures quickly. Unlike cotton, which has become an invasive plant in many cases, bamboo is grown on plantations in areas where it would grow anyway. It is specially grown, so it isn't taking anything from the wild.

But that isn't even the best part of a bamboo duvet. The fact is that bamboo is perfect for everyone because it is non-allergenic. Bamboo in and of itself contains nothing that anyone is allergic to. This means that people who are allergic to chemicals or to anything else can buy bamboo duvet covers in complete confidence that they won't have any reactions to their new covers.

Another benefit to bamboo fabric is that it is antibacterial and anti-fungal. This means that the person who has a bamboo duvet doesn't have to worry about anything nasty growing in their bedding. Sometimes, if bedding gets wet it can mildew. That's not a worry with bamboo. That also helps to get prevent the bedding from developing any sour smells like sometimes happens with sheets and blankets.

Bamboo duvet covers also wick moisture away from the sleeper. That means people who sweat a lot will still be comfortable under one of these duvets. The fabric will wick away the moisture and leave the sleeper dry and comfortable with no problem.

Organic bamboo duvet covers are an excellent choice for anyone who reacts poorly to chemicals or who has problems with allergies. They are also a great choice for anyone who is trying to be more environmentally friendly. The fabric made from bamboo is non-allergenic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. They are soft and luxurious. There is no downside to bamboo. They are a choice that everyone can live with and be happy with.


Interior Design For Couples Of Today

Interior design for couples is one of the hottest, most popular types of design these days. In the past, men have not taken the initiative to actually be involved in the interior design of their homes, often resulting in very female orientated, elegant designs that are beautiful although not exactly appealing to the Saturday afternoon football crew. This type of design is often beautiful and can be ideal in certain situations. Although, more and more men today are interested in helping to decide what their home looks like on the inside!

Beware! Interior design for couples can put you (the designer) into a bit of a hot seat in the battle of the sexes. Here are a few tips on how to avoid disaster. First of all, always communicate with and listen to what both parties involved envision as being their dream space. Many times one party or the other will be much more dominate in the planning and conversations then the other. Take note of this and pay special attention to the quiet party by asking the questions and making sure to offer them the opportunity to express themselves. In this aspect of interior design for couples, you are the mediator. Take both sides into careful consideration before doing any planning.

During planning stages, again, be sure to include both parties in the process and if one person is noticeably quiet during the conversation, don't be shy to point things out that might be important to them. This way, you tend to buffer any arguments or resentment that may arise from your interjection of a neutral opinion or thoughts. If there are any problems, remind them both that your vision is to create a space that is pleasant and acceptable to both of them and that interior design for couples can be unpleasant but it is very easy to work within both person's boundaries in order to ensure that everyone is happy with the outcome.

If you see certain situations that you, as a designer can find ways to compromise in order to fit things into both peoples' expectations this is key. Also, stress to both parties involved that a little give and a little take is vital when discussing and planning interior design for couples and that while they won't always reach the same conclusion, if they both make some trade offs it will create an environment they are both comfortable in.

If all else fails, encourage both people when making references to certain aspects of one another's design ideas that they are good ideas that can be compatible with the other's thoughts. Whenever dealing with interior design for couples, a certain "he says, she says" attitude is likely to arise at some point and it is your job as the designer to see that things work out smoothly and in the best interest of both people.

Color and furniture are normally the main items that are disagreed upon in interior design for couples. Suggest to the female counterpart that the leather sofa her husband is interested in can be a very classic and comfortable edition to any living space. Explain to her husband that the peach color she is looking for can actually be considered a light beige. You would be surprised what miracles a little bit of convincing can do when carried out in the right manner.

If neither party is willing to compromise, I have seen for instances when the designer actually had both of the couple write down their design needs/wants and do a point by point comparison/bargaining session that allowed each person an equal amount of yes and nos. Sound ridiculously childish? Be prepared!


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