Red door

Many Feng Shui Teachings Consider a Red Door Auspicious. Is There an Ideal Color for a Front Door?

Master Hsu and I are working hard on finishing our book Feng Shui: Truths, Myths and Misconceptions. This article was taken from the book, to give you a taste of what’s to come. So is there an ideal color for a front door? True Feng Shui concepts never suggest one color is better than another …

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What is the purpose of the baseboard and what size would match my home?

In Western style homes, baseboards, sometimes called baseboard moldings or skirting, are the strips of molding against the wall where the flooring and wall meet. The main purpose of baseboards is to hide imperfections and gaps that come with building. In construction, it is very difficult to keep everything square and straight, and even if …

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pencils, writing, stationery

What is Yin/Yang?

Together the Yin-Yang symbolizes the whole entity, separated they symbolize polar opposites. Yin,  the black shaped tadpole represents the passive energy; cold, night, winter, hard, female, down, decrease, smooth Yang, the white shaped tadpole represents the active energy; hot, day, summer, soft, male, up, increase, rough Once you understand the Yin-Yang principle, you can analyze …

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building, lighting, wall

What To Consider When Selecting Exterior Lighting

In feng shui, the exterior of your home reflects your image you present to the world. On a clear, sunny day it is easy to see the colors, shapes and landscaping of your home.  However, the exterior of a home looks very different depending on the time of day and season.  Here in the Northwest, …

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home, interior, room

Interior Design Ideas for Placing Pictures and Art on Walls

We all have art that has meaning to our lives; from family photos to souvenirs from our travels.  They are reminders of who we are, where we have been, and what we love.  If poorly positioned, sometimes those meaningful images get lost on the walls of our home.  Just by improving the placement through simple …

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Thoughts on the Feng Shui and Interior Design of a Casino

Tonight at the dinner table somehow the conversation subject was gambling.  It’s amazing what the boys learn from T.V.   My sons have never been to a casino so their information does not come from experience.  One of my sons said he recalled a TV program saying that one had a 49% chance of winning on …

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Tips to Freshen up your Home for the New Year

Bring in the New Year with new found energy with these inexpensive tips: 1.  In your entry way, pick up the dead leaves and sweep out the cobwebs 2.  Polish or replace your house numbers 3.  Replace your worn doormat 4.  Make sure your exterior lights are working 5.  Change your cabinet handles 6.  Freshen …

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Visual Noise and Simplifying your Interior Design

Visual noise is physical clutter in the design world.  Growing up in Tokyo one becomes accustomed to all the visual noise of the city in the shape of advertisements on buildings, inside stations, trains, buses and virtually everywhere.  With millions of people in a confined area, space is a premium so it is filled with …

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living room, family room, great room

Creating Zones In Your Home

Unlike the homes of the 70’s and 80’s where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all separated into individual rooms, families today enjoy the use of a great room.  The great room usually incorporates the kitchen, family room and casual dining area.  We tend to watch T.V. and generally ‘live’ in this space.  This …

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