Lighting Design and The Human Experience
Spaces that we spend time in impact us as we go about our lives. Our actions, energy and thoughts, as well as our physical well-being, are all profoundly inﬂuenced by our surroundings. The design, color scheme, textures, furnishings, accessories and lighting in our interiors, stimulate our senses and shape how we feel about ourselves and others.
Light can cheer us up, create a relaxed mood, stress us out, intensify our experience, give us an eerie feeling, focus our attention, create a romantic environment and more. Light also influences our circadian rhythms...
Feng Shui Your Bedroom For Love!
Ann called me for a consultation because her love relationship was at a dead-end. She toured me around her home with ease but when we entered the bedroom she became emotional. I asked Ann which side of the bed was hers and which was Gary’s. I was somehow not surprised to see that right next to Gary’s side of the bed there was clutter. A desk with a computer, some of Ann’s clothing, shoes, a pile of papers, and a large tri-fold mirror sat in plain view. Ann defended her use of that space for storage, explaining that because...
EcoChi Tips: For The Red Rooster New Year
The Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival is quickly approaching. Because this holiday is tied to the lunar solar calendar the date changes from year to year. This year it begins on January 28th. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals. Every animal sign has its own unique personality and the energy for the year takes on the characteristics that are specific to that animal. This is the year of the Red Rooster. What can we expect of this new energy? The Rooster is flamboyant but even more so because this is a FIRE year...
Mindful Interior Design
Mindfulness is going mainstream! It is one of the hottest trends in spa, medical and corporate wellness. This concept is new to so many people in the western world, but it is an ancient practice that dates back in time to the days of Buddha. Not so new at all! What is all the fuss about? Scientific and evidence-based studies show that mindfulness can be effective in treating many ailments including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, high blood pressure and stress. Do you want to improve your memory, focus, creativity and interpersonal skills? Mindfulness has been shown to be the path to numerous cognitive benefits too.
EcoChi Tips: Wellness Travel
The word wellness is being used to market everything from vitamins to water. Ewa Hudson, Global Head of Health and Wellness Research at Euromonitor International, estimates that Wellness will be a trillion dollar industry by 2017. But what is the definition of wellness? As described by the experts, wellness is: "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization.
Feng Shui: On Land and at Sea
In Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that health for an individual occurs when chi flows freely through the body nourishing every cell. The same is true for a space- whether it is your home, office, public environment or even a ship! Compass School, teaches us to go into a space with what is called a “Lao Pan” Compass. This compass is used to determine the directional influences on a property in relation to the universe.
Beautiful Places, Greener Spaces
Some of the happiest moments of our lives are spent outdoors. We all have recollections of these experiences—a blazing sunset, the scent of the ocean air, animal life encountered on a stroll through the woods, the view of a pastel sunrise from a mountaintop, a golden harvest moon or the fleeting glimpse of a mammoth butterfly. In our modern, fast paced world, most of us spend about 98% of our time indoors. This makes it very easy to forget our connection to the natural world.
EcoChi Interior Design Brings Nature Indoors
When designing beautiful rooms, buildings, offices and homes, bring nature’s elements indoors using the EcoChi® philosophy-blending Feng Shui, green and sustainability and environment psychology. The focus in this design system is the relationship between nature, the beauty of buildings and the well-being and happiness of the inhabitants. It is possible to purposefully arrange an environment so that it has a positive effect on the people who live, work or visit there. Nature’s beauty is for all to enjoy. It is a right we earn at birth.
Feng Shui and Meditation
Feng Shui has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. During hard times people often look to Feng Shui remedies to increase income, wealth, love and health. There are many books in the “how-to” category offering entertaining reading and easy to implement do-it-yourself tips. However this 5,000-year-old practice, like an onion, has many intricate layers, complexities and unspoken truths. Everyone I meet longs to hear what goes on above and beyond moving furniture around in a living or working space. What happens before and after a Feng Shui consultation is just as important as what happens during your time with your practitioner…
What Are Poison Arrows?
The Chief Architect of our world clearly loves curves. Picture the swirls and curls of the ocean waves, the gentle arc of a flower petal, the perfection of a full moon, or the spiral motion of caressing winds on a balmy evening. We are energy, and so are all of the things around us, both animate and inanimate. Invisible but powerful patterns of energy exist everywhere. This is the basic principle of quantum mechanics, which has been observed and documented by scientists at the scale of atomic particles.
EcoChi Tips for Autumn
Just as nature goes through its cycles of change so do we. We are as much a part of the seasons as the leaves that fall from the trees during autumn, the white snowflake crystals that magically fall from the sky in the winter, the rebirth of the early grass inspiring and the fire of the sun on a summer’s day. Autumn is the perfect time for us to prepare ourselves for changes that the season of winter brings.
Making Your Hotel Room Feel Like A Home Away From Home
EcoChi blends the powerful ancient and modern lessons of classical feng shui, green and sustainable living and environmental psychology, to revolutionize how people feel when they are indoors. Our actions, energy and thoughts, as well as our physical well-being, are all profoundly influenced by our surroundings. Feng shui is a core component of the EcoChi system and a design method that involves purposefully arranging a space so that it has an uplifting and life-enhancing effect on the people who occupy that environment.
So how can our hotel room truly feel like a home away from home? Follow these simple tips, and in five minutes, create a healthier, more restful and enjoyable indoor experience when traveling: