Lighting the Way

I was feeling a bit at loose ends looking for a mini project, but not sure which one to tackle. And then I found my inspiration over at Decor Adventures. As soon as I saw Jessica’s photo of the garden orb lights, I knew what to do!

Last year when we moved in we bought this set of solar pathway lights from Costco to help transform the new yard.

But we didn’t realize at the time that the sub-terrain was solid rock! You might remember our landscaping sagas from here, here, and here! And so the lights stayed in the garage, unopened, as we tended to a million other moving-in things instead.

Since then we’ve had a chance to work around outside a bit, so now I have a better idea where there’s slight forgiveness in the landscape… and according to the Feng Shui workshop I took not too long ago, lighting the pathway to our main door can be a good thing. Especially since the house numbers are mounted in a Feng Shui what-not-to-do way… did you know house numbers should always be mounted reading across? You can get away with them placed on an angle heading upwards, but never top to bottom with one number over the other, or going down on an angle.

Here’s a look at our main entry.

I’ve blurred the house number, but do you see how it’s mounted? That’s the what-not-to-do according to Feng Shui!

So here’s how I lined our pathway with the solar lights.

I wasn’t sure how to tackle the edge at the foot of the stairs because it’s kind of narrow, and I was worried about people stepping off the cement and onto the lights. Also, right in the corner at the edge of the cement is a sprinkler for the underground sprinkler system. So I was torn between placing too many lights, or possibly not enough. I went with the ‘maybe not enough option’ so I could keep the area at the foot of the stairs free. I have more lights in the landscaping around the side of the house if I change my mind.

Here’s where I placed those lights…

There’s 6 in total. Can you see all 6?

I would’ve liked to scatter them vertically a bit more, but trust me, that ground is ‘rock solid’ underneath!

Lucky us, the lights charged enough that I was able to get a shot of them in the dark :-)

Much easier to see now, right?

And here’s the ones out front.

Our weather has been on and off since the weekend, but I’m smiling because it was ‘on’ enough to get this little job done!

So what do you think? Would you put more lights at the front, or leave them the way they are?

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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The Green in Feng Shui

I’m wishing you a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day early as I’ll be away from my computer, or at best sporadically on and off it this weekend.

Source: Simply Gluten-Free Blog

But before I go…

This week I attended a Feng Shui presentation by Gail Cole from All Things Balanced. Have you seen All Things Balanced on Facebook?

Gail has been working with Feng Shui for the last 10 years, and her presentation certainly reflects that depth of knowledge. The first time I ever read a book about Feng Shui was back in 1998. I’ve read quite a few since then, but I’ve still been left with unanswered questions and confusions. Gail was able to answer my questions, and I have a lot more clarity about those things that were puzzling me.

So… in honour of Saint Patrick’s Day, here are a few things I learned about green in Feng Shui.

Green belongs to the WOOD element, one of the five elements in Feng Shui. The others are water, fire, metal, and earth.

Source: Pinterest / Windsor Companies

Green is the color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings.

Source: Re-orient Feng Shui

Green is balancing. It is calming, healing, relaxing, and tranquil.

Source: Photo Dictionary

But did you know that if green is used in excess it can become tiresome? So that means too much of a good thing is not a good thing!

And apparently that includes house plants. Limit your plants to 2 or 3 in one space, as many plants take up all the live energy in the room.

Source: Eco Ike Blog

And if there is any dead foliage on them, remove it. If you have a plant that is dying, replace it with a larger, healthier plant.

Bamboo is considered a lucky plant in Feng Shui.

Source: Exotic Plants Blog

And black pots are used for grounding wealth.

Dried flowers are a no-no, as in taboo in Feng Shui, and that’s because they are, well, dead, so they are negative energy in a space.

Source: Laughing With Angels Blog

But silk or faux plants are okay as long as you keep them dusted and clean.

Source: Bye Bye Bitters via House and Home

And apparently when working with green in Feng Shui it is important to have several different shades in order to maximize the energy it brings.

Source: Alla Kondrat – Feng Shui @ Suite 101

There is a lot more to it… and I didn’t even touch on the Bagua! But I thought these few tips might be fun for you to contemplate.

Do you work with Feng Shui principles in your space? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you have a great Saint Patrick’s Day filled with lots of green (but not too much ;-) ), and that the wishes you make come true! :-)

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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