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Understanding Your Favorite Color and How to Reflect it In Your Interior

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Colors can have a profound impact on our emotions and everyday behavior.  Your home should be one that reflects your personality and taste, therefore, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.  Here is a small guide to understanding some of the common favorite colors of my clients, what it says about them and how these can be reflected in an interior:

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

1) Yellow:  Yellow is associated with a sunny personality.  You are an outgoing person with a great senses of humor.  When using yellow in your interor, pair it with neutral color or a cool color like blue.  Too much yellow can lead to heated arguments, thus it is best to use it in small amounts, more like accents.  You can tone down yellow with beige or white for a warm glow in the bedroom.  Use a strong shade of yellow for dark hallways.

Courtesy of O Magazine

Courtesy of O Magazine

2) Red:  Red is an intense color and reflects a passionate personality.  A person who loves red is outgoing and ambitious but can very quickly change their mind.  Red in home decor should be muted to avoid negativity.  Choose a shade of red like brick or terracotta which is elegant and sophisticated and not too intense.  If you do love a bright red shaed, then use it as an accent.

 

Design by Cecil Hayes.

Design by Cecil Hayes.

3) Orange:  Orange usually appeals to people whith a penchant for luxury and opulence.  Such people live their life king size and love social gatherings.  Orange is the color of youth and vitality.  Use a bright shade of orange to create a focal point in your home.  It is a great choice for dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite.

 

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4) Green:  Green is associated with the outdoors- grassy landscapes and lush forest.   Green relfects a personality that longs for peace, quiet and belonging.  It is a harmonious color and can be used throughout the home.  Mix green tones with shades of blue to create a natural, outdoor environment indoors.  Brighten up a dull room with shades of citrus green and white.

 

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

5) Blue:  Blue is a fresh color with a soothing effect.  Someone who loves blue is compassionate and level headed.  Blue is a versatile color and can be used as a core color in your interiors.  Try painting your ceiling a shade of light blue to make the room feel larger.  Combine blue with yellow to create a cheerful space.  Add a dash of green to a blue decor for a calming sensation.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

6) Pink:  In Feng Shui, pink has been associated with love and romance.  It is a great color to help reveal your inner poetic self.  Those who love pink want to feel good about themselves and have a romantic outlook in life.  Pair your favorite shade of pink with a masucline color like brown, grey or black to achieve balance.  Add grey to pink to make a bedroom feel sophisticated and romantic.  Use bubblegum pinks for girl’s bedrooms.

Interested in learning more… try my 21 Day Color Challenge E-book for only $4.95.  Email me at interiors@kreativeways.com  to get yours!

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Feng Shui Design for Abundance and Prosperity in 2014

We are just a few days away from the New Year and it is time to look forward to a prosperous and fulfilling 2014.  According to the Chinese calendar, this is the Year of the Wood Horse and the age old practice of decorating your home according to Feng Shui can help fill your home with abundance and prosperity.

To create good Feng Shui, base your interior design on the wonderful characteristics of the horse this New Year.  Horses are active and have abundant energy, they are bright, friendly and high spirited.  Horses are gentle and have a pleasing aura that is attractive to everyone around them.  Wild and carefree, horses are the epitome of elegance and sensuality.

Here are four Feng Shui ways to create abundance and prosperity for your home in 2014:

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1.  Color- Since this is the Year of the Wood Horse, decorate your home in earthy shades of green and brown to bring good luck and prosperity.  The colors you use in your home should be in harmony with the element for the year, in this case, wood.  The shades of green and brown are both modern for the interiors and soothing for the eyes.  Use touches of blue and black to enhance your color scheme and add elegance.  Blue and black represent the element of water which supports the growth of wood.

2.  Material- Use natural materials to design the interior spaces of your home.  Look for wooden decor like wooden wind chimes, solid wood and bamboo furniture.  The natural grain and texture of the wood reflects the carefree nature of the horse that is adventurous and cheerful at the same time.  You can also use other natural decor like fur, feather and fabrics made with natural fibers like jute and linen.  You can also install stone sculptures to fill in awkward corners.  Natural materials will add depth to your decor.

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3.  Decorating ideas- The regal horse teaches us a thing or two about luxury and elegance.  Design your interiors to reflect prosperity, luxury and opulence to Feng Shui your home for wealth and abundance.  Look for high-quality fabrics with rich textures for your upholstery.  Decorate your home with crystals like turquoise, pearls and lapis lazuli.  Opt for unique shapes and unleash your create side.  Decorate in layers of similar colors to create a plush look.

4. Feng Shui area for 2014- The South- west area of your home is considered to be auspicious in the year 2014.  It is the area for Good luck, wealth and career.  Free this area of any fire element and Feng Shui fire decor.  Water elements in this area will energize the space and create good Feng Shui.  Decorate the area with water fountains and dragon turtles.  You can also place pictures of energetic horses.  Use this area of your home to strengthen your career and personal goals by placing a board that displays your vision for the future.  Certain Feng Shui charms like Chinese gold coins, money tree and wealth symbols like water and plants placed in this area are considered good for wealth and prosperity.

If you would like a Feng Shui and Design service to prepare for the New Year contact us today at interiors@kreativeways.com to schedule an appointment.

Announcing the Virtual Book Tour of Sherry B. Ways Book, Feel Good Spaces: February 1-12, 2013

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Hello and welcome! I am announcing my Virtual Book Tour as I tour the internet from February 1st – February 12th to share my new book, Feel Good Spaces: A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit.

You know I really wanted to share the love and the feeling I have for this book and how I came about writing it.  However, instead of doing a world wind tour around the US at book stores and the like, I thought I would share my book and what others thought about it virtually.

Feel Good Spaces is your essential resource for home decorating to create a home that is inviting, peaceful and full of great energy. You will learn home decorating ideas to design your home interior with the holistic interior décor principles and personal style without being a Feng Shui master!

Feel Good Spaces shows you how to determine what first makes you feel good and how to decorate for your own personal inner peace and joy right in your own home …and you can start today! This book is not about decorating for the joy of others; it is about decorating for your own joy!

I invite you to join me along my virtual book tour journey, sign up for my newsletter and be automatically entered into my prize drawing HERE.

Then go to each of the stops listed below and see what I’ve posted as a guest blogger. Join in the fun, meet new friends and learn new tips for designing the perfect space that sustains you!

 ~ Follow Along My Tour, Sign up for my newsletter and Enter To Win ~

Grand prize: A PERSONALIZED SIGNED copy of Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit along with the grand prize of a 30-minute H.O.M.E. Interior Environment Intro Coaching Session via Skype or in person depending on location.

Second Prize:  A copy of my book along with a 20-minute Color Therapy Consultation via Skype. “Color Therapy Consults for interior color is one of the first elements you notice when you walk into a room, and color resonates with you when you leave. Color sets a mood: The right color combination can transform a home or office and bring all who reside there new levels of energy. Custom color palettes for interior walls can bring happiness, harmony and well-being.”

Third Prize:  A copy of Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home for Body, Mind, & Spirit.

YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER HERE TO GET IN ON THE DRAWING!


TOUR SCHEDULE FOR THE VIRTUAL BOOKTOUR

Lauran A. Smith of Lauren Smith Blog

Day 1 – On Friday Feb. 1st Ms. Elle Smith (@prbyelle77 on Twitter) will jump start the tour stop on her blog Elle Trendy with an article: “Your Favorite Color Is For Your Healing Color.” http://lauransmith.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PRbyELLE77

Day 2 – On Saturday Feb. 2nd  Embrace Yoga DC (@embraceyogadc on Twitter) will host the tour on her blog Embrace Yoga Blog with a video: “Mid Winter Blues? Here are Two Quick Interior Tips!” http://embracedc.com/about/blog

                  Shifa Al-Bey of Oneness Wellness

Day 3 – On Sunday Feb. 3rd  Oneness Lifestyles (@onenesswellness on Twitter ) will host the tour by sharing an enlightening radio interview on their blog Oneness Life Style  http://www.onenesslifestyles.com/owl-radio-archives.html  Radio Show link and Blog  http://shifaone.wordpress.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shifa.owl

Shelly Wilson of Journey Into Consciousness

Day 4 – On Monday Feb. 4th Journey Into Consciousness  will share on her blog a special article: “Candle Color: A Healing Tool For Your Interior” http://journey-into-consciousness.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JourneyintoConsciousness

     Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten of Intentional Parenting Blog

Day 5 – On Tuesday Feb. 5th Intentional Conscious Parenting Blog  ( @intuneparenting on Twitter ) will share a review of Sherry’s new book on their blog Intentional Conscious Parenting http://www.intentionalconsciousparenting.com.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntentionalConsciousParenting.

Dr. Kimberly McGeorge Host of The Secret to Everything

Day 6 – On Wednesday Feb. 6th Dr. Kimberly McGeorge host of Secret to Everything (@serenewellness on Twitter) will host a live radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/secrettoeverything at 8 P.M. Eastern time. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretToEverything

Day 7- On Thursday Feb. 7th Tonya Parker of Mind Body and Spiritworks  (@5thchakrashaman on Twitter) will share a special recorded interview with Sherry Burton Ways giving you helpful hints on how to turn any room into a space to nourish your mind, body and soul, on her website Mind Body and Spiritworks. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThroatChakraShaman

 

Day 8 – On Friday Feb. 8th Lisa Tener (@lisatener on Twitter) opens the blog door with an interview and a video: “For Inspired Authors: Your Feel Good Writing Space” on her blog http://www.lisatener.com/blog/.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BringYourBookToLife

Day 9 – On Saturday Feb. 9th  The Artinista Art Advisory’s Sharon J. Burton  (@theartinista on Twitter) On this blog, The Artinista will feature an excerpt from the book and an online interview with Sherry on Day 9 of the tour on the Topic: How Art Can Contribute to a Feel Good Space.  This promises to be an enlightening interview, taking the subject of art from purely a passion for collectors to a tool to create a positive living space in your home!  http://theartinista.com/category/blog. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtinistaArtAdvisory.

Day 10 – On Feb. 10th  Avalaura Healing Center’s (@healeravalaura on Twitter) Avalaura Beharry continues the tour with a special recorded interview with Sherry on her website http://www.avalaura.com/. Avalaura’s Healing Center invites you to follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvalaurasHealingCenter

  

Day 11 – On Feb. 11th Tonya Spivey (@Tonyaspivey on Twitter ) shares her book review of Feel Good Spaces: A Guide For Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit on her website http://tonyaspivey.com/. You can also join Tonya on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonya-Spivey-Intuitive-Life-Stylist/171552272864163

 Day 12 – On Feb. 12th Stephanie McGencey (@sistersource on Twitter) wraps up the tour with a special article: “Organic Bedding For A Healthier You!” on her website The Sister Source http://thesistersource.com/health-watch/sherry-burton-ways-virtual-book-tour-day-12. Find out more about The Sister Source by following their updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sistersource

* Bonus: Be sure to listen to my interview with Lynn Serafinn, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ethical marketing consultant and social reformer  on her radio show, The Seven Graces Hour where we discussed “designing for the soul.”Lynn Serafinn

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I hope you keep the dates open for this wonderful virtual book tour.  Email me your thoughts and suggestions about the interviews, videos and blog posts to info@myfeelgoodspaces.com.  I will be sure to email you back.  So stay tuned for the tour!  We are going to have a blast!

Essence Magazine December 2012: Getting to Joy

Thrilled to have contributed to an article in the December 2012 issue of Essence Magazine entitled Getting to Joy. Among the 10 things stated I provided the importance of de-cluttering your space as a means to increase joy in your life. You can find the article on page 137.

Article “Getting to Joy” on page 137 of Essence Magazine. See #8.

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Feel Good Space Inspirations from Pinterest

Love this from www.fengshuidana.com

Love this from www.fengshuidana.com

Wonderful feel good space- compliments of O Magazine

Love the feng shui curves of this beautiful furniture!  Courtesy of O Magazine.

love the eclectic decor against the white background. tres #modern. typically you find such furniture and artwork against earth-tones. i wonder how a modern bright bold geometric graphic would look as the background for this! #craycray

I love the eclectic decor against the white background. tres #modern. typically you find such furniture and artwork against earth-tones. i wonder how a modern bright bold geometric graphic would look as the background for this! #craycray

Wonderful colors combined to create a space vibrancy

Wonderful colors combined to create a space vibrancy!  Yummy!

Creating A Feel Good Space Before I Knew What It Was

A few years ago, I worked on a new home for a very special client.  This was one of my first projects as a designer.  Looking back now, it was my first project where it entailed me creating a feel good space which I did not know it at the time.  First, I decluttered her entire home and categorized her belongings as to whether they should stay or go.  I carefully worked with her to determine the significance of various items  in which the client moved in with.   I categorized her belongings and and placed aside those items that would remain verses which ones would go.

Then I worked with the client to determine what colors were considered peaceful to her.  The client stated that she liked earth tone colors.  Earth tone colors are wonderful colors to place in the home because these are the colors we see most often in our natural environment. The colors brown and a neutral color in the taupe family were chosen.  So I decorated the living and dining room of the townhome with a theme of a tropical inspired oasis.  Brown is considered a stabilizing and grounding color it as used as a color to accent her dining room which connected to her living room.  The neutral taupe color was used to complete the space.

In the living room, I worked with the client’s own furnishings and accented existing furniture  pieces with  naturally inspired bamboo pillows and a natural jute rug, an tropical inspired accent lamp, chosen based on the client’s love for travel to tropical locales, candles for her coffee table and decorated with the client’s own personal artwork and memorabilia.  For the window treatment, rather than to purchase off the shelf draperies or have custom window treatments done, I accented the client’s sliding glass door with sheer brown and beige colored fabric draped around it to frame it.  This was done because the client loved the outdoor space in her backyard and wanted that feeling to come into the interior.

Plants and nature is always a calming effect in both work and living spaces. Because of the client’s big sliding glass door which opened into a personal patio oasis of nature including plants and trees.  I took advantage of the natural environment in her backyard, by placing the clients plants around the living area to take advantage of the light coming in from the sliding glass door.  Lastly, to create a calming and peaceful space, I added a floor mounted water fountain.  The sounds of the water fountain and the feel of it created a calming yet peaceful space the client was after.

During the process the client stated:  ”I absolutely love the way the place is coming together. My investment club thinks my home is awesome. They describe it as warm, intimate, and peaceful. Working with you has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Homeowner, Washington, DC

After reflecting on this project, I just realized what I gift I had to create something special.  Something that made someone’s life much more peaceful.

Simple Feng Shui Inspired Environmental Tips for Children’s Health in the Home.

Feng Shui is a powerful tool to create a healthy, loving safe environment for children no matter what room they are in your home.  Emotional and physical support using Feng Shui can enhance all the stages in a child’s development.

So what is Feng Shui?  Feng Shui is pronounced ‘Fung Shvee’ and literally translated means ‘wind and water.’  It embodies the 7,000 year old ancient Chinese art of placement which balances and enhances the environment.

I invite you to be a Feng Shui detective and analyze using your intuition and senses things about your home to ensure it is healthy and vibrant for continued growth and production for your child.

First, think about or observe whether or not your child is having trouble breathing or has asthma or other concerns.  If he or she does, ask:

What is the air quality like in your child’s room or the entire home as a whole?  Have you checked your home’s ventilation system?  Do your air ducts need to be cleaned out or replaced?  I was working with a client who informed me that her daughter was having a lot of allergies.  This concerned me.  As we began a total redesign of her home, we learned that the air ducts were never cleaned in her home and was in serious need for replacement.  In addition, one of the air ventilation system was located just outside her bedroom door!

Ways to combat indoor air pollution to protect your family:

–          Do not smoke or allow smokers in your home

–          Get your chimney cleaned regularly and your appliances serviced

–          Open windows at different sides of the home to create cross ventilation

–          Seal cracks in floor edges, pipes and walls especially basements

–          Buy an air-filter.

–          Use safe non toxic cleaning materials

We all live with electrical appliances.  However, do we really understand what the effects are of these appliances in our home and to our children?  The entire earth is permeated by magnetic lines of energy that criss-cross over its surface.  These lines are similar to our nervous system along which travels natural radiation or the electro-magnetic field otherwise known as EMFs.  Millions of adults and children may face an increased risk of cancer and other diseases because they are exposed to electro-magnetic radiation from power lines and household electrical appliances.  Even electrical disturbances from electronic equipment in your child’s bedroom can increase the risk of disease as well as sleep deprivation.  These include things like computers, televisions, radios, alarm clocks, CD players, bedside lights, etc.  You want to keep these items at a minimum or at least in a closed armoire or cabinet so these do not affect the health of your child.

There are several ways you can reduce the positive ions in your home that may be harmful to your child:

-Keep electrical equipment away from your child’s bed

-Get an ioniser

-Keep a comfortable indoor humidity by ventilating to the outside.

– Use less electrical equipment

-Burn cleansing and purifying aromatherapy oils.

Next  assess the clutter level of your home and your child’s room.  It is generally a rule that children watch and emmulate adult behavior.  So let’s examine whether or not you are living a clutter free lifestyle.  You see, in the world of Feng Shui, clutter does not allow for the free circulation of good energy in the home.  When energy circulates, responses and moves about a space it will clog up or become depleted when too much clutter is in place.  This does not create a good situation for anyone including your child in the home.

Some things to do to create a clutter free environment for your child:

–         take time to clear any clutter in spaces outside the child’s room

–         create a clear system of organization to clear out your child’s clutter.  Toy    boxes, shelving and other systems are great to implement and are not very expensive- check out resources and products at stores like Target or IKEA.

–         Teach your child a clear and simple organization system in a way that will  help them to stick to it.

–         Allow for patience and time to use whatever system you come up with so that your child get’s acclimated to it.  Reward your child in some healthy way when the system is used successfully.

The main feng shui goal in transforming living spaces into healthy ones for children is to create a healthy, loving and safe environment for all who enter.

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