Prior to studying Feng Shui during my Interior Design course, I was under the impression that the subject was based purely on ancient and outdated myths. However, after learning about the practice in depth, I understood that Feng Shui provides some very interesting insight into creating a healthy and harmonious environment.
This early Chinese system is based on ‘chi’ which can be described as the flow of energy through our homes. Chi can be achieved through placement of certain objects to create a peaceful atmosphere and ultimately enhance our lifestyles.
There is no need to completely redecorate to incorporate positive chi within your home. Instead, try some of the below practical, small changes to create a large impact.
Ensure that the front entry into your home is unblocked and free from clutter. By keeping this space open and mess free, you are creating a positive environment from the moment someone enters your home.
Decorate Using Indoor Plants
Plants are a source of life so including these in your home promotes an optimistic atmosphere along with ventilation and clean air. Indoor plants are a great addition to soften empty corners of the home and add a touch of colour to the space.
Repair Damaged Items
Repair any damaged or broken items in your home such as furniture, door hinges or locks. Items in need of repair can cause frustration to the individual who is using them. A functional interior leads to a much more relaxed environment for anyone occupying the space.
Open Blinds and Windows
Bright, light filled rooms create a positive vibe. Meanwhile, fresh air is essential for our health and encourages positive energy. Dark corners generate negativity and should be eliminated by natural light during the day and artificial lighting after sunset.
Your bed should be placed against the wall opposite the bedroom entry if possible rather than being tucked away in a corner. Allow room to on either side of the bed to move around which will avoid the perception of clutter. This placement will ensure the bed is the focus piece and will truly open up the room. Visibility of the entrance from the bed will increase the feeling of security and comfort.
Home Office Design
Similar to bed placement, your office desk should be facing the entrance to your home office. If this is not possible, a mirror should be placed in a position which allows you to view the entry. Having a clear view of the entry, you will subconsciously feel as though you have more control over your work environment.
Create a Clutter Free Space
Arrange a cluster of decor in a dedicated space such as a coffee table rather than scattering items across every surface. Keep 50% of surfaces free to create a clean and organised space. This will allow positive energy to flow throughout your home. Decluttering your home will contribute to a calming and relaxed atmosphere.
Furnishings and Decor
When shopping for furniture, opt for solid items which are as supportive as possible. These should take preference over unstable items which may be at risk of breaking or shattering such as glass tables. According to Feng Shui, we should search for furniture with round edges rather than sharp corners which could cause injury. Do away with any decor items which you are not fond of and surround yourself with items you love. Feeling happy within your environment is the key to optimism.
Feng Shui is an age old and quite complex practice. However, the concepts listed above are based on practicality and can be incorporated quite easily into western design. Often viewed as a superstitious practice, Feng Shui is actually based on an understanding of chi and how negative energy can affect our mood. Equipped with the correct knowledge and right tools we can quite easily transform our homes into positive and tranquil spaces which encourage motivation and optimism.
Article source: Ivory Lane Interiors
It seems like sleep is something we all want more of, and while there aren’t any more hours in the day there are ways to improve the quality of the sleep we are getting. Diet and exercise are key to all aspects of our wellbeing of course, but your bedroom environment also plays a crucial role in good sleep and ultimately your health and happiness.
Your bedroom should be a peaceful and relaxing sanctuary that promotes optimum rest so you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. There are simple things you can change to create a healthier sleeping environment.
There were so many amazing new products released in Milan this year, trying to put them all into one newsletter the way we normally do is just impossible. So this year we are going to showcase a handful from each of our brands, over the next couple of months.
Lee Broom is a brand that took some of the biggest strides this year. From starting the crystal Decanter Light craze a few years back with just a handful of pieces, Lee Broom as grown to offer an astoundingly gorgeous and refined collection of pieces. We especially love his lighting pieces which ooze class with a very cutting edge.
We will most certainly be ordering these new pieces for our new showroom.
&Tradition is a furniture and lighting brand that prides itself on the key Scandinavian design principles; “Craft meets art. Function meets form. Material meets potential.”
The brand holds quality to a high standard, manufacturing Danish classics from the 20s, 40s and 70s by design masters Arne Jacobsen and Vernon Panton. The &Tradition design team also includes icons of tomorrow such as Jaime Hayon and Space Copenhagen. Production methods challenge convention, rethinking material use and manufacturing techniques. Nature is respected as it provides raw materials that sustains the brand’s unique designs which are made to last.
Here at CRÉMA we never fail to be impressed by GUBI. These treasure hunters of furniture design have a very simple philosophy, “great design should have a story to tell and be able to blur the lines of time, and that a bit of courage and risk-taking can carry you far in the design world.”
This design philosophy has steered GUBI’s designs over a 50 year history acting as a marker of what it takes to create a brand that celebrates the luxury of living life.
We would like to introduce Bosa, the internationally known Venetian ceramics workshop, which has been creating completely handmade objects and pieces of furniture since 1976. Bosa creates functional objects and works of art and design in collaboration with designers and businesses. Bosa products are known for their exclusive colours and finishings, such as precious metals and enamels, the fruit of the company’s natural and constant propensity towards experimentation and research.
By now you are back from the beach ready for the year ahead. We thought we would start the year by introducing some lighting by Foscarini. One of Italy’s finest lighting manufacturers, Foscarini are treasure hunters who work with the best designers they can find – and then source the most skilled manufacturer for that particular material to deliver the very best product possible to you.
Foscarini focuses on developing new products but chooses to only put into production those that express new ideas. This is why Foscarini lamps are so innovative yet built to weather the whim of trends and become true classics.
Like you, we are a little design obsessed – we can never have enough. And with so many beautiful pieces to choose from, curating our showroom is a real challenge; something one tackles slowly but surely.
Below are some of the new pieces that have arrived over the last weeks. We have added more Tom Dixon and Foscarini lighting especially. Plus two lovely lounge chairs. [read more]
The new year at CRÉMA welcomes new products into both our Cape Town and Johannesburg showrooms – here are a few of our favourites.
We look forward to giving you a tour upon your visit!
Spider Ceiling Light from Serge Mouille
Offcut Stool from Tom Dixon
Outline Sofa from Muuto
Crema is excited to announce we are now open in the heart of Johannesburg – 17 4th Avenue Parkhurst.
Filled with the likes of Tom Dixon, Lee Broom, Hay, Muuto, Foscarini and Nanimarquina, Crema Johannesburg showcases a collection of the worlds best luxury furniture and lighting.