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Common interior design mistakes and how to avoid or fix them.

Common interior design mistakes and how to avoid or fix them.

One very common interior design mistake is to follow, strong interior design tends from the TV shows, magazines or social media. What I mean by strong is, quite individuated to a time, or a theme or specific look. By the time we notice a trend, its often outdated already, it can easily date your home to that period in time.

 

For example the current already & passed in my opinion trend of “timber look” ceramic tiles, this will date your home or renovation to this precise time of around 2015-2016. It was a new and relatively innovative product not extensively seen before, so specific to that time. Another current trend which I happen to quite admire, is the Biophilic inspired trend, using Nature as inspiration.

 

I applaud these principles of bringing nature into our homes to nuture our souls. However the current trend refers to natural patterns of plants, flowers shells, feather etc. But it may, depending on the individual strength of a particular design or pattern, date quickly.

Certainly the associated trend of tribal-influenced Biophilic design where feathers and printed tribal artefacts etc , are featured will. Again I personally really like tribal-inspired patterns and prints. But be careful they may date your home or renovations or worse they may it outdated already.  

 

 

One way to notice if a trend is collapsing and a past already is if the materials are already heavily discounted or on sale, via the big discount houses. They are trying to clear of stock that is not moving for a reason.

 

All this is easily fixed, choose finishes you like not "what is on trend" and more toward neutrals with less specific patterns or colours finishes and materials. That being said if you wait 15 or 20 years, it may become retro enough to be on trend again.

Be an individual. Not part of the heard.

 

Real natural materials tend not to date so easily useless they have not been used much before, natural materials and natural colours are considered to be the best Vastu Feng Shui materials, having the best subtle vibration, but they also have different qualities too, so need to be selected with discernment as well.  

 

Anthony Ashworth Zen Home- Conscious Home

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Why Vastu and Feng Shui are influencing the Australian property industry

  • Think you might build or renovate? Consider the practices of Vastu and Feng Shui to guide you on direction, aspect and location for success
     
     
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When it comes to home constructions or renovations, practicality and function are important, however, increasingly in Australia, cultural influences from Vastu and Feng Shui are playing a lead role.
By
Lakshmi Singh

12 SEP 2016 - 12:18 PM  UPDATED 12 SEP 2016 - 12:48 PM

 

In 2012, demographer Bernard Salt predicted that by “osmosis”, the Australian property industry could reflect cultural preferences of home buyers – and these predictions are coming true. Vastu and Feng Shui are increasingly being incorporated into property development as buyers and developers alike are seeking harmony in their homes.

At their heart, both Vastu and Feng Shui are all about ensuring your living spaces encourage health, coherence and prosperity.

Vastu is an ancient “Indian poetic art and science of crafting an energetically balanced home for and of the soul,” says Anthony Ashworth, a Sydney-based Vastu consultant. Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the Vastu mandala (the indwelling spirit of the home itself) are important elements to consider in Vastu, he says.

What makes a Vastu-compliant home? Location, direction and orientation of rooms play a significant role and if unbalanced, can impact family life, as Anne Clark, lifestyle health consultant and author discovered.

“We used to live in a property in Kuranda where we were in a valley, down low, and we had several disasters, flooding and even sickness. In our current property at Cooroy, we are up high and have prospered more as a result. No disasters,” she says.

Feng Shui – composed of the invisible chi (energy) in the sky and the visible chi in the land around us is about the interaction and influence of this energy in both indoor and outdoor living spaces, says

Kony Kang, accredited Feng Shui consultant with the Association of Feng Shui Consultants.

[When designing the home], ensure the master bedroom can be placed in the southwest, and the northeast is open.

Kang’s advice starts with selecting the right location at both the macro level (state or suburb) and the micro level (the street). A compatibility test between the direction the front door is facing and the place or time of birth of the owner can also impact suitability, he says.

Aspects such as the orientation of the kitchen, the presence of windows overlooking certain features and even the time period in which you want to live in the home may all have an impact on whether the energy in the house is optimal for you, says Kang.

“Location and landform might be ok, but we need to see whether it is good for you to live in this property at this time,” he says.

If you have the opportunity to start building a house from empty land, Ashworth’s advice is to consider a site that allows plenty of space and access to light from the north and east.

“[When designing the home], ensure the master bedroom can be placed in the southwest, and the northeast is open,” he says.

Vastu principles can also be applied based on a family’s life stage and for a young family, abundance and relationships could be very important. To invite abundance – both in terms of physical health and wealth, Ashworth advises against placing toilets in the north and northeast but establishing a water feature, pictures of nature and elements with the colour green in these directions.

To invite abundance – both in terms of physical health and wealth, Ashworth advises against placing toilets in the north and northeast.

For older couples, spiritual concerns might be more of interest and Ashworth recommends energising the north and northeast by setting up a meditation spot here or keeping a clean bowl of water with clear quartz stone in it.

All is not lost if you’ve bought your property already as the practices can be applied during renovations to improve the aspect of your home.

Chen plans to employ a Feng Shui consultant to advise him about renovating to make space for an extra bathroom as well as suggestions on placement of furniture throughout the house.

Similarly, Clarke placed a water fountain and highlighted their front entrance with crystals to abide by Vastu principles.

“Ultimately, I’m grateful for the peace it brings,” she says.

Love the story? Follow the author here: Twitter @singh_lakshmi 

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Vastu & Chess: The Game of Existence

Vastu & Chess: The game of existence

The game of Chess is an very ancient game with connections deeply rooted in the Vedic tradition of Vastu and the Vastu mandala grid of squares, most often simplified down to a 8 x 8 or 9x 9 squares held within a square grid of one over aching square. 

The chess board of eight x eight squares represent the meta-field of non-physical existence, as opposed to nine x nine squares which infers the physical field in which we are mostly conscious. So Chess is about what has created and is happening in the greater universe, its not a simple war game, about soldiers. Its deeper more mysterious the we we image. I think I and many of us have felt this when we play, its ancientness it’s so much more than a game.    

Originally before the pieces were ascribed as Kings & Queens, knights and bishops, the pieces were hierarchical Devas, angelic energetic creatrix beings, still present and accessible in parallel universes today and they represented and still do, the forces of light. The black pieces are the Asura's or some call demons, although they not evil demons as such.

 “Asuras (Sanskritअसुर) are mythological lord beings in Indian texts who compete for power with the more benevolent devas (also known as suras).[1] Asuras are described in Indian texts as powerful superhuman demigods or demons with good or bad qualities.” Wikipedia

It's most important to note both "sides" pieces black and white travel on both the black and white squares, suggesting dualists pathways of opposing energy for both sides angelic and demonic to travel upon. In the bible the devil was once an angel who took a differential path to that of the good angels, later demonified as fallen from grace, but no devil then no God.

From a Vedic perspective the universe defined itself by subtle separation in order to self experience, so there is no 'game' or no existence no consciousness at all, without both sides represented here by black & white.

Without the black, the darkness, we cannot perceive the light and without light the white, we can not perceive darkness. The universe (us) is simply unable not only to perceive, but to exist at all, without its counterpart, the two sides are the very same sides of the same coin.

In chess we participate in this symbolic and metaphorical reference to the teaching of the Vedas, where the eternal struggle between theses two opposites, that are one and eternally linked (and actually aspects of the one. Or are the one, differentiated )

Both are required for life & consciousness itself, to exist, at all. There is no way to see the one without the other it must as a given, contrast against itself a counterpart.

So when you may next see a game or play chess played or play yourself, remember it is more than even an archetypal battle, rather the chess board is a universal metaphor of the creatrix matrix showing us symbolically how the universe and the core forces if of the universe & existence are being played out. You get to be in the mind of God in some sense symbolically. Check Mate. By Anthony Ashworth Vastu Feng shui man  

Tags: chess, feng shui, vastu, vastu shastra


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