Art and Feng Shui by Dana Claudat

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We invited Dana Claudat from “the Tao of Dana” to talk to ChicTip about art and feng shui.

Tell us about yourself
I’m a lifestyle lover, a feng shui expert, an art fiend, a dog mom, a Buddhist and a writer. In no particular order!

How art and Feng Shui go together?
Art is expression, no matter what medium it takes. Art is a portal to the divine at times, something that at its best can articulate emotions we lack words to express.
In my approach to feng shui, space mirrors life in powerful and personally stylish ways. In a sense, if you change your space, you open the door to more easily change your life since with each space adjustment you change that mirror to look like more of the life- and the you- that you want.
I find that art is often the only perfect-for-a-space way to add energy that nothing else can.

What kind of art you’ll recommend for a client to display in his home for good energy?
Art is so personal. I can look at a painting and see a whole universe and you may look at it and see a few blocks of color. I always direct people to search out art that they feel, first and foremost. If you can’t feel art, it isn’t doing to do much for the energy of your home no matter how beautiful it is!

Does it have to be expensive art or can it be prints or DIY?
DIY is often the best for certain people who need to explore the depths of their own personal expressiveness. Its a huge risk to display your own work, even in your own home. That said, its also immensely rewarding.
I don’t quantify the merit of art by its cost- though I do love curating big collections.

What kind of art do you like and do you have it in your house?
I like things that are hard to find and signature of an era. 70’s artifacts. And gifts that were made for me. I collect signed art books. I also have a few paintings I made on my walls, but I’m ready to make new ones soon- I’ve outgrown them!

Top 10 Things To Make Your Renovation Run Smoothly

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Home is the main thing which shows the personality of person but we can’t make houses again and again as we can renovate our homes. If your home no longer meets your desires, then renovation is best option that provides you comfort and make it according to you without construction but with some changes. But while renovating your house you need to be very careful about your safety and hard hat is the best preference to safeguard your head from any major injury.
So here are some tips that make your renovation run smoothly:-

• The main thing in renovation is remove the old plugs in the wall as the old plugs left some holes which must be filled with   plasters and you can install new design plugs that increase your house grace.

• Wall colors increase more beauty of your house you can select colors looks depending on the light. Even you can try sample color so that you check whether that color suits in your room or not.

Big Gift Ideas That Can Be Enjoyed For Years to Come

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No matter how old we get, there’s an undeniable excitement in the air during the holiday season. While you may have outgrown the days of writing letters to Santa Claus, it’s no secret that everyone has those few special things on their wish list each year that keeps them excitedly anticipating their holiday celebration. While children clamor over the latest must-have toy, game, or movie, the list of treats and gifts seem to dwindle in creativity with age. How many years in a row will Dad get a new tie while Mom unwraps another bottle of perfume? Of course, the holidays aren’t only about presents – but this year why not save the wasted cash and the burdensome mall excursion and invest in a gift that will not only stand the test of time but also give back to you in the end!
Home renovation projects are a fantastic way to surprise your family or loved one with a gift they can enjoy for years to come. When designed right, a home renovation project can also help increase property value and curb appeal that will make a uniquely profitable return on your investment. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s plenty of ideas from a man cave to a custom closet design that can make the perfect gift for even the most critical eye.
Instead of boring Dad with another tie or Mom with another bathrobe, why not give them a whole new luxurious closet design to showcase it in! Custom closet systems not only help keep clothes and other items organized and easy to access, but they add a beautiful element of luxury to a master bedroom. Custom closet designs are also a great way to maximize space in smaller rooms ensuring you get the most ‘bang-for-your-buck’!

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Guest bedrooms, basements, and extra spaces around the house are other fantastic opportunities for home renovation projects. Utilize empty rooms or cluttered spaces, like the garage, by transforming them into the ultimate man cave for dad, an exciting media room for the kids, or a spectacular game-day sports den. The possibilities are virtually endless, and no matter what route you choose, projects like these will add value, style, and appeal to a place that you and your family already love so much.
This holiday season, skip the skimpy gifts and invest the money you’ve worked hard for on a lifetime investment that will work for you! Make your life easy, organized, and attractive with a custom closet design, man cave, garage storage system and more – creating a home renovation project tailored to the unique lifestyle and preferences of the loved one you wish to celebrate. Make a statement that will last for years to come with big gift ideas like these – a fun and functional solution for the hectic hassles of holiday gifting!

Essentials For Creating A Modern Office In The Living Room

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Whether it’s beside an elegant bookshelf or set in the corner of the living room, the home office is a place where ideas come to fruition–if the décor is done right.
According to a report published by World at Work, there are above 33 million individuals (employees, small business owners and contractors) in the United States who spend a portion of their time operating professionally from home. With that number, why wouldn’t you want to set up a home office conforming to your style?
There’s no need to have a spare room or a huge master bedroom to accommodate a workspace, as a brilliant home office can be set up right in your living room. Here are the top décor ideas for creating a modern home office utilizing this space:
Space colors
It is a good idea to select bright colors. The living room ceiling, floor and wall that creates a strong contrast with décor accessories can energize the space; cheerful office designs can help you work longer. Contrasting color shades are the key to create a dynamic office design.
If you want to use the room for in-person discussions and meetings, use cool colors for decorating the space. The contrast should include softer background colors as they simulate creativity, and the combination of soft and cool shades will be ideal for modern office decorating.
Window treatment
Treating living room windows is an opportunity to revamp an old living space and enhance the appeal of the room, while creating space for natural light to hit the workplace. Window blinds also give control over the amount of light; you can choose from styles such as modern, Asian, industrial, craftsman and tropical.
Window blinds can be shut at night or after working hours. For the living room, the recommended option is the long drapes that come from floor-to-the-ceiling. This is because they can be customized with contemporary hues to create a modern appearance, and they also offer a sophisticated feel (which would work in your favor when clients visit).
Office essentials
Piano lights, desk lamps and other lighting accessories will define your modern office. In the case of piano lamps, they can be used as a general purpose desk lamp, a night light, a reading lamp, or a piano lamp. Also, they can be adjusted to the desired height and are portable, so they offer a better option for the home office than traditional desk and wall-fitted lights.
Other essentials will include letter openers, journals, and paper weights to enhance the appeal. You can also incorporate a particular theme, such as use portal bookends to create a research work environment. Also, don’t shy away from bringing out the fun side through accessories like Doctor Who business card holders.
Use the walls
Remember, you’re going to be creating notes, jotting down ideas and making reminders in the office, so perhaps you can use the whiteboard paper paint for the walls. Use regular white as it will make it easy to erase and write.
Another thing you can do is use photo pin-ups, or heavy duty clips and a sting line for organization. Avoid modern furnishing and go with a vintage option, as it is suitable for open spaces.

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