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Art Heals

You probably know that high levels of stress aren’t good for you (and who even likes FEELING stressed?), but did you know how many ways stress can negatively affect your life? Numerous physical and emotional disorders are linked to stress. Read on to find out what they are and how art and home accessories can help.


The Five Seasons of Feng Shui

In the practice of Feng Shui, we are working with life force energy, known as chi. The Feng Shui principles of the Five Elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal represent five types of chi; which are at the core of the many Chinese forms of balancing the energy in our environments. Each one of these elements is linked to a season, color and much more.


Tablescapes for the Holidays

Creating something beautiful and unique starts with using those objects yo hold dear and creatively styling them for the occasion. They may be inherited treasures or traditional ornaments gathered over time, but the key is that they belong to you, your family. The object – like the flower – must speak to you.


What is the Focal Point of a Room?

Joy Rodia discusses focal points in interior decoratingWhen you come into any space, there are areas of interest that basic interior design concepts recognize as focal points. Focal points include anything that immediately grab the attention of the guest into the space. These focal points interestingly enough, make the viewer want to look further.

The best interior design begins with focal points!

Focal points are created by assembling all elements inside a particular room so they work together and complement each other to strengthen the whole composition.

We are able to use our skills to make the combination of scale, balance, unity and harmony work seamlessly. We have the ability to bring our clients to nirvana in the middle of a world that is so filled with uneasiness and disorganization.

Structural walls, grand staircases, decorative details and precise furniture placement are all examples of traditional focal points that compete for the attention of a homeowner’s guests. But because they are not always handled properly, they are also the most commonly seen focal point mistakes in the interior design industry.

Architecturally designed fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, and the ”Drop-Dead” – those natural, not to mention very expensive, views of breathtaking mountains, lit up skylines and expansive waterfront footage – are the most complex focal points with which to work.

So how do you design an interior with these challenging elements to make the room sing? Very, Very carefully!

The Fireplace and the Television

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your space, it is likely that it is placed on a wall; hence, your fireplace will automatically become a focal point.

By placing your television above the fireplace, you have the option of letting it stand out or camouflaging it with perhaps a decorative mirror frame kit or a piece of art that you love. When you turn on the television, the mirror magically disappears to reveal the television screen behind.

Should you want artwork instead of the traditional television set, invest in a screen projector. A recessed cavity in your ceiling can hide the retractable screen when it is not being used.

The View and the Television

Your picture-perfect views will always be your focal point, and considering the price you paid to have them, this should be just fine with you. However, combining the function of a television set into this focal point can be a challenge.

A room bordered by a large wall of windows leaves you with not many options for where the television can be placed.

With out a doubt, the television should never be placed on or inside any furniture piece that will block a window and leave it visible from the outside! Instead, you can invest in a projector screen that is retracted and camouflaged into a custom-designed ceiling cavity when not in use.

Another option, depending on the  distance between your windows and the finished floor, you may be able to place your television inside a low cabinet  with a hydraulic lift that will allow the television to be raised and lowered.

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